You Ask, I Answer: Podcast Marketing Launch Plan?

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You Ask, I Answer: Podcast Marketing Launch Plan?

Lauren asks, “What should go into a successful launch plan for a podcast?”

You Ask, I Answer: Podcast Marketing Launch Plan?

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In today’s episode, Lauren asks, What should go into a successful launch plan for a podcast? Well, I mean, it’s like any other product launch a podcast is nothing more than an informational product.

And it may or may not come with a price tag, at least in terms of financial terms, but it always comes to the price tag of someone’s time, right? They have to spend time invest time listening to your show.

So a big part of podcast marketing has got to be, what am I? What am I giving the listener or the viewer in exchange for their time? Right? So do all the basics of Product Marketing, right does? What is the price in terms of the time commitment, right, because you can make a shorter show and consume less time in exchange for, you know, we’re not providing as much value perhaps.

And certainly, shorter content lends itself well towards the more short form content platforms that are present today, such as YouTube shorts, Instagram reels, Tiktok, etc.

But all launches fall under essentially four basic categories, right, this creation, distribution, activation and measurement, creation is the content itself, the podcast itself, what’s it going to be about? And of the 2 million different podcasts that exist now that are in production? What’s in it for the audience? What’s different? What’s better? What’s the unique selling proposition of your podcast? If it is yet another show on B2B marketing, and there’s a gazillion of them already? What’s different about yours? What’s better than about yours? What does the user get was the listener get from your show that they can’t get anywhere else? There are some intrinsic differences.

For example, you as a host, you know, presumably that there aren’t a dozen of you.

So there is your voice.

But in terms of value, what does the user get? So creation is the first aspect.

The second aspect is distribution.

Where is your show going to go? Right? You have your RSS feed, of course, because it’s not a podcast, if you don’t have one, you have your website? What else are you going to publish on social media channels, you’re going to publish a newsletter, or you’re going to publish excerpts and things I’ve seen some podcasts be very, very successful.

For example, on YouTube, doing a three tier strategy where they have the full show, they have the cut up the show into little pieces, five or 10 minute chunks of content based on the full show.

This works really well interview shows where you basically take each individual question, split your full length interview into the individual question and pointing back to the full length show.

And then people will take shorts, from that up to 62nd clips from the individual questions, a little one liners and zingers.

That’s all part of your distribution strategy.

And of course, you can repurpose those short form pieces elsewhere.

email newsletter, are you going to have one, I would strongly suggest that you have one.

It is folly, I think almost these days to have a podcast that does not have an accompanying email newsletter so that you have a way to capture your audience in a format that you own.

Because you don’t own Apple’s podcast player or Google’s podcast player.

You don’t own any social media channel.

But you control and own your email list as long as you obviously keep paying your bills to your email service provider.

So that’s a major part of distribution.

Just making sure that you have all these channels available that the show is available in as many places as you can get it.

This is where services for example, like Libsyn come in a lot of handy because they have like 16 or 17 different integrations to push your podcast to Spotify to iHeartRadio to Stitcher and so on and so forth.

It makes the distribution a little bit easier.

The third leg is activation.

And by activation we mean how are you going to use your marketing skills to get other people to help market your show.

This can be old school tactics like promos or guest hosts this can be newer school stuff like influencer marketing, having influencers within your space.

Talking about sharing your show.

One show that I don’t know if I would call it a podcast or not.

But the YouTube serial hot ones with Sean Evans is a brilliant format right? You get guests they

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get to potentially impact are some selves eating hot hot wings, but you get to leverage their audiences.

Because as as particularly as they’ve leveled up over the years, the guests keep getting bigger and bigger, which means the potential audience keeps getting bigger and bigger as well.

The same thing can be true for your show, right for your niche, your industry, your topic, whatever it is.

getting other people on as guests is a pretty straightforward way of helping bring in their audience.

So doing the activation side of things, running advertising, running ads for your podcast, on other podcasts in newsletters, and other people’s newsletters, using traditional ad tech systems like Google ads, or, you know, it Tiktok ads, whatever the case may be, all that goes into your activation piece.

And then you have the measurement piece, right? What is what worked, you have all these different tactics, hopefully use good tracking codes and things.

And that measurement piece will tell you what things worked for your shows promotion and what things didn’t where, especially where you spent money.

If you spent money in places, and you didn’t get quite the return you were looking for, you should know that so that in your second and third waves of marketing, you can do more of what works and less of what didn’t.

So that’s how you do a podcast marketing launch plan.

And in those four pieces creation, distribution, activation and measurement, it’s, again, it’s like any other product.

So the same efforts, the same techniques and technologies that you would use to sell a pack of gum or a college education you would use for a podcast, just knowing that you’re not asking me for money, you’re asking for attention.

And these days, attention is more scarce.

Honestly, it’s harder to keep someone’s attention for more than a few seconds, these days.

So that’s the plan.

There’s obviously a lot of flexibility in each of the four categories.

But you need all four categories in terms of allocating time 50% should go into creation making sure that your your shows worth listening to are worth watching, right if if it’s not, then nothing else matters because you’re never going to get any traction.

20% goes into distribution 20% goes into activation 10% goes into measurement.

That’s a healthy breakout for a launch of a podcast to because you want to make sure again, the show’s got to be high quality.

The days of simply creating a podcast and expecting people to tune in because of the novelty that is a podcast long over.

So good question.

Thanks for asking.

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