Looking for the best way to boost your podcast engagement?
Podcasting is so much more than mere content creation. As a host, you have to create a buzz around your episodes before publishing and promote it more after they’re out.
Your business depends on how many people are engaged with your podcast, and tune in each week for more.
The pressure is enormous!
But, it doesn’t have to be this daunting. So, here we are covering the top 6 most creative ways to skyrocket your podcast engagement the easy way. Plus, the secret to creating a highly engaging podcast at the end.
Are you ready? Let’s dive in:
What is Podcast Engagement?
Don’t ask what your listeners can do for you. Instead, ask what you can do to engage your listeners in your show, and tune in for every new episode.
Although it is one component — it takes much more than interesting information to keep your listeners engaged. Therefore, podcasters who takes time to interact with their listeners outside the programs and include their valuable inputs and even voices into episodes are the one who has the most devoted following.
In general, primary defining factors of listener engagement include:
- Time spend listening
- Brand awareness
- Listen-through rate
- Popular drop-off points
However, there are also various other silent factors that play vital roles in forming and retaining engaged listeners.
The cool bit about podcast engagement is you get to interact with your show’s fans directly. And, what’s more encouraging than listening to the good and bad of your show firsthand from people who admire your work the most?
So, here’s a cheat sheet of the most creative ways to engage with your audience:
Encourage Genuine Interactions
How can a podcast be engaging if it does not spark real interactions between the hosts and the listers? As podcasting experts, we always recommend our clients include the audience in their show.
These are some of our expert-vetted ways to include the listeners in your show:
- Ask questions in the episode and ask your listener’s answers (Some of these Q&As can also lead to complete episodes)
- Direct listeners to your Instagram post about the episode to discuss the topic, answer questions, and share opinions.
- Create polls or surveys
- Invite callers to your live podcast episodes, or ask your listeners to send voice messages and play the recordings of the messages or questions during the show
The above are excellent ways to add interactive CTA to your podcast. However, always make sure to add these CTA in the episode descriptions, show notes, and your blog posts for the episode.
Extract the Power of Social Media
Social media is a powerful tool to promote every business. With more than 58.4% of the world’s population on social media, you’ll always find a group of people deeply passionate about your podcasting niche.
However, posting your podcast episodes blindly on all the social platforms without solid content and marketing strategy will hardly get you any results (if any at all). Therefore, plan your social media content and strategy before
Here’s how to create a solid social media podcast marketing strategy that gets you more conversion than you want.
Curate Catchy Headlines
According to research by Copyblogger, 8 out of 10 visitors read a headline, while only 20% will go on to read the rest of the content. And the conversion is possibly even smaller for podcasts.
So, make your podcast headline count!
If you want to engage with your potential listeners, spark some strong emotion through your headlines. Only with a captivating headline will your audience’s curiosity be piqued to tune in and build that host-listener relationship you look for.
Create a Powerful Landing Page
A landing page is a customized website page crafted intelligently to encourage subscriptions.
Unlike your episode descriptions or show introduction, the landing page is not centered on discussing your podcast. Instead, its sole purpose is to boost conversions.
In a nutshell, a landing page lets you convert your visitors into subscribers.
So, create a fantastic landing page for your podcast by:
- sprinkling some eye-catching visuals
- Including your recent episode
- And, concluding with a powerful CTA
Here are a few excellent ideas to add to your landing page to increase conversion:
- host a giveaway
- Create free checklists or guides as a lead magnet
- Offer discounts or coupons
- Accept donations from fans
And so much more! Let your creative juice flow and craft a landing page your target audience can’t ignore. After all, nobody understands your audience better than you.
Add a Call-to-Action (CTA)
A Call-to-Action is intelligently curated content that urges readers to act right away. The stakes are pretty high, but the concept is straightforward: your CTAs must successfully guide and encourage website visitors to convert.
Therefore, it is essential to utilize simple language and explain the post-click value to your target market. It might be difficult to write clear and appealing CTAs for buttons and pop-ups since they frequently have limited space.
But, remember, too many requests might result in zero action. So, craft powerful CTAs and don’t add more than three CTAs in one episode, social media post (or podcast-dedicated blogs).
Consistency is the key to better audience engagements. So, create a podcast schedule and stick to it.
At SayWHA Radio, we preach about the importance of consistency with podcast and content marketing. And the same holds true for podcast engagement.
What a fantastic thing it would be if you genuinely integrated into someone’s routine. They might listen to your podcast while evening walk on a Wednesday, for instance.
However, if you are not consistent, They will probably just switch to another podcast to listen to when a few weeks pass without a new episode.
That’s why be consistent!
The Secret to Creating a Highly Engaging Podcast
Every once in a while, many hosts find themselves hitting a podcaster’s rut; the lack of creative inspiration, unable to secure enough listeners, and difficulty in engaging with their listeners successfully.
It’s simple to become stuck in this rut but much more challenging to shake yourself out of it and breathe new life into your podcast.
We’ve all been there! But not anymore.
For over 12 years, SayWHA Radio Podcast Network has helped many podcasters build their show from scratch to the top. So, let us help you create a highly engaging podcast that your listeners would love!
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