Did you know the podcasting industry has gone from 550,000 podcasts available on Apple podcasts in 2018 to over two million today! Podcasts are an excellent way to promote your business or pick up a hobby to put on your resume.
Starting a podcast doesn’t have to be difficult. Keep reading for our brief and simple guide at starting your podcast and, you will be recording in no time!
1. Who Is Your Audience?
One of the first questions you want to ask yourself when starting a podcast is who your target audience is going to be. If you already own a business, you may know the answer to this question, but even so, you may want to reach a larger audience or get more niche. Whichever the case is, stick with a specific target and go from there.
Once you narrow down your target audience, you can get more specific with ideas and topics you want to discuss. The more specific you get, the more listeners will feel like the content was made for them. Creating this personal connection is great for your brand.
2. Brainstorm Episode Topics
To start your podcast, make a list of as many topic ideas as possible for your episode content. Get creative with your episode content. For example, if you have big topic areas consider breaking them down into several episodes.
You can also research guests to have on the show to talk about specific topics. Interviewing guests is a big part of many popular podcasts and can be beneficial to both you and your guests.
3. Get the Equipment
Now that you have narrowed down your target audience and planned a few episodes, the next thing to think about is buying podcast equipment. Excellent audio quality is essential to have the best podcast.
If people can hear background noise or an echo, it will not be pleasing to listen to. Giving your listeners the ultimate listening experience is essential.
Other essential equipment besides a good microphone is headphones, a computer, a mic stand, and a pop filter.
4. Download and Get To Know the Software
Recording and editing software is easy to get as there are many options. You can decide between paid and free options. There are also freelancers and top podcast companies that you can hire to edit your podcasts for you if you don’t have the time to do it yourself.
When learning recording and editing software; it may take a few times to learn what you’re doing. Don’t worry if it is not perfect at first, this is part of the fun of podcasting!
Starting a Podcast: Are You Ready?
With the right equipment, planning, and topic ideas, you will be on your way to starting a podcast! Remember to make it a fun process podcasting requires creativity so, don’t be afraid to reach out to family or friends for help with ideas.
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