Happy International Podcast Day!
Whether you listen in the car, while you work, or just as a way to pass the time during quarantine, podcasts are a source of education, entertainment, and information. Over 50% of the US population has heard a podcast
and there are over 1,000,000 podcasts out there to choose from. There are plenty of podcasts for association professionals that are great resources while planning your next virtual event, developing an eLearning strategy, or as a way to keep on top of things in your industry. If you’re looking for the next podcast to listen to during your workout, here are just a few we’re listening to on International Podcast Day:
Successful Associations Today – Mary Byers
As an established figure in the association space, Mary touches on every topic an association professional faces daily, while her guests provide valuable and actionable insights. There is something for everyone in the show.
Association Chat Podcast – KiKi L’Italien
Kiki features episodes and guests that go beyond the association world. These topics provide fuel for thought that can create a stronger organization that serves everyone.
Leading Learning Podcast – Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele
Leading Learning offers great perspectives on implementing eLearning strategies within your organization. Some episodes feature learning professionals and some you can find Jeff and Celisa discussing learning methods.
Meeting Minds – EideCom
This show talks about planning and hosting events. We recommend checking out 11 Virtual Event Mistakes. It has excellent tips for what to avoid while navigating the virtual event world!
Gather Geeks – BizBash
BizBash brings us another events-based podcast. This show centers around events, mostly in-person, but there’s been increased conversation about virtual events since the pandemic. Plus, this show has a lot to offer about conferences, meetings, and other events that would interest association professionals.
Podcasts also serve as a great professional development tool. Supplement instructional learning with a podcast or reinforce your webinar’s main thoughts by adding a podcast that drives the point home. Including podcasts and other resources to diversify your LMS content provides your learners with a robust learning experience.
Tell us what you like to listen to! Tweet us at @CommPart.
If you’re interested in learning how to incorporate podcasts into your Elevate LMS, please contact Meghan Gowen email@example.com.
Podcasts: Jumping Headfirst Without Fear
July 6th 1-2pm EDT
Guest post by Doug Sandler
Think about today’s society. When people want it, they want it now. Media on-demand is hot and now more than ever it makes sense to capitalize on audio on-demand. A sharp segment of the audio on demand market is turning to podcasting to get their message out. 67 million people tune into podcasts every month* and if you are a fan of podcasts, you understand why. As a listener, you get to select your podcasts with pinpoint accuracy, the subject matter, format and style you like best. Plus, you get to choose when you listen. Your commute can turn your car into your university on wheels, or your kitchen can become your classroom while you are cooking dinner. No matter where you are, your podcasts can follow you.
Podcasting for your Association
So why should you care? As an association, this means a podcast can be utilized multi-fold. First, it can be used to provide educational content to your membership, from right within your learning management system (LMS). Spread your knowledge to your members and share best practices, industry updates and the latest news specific to your association. Additionally, podcasting is a way to reach a segment of your association that may not have the resources to make it to association gatherings. Many organizations do not have the budget to send all of their staff to conferences. With podcasting, through live recorded conference interviews, you have an opportunity to share conference content and bonus material, further engaging your membership. Furthermore, it is a great platform to diversify your learning portfolio.
Additionally, with podcasting you have an opportunity to create non-dues revenue through podcast sponsorship. Vendors and partners that regularly work with your association are looking for creative ways to reach your membership and podcasting is a premium place to meet your members and share their message. Any fees associated with podcast production can easily be offset by podcast sponsorship.
How to Get Started
Regarding production, getting set up to start a podcast is less complicated than you may think. Typically, entry to this space would consist of purchasing a high quality studio microphone, recording software and source to host your show. Like most associations, however, you might be short handed to handle the technical aspects of the show. There are many production companies for hire to handle all of the technical components of your show. The best advice would be to talk to a full-service production company so your association can develop a strategy for not only producing and editing your show, but to help you best develop a marketing plan to get your show launched and out to your membership. “Done with you” or “done for you” versions of production are available and should be investigated to get your show off and running properly.
One thing is certain, podcasting is on its way up. Now is the time to set the fear aside, get wet, and take advantage of podcasting to reach a greater percentage of your membership and develop an additional revenue stream. You will be extremely satisfied with your results.
Doug Sandler is founder of TurnKeyPodcast.com, a full service podcast production company. He is also host of The Nice Guys on Business podcast, the #1 ranked business show on Overcast and was awarded iTunes coveted New and Noteworthy ranking when launched in 2015. His interview format show is heard in 165 countries and downloaded over 100,000 times every month.
*Source: Edison Research and Triton Digital, “The Infinite Dial 2017.”