Build a plan for your podcast

Figuring out where to start with a podcast is hard. There's a lot of "stuff" involved. Things like storytelling, cover art, interview techniques, hosting, recording platforms and equipment. We cover all of that, so you can create your own plan & get started.

“I’ll show you how to engage with people in your space. And uncover how to get more consistency, quality and variety in the content you produce from a podcast.”

Justin Brown

Co-Founder

Motion

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What should be in your podcast plan?

  • Name of the show & a short description

Creating a name and establishing a brand for your show can seem overwhelming. The best way we’ve found to get over this hurdle? Go through a process to brainstorm names and then write your description (which can also be used for the intro). 

  • Ideal guest profiles

Like I mentioned in the video above…we feel there are five types of guests you should have on a B2B podcast: 1) Prospects, 2) Customers, 3) Internal experts, 4) Partners and 5) Industry experts & influencers. One thing that’s helpful – create an empathy map for each. Go through this exercise to try and determine the types of questions or topics to uncover.

  • Host(s) of the podcast

Because of the need to do the podcast on a regular basis and on a schedule, one of the biggest struggles we see is: who is going to host the show? So, before you get too far down the path, make sure you clearly define the host. Here’s a blog post we put together to help identify the host within your company.

  • Structure for the show

Look, there are a lot of different ways to structure a podcast. In fact, Wistia broke down the five most common podcast formats you’ll see today. For a B2B podcast, it’s best to start with an interview-style. This will allow you to get a handle on things…and then you can branch out into other formats. 

  • Interview questions (a library)

The best podcasts feature stories and genuine conversations. But in order to make that happen, you still need to be prepared. Brainstorm a list of questions to ask different guests and keep them in one place. Continue to revisit the list with each guest & add/subtract based on how your interviews go. For some great questions to get started, check out our article on Podcast Insights.

  • Process for booking guests

Once you’re ready, you’ll need to map out a process for booking guests on your podcasts. Like anything else, it’s important to have a system in place. Check out some of the tech we highlight below…but at a minimum, you need to identify guests, schedule a recording session and provide a calendar invite.

  • Guest experience

The best part about a podcast is building relationships. So when you have your show in place, it’s good to think about the experience – from a guest’s perspective. We recommend mapping this out in a one-hour time slot. Identify an agenda for the one hour to make sure you set up the show for success. Leave some room for improvising…but make sure you are confident with each session.

  • Post-production workflow

After recording, you need to outline how the post-production process will work. Are you using a freelance editor? Internal resource? Partner? Where will you store raw files, project files and final exports? Where will you place the “latest & greatest” show elements (like your intro, outro, sound effects, etc.)? A podcast is not quite as intensive as pure video content, but you need to get all of your assets organized and create a process. 

  • Distribution & promotion process

After  you have the final podcast files ready & and any other repurposed assets, you’ll need to schedule the episode to go live on your podcast hosting platform (here’s a post outlining recommendations for hosting). Then, you need to prepare social posts and distribute from both company accounts and personal profiles. Create a process that includes a calendar and maps out when/what you’re sharing from the show.

  • Guest follow-up process

Highlighting your guests is important to the success of your show. Whether it’s a prospect, customer or internal subject matter expert…you need to make sure to follow-up with them. Let them know when the episode is going live. So create an email template that includes everything you need to share. It should have a link to the episode page and a link to any assets (images, videos, written content) so they can promote it. 

  • Project management

A podcast is a lot of work…if you want to constantly deliver high quality content – consistently. So, this requires project management. Whether it’s Trello, Monday.com, Asana, ClickUp – doesn’t matter. Build out a process to manage the podcast episodes & keep track of all the moving parts. The key thing here is to create a consistent process for each episode. Develop a checklist and make sure all the steps are complete before distributing to the world.

  • Content management

The amazing thing about a show is that you get so much rich, deep material. The downside is that if you don’t manage the content, you don’t get as much out of it. Check out Episode 269: Enabling Sales with Content and see how you can use a content management platform to keep track of all the different assets. If that seems like a bit too much, at least create a Google Drive folder with a clear structure. That way, you can search for assets and reuse material throughout all of your content marketing. 

If you’d like to get your podcast launched in the next 21 days, we’ll build out a plan for you (it’s included with every package). Because if you don’t have a plan…you can’t get started.

Bring your podcast episodes to life

There’s so much you can get from a single episode. Full-length transcripts, videos, social posts, images. But most importantly…you get engagement. You build awareness. And build your brand.

A few nuts & bolts that you need in place

Equipment

The biggest requirement for a podcast is to have a solid microphone/headphone combination. Any suitable wired headphones will be sufficient (this will plug into the microphone). For the microphone, we always recommend the affordable Blue Yeti.

Hosting

Podcast hosting allows you to host files on a secure server and then stream them from one location. By using a dedicated podcast host, you’ll then have the ability to “push” your content out via RSS feed into channels such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, etc. For public shows, we use Buzzsprout. And for enterprise solutions (allowing for private podcasts and customized user access), we recommend Podbean.

Recording

The platform you use to facilitate recording is important because you want to make the user experience (with your guests) as simple and streamlined as possible. We include Squadcast with our monthly plans. Squadcast provides recording for each speaker (separate tracks), multi-track mixing and buffered recordings to the cloud. So, if someone does lose a connection during the recording, the files are still stored and maintained.

Player

In order to publish your episodes on your site, we recommend using the Fusebox player and transcript embed widget.