Take Advantage of the Podcasting Explosion with Jeremy Slate
How to increase your know, like, and trust factor through podcasts with Jeremy Slate of Command Your Brand Media
Jeremy started his podcasting journey by being an avid listener for years before he started his own podcast. After going through a number of business ventures, he decided to create his own podcast as a platform to educate people in the business space, and learn from experts in the industry. His podcast has opened opportunities for him to be featured on Forbes, Inc., CIO, and led him to create Command Your Brand Media.
He has dedicated his time and energy to know everything about the medium. Always tuned in to different shows, and engaging with the industry, speaking and attending conferences like Podcast Movement, New Media Summit, and Podfest among others.
Although there has been a lot of talk about video, podcasting is a medium that gives you access to people’s lives where you couldn’t before. Podcasting has very engaged listeners which allows creators to better communicate to a niched down audience.
Having your own podcast or getting on other people’s podcast is a really great tool to being more visible as podcast listenership and engagement will only continue to grow.
How to Define Your Niche
To be able to stand out and separate yourself from the sea of podcasts available, you have to figure out and create something better that is different to what everybody else is doing. The podcasters who were first in the platform were able to succeed with a fairly broad audience. But unless you already have a large audience, it will be difficult to stand out without a well defined niche.
First, you have to understand what your mission is, what are you here to do. You have to figure out how you can help people in a very specific way.
Second, try and take the viewpoint of a listener. Have your line of questioning and go through answering those questions how you think a listener would be asking.
Jeremy is not a huge believer in the whole idea of creating your perfect avatar and is a firm believer of really honing down on your message, honing down on how you can help, and then try and take the viewpoint of a listener.
Getting on the Right Podcasts
Being interviewed on a podcast is a great way to increase your Know, Like, and Trust Factor. It brings awareness, gives you more credibility, spreads your message with momentum, and positions you as an opinion leader.
It may sound simple, but a lot of people do not know the basics of how to effectively package and position themselves and actually get on podcasts.
Packaging and Positioning
Jeremy shares tips on how to package and position yourself as an opinion leader on your website. You do not need to spend several thousand dollars on your website, but be sure that you have these in place:
Make sure you have good graphics
All copy written in the third person to make it sound like you have a team
A well-written bio page
A contact page
A Media Page – a page which has links to all the articles & podcasts you’ve been on with logos from those sites
A Speaker One Sheet – this is usually a PDF that has your name, bio, social media and talking points
Once you have all these basics in and you know what your purpose is for being on podcasts, it’s time to start looking for the shows you want to be on.
How to get on Podcasts
In the beginning, it might be challenging to get on other people’s podcasts because you are still perfecting your well-written pitch, you have little time for research and outreach, and you are still building up your credibility. Here are some tips to get you through that and into the shows that are right for your industry.
Having your own podcast and doing an interview swap
Hiring a firm that has worked with people in the space, and have the contacts and connections
Networking with people at events
Building relationships and adding value first
Doing a double opt-in connection referral where you connect two people and see if they might be a good fit to work together
The 3 Key Components of Being a Fantastic Podcast Guest
Have a STORY that connects with people
A story is the oldest thing we’ve had as human beings. It connects people on this primal level of who they really are, it allows you to connect with people emotionally. This gives you the permission to talk to people about what you really want to talk to them about.
Have a timeless and focused MESSAGE
It is best not to focus on too many things, but focus on one thing that you can have people walk away with. You have to hook people emotionally so they will be interested to learn more from you.
Have an irresistible CALL TO ACTION
A call to action is an invitation leading listeners into something that actually helps them apply what you just taught or talked about. This will lead people to join your list so you can have an option to invite them later on to have the opportunity to work with you.
But you need to handle your call to action in a way that will not give people resistance to want to work with you and connect with you.
What to do Prior to Going onto a Podcast
Listen to an episode of the show that you’re going to be on to show levity and respect of knowing a little bit about them and knowing how their show flow works
If you haven’t been on an interview before, do a mock interview with somebody to get comfortable in an interview
Things to Avoid while in an Interview
If the host has an idea of where they want the interview to go, don’t resist them
Do not be too salesy. Listeners want engagement, education, and learning
Being boring by getting too much into facts and figures
Answering questions by asking listeners to visit your website, podcast, or youtube. The host wants you to be the expert, be willing to give and to teach
How to get on Your First Podcast Interview
Step 1. Look for shows that have less than 50 episodes and less than 20 reviews. In iTunes, go all the way down to the bottom, and you can actually click on a flag and it lets you change the country. You can go into main categories or you can niche down even smaller.
Step 2. Track it in a spreadsheet
Step 3. Write your pitch. Only talk about story and message. Focus on how you can help the audience and what your story and your message is. Keep it short, concise, and to the point.
Step 4. Make sure it has a great subject line, because you need to get people to open your email.
Step 5. Be a great guest once you are in.
Podcasting is a great way to increase your visibility and credibility. Take advantage of this platform as it explodes and continues to grow.
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