Every podcaster is looking for ways to grow her audience. Why? Hopefully, it's for reasons bigger than our own ego (if it's not, please — STOP podcasting right now).
The best reason to work toward podcast audience growth is to better serve those who find our show interesting and or helpful. I know you agree with me, right?
Scott Johnson is a guy who does that through a couple of podcasts, but the one we focus on in this conversation is what he calls his "passion project" — "What was that like?" It's an intriguing show that interviews real people about the bizarre and sometimes painful experiences they've had in life. (Check out this episode, "https://whatwasthatlike.com/2021/07/30/robert-was-in-a-gunfight-with-pirates/ (Robert was in a gunfight with pirates)" to get a taste for yourself).
Scott and I discuss the MAIN thing he's done to keep his audience growth heading upward — and it comes in THREE forms. He breaks it down on this episode.
You'll enjoy this episode if you're interested in...the best ways to discover what kind of people listen to your podcast
how to find other podcasts that have a similar audience (listen to understand why this is important)
making connections with the podcasters who host those shows
partnering with other podcasters to grow your respective shows
real-life results that come from this strategy
podcast mastermind groups: their benefits might surprise you
Mentioned on this episode"What was that like?" - Scott's podcast discussed on this episode: https://whatwasthatlike.com/ (https://whatwasthatlike.com/)
Scott's The Computer Tutor podcast: https://computertutorflorida.com/ (https://computertutorflorida.com/)
MIDROLL: Podcast MastermindIf you're interested in growing your podcast by joining forces with other podcasters who are on their way to success (just like you), consider applying for the next Podcast Fast Track Podcast Mastermind. It's one of the best investments you can make in your podcast, hands-down. Not to mention the great ongoing cooperative relationships you'll make with other podcasters like yourself. https://podcastfasttrack.com/podcast-mastermind/ (APPLY FOR THE NEXT GROUP HERE).
Other podcasters who share your audience are NOT your competitionOne of the things I've loved about podcasting ever since I started is the reality that it's a very cooperative space. Unlike other industries, podcasters seem more than generous to help others who are trying to grow a show just like they are. This conversation with Scott is an example (he's a very generous guy).
Scott banks on that fact as part of his podcast audience growth strategy. It's an easy assumption to make because you know that other podcasters who your audience finds intriguing or interesting are attempting to grow their listenership just like you. Reaching out to them to investigate cooperative partnerships makes perfect sense.
But it's not easy to do with all the SPAM hitting our inboxes these days. For that reason, I was super interested in finding out how Scott makes the most of his opportunities to partner with other podcasters. As I suspected, he doesn't use a copy-and-paste email template that can be modified for pseudo-personal outreach. He does the hard work required to ensure he's coming across genuinely and that his communication is cutting through the noise. Listen to find out the details because I ask him all the questions.
What elements contribute to your audience growth outreach pitch being noticed?As I mentioned above, SPAM seems to be at an all-time high. I probably receive 10 to 20 requests a day from people (bots?) looking to USE ME to advance their cause or business. I say it that way because most of them demonstrate in their original outreach that they haven't researched me, my business, or my audience at all. They've just pasted a form letter into an email, input my name and email address, and hit "send." YUK!
You do NOT want to be one of those people when reaching out to potential...