Free Gifts For Your Favorite Podcaster!
You know that favorite podcast that always gives you exactly what you need, information about something, how-tos of your latest passion, a ton of laughter, great conversation, or simply time to virtually be part of an online virtual community…why not give them a little something for the holidays.
Having been an avid podcast listener and podcast producer since 2006 and then having worked in podcasting for the past 5 years, I can say that all podcasters love two things the most: feedback and more listeners.
Here are the tried and true ways to rock your favorite podcaster’s world. (Click To Tweet)
The best thing about these gifts, they won’t cost you a thing!
Leave a positive review in iTunes
This is perhaps one of the most surefire ways to offer something of value to your favorite podcast. Of course to get a positive review always gives the ego a boost, but it’s not only the ego that it affects.
The more positive reviews a podcast has, the more visibility it get in iTunes, and if the podcast gets more visibility, it gets more listeners.
Another wonderful bonus about leaving a review is that it also provides your podcaster with a nice testimonial for their work, which can lead not only grow their audience, but even landing sponsors and advertisers.
Leave an iTunes rating
Writing and iTunes review does take a bit of time, especially if you want to offer something of value to the podcast. If you don’t have the time nor the energy to do something like that a simple iTunes rating will do.
That only takes a few seconds.
The longer a podcast goes on, they more effective the producer gets at requesting and getting feedback.
- Leave a voice feedback
Not only does the power of your voice have a profound effect on the podcaster, but it also affects the other listeners to the podcast.
It’s a direct connection uniting a virtual community.
What? You haven’t ever done it? Get a little wild, call the feedback line or send an MP3 attached to an email.
- Leave a comment on their website
We are aware that most podcast listenters don’t go to the podcasts’ website very much, as most podcasts are consumed on the go, but, if there’s an episode that completely rocks your world, leave a comment.
- Send them a thank you email
A simple thank-you email into the podcast is perhaps one of the best and often overlooked, easiest way to give back to the producer.
It fuels the fire.
Buy what they are selling
Some ways that podcasters generate revenue are to 1) have a sponsor 2) have an advertiser 3) sell affiliate products or 4) sell their own products or services.
How does a podcaster know that what they are doing is working? Through sales!
An easy way to support your favorite podcaster is to buy what they are selling.
It could be purchasing from the sponsor, advertiser or podcaster or even an easier thing, thanking the sponsor for supporting the show.
The more we can collectively show the power of podcasting to relevant sponsors, the more that the entire medium will benefit, including podcast audiences, as they’ll receive more relevant and more quality products forging relationships with their favorite show.
Share their podcast on social media
Here’s another really easy way to give back: share your podcast on twitter, facebook, G+ or any other relevant social network.
One of the key ways that we human beings choose is based on advice, or insight from our peers. You never know who you might be helping out by sharing a podcast.
So how about it?
Give to Podcasting this holiday season. (Click To Tweet)
Podcasting will be deeply thankful, as without you, we wouldn’t be here.