According to Nielsen, 96.3% of Boston adults have access to the internet. An online connection is all that is needed to listen to a podcast. In all 34.3% of consumers, in fact, do listen to podcasts every month. They listen while at home, commuting, at the gym, at work, at the local coffee shop, pretty much anywhere there is WIFI or good cell service.
Most likely, at one time or another, each of the 1.4 million podcast listeners in the Boston area has thought to themselves, “I could do that. I could launch my own podcast.” This is theoretically true.
A quick Google search by aspiring Boston content producers will reveal which recording equipment to buy, how to edit shows, and how to post episodes for the world to hear on platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify Google, Stitcher, and Tune-In. The magic of being a successful podcaster, however, involves persistence, longevity, and consistently engaging content.
One element of podcasting that often adds dimension and perspective to new episodes is the use of podcast guests. Not only do guest experts supply engaging content, but usually they will participate in return for exposure without the need to shell out any cash.
But how does a Boston business small owner get started? It’s a very chicken-and-egg situation.
A podcaster first needs to publish episodes to demonstrate to potential guests that the podcast is worthy of their participation, especially because there are so many choices. Currently, there are over 2.4 million valid podcasts in Apple’s Podcast directory alone, according to podcast industry insights expert Daniel J. Lewis.
So, what separates podcasters who stick it out for the long haul from those who give up after just a few episodes? One of the primary factors is the subject matter and the ability to book guests.