How to Set Podcast Goals?

February 18, 2021

You’re a brand, and you have decided to start a podcast

Before you begin brainstorming podcast structures, topics, guests, and everything involved in the process of bringing your podcast to life, there’s one key question that you need to ask yourself - what are your podcast goals? 

Many people tend to overlook this question and that’s a big mistake. Being able to identify your podcast goals is going to help you immensely when making decisions around your podcast (i.e. what format should the show be? What types of guests should you feature? Where should this series be promoted?). 

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Podcast Goals 

Now, there are a variety of podcast goals you might have. It’s very much up to you and your brand. Some possible podcast goals might be: 

Brand Awareness 

You want to get as many listeners as possible onto your podcast to spread awareness about your series and your brand. The focus of this goal is all about quantity and the number of ears you can have tuning in.

Tapping Into New Audience Targets 

Is there a new audience segment that you want to tap in to? This goal involves shaping your content around a specific niche audience that you want to break into. 

Thought Leadership 

Do you want to be known as a credible, go-to source on a specific topic? This goal involves you bringing on targeted guests and discussing subjects that will help to make you the go-to source on a desired topic. 

Sales 

Are you looking to sell a product or service through the podcast? You want your podcast audience to be consumers of whatever you’re selling. This goal means that you must find a clever way to sell your brand during the podcast without coming off as inauthentic. 

Lead Generation 

Trying to find new leads for your business? For this goal you want to shape your content in a way that will attract new leads as listeners OR bring leads as guests onto the podcast. 

Strengthening Culture Within Your Organization 

Internal communication podcasts are on the rise. This goal involves you creating an internal podcast that is focused on building or strengthening the culture of your organization. You could feature different employees, discuss company updates, etc. 

Training 

Podcasts are a great medium to share training content for new employees or tasks. Having this goal will drastically change the way your content is produced since you aren’t trying to grow your listener base. 

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Podcast Example

These are just a few examples within an endless list of possibilities. Let’s say your podcast is about brand awareness. With this goal in mind you might decide to create a multi-story series where you feature guests that have larger audiences. The reason you might aim to find guests with larger audiences is because you want to be able to reach as many listeners as possible with your series. Having guests promote your show is a powerful tool when it comes to growing your podcast. 

This also means that when marketing your podcast you might set your targets for awareness over conversions. You also might look to advertise your show on other podcasts that have large audiences that are still relevant to your target but with a primary goal of quantity. 

Now let’s pretend you’re creating a podcast for B2B lead generation. Rather than having a multi-story series focused on featuring as many voices as possible, you might go for a more intimate discussion or interview format where you’re only speaking with one guest. And when it comes to who you invite onto your podcast, invite your leads! 

This is a great way to have a warm introduction with a potential lead AND get to sit down and chat with them for the length of your podcast (focus on building a great foundation for a relationship during this time)! 

Once the mics are turned off, that’s when you can have a discussion around sales. I highly recommend you do not bring a sales discussion/pitch to the conversation while you’re recording because that’s just putting your lead on the spot and creating pretty awful content for your listeners. 

Podcast Goals Setting 

The optimal structure and strategies for your podcast ultimately depend on your overall goal. 

But also remember that goals can change and evolve. You might start with the goal of lead generation but after some time decide that thought leadership would actually perform better for your series. After this, you might change your show’s format, marketing tactics, guests, etc. to fit your new goal. 

We highly recommend taking the time to sit down and figure out what the true goal of your podcast is. Why does it exist?


Platform
Price
Pro’s
Con's
Anchor

Free

  • Easy to use
  • Automatically distributes your podcast to major platforms.
  • Embed media player.
  • Great if podcasting is a
    side hobby
  • Very basic editing
  • Since it’s a free tool, you don’t have full control over the monetization of your podcast.
  • Not the right platform for people taking podcasting seriously
Buzzsprout

Free for 2 hours of content per month

$12 for 3 hours per month

$18+ for 6 hours and up

  • Very user-friendly
  • Caters to both long term and beginner podcasters
  • Advanced analytics
  • Easy distribution of your episodes
  • They measure their size requirements to hours not megabytes
  • Bonus: get a free $20 Amazon gift card when you sign up for any paid hosting plan!
  • Advanced features like dynamic ad insertion need some work
Libsyn

$5/month for Monthly Storage 50mb

  • Oldest podcast hosting site.
  • Easy distribution to major platforms and great for scaling once your podcast gets bigger.
  • Hosted over 35,000 podcasts.
  • An iTunes Podcast partner.
  • Allows you to publish your podcast to specific directories.
  • Embed media player.
  • Price is based on storage
  • 50mb storage for $5 won’t be enough if you are publishing weekly so you’ll end up with a higher price point
Podbean

Unlimited audio package: $9/month

Storage space:

Unlimited

  • Great support & customer service features
  • Unlimited audio.
  • Pages are easy to customize
  • Can schedule podcast release dates.
  • Easy to use.
  • Uploads and changes to podcast titles and/or descriptions are automatic to Spotify.
  • Embed media player.
  • Simple Analytics
  • Analytics aren’t as advanced as other platforms
  • Upload and changes to podcast titles and/or descriptions take a day to change on iTunes.
  • Not an iTunes podcast partner.
  • The process to send a podcast to iTunes is more tedious. But, you will still be able to get on the platform.
Blubrry

Classic

$5/month

Monthly Storage

50mb

  • Podcast Wordpress plugin and management.
  • If you want to record a new introduction or conclusion, add in a sponsored ad or upload a new version of a podcast, it doesn't count towards your storage usage per month.
  • Blubrry allows a 25% storage overage each month
  • Prices are based on storage.
  • Usability is okay.
SimpleCast

Starting: $15/month

Recommendation: $35/month

Monthly Storage: Unlimited

  • Hosts your audio files no matter what the size!
  • Dynamic insertion for podcast ads or edits.
  • Incredibly detailed analytics including number of episodes completed and listener location tracking.
  • Embed media player.
  • Easy to use.
  • Great distribution! Easy access to all major podcast platforms.
  • Customizable podcast
    website.
  • Prices are slightly higher than other platforms, but well worth it especially if you have a branded company podcast!