Although half of the U.S. population is a committed listener, there are still many Pakistanis to be familiar with the term ‘ podcast.’
The reason podcasts have made their way into American lives is that you can listen to them whenever you want and have the opportunity to do the same in Pakistan. You can catch up on your favorite podcasts when traveling or even when you’re doing household chores or working out.
So, if you’re planning to start your own, being a Pakistani you’ve got an edge as this segment has a lot of potential and is still untapped. You can catch the worm and be an early bird. The greatest advantage of starting your own podcast is that it requires minimal investment in resources. Initially all you need is a microphone and a decent laptop.
Initially, you can keep it as a side hustle and let it acclaim substantial listeners before you can begin to give it your full time. Here are a few tips for starting your own podcast.
1. Plan ahead
Think of the topic. A podcast theme is going to revolve around. It can be based on political discussions, or you might want to hack your life. Decide, too, if you want it to be completely scripted or improvised. You can choose and listen to different podcasts when choosing the theme and you can have a deeper understanding and clearer advice for running your own podcast. You’re going to know how to make a difference and get the audience involved.
2. Be consistent
You will have to be very involved once you have started to keep users interested or you will lose your listeners ‘ attention. The founders of the app were more interested in keeping those 100 users than in attracting new customers when Instagram had only 100 subscribers. Yeah, you’re going to lose your fans if you don’t post regularly. The best way to do this is to set a deadline and ensure that you meet the deadline and post a new podcast when due.
3. Keep a track of your audience
In addition to that feedback, you can check your audience’s feedback on your social media pages and build your podcast. You need to check analytics information if you want to grow your user base and keep the existing listeners hooked. In this regard, you can test the hosting site like Blubrry (https:/www.blubrry.com/) and evaluate the demographics of listeners.
4. Do not lose your focus
If your target audience is niche, you need to understand that because of your focused content, you can’t lose your track because they’re hooked to your podcast. For example, if your podcast is about how students can make money through side hustles, you don’t have to turn your attention away from any other popular podcast with a mass audience and start posting podcasts based on the latest fashion updates.
5. Keep a relevant name
If your podcast is about success stories from entrepreneurs then you can choose a title that is relevant to the content you are making. It helps users initially spot your podcast without having to go through the details and then decide to listen. If your podcast title doesn’t give listeners a clear idea of what topics you’re discussing in your podcast, they may just skip through the list and never choose to click on your show. The best marketing strategy is to maintain a very specific name.
6. Give your audience the best listening experience
Podcasts are all about listening, so the quality of the audio is significant. You need microphone, microphone booth, USB box, compressor, and headphones to make a podcast. You have to make sure they are of the highest quality. Tim Ferris, who demonstrates his podcast set up in this video (https:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRxVEcbh-Dk) will give you advice.
You can use your smartphone to record your voice if you’re just starting. Don’t be afraid! Smartphones are coming up with kickass microphones these days and they can do the job very well.
7. Unravel the astonishing details of the story
You need to pry out the most secret facts about the story you’re telling your audience if you’re looking to make a difference. Famous Podcaster Guy Raz tells his guests that if they dig into their history and share previously unknown stories, people will have a better relationship with them and would like to connect with them.
8. Get feedback before you launch
Ask your parents and friends or mentors with sincerity. And if you’re still in class, ask your teachers to listen and give you valuable feedback. This will help you make final changes and, simply, you should consider them as your listeners and use their input to make changes when needed. You are the decision maker here, of course, so you can decide which advice you should disregard and which one you should enforce.
Keep in mind that overnight success is a myth and you need a lot of patience to develop and refine the podcast you’re dreaming of creating. Go on and leave your mark in the world of podcasting. Good luck!