By Tim Kane
These days, you see so many people walking around with their Beats and their ‘buds, you have to wonder: What are they all listening to?
Chances are, it’s not music. More and more, they’re listening to podcasts. About 73 million every month, to be specific.
If you’ve never heard one, a podcast is basically a cross between old-school talk radio and an NPR-style audio magazine. They’re fun. They’re informative. And more often than not, they’re free.
But more importantly, podcasts are also a great way for brands to tag along during their target audiences’ commutes, providing industry news and product reviews, executive visibility and thought leadership, in a form that’s relatively inexpensive to make and easy to distribute.
What are the hallmarks of a successful podcast?
One cautionary note: Even if your podcast has great branding and strong promotion (created by, oh say, ICR’s Digital Branding team), it won’t take unless you have great content that has real value.