Podcast Production

Podcasting has become a popular way to consume content, with more people looking to start podcasts than ever before.  In fact, according to DemandSage, more than 424 million people worldwide listened to podcasts. And it's predicted that there will be around a whopping 504.9 million podcast listeners worldwide by the end of 2024.

But where do you begin? How do you make a great podcast that people will actually want to listen to?

Let’s dive into an overview of all things podcast production, from planning and recording to editing and publishing, as well as tips for working with podcasting software. We’ll also look at how working with a podcast production company can help your B2B company create a world-class podcast series.

How to Produce a Podcast

Let’s take a look at the basic steps needed to create and publish a high-quality podcast from start to finish:

Plan Your Podcast

The first step to starting a podcast is planning. You need to decide what your podcast will be about, what format it will take, how often you'll release new episodes, and who your target audience is. Once you have a good idea of what you want your podcast to be, you can start taking action. At Caspian Studios, we manage all end-to-end production of your podcast, starting with the planning phase.

Record Your Podcast

Recording a podcast is relatively simple, but there are a few things you'll need to do to make sure it sounds professional. First, find a quiet place to record. Background noise can be distracting for listeners, so it's important to find a space where you won't be interrupted. Remember to speak clearly and slowly so that your listeners can easily understand what you're saying.

Second, invest in some good quality recording equipment.  A microphone and pop filter will help ensure that your audio is clear and free of distractions. You can also practice before you press the record button to help you feel more comfortable during the actual recording process and make sure that your episodes flow smoothly. If you're using a digital recorder, make sure that you have enough battery life and memory for the entire recording.  Our team at Caspian Studios has insight into the latest technology and can make sure you’re set up for success.

Edit Your Podcast

Editing is an important part of the podcast production process, but it doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming. After you record each episode, there are a few basic things you'll want to do. This includes removing any bloopers or errors, adding intro and outro music, and editing for content and flow. This requires the use of sophisticated software that can be challenging to learn, and many podcasters outsource this part of their show to podcast production companies. 

Podcast production software makes it easier for producers to record multiple tracks, edit audio files, add sound effects and music beds, and can save producers a lot of time and hassle when recording and editing their podcasts. With all the features and tools that these programs offer, producers can create professional-sounding podcasts without having to worry as much about the intense technical aspects of audio production.

Publish Your Podcast

Once your episode is recorded and edited, it's time to publish. This just means uploading the file to a hosting platform like Apple Podcasts or Spotify and making it available for people to listen to online. When publishing your episode, be sure to include compelling show notes and artwork so that people know what your podcast is about at a glance. You can even transcribe the audio in full so people can read along.

Promote Your Podcast

As a podcaster, you'll need to promote your show on social media to help grow your audience, but there are a few things you can do to make it more effective.

Start by creating a strong presence on the platform(s) of your choice. This means having a professional-looking profile and cover photo and regularly publishing your podcasts and other valuable content. It's also a good idea to interact with other users regularly so that people begin to recognize your name and associate it with your show.

Then, use relevant hashtags when promoting your podcast on social media to help people who are interested in the topics you're discussing find your show more easily. Hashtags can be specific to your podcast (e.g., #podcastingtips) or more general (e.g., #technology). The more niche your podcast descriptions are when promoting your podcast, the more likely it is that your target audience will find your content. 

If you have the budget, you can also run paid ads to promote your podcast. This can be an effective way to reach new listeners who might not otherwise come across your show, and can be much more affordable on social media platforms like Facebook versus paid Google ads. When designing ads, make sure the copy is attention-grabbing and includes a call to action.

In addition to promoting your podcast on social media, you should also try to get people talking about it offline. One way to do this is by asking team members to spread the word about your business’s new show. You can also attend relevant events and meetups and hand out business cards or flyers that promote your podcast. If you give talks related to the topics you discuss on your show, make sure you mention them during these events as well.

Tips For Creating A Great Podcast

  • Talk about topics that interest you. This is the best way to keep yourself motivated and ensure that your podcast is enjoyable for both you and your listeners. When choosing topics, think about what you like to talk about in day-to-day conversation, and what you talk about amongst your colleagues. These are usually the topics that you’re most passionate about and will be the most engaging for your audience. If you're not sure what kind of content to include in your podcast, try brainstorming a list of topics that would be interesting to your target audience. You can also look for inspiration from other podcasts that you enjoy listening to.
  • Stay on topic when speaking. Often, people veer off-topic when they are nervous or don't know what to say next, especially when they're being recorded. However, it is important to keep your focus on the topic at hand and not get sidetracked. Not only will this help to keep the conversation flowing, but it will also show that you are respectful of your audience's time and attention.
  • Double-check your sources. Before you hit the publish button, it's always a good idea to double-check your sources. This will help ensure that your content is accurate and trustworthy. This is especially important for political or controversial podcast shows.
  • Invite popular guests to appear on your show. If you're looking to attract a wider audience, you may also want to consider inviting popular guests to appear on your show. This can help boost your visibility and reach. Guests can include thought leaders from your industry, CXOs, and other popular figures in mainstream media. Social media is a great place to find podcast guests, especially those that are up-and-coming influencers and highly motivated to collaborate. You can start by posting on forums or groups that would be interested in your show's topic, and see if anyone responds.
  • Make sure you come across as genuine and not scripted. You want to make sure your guests feel comfortable and that the conversation flows naturally. Prepare some questions in advance, but don't be afraid to stray from the script if the conversation starts going in an interesting direction. The goal is to make your show enjoyable for both you and your guests.

How To Grow Your Podcast Audience

Be Consistent

As with any content-based endeavor, one of the most important aspects of growing your podcast audience is consistency. This means releasing new episodes regularly and sticking to a schedule as much as possible. If you only release episodes sporadically, it will be difficult to retain listeners and attract new ones.

One way to ensure consistency is to plan ahead and batch-record several episodes at once. This way, if you ever find yourself short on time or inspiration, you have a back catalog of episodes to fall back on. Planning ahead will also help you stay on track with your overall vision for the podcast and avoid veering off course.

Create Quality Content

Of course, even if you are consistent with your release schedule, it won't matter if the actual content of your podcast is not up to par. To grow your audience beyond just a few loyal listeners, you need to make sure that each episode is high quality and engaging.

If you are interviewing guests on your show, take the time to research them beforehand and come up with questions that will elicit interesting answers. The last thing you want is for your interviews to be dry or boring. You should also put some thought into the overall structure of each episode so that it flows well and keeps listeners engaged from start to finish. A well-organized episode will keep people coming back for more.

Engage With Your Audience

Finally, one of the best ways to grow your podcast audience is simply by being engaged with your listenership base. Responding to comments and reviews, whether they're positive or negative, shows that you care about what people think of your show and that you are open to feedback. You can also use social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram to interact with potential listeners and promote new episodes. This will help create a more personal connection with your audience, which can lead to more downloads and a larger following.

Hiring A Podcast Production Company

While it's possible to produce a podcast on your own, there are several benefits to working with a professional podcast production company.

For starters, working with a podcast production company like Caspian Studios can help improve the quality of your show. An experienced podcast team will have access to better recording equipment and editing software, which can result in a higher-quality finished product. They'll also be able to help you plan and organize your show more effectively, ensuring that each episode is well-structured and flows smoothly.

Higher Quality

When you hire a podcast production company, you are guaranteed a higher-quality product. A professional producer will have the experience and expertise to ensure that your podcast sounds great and is edited properly, and can provide you with high-quality audio equipment and software for a more competitive final product.

Better Efficiency

Working with a professional is also more efficient than trying to produce your podcast on your own. A producer can help you plan and structure your show, edit your audio, and handle all of the technical aspects of production. This means that you can focus on creating great content for your show rather than worrying about the technical details.

Help With Organization

Podcast production companies  help you keep your show organized and on track, and will work with you to create an outline for each episode to make sure they flow smoothly from one segment to the next. At Caspian Studios, we have dedicated customer success canagers, producers, creative directors, and host coaches to help create the best show possible for your B2B company. This level of professionalism will save you time in the long run and help you avoid any potential problems down the road.

Creating a professional-sounding podcast also takes a lot of time that many people just don't have to commit to recording, editing, and publishing a podcast. When you hire a production company, you can relax and focus on other aspects of your business or life, knowing that your podcast is in good hands.

What To Look For In Podcast Studios

When looking for a podcast production company, it's important to find someone with experience. You want someone who knows the ins and outs of podcasting and can help you avoid any potential pitfalls. A good way to find out if a producer has experience is to ask them how long they've been producing podcasts.

You can also ask for referrals from other podcasters who have used their services. If you know someone who has had a great experience working with a particular podcast production company or producer, they'll be more than happy to give you their contact information. Referrals are a great way to get first-hand feedback about a service provider before committing to working with them.

Be sure to check out online reviews from customers before hiring anyone to help give you an idea of what other people have to say about the quality of their work and customer service.

How To Choose The Right Podcast Producer

You can help make sure that a producer is a good fit for your show by asking questions like how long they've been producing podcasts, what equipment they use, their editing and audio engineering background, and if they can provide references from previous clients. Look for someone who has specific experience working in your niche, if possible, or someone who’s particularly passionate about your cause.

Beyond considering the producer's experience and qualifications, don't forget to factor in the cost of production. Most places charge by the hour, so it's best to get an estimate before you commit to a particular podcast production studio.

Additionally, many studios offer discounts for bulk episodes or annual contracts, so be sure to ask if there are any perks for placing large orders or signing a contract. While the cost of hiring a professional podcast producer may seem like a lot upfront, it's important to consider the value that they can bring to your project.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is podcast production?

Podcast production is the process of creating a podcast episode from start to finish. This includes planning the episode, recording, editing, and publishing.

Good production is important because it helps you create a high-quality podcast episode that sounds professional and entertaining for your listeners. Producing a podcast can be a complex and time-consuming process, but it can also be highly rewarding in terms of job satisfaction and boosting your income.

How do I produce my own podcast?

To produce your own podcast, you will need to think of the concept of your show, write scripts and do research, record the podcast audio, edit each episode, and then publish and promote your podcast.

For most people, this is difficult, particularly if they don’t have any experience with audio engineering. That said, you don’t necessarily need to get a college degree to become proficient in podcast production. There are many good tutorials available online that can walk you through the various aspects of recording, sound editing, etc. to help you get started.

What equipment do you need to produce a podcast?

Your microphone is arguably the most important tool in your podcasting arsenal. A good microphone will make your podcast sound professional and clear. You don't need to spend a lot of money on it, but you do need to buy one that is good quality. If you are recording your podcast with multiple people, you will probably need more than one microphone.

You'll also need some other basic audio equipment, like an audio interface, headphones, and pop filters. An audio interface is an electronic device that connects your microphone to your computer and converts the analog signal from your microphone into a digital signal that can be recorded by your PC.

Headphones are also important for monitoring the audio while you are recording since they allow you to hear what is being recorded in real time so you can make sure it sounds good. Finally, pop filters help reduce the amount of "pops" and "clicks" that occur when you say certain words into the microphone. They attach to the end of the microphone and help filter out unwanted noise.

There are many other pieces of equipment that you can use to record your podcast, but these basics can help you get started.

What does a podcast production company do?

A podcast production company handles most of the aspects of creating your podcast episodes. They will work with you to determine the format, content, and length of your show, and can also help you choose the right equipment and software for your needs.

Podcast production companies handle many of the aspects of recording, including scheduling guests, writing scripts, editing audio and video files, adding music and sound effects, and may even help you upload the files to popular platforms like YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts.

How much does a podcast episode cost?

Podcast production pricing can vary depending on several factors, including the length and format of the episode, the number of people involved, and the amount of post-production work required.

Of course, there are always exceptions. Depending on the type of podcast you are looking to produce, you may need expensive equipment or software, while others may need to pay for music or sound effects licenses. And if your podcast is particularly long or complex, your production costs could be even higher. Alternatively, some bare-bones podcasts that are relatively easy to edit are likely to be much cheaper to produce.

Do podcasts make money?

Podcasts can make a lot of money depending on how many people listen to them and how popular they are. You can make anywhere from a few dollars to millions through strategies like advertising, sponsorships, and donations.

Ads usually pay podcasters based on impressions, meaning how many views or listens the ad got. Most of the time, these ads last only a few seconds at the start or end of a show and can range between 15 to 30 seconds or longer. Sponsors are brands that pay podcasters to feature their products or services on the show, which can look similar to an ad or may be lengthier and more detailed. Like ads, sponsorships pay based on how many people are watching or listening.

Podcasters can also ask for donations from listeners, or they can set up a Patreon where they can offer exclusive, subscription-only content to users who make a monthly payment.

How many listeners does my podcast need before I start making money?

How many listeners you will need for your podcast to start making money varies depending on your audience demographics, your podcast topic, if you have a Patreon or high-value donors, etc. If your ads don't get a lot of money per click, you will need a larger number of listeners before you start making a substantial amount of money.

Your goals are also important to consider, too. “Making money” on a podcast could technically be just earning a few dollars a year. But if making money to you means earning enough from your podcast to quit your job or make an investment, you may need to have tens of thousands of listeners to generate that type of income. A good rule of thumb is to start thinking about monetization once you have around 1,000 regular listeners.

Want a High-Quality Podcast? Reach Out To Caspian Studios Today

Caspian Studios is a Podcast-as-a-service-company (PaaS) that is on a mission to help marketers build remarkable podcasts, content and communities that improve people’s careers.   

Caspian Studios  is the premier end-to-end podcast solution for B2B and enterprise companies. Caspian delivers a turnkey service that combines both world-class production and cutting-edge growth marketing to create and scale a podcast audience. 

Our customers are companies like  VMware, Oracle, Twilio, Snowflake, and more. 

Caspian studios also offers an out-of-the-box fiction podcast series, designed for B2B companies to engage their target audience with Hollywood-style storytelling. Reach out to our team today to learn more.