Why your company should start a branded podcast

Justin Jackson

5 min

Starting a podcast for a business is one of the best ways to earn the trust of potential customers, develop a positive reputation in your category, differentiate yourself in an industry, and foster better communication with your team.

My business partner and I started a podcast in 2018. Since then, the podcast has brought us customers, frequently generated word-of-mouth for our company, helped us find employees, and helped us make valuable industry connections.

How to start a podcast for your business this year

What is the problem with most branded podcasts? They're boring. Listeners want to be entertained, inspired, and educated. To create audio that people listen to, you must make it compelling!

Podcasting 101: how a professional podcast gets made

First, you'll need to understand the basics of recording, editing, and podcast publishing.

Watch this tutorial video, which covers everything you'll need to know:

Additionally, you can read this guide, which covers recording equipment, editing software, and podcast hosting.

Generally, here's what I recommend for businesses:

  • Have a dedicated podcasting room, studio, or station in your office.

  • If possible, equip it with lighting, a video camera, soundproofing, and a microphone. This will allow you to record video for promotional clips in addition to your audio.

  • Hire a podcast producer or a podcast agency.

Office podcast studio

If you can't afford a camera and lighting, you can start with a microphone, pop filter, and software.

If you're just getting started, here's my budget recommendation for podcast gear:

  • Microphone: The Samson Q2U is a good dynamic USB microphone. If you have more budget, opt for the Shure MV7.

  • Pop filter: get a windscreen like this for your microphone.

  • Audio editing software: Use Descript (PC or Mac), GarageBand (Mac or iPad), or Audacity (PC).

When you're ready to add a DLSR camera to your podcast setup, I recommend:

  • Camera: Canon M50 MKII

  • Lens: Sigma 16mm

  • Key light: Aputure Amaran 100x S

Choose a compelling topic for your branded podcast

My podcast with my co-founder, Build your SaaS, focuses on the burgeoning Software as a Service industry. We covered our journey of building our startup from scratch and shared what we learned.

Our show attracted a listenership because we chose a topic people were already searching for: "How to start a SaaS."

Examine your industry for topics that are resonating. Use tools like Exploding Topics to help surface good ideas for your podcast:

Tools for finding good podcast topics:

You can also research tools like Podyssey and Podchaser to see what kinds of episodes people recommend.

Do some detective work: What about a particular episode that compels people to share it? Those are the episodes you'll want to produce for your branded podcast.

Record a trailer episode

The most potent marketing opportunity is before you launch your first episode. You can build anticipation by recording a short trailer episode first.

A podcast trailer (sometimes called a "teaser") is a short, promotional episode meant to quickly give potential listeners a preview of your show, and what they can expect.

Create a quick script for your podcast's trailer that answers these questions:

  • What is your branded podcast about?

  • Who is the audience?

  • Why should they listen?

Here is a sample script:

"This is a podcast for retail business owners. Every week, I'll share my real-life stories about running my shop, the Dusty Anchor. You'll hear about how I deal with staff, manage cash flow, and increase profitability. You'll enjoy the show if you've wondered how other stores run their business. You can subscribe now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen."

Record and edit your audio (see software options here), and then export the audio as an MP3 file. You'll upload that MP3 to your podcast hosting provider. Podcast hosts, like Transistor, allow you to choose "Trailer" as an episode type:

Episode type: Trailer

Once your trailer is published, you can submit your podcast to the various apps (Spotify, Apple Podcasts) and directories. This will allow you to get subscribers/followers on those platforms before you launch your official episode.

I would also recommend creating a "coming soon" landing page for your podcast on your business' website. This will allow you to promote the podcast on your company's social channels and build up anticipation for the show.

Recording remote podcast interviews

If your podcast is an interview show or co-hosts work remotely and aren't in the same location, you can use software to record your audio.

Examples of Branded Podcasts

Here are some of the best podcasts by brands:

Differentiate yourself from the competition: Start a branded podcast!