Why your podcast needs a trailer episode

Transistor Team

3 min

Before submitting your podcast to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc., you must have at least one episode published in your feed. We recommend that you publish a trailer episode immediately so you can submit it to all the apps and start building anticipation (and subscribers) for your podcast. You should do this well ahead of your podcast's official launch!

What is a podcast trailer?

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

Trailer episodes are typically short (30 seconds - 5 minutes long) and often include clips from upcoming episodes. In many listening apps (like Apple Podcasts and Spotify), they are highlighted on your podcast's profile page.

A trailer episode on your podcast's Spotify page

Here's an example of a trailer episode:

What's the purpose of a trailer episode?

A trailer helps hook a listener's interest, allowing them to preview your content without committing to a full 30-40-minute episode. This is a chance to showcase what makes your podcast compelling: why should someone subscribe?

Also, most podcast listening apps feature the trailer episode prominently in their UI with a special CTA. You'll miss the opportunity if you don't have a trailer episode in your feed.

Trailers are also a great promotional tool. They can be easily shared on social media and help you attract a wider audience.

For new podcasts, a trailer can build anticipation and excitement before the launch of the first full episode. It can create buzz and discussion in the target audience.

Why should my trailer episode be the first episode I publish?

Here are three reasons to publish a trailer as early as possible:

  1. You need at least one episode published in your feed. A trailer is a perfect "coming soon" episode.

  2. Sometimes, it takes a while for Apple Podcasts to manually review your podcast submission. If you publish a trailer to your feed right away, you can submit your podcast to Apple well before your first official episode.

  3. Once you've submitted your podcast to Apple, Spotify, etc, you can start building anticipation for your podcast's official launch.

How do I create a podcast trailer?

First, prepare a script for your podcast trailer. Be sure to answer these questions:

  • What is your podcast about?

  • Who is it for?

  • Why should people listen?

Here is a sample script:

"This is a podcast for retail business owners. Every week, we'll explore topics like staffing, managing cash flow, and increasing revenue. If you've wondered how other stores run their business, you'll enjoy the episodes we have planned."

Next, record and edit your audio (see software options here). Export the audio as an MP3 file.

Finally, upload your 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, be sure to submit your podcast to the various apps (Spotify, Apple Podcasts) and directories.

Examples of good podcast trailers

Here are some of our favorite podcast trailer episodes you can use as inspiration: