7 Ways To Keep Listeners And Readers Coming Back To Your PodcastBy Tony Marino, Ph.D.
You've built your PodCast/Blog property (website).
The next honest question to ask yourself is...
Once you get your audience's attention, how can you keep them coming back?
Make your PodCast/Blog creative, informative and dynamic!
Articles and other timely and "on-point" content published on your site should be relevant, interesting, and well written, well spoken and easy to understand.
Unique content will also give your site a greater chance of reaching your intended targeted audience through higher search engine placement.
Here are seven ways to keep listeners and readers coming back for more.
1. Run Short-Term Specials
Internet users love bargains and deals, and sales are a sure way to capture their attention time and again. You might enact short sales periods to motivate people to take action?
Giving them six months to make a final decision may just help them avoid making that decision at all.
Let your audience know that the products/services on special are always changing (dynamic) to encourage them to visit your site often. Keep your site "dynamic"! Ever-changing and perpetually evolving.
Try getting creative with your specials. For example, consider giving away a free token product or service rather than bopping them over the head with a direct discount.
2. Piggyback On Topics And Trends
Internet travelers often look online to learn more about interesting topics in the news.
Creating a link between your PodCast/Blog/Business model and a hot new's story can be a essential way to attract listeners and readers to your Web world.
This is a common tactic used often by public relations firms to obtain media coverage for their clients, and could work equally well for you.
For example, following a significant court ruling, an attorney could write an article or be a guest expert for your PodCast/Blog about the impact the ruling might have on your listeners/readers.
3. Update Information Frequently. Provide Dynamic Content
Why would a Web traveler want to return to a Web site that rarely changes? Keeping your information up-to-date and even up-to-the-minute sends a more defined message to visitors that your PodCast/Blog/Business model is serious about doing business.
4. Conduct Contests & Giveaways
This is a great way to get visitors excited about your Web site and what you do. Consider asking users for (input) feedback, so that your contest can double as a market research tool.
Keep in mind that prizes and awards need not to be extravagant, but should be exude fun and be in direct correlation with your intended target market.
As an added bonus:
You can ask entrants whether or not they would like to be notified of any special news and/or information when they initially enter your contest.
Note: Be sure to protect yourself legally. Please ensure that you are following any and all federal and/or state regulations that may govern this type of special promotion.
Was the contest you ran a total success?
The answer can better help you hone in on your online marketing, podcasting and blogging efforts.
5. Send Out An Email Ezine (Online Newsletter)
This popular promotional tactic is an effective one. Don't expect to build a list of thousands of subscribers, but focus instead on building a high quality list of targeted readers. When sending an e-mail newsletter, keep it short, informative. Company promotions are expected, but don't overdo it. The free list management tools and reporting tools at America Web Works can help make your newsletter a success.
6. Seek Out & Join Targeted Email Groups
If you have the time, participating in a targeted email list is a great way to connect with potential listeners and readers. The object is to keep your "brand" at the top of their mind.
An email list is a community of subscribers who are interested in a particular topic, and may exchange between 1 to 100 email letters daily.
Participation in an email group works best when you reach out to a niche' market. For example, the owner of a computer store might join a mailing list for computer owners. By participating as an expert, the store owner is able to promote his business to a community of prospective clients.
Note: When participating in any email list(s), keep the content of your email non-promotional, while using your special "signature fine" (which should always be placed just below your email "closing" salutation) to provide a brief promotional message.
For the best computer services in the entire universe... Visit: www.domain.com
7. Get To Know your Audience
An solid understanding of the needs and goals of your audience is the best way to ensure that your marketing efforts are maximized.
Statistics and tracking reports will help you gauge the interests of visitors to your Web site, which is a good reason to utilize a site-traffic analysis tool.
Web site usage statistics will help you understand how people come to your site, and what they do once they have arrived. Are they finding what they want, or do certain pages on your site trigger them to leave?
Happy PodCast Marketing!
About Tony Marino, Ph.D., Marketing
Dr. Tony Marino is not only the CEO of America Web Works (http://www.AmericaWebWorks.com), he is also host of the PodCast Radio Show ( http://radio.weblogs.com/0144135/ ), the Founder of the http://www.AudioVideoStreams.com, the International ePublisher's Association, Christian Times eBusiness Newsletter and the author of the ePublishing Master's Course at: http://www.ePublisherUniversity.com Additionally, he holds Email Compliance Officer status for many of today's leading Network Marketing companies.
He has also worked with the likes of legendary Direct Marketers Ted Nicholas and Gary Halbert. Best-Selling Authors, Harvey McKay, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. ABC Television's, Jimmie Kimmel and NBC's, Carson Daly. Online Marketers, Dale Calvert and Jay Abraham just to name a few. His offices are location in Portland and Los Angeles and he'd love to hear from you anytime!
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