Three Tips From Basecamp for Launching and Running a Successful Podcast

Three Tips From Basecamp for Launching and Running a Successful Podcast

When we launched our first podcast together in 2015, we were a former newspaper reporter and a video producer with a lot of enthusiasm but not much experience in making audio stories. Since then, we've launched an entirely new podcast and learned some things about making a show that attracts listeners and represents a point of view—and is enjoyable to produce. We often describe our podcast as an unconventional business-advice show. In that spirit, here's some advice for making your own podcast. Know your audience—and what it wants from you Apple Podcasts and podcast apps tend to organize shows into categories: technology, comedy, business, news, pop culture, and so on. Do they want to be informed about current events? Even within a single category, such as "business," shows can vary dramatically in tone and style and the experience they provide. There are narrative shows, such as Gimlet Media's "StartUp"; practical and niche shows, such as Pat Flynn's "Smart Passive Income Podcast"; and newsy ones, like NPR's "Planet Money." Figure out what type of audio experience your audience wants from you, and let that guide how you structure your show. We say "from you," because although a large segment of your audience members might enjoy, say, comedy podcasts, they might not be looking for your show to be funny.

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When we launched our first podcast together in 2015, we were a former newspaper reporter and a video producer with a lot of enthusiasm but not much experience in making audio stories. Since then, we’ve launched an entirely new podcast and learned some things about making a show that attracts listeners and represents a point of view—and is enjoyable to produce.

We often describe our podcast as an unconventional business-advice show. In that spirit, here’s some advice for making your own podcast.

1. Know your audience—and what it wants from you

Apple Podcasts and podcast apps tend to organize shows into categories: technology, comedy, business, news, pop culture, and so on….

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