Are you looking to start a podcast but feel a little lost from start to finish? Luckily, there’s lots of great help out there for you, from us here at Bunny Studio to platforms like Buzzsprout. Let’s take a look at a Buzzsprout review or two and also see how we can help. Nothing should hold you and your podcast back!
Stepping into the world of podcasting
Do you have a fabulous idea for a podcast and a voice that could melt butter? Then maybe the world of podcasting is where you should be. It may seem intimidating, though, to take the first step, and even the last one, but that’s why there are so many resources out there to help. From hosting platforms to podcast music creators, help is just a whistle away.
But you don’t want to enter this world armed with nothing. Let’s take a look at a few essentials to have before reaching out for that help.
Here’s the biggest thing of all. Your idea. And remember to narrow it down. If you’re a movie buff, maybe your dream is a podcast about movies. But what’s your niche? Do you love breaking movies down scene by scene and discussing them? What about actors and the behind-the-scenes view of the making of movies? Some people love the costumes or the scores behind the film. Maybe it’s horror movies for you or films from the 1950s. Comparing movies to the books they are born from is another great niche in the movie category. You get it, right? Find that little corner for your podcast and watch your audience grow.
Speaking of your audience…who are you hoping to connect with? Sure, your mom will probably listen, but what about everyone else? When you are looking to grow your podcast and help it find its home, you’ve got to think about your audience early on. Are you looking to connect with gamers, 20 somethings, people of a certain ethnicity or gender? If you think about who you connect with in everyday life, it will help. Maybe you love knitting. Sure we often think of grandmas, but if you’re a young adult, gear your podcast to the young adults who love to knit. There are plenty of them out there.
Before you begin your podcast, think about its format. You could have a show where you always have a guest or maybe you want a consistent cohost. Do you want to tell stories, share news, teach a hobby, open awareness? This will partially dictate your format as well. Think about the length, too. Do you want a quick flash fiction podcast that people can listen to while they unload the dishes? Or a lengthier one for a long car ride?
All of these things will dictate your podcast from the get-go. Think of it is as your outline or pitch. It’s the bones of your show, and once you have that down, you begin the production.
Now comes the fun part. And it’s also the part where you can reach out for help. We’ll look at a Buzzsprout review in just a minute for some help with hosting, but for now, let’s stick with production. Maya Angelou said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use the more you have.” So use your creativity and create something beautiful. Like a podcast.
A podcast has quite a number of components. Forbes shares these with us:
- Keep it Consistent. Release your podcast in a consistent manner, whether it’s once a week, twice a week, whatever works for you, but keep it consistent.
- Focus on a great, clear topic. Make sure it’s a topic that is clear with a strong, fandom or community.
- Have good equipment and clear audio. Make sure your equipment is good, your sound is clear, and background noises are absent. If you need help with editing, here’s where we can help. Our Bunny Studio pros are top-notch audio editors.
- Engage with your listeners and have fun. Make your podcast a place where people want to be. You’ll see your community grow and thrive.
- Create a strong Intro and Outro – These components add consistency and cohesiveness to your podcast. It’s a place to open and close the podcast, and your listeners will appreciate this.
So the key is to keep your podcast consistent, engaging, and well put together. Then you’re off to the platform and deciding how to get it out there!
When it comes to hosting the podcast, there are actually two meanings. For one, you’re the host. You bring people into your podcast, you entertain and engage. But you also need a hosting platform. And that’s where Buzzsprout comes in. From Buzzsprout, we learn that:
Buzzsprout has helped over 100,000 people start their own podcast. It is the easiest way to host, promote, and track your podcast.
Reach millions of potential listeners by listing your podcast in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and more. Buzzsprout feeds are compatible with all the top directories, so your podcast will appear wherever people are searching for it.
Upload your audio file and Buzzsprout will take care of the rest. Publish your episodes immediately or schedule a day and time you’d like your episode to be available for your listeners.
Get to know your listeners with podcast statistics. See stats like your total downloads over time, what apps people are using to listen to your podcast, and where people are listening to your podcast.
So though a hosting platform isn’t going to help you choose your podcast name or who your next guest may be, it can do all the things that help you get to know your listeners and decide when to release new episodes. A platform like this can help you publish your episodes and make them easier for listeners to find.
It’s a good idea to check out reviews, so let’s see what people are saying about Buzzsprout.
Podcast Insights thinks pretty highly of Buzzsprout. In their Buzzsprout review, they rank it highest for podcast hosting citing its ease of use as a big factor for its positive ratings. For instance, they tell us that Buzzsprout automatically pre-populates your RSS feed for Podcasts Connect (that’s how you get on iTunes) so you can just click Validate and Submit – super easy!
Podcast Insights also shares that:
- Buzzsprout gives you a clear snapshot of your recent episodes with an average number of plays.
- You also get another snapshot of your most popular episodes (great to see what types of content or guests you should continue to produce).
- They have a unique algorithm that calculates (estimates?) the number of Listeners in the first 90 days of each episode.
This all makes it easy to glean some great stats from clear information so you can adjust, tweak, enhance your podcast. And also continue to do the things that are working well.
In their Buzzsprout review, Hustlr.com calls this platform, the best podcast host for beginners. When it comes to effectiveness, price, user-friendly ratings, and service, Buzzsprout gets high ratings. They share that
This is going to be your podcast’s ‘home’, and where all of your episodes are stored, audience analytics can be accessed as well as other monetization and marketing efforts are readily available.
Buzzsproutmakes all of those things possible – for a cool, affordable price. Buzzsprout is a great option that was specifically targeted to meet the needs of budding podcasters – or those that just want a simpler way of growing their audiences.
Another Buzzsprout Review
Launchspace.com rates Buzzsprout a 4.8 out of 5 stars saying:
Buzzsprout is the most popular online podcast hosting service. They offer secure and reliable hosting for an affordable price. It’s easy to embed a podcast on your website, plus the service has integrations with your existing audio feeds, and social media.
So you can see that Buzzsprout is getting some pretty high reviews. If you are just starting out in the world of podcasts, check them out for a hosting platform. Remember, though, have your podcast ready to go, in tip-top shape before you send it out to the big wide world. And that’s where we come in.
How can Bunny Studio help?
We have you covered in any aspect of podcast creation. Remember that podcast name? We can even help you there. We even have pros with their own podcast specialties and a great library full of podcast information, from creating intros and outros to specific shows like gaming or sleep podcasts.
Whatever your audio needs, we can help. Head on over to our Bunny Studio audio page and share a bit of your project with us. We will select the best pros for your work and have it back to you in a quick turnaround time. Speaking of reviews, our clients love us and we make sure they do with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Check out what some of them say:
“Bunny Studio has a very efficient process to help us identify the right professionals that best meet each of our needs. Their platform keeps us informed throughout the process, from the editor accepting the project all the way through when the audio is complete.”
“When looking for a creative solution, not only were we looking for a service that could meet our tight deadlines, but also one that could deliver exceptionally high quality creatives. Their easy-to-use product and dedicated Customer Success team are the icing on the cake to helping us scale our business at speed!”
To sum it up, sometimes you need a little help. We are here for all your production needs, and find a great hosting platform like Buzzsprout to meet those specific needs. So hop on over here to find out a bit more about all we offer and let’s get that podcast ready to go!