Video podcasting is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, with an estimated 132 million growth in the United States alone by 2022. So, what's the fuss all about?
Video podcasts, as a format, has lately emerged as one of the most popular ways to interact with audience. Did you know that?
The numbers may sound tempting to you to start your own podcast, be it for business or avocation, there is a complete math behind making engaging podcasts.
How can you start your video podcast, you might ask?
Well, if you have already been creating videos, this may not be as difficult for you as you might think.
- Find your niche and look for video podcast ideas.
- Study the various video podcast formats and choose the one that you find relevant and interesting.
- Have a script ready for your video podcast.
- Browse through the tools and select the right tool for recording your podcast.
- Record the podcast.
- Edit your podcast to make it publish-ready.
- Upload your video podcast, promote it everywhere possible and keep tracking the performance!
What is a Video Podcast?
A video podcast is a series of visual and audio content that follows a theme. It is usually episodic and subscription based with a host.
In simple words, a video podcast is a subscription to a recurring event. A subscription doesn't mean it has to be paid; it's just an exclusive event. Like you tune into your favorite radio show at exactly 10 pm. A video podcast is generally streamed using streaming applications.
Video Podcasting is an Imminent and a Reliable Marketing Technique
- Statistics suggest that 85% of businesses use video as a marketing tool and 88% of video marketers report that it gave them a positive ROI with a 5% increase on last year’s figures.
- Video podcasting had an overnight success due to ease of accessibility.
- Google reports an 800% increase in global watch time of ad supported video content in the past year.
- Video Podcasting binds an audience over a long period of time.
Video podcast content is generally very affordable or free. Therefore, a good quality podcasts videos are amenable to binge watching.
Video Podcast vs Audio Podcast
Can a podcast have video? Yes, it can. That's what podcasts videos are.
Any podcast that is audio based and has the video element to it is what you know as video podcasts.
Audio podcasts have been around for a long time, via radio and early internet audio streaming services. But there is a certain degree of allure to video podcasting. There is an emotional connect that comes immediately with a video podcast. This is why it is such a successful industry.
If you have the minimum budget for the set up and quality content, then video podcasts work better for every kind of business. Let’s have a look at what research and statistics tell about podcast videos.
Humans are Visual Creatures
This is universally true. Human brain reacts differently to visuals, and especially faces.
There is a high neural response to visual stimuli. Video podcasts attract a larger audience, thus, and retain the audience efficiently.
Video Podcast Provide Familiarity
A consistent, good quality video podcast will give you a loyal audience. As people tune in everyday, they develop familiarity with your brand. And that comes with a sense of attachment too. It is proved that the average organic reach to a video is 135% more than any other type of post.
A Stronger Fan Base
According to Google, over 1.9 Billion people log into YouTube every month.
Most audio podcast creators have switched over to video podcast because of the reach ability.
Many more studies and reports show that video streaming services are more popular than audio streaming services. And, so you have access to a larger audience if you are video podcasting for your business.
Video Podcast Ensure Quicker Growth
64% of consumers convert after watching branded social videos. This study is supported by the ability to share videos easily.
Facebook and other social media see more video consumption than anything else. Hence naturally, the shares and likes are more on video podcasts.
How to Start a Video Podcast?
The foremost challenge to start a video podcast is the topic selection. What you choose to podcast must resonate with your audience. The more you know them the better you will be able to address. For beginners it’s good to go step-by-step or else it may be confusing. From choosing a topic to naming your podcast series and recording it, you must define everything beforehand.
Video Podcast Ideas
If you are doing it as a hobby- you can engage with a variety of topics but if it is segment focused, you must pick events relevant to current times. For instance, look at this topic for a parenting podcast.
This topic immediately breaks the ice and touches a nerve. To find good topics, research is key.
What is Your Niche?
First of all, define your niche. To gain instant following and kick start your podcast, you should begin by addressing your target audience. So, ponder on it as much as you can, and figure out who exactly does your business serve?
Once you have that in place, you should create video podcast that they would like to watch. Or what your target audience is already watching. You can use research tools to figure that out.
Using Research Tools
An extremely helpful step towards addressing your niche is research. There are many places online that will give an insight to your audience.
No matter what your niche, there is a Sub Reddit for it. Unlike any other social media, Reddit focuses only on content. It is a diverse community of people who like to talk to about things they like. You will find your target audience discussing various things. Since Reddit has a popular post filter, you can assess what your audience wants.
Quora has been effectively used by marketers to push their sales. With so many business owners directly answering questions, it is a credible platform. You will find a wide array of topics just through questions your audience asks there. And, you can effectively answer those questions in your video podcast. You can pick queries concern your brand or anything related to your product, and use podcasts as a way of video marketing.
Facebook groups, like sub Reddit open up community discussions about specific topics. With a like dislike system, and a social handle backing; Facebook groups are extremely insightful and give you an overview to general gossip around products and services. Even of your competitors.
The Twitter advanced search allows you to search by date, account, people involved, words included, etc. It is the best platform to do keyword-based searches and see immediate audience response.
One great example (above) is a podcast about wonders of the world, that makes you question facts about the existence you were sure of, and this is their topic. It is just such a simple and attractive design that it attracts a wide range of audience. This is anti-niche. It is supposed to attract a broader base, but it works for that kind of audience. So, knowing your audience and having a sensational or quirky headline usually works best to get good engagement.
Types of Video Podcast Formats With Examples
There is a wide variety of video podcasts you can make today. Even as a single organization with a niche audience, you will find, depending on the topic you might want to use different formats. To generalize, there are some five types of formats.
Video podcast interview is the most popular format. This type of podcasts videos generally involves a guest who can share insights about the topic of your video podcast.
- This is a great format for branding, because you get the guest's audience as well.
- Gives you more options in terms of content and divides the screen presence.
- More interactive content, which keeps the audience attentive.
- Interviewing involves a lot of skill, and you can have a really bad experience if your interviewee is not comfortable.
- Here the quality of your guest generally makes the quality of your podcast. And it is not easy to book good guests.
- It is also slightly expensive to host another guest on your regular set. And you might have to reschedule according to your guest.
See a few examples of interview podcasts below.
The Joe Rogan Experience is a free video podcast and one of the most popular podcasts. It generally runs an interview theme with a wide array of guests.
The Tim Ferriss Show is another great video podcast about business that has a large audience base and a variety of guests in its interview format.
This is also one of the popular video podcast formats. Just like the video podcast interviews, a conversational podcast is about two or more people collectively sharing their insights on the topic. However, unlike the interview format where there is a host, and the other is a guest, here all are hosts. Generally, according to the whim of the hosts, each of them play a certain role and add to the podcast.
Another way here is, that one is an active host, other is relatively dormant and is there to provide commentary.
- The conversation is split up between two people, which might take off the load and pressure.
- Opens up different viewpoints and gives way to active discussions in the comments or on social media channels.
- The audience tends to develop a host based following.
- If there are disagreements, it could lead to a very awkward episode if not handled maturely.
- You must make sure both the hosts are aware about the topic, even if one is there just for the commentary.
If you manage all that, this one is a great way to reach out to your audience because viewers feel like they're part of a group. Here are some examples of Conversational Podcasts:
The H3 Podcast is an Israeli American video podcast. It follows a classic conversational video podcast format. With an occasional guest, it plugs in 10 minutes’ worth of sponsors and ads. It has a dedicated viewership and is also published as only audio.
Pardon My Take is an incredibly famous comedic sports podcast hosted by Dan Catz, and PFT Commenter, who is incidentally, a fictional character played by Eric Sollenberger. PFT Commenter is a sportswriter who writes about the National Football League and US Politics. This video podcast follows a classic conversational format and includes interviews within it occasionally.
As the name suggests, this type of podcast is more subject based and usually runs with a single host.
- Depending on the topic you choose, its best to get an inhouse subject matter expert to host this.
- It is also generally recurring because the matter isn't covered within one session of the podcast.
- It requires some additional setup, maybe a white-board or a digital pad to make it easier.
- Your subject matter expert might not be a good teacher and good teachers are hard to find.
A good example for this is The Khan Academy. They started out as an educational podcast, and then became an actual educational expert in the industry.
This is the monologue podcast, and it is quite common. A one man or woman show. This is how many new podcasters start, you just get your subject matter, and start.
- It's great if you are an expert on the topic and know how to keep an audience entertained for a long time.
- Also, this type of format builds a lot of trust with the audience because it is just you and them, so it feels kind of personal.
- It is tough to hit the right note with the audience.
- It can be exhausting running the show on your own.
- There are several such vodcasts and vlogs floating on the web today. Casey Neistat holds a good vodcast with this format.
This is the theater of vodcast formats. It is simply a virtual theater. It could be a solo act, a medium production, or you could hire a number of actors.
- This is the most flexible format because it gives you creative freedom. A lot of creative freedom.
- If you are someone who likes to create characters to get your point across and think that you can express your topic through a fictional world, then this format is for you.
- Not a video podcast equipment or a multi camera setup, to film such a format, requires a commitment first. You must be passionate about writing a script with a drama, creating tension, writing a climax, and adding all other things that a movie or TV show script requires.
- Just like a pilot in a TV show, your audience might hate it after the first episode. So, it is a bit risky if you don't do it right.
- This is also a little less popular format, but when it works, it attracts and holds a large audience.
Lilly Singh, a YouTuber, uses this format of video podcasting for her show to generate awareness about immigrants in North America. It gives her access to a broader audience. And a dedicated character based following.
Making of a Video Podcast
It seems all hunky dory until you actually get to it. It is not the most difficult job to make the podcast, but it is definitely not the easiest.
First things first, have a script and format ready.
You've gone through all the general formats listed above, hopefully you have decided which one you like, now the making of the podcast depends on this choice. The equipment varies format to format.
Recording Your Video Podcast
Depending on the format you choose, you start recording the video. Even within the format, there is a lot of room for creative adjustment, so if you are using the interview format, it is not necessary for you to have your guest in person with you. If they are remotely present, then you have to record the screen with your cam.
Once you are recording, your appearance matters a lot, the part that the audience sees in frame should be optimized to match your topic. A good setup along with an ironed shirt goes a long way.
The basics of recording should always be followed, i.e. face the camera, remain in frame etc. If your audience is more serious, and you are using the educational format, it is best to remain at your professional best.
Editing your Video Podcast
Since the video recording can be very raw and noisy, it is recommended you record your audio separately. And once you have those two, you have to go through the entire thing at least twice before you can even start thinking about editing.
A good and balanced script is what keeps a video podcast entertaining, and once you are looking at your own content, it is hard to decide which part to keep and what to let go of. So, a trick is, start structuring the script using the audio recording. And accordingly add the video bits.
If there are any errors you made along the way of recording, make sure you either edit them out, or if that segment of the video is important to your podcast, make sure you add notes acknowledging the errors.
You can actually get really creative with the process of editing, add annotations, blur, draw or make it interactive using personalization tools. To attain all this, all you need is a good video recording software, and some experience in editing. Best to use a screen capture web extension.
There are various free-to-use options out there, but you must choose the one that can be little handy throughout the process.
StoryXpress can be a great choice!
Make sure, you don't have to make unnecessary downloads and it enables you to do necessary edits like making cuts, adding stickers or pointers without any help of a video editing expert.
Uploading your Video Podcast
Now, that you have your finished product ready with all the spice and finish, it is time to put it out there. But make sure you have a finished product, watch it at least twice to make sure you don't leave any errors or such in the video podcast because the internet is quick to know and the internet remembers very well. Always proof-watch your video podcast before uploading them.
There are two ways to do it- directly upload your podcasts to platforms like YouTube, Twitch, Daily Motion, etc. or you simply host your podcast somewhere, and then embed it on your own website. Your video hosting provider gets you a shareable link straight away when you upload it.
As you upload, have a thumbnail picture ready, which is what appears on the screen before your video podcast is played. It should be a one image representation of your entire podcast, a symbol. If you don't add a thumbnail, some websites leave it blank which cuts the appeal, and some add any frame of your video podcast at random.
Tracking the Performance
Once you're done recording, editing and publishing your video podcast, it's time to fetch the ROI. And, how do you do that?
You do that by keeping an eye on how your video podcast is performing.
If you're using an end-to-end video platform such as StoryXpress, this shouldn't be difficult.
Using StoryXpress, you can not only track the elementary analytics such as watch time, number of views and average watch time but also have access to advanced, granular analytics.
For instance, you get notified as soon as someone views your video. You can also figure out where your viewers are from and discover which browsers and operating systems your viewers use. And, you can also use email based viewer tracking to see who exactly is watching your video podcast.
You can see engagement graphs for your videos and even see the video heatmaps for every user. Video heatmaps are a great way to understand which sections of your podcast are the most engaging and which ones need some rework.
Color-coded heatmaps, that look like this, let you analyze the podcast section by section so that you can use the direct user feedback to improve your next attempt.
How to Market a Video Podcast?
Great question! I am glad that this is on your mind. A lot of people upload their video podcasts, and think that's it, their job is done. Although some might consider video podcasting a marketing strategy on its own, a video podcast also needs some marketing. The basics here are, to share your podcast as soon as it goes live. And have a dedicated page or website for your podcasts.
Optimize your keywords with SEO
Any content you put out there on the internet should be SEO optimized. So, use keywords in your video podcast's titles and description. If you are uploading your video podcast on YouTube, use keywords in as tags, including matching keywords, and similar phrases. Also, make sure that you categorize your video podcast well.
Social Media Promotion
When you are just starting out, and don't have a dedicated audience, it's important you promote your video podcast through various channels of social media. Share your podcasts as soon as they are live and change your social media templates to match new podcasts.
You can edit down your video for platforms like IGTV and Facebook. And post these in communities where your target audience is. If the quality of your video podcast is good, and your target audience is aware, in no time you will have a flooding audience via these channels. I highly recommend posting promotional videos on sub Reddits. And with Instagram and Twitter, using keyword specific hashtags.
Tag Mention Business and Entrepreneurs
Tag mentions give you access to an explored audience. People tend to binge watch related content. And these types of shout outs tend to work both ways. A mention ignites viewership from that business. And if people like what you have to say about their business, they will share your content. And might even reciprocate your shout out.
Invite Guests Over
Having esteemed guests over to your video podcasts, brings instant credibility. It also brings the guest's audience. Especially if you can strike a promotional content deal with your guest. It will give you viewership boost and a larger conversion rate thereby. It will also ensure your guest shares your video podcast.
Make YouTube Snippets
You can use one podcast episode to make many YouTube videos. This platform demands a solid YouTube marketing strategy, if you have that in place, your podcasts are sure to get maximum viewers on YouTube.
Use the best content from your podcast as a promo. And divide up your podcast into a few relevant topics, edit them as such. These snippets will serve as standalone content for your YouTube channel.
You can use a blog to cross-promote your podcast. You can share a preview of your podcast episodes before the launch for people to read on the go. As an added advantage, posting on your blog will boost your SEO rankings and help you drive more listeners to your podcast. If maintaining a blog seems challenging, you can always hire blog writers who can create the posts for you.
Share Repurposed Content
Content such as the YouTube snippets, or images can be shared across Social Media platforms, and even on your own website. You can use quotations from the video podcast as graphics. Or use snippets in your blog posts. These snippets can be shared across all platforms, including email. Take out the sensational content and share on relevant platforms. Even as comments. Just to create a buzz around your video podcast.