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3 Unconventional Strategies to Skyrocket Your Film Podcast's Listenership

July 12, 2024 Deciphr AI
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Alright, let’s not sugarcoat it. You’ve put your heart and soul into 50+ episodes of your podcast and yet your listenership hasn't hit those expected numbers. It’s a tough pill to swallow. 

But, you know what? It's time to dust off the disappointment and study up on 3 unconventional strategies to turn things around:

  • Leverage Niche Communities and Forums
  • Gamify Your Podcast to Boost Engagement and Word-of-Mouth
  • Repurpose Your Podcast Content for Different Formats

Let’s dive into the 'how' and transform your podcast into a listener magnet.


Leverage Niche Communities and Forums

So, you want to tap into the bountiful treasure chest of niche communities and forums? Let’s get something straight. It's not a chest you just walk up to and open. It's buried deep. And only those who respect the rules of the game, come armed with value, and are ready to dig deep will reap the rewards.

You need to become the Indiana Jones of this scenario, embarking on a quest, not just for treasure, but for knowledge, connections, and a reputation that precedes you.

Step 1: The Hunt

As Jones would survey the landscape, so must you scan the vast wilderness of online communities. You have Reddit and Quora, holding court with countless niche communities nestled within their frameworks.

For a film podcast, you might gravitate towards subreddits like r/movies or the "Movies" topic on Quora. But remember, we’re talking niches here so we’ve got to get more granular than that. Dive deeper. r/TrueFilm, r/BadMovies, r/CultCinema are subreddits brimming with ardent movie buffs eager to dissect films from every conceivable angle.

Quora has a maze of threads dedicated to movie discussions too. Search for specific keywords like "Film Analysis" or "Independent Cinema".

Step 2: The Dance

Once you've zeroed in on your communities, it's time to engage. But hold your horses!

Don't just start spamming communities with your podcast links. That’s a one-way ticket to Banville.

Instead, establish your reputation. Be active. Answer questions, start discussions, share opinions, even controversial ones. Showcase your depth of knowledge. The Moz guide to Reddit offers an excellent roadmap to navigate this tricky terrain.

Step 3: The Give

Once you've laid the groundwork, it's time to share your podcast. But beware, this isn't about indiscriminate promotion. It's about strategic sharing. Got an episode dissecting the cinematography of 'Citizen Kane'? Share it in a thread discussing 'Citizen Kane'. Your episode on the best indie films of the decade? It'll find eager listeners in an indie cinema forum.

But how do you do it without coming off as pushy? Here's the trick. Don't just drop the link and run. 

Instead, give a brief about what your episode covers, why you think it could add value to the discussion, or even better, a few key insights from the episode. You're not just sharing a podcast episode; you're contributing to the conversation.

Step 4: The Take

By now, you're a recognized member of the community, contributing and receiving value. But your quest doesn’t end here. As you engage, observe. What are the hot topics? What are the recurring questions? What threads garner the most engagement? This insight is pure gold for generating future content ideas.

Mining the depths of niche communities isn't a quick fix. It's a long game.

Play it right, and you'll unearth a treasure trove of engaged, loyal listeners.

Gamify Your Podcast to Boost Engagement and Word-of-Mouth

From childhood to adulthood, we are wired to love games. They captivate us, make mundane tasks enjoyable, and create addictive experiences. So, why not apply the power of gamification to your podcast? By infusing interactive elements, you can transform your show from a one-sided monologue into an immersive experience that not only captivates your current listeners but also entices new ones.

Here’s how you can do it:

Step 1: Brainstorm Game Concepts

The first step is to come up with a game concept that aligns with your podcast’s content and appeals to your audience. Say you’ve got a film podcast, you could host a 'Guess the Movie' segment based on obscure movie facts. You could even create a movie bingo card for listeners to mark off common tropes while they listen to your episode. The key here is creativity. You're not limited to one game concept; you could introduce new games occasionally to keep things fresh.

Step 2: Seamlessly Integrate the Game

Integration is crucial. Your game shouldn't feel like a forced add-on, but rather an exciting part of your podcast's flow.

For instance, for a 'Guess the Movie' segment, you could drop hints throughout your episode. This keeps your listeners engaged as they piece together clues, while also maintaining the core content of your podcast.

Step 3: Offer Incentives that Matter

Games need rewards. Your prize doesn’t have to be a cash jackpot. It could be a shoutout on your next episode, a unique piece of merchandise, or even an opportunity to be a guest on your podcast. Offering something of value not only incentivizes participation, but also fosters a sense of community around your podcast.

Step 4: Promote Your Game

Once you've planned your game, you need to let your listeners know about it. And we don’t mean a single tweet that drowns in the abyss of the Twittersphere. Make it a big deal. Post about it on all your platforms or mention it in a prior episode. Don’t forget to communicate key details such as game mechanics, how to participate, and what they can win.

Looking for an example? Check out The Film Reroll, a podcast that turns movies into role-playing games. They managed to create a unique blend of film discussion and interactive gameplay that sets them apart in the crowded podcast landscape. This could be you, too, and better.

The key takeaway? Gamification isn’t some ‘hip’ marketing trick. It’s a solid strategy that can turn your podcast into an engaging, interactive platform that captivates your audience and sets you apart.

It’s not about changing what your podcast is about; it’s about making your content an experience, not just a listen.

Repurpose Your Podcast Content for Different Formats

There's an unsung hero in the world of content strategy, and it goes by the name of 'Repurposing.' 

It isn't just copy pasting the same content to different platforms. Instead, it's about creatively transforming your core message to fit different mediums, like a content chameleon. The idea isn't to blast every platform with your podcast but to deliberately cater to different audience preferences while also fortifying your SEO.

So, let's explore how you can dissect a single podcast episode into multiple content pieces that are primed for consumption on different platforms.

  1. Transcription: This is the initial step in your repurposing journey. Use software like Deciphr AI for free, automated transcription. With the help of a free prompt + guide on prompt engineering, transform that into a structured, keyword-optimized blog post that adds value to your site. If you're discussing the works of Quentin Tarantino, make sure keywords like  "Quentin Tarantino filmography" or "Quentin Tarantino’s directing style" are strategically placed within your text.
  2. Infographics: Let's get visual. Highlight key points or stats from your podcast and craft an infographic using Canva’s free templates. You can even create a mini-series of infographics for a single episode. For example, if you're discussing Spielberg's films, one infographic could focus on his box office successes, another on his recurring themes, and another on his regular collaborators. Share these on Pinterest and Instagram, platforms that thrive on visual content.
  3. Video Snippets: People love a good teaser, and video snippets do exactly that. Use a tool like Headliner to transform a gripping section of your podcast into a subtitled video snippet. It's not about sharing a chunk from the middle of your podcast; instead, focus on a segment that either sparks curiosity or delivers immediate value.
  4. E-books: Ever thought of transforming a series of episodes into an e-book? If you've covered the evolution of a particular film genre over multiple episodes, you've got yourself an e-book right there. It might require some additional formatting and editing, but tools like Scrivener can make the process easier.
  5. Social Media Quotes: Got a snappy line or a thought-provoking comment in your episode? Share it as a quote on your social media. Tools like Buffer can help you schedule these in advance.

Repurposing isn't just a growth strategy; it's a testament to the depth and versatility of your content. Check out how the team at Buffer stretched a single podcast episode across multiple formats. They not only reached a broader audience but also improved their SEO and boosted their brand image.

The key here is to keep your target audience at the heart of your repurposing strategy. 

Here are 7 ChatGPT prompts to get you started.

Final Thoughts

Now that you have a roadmap, it's time to start your journey towards greater listenership. Each step you take towards leveraging niche communities, gamifying your podcast, and repurposing your content is a step towards expanding your reach, increasing your engagement, and, ultimately, building your podcast’s reputation. 

Remember, it's about persistence and continuing to deliver value to your audience. There's a crowd out there waiting for your voice. Let's make sure they hear it.