It’s redundant at this point to say that podcasts are the new big trending piece of content that you can create. Podcasts have been gaining relevance and popularity for the past 5 to 6 years, and I’m sure at this point just about everyone has listened to one in some capacity. Of course, listening is just one aspect of podcasting but have you ever considered creating one? Now is literally the best time to start one if you’re interested, and even more so if you own a small business or brand.
“They offer one remarkable aspect that few mediums of content can really offer”
When it comes to content marketing for brands in the modern age, the first thought is to typically gravitate towards video and social media platforms. A large portion of the population is becoming more and more attracted to visual content, so it completely makes sense. As stated though, podcasts are HUGE right now, and arguably could overtake video someday. They offer one remarkable aspect that few mediums of content can really offer. Freedom.
Without the visual element attached to them, or often having the visual element be an afterthought, this frees listeners up to be able to multitask while listening. Got a 30 minute commute to work in the morning? Put on a podcast. Editing some new photos of your products? Put on a podcast. Cleaning the house? Put on a podcast. You see where I’m going with this, right? Podcasts allow us as consumers to do more, while still getting the same fix of juicy content that we oh-so-crave. This is why as business owners trying to reach these same consumers, we have no excuse to not start our own podcasts!
“I can take my eyes off the screen, and be productive on my own time”
The ability to reach your audience in a new and exciting way is often enticing enough, but it also removes a lot of the initial barriers that often limit consumers from viewing your content in the first place. It’s much less of a commitment for me to throw on a new podcast that I’m curious about, than it is for me to take the time to watch through a commercial or video. I can take my eyes off the screen, and be productive on my own time while still soaking in whatever the podcaster is feeding my ears. I know this whole attention-span, ease of access aspect is probably sounding very Gen-Z of me, but this is the age we live in.
“…why not join the ranks?”
In summary, if you want to access an additional portion of your audience, then making yourself available via podcasts is highly invaluable. No matter what your business may be, I truly believe you can find a way to make your podcast into something that your audience will love. Own an ice cream shop? Talk about your flavor of the week, or drone on and on about your favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavors. Own a thrift store? Talk about retro fashion through the years, and review products that you sell. Honestly, the possibilities are pretty endless. At this point there’s probably already a podcast out there for just about anything, so why not join the ranks? All it takes is a phone that can record audio (literally every single smartphone), and somewhere to upload the audio, and BAM. You’re a podcaster.
If you haven’t already, we’d love if you took a minute to check out our newly rebranded podcast, Raisin’ Brand. We are sitting sown with some amazing peers and professionals to discuss marketing and creativity and how the two can come together to create a brand.
A recession. It was predicted to come soon, but we didn’t expect it to happen like this. The coronavirus has not discriminated against any businesses, from large corporations to local diners, there is no shortage of struggle.
The visible struggle we are seeing highlights businesses that are making smart, business saving moves. For example, The Knotty Nail in Des Moines is a craft store and most of its business revolves around group parties and events (yeah really can’t happen with the current social distancing restrictions.) So it’s something that you’d expect to be hit hard with these current events, right?
However, their smart marketing moves, flexibility, and savvy social media usage has put them on the map as the go-to quarantine craft.
They did not hesitate during this time many businesses would, and hit the ground running offering curbside pickup and 20% off do-it-yourself kits. Every week they even come out with new kits which opens them up for customers repurchasing their products often. They then offer live instruction on their Facebook of crafts that can get a little tricky.
Customers are loving these fun activities, and posting their finished products on social media! This is an amazing opportunity for them because 74% of consumers say that word of mouth marketing is a key influence when they make purchasing decisions (bigcommerce.com).
And let’s be real, who isn’t 1. Spending an ungodly amount of time on social media right now 2. Looking for anything to keep yourself busy
With these smart marketing moves, no one is surprised they are selling out like crazy even in these beginning stages of a recession.
What can your business take from this success story?
Don’t give up
Simply becoming complacent during this time is one of the WORST things you can do. Yes, you do have to comply with social distancing procedures and place the importance of public health as your #1 priority, but taking these as an excuse to do nothing will kill your business.
Without a creative mind behind the Knotty Nail, they would’ve thought “Oh if we cant do group event’s any more we need to shut down.” But obviously that didn’t happen. With quick thinking, you can determine what the public needs right now, and how you can fill that need safely, and conveniently.
Hit marketing hard
This isn’t our first recession. We need to take advice from those who have thrived during these situations. This article was what inspired us to write this post in the first place. It is an insightful look from the 2008 recession which takes a look at the Great Depression for pointers to help their current businesses stay afloat.
It was a time when several companies benefited from aggressive marketing while their rivals cut back. A good example of that would be Kellogg besting C.W. Post during that time. Consumers didn’t stop spending during the Depression; most just looked for better deals, and the companies providing those better deals came out stronger after the Depression ended. When spending picked up, consumer loyalty to those companies remained.
Right now, many people are looking to give some love to their favorite local businesses. Engage with your community and they will be happy to support you if you support them in return. #CedarValleyStrong
Stay safe and stay healthy ❤️️
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