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9 Ways Your Brand Can Benefit From a Podcast Agency in 2024

9 Ways Your Brand Can Benefit From a Podcast Agency in 2024

Explore the advantages your brand can gain by partnering with a podcast agency this year. From expert content creation to audience growth strategies, learn how a podcast agency can elevate your brand's voice and engage your target audience like never before.
By
Quill Marketing Team
February 21, 2024
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The BBC’s Audio Activated study reports that branded podcasts:

  • Lift brand awareness by 89%
  • Brand consideration by 57%
  • Brand favorability by 24%
  • Purchase intent by 14%

On top of that, recent research from Sounds Profitable and CoHost reveals that listeners are almost as likely to listen to a branded podcast as they are a celebrity show. 

This impact isn’t just for B2C brands either with The State of the B2B Podcast Listener reporting that B2B podcast listeners are dedicated, with a significant percentage tuning in weekly.

With these metrics in mind, it’s no surprise that marketers are beginning to invest more time and money into branded podcasts

However, creating a podcast that resonates with target listeners requires expertise in storytelling, production, and marketing. That's where a podcast agency comes into play. 

By leveraging the specialized skills and insights of a podcast agency, companies can turn the challenges of podcasting into impactful content opportunities. 

Whether you're a budding entrepreneur or an established corporation, partnering with a podcast agency can unlock new avenues for success. 

In this article, we explore the 9 top ways that your company can benefit from collaborating with a podcast agency, showcasing real-world examples and highlighting best practices to help you make an informed decision. 

What is a podcast agency?

Podcast companies or more specifically, podcast agencies, are experts in the field of on-demand audio and their skill set commonly covers everything from content development, podcast production, and booking guests to advertising, podcast SEO, and data analysis. 

Most agencies will offer various packages so you can find one that fits your goals, budget, and timelines. 

2024’s top podcast agencies 

Quill Podcast Agency

Quill is an award-winning production agency specializing in branded podcasts. Working with leading brands like Walmart, Expedia, PwC, and Interac, Quill covers everything from podcast conception to marketing and measurement. 

Quill also owns CoHost, a podcast analytics and audience insights tool built for brands and agencies. With CoHost, users can access deeper insights about their podcast such as which companies & industries are listening, who your listeners are with advanced demographics, and what marketing channels are driving downloads.

Lower Street

Offering production services to ambitious companies, Lower Street is helping brands skip the awkward years and launch a great show. 

The agency has worked with a variety of clients and brands including BCG, Booking.com, Kearney, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and more. 

Content Allies 

Placing a focus on B2B brands and podcast networking, Content Allies covers all areas of podcast production. 

The agency has worked with impressive names such as Meta (previously Facebook), Alibaba, Siemens Energy, and more. 

JAR Audio

JAR Audio is a full-service agency specializing in podcast production and marketing. The company collaborates with brands like RBC, Saje, and Amazon to create impactful podcasts that solve brand problems. 

By leveraging the power of compelling storytelling, JAR Audio helps world-class brands engage, inspire, and drive success through podcasts that resonate with their audience.

Larj Media

Larj Media is a leading creative podcast production agency founded by Tina and Joelle Nole. With a focus on connecting audiences with compelling content, the agency offers expert services to big and small businesses across various industries including tech, food and beverage, literary arts, and law. 

Through their full-service approach, Larj Media helps clients unlock the power of podcasting, delivering high-quality production, audience engagement, and measurable results.

Quill tip: If you’re looking for a more detailed list of the top podcast agencies of the year, check out our complete list. 

Questions to consider when shopping for a podcast agency

Not all podcast agencies are created equal. Each possesses unique strengths, expertise, and service offerings. 

By shopping around, brands can find a podcast agency that specializes in their niche or industry, understands their brand image, and prioritizes their goals. 

Before you commit to a podcast agency it’s important to step back and ask a few questions that will set you up for success:

  1. Does the podcast agency understand our brand?
  2. What type of content does the agency produce? For example, are they primarily a B2B podcast agency? Do they have clients that resemble your brand size, industry, sector, etc.?
  3. How much experience do they have? 
  4. What are their past successes with branded podcasts? How do they measure success?
  5. Do they offer guarantees on their services?
  6. What will they handle? What do they need us to handle?
  7. What are their timelines for post-production?
  8. How much time does my team need to commit?
  9. Who gets the final say on the podcast content, editing, and production?
  10. What are their trust signals? Look at logos, case studies, and testimonials.

If you consider all these questions, you should be able to choose an agency that best suits your vision, goals, and long-term needs. 

But keep reading to learn how and why your company can benefit from a podcast agency. 

How your brand will benefit from a podcast agency

1. Tap into their experience and expertise 

Working with a turn-key podcast agency, like Quill, will take pressure off you and your team, especially as you juggle other important business needs. 

Here are just a few ways clients can tap into agency expertise:

Proven track record of client performance: 

Agencies know what it takes to create and launch a successful podcast – they’ve done it many times before. They help you develop a cohesive, long-term strategy for your podcast's growth and success, taking into account your goals, lessons they’ve learned before, and the evolving podcast landscape.

Content development: 

Podcast agencies often have experienced content creators, writers, and producers who can help conceptualize and develop engaging podcast content. They can assist with scriptwriting, episode planning, and ensuring that the content is relevant and compelling.

Technical expertise: 

Podcast agencies help ensure your podcast has high production quality with clear audio, well-paced episodes, and seamless editing. They have the right team and podcast equipment to make it possible. On top of that, they can help set up hosting platforms, ensure proper distribution to podcast directories (like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc.), and manage the technical aspects of publishing episodes.

2. Save your team time (+ money) 

Podcasts can seem easy to create and launch, but to do it well most companies don’t have the equipment, knowledge, or time. 

Did you know that on average, agencies use 7 podcast tools during a client’s journey? These are industry-trusted, time-saving tools that allow you to enhance your recording experience, automate transcripts, provide accurate listener data, and much more. 

Instead of spending money on equipment or platforms that may not achieve what you want them to, we suggest hiring a podcast agency with tried-and-true solutions.

An agency also eliminates the need to train employees to learn the podcasting process – everything from developing content, booking guests, and the technical aspects of podcast recording to editing, podcast marketing, advertising, and SEO.  

3. Better define your show topic and target audience 

While many brands out there make it look easy, narrowing down your show’s focus, value proposition, and listener persona takes a lot of thought and consideration. 

Here are just a few ways that podcast agencies can help in the pre-production phase: 

Finding your niche

Many companies make mistakes when it comes to choosing their podcast topic – they either go too broad, or too narrow.

While it’s tempting to think that catering to a larger audience will bring in more listeners, experts know that trying to relate to too many people means that you relate to no one. Instead, agencies will help you define (and re-define) your niche

Having a niche means that potential listeners know where to find you and that you have a better chance of becoming a thought leader and getting on the charts in that segment since, of course, there’s less content you’re competing with. 

For example, instead of creating a “business” podcast, a niche within the business would be “How to bootstrap your startup.” This is a specific topic that only a small subset of shows would fall into, designed to reach a specific listener. 

Podcast agencies eliminate the guesswork when it comes to determining your niche. These professionals leverage their expertise and top-tier podcast analytics to help you find the niches that best resonate with your target audience.

Creating original content that resonates

Another common problem is businesses are unsure of where to add their own creativity to the podcast. They end up copying competitor shows or start promoting their product or services excessively. 

There are over 5 million podcasts in existence, so you need to stand out. When you copy competitor shows, you are competing against established podcasts with dedicated fanbases. Without any differentiation, there is effectively no reason why listeners should listen to your, lesser-known, show. 

Alternatively, when a branded podcast becomes too sales-oriented, it loses the authenticity and intimacy the medium is famous (and loved) for. Listeners are not tuning into your podcast to hear a 30-minute advertisement – they’re looking for an impactful connection that adds value to their lives. 

Podcast agencies help you research and better understand which topics will do the best based on what’s trending, where the gaps are in the market, and which topics get the most listeners within your target audience. 

Finding your ideal listener persona 

What’s the use in creating a quality podcast if you don’t have an ideal listenership?

While you probably have a vague idea of who you expect to be listening to your show, narrowing down exactly who you want to reach is critical to creating a show that resonates. 

When it comes to identifying your show’s ideal listener persona, here are some things to consider:

  • Age 
  • Fears 
  • Budget 
  • Location 
  • Hobbies 
  • Interests 
  • Lifestyle 
  • Education
  • Pain points
  • Social causes 
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Industry and occupation 
  • Total market size(How many potential listeners there are that fit your profile. This metric will help you estimate your potential audience size)

Although an extensive list above, when it comes to creating an ideal listener persona, the more specific the better – and a podcast agency can help.

4. Provide you with cutting-edge analytics

Podcast agencies have experience with leveraging podcast analytics to make data-driven decisions. These decisions not only affect the reach and content of your podcast but also the ROI your podcast has on your brand

For example, podcast agencies can help you drill down to define who your exact target audience should be based on demographic data and research. Remember, these experts know what sort of questions and topics appeal to audiences since a seasoned podcast agency has years of experience with clients. 

Additionally, these agencies know what tools to use to ensure you have the most accurate and important podcast metrics. Whether you’re interested in what businesses are listening to your podcast, what your listeners’ social media habits are, or what kind of lifestyle your listeners live – your podcast agency knows what tech will show you.

5. Piggyback on their credibility

When you work with a podcast agency, you aren’t just getting access to their knowledge and expertise but you’re also able to associate yourself with a leader in the space. 

Good agencies often have a wide network and pre-established relationships that you don’t. 

This means they’ll be able to make strategic introductions, find credible hosts, book guests, and get you the best deals and rates on equipment, hosting platforms, ad spending, and more. 

This comes from years of being in the industry and your partnership means you now have access to this pre-existing network.

6. Top notch audio (+ video) quality 

Creating content that resonates is only part of the equation of creating a successful. 

When was the last time you willingly watched or listened to content with static, an echo, or even awkward cuts? 

And we doubt your audience remembers either.

With that said, it may seem like a no-brainer (or the bare minimum) to have a podcast that sounds professional, but it’s a lot easier said than done – especially when you don’t have any audio engineers or editors on your team. 

Luckily, full-service podcast agencies come with skilled audio engineers to ensure your show sounds nothing short of perfect on your release day. On top of providing clean cuts and editing out any flaws, they’ll also ensure your show has a strong sonic brand and a seamless listening experience.

“As a podcast you are competing for your listeners attention. The first thing your audience will hear is the audio quality of your podcast. If you have subpar audio, you run the risk of listeners tuning out before they’ve even heard your content.”

– Dillon Moore, Senior Editor and Video Engineer @ Quill Inc.

Quill tip: If you’re interested in learning a bit more about what audio engineering is and why they’re so instrumental in creating a quality podcast, check out our blog.

7. Dedicated support

Any brand that’s launched a podcast will tell you that it’s a marathon; not a sprint – and that it takes a village. 

A full-service branded podcast agency provides brands with dedicated support every step of the way, from initial concept development to ongoing production and promotion. 

With a team of experienced professionals handling all aspects of podcast management, brands can focus on their core business activities while trusting that their podcast is in capable hands.

8. Enhance your podcast marketing and overall strategy

Branded podcasts shouldn’t exist in a silo and no one knows how to integrate them into your boarder marketing strategy better than a full-service podcast agency. 

Some agencies, like Quill, offer dedicated podcast marketing services to help maximize the impact and longevity of your show through:

  • Custom audience growth strategies: Receive a customized audience growth strategy with KPIs and goals so you know exactly how your podcast will grow.
  • Receive an in-depth podcast analytics report with actionable insights and takeaways.
  • Tailored guest media kits: We’ll provide each of your guests with custom media kits with all the assets they’ll need to share their episode.
  • Podcast advertising campaigns: We’ll strategize, build, launch, optimize, and measure your paid podcast advertising campaigns through audio-centric platforms.

On top of that, full-service podcast agencies will help you integrate and repurpose your podcast content into your other favorite channels like social media, email marketing, video, blog content, PR, and more to ensure you get the most out of your marketing. 

Quill Tip: If you’re interested in learning more about how to integrate your branded podcast into your content marketing strategy, check out our full guide. 

9. Stay ahead of podcast trends 

As all marketers know, staying informed on industry trends isn’t just an advantage but a necessity to compete in today’s crowded content landscape.

That’s where podcast agencies come in. 

A branded podcast agency keeps a finger on the pulse of the podcasting landscape, providing brands with valuable insights and strategic recommendations. Whether it's identifying emerging topics or leveraging new distribution channels, partnering with an agency ensures that brands stay ahead of the curve and maximize their podcasting efforts. 

Moreover, branded podcast agencies don't just observe trends; they actively anticipate shifts in the podcasting ecosystem. By leveraging their deep understanding of the medium, coupled with data analytics and market research, podcast agencies empower brands to anticipate emerging topics, capitalize on evolving consumer interests, and pivot their podcasting strategies accordingly.

Quill Tip: If you want to do your research to see what’s up and coming in audio, check out our top six podcast trend predictions for 2024

A podcast agency is a game-changer

Generating results without expertise can seem impossible but you don’t have to go at it alone. 

As we've explored in this blog, partnering with a specialized podcast agency can be a transformative step for your company. The multifaceted advantages, from expertise and analytics to thought leadership and industry connections, demonstrate the remarkable potential podcast agencies have to transform your podcast. 

Remember, in creating a podcast, you're not only investing in a medium that is rapidly gaining traction but also capitalizing on a platform that can forge meaningful connections and drive tangible results – so you’ll want to do it right. 

If you want to learn more about working with an agency, chat with our team at Quill

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9 Ways Your Brand Can Benefit From a Podcast Agency in 2024

Last updated on: 
February 21, 2024

Explore the advantages your brand can gain by partnering with a podcast agency this year. From expert content creation to audience growth strategies, learn how a podcast agency can elevate your brand's voice and engage your target audience like never before.

The BBC’s Audio Activated study reports that branded podcasts:

  • Lift brand awareness by 89%
  • Brand consideration by 57%
  • Brand favorability by 24%
  • Purchase intent by 14%

On top of that, recent research from Sounds Profitable and CoHost reveals that listeners are almost as likely to listen to a branded podcast as they are a celebrity show. 

This impact isn’t just for B2C brands either with The State of the B2B Podcast Listener reporting that B2B podcast listeners are dedicated, with a significant percentage tuning in weekly.

With these metrics in mind, it’s no surprise that marketers are beginning to invest more time and money into branded podcasts

However, creating a podcast that resonates with target listeners requires expertise in storytelling, production, and marketing. That's where a podcast agency comes into play. 

By leveraging the specialized skills and insights of a podcast agency, companies can turn the challenges of podcasting into impactful content opportunities. 

Whether you're a budding entrepreneur or an established corporation, partnering with a podcast agency can unlock new avenues for success. 

In this article, we explore the 9 top ways that your company can benefit from collaborating with a podcast agency, showcasing real-world examples and highlighting best practices to help you make an informed decision. 

What is a podcast agency?

Podcast companies or more specifically, podcast agencies, are experts in the field of on-demand audio and their skill set commonly covers everything from content development, podcast production, and booking guests to advertising, podcast SEO, and data analysis. 

Most agencies will offer various packages so you can find one that fits your goals, budget, and timelines. 

2024’s top podcast agencies 

Quill Podcast Agency

Quill is an award-winning production agency specializing in branded podcasts. Working with leading brands like Walmart, Expedia, PwC, and Interac, Quill covers everything from podcast conception to marketing and measurement. 

Quill also owns CoHost, a podcast analytics and audience insights tool built for brands and agencies. With CoHost, users can access deeper insights about their podcast such as which companies & industries are listening, who your listeners are with advanced demographics, and what marketing channels are driving downloads.

Lower Street

Offering production services to ambitious companies, Lower Street is helping brands skip the awkward years and launch a great show. 

The agency has worked with a variety of clients and brands including BCG, Booking.com, Kearney, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and more. 

Content Allies 

Placing a focus on B2B brands and podcast networking, Content Allies covers all areas of podcast production. 

The agency has worked with impressive names such as Meta (previously Facebook), Alibaba, Siemens Energy, and more. 

JAR Audio

JAR Audio is a full-service agency specializing in podcast production and marketing. The company collaborates with brands like RBC, Saje, and Amazon to create impactful podcasts that solve brand problems. 

By leveraging the power of compelling storytelling, JAR Audio helps world-class brands engage, inspire, and drive success through podcasts that resonate with their audience.

Larj Media

Larj Media is a leading creative podcast production agency founded by Tina and Joelle Nole. With a focus on connecting audiences with compelling content, the agency offers expert services to big and small businesses across various industries including tech, food and beverage, literary arts, and law. 

Through their full-service approach, Larj Media helps clients unlock the power of podcasting, delivering high-quality production, audience engagement, and measurable results.

Quill tip: If you’re looking for a more detailed list of the top podcast agencies of the year, check out our complete list. 

Questions to consider when shopping for a podcast agency

Not all podcast agencies are created equal. Each possesses unique strengths, expertise, and service offerings. 

By shopping around, brands can find a podcast agency that specializes in their niche or industry, understands their brand image, and prioritizes their goals. 

Before you commit to a podcast agency it’s important to step back and ask a few questions that will set you up for success:

  1. Does the podcast agency understand our brand?
  2. What type of content does the agency produce? For example, are they primarily a B2B podcast agency? Do they have clients that resemble your brand size, industry, sector, etc.?
  3. How much experience do they have? 
  4. What are their past successes with branded podcasts? How do they measure success?
  5. Do they offer guarantees on their services?
  6. What will they handle? What do they need us to handle?
  7. What are their timelines for post-production?
  8. How much time does my team need to commit?
  9. Who gets the final say on the podcast content, editing, and production?
  10. What are their trust signals? Look at logos, case studies, and testimonials.

If you consider all these questions, you should be able to choose an agency that best suits your vision, goals, and long-term needs. 

But keep reading to learn how and why your company can benefit from a podcast agency. 

How your brand will benefit from a podcast agency

1. Tap into their experience and expertise 

Working with a turn-key podcast agency, like Quill, will take pressure off you and your team, especially as you juggle other important business needs. 

Here are just a few ways clients can tap into agency expertise:

Proven track record of client performance: 

Agencies know what it takes to create and launch a successful podcast – they’ve done it many times before. They help you develop a cohesive, long-term strategy for your podcast's growth and success, taking into account your goals, lessons they’ve learned before, and the evolving podcast landscape.

Content development: 

Podcast agencies often have experienced content creators, writers, and producers who can help conceptualize and develop engaging podcast content. They can assist with scriptwriting, episode planning, and ensuring that the content is relevant and compelling.

Technical expertise: 

Podcast agencies help ensure your podcast has high production quality with clear audio, well-paced episodes, and seamless editing. They have the right team and podcast equipment to make it possible. On top of that, they can help set up hosting platforms, ensure proper distribution to podcast directories (like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc.), and manage the technical aspects of publishing episodes.

2. Save your team time (+ money) 

Podcasts can seem easy to create and launch, but to do it well most companies don’t have the equipment, knowledge, or time. 

Did you know that on average, agencies use 7 podcast tools during a client’s journey? These are industry-trusted, time-saving tools that allow you to enhance your recording experience, automate transcripts, provide accurate listener data, and much more. 

Instead of spending money on equipment or platforms that may not achieve what you want them to, we suggest hiring a podcast agency with tried-and-true solutions.

An agency also eliminates the need to train employees to learn the podcasting process – everything from developing content, booking guests, and the technical aspects of podcast recording to editing, podcast marketing, advertising, and SEO.  

3. Better define your show topic and target audience 

While many brands out there make it look easy, narrowing down your show’s focus, value proposition, and listener persona takes a lot of thought and consideration. 

Here are just a few ways that podcast agencies can help in the pre-production phase: 

Finding your niche

Many companies make mistakes when it comes to choosing their podcast topic – they either go too broad, or too narrow.

While it’s tempting to think that catering to a larger audience will bring in more listeners, experts know that trying to relate to too many people means that you relate to no one. Instead, agencies will help you define (and re-define) your niche

Having a niche means that potential listeners know where to find you and that you have a better chance of becoming a thought leader and getting on the charts in that segment since, of course, there’s less content you’re competing with. 

For example, instead of creating a “business” podcast, a niche within the business would be “How to bootstrap your startup.” This is a specific topic that only a small subset of shows would fall into, designed to reach a specific listener. 

Podcast agencies eliminate the guesswork when it comes to determining your niche. These professionals leverage their expertise and top-tier podcast analytics to help you find the niches that best resonate with your target audience.

Creating original content that resonates

Another common problem is businesses are unsure of where to add their own creativity to the podcast. They end up copying competitor shows or start promoting their product or services excessively. 

There are over 5 million podcasts in existence, so you need to stand out. When you copy competitor shows, you are competing against established podcasts with dedicated fanbases. Without any differentiation, there is effectively no reason why listeners should listen to your, lesser-known, show. 

Alternatively, when a branded podcast becomes too sales-oriented, it loses the authenticity and intimacy the medium is famous (and loved) for. Listeners are not tuning into your podcast to hear a 30-minute advertisement – they’re looking for an impactful connection that adds value to their lives. 

Podcast agencies help you research and better understand which topics will do the best based on what’s trending, where the gaps are in the market, and which topics get the most listeners within your target audience. 

Finding your ideal listener persona 

What’s the use in creating a quality podcast if you don’t have an ideal listenership?

While you probably have a vague idea of who you expect to be listening to your show, narrowing down exactly who you want to reach is critical to creating a show that resonates. 

When it comes to identifying your show’s ideal listener persona, here are some things to consider:

  • Age 
  • Fears 
  • Budget 
  • Location 
  • Hobbies 
  • Interests 
  • Lifestyle 
  • Education
  • Pain points
  • Social causes 
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Industry and occupation 
  • Total market size(How many potential listeners there are that fit your profile. This metric will help you estimate your potential audience size)

Although an extensive list above, when it comes to creating an ideal listener persona, the more specific the better – and a podcast agency can help.

4. Provide you with cutting-edge analytics

Podcast agencies have experience with leveraging podcast analytics to make data-driven decisions. These decisions not only affect the reach and content of your podcast but also the ROI your podcast has on your brand

For example, podcast agencies can help you drill down to define who your exact target audience should be based on demographic data and research. Remember, these experts know what sort of questions and topics appeal to audiences since a seasoned podcast agency has years of experience with clients. 

Additionally, these agencies know what tools to use to ensure you have the most accurate and important podcast metrics. Whether you’re interested in what businesses are listening to your podcast, what your listeners’ social media habits are, or what kind of lifestyle your listeners live – your podcast agency knows what tech will show you.

5. Piggyback on their credibility

When you work with a podcast agency, you aren’t just getting access to their knowledge and expertise but you’re also able to associate yourself with a leader in the space. 

Good agencies often have a wide network and pre-established relationships that you don’t. 

This means they’ll be able to make strategic introductions, find credible hosts, book guests, and get you the best deals and rates on equipment, hosting platforms, ad spending, and more. 

This comes from years of being in the industry and your partnership means you now have access to this pre-existing network.

6. Top notch audio (+ video) quality 

Creating content that resonates is only part of the equation of creating a successful. 

When was the last time you willingly watched or listened to content with static, an echo, or even awkward cuts? 

And we doubt your audience remembers either.

With that said, it may seem like a no-brainer (or the bare minimum) to have a podcast that sounds professional, but it’s a lot easier said than done – especially when you don’t have any audio engineers or editors on your team. 

Luckily, full-service podcast agencies come with skilled audio engineers to ensure your show sounds nothing short of perfect on your release day. On top of providing clean cuts and editing out any flaws, they’ll also ensure your show has a strong sonic brand and a seamless listening experience.

“As a podcast you are competing for your listeners attention. The first thing your audience will hear is the audio quality of your podcast. If you have subpar audio, you run the risk of listeners tuning out before they’ve even heard your content.”

– Dillon Moore, Senior Editor and Video Engineer @ Quill Inc.

Quill tip: If you’re interested in learning a bit more about what audio engineering is and why they’re so instrumental in creating a quality podcast, check out our blog.

7. Dedicated support

Any brand that’s launched a podcast will tell you that it’s a marathon; not a sprint – and that it takes a village. 

A full-service branded podcast agency provides brands with dedicated support every step of the way, from initial concept development to ongoing production and promotion. 

With a team of experienced professionals handling all aspects of podcast management, brands can focus on their core business activities while trusting that their podcast is in capable hands.

8. Enhance your podcast marketing and overall strategy

Branded podcasts shouldn’t exist in a silo and no one knows how to integrate them into your boarder marketing strategy better than a full-service podcast agency. 

Some agencies, like Quill, offer dedicated podcast marketing services to help maximize the impact and longevity of your show through:

  • Custom audience growth strategies: Receive a customized audience growth strategy with KPIs and goals so you know exactly how your podcast will grow.
  • Receive an in-depth podcast analytics report with actionable insights and takeaways.
  • Tailored guest media kits: We’ll provide each of your guests with custom media kits with all the assets they’ll need to share their episode.
  • Podcast advertising campaigns: We’ll strategize, build, launch, optimize, and measure your paid podcast advertising campaigns through audio-centric platforms.

On top of that, full-service podcast agencies will help you integrate and repurpose your podcast content into your other favorite channels like social media, email marketing, video, blog content, PR, and more to ensure you get the most out of your marketing. 

Quill Tip: If you’re interested in learning more about how to integrate your branded podcast into your content marketing strategy, check out our full guide. 

9. Stay ahead of podcast trends 

As all marketers know, staying informed on industry trends isn’t just an advantage but a necessity to compete in today’s crowded content landscape.

That’s where podcast agencies come in. 

A branded podcast agency keeps a finger on the pulse of the podcasting landscape, providing brands with valuable insights and strategic recommendations. Whether it's identifying emerging topics or leveraging new distribution channels, partnering with an agency ensures that brands stay ahead of the curve and maximize their podcasting efforts. 

Moreover, branded podcast agencies don't just observe trends; they actively anticipate shifts in the podcasting ecosystem. By leveraging their deep understanding of the medium, coupled with data analytics and market research, podcast agencies empower brands to anticipate emerging topics, capitalize on evolving consumer interests, and pivot their podcasting strategies accordingly.

Quill Tip: If you want to do your research to see what’s up and coming in audio, check out our top six podcast trend predictions for 2024

A podcast agency is a game-changer

Generating results without expertise can seem impossible but you don’t have to go at it alone. 

As we've explored in this blog, partnering with a specialized podcast agency can be a transformative step for your company. The multifaceted advantages, from expertise and analytics to thought leadership and industry connections, demonstrate the remarkable potential podcast agencies have to transform your podcast. 

Remember, in creating a podcast, you're not only investing in a medium that is rapidly gaining traction but also capitalizing on a platform that can forge meaningful connections and drive tangible results – so you’ll want to do it right. 

If you want to learn more about working with an agency, chat with our team at Quill

Quill Marketing Team

Driven storytellers

A team of experienced podcasters that are looking to equip brands with the necessary resources, knowledge, and insights to create a successful branded podcast.

Platform
Price
Pro’s
Con's
Anchor

Free

  • Easy to use
  • Automatically distributes your podcast to major platforms.
  • Embed media player.
  • Great if podcasting is a
    side hobby
  • Very basic editing
  • Since it’s a free tool, you don’t have full control over the monetization of your podcast.
  • Not the right platform for people taking podcasting seriously
Buzzsprout

Free for 2 hours of content per month

$12 for 3 hours per month

$18+ for 6 hours and up

  • Very user-friendly
  • Caters to both long term and beginner podcasters
  • Advanced analytics
  • Easy distribution of your episodes
  • They measure their size requirements to hours not megabytes
  • Bonus: get a free $20 Amazon gift card when you sign up for any paid hosting plan!
  • Advanced features like dynamic ad insertion need some work
Libsyn

$5/month for Monthly Storage 50mb

  • Oldest podcast hosting site.
  • Easy distribution to major platforms and great for scaling once your podcast gets bigger.
  • Hosted over 35,000 podcasts.
  • An iTunes Podcast partner.
  • Allows you to publish your podcast to specific directories.
  • Embed media player.
  • Price is based on storage
  • 50mb storage for $5 won’t be enough if you are publishing weekly so you’ll end up with a higher price point
Podbean

Unlimited audio package: $9/month

Storage space:

Unlimited

  • Great support & customer service features
  • Unlimited audio.
  • Pages are easy to customize
  • Can schedule podcast release dates.
  • Easy to use.
  • Uploads and changes to podcast titles and/or descriptions are automatic to Spotify.
  • Embed media player.
  • Simple Analytics
  • Analytics aren’t as advanced as other platforms
  • Upload and changes to podcast titles and/or descriptions take a day to change on iTunes.
  • Not an iTunes podcast partner.
  • The process to send a podcast to iTunes is more tedious. But, you will still be able to get on the platform.
Blubrry

Classic

$5/month

Monthly Storage

50mb

  • Podcast Wordpress plugin and management.
  • If you want to record a new introduction or conclusion, add in a sponsored ad or upload a new version of a podcast, it doesn't count towards your storage usage per month.
  • Blubrry allows a 25% storage overage each month
  • Prices are based on storage.
  • Usability is okay.
SimpleCast

Starting: $15/month

Recommendation: $35/month

Monthly Storage: Unlimited

  • Hosts your audio files no matter what the size!
  • Dynamic insertion for podcast ads or edits.
  • Incredibly detailed analytics including number of episodes completed and listener location tracking.
  • Embed media player.
  • Easy to use.
  • Great distribution! Easy access to all major podcast platforms.
  • Customizable podcast
    website.
  • Prices are slightly higher than other platforms, but well worth it especially if you have a branded company podcast!

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