Learn the art of creating a branded podcast description that sticks with our comprehensive guide. Elevate your podcast's reach and captivate your audience from the start with our expert tips and examples.
We all grew up being told not to judge a book by its cover but in the case of podcasting, we think it’s perfectly reasonable to judge a podcast by its description.
And according to The Podcast Host, podcast listeners do too – most listeners consider podcast descriptions one of the first things they look at when finding a new show.
So why is it that when you start a branded podcast, writing a great podcast description probably isn’t high on your priority list?
While it’s easy to overlook amidst production, guest sourcing, recording, etc.; – writing a captivating podcast description is actually an essential part of reaching your target audience and establishing a dedicated listener base.
For example, say you’re a coffee lover and are interested in becoming more educated on quality coffee. You head over to your favorite listening platform and search “coffee”. These two podcasts come up:
“Aroma Atlas: "We talk about different types of coffee so you can become a master in the world of coffee."
“Sip Stories: Embark on a sensory journey from misty Ethiopian highlands to bustling Brazilian streets. Unearth the stories, histories, and cultures behind each bean. With experts and aficionados, explore the craft, ethics, and passion in every cup. From casual sippers to seasoned baristas, indulge in a blend of tales that will awaken your coffee soul.”
Which one excites you more? Which one are you going to click on? Personally, you can find us listening to Sip Stories.
Just like a good intro, podcast descriptions are one of the first things that listeners are met with – meaning they can either make or break your first impression.
In this article we are going to break down the elements of a branded podcast description and what you need to know to write one that stands out. Let’s get into it.
A podcast description is a concise written summary that provides potential listeners with an overview of the content, theme, and purpose of a podcast.
Similar to the text you find accompanying movies on Amazon Prime or Netflix, a podcast description gives listeners a preview of what they can expect before deciding to listen to the podcast.
Just as a movie blurb can influence your decision on what to watch or the back of a book can influence your decision to read, a podcast description plays a pivotal role in attracting listeners and helping them understand the essence of the podcast.
It should capture the podcast's unique features, topics, and style, enticing listeners to tune in.
A podcast description appears on podcast directories and platforms where users discover and listen to podcasts, like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts.
Spotify Podcast Page
Apple Podcast Page
When users search for podcasts or explore various categories, they encounter podcast listings. Each listing typically includes the podcast's title, cover art, and, crucially, the podcast description (as seen above on Spotify and Apple).
This description serves as a key tool in grabbing the attention of potential listeners and helping them make a decision about whether the podcast aligns with their interests.
We suggest thinking of podcast descriptions as high-level previews of the entire podcast, while show notes are detailed summaries of individual episodes.
Both podcast descriptions and show notes are essential for engaging potential listeners and helping current listeners navigate the podcast's content more effectively; however,
show notes are more detailed explanations or summaries of individual podcast episodes.
Show notes include specific information about the content of the episode, often broken down into sections, and are typically posted on the podcast's website or associated blog post for each episode.
Your podcast description should be concise. Ideally just 2-4 sentences. Most podcasting apps have character limits, but these are typically more generous than necessary
Your goal is to capture the attention of potential listeners within a matter of seconds, so keeping it succinct is a priority.
Use your podcast description to convey your show's theme and hook potential listeners, keeping in mind the limited attention span of your audience – 8.25 seconds on average.
While the brevity of a good podcast description can seem a bit daunting, we’ve outlined the key points to remember for podcast success and included some examples to inspire, so let’s dive in!
Writing a compelling branded podcast description involves several key elements that help attract and engage your target audience. Here are some of our top tips:
You’ve put tons of effort into creating a podcast, and now a podcast description, so let’s make sure the right people find your show.
Start by researching keywords that are relevant to your podcast's topic. Consider what terms your potential listeners might use when searching for podcasts like yours. You can use tools like Google Keyword Planner, Ubersuggest, or even Google's auto-suggestions to gather a list of potential keywords.
We suggest generating a list of keywords and phrases that directly relate to your podcast's content. These could include general topics, specific niches within your subject, and related terms that potential listeners will search for.
Remember that while keyword optimization is important for discoverability, the quality of your podcast's content and the value it provides to listeners is what keeps them coming back. Balancing optimization with an appealing, informative, and engaging description is key to attracting and retaining your audience.
Ask yourself – who is your ideal listener? What are their interests? What do they value?
Your podcast should tell your listeners why they should listen to your podcast. We suggest speaking directly to your intended audience in your podcast description to show them “what’s in it for you.”
If you're going to help them solve a problem, tell them exactly how you're going to do it and why it will work. If you're going to educate them, tell them what about and how. If you’re going to entertain them, give them a teaser of your wit and humor in your show description.
For example, your podcast provides self-care and wellness tips to people struggling with mental health. You could call out your target audience by starting your description with something like: "You're seeking new ways to add self-care and mindfulness into your daily routine, but it's not always easy to find exercises that produce results. We interview mental health professionals who unveil clinically proven small practices that you can incorporate into your daily life.”
People are busy and their time is valuable, so letting potential listeners know what they can expect from tuning into your show is something you should lay out right off the bat, ideally, in your episode description.
This includes, of course, what your show is about, but also how frequently you release a new episode, what day you post, and what format you use. For example, if your show follows an interview format, write something like "speaking with new industry experts every week."
Alternatively, if your show thrives on audience call-ins and direct interactions, writing something like "addressing your queries" tells your potential listeners what they can expect.
Say you’re providing listeners with investment tips, that’s great, but why should they listen to you? Have you made millions off the stock market? Do you work at a top firm on Wall Street?
In your podcast description, you don’t only need to highlight your expertise, but also distinctive details that distinguish you, your perspective, and your background from the hosts of the other 5 million podcasts in circulation.
If you're new to your field and lack expertise, that’s okay too! Another approach to establishing yourself as a podcast host is by being relatable. If your show focuses on trying out different investment strategies or following the guidance of different investors – lean into that. Listeners appreciate connecting with the person they're listening to and will consistently return to track your progress and relate it to their own experiences.
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Crafting a compelling podcast description is essential for creating a strong first impression on your potential listeners.
Just like the back of a book, the first few lines of your podcast description can determine whether your audience stays engaged or moves on to something else.
Throughout the process of creating your podcast description, keep your target audience in mind. Know who they are, what they seek, and how you can deliver value to them.
Remember, a good podcast description stands out because it is able to captivate listeners in just a few sentences. When you’re able to get your message right and deliver it concisely, potential listeners want to tune in – or at least download your podcast for later.
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