Tips and Tactics for Building a Law Podcast Following
If you’re an attorney or legal marketer who has recently launched a legal podcast, you’ve either discovered or been coached to accept a stark reality: the millions of subscribers never came. But that was never the point. And, hopefully, that’s not how you’re measuring success.
However you should be working actively and ongoing to grow your audience within the niche you’re (hopefully) targeting. Here are a few things you’ve likely tried, and a few others you may want to consider.
Pick the Low-Hanging Fruit
Don’t presume that your constituents will magically discover your podcast. Most won’t. We are too busy and too otherwise distracted to take note of all or our colleagues’ new endeavors. We must be told—seven times, before we hear it the first time (so The Rule of Seven argues). So make sure you are checking all of the easy boxes—the owned channels that you or your marketing department controls:
- Post each episode to all social media accounts as it comes out
- Announce each new episode in your marketing email or newsletter
This goes for both your own personal accounts on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc., but also those of your firm as well. Two other considerations:
Put a permanent link to the podcast homepage in your email signature.
Personally inform important clients and warm prospects by sending an individual email with a link to new episodes, perhaps contextualizing the takeaways to conversations you may be having with said client or prospect.
Optimize for Search
Use every opportunity at your disposal to include relevant keyword phrases into every written companion piece you’re using to host or promote your podcast:
Include industry-appropriate phrases and terminology in your show description where the podcast is hosted.
Also include the most relevant and targeted keyword phrases in the terminology you use in each episode’s show notes.
Consider purchasing a keyword-rich, target-relevant website name and URL to either host and broadcast the podcast itself, or at least use domain forwarding to redirect users to the actual podcast host. For example, an M&A attorney might name a podcast “Mergers and Acquisitions Law Podcast” and purchase/deploy the URL “MandALegalPodcast.com” or some such. Both the name of the podcast and the URL, therefore, will help searchers find your podcast and elevate your SEO page rank
You want to take every measure possible to ensure that anyone looking for your particular podcast can find yours...and not a competitor’s.
Be Intentional in Your Guest Strategy
If you might humbly describe your own personal network as “modest” or even “paltry,” consider the guests you book as industry influencers, and leverage their larger networks to grow your audience:
They likely will without asking anyway, but reminders and helpers won’t hurt. It’s a great way to not only get wider exposure for one particular episode, but to broaden your audience more generally and ongoing as well.
Look for Syndication Opportunities
If you’ve narrowly positioned your target audience for the podcast (as I strongly recommend), your content will naturally align with existing, large platforms that already have healthy, engaged and highly interested audiences—target-rich environments for your content and expertise.
As an example, JD Supra has been gracious enough to publish some of my own podcast’s (The Thought Leadership Project podcast) episodes on its platform, as our content targets their user base closely.
Deploy Lures and Digestible Gateways
People are busy. There has never been greater competition for attention nor more numerous, intrusive distractions. Remember that you are inviting an audience to consume long-form content. There will be a time and place for a potential audience member to subscribe and consume an entire episode or more of your podcast—at the gym, on a walk, during a commute, etc. But your touchpoint might not be that precise moment. A LinkedIn status update may actually lure someone away to your podcast, but what you’re really trying to do is give busy professionals a byte-sized nugget to instantly digest, while you’re continually drawing their interest and eventual patronage to your podcast.
An infographic that either simply crystallizes the episode’s chief takeaways or creates enough of a teaser to get someone to stop, take notice, and at least process the topic you are addressing or the expertise you provide. Even if they don’t stop and subscribe to your podcast right that very instant, you have at least made a thought-leadership impression on the user, and hopefully planted a seed to be reaped later when that person remembers to go back and find your podcast and listen to the whole episode.