Podcasts are to media what Trefoils are to Girl Scout Cookies. Most of us know they’re there, and most of us never order them. Unless you’re like me. I love podcasts.
It all started back in twenty-aught-six when I got my first iPod – a 1-gigabyte Nano. I thought I was a hepcat. I got on iTunes and quickly learned there’s more than music to play on a music player. I discovered a whole world of podcasts. And they were free. Free is good.
Podcasts are advertiser-supported but not advertiser-heavy. Advertising on podcasts could work for your brand. Your ad runs in an uncluttered environment to an opted-in audience. Toyota advertises on “Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know,” a video podcast that delves into pop conspiracy theories. Shari’s Berries is a regular on the hilarious “This Week with Larry Miller.”
I highly recommend “Manager Tools” and its companion “Career Tools,” two energetic weekly podcasts that provide detailed direction on how to work effectively inside a corporation. “Manager Tools” host Mark Horstman is brilliant and full of tough-love advice, such as “You’re not paid to be you, you’re paid to be effective,” “You’re not that smart; they’re not that dumb,” and “It’s all about behavior.”
Check it out for yourself. Next time you’re on the iTunes Store search for whatever topic, title or person that interests you. We all know “there’s an app for that.” There’s also a podcast for that.