The Podcasting Process: A Behind-the-Scenes Look
Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes to bring your favorite podcasts to life? As a full-service podcast agency, we're pulling back the curtain to give you an inside look at our comprehensive step-by-step production process.
Idea Generation and Concept Development
Every great podcast starts with an original, compelling concept. Our creative team extensively brainstorms a wide range of trending topics, current events, controversial issues, and potential niches to identify unique ideas that will deeply resonate with target audiences. We refine these initial sparks into thesis statements and loglines to clearly orient the purpose and focus of each show before any recording begins.
Creating Structured Outline and Flow
With the overall podcast focus defined, we dive into structuring individual episodes. Outlines map out organized segments, dynamic interview questions, talking points, audio clips, interactions, transitions, and more to develop a smooth, logical show flow from start to finish before anyone steps into the recording booth. This helps hosts stay on topic while ensuring a natural conversation.
In-Depth Background Research
To fully prepare the hosting team for educated discussions and interviews, extensive research goes into each episode topic. Our dedicated team sources the most relevant facts, statistics, expert opinions, real-world examples, and credible resources to provide valuable insights and perspective for listeners. This goes beyond surface-level Googling to truly provide original analysis.
Scheduling Guests and Pre-Interviews
For podcasts that feature interviews with special guests, we coordinate scheduling well in advance to lock in dates and times that work for all busy schedules. Pre-interviews make sure hosts and guests are aligned on subject matter scope and identify personal anecdotes to weave in. This leads to smooth, organic conversations that listeners love.
Scripting Key Moments While Allowing Creative Riffing
While maintaining an authentic, conversational tone is key, hosts rely on outlines and light scripts to guide episodes from start to finish. However, these are flexible documents that allow plenty of creative riffing and banter between main structured points. We script only what's absolutely necessary to keep shows flowing, not word-for-word dialog.
High-Quality Recording and Editing
With preparation complete, our talented hosts banter back and forth as full-length episodes are recorded in our professional studio. Our expert sound engineers then tightly edit the raw audio, cleaning up any mistakes, enhancing overall sound quality, and adding intro/outro music.
Post Production and Distribution to Platforms
The finalized podcast episodes are uploaded to hosting platforms like Acast and distributed through RSS feeds to publish across Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more. Show notes, links, tags, transcripts, and other metadata are carefully implemented to optimize discoverability and SEO.
Strategic Marketing and Promotion
It's not enough to simply publish great content and hope people find it. We execute tailored marketing campaigns across social media, press releases, influencer partnerships, and more to actively drive new listeners to each episode. SEO optimization and digital advertising also help expand organic reach.
Performance Analytics and Optimization
Using in-depth audience data and feedback, we continuously fine-tune podcast formats, topics, promotion strategies, intros/outros, audio quality, and more to actively improve audience engagement and listenership. Nothing stays stagnant as we evolve based on what resonates.
And there you have it - a comprehensive sneak peek into the hard work and dedication that goes on behind every single podcast episode our agency produces! Let us know if you have any other questions about our process or podcasting in general.