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How to Build an Audience for Broadcasting

By Mallory Senter



So you’ve decided to start broadcasting and you have a single listener. It’s exciting! But perhaps it’s not the glamorous hundreds of listeners that you imagined; at least, not yet. Here are some tips for How to Build an Audience for Broadcasting.

The most important part of how to Build an Audience for Broadcasting is being patient and willing to put in the time. Building up an audience base is one of the most difficult parts of having a broadcast and there’s only so much you can do to push people to listen to you. The thing is, most broadcasters will quit altogether over lack of engagement from their audience; don’t let this be you! Allow your broadcast to be an artistic expression, regardless of how many people are watching. As you grow and change, your audience will grow and change alongside you. That being said, prepare yourself for the long haul of watching your viewer count build up, one person at a time. Building an audience won’t happen overnight unless you’re one of the few people who hit on the right subject at the right time.


When you decide on a topic for your broadcast, figure out who your target audience is. Usually, this will include an age range, gender, interests, even income levels. Are you going to start the first broadcast that looks at historical relationships between pirates? Then you should know that your audience will most likely be history buffs, in their late 20’s and older, that probably are already interested in pirates. Do some research into other podcasts in your genre and listen to their first few episodes compared to more recent ones. Who are they targeting? What tone are they taking with their audience?

Represent your broadcast in real life and online; don’t be afraid of advertising. Besides spending money on Facebook or Google ads, you can promote yourself for free at the beginning and end of every episode. By asking listeners to follow, subscribe, and interact with your broadcasts, you remind them that they are getting free entertainment and it costs them nothing to help you out by following you on your social media. On that note, you can utilize our reliance on social media by creating an interactive website for your broadcast, a facebook page, or a branded twitter account. I won’t get into it here, but on your website and social media accounts, you can use search engine optimization (SEO) to draw in new listeners. By choosing key words and phrases to put in your website or twitter posts, search engines can more easily pick up on your accounts and websites and are more likely to prompt users to click on your pages. 

Build audience engagement. With Squable, you have the opportunity to interact directly with your audience with call-ins and chat features. For those of you primarily doing podcasting via Spotify, Itunes, Apple music, or other apps, consider branching out into live broadcasting to help grow your audience participation. During those broadcasts you can have giveaways, or ask for artistic contributions from your fans. People love to share their work with influencers, and as you grow your audience, you will become an influencer. Additionally, you can have other broadcasters or experts on your broadcast. If they have their own audience, it can attract new listeners who come for their content and stay for yours.

Broadcast on a regular schedule. I cannot stress this one enough! By uploading frequently and regularly, your audience knows when to expect new content. This is especially important for broadcasters over podcasters, as broadcasters rely on live audience engagement. If you are pre recording, putting out your podcast at the same time every week will give you a boost to your listener numbers right when you put it out. That being said, don’t focus on just pushing out content, it’s important to still concentrate on your quality of work. No one will stick around for a poorly put together broadcast. Make time to stay fully informed about your topic; do any pre-writing you need, and don’t leave everything to the last minute.

Finally, try not to stress yourself out too much. As I mentioned before, these things take time. While some people have that magical ‘thing’ that suddenly nets them 20,000 listeners in their first month, most of us have to work from the bottom up. Remember that, while you can make money on broadcasting, the most important thing is that you’re enjoying yourself and having fun!

-The Squable Team
http://www.squable.app

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7 Beginner Tips for New Podcasters 

By Mallory Senter

7 Beginner Tips for New Podcasters


1. Start with an idea. 

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Hopefully, you’ve already completed this step but it’s important to know exactly what you’ll be covering over the course of your broadcast. Here are some questions you should ask yourself before you begin drafting: Am I trying to cover too broad of a subject? Is there anything I need to research before I begin writing? Who is the audience I am trying to reach? What is the point you’re trying to get across? Take some time to jot down your answers to these and any other questions you come up with. 

 

  • 2. Create a recognizable introduction. 

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    This could be as simple as “This is [your name] and you’re listening to [channel name]” or as complex as a montage of clips from previous recordings. I would recommend writing down exactly what you want to say so that you can give your audience the same introduction each time. This sense of regularity can help create an environment where you listeners can relax and know what to expect. This introduction not only tells your audience who you are, but it gives them an idea of what your broadcast is going to be like. Do you joke around in your intro? They probably won’t expect you to do a broadcast about serious topics. Do you use a spooky sound board and introduce yourself as Vlad? Your audience might expect a serial killer show, not a gardening show.



  • 3. Draft an outline. 

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This is where personal preference comes into play. Depending on the type of broadcasting you want to do, outlining is still important, but to different extents. If your style of broadcasting is just riffing, an outline might be a series of points that you want to get to throughout the broadcast. If you’re like me, it’s easier to have a full set of notes available to you. In some cases, a full script might be what you need to read directly off of, which we’ll talk about later.

    • When drafting an outline, start with the largest topics and then move to your smaller points. An outline might look like this:
  1. Introduction: Amphibians are cool [5 minutes]
    1. There are lots of types of amphibians
    2. Each one has their own style
    3. They all look good in hats
  2. Frogs are cool [15 minutes]
    1. They hop around
    2. Many types are poisonous
    3. Frogs vs toads
  3. Salamanders are pretty cool too [15 minutes]
    1. How to identify a salamander
    2. Where to find salamanders
      1. Types of streams
      2. The best rocks to check
    3. Salamander mythology
  4. Outro: reiterate points [5 minutes]
    • Try to get at least three points for each major topic you are covering. Under those sub-topics, you can always add more points.

4. Time Yourself

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Mark out the timing in your outline as I’ve shown above. For each topic you’re covering during your cast, decide beforehand how much time you want to spend covering it. This helps you avoid going over your time limit. If you are like me, you might also tend to get side tracked and ramble about a topic for longer than you plan to. Thankfully, live broadcasts in the Squable app incorporates and encourages active listener participation so your audience may be able to help keep you on track. 



5. Know What You Are Going To Say.

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If you need a full script, I’d recommend focusing your writing style more like an informal essay and less like a movie script. When I was drafting for broadcasting, I found myself writing as if I had multiple characters that all needed personality traits and dimension. With broadcasting, your voice and intonation are your driving force behind your words. Anything you write can sound interesting if you have the right voice for it. That being said, it’s easier if you have something interesting to talk about. If you are writing a full script for your broadcast, make sure you read your work aloud on a regular basis. The way words sound in our heads often do not line up with what they sound like when spoken aloud. For example, I might write: “It is a beautiful day for a walk amongst the flowers”. When read aloud, it gives the impression of someone overly proper. If I wanted to read this sentence out loud and make it feel less formal, I would want to add some action and dynamism to it. I might instead write: “It’s a great day to get out into the garden for a walk around the flowers”. In each sentence the same action is taking place, but in the second one, you can better see and feel the intent behind it. 




6. Music is your friend.

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This doesn’t have much to do with writing — don’t be afraid to incorporate music. One way to make your broadcast more dynamic is to add clips of music in between topics. You see this a lot on podcasts and broadcasts on radio shows. The music leads the listener to expect a change of pace by breaking up the intermittent talking and silence, which in turn can give your broadcast a more professional tone.


7. Have Fun!


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Last but not least, Have fun! It’s great to put work into something new but try not to focus too much on making it perfect and enjoy the creative process. Avoid letting it become tedious and rather focus on having a fun new experience to share with friends and family!

Check out www.Squable.app it a Social Live Broadcasting app that lets you interact with your audience in real time. 

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Squable is a new-age Live social Audio Broadcasting app that will enable users to broadcast and engage with their audience in real time like never before.

New York – July 8, 2019 – Something exciting is waiting for the NYC folks. A NYC Metropolitan-based tech startup has recently launched its revolutionary Live social Audio Broadcasting app that will make broadcasting easier than ever. Titled “Squable”, the mobile app will allow users to broadcast and engage with their audience in real time with just a few taps on their smartphone.

The first-of-its-kind, Squable is designed to stage an audio revolution. For the first time ever, users are getting unique features which they can use to go live and broadcast their voice to engage with their audience in real time.

“We are excited to announce the launch of our next-gen Live social Audio Broadcasting app Squable this week. We are looking forward to create a community that will be open to discussion. Anybody can start a topic here and individuals can queue up to talk and have conversations. It’s somewhat like having your very own radio show where people are calling in. And all this can be done seamlessly right from a handy mobile app”, stated Jose Polanco, the founder and CEO of Squable.

The app is somewhat like a radio but with more benefits.

“With a Radio, the talk show host would introduce a topic and talk about it. The audience here has to hear the conversation and they can’t always take part in it. But, it’s different with Squable. With our new breakthrough app, the user can broadcast live audio with his/her subscribers and they can actively respond (for instance, by queuing up) to the broadcast in real time.”

In regards to topics for broadcasting, there is no limitation. Squable users have the liberty to start a broadcast on any topic here, ranging from food to fashion to sports and so on. 

“One of the best bits about Squable is that you can utilize it to speak and converse about any topic you wish to. From beauty to art, from gaming to music, from food to entertainment- the sky is the limit when you want to choose a topic for broadcasting. Our app is a wonderful way to find a group of like-minded friends and create a healthy community based on shared interests”, added in Mr. Polanco.

Unique features of Squable

  • High quality live audio streaming from mobile phone
  • App allows easy broadcasting anytime that can be shared live directly with other users
  • Users can also record and save their broadcast that they can share, export or playback later
  • Live speaking with audience during broadcast sessions
  • Users can make use of free chatbox for interaction if  don’t want to speak live on broadcast
  • More to come


Squable even enables users to subscribe to their favorite broadcasters and they would be notified when these broadcasters will go live. 

The app is currently available for Android and iOS users. For more, please visit https://www.Squable.app/.

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