As a podcaster who hangs out on social media with a lot of other podcasters, a common complaint shared by many is how hard it is to grow the audience for a show.
I get it!
By the time you finish putting together all the pieces that are needed for a successful episode, you want more people to listen right?
This is something that all content creators struggle with and there is a multitude of ways to find new listeners. However, one of the tools that I use and have talked about in the past to help get the word out about your content is Instagram. And the good news is that the platform is constantly adding new features and finding innovative ways to attract new users. We all know that Facebook owns Instagram and over the last year or so we are starting to see a shift, especially in the younger demographic, that tends to prefer using Instagram over the mother-ship platform.
Your Audience is on Instagram
Yes, I know I said it before, but here's the thing; at this point, Instagram is like a snowball rolling downhill that just keep growing and becoming more massive as time goes by. There seems to be no end in sight for this beloved social network (at least not in the near future) that offers multiple formats and interactive features to keep users intrigued. You might as well jump on board while it has the momentum — along with all the fancy tools — to help you promote your show. Here are some of the newest ways to attract podcast listeners using Instagram and IGTV (yup, I said IGTV)!
IGTV Supports Landscape Video
This is huge news: your landscape video content is now supported (and welcomed) on IGTV. In the official announcement from Instagram they admitted:
We’ve heard from creators who want to upload landscape videos for IGTV. Similarly, we’ve heard from viewers who come across landscape videos in IGTV but want to watch them in a more natural way.
That’s why we’re announcing support for landscape videos in addition to vertical. Ultimately, our vision is to make IGTV a destination for great content no matter how it’s shot so creators can express themselves how they want.
I gotta say, this is a welcome change and one that I predicted in this post. My next prediction is that eventually we will end up consuming more landscape videos than we do vertical videos before this year is over!
Watch this video to see the step-by-step instructions on how to capitalize on this and other unique features that are really helpful, for promoting your podcast on Instagram!
- How to use the Overcast app to make audio movie clips from your podcast to share on Instagram Stories, IGTV or in News Feed
- How to post a link from your podcast on Spotify to your Story
- How to add the Swipe Up feature on your Story to your IGTV video (regardless of how many followers you have)
How to contact me
First of all, if we aren't already connected on Instagram, here is my profile link @ileane on Instagram
I would love to know what you think about using Instagram, IGTV and any other social media platforms to promote your podcast or YouTube channel. I'm here for it!
Got questions, or want to leave feedback that might be featured on the podcast, you have three options:
- Call-in to my station over on Anchor.fm or
- Use my handy SpeakPipe page to record your question in a voicemail.
- Send me an email here
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