#1 on most podcasters’ wishlist is more listeners. Here’s one of the easiest ways to get them.

“If you build it, they will come,” might work in the movies, but it probably won’t for your podcast. Podcast discovery is a tough hill to climb, and it’s going to require some legwork if you want to get people to come listen to your show.

So then how do you grow your podcast audience? What is the best way to market a podcast?

There’s a few ways of going about it, but the most effective is through cross-promotion. Where you run ads about your podcast on other people’s podcasts. The more similar the podcast to yours the better, as the idea is to get in front of audiences that naturally enjoy your type of content. That way they’re more likely to become fans of your show too.

And one of the easiest ways to cross-promote is with AudioGO.

What’s AudioGO?

AudioGO is a self-serve digital advertising platform, like Facebook or Google Ads–but for top music, radio, and podcast streaming apps, like Pandora and iHeartRadio.

How does AudioGO work?

Unlike traditional cross-promotion, AudioGO takes the work out of finding and coordinating your promo swaps. Instead of endlessly emailing to try to get on other shows, AudioGO does all of the targeted advertising for you in just a few simple steps.

The first thing you’ll need is an ad. You can either record a 30-second spot yourself or you can request to have one made by our in-app studio for all of $10 and in less than 24 hours.

The second thing you’ll need to do is set your schedule and budget. The minimum to advertise on AudioGO is $250, which gets you around 14,000 ad plays. That rate also includes: free display ad hosting, unlimited use of all our audience targeting features, and access to an entertainment network that hosts over 7,500 podcasts from 10+ different publishers, along with some of the biggest music streaming, digital radio, news and live sports apps.

Third, and the most important step, is your targeting selections. While you can’t target individual shows on AudioGO, you can target a specific listening audience based on your choice of location, demographics, language, music or podcast genre, interests and user profiles.

So whether your target audience are political junkies, history buffs, country music lovers around New York, or 20-something-year-old singles in Seattle: you can basically reach whoever you want, wherever they are, and whatever they’re listening to with AudioGO.

Lastly, the results. Once your ad is live, you’ll have access to a dashboard that displays all of your campaign’s key reporting metrics: spend, clicks, impressions (ad plays), unique listeners, and more. You’ll have a 360 view of how your ad is performing in real time.

Why AudioGO?

For starters, podcast advertising is extremely effective on its own merits: 81% of listeners say they sometimes or always pay attention to podcast ads and 80% of listeners can recall a brand advertised in a podcast. But here’s another reason to consider podcast ads for your cross-promotions: the average podcast consumer listens to about 3 to 5 different shows at any given time. So not only do podcast ads work really well, most people listening to them are also open to listening to more podcasts as well. Like yours.

Then there’s reach. When it comes to developing your podcast audience, the math for that is pretty simple. The more that people become aware of your show, the more that fans are sure to follow. One of the things that AudioGO does to make sure you reach as many listeners as possible is through aggregation. And we’re proud to have brought together an audio entertainment network that hosts almost half (43%) of the entire US streaming population.  

The other thing that separates AudioGO from other audio platforms is full-automation. Because unlike most traditional ways of buying audio or podcast ads, AudioGO takes the hassle out of, well, dealing with people. For context, if you want to buy ads directly on most podcast networks, it typically begins with a salesman there to take your order. And in every step along the way, you’ll be assisted with your media planning, placement, and purchasing. It can take a while.

But only in the past few years has a 'smarter' way to advertise emerge, where that salesman gets replaced for intelligent algorithms that automatically fulfill those functions in a matter of minutes. No differently than how AudioGO works. So instead of the back-and-forth of having to speak to someone on every particular about your campaign - our audio adtech empowers users to be able complete all of those tasks themselves in just a few clicks.

This new way of digital audio advertising - called programmatic advertising - is the future. It's hyper-targeted, it’s data-backed, it's faster, it's easier. And if you ask advertisers who’ve used AudioGO before, they’ll even tell you that it's a whole lot better.

If that already wasn’t enough, we’ve also partnered with our friends at Simplecast to offer $150 OFF your first AudioGO campaign! That’s over 8,000 free ad plays when you sign up today at audiogo.com/simplecast. Promotion available exclusively to Simplecast customers.

About AudioGO

Our mission is to make the power of Digital Audio accessible and simple for everyone to use, not just large ad buyers. We believe entrepreneurs, creators, brick and mortars, e-commerce retailers, and any kind of small business or agency should have the chance to get their message heard.

We also believe this process should be easy. So we eliminated the salesperson and the studio: and built a self-serve platform that allows anyone to create, buy, and run digital audio ads on leading music, radio, and podcast streaming apps.

For more information about AudioGO, please visit audiogo.com

AudioGO is brought to you by AdsWizz, a wholly owned subsidiary of SiriusXM.