Podcasts are becoming more popular each day (there are more than a million podcasts and more than 30 million episodes available). So it’s not surprising that marketers are deciding to create a B2B podcast as a strategy to reach their buyers.
But how do you start a B2B podcast and how do you make it work?
That is the topic on this episode of the Modern Marketing Engine podcast with my guest Rachel Clapp Miller, Vice President of Marketing and Digital Engagement at Force Management.
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Force Management is a B2B sales effectiveness consulting firm that helps its clients define sales solutions and create management tools that produce measurable results. In her role, Rachel manages communication and content generation that drive leads and client engagement.
She is also the host of The Audible Ready Podcast, a weekly show featuring B2B sales leaders and revenue-driving executives, who share their best insights on how a focus on sales effectiveness can help companies increase revenue, improve sales margins and gain market share.
Listen to this episode as Rachel tells us how she started the podcast and those factors that have made it successful.
The Evolution of a B2B Podcast
The Audible Ready Podcast was born organically, almost by accident.
Rachel was in charge of content marketing, blogging regularly, posting on social media and running demand generation activities.
“I needed to get into the heads of the subject matter experts,” Rachel says. “So I started scheduling regular content chats with co-founder John Kaplan. We had conversations every other week about sales planning, pipeline, whatever it was we were producing content on.”
Rachel decided to record these conversations so she could listen to them later, but soon realized that she had a B2B podcast on her hands. So she kept recording the interviews as a podcast without telling John that she planned to publish them… A risk that paid off!
After producing and editing some of the interviews, however, Rachel asked for the official green light to make the interviews an actual podcast. Fortunately, she got the approval and the podcast launched in 2015 as The Force Management Podcast.
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However, as the company was growing, the podcast evolved. Rachel evaluated the marketing tactics and realized the podcast was a low hanging fruit, an effective B2B marketing tool they could leverage. So she hired a writer for the marketing team to maximize resources and also contracted an outside company to edit and publish the podcast.
Rachel realized that since 2015, B2B podcasts had grown exponentially and to compete, Force Management had to take their podcast to the next level. That’s why in 2020 they did a complete rebranding, changing the name to The Audible Ready Podcast.
The Goals of a B2B Podcast
As a B2B marketer, how do you measure the impact your podcast has on your business?
The first thing is to set some goals, whether it is lead generation, sales enablement or branding.
For Rachel and her team, the goal is to increase visibility and brand awareness.
“There are many sales consulting firms, so we need to differentiate ourselves, and the podcast helps us do that,” Rachel says. “We sell to the C-suite and high-level sales leaders on the go. We want to give them different avenues to find us, other than the newsletter.”
The podcast also serves to remain top of mind with their target audience, in this case, sales reps, who are the users of their training programs.
Furthermore, they have integrated the podcasts as added content to their training program, which not only increases the audience but serves as a tool to reinforce learning. We do the same with the Modern Marketing Engine podcast and our Modern Selling podcast, integrated into our Vengreso On Demand training portal.
Where to Find Content for a B2B Podcast
So far, Rachel’s guests have been Force Management executives with stellar sales backgrounds.
“They are working with fast-growing tech companies, so they have a boots-on-the-ground perspective,” Rachel says.
However, she is planning to interview outside guests in the future.
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In fact, she has on occasion bumped episodes to incorporate ideas from the sales team. That’s what I call real marketing and sales alignment!
Measuring the Results of the Podcast
In business and in marketing we are always measuring the results of our activities to know if it is worthwhile to continue with that activity. A podcast is no exception.
Rachel says her primary metric for her podcast is the number of unique downloads. This metric has been increasing over time.
“The longer the podcast is out, the more downloads it gets. The podcast is building positive brand awareness, and that is valuable.”
Another way Rachel’s team measures the success of the podcast is by the feedback and engagement on LinkedIn. For instance, John Kaplan regularly gets comments on his LInkedIn posts from people who heard him on the podcast.#SalesLeaders, you must listen to this ep. of the @MMEnginepodcast with @ContentRachel VP of Marketing at @ForceMgmt and @bernieborges CCO at @GoVengreso to learn how to build the best B2B Podcast #Strategy Click To Tweet
Don’t miss this episode to learn more about how a B2B podcast can help you build brand awareness and stay top of mind with your customers.
Featured on This Episode
- Connect with Rachel on LinkedIn
- The Audible Ready Podcast
- Force Management’s website
Outline of this Episode
- [2:25] About Force Management
- [3:25] History of The Audible Ready Podcast
- [9:33] Goal setting when doing a B2B podcast
- [13:34] Who to invite as guests for your B2B podcast
- [14:45] How sellers can use podcasts in their selling activities
- [18:26] Measuring the results of a B2B podcast
Resources & People Mentioned
- The Modern Selling Podcast with Vengreso CEO, Mario Martinez, Jr
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