Grow your Podcast: Tried & tested tips.

There are a lot of posts, influencers and gurus promising you they can grow your podcast and monetize it in no-time. However, those that have been podcasting awhile know that it can be a slow burn and that getting over a couple of hundred listens an episode means that you’re doing better than most!

This post isn’t offering to make your podcast an overnight success. It’s not offering to make you millions with a podcast sponsor in a month. (We’ve seen these promises elsewhere!) This post is a collection of the tried and tested methods we’ve used to grow podcasts for little or no budget!

The first tip is simple however, it’s surprising how often podcasters don’t think of it...Make sure your podcast is everywhere, on all platforms. Break down all barriers for entry so that you are on every platform that a listener could find you. If you meet someone and tell them about the show, and they say “Oh yes, I have the SoundCloud app, are you on there?”, you should always be able to say yes. It can take a little bit of time to make sure your RSS feed is plugged into every platform, and to upload it to a couple of locations each time, but it is worth it in the long run!

Our second tip is a strange one for someone trying to push audio, but it is forced upon us by social media algorithms. It’s a fact. Facebook loves video! Video on social media platforms like Facebook outperforms text and image posts by a very large margin.

So how do you leverage video for audio, but on a tight budget? You can cut an audio clip of your podcast, something that really grabs attention, then take your episode or podcast artwork and use an online tool (like ours) to create an animated waveform over the episode artwork. Upload this to Facebook and it’ll perform better than your regular posts. For best results, use the auto-caption feature on FB video to add written captions to your clip.

Our third tip is to let your podcast guests help you market your show. After an interview, ask your guest to tweet the podcast to their following. Maybe they’ll even put it out to their mailing list. After all, you probably pushed their latest book or product on the pod, so why wouldn’t they want to get more coverage of that?!

Just remember a few things when asking guests to promote your show:

1.) They don’t have to. (It’s your show; not theirs.)

2.)  Make it easy for them: Write out some example tweets or even use ‘Click to Tweet’links so that they don’t even have to copy/paste into Twitter.

3.)  Don’t be upset if they don’t immediately promote the show. Even if it takes a couple of weeks, it will get a second wave of listeners when they do.

One final tool that is very simple but has been becoming more and more successful of late: Instagram! Make a piece of episode-specific artwork and post it on Instagram then go live on Instagram stories to talk about what was in the episode, show your personality as the host, and don’t forget to update that bio link with each episodes URL. IG is an interactive platform that portrays personality brilliantly, so what better way can you get someone to find you and your podcast!

About the author:

This blog post was adapted from Abrupt Audio’s Super Duper Podcast Promo Checklist. Chris Huskins founded Abrupt Audio to help podcasters grow their audience. Abrupt Audio is based in the UK and can be found at

Posted on October 10, 2017 .

How to Effectively Podcast for Your Business

The 5 Critical Elements That Lead to Engagement & Conversion.

Podcasting can be a powerful part of a content marketing strategy. It can be a great way to connect with and convert customers. However, all too often marketers get caught up in the thrill of podcasting and forget their goals. Flash forward a few months and suddenly they're looking at return on their investment of time and money and coming up empty-handed.

If this is you (or if you want to avoid this being you), here are the 5 things you should make sure you do in each and every episode of your podcast


1. Talk to Your Ideal Client

This is the BIGGEST mistake podcasters make - they forget that their podcast is for their listener, not themselves (psst, it's time to check your ego!) When creating a podcast to help promote a business, brand or service, you need to know who you’re targeting. If you don’t, you better figure it out! Who is that ideal client (some call them your avatar)? You need to be crafting your content around their needs. And, always speak to them directly so they know this show is for THEM.

2. Manage Guests Carefully

This relates to the first point (you can pretty much expect all of my points to be about being listener-centric). Most importantly, your guests should be chosen based on the value they bring to your potential customers (not just because they asked or were recommended through a publicity service). Know this - they have an ulterior motive for being on your show (shock...I know). They’re either the most selfless human on the face of the earth or they have something to promote. So, make sure you keep them on track. Agree ahead of time what will be discussed and then keep the conversation flowing in that direction. If you're recording your sessions on Zencastr, you can always go back later and edit out any part where they got away from you (thanks to separate track recording). Remember it’s your show (which is for your audience) and your 'guest' should act like one.

3. Give Mad Value

You've heard this before. It’s not a suggestion. You should be asking yourself each episode: Did I give my audience huge value? You need to really check in on this. Make sure your podcast isn't just you talking, it's you delivering the goods. Every time. You never want to take your listener (AKA potential customer) for granted, and wasting their time is taking them for granted! Deliver the goods they came for. The best self-filter is to keep asking yourself, “Will my listener care about this?” If the answer is yes, you’re golden.

4. Deliver a Takeaway

You might be thinking, 'Hey, didn't we just cover this? Isn't giving mad value the same as delivering a takeaway?'. Good thinking...but it's more than that. You want to make sure your listener remembers all of that good value, right?  So, pack it up all nice-like, put a bow on it and send them off with it at the end of your show. By recapping the most essential parts of the podcast into an easy-to-digest 'takeaway', you're taking care of your listener AND helping them to get the most out of the value you just dropped on them. Think of it as a parting gift that they'll have to remember your podcast by - as in, they'll remember how useful/intelligent/caring/insightful you are well after the podcast is over. Oh, and they'll be much more inclined to take the action you call for at the end of the show - which leads me to...

5. Don't Forget the CTA

It never ceases to amaze me how many of my clients forget to tell their listener what to do at the end of their podcast. They've gone through all of this effort in making a podcast, proving their worth and superiority and then they say, 'k, bye' and leave their potential client hanging. After all of this effort, don't you think it makes sense to tell your listener how to take the next step in, ahem, hiring you or buying your stuff? If you are using your podcast as a marketing tool, you absolutely must take care of your listener right to the very end by telling them what to do next. Now, it doesn't always have to be 'buy my stuff,' but it should be the next step on their journey with you - whether that is subscribing, joining a Facebook group or downloading a freebie. If they like you, they'll take that step. If they aren't sure, they might wait until next time but one thing is for sure - if you don't tell them what the next step is, they won't take it.

If you're using your podcast to grow your business or brand, you need to make sure you keep your listener in mind constantly, manage your guests, give made value (put a bow on it at the end) and don't leave them hanging without a call to action (CTA). If you can do this consistently, you'll be well on your way to having an engaging podcast that converts listeners into fans and fans into customers.

About the author:

Tim Wohlberg is a podcast performance coach with over 25 years of broadcasting experience. He helps podcasters gain mic confidence, sound more like a pro and convert more listeners into customers. Grab his free “Engaging Podcast Blueprint” at

Posted on September 22, 2017 and filed under Business.

Zencastr 1.0 Has Launched With Great New Features

I'm very exited to have reached this milestone with all of your help.  While in beta Zencastr was tested by over 10,000 users who recorded 30,000+ hours of podcasts!  Thanks so much to all of you who helped with this effort.  It gave me a lot of information to work with to help track down bugs and improve performance.

This has confirmed to me that there is increasing demand for a product like this and it's time to double down.  The plan has always been to charge for Zencastr's services once the beta was over but I also wanted to add some extra features to make it even more useful and timesaving for you.

So Whats New? 

Live Editing Soundboard

At the top of the recording page you will now see a soundboard.  This allows you to Inject your intro, outro, advertisement, or other sound bite into your show in real-time as you record.  You can trigger the sounds by clicking the button or by using the 1 - 9 keys on your keyboard.  You can customize these sounds to be whatever you want.  You can even add .mp4 video files and playback the audio from them.

The goal is to save you as much time as possible while making the quality of your shows better than ever.  Using this tool you can potentially skip postproduction editing entirely.  You can loop the audio if you have a loopable music track and it automatically fades out when you are done and click to stop.  You can also adjust the volume on the fly using the volume meter across the top of each sound.  

The audio played will be sent through the voip channel so you and your guests can hear it together.

I'm excited to see how you guys use this and how it can be improved. 


Live Monitoring 

You can now enable microphone monitoring to hear yourself in the mix in real-time so you can adjust levels accordingly and guarantee the best possible result.  This is helpful in making sure your levels sound good against the levels on your soundboard samples.

Multi-track Postproductions

Many of you were interested in the automatic postproduction feature but also wanted to be able to edit the files in mult-track afterwards.  Now there is an advanced option for postproductions where you can opt to receive separate wav outputs for further editing after the audio enhancements have been applied.

Powerful User Cards

Along with the volume meter, you can now see what microphone a guest has selected.  Now you can be confident that they haven't accidentally selected the wrong microphone.  Additionally, you will see a warning if the guest is low on disk space.  You can hover over this to see exactly how much space they have left.

Can can also mute and raise/lower hands from the user card.


Hang Up Call

A much requested feature.  Now you can turn off the VoIP call while you are waiting for the uploads to finish.  No more awkward moments listening to each other go about your day.


Full Redesign 

Zencastr now has a beautiful minimal theme.  The UI/UX has been combed over with a fine-tooth comb to make the experience as intuitive and polished as possible for you and your guests.

Performance Optimizations

Many optimizations have been made to allow Zencastr to run smoothly on new and older hardware alike.

Much More

There are countless new enhancements and refinements that make Zencastr a simple yet powerful tool.



Hobbyist Tier - FREE

  • 8 hours per month of recording time
  • Up to two guests per show (3 total)
  • Record in high quality MP3 format
  • Pay-per-use automatic postproductions

Professional Tier - $20 per month

  • Unlimited recordings per month
  • Unlimited guests per show
  • Live editing soundboard
  • Record in lossless 16-bit 44.1kHz WAV format
  • 10 hours per month of automatic postproduction time

Network / Enterprise Tier - Coming Soon

  • Manage multiple hosts and podcasts under one account
  • Consolidated billing and cloud drive
  • Advertiser Matching / Dynamic Ads


Just The Beginning

The move to paid plans will give me the fuel I need to bring on some help and build out the next phase.  There is some great stuff coming soon.  What would you like to see next?

Posted on November 20, 2016 .

Configurable Postproductions, Optional WAV Recordings, and More Reliable VoIP

Hey Friends,

I've got a few updates and bug fixes for you this week.

Configurable Postproductions

I've added the ability to configure the enhancements that are applied to your postproductions.  When you create a postproduction you will now see an 'Advanced Options' button below the tracks.  The default settings are generally pretty good so you don't need to worry about changing these unless you know what you are doing.

  • Loudness Target - This is the target volume for the tracks.
  • Leveler - Adjusts the volume of the tracks so they are all the same.  Also normalizes the volume within the tracks so you don't have quiet and loud segments.
  • Noise Gate - This will remove background noise when the speaker on the track is silent
  • Cross Gate - When it detects a speaker on one track, it will duck the volume of the others.

Optional WAV Recordings

Many of you requested to make the WAV recordings optional since they take a fair amount of time to upload after the recording is finished.  Simple enough to do.  I have now added a setting on the dashboard that lets you opt in/out of wav recordings.  The default is off so make sure you turn this feature on if you do want to record in WAV.  You will find the setting just below the cloud drive information.

More Reliable VoIP

Without getting too technical, the built-in VoIP was unable to operate if you or your guests were in large, complex networks that are common at office spaces and universities.  A few of you ran into issues with this.  I have now set up another server that will help Zencastr's VoIP connect even in these circumstances. If you have contacted me about this in the past, please let me know if this has resolved the problem or if there is some more work that needs to be done here.

Thank You

Thanks for all the feedback, well-wishes, and support you guys give me.  It is great to see so many people finding value in the project and invested in it's success.  I hope to add a lot of great features in the future.  Please keep the feedback coming in.

Until next time.

Posted on January 25, 2016 .

Record Now in Lossless 16-bit 44.1 kHz WAV

Hey Guys,

You've been asking for it since day one and it's finally ready.  In addition to the regular MP3 recordings, you will now have a lossless WAV file for each participant.  Yay!

How it Works

Your audio will now be recorded to MP3 and WAV simultaneously.   During the recording, the MP3 audio will be uploaded in chunks to your cloud drive as a backup.  This ensures that you always have a backup of the audio incase of a computer crash or power outage.  At the end of the recording, the WAV audio will then be uploaded in full to your cloud drive.

When the recording is over you will see your MP3's finish uploading and then the WAV uploads will begin like this:

Postproductions With WAV

Naturally, you will want to be able to use your WAV files as the input tracks for your postproductions.  When you initiate an Automatic Postproduction you will now be able to select what tracks to use.

NOTE:  You only want to select one track per guest.

This will be particularly helpful for podcast producers who monitor the recording but may want to exclude their own track from the postproduction.


In the near future you will also be able to configure the settings for the postproduction enhancements.  These settings will include noise suppression, loudness target, cross gating, and more.  I'm also working on making it so that the host will be able to easily see what microphone each guest has selected.

Countdown to End of BETA

Support for WAV is one if the final features that will drop before Zencastr moves out of Beta ( for real this time ) and into a paid plan model.  I'm still working out the details but in general, there will be two tiers.  $10/mo for the Basic plan and $20/mo for the Pro plan.  There will be no limit on the number of recordings or guests in either plan.  The differentiator between the Basic and Pro plan will be the number of Postproduction hours allotted per month and the access to lossless WAV recording.

Thank You For Your Continued Support!

Thank you for your support in testing and providing feedback so far.  Zencastr couldn't have made it this far without you.  As a lot of you know, Zencastr has been a side project for me along side my day job.  I'm hoping to make this my full-time gig and really take Zencastr to the next level.  Your continued support as a paid member would be very much appreciated and enable me to focus all my time on the project.

What Should I Build Next?

Have any features you're dying for?  Let me know in the comments.

Posted on January 17, 2016 .

Big Update - Built-in VOIP, Chat, Muting and More

Hey Podcasters,  I've got a big update for Zencastr to share with you.  I'm really excited to see how you like it and how you use the new features.  Let's just dive right in and start with the most exciting first.


Built-in VOIP

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You no longer have to rely on using a third-party VOIP service like Skype or Hangouts.  Now, Zencastr can connect you with your guests directly through your browser.  You can turn the VOIP button ON to choose to use Zencastr's built-in VOIP or OFF to use your preferred VOIP provider instead.

This will simplify the process of recording and clear up a lot of confusion as to how Zencastr works.  Previously there was a lot of confusion around which microphone Skype and Zencastr were accessing and how muting Skype affected the recording.  Now it is all built in and super simple to use.  This leads us to the next big and most highly requested feature.


Audio Meters

Up until now, the host could only see a monitor of their own microphone.  Now, when using the built-in VOIP feature, you can get a monitor for yourself and each of your guests.  The blue meter at the bottom of the user card will show you live information on the amplitude of the microphone input.  This will help to give confidence that their microphone is configured properly and recording during your call.



Finally!  You can now mute yourself or your guests during the recording.  Your guests also have the option to mute themselves.  Simply click on the mic icon on the user card.  I know there are a lot of you out there who were anxiously awaiting this feature.  The wait is over!   Thank you for you patience.  



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There is a new text chat area in the project page.  This is helpful for sharing links, non-verbal cues, or just trash talking your co-host during the recording.


Hand Raising

In addition to the chat, there is an even simpler way for your guests to let you know they have something to say.  They can simply click a button to 'raise their hand'.  A notification will show up on their user card that lets you know they have a comment on the current topic.  You can then click the raised hand to put it back down.  This should help to reduce the occurrences of talking over each other and result in a better experience and recording.


All Available Now

You don't have to wait to try these new features out.  They are now live on the site.  Ready and waiting for you.  In case you forgot your way, head over to ;)


What Would You Like to See Next?

Are there any features you were hoping for that didn't get announced?  There are dozens of more features in the pipeline.   Please let me know if you have an idea for how to make Zencastr better.  I base all of the new features on user feedback so don't be shy!  You can drop suggestions in the comments below or shoot me an email:


Moving Out of Beta  

This will likely be the last major release before Zencastr moves out of beta and into full production.  Zencastr is just getting started.  Thank you so much for your support so far.  I'll be sure and have a special deal for all you podcasters that helped test the beta version and put up with all my mistakes ;).


Posted on January 2, 2016 .

New Features and a Facelift!

Starting today Zencastr will have several new features available and a new look to go with them.  I've tried to focus on the feedback I have received from all of you and add some highly requested features as well as polish up any confusing areas in the interface.

Here is a breakdown of some of the new features.

Streamlined and More Polished Design

The overall look and feel of the project pages should be simpler, cleaner, and easier on the eyes.  I've tried to make heavy use of icons to make the page easier to scan and comprehend as well as focusing on the spacing and placement of the elements.  Also there is a new color palette I have chosen moving forward.  Of course, a lot of these things are subjective.  I hope you like but let me know what you think!

I didn't want to make you guys wait any longer that necessary to try out the new features so I have launched the new project pages before I have had time to go through the entire site and update everything else.  The design might feel a bit disjointed between the project page and the rest of the site.  I'll be going through and doing a full redesign of the dashboard and homepage in the coming weeks.  I appreciate your patience with this.


Timeline Footnotes

One of the most requested features was a way to create footnotes/annotations during a recording that were timestamped at a certain point in the timeline.  This could be useful if you want to mark something you would like to add to the show notes or if there is some thing you would like to edit out later like a cough or swear word.  You can just click the Footnote button or press the hotkey F to add one to the timeline.  You can optionally type a quick note to attach to the timestamp, or simply leave it blank.

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Microphone Management

A big pain point for a lot of you in using Zencastr was getting your microphone input selected properly.  I've focussed especially on making this easier and more transparent for you and your guests.

Firstly, you no longer to go through the "Arm Microphones" step.  You and your guests will automatically be prompted to allow access to your microphones upon joining the project.  If your guest accidentally closes or denies access to their microphone, they will have a button in their screen that allows them to retry the microphone activation prompt.  This should eliminate some of the frustration around the mic arming process.

You will  now also be able to select between your available microphones from within the Zencastr application.  Yay!  One catch is that Firefox doesn't support this feature yet so it only works in Google Chrome.  I suggest that you use Chrome until Firefox catches up on some of these features.

Cloud Drive Stats

You will now be able to see your cloud drive disk space stats from your dashboard and will also get a warning if you try to create a project with less than 200MB available.  This addresses a problem some of you had with maxing our your cloud drive and not getting useful notifications from Zencastr.  You can still use Zencastr if you run out of space on your cloud drive but it will be your responsibility to collect the recordings from your guests as the cloud sync will not work.

Recording Management

When you make more than one recording in a project you will now have a sidebar revealed that will allow you to navigate back through each recording.  You will be able to see what tracks were created per recording as well as any postproductions.  There is no current limit to how many recording you can make per project but I suggest you don't cram too many recordings into a given project as it could get a bit unruly.  


Error Recovery

You will also be able to see if any of the tracks had a problems completing their upload to your cloud drive.  This can happen sometimes if the connection to your cloud drive was unavailable at the time you completed your recording.  This will also allow you to recover from computer crashes, power outages, etc.  The audio that had been uploaded to your cloud drive will be safe and recoverable.  If there were any errors you will be able to finalize the tracks yourself by simply clicking to initiate the finalization.  The track should appear in your cloud drive shortly.

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This just a overview of the most important changes in this update.  There are lots of little changes a nuances that you will notice as you use the service.  Please try it out and let me know how you like it.  Also if you run into any issues or have any suggestions, I'm always happy to chat via email (, skype (username: somethingcoded), or in the feedback forum (

Thanks to all the beta testers and those who give feedback.  It helps a TON!  Keep the ideas coming and I'll do my best to incorporate them into the next version.


Posted on September 21, 2015 .