Another medium that’s becoming more popular in B2B, especially as target audiences are finding they have more “independent” time than usual, is podcasting. As with webinars and interactive webcasts, a content strategy still applies. There should always be time for a thoughtful discussion about content that will be helpful for your audience. Otherwise, it’s just noise that won’t engage.
Because the format is audio, you might think this is the easiest format to produce. But that’s not necessarily true. An engaging podcast should be a conversation between two or more parties — planned but not scripted. Because a podcast does not include visual support, the onus of being interesting and relevant rests completely on the moderator and subject matter experts. Here’s one I did recently. I’ll let you be the judge on how I did.
I view podcasts like a dinner party conversation, just about business topics. This format lends itself better to subject matter experts providing their points of view on an industry trend or pressing issue that is affecting their industry and customers. Just thinking through today’s industrial landscape, I can see a series of podcasts covering any number of topics:
- Shifting regulatory requirements related to energy, emissions, refrigerants, data privacy, automobile mileage standards, payment security and much more. How do new regulations, delays, changes and reversals affect your customers, and what advice can you give them?
- Workforce. Many industrial segments are being impacted by aging workforces and historically low participation in the trades. Almost every industry with significant mechanical or electrical content faces a technician shortage. What can they do to mitigate this gap? Can you help them with automation or special training capabilities?
- IIoT. You can’t open a trade publication without finding great content on IIoT. The application areas appear to be nearly endless, but it’s not as easy to implement “transformative” IIoT as the consultants make it sound. I bet your SMEs have some ideas to help customers get started. And what data can you cite about security? Can your IT leaders offer their perspective?
- From fossil fuels to electric. Notice lately that battery technology is improving exponentially and investments in carbon-based technology (e.g., internal combustion engine) are waning? How might this impact your customers? Are there areas where improved battery technologies or electrification can create an opening for them (and you)?
Let’s go! Put your imagination hat on and start podcasting. You can do your own or start with a media sponsor to learn the ropes. If you want to host your own, here’s an article that explains how. Here’s a great example of one we just helped a customer put together.