The podcast era began in 2000, and a few years later their popularity was soaring. Podcasts are especially popular in America where people commute long distances and use the travel time to consume useful or fun information. These shows are getting more popular in our country, too. It is estimated that around 36 percent of all Lithuanian internet users listen to podcasts.
How can podcasts be useful to you?
One of the first event organisers to use podcasts for their event promotion in Lithuania is the Vabalo filmai company that presented such shows as “Man gal magnio trūksta?” and the stand-ups #MantaiKurorte and #MantaiKieme.
“Our stars Mantas Katleris and Mantas Stonkus have started their own podcasts. For the time being, their podcasts are independent and they don’t advertise anything. So for now we don’t use the podcasts for direct promotion of events, but we will certainly do that in the future. I am a firm believer in the power of podcasts. Even if a podcast does not discuss an event directly, the popularity of its creator definitely helps to increase ticket sales,” confidently said Titas Motuzas, one of the event organisers at Vabalo filmai.
Podcasts open the door to large possibilities. It is difficult to affect people with direct advertising, but podcasts provide all the conditions to do that: not just by presenting the name, place and date of an event, but also by explaining its content and idea. Podcasts have even greater possibilities to present content than TV or radio shows, since podcasts are usually more flexible. “We can have a channel where we can talk about our even like we want, without any restrictions, limitations or obligations,” the event organiser said.
According to Mr Motuzas, the majority of podcast listeners are under 35 years old. Therefore, it is a great channel not only for those events that are focused on young people but also for those that seek to draw more of their attention – for example, concerts, operas, ballets, some performances, etc.
How to make a good podcast?
“The first ingredient is regularity. Podcast listeners want to find new episodes on a regular basis, at the same time. It is like a TV series for which you wait anxiously and get disappointed if it is not shown on the day you expected it to appear.