It's no secret that podcasts have become extremely popular in recent years, captivating millions of listeners worldwide and creating an enthusiastic community, the podcast audience has diverse interests, deep engagement, and an insatiable thirst for knowledge and they represent a unique and powerful force in the digital landscape.
In this blog post, we delve into the fascinating world of the podcast audience, exploring their characteristics, motivations, and the impact they have on the podcasting industry.
The podcast audience is diverse, comprising various backgrounds, ages, and interests. Whether you're into comedy, true crime, science, or personal development, there's a podcast for everyone. This broad range of topics attracts an equally diverse range of listeners, creating an engaged community. Listeners form deep connections with hosts, and fellow fans, and often engage in discussions through social media platforms and online forums. Their engagement, feedback, and word-of-mouth recommendations can make or break a show's success. The intimate nature of podcasts allows listeners to feel like they are part of a conversation enabling them to feel invested in the podcast's content and hosts' journeys, 68% of listeners listen to the full episode, with 70% listening to every episode they download. That is some serious commitment and what’s more the trust factor between podcast and listener is unrivalled, we know that when podcast advertising is added to a brand's marketing mix the trust goes up almost 20%.
One of the defining traits of the podcast audience is their extreme hunger for knowledge. Podcasts offer loads of informative content, allowing listeners to dive deep into their areas of interest. From industry insights to personal development, podcasts provide a platform for experts, thought leaders and storytellers to share their wisdom. The podcast audience values the opportunity to learn and grow, making it an ideal medium for lifelong learners. Unlike other forms of media, podcasts require active listening, research has shown that podcast listeners preferred accompaniment activity is relaxing at home and if they can’t do that then something that doesn’t require too much of their brain power like house-hold chores or exercise.
The podcast audience represents a dynamic and passionate community that has played a pivotal role in the rise of podcasting and has shaped the podcasting landscape into what it is today. As the podcasting industry continues to evolve, understanding and catering to the needs and desires of this dedicated audience will remain crucial for podcast creators and hosts. The podcast audience's unwavering support and active participation ensure that the audio medium will continue to thrive, delivering captivating stories and knowledge to listeners all around the world.
Written by Katie Lewis
Research Edison Infinite Dial 2021 Guardian research https://www.theguardian.com/gnm-press-office/2022/mar/16/new-research-podcast-advertising-commands-highest-levels-of-attention