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Founder's Corner #31 Understanding Your Audience of One

Founder’s Corner #31 Understanding Your Audience of One

A fundamental podcasting truth we wholeheartedly believe here at We Edit Podcasts is “know your audience”. To be successful at any endeavor – be it podcasting, content creation, or even as an entrepreneur, understanding your audience is key. If you know who you’re serving, you can better serve them. But it can be overwhelming figuring out how to serve your whole audience. So instead, learn to serve an audience of one. And that’s what we’re going to dive into today.

But first…

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Understanding Your Audience of One

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As I mentioned above, today, I want to explore a fundamental truth: 

“If you want to connect with many, speak to one.”

Imagine this: 

Instead of addressing a faceless crowd with a generic “Hey everyone,” picture speaking directly to a single individual. 

Why? Because every interaction, every download, every email opened, is a personal experience for someone out there.

It’s tempting to cast a wide net, to try and capture the attention of thousands at once. But in reality, no message resonates with everyone. That’s why understanding your people – your listener – your audience of one, is crucial.

Picture this: 

One person, one listener, with unique interests and desires. Someone truly passionate about your niche. By tailoring your content to this individual, you’re not just shouting into the void of the internet. You’re engaging with someone who cares deeply about what you have to say. And you’ll stand out in a sea of generic content, capturing the attention of those who matter most.

So, instead of aiming for mass appeal, embrace the power of specificity!

But how do you go about pinpointing this elusive, ideal listener? 

That’s where the 3-step process of creating personas comes into play.

The 3-Step Process of Creating Personas

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1. Sketch the Character 

Think of personas as detailed character sketches of your target audience members.

To begin, gather insights about your current listeners if you have them. Analyze demographics such as age, gender, location, and occupation. 

Dive deeper into psychographics, exploring their interests, hobbies, values, and pain points.

2. Bring it to Life 

Once you’ve gathered this data, it’s time to bring your personas to life. Give each persona a name and a backstory. 

Imagine their daily routines, their challenges, and their aspirations. Are they avid travelers seeking inspiration? Tech-savvy professionals looking to stay ahead of industry trends? Stay-at-home parents craving moments of relaxation and connection? 

By delving into these details, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of who your audience truly is.

3. Step into their Shoes

Next, step into the shoes of each persona. 

Consider what matters most to them. What questions do they have? What problems are they seeking solutions for? 

By shifting your perspective from your own needs to theirs, you’ll uncover valuable insights that inform your content strategy.

Move forward with this:

Imagine yourself sitting down with each persona for a one-on-one conversation. What topics would you discuss? What stories would you share? 

By approaching your content creation process from this angle, you’ll ensure that your podcast addresses the specific interests and concerns of your target audience.

Adapt like this:

As you refine your personas over time, continuously gather feedback and data to ensure their accuracy. Stay attuned to shifts in your audience’s preferences and behaviors, adapting your personas accordingly.

In essence, creating personas empowers you to speak directly to the individuals who matter most—your ideal listeners — your people!

Understanding Your Audience of One

Don’t underestimate the power of personas in guiding your podcasting journey by helping you in understanding your audience!

In the world of podcasting, it’s not about reaching everyone—it’s about connecting deeply with someone! 

So, escape the lukewarm middle and podcast for that one obsessive person who’s waiting to hear from you.

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