Have you thought about hosting your own podcast? Creating and hosting a podcast is a big plus for entrepreneurs who want to grow their business. Many people these days enjoy listening to podcasts; listening to an interesting podcast is a way to gain new information and relax at the same time.
As an entrepreneur, you would want to maximise your chances to reach out to as many audiences as possible, and you would want to diversify your ways to do it. One of the ways that I recommend is to host your own podcast. Podcasts are also a great way to network with people who are similar to your mindset and who are working in your field. Hosting podcasts can help you to instantly get to know other entrepreneurs and have a chat with them.
You might ask, what if I cannot find guests? Don’t worry, there are tools such as PodMatch that help you to make connections with others. Let’s talk a look together to see what PodMatch can do for you.
What is PodMatch?
PodMatch is an online platform that automatically matches podcast hosts and guests. Sounds pretty magical, right? To borrow words from its founder, Alex Sanfilippo, PodMatch functions like a dating app but is even better and more accurate. It doesn’t matter if you want to host your own show or you would like to join someone else’s show, PodMatch will find the ideal match for you to be part of it.
Create a public host profile
PodMatch will generate a page that includes all the essential information about you. This page will have a unique URL that you can use to send to people to get a basic idea of who you are and to book an interview with you. Information such as your bio, links to your social media sites, ideas, reviews will be covered in this page so that other viewers can gain a pretty solid idea about your background. It will also include a guest tag that you can use keywords to make matches more accurate. Viewers of your page can directly book your podcast on your page.
Matching score will automatically make recommendations
Podmatch’s algorithm will calculate the compatibility and availability between you and your guests. Then, there will be a percentage which is called Podmatch strength to indicate whether or not this is the ideal podcast for you.
Message and book your matches without ever exchanging an email
Emailing can be a duaring process and it is very easy to be overlooked by the other person. PodMatch is well aware of this, so it has a built-in messaging tool that allows you to directly write to those who you would like to collaborate with. The interface of this messaging tool is organized and clean; it will help you to keep track well with what’s upcoming.
Advanced search feature to explore and find specific guests/hosts
PodMatch has many different filters for you to find your ideal guests/hosts. It has an explore page where you can see different podcasts and apply your criteria to find the right one to join.
Built-in calendar integrations so you never have to leave PodMatch
You will get access to a calendar where it lists all the upcoming interviews, possibly completed interviews, and unscheduled interviews. You can simply join the interview or write to the host/guest of an interview through this calendar. Like the built-in messaging tool, the purpose of this calendar is to make things as straightforward and convenient as possible for you so that you don’t need to switch back and forth between different apps and platforms.
Internal reviews for guests and Apple Reviews for podcast hosts
Usually, the more reviews you get, the more trustworthy you will seem to be for other viewers. PodMatch will ask both guests and hosts to review each other after an interview. If you host an interview, you will get additional reviews on Apple so that more people will know how great your podcast is.
PodMatch has two plans: basic and professional.
As Alex has promised, PodMatch’s basic plan is and will always be free. Both plans enable you to use all core functionality and features mentioned above and you can send unlimited new messages. The differences between the two plans are the number of matches and weekly keywords searches you can do.
With the basic plan, you will only get 2 matches per day, but once you upgrade it to the professional plan, you will get 6 matches every 4 hours. So depending on how many shows you would like to host/join, think about which plan makes more sense to you.
While you can only do 5 keyword searches per week with the basic plan, the professional plan allows you to do unlimited searches.
Plus, the professional plan provides you with additional information and services that could be useful such as access to premium search filters so that you can find the right podcast more easily and efficiently; top profile placement on explore page and in searches, booking agent assigned to share your profile, and more. You will also get a certificated professional badge on your profile so that your profile will look more legitimate. Right now, there is a 60% discount on PodMatch’s website, which reduces the monthly fee from $97 to $39. Go check it out and take advantage of the offer! 🙂
- awesome blog posts on how to succeed in hosting podcasts
- built-in messaging tool
- built-in calendar
- free plan available
It is still a developing and growing tool so sometimes you will encounter bugs to join the show.
PodMatch is an ideal platform for entrepreneurs to host smaller shows. And by hosting these smaller shows, PodMatch will help you to generate a larger amount of crowd and audience by making you better known on both its platform and Apple. Besides, there are some pretty awesome podcasts going on on PodMatch, so why not take a break from your busy schedule and listen to some of them. Maybe one of them will inspire you to find your next big business ideas.