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Get Louder: The Best Practices for Getting New Ideas and Guests for Your Podcast

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Hey, beautiful souls! Minista Jazz here, back with that unapologetic hip-hop vibe mixed with a sprinkle of auntie love. I’ve been vibing on a documentary binge lately, and I came across a gem on HBO Max about Stax Records. If you don’t know, now you know! Al Bell, the mastermind behind Stax, was relentless in promoting and growing the label against all odds. He was a true advocate for Black voices and talent, and his hustle game was strong. So, let’s take a page out of Al Bell’s playbook and talk about the best practices to get those fresh ideas and guests for your podcast and make sure they help you spread the word.

Channeling Al Bell: Relentless Promotion and Advocacy

Al Bell didn’t just sit back and wait for opportunities to come to him; he created them. He hustled hard, built relationships, and used every tool at his disposal to amplify Black voices. That’s the energy we need to bring to our podcasts. Here’s how we can do it, using a mix of traditional and untraditional methods.

1. Tap into Your Community

Your community is your goldmine. Engage with your listeners, ask for their ideas, and make them feel like they’re part of the process. Host live Q&A sessions, create polls, and encourage them to share their thoughts and suggestions.

2. Collaborate with Fellow Creators

Reach out to other podcasters, bloggers, and influencers in your niche. Collaboration is key! Share your platform and invite them to do the same. This not only brings fresh perspectives but also helps in cross-promotion.

3. Attend Events and Network

Hit up industry events, conferences, and local meet-ups. These are prime spots for networking and finding potential guests. Don’t be shy; introduce yourself, share your passion, and make those connections.

4. Leverage Social Media

Slide into those DMs! Use social media platforms to connect with potential guests. A well-crafted message can go a long way. Highlight what you admire about their work and how it aligns with your podcast’s mission.

5. Use Guest Booking Platforms

Websites like Podchaser,, and Guestio are great resources for finding guests. These platforms are designed to connect podcasters with potential interviewees.

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Untraditional Methods to Spice Things Up

6. Host a Contest or Challenge

Create a contest or challenge where the winner gets to be a guest on your podcast. This not only generates excitement but also engages your audience in a fun and interactive way.

7. Guerilla Marketing Tactics

Channel your inner Al Bell and think outside the box. Create eye-catching flyers or business cards and leave them in strategic places. Partner with local businesses to promote your podcast.

8. Utilize Your Personal Network

Don’t underestimate your personal connections. Friends, family, and acquaintances can be great sources of new ideas and potential guests. Plus, they’re more likely to help you promote your podcast.

9. Host a Virtual Networking Party

Organize a virtual networking event where listeners and potential guests can mingle. This informal setting can lead to organic connections and collaborations.

10. Engage in Active Listening

When chatting with potential guests, listen actively. Show genuine interest in their stories and ideas. This not only builds rapport but also increases the chances of them promoting your podcast.

Getting Your Guests to Promote Your Podcast

Once you’ve locked down your guests, it’s crucial to get them involved in promoting the episode. Here’s how:

1. Provide Promotional Materials: Create shareable graphics, quotes, and soundbites for your guests to post on their social media. Make it easy for them to spread the word.

2. Tag and Mention: When you publish the episode, tag your guests and mention them in all promotional posts. This increases visibility and encourages them to share with their audience.

3. Show Appreciation: A simple thank you goes a long way. Send a personalized message expressing your gratitude and highlighting the impact of their appearance.

4. Offer Incentives: Consider offering incentives like exclusive content, merchandise, or shout-outs in future episodes. This can motivate guests to promote your podcast.

5. Create a Partnership: Build long-term relationships with your guests. When they see the value in your podcast, they’ll be more inclined to support and promote it continuously.

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Call to Action

Alright, fam, let’s get to work! Here’s your action plan:

1. Engage with Your Community: Post a poll or Q&A session today asking for topic ideas and guest suggestions.

2. Network Like a Pro: Reach out to three potential guests this week using the tips above.

3. Create Shareable Content: Design some eye-catching graphics for your next episode and send them to your guest.

Remember, be relentless like Al Bell, advocate for those Black voices, and keep pushing the envelope. You got this! Let’s amplify those voices and make some noise in the podcasting world.

Peace, love, and sisterhood,

Minista Jazz


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