My recommended podcasts for marketing, copywriting and social media
Blog posts and videos are great but nothing lets you learn while multitasking in the same way that podcasts do.
Here are my recommended business podcasts for marketing your business, writing well and using social media. Ready?
Marketing & business
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The Andrew and Pete Show
👤 Who: Andrew and Pete (surprised?)
🔍 What: A completely different podcast. Set up as a fun quiz show with big-name guests from the world of content marketing and social media. If you don’t smile at this one, there’s something wrong. Bringing the personality of the ATOMIC community to a podcast – love it!
Unlike other marketing podcasts, this show is pure fun. Lots of big-name guests from the world of social media take part in cool challenges. It’s not all silliness, though: you’ll pick up some interesting nuggets here.
Connect The Dots
Excellent slices of marketing and sales advice
As someone who hasn’t had any formal marketing or sales training, I’m enjoying learning from Vicki’s experience in how these fields function and how they align to help businesses do better work. Vicki has a fun and friendly delivery method, and – thank goodness! – she doesn’t load her episodes with any of the “buy my stuff” sales fluff that you hear in many other shows. Well done, Vicki, and keep up the great work!
All action and no filter
Brian’s show gives earnest insights into what’s happening with marketing and social media today. His rapid-fire style means that the energy stays high, and he’s not afraid to give listeners the unvarnished truth.
I like the prompts to ‘push the damn button’ – it’s always good to be reminded to take action!
The Janet Murray Show
👤 Who: Janet Murray
🔍 What: Janet is a PR expert to helps people get media exposure for their business. She interviews business owners from many different fields, and invited me on episode 209 to talk about about writing compelling copy. The podcast is also supported by a Twitter chat called #ContentHour on Mondays at 9pm UK time.
Covers so many areas well
Janet’s show spans a huge range of activities that business owners can do to help them get noticed online and in traditional media. There’s advice on best practice for all of the big social networks and interviews with experts in so many fields.
With so many topics covered, you’d think the show would be running out of steam, but Janet keeps cranking out quality content on a weekly basis. Impressive stuff!
Make Your Mark Online
👤 Who: Martin Huntbach and Lyndsay Cambridge
🔍 What: This show is all about practical tips on how to make your website better. Martin and Lyndsay’s written content is among my favourite anywhere on the web. This audio format is a great accompaniment to their blog posts.
For cool extras including free web reviews, check out their Facebook group.
Relentless value from my favourite web designers
So pleased to see Martin and Lyndsay’s excellent website advice now being available in podcast form. Their blog content is some of the best on the web, so being able to consume the tips while on the go is a real plus for me.
This show is going to be crammed full of value about website best practice, SEO advice and how to make your personal brand stand out online. Get subscribing right now!
Marketing and Finance
👤 Who: Roger Edwards
🔍 What: This podcast mixes Roger’s skills in finance (he worked in financial services for 25 years) with a love for clear and simple marketing. Roger’s on a mission to rid the world of marketing mumbo-jumbo, and I chatted to him about clear communication in episode 114.
A wonderful, down-to-earth show
I’ve really enjoyed listening to Roger’s show since discovering it in mid 2016. What sounds like a dull subject area is brought to life by Roger’s enthusiasm, sense of humour and commitment to simplicity and clarity.
He’s a great host and a great guy, and I’m certain this podcast is going to go from strength to strength. Fabulous work, Roger!
The Marketing Book Podcast
👤 Who: Douglas Burdett
🔍 What: Interviews with leading authors of well-known marketing books. Douglas reads each book beforehand and then quizzes the authors on the main themes they set out in their work. A great way to get quick insights into what’s happening in marketing right now.
When you're a fan of a podcast, you don't expect a handwritten note from the host, especially when they're on a different continent.
— John Espirian (@espirian) June 19, 2019
Shortcut to marketing smarts
I’ve really enjoyed digging into this podcast since discovering it a couple of weeks ago. There are simply too many marketing books out for me to read them all, but these interviews give useful insights and inspiration for further learning.
I can now say that I’m more inclined to buy a marketing book if I’ve heard the author in conversation with Douglas first. Fine work!
Ben’s show takes a literal approach to looking at topics in marketing, as he uses each episode to interview a guest and get their take on a particular buzzword.
I’ve been impressed by the quality of the interviewees – Ben’s obviously pretty well connected in the industry.
If you’re new to marketing or learned your skills before digital marketing was big, this show will act as a great introduction or refresher.
The Marketing Companion
Great marketing insights
I may have listened to only a few of Mark and Tom’s episodes so far, but I’ve already heard 5 or 6 insights that I haven’t seen anywhere else. That alone tells me that this is going to be one of my favourite podcasts from now on.
I like the light-hearted intro to each show – especially Tom’s ideas for crazy apps and services – but there’s some real depth and thought leadership in the discussion.
My only annoyance is that I didn’t discover this podcast sooner. Easy 5 stars.
Marketing Study Lab
👤 Who: Peter Sumpton
🔍 What: This show has interviews with business owners from varying professions, and listeners learn about each person’s approach to positioning and promoting their work. There are also plenty of tips for those studying for a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) qualification.
A great set of interviewees
Well done, Peter, on inviting a fine range of guests to talk about their businesses and how they’ve approached their marketing. Along with your tips for working towards a CIM qualification, this is an excellent show for students and experienced marketers alike.
One Hot Thing
Always good advice from Natalie
This podcast is a natural extension of the excellent content marketing advice that Natalie shares via her blog and YouTube channel. Definitely worth subscribing to this if you’re looking for simple, practical advice on getting your marketing up to speed. Well done and keep up the good work!
You Are The Media
👤 Who: Mark Masters
🔍 What: Mark’s show is all about what we need to do to stand out in a busy world. Episodes cover the topics of connecting with your audience, demonstrating authority and building trust.
I appeared on episode 18 to talk about writing well for others. I also shared my number one tip for beating the LinkedIn algorithm.
Top interviews and keen insights
Mark invites guests to help explain the various ways business owners can take control of their marketing and their personal brand.
There’s always something insightful in Mark’s monologues, and the show is a great accompaniment to the You Are The Media event. Good work!
Good Copy, Bad Copy
Useful tips for B2B writers
This one isn’t for the casual listener but is full of useful discussion for B2B copywriters like me.
The Radix team is made up of experienced writing pros who share their knowledge in an open and honest way. It’s reassuring to hear their viewpoints, as it’s often hard to know what’s best practice when writing content. Keep up the good work!
Helpful, accessible and just fun
Why didn’t I know about this podcast six months ago? I’ve just binge-listened (that’s a thing, right?) to 11 episodes and love the relaxed and humorous approach of both Kate and Belinda.
The content is genuinely useful, the guests are interesting and the hosts show themselves to be real people. Can’t wait to hear what’s coming next. Smashed it.
My favourite LinkedIn podcast
Mark’s Linkedinformed podcast provides excellent insight on what’s happening right now on LinkedIn. The platform changes so often that it can be hard to stay up to speed, but these episodes do a great job of keeping us informed. I particularly appreciate that Mark is willing to test things rather than simply asserting an opinion.
LinkedIn is now my number one social network and I feel much more comfortable in using the platform thanks to Mark’s wise guidance.
I get through a lot of podcasts each week and this might be my favourite one. Essential listening.
The Science of Social Media
👤 Who: Buffer
🔍 What: Buffer is a social media scheduling tool, and the team produce helpful episodes about how social media works and how to get the best from it. Top tip from this show: share your blog links on Google+ as soon as you publish – it helps the content get indexed quicker.
Buffer are one of the best social media companies out there and yet they’ve released their podcast with humility and no hard sell.
Enjoying the guests and the friendly approach of the hosts. Keep it going, guys. Great job!
Social Media Marketing
👤 Who: Social Media Examiner
🔍 What: Michael Stelzner interviews the movers and shakers in social media to give listeners lots of practical advice. The show always kicks off with a recommended app or tool – worth subscribing just for this bit (but the rest of the show is excellent).
Love the questions
There are a stack of great insights from the expert guests, and that alone would make this worth 5 stars. But Mike’s questioning style is so good: he think and talks like a user. Absolutely love it. One of my favourite podcasts ever!
👤 Who: Madalyn Sklar
🔍 What: Madalyn shares actionable advice on how to get the best from Twitter. If you want to understand this social platform, there’s no better podcast to listen to. I was on episode 44. There’s also a #TwitterSmarter chat on Twitter every Thursday at 6pm GMT.
Friendly, actionable advice
Twitter’s my favourite social network so I was delighted when I discovered this podcast via a colleague (on Twitter, naturally!). Madalyn’s show is full of actionable advice and is presented in a friendly way, without any condescension.
The guests are at the top of their game, and I’ve already picked up some useful tips despite being only a handful of episodes in. And, as you might expect, Madalyn herself is awesome on Twitter – a great connection for anyone who wants to be #TwitterSmarter. Love this podcast!
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And now for something completely different
It’s not all work, work, work at Espirian Towers, and so, to wrap up, here are a few podcasts that aren’t related to the editorial profession.
- No Such Thing As A Fish: full of great trivia, this podcast is run by the team who contribute many of the facts to the hit TV show QI. There’s excellent chemistry between the presenters, and the content is often hilariously funny.
- The Infinite Monkey Cage: another factual-but-fun podcast, presented by Robin Ince and Professor Brian Cox. The episodes are recordings of the Radio 4 show by the same name. Another one not to miss.
- The Truth: billed as ‘movies for your ears’, this is a brilliant collection of short stories. Well written, well executed. A great way to add a bit of creative intrigue to your day.
- My Dad Wrote a Porno: an old man tries and fails to write sexy literature, and his son reads out chapters of his dad’s Belinda Blinked books. One of the funniest things I’ve ever heard.
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