Monday, December 18, 2023

Sales Tip - Listen, Learn and Practice Your Skills

I will always emphasize the importance of continuous skill expansion, practice, and knowledge improvement for ongoing success in sales. When I started in sales and was buying podcasts for direct clients, I was only asked how much money I had to spend and that they would tell me what to buy. I was not asked questions like what are your growth goals, who are you trying to reach, etc. Therefore everyone needs to remember that sales is about being the guide for a brand on helping them reach their growth goals.

Stay relevant in sales with my five tips:

1. Listen to podcasts that enhance selling skills, such as "The Advanced Selling Podcast," to learn and reinforce new skills relevant to your industry.

2. Read books on improving your sales and communication skills and on active listening.

3. Engage in networking and join sales groups online or in person, like those on LinkedIn, to meet others in the sales space, learn from their processes, and brainstorm ideas.

4. Consider hiring a sales coach or finding a mentor to challenge you, keep your skills relevant, and expand your skills.

5. Practice pitching with other salespeople.

Remember that sales are not all about pitching or selling. It is genuinely about solving problems for others and guiding them to success. When prospecting for new business, focus on listening to potential clients and understanding their needs to increase your chances of working with new partners.

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Understanding and Measuring the Success of Your Podcast Campaigns

 I've realized that many of our partners and brands often need help to measure the success of a podcast campaign. It can be a complex process, requiring multiple tools to get it right. So, it's time to dive back into this topic and shed some light on the intricacies involved.

Firstly, let me give you a little context. Our network caters to a unique audience: they are tech-savvy, security and privacy-focused, affluent, and highly educated. These folks live and breathe tech, and they demand a different kind of approach. Traditional marketing tactics won't easily sway them. Instead, they require something more sophisticated that respects their tech-literate nature and privacy-conscious mindset.

Now, when it comes to measuring success, there are a few tools and techniques that I highly recommend. One of these is setting up a custom landing page or offer code for our network. Why? Because it helps you track conversions more accurately. Our intelligent audience won't mindlessly follow an ad toward a brand's website. Instead, they might Google the brand and go directly to the website. And if they make a purchase there, you can only trace it back to our network if you've set up a custom landing page or offer code.

Another critical tool in your arsenal should be Ad Tech. We're partnered with Spotify ad analytics and Podscribe. Using these tools lets you get insights into how much traffic our network drives to your website. But remember, measuring success takes time. Podcast ads take time and do not yield immediate results. An ad can take up to eight weeks to reach its total impact. Patience is required.

Lastly, I want to remind you of something crucial: while we strive to provide you with the best advice and tools to drive traffic to your website, the ultimate responsibility of converting that traffic into sales lies with you, the brand. Our job is to help you attract the right audience, but converting that audience into customers? That's all on you. We are only advertising. We are not your sales team.

I hope these insights have given you a better understanding of measuring podcast campaign success. We're always here to help and guide you. So, don't hesitate to contact us at Let's talk about your growth goals, and we'll provide you with the honest, actionable advice you need to succeed.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Podcast Trends: Insights from Spotify's 2023 Report - Host-Read Podcast Ads Beats All Other Forms of Advertising


Today we're diving into the 2023 Spotify podcast trends report. This report has definitely sparked some interesting discussions in our industry, and I can't wait to share some of its findings with you.

One of the standout trends this year is the profound influence of podcast hosts on purchasing decisions. Yes, you read that right! Podcast hosts are more influential than social media influencers, according to 75% of US consumers. This finding truly resonates with us at TWiT, as our fans have always shown a strong trust in our recommendations. Trust, we've found, is a priceless commodity in our industry, something that can only be earned with consistent, reliable, and expert content; something we never fall short in.

Interestingly, we've also seen a notable surge in podcast listeners aged 45 and above. This is a demographic with not only more disposable income but an insatiable desire for lifelong learning. And it's not just about the numbers; our own fans are a testament to this trend, with 72% of our audience aged between 25 and 54, and 78% being college graduates or possessing advanced degrees. Brands, it's high time you pay attention to this untapped potential.

Let's not forget about the magic of podcast advertising. When brands advertise in podcasts, they become part of an authentic, intimate environment built on trust and genuine connection. This is precisely why our listeners, 99% of whom listen to most or all of our podcast episodes, value the brands we choose to associate with.

Last but not least, let's talk about Spotify. With the recent podcast metrics from Edison revealing that Spotify is the most used podcast platform in the US, it's clear that Spotify is a force to be reckoned with in the podcasting industry.

In conclusion, the 2023 Spotify podcast trends report is a goldmine of insights that could help brands flourish in this ever-evolving space. I'd urge all brands to take a closer look at this report and start rethinking their strategies.

Stay tuned for more updates and insights from the world of podcasting. If you're a brand looking to explore podcast advertising opportunities with TWiT, don't hesitate to reach out. Together, we can achieve your growth goals. Reach out to us at today and secure your spot in 2024 while you still can.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Host-Read Podcast Advertising Works - Invest in Podcasts!


Invest in podcast advertising to reap the benefits of the constantly evolving medium. The more time you let slip by, the more this advertising space is dominated by other brands. Now is the time to advertise and gain market share.

Here are four reasons why this is a valuable space for brands:

1. Targeted Reach: Podcasts are extremely targeted, which can be huge for brands looking to reach a certain customer segment. Brands that tune into popular podcasts can get access to a passionate group of listeners who are more likely to pay attention and remember their messages.

2. Lasting Brand Impressions: Unlike traditional methods of advertising, podcast ads are not quickly forgotten or ignored. Listeners pay more attention to host-read podcast ads, and they're more likely to remember the brand, making it a great investment for long-term brand recall.

3. Cost Efficient: Podcast advertising is much more cost-effective than other types of advertising and can be an invaluable asset for small businesses. Brands of any size can benefit from podcast advertising as it offers great ROI and can be an excellent way to drive conversion.

4. Loyal Audience: Listening to podcasts is a personalized experience and it often leads to forming a deep connection with the host and content on the show. As such, podcast advertising offers an opportunity for brands to establish a loyal and trusting relationship with their audience.

Overall, podcast advertising is an ideal option for brands regardless of size. It offers targeted reach, lasting brand impressions, cost efficiency, and loyal relationships with the listeners making it one of the most effective channels of advertising today.

Monday, November 13, 2023

Setting Brand Expectations From Podcast Advertising - Part II

Set clear goals and expectations for how you will elevate a brand. For example, with our host-read ads on TWiT, to make a campaign successful, we need to know if our clients are re-targeting the traffic we are sending to their website (with Google Ads, social media ads, other pods/TV/radio ads and anywhere else they are advertising). We are a pipeline, not a sales team for each brand. When we are sending qualified traffic their way, it's up to their sales team to ultimately convert our fans into their customers with a compelling offer.

Once you have established that your client is also promoting their services/products on other platforms, you can focus on boosting performance with podcast host-read ads. Remember that podcasts are on-demand. Podcasts are downloaded when fans want to listen, and ads are not heard simultaneously. The expectation that one podcast ad can take up to eight weeks to reach its entire impact is standard. Brands need to have patience when leveraging podcast ads.

Brands must be educated that podcast ads take time and they also build trust. If you don't set this expectation, brands will come back to complain soon after a podcast ad drops. Host-read podcast ads work because audiences listening already trust the host and expect them to deliver ads they want to hear about with high integrity.

Brands, please remember podcast ads take time. Just because a fan downloaded an episode doesn't mean they listened to it immediately. If you want to work with our partnership team here at TWiT, please contact, and our team will reach out.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Brands Need To Stop Being Afraid of Testing Podcast Advertising


I enjoyed chatting with Ryan Smith, our VP of Partnerships at, on my Host Read Ads podcast. I can tell you this: he is a true podcasting guru with over a decade of experience in the field. I want to share his knowledge and insights from our conversation.

One key point Ryan emphasized was the importance of testing. I admit trying new things can be nerve-wracking. But, as Ryan wisely said, "You don't know what you don't test." So, the real challenge lies in overcoming those fears, testing at least three episodes, and seeing what resonates with audiences.

But here's the catch: it's not about randomly trying everything simultaneously. Ryan recommends focusing on a specific area or audience for your tests. Understanding who you're speaking to and what they want to hear is crucial. Once you have that clarity, only then can you start broadening your reach.

Patience, my friends, is another crucial ingredient. Brands shouldn't rush to conclusions after releasing just one or two episodes. Building trust with your audience takes time, and the payoff is worth it.

Ryan also shared some insightful thoughts on the need to step outside the box when choosing content. He even illustrated how looking beyond the obvious can yield surprising results.

His point was clear - if you're not testing new shows, you're not growing. And let's face it, who wants to be stuck in a rut, right? The main takeaway here is that it's crucial for brands not to solely stick to what's already been successful. We should be pushing the boundaries and testing new waters.

I won't sugarcoat it: navigating the world of podcast advertising can sometimes feel like a wild roller-coaster ride - so let's ride it together! And with Ryan's insights, our advertising partners are more equipped to succeed than ever.

Here's to more testing, learning, and podcasting success! I can't wait for you to listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of our interview episodes and the valuable insights that can revolutionize your brand's podcast strategy.

If you have any questions or comments for Ryan or me, please email at We love hearing from you!

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

More Reasons Why Successful Brands Should Work Directly with Podcast Networks


My goal is to provide information for brands to excel in podcast advertising. We do that by collaborating directly with our partners. Agencies promise make-goods and free ads because they do not have or take the time to understand the best way to buy on individual podcast networks. Plus, they are spread so thin across different clients that there is no time for care. Trying to lump in with the other DAI network buys is simply the wrong approach.

Here are four more reasons why brands should go direct:

1. Podcast advertising works because audiences trust their hosts. Brands must build trust - you cannot buy it. Brands cannot expect to receive quality advice from agencies, primarily because they need to communicate with podcast networks, and they don't. Agencies focus on scale, and networks focus on success. Want to win now? Contact networks and stop working with agencies.

2. Brands can save a lot of money by moving away from traditional agencies that take a cut of ad buys. Brands should hire someone in-house for podcast advertising. I recommend considering someone who has worked at an agency or understands podcasting advertising. Agencies focus on volume buys, and brands should be with partners who care about their success.

3. There is zero communication between agencies and networks on how podcast ads are doing for brands. Agencies need to pay attention to our recommendations, and they refuse to listen. They need to communicate when campaigns are underway, as the only feedback we receive is when their clients cannot convert the traffic we send to their websites. They disregard ad tech, time, and frequency. This has increasingly worsened over the last few years and is why 65% of our business is direct. We care about the brands we sign just as much as the audience we introduce them to.

4. Remember the old saying, "You Get What you Paid for?" The same applies to buying podcast ads. When a brand works with an agency that does not communicate with networks and only uses Request-For-Proposals (RFPs) as a convoluted vetting system, you get what you paid for. What worked for Brand X may not work for Brand Y. Communication is critical for proper brand growth, and it's missing with agencies.

Here at, we only improve our communication processes with brands and continue to research and apply best practices. We don't want clients. We want partners.

Ready for real growth? Reach out to, and let's discuss your growth goals.

B2B Influencers Include is one of the original B2B influencers. Brands have been partnering with influencers for years, promoting B2C products & services with great effectiveness. Today, brands are now focusing on influencers to promote B2B products/services.

Brands know there are several ways to promote B2B, including social media, content marketing, newsletters, email, paid search, organic search, and streaming TV/podcasts. We've said it before, and we'll say it again: you need multiple touchpoints to gain conversions. B2B typically needs more touchpoints than B2C, especially if the service is complex.

Here at, we offer host-read ads. Here are the three reasons why our hosts are highly effective B2B influencers.

1. Our hosts eat, live, & breathe tech. They are technology broadcast journalists OR experts in their field because it's required for the show. They deliver the ads with full knowledge of the product/service & understand how it works with a personal or implied endorsement.

2. Our host-read ads are authentic and longer than a minute. Our hosts take the time to cover all the features and benefits, provide testimonials on how it works for others, and they take their time to provide a proper introduction to their audience. They do not rush.

3. Our fans trust our hosts. 85% of our tech-savvy audience made a purchase based on a TWiT ad. has been around since 2005, and our B2B ad reads continually stand out. As one of the original B2B influencers, our network always delivers for our partners.

If you are interested in advertising with because you want the gold standard in podcast advertising, then please email, and we can help you achieve your goals.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Unlocking the Potential of B2B Influence: A Deep Dive into Modern Promotion Strategies

As a savvy business leader, you must understand that marketing strategies constantly evolve. One rising trend in the industry is the growing significance of B2B influencers.

B2B promotion strategies, such as social media, content marketing, and email, unravel the complexities that make B2B marketing unique compared to B2C marketing. As an original B2B influencer, the partnership team at holds incomparable insights from personal experiences.

Our unique Host Read Ads format provides an authentic, personal endorsement of products or services. You'll gain an edge in the competitive B2B market, understanding why multiple touchpoints are vital for conversions. By working with our network, your brand will be better equipped to stand out in the B2B marketplace. Plus, 88% of TWiT listeners are involved in their company's tech/IT decisions, which means you are reaching decision-makers.

Brands have been partnering with influencers for years, promoting B2C products and services with great effectiveness. Today, brands are focusing on influencers to promote B2B products and services. Here at TWiT, we are one of the original B2B influencers, and we know how to set your brand apart from the rest.

Ready to unlock the potential of B2B influencers and transform your marketing strategies? Dive in and get ready to revolutionize your approach to B2B marketing. Contact us at if you want the gold standard in podcast advertising. We help brands thrive and meet their goals by listening to your needs.

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Podcast Advertising Requires Patience

Today, I want to talk about the importance of patience and the power of effective strategies in podcast advertising. My podcast, Host Read Ads, aims to guide brands and agencies on how to get the most out of their podcast ad placements. I will take you through a journey of understanding the importance of patience in podcast advertising and how it may take up to 12 touchpoints to convert a lead into a sale.

It's common for advertisers to cancel their ad placements prematurely, often not giving the ads a chance to leave a lasting impression. This is a huge mistake. The sphere of podcast advertising is unique and requires a different approach than TV or radio ads. We're dealing with on-demand content, and not every listener tunes in simultaneously.

In the current advertising landscape, it's estimated that it can take at least 12 touchpoints to convert a lead into a sale. For those unfamiliar with the term, 'touchpoints' refer to the various interactions a potential customer has with your brand or product before they make a purchasing decision. This means that brands must exercise patience and persistence in their advertising strategy.

However, too many agencies are not only canceling ad placements prematurely but are also failing to educate their clients about the unique demands of podcast advertising. I've seen agencies cancel contracts two weeks after the first ad drop, citing ineffective results. This premature cancellation doesn't just fail to give the ad enough time to make an impact. It's also a waste of resources.

To combat this, I suggest implementing five essential tools to measure the impact of your podcast ad campaign effectively:
1. Create a dedicated landing page or offer code unique to the podcast you're advertising on.
2. Use ad tech to track who downloaded the podcast containing your ad and how many visitors ended up on your website.
3. Measure the increased traffic to your website. Some podcast fans use VPNs to opt out of tracking, so this metric can give you an indirect measure of your ad's reach.
4. Review downloads regularly. Podcast ads take time to deliver all advertising impressions, and listeners need time to act.
5. Use post-purchase surveys. Especially for B2B products or services, the person hearing the ad may not be making the purchase.

Finally, the key to successful podcast advertising is patience. It's all about fostering trust with the audience and setting clear expectations. So let's revolutionize your podcast advertising strategy together, and remember - podcast advertising isn't just about immediate returns; it's a long-term investment with the right audience.

By revolutionizing your podcast advertising strategy, you can maximize your reach, engage your target audience, and convert listeners into loyal customers. Remember, the key to success in podcast advertising lies in understanding its unique dynamics and leveraging them effectively. Happy advertising!

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Successful Strategies for Podcast Advertising


Are you looking to take your podcast advertisements to the next level? If so, we at are here to share invaluable insights on creating captivating ad copies and harnessing the power of host-read ads. With Nielsen's study as a testament, host-read podcast ads outshine voice ads in performance every time. In this blog, we will explore the secrets behind this winning strategy.

Host-read ads hold the power of personalization. It allows the hosts to interweave their thoughts into the ad, enhancing the message's authenticity. This strategy resonates with the audience who appreciate the genuineness of the ad read. It is a proven fact that podcast audiences are highly engaged and that host-read ads result in 50% higher purchase power, according to Nielsen.

Beyond the ad copy, the importance of delving into the brand's story surpasses all else. In today's fast-paced world, the stories behind the brands often go unnoticed. However, sharing your brand's backstory and effectively communicating your product's features and benefits in an ad can make a huge difference. The idea is to educate your audience about your brand, enabling them to make informed decisions.

Moreover, setting your brand apart in a crowded market space can be challenging. Focus on what makes your product or service unique - superior features, cost-effectiveness, exceptional customer service, or ease of use. Highlighting these points can help your brand stand out and give people a reason to choose you over others.

TWiT's partnership team holds a treasure trove of insights and strategies for making your podcast advertising successful. Whether you are a novice or an expert in podcast advertising, our tips will prove invaluable.

If you want to advertise your brand and explore the gold standard in podcasting, do not hesitate to reach out to We are always ready to have a conversation and guide you in your podcast advertising journey.

So tune in, gather all the tools you need, and let's take your podcast advertising to new heights!

Friday, September 8, 2023

Join us at Club TWiT!

 One of the things we are most proud of is Club TWiT. With exclusive access to our hosts, Club TWiT is filled with the best and brightest of our fans. Our Club has close to 10,000 people, and if you consider what's what - our Club is in the top 3-4% of exposure. 

Occasionally, we will turn on our live stream for club shows so everyone can get a free peek into what we offer at Club TWiT. Episodes are posted only to the Club feed, so members are the only ones with access. We love creating new content exclusively for our Club members! 

Currently, we offer ALL of our shows ad-free, bonus content, including book reviews, marquee interviews, and there are Club Only shows - Home Theater Geeks, Hands-On Mac, Hands-On Windows, and the Untitled Linux Show. We are working on a new show that will begin in the Club about AI. The AI show will be hosted by Jason Howell.

Join today if you are looking for a like-minded community to hang out with in Discord or to get all your favorite shows ad-free. Visit's Club TWiT, and select your plan now.

Saturday, September 2, 2023

Podcast Host-Read Ads Outperform Voice Talent Ads


Host-read ads are superior to voice talent ads in podcast advertising. My podcast, Host-Read Ads was created about a year ago to educate brands about this.

Spotify admits that host-read ads outperform other ads due to the audience's emotional connection and trust in the host. As podcast advertising gained popularity, host-read ads became advertisers' preferred format, however, voice talent podcast ads (read by actors and producers) have become increasingly popular with agencies.

According to Nielsen, host-read podcast ads drive strong brand recall and outperform voiced ads every time. It's been well documented that podcast audiences are among the most engaged there are, and much of that reflects the hosts. Purchase power is 50% higher with host-read ads.

Here are three reasons why you need to prioritize networks that offer host-read ads over voice talent ads:

1. The audience prefers to hear the ad read from the host, not from someone else. Listeners will pay closer attention to a host-read ad.

2. A host-read ad is more effective in creating an emotional connection with the audience because they trust the host with content, so they will trust the host with an ad read.

3. A longer interstitial host-read ad allows hosts to tell an engaging story about the brand, including testimonials, features and benefits, and a compelling reason why a listener would want to consider the brand. This drive conversions.

Brands may want to scale with voice talent ads due to their generally lower cost, however they are not equal to host-read ads in response or pricing.

Listen to my host-read ads podcast about this:  Podcast Host-Read Ads Outperform Voice Talent Ads

Thursday, August 31, 2023

The Importance of Podcast Ad Copy


According to Google, there are over 5 million podcasts with over 70 million episodes between them as of 2023. Spotify alone has around 5 million podcast titles on its platform. This is a HUGE amount considering our podcast network has been here for 18 of the 20 years podcasting has been around. Let this sink in: there are millions of podcasts out there, so why would a brand use an archaic Call-To-Action to attract attention?

When it comes to your brand's CTA, you must consider this:

1. Is your brand in a crowded space? Brands need to be aware of their competition and decide if they want to take on established business clientele OR go after new business. It is important to think about your strategy and identify who you want to target before looking for podcast networks to advertise with. Brands must identify specifically who they want to reach - industry, job title, company size, etc.

2. What sets your product/service apart from competitors? Focus on case studies, the features, and the benefits of why your product/service can be trusted - will it save time, money, clients, and more? If you think your brand is the best, you must deliver this to podcast audiences.

3. Give podcast audiences time to test your product/service OR offer a discount. Examples: 30-day free trial, 10% off an annual purchase, 3 months free with an annual purchase, 30% off your first order, and 10% off thereafter, etc. Be sure your CTA is compelling AND something you can live with for a long time, or be explicit on how long the sale will be for. Be generous, it will pay off tenfold when purchasers recall your brand.

Brands need to spend identifying who their target client is and what they want to say to them before buying podcast ads. has been around since 2005, and we help our partners meet their growth goals. If you are interested in advertising with us because you want the gold standard in podcast advertising, then please email, and we can chat about your goals.