Questions To Ask Your Podcast Agency Before Working With Them
Thinking of Hiring a Podcast Production Agency?
It’s not always easy to figure out which podcast agency is going to be the ideal fit for you and your company. VA FLIX provides you with a list of questions that you need to ask your agency before you sign the dotted line to ensure that they are the appropriate fit for you.
Even while producing a podcast may seem to be a solo activity, the truth is that it takes a village to create a genuinely high-quality episode. There is often an entire team of podcast production pros behind every successful program, including writers, producers, sound designers, and technicians, who put their talents and knowledge to good use.
It is not impossible to produce a high-quality podcast all by oneself; nevertheless, in order to do it, you will need to be ready to wear a variety of hats and spend a significant portion of your spare time to the endeavor. If you are already grumbling at the notion of carving out even more time in your schedule to create, record, and edit a podcast, then you may want to look into hiring an agency to assist you with this endeavor.
The opportunity to be creative, to conduct interviews with special guests, and to communicate their one-of-a-kind message to an audience of loyal listeners is the primary draw for the vast majority of podcasters who decide to launch their own shows. However, in addition to these advantages, beginning a podcast requires completing a number of chores that are either routine, technical, or, let’s face it, just plain dull. These procedures may make podcasting seem more like a duty than an enjoyable hobby.
In a situation like this, the assistance of an agency may be invaluable. You can make the process a lot less stressful and time-consuming for yourself by hiring a team of seasoned podcasting experts to assist you and take some of the burden off your shoulders. This will let you concentrate on the elements of the process that are enjoyable and allow your creativity to show through.
If you want to adapt your experience to meet your particular requirements and financial constraints, the majority of agencies will give you the option of selecting various packages or services à la carte, which may be helpful if you want to customize it. You won’t ever regret putting your all into making your podcast the absolute best that it can be, and the right agency can be a supportive partner as you work towards this goal. Whether you started a podcast for business or personal reasons, you’ll never regret giving it your all to make it the best that it can be.
Right is the crucial word in this context. Before you begin working with any agency or, for that matter, a freelancer, you will want to ensure that the arrangement is beneficial for all involved parties and that you will get what you want at a cost that is within your budgetary constraints.
How can you tell whether an agency is the right match for your business as well as for you personally? Make sure you ask plenty of questions.
Before you begin a formal working relationship with a podcast agency, here are five questions you should ask them:
1. What services do you offer?
Before you go ahead and engage a company to assist you with your podcast, you need to make sure that you have a complete understanding of the services that the company provides and the specifics of what each one includes. If you want to avoid finding yourself in a sticky situation without a paddle, you should steer clear of making any assumptions about the breadth of the services they provide. You wouldn’t want, for instance, to employ an agency only to find out after the fact that they can’t give you with a service that you want urgently, such as sound mixing or a location to record in, and you wouldn’t want to make that mistake.
You may ask any follow-up questions you have regarding roles and duties to the agency after you have a better understanding of the different services that are offered by the organization. This will allow you to be prepared for any voids that will need to be addressed in advance. In this manner, there won’t be any unpleasant surprises when it’s time to delve into the task and get into a consistent pattern.
The following is a list of examples of the kind of services that a podcasting agency would often provide:
- Developing a plan, generating ideas, and forming an overall concept for a podcast or an episode of a podcast
- Recruiting and assisting guests in preparation for interviews
- doing research, composing, and revising scripts
- Creating new episodes while also directing them
- Audio manipulation, editing, and composition
- Promotion, including use of social media and material on websites
- Analyzing and monitoring backend data
2. Who are your clients?
If you have a look at the current roster of customers that an agency maintains, you can learn a lot about the quality of their work, the areas in which they have expertise, and the overall level of support that you can anticipate receiving from them. It is often a very encouraging indicator when an organization is collaborating with a number of well-known and respected companies. On the other hand, this might be a warning sign if they are evasive when it comes to presenting samples of their previous work or if it is difficult to locate their customer list online.
3. Who’s on your team?
The individuals that comprise a team are the most important factor in determining the quality of an agency. Do not be afraid to inquire about the composition of the team, including its size, the members’ duties and titles, and their professional experience. A cursory examination of the members of the team’s LinkedIn profiles can typically tell you quite a deal about their level of knowledge, abilities, and experience, which may serve as a good indication of the quality of the work product they produce.
However, having an amazing resume is not the only thing that matters. Because you will be working closely with the team at the agency on a project that is probably very important to you, it is essential to create a strong foundation of trust, communication, and even camaraderie with the other members of the group. Before you commit to working for the agency, it is highly recommended that you make an effort to get to know the team so that you can get a feel of whether or not your personalities will mesh well together.
4. What’s your workflow schedule?
It is a good idea, before beginning to work with an agency, to make sure that you and they are on the same page about timetables, scheduling, and your general process. Obviously, factors such as being in the same time zone are important. However, you may also want to learn more about the agency’s manner of working as well as their typical turnaround periods for projects. Because consistency is of the utmost importance when it comes to podcasting, you don’t want to take the chance of leaving too much time in between the releases of episodes just because your agency is falling behind.
You should, in most cases, be able to acquire a general idea of the agency’s timetables at the first meeting that you have with them; but, you should not be hesitant to ask for further specifics from the outset. You should preferably collaborate with a company that has a solid grasp on the principle that time equals money, as this will make your job much easier.
5. How much?
Now for the question that everyone is thinking about: how much will it cost? Prices charged by agencies may range greatly based on the size and scope of the client organization, all the way from fifty dollars to more than ten thousand dollars per episode. You will want to make sure that you are getting a solid return on your investment, regardless of whether you decide to work with an agency on sporadic, ad hoc requests or on a massive, splashy campaign. Because of this, you should not be afraid to shop around and compare prices before you make a final decision.
In the end, everything will come down to your financial situation and how comfortable you are, but in general, you get what you pay for, which means that spending more money will bring you more service. You should think about how much money you are prepared to spend in order for your podcast to truly have an effect, but you should also keep in mind that spending a lot of money on a top-notch agency is an investment that will directly benefit your brand or company.
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