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Welcome to The Podcast Accelerator, the show that helps busy podcasters to grow their audience in specific, actionable ways.

I’m your host Mark Asquith, "That British Podcast Guy" and co-founder of Captivate.fm, a podcast hosting, analytics, marketing & monetisation platform that focusses solely on helping the serious independent podcaster to grow their audience & leverage their audio influence.

I've been podcasting since 2012, have produced over 1,400 episodes, built a podcasting business that helps tens of thousands of podcasters and am a regular speaker at podcasting events across the globe, including Podcast Movement, Podfest and Harvard's "Sound Education" event - in short: I live and breathe independent podcasting full-time.

The Podcast Accelerator is a deep-dive podcast that releases every Monday (along with the accompanying newsletter at https://mark.live/learn) where I go into detail about growth strategies & tactics for your podcast that are based on my running & growing businesses & content platforms since 2005.

During each episode I give you three specific, actionable takeaways that you can implement right away and I'm always available to answer questions on Twitter (https://mark.live/twitter).

This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

Podcorn - https://podcorn.com/privacy
Podtrac - https://analytics.podtrac.com/privacy-policy-gdrp
Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

The Podcast Accelerator, Learn How to Grow Your Podcast Start & Grow a Podcast

    • Technology
    • 4.6 • 45 Ratings

Welcome to The Podcast Accelerator, the show that helps busy podcasters to grow their audience in specific, actionable ways.

I’m your host Mark Asquith, "That British Podcast Guy" and co-founder of Captivate.fm, a podcast hosting, analytics, marketing & monetisation platform that focusses solely on helping the serious independent podcaster to grow their audience & leverage their audio influence.

I've been podcasting since 2012, have produced over 1,400 episodes, built a podcasting business that helps tens of thousands of podcasters and am a regular speaker at podcasting events across the globe, including Podcast Movement, Podfest and Harvard's "Sound Education" event - in short: I live and breathe independent podcasting full-time.

The Podcast Accelerator is a deep-dive podcast that releases every Monday (along with the accompanying newsletter at https://mark.live/learn) where I go into detail about growth strategies & tactics for your podcast that are based on my running & growing businesses & content platforms since 2005.

During each episode I give you three specific, actionable takeaways that you can implement right away and I'm always available to answer questions on Twitter (https://mark.live/twitter).

This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

Podcorn - https://podcorn.com/privacy
Podtrac - https://analytics.podtrac.com/privacy-policy-gdrp
Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    Hiatus - 2022

    Hiatus - 2022

    I'm having a little bit of a break from the podcast to focus on family and Captivate but will be back shortly! In this episode I'll talk to you about why, when I'll be back and recommend a LOT of excellent content to help you to grow your podcast while I'm away!

    • 3 min
    3 Actionable Dynamic Content Insertion Ideas

    3 Actionable Dynamic Content Insertion Ideas

    Podcasting tech can seem overwhelming but it rarely is once you know how to use it. Here are three creative and actionable ways that you can instantly start to use dynamic ad and content insertion to enhance your podcast today.

    • 29 min
    Are YOU the Thing Stopping Your Podcast Growing?

    Are YOU the Thing Stopping Your Podcast Growing?

    The truth is that you and I, we don't know everything and remaining humble is a skill and mindset that we all, as podcasters, must practice and adopt so that we don't limit the potential of our podcast by letting our ego get in the way.
    Your next steps
    I teach podcasting a lot and for free. So, here's what I'd recommend you do next:
    Watch my free podcasting tutorials on YouTube: https://mark.live/youtube (YouTube (Captivate))
    Ask me anything at all about podcasting over on Twitter: https://mark.live/twitter (Twitter)

    This episode is sponsored by AWeber, the free email marketing tool that podcasters like you can use to build meaningful, profitable relationships with listeners. https://mark.live/email (Use AWeber for free).
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Meet Captivate's Dynamic Show Notes Builder
    Writing high-quality show notes is a vital part of a successful podcast but is often overlooked because, honestly, it’s a pretty cumbersome task. Captivate’s Dynamic Show Notes Builder does the heavy lifting for you by allowing you to build unlimited Show Notes Templates and set specific Templates as default for the podcast episodes that you publish. Your show notes become dynamic when you use Captivate’s advanced “Blocks” and “Shortcodes” to enhance your show notes by adding content that can be updated in one place and that, when changed, will then be updated in every single episode within which that content appears. Blocks are reusable chunks of content that can be utilised in several Templates at a time and Shortcodes are single pieces of data that are either included from your Captivate dashboard, such as your single promotional link, information on the guests that have been interviewed on your podcast using Captivate’s guest booking & interview management system, tip or donation links and your measurable attribution links plus any custom Shortcodes that you may have added to your Captivate dashboard such as custom hiatus messages or privacy messages. AMIE, Captivate’s Audio Monetisation & Integration Engine, works in a very special, highly useful way with the dynamic podcast Show Notes Builder. When uploading your own dynamic content for use in your episode pre-roll, post-roll or mid-roll, you can also include a text title, some free text and associate one of your Captivate attribution links to the piece of audio so that, when you dynamically insert the audio using AMIE, Captivate automatically includes the label, text and measurable attribution link in your show notes. Captivate will do this for every piece of dynamically inserted audio and will measure the traffic and clicks via each associated attribution link. If you remove (individually or in bulk) audio from your episodes using AMIE, the show notes will dynamically update for each episode affected. Welcome to dynamic show notes, brought to you by Captivate.
    https://mark.live/captivate (Try Captivate for free)
    Straight-talking podcast growth tutorials for the busy podcaster
    Every week I send out 1,000-2,000 words of completely free, tried and tested podcast education. It's totally focussed on helping you to grow and monetise your audience and has become one of the most trusted go-to places for honest podcasting education in the world. It's all free and you can get it below.
    https://mark.live/learn (The Podcast Accelerator deep-dive newsletter)


    This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

    Podcorn - https://podcorn.com/privacy
    Podtrac - https://analytics.podtrac.com/privacy-policy-gdrp
    Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    • 24 min
    How to Get Guests to Share Your Podcast

    How to Get Guests to Share Your Podcast

    An interview show is touted as the way to "explode" your influence and increase your impact by the gurus who sell anything to anyone, but you've followed all of their advice and for some reason, your numbers aren't moving and your guests don't often share the interviews that they do with you. Why?

    • 32 min
    Are Your Podcasting Processes Killing Your Show?

    Are Your Podcasting Processes Killing Your Show?

    The panacea for the busy podcaster is a robust set of processes. But are your processes devolving your podcast into a lifeless cookie cutter template? Are your processes undermining your creativity and, if so, how can you achieve the perfect balance?

    • 21 min
    A Simple Twitter Strategy for Podcast Growth

    A Simple Twitter Strategy for Podcast Growth

    Each social channel has its nuances, benefits and flaws. Twitter is my personal favourite for podcast growth so today I'm sharing a few simple strategies that I employ to build my podcast audience using the platform.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

SNL&JazzBuff ,

Recommended listening

If you’re putting together a podcast (like myself), I recommend that you check out this show. It has some really helpful information.

DrKnowby ,

The Key to Success

Podcasting successfully is hard. There are a lot of steps and a lot of moving parts and a lot of things to know, not to mention whatever personal hurdles you may have. Mark breaks it all down and encourages you to do it. He makes it easy to understand without being condescending, and he sells a great product while genuinely having your best interest at heart.
The advice you get from this show and from the newsletter and blog are actually useful and cover the whole spectrum of what it means to be a podcaster.
I love seeing a new episode on my feed in the morning because I know that it’s going to be the shot I need to get motivated to work on my podcast. And it pairs great with an egg and cheese sandwich and a coffee.
I use Captivate for my show and will be adding more as my network grows. If you want to get serious about your podcast, I highly recommend doing the same.

tntspiritworks ,

Podcasting Mini Morsels

I have been a podcaster for about six months. I found The Podcast Accelerator around the fourth month into my journey. I love, love, love each episode and the gold nuggets I take away from each one. Mark is fun, fast paced and dynamic. I would highly recommend this podcast to anyone who really wants to rock their podcast journey. Thanks Mark for shining your light and love for podcasting the way you do.🚀👍🏼😎

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