Henk Bosch
July 13, 2021

7 Reasons why every church needs a podcast page

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1. Your members can listen in without looking at a screen.

How much screen time is healthy for you every day? More than two hours of screen time, especially movies and video games, can limit your brain activity, and cause you to neglect your relationships. Most people set personal limits with these things. If it’s important for you to hear a sermon again, it's not necessary to watch a video. Simplify access to your content by using audio and reduce the needed screen time for your listeners.

2. Sermons can be delivered directly to mobile phones.

When your members are on the go, they only have a few seconds to look at their smartphone. That leaves just enough time to open a podcast app and play a podcast. Your listeners don't have to search for a long time. Your podcast is automatically synchronized with apps like Google Podcasts, iTunes, Pocketcasts and many more. They will automatically update your latest feed and send it to your subscriber's phone.

3. Subscribers are notified when a new recording is available.

Your subscribers are waiting to listen to your latest recordings. As soon as you make your latest recording available, it will be distributed on your selected channels and your subscribers will receive a friendly notification on their smartphone.

4. Your audio recordings are distributed over multiple apps and networks

Every Podcast owner is required to release his/her own podcast to their chosen networks. No podcast host is allowed to do it for you without your prior consent. This action does not require any technical expertise. If this is too much for you, you can always ask a friend to help you. It's a good idea to distribute your content on as many channels as possible, because it will give your podcast more reach and increase the visits to your website.

5. Create a richer experience directly on your website

If you have more visitors on your own website, search engines like google will grant your website a higher page rank. But podcast apps limit the way you display your information. This can be to your advantage. Be creative and add images, animations, customized players and search capabilities to create a much richer experience on your own website. Your website also brings your audience closer to your general offer and service. Ultimately your listeners may benefit from you as much as possible.

6. Introduce comments

If you would like to invite your listeners even deeper into your world, then consider introducing comments. It will not only help your listeners but will also help you understand their needs better. Isn't it helpful to receive a good question every now and then? Or to see what other are saying about your message? Sadly many people hide behind self-condemnation. But when they're online it becomes more visible. Of course this also introduces other problems, but ultimately it has amazing value to be able to strengthen relationships using online spaces.

7. Searchable Archive

Organize your recordings for future reference. When visitors want to get to know you, they want to hear your voice. If they find your words edifying they will follow you. Help them to find what they are looking for. Sadly many speakers don't organize their content well enough, to make a useful archive. But if you can do it successfully, you will create a valuable library for future use. A well defined full text search engine can give you relevant search results on a large scale. Organize, sort and search your results by useful criteria and make your archive a valuable resource.



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