For a long time, sound was the king of communication. It took a backseat with the arrival of television and was further relegated by the internet. Now, in a world that’s overwhelmed by visual communication, sound has found a way to cut through. This is why you should use audio instead of video.
The content genie has well and truly been released from its bottle and there’s no stuffing it back in. Our worlds have become a swirl of infinite content – audio and text from the moment we rub the sleep from our eyes until we fall back into slumber – the content sprites wink, wave and whistle for our attention.
Podcasts are not necessarily the way for advertisers to reach large numbers of consumers (unless the podcast is Serial). But they are an excellent way for businesses to give value to their existing customers and to reach and grow an engaged community of brand advocates.
People are gathering around voice assistants like Google Home and Amazon Alexa to listen to podcasts like some sort of old-timey radio hour. Podcasts are being listened to in ever-increasing numbers – even McDonalds has one called ‘The Sauce’. And it’s not uncommon to pass people in the street who are listening to their phones like a transistor radio.