How to Select a Professional Podcast Production Team
Outsourcing your podcast production helps you to be able to focus on creating content. At the same time, it helps you with:
- Time management
- Quality control
- Consistency and reliability
As you consider outsourcing, feel free to ask yourself questions around the following topics to find the perfect fit for your podcast production needs.
Choose someone who has demonstrated they can do what you want done. Make sure to ask:
- Can you provide me with links to shows you have produced that are similar to my show?
- Can you provide me with contact information for anyone you are currently working with who I can speak with?
Review any links that they share and reach out to any references they provide and confirm that they can do the work you need.
A podcast producer’s style is reflected in how they interact with you and also the feel of the shows they produce. Ask yourself:
- Do I like my personal interactions with this person/company? (Any concerns you have while you are considering them will only grow after contracts are signed.)
- Do I like the other podcasts that they produce? (Even though you are outsourcing some of the work of your podcast, it is still your show. The person you work with should be able to help you realize your vision and not only produce content that conforms to their style.)
Easy to Work With
The personal interactions with potential podcast producers above entails the work process that they are proposing. You should not have to learn a new complex system to make their work easier. Ask them:
- What do you need from me to do your work?
- How would we share files, etc., after I have recorded my episode?
Understands Your Needs
Before you choose someone with whom to outsource your podcast production, make sure they understand what you need help with. Ask any candidate:
- Please repeat back to me the production work I am requesting to be done. (Have them talk about what your project requires and not just a list of the services they provide.)
- Can you share any production notes or checklists that you have for other clients that demonstrate how you ensure your clients’ needs are consistently met?
Of course, budget is always a concern. After you receive an estimate from the person you are considering hiring, you have a few questions to answer yourself.
- Can I afford this expense, long term?
- How much is my time worth to do the same work?
- Will this investment in my podcast bring about the results I want for my show?
If you are thinking about outsourcing your podcast production, consider Professional Podcast Production by Blubrry. We are sure you will be happy with our answers to the above questions (check out previous posts about it here!). Choosing to outsource your podcast work is a serious decision. Ensure it is a positive experience that benefits your needs, and the quality and goals of your show.
Do you outsource your podcast production? What other tips can you give our readers?