What makes one marketing podcast better than the next?
Its ability to get me thinking—and when its hosts are equal parts entertaining and knowledgeable.
To choose my favorites, I unearthed some marketing podcast playlists on Spotify, then gave each of them a listen. I also tuned in to popular series, such as Neil Patel’s Marketing School, during my commutes.
Here’s what made the cut, in no particular order (remember to cast your vote!):
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But marketing doesn’t deserve its bad rep, and HotJar alumnus Louis Grenier is determined to change that through Everyone Hates Marketers.
His weekly episodes cover evergreen topics such as customer research, marketing strategy, and brand positioning—with the aim of teaching marketers how to generate solid results without resorting to sleazy, spammy tactics.
In this podcast, Neil Patel and Eric Siu—CEO of marketing agency Single Grain—tackle all manner of marketing topics.
What’s impressive is that they’ve over 1,900 episodes under their belt, with each lasting roughly six minutes or less. This makes the episodes digestible and easy to listen to on the go.
It’s a great way to stay on the pulse of trends. Plus, the information learned makes for an excellent conversation starter.
As its name suggests, Perpetual Traffic focuses on how to drive more traffic to your business. The podcast covers all things related to digital marketing, including Facebook ads and social media marketing, SEO, and how to sell high-ticket products.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the 300+ episodes in the podcast’s repository, we recommend starting with this one. In it, Ahrefs’ Michal Pecánek discusses how the company employed SEO strategies to set up its Wikipedia page.
If you’re interested in learning how to earn money through niche affiliate websites, make Niche Pursuits your go-to podcast.
In each episode that roughly spans 60 minutes, host Spencer Haws chats with a niche site owner about their successes, failures, and tactics.
Here’s one that makes for a fun starting point:
Author and marketer Seth Godin is a household name. In his soothing podcast series, he invites listeners to consider the influence of culture on their lives and how they can change things.
Seth is well positioned to answer these questions too, given he’s penned a slew of popular titles, including “This Is Marketing” and “Permission Marketing.”
But don’t expect to pick up marketing tips or strategies; rather, each episode challenges your beliefs and encourages you to think differently. These are important and underrated skills you can use in marketing, and you’d do well starting here:
You may know Corey Haines as the founder of Swipe Files, an online marketing platform that received our stamp of approval. Beyond its growing online marketing community is Everything Is Marketing, a podcast that began in early 2021 and already has over 50 episodes to its title.
Here’s one featuring Benjamin Shapiro, who runs The Martech Podcast (this also made the list).
This ad-free podcast began over a decade ago, so there’s plenty of content to sift through. But first, a backgrounder: Daniel Rowles is a speaker and CEO of online learning platform Target Internet, and Ciaran Rogers is a digital marketing specialist and trainer.
Collectively, their banter and insightful discussions make for an entertaining listen. Some recent topics explored include app store optimization, audience intelligence tools, and my personal favorite: the toxicity of social media, featuring a case study of global beauty brand Lush.
Listen to it here:
Hosts: Molly Pittman, Ezra Firestone, John Grimshaw
Topics: Social media marketing, digital marketing, content marketing, email marketing
Frequency: Weekly to twice weekly
Listen on: Website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher
The name of this podcast sounds like a bold claim. But thankfully, each episode always leaves me feeling a little smarter.
Hosts Molly Pittman, Ezra Firestone, and John Grimshaw are veteran marketers and educators in their own right, so you can expect lots of personal sharing on how they each found success.
But their conversations can get fairly technical. Past episodes have explored paid ad strategies, business book recommendations, and email marketing strategies. Hence, we think this podcast is a better fit for mid-level marketers and up.
Here’s a fun one in which Molly and John interview co-host Ezra on how he built his ecommerce brand BOOM! by Cindy Joseph into a multimillion-dollar business and why he partially sold it.
John Jantsch is quite the influencer, as you may know. And his podcast series is an extension of his consultancy firm, Duct Tape Marketing.
Each episode spans around 15 minutes and focuses mostly on business marketing tips, tactics, and resources, such as:
These discussions, along with the slew of influential guest speakers like Seth (who made an appearance in our previous entry) and Kara Goldin, make the show worth every minute.
Not every episode is marketing focused either. This episode looks at how you can recultivate a sense of wonder in your life, which reminds me of Akimbo.
Benjamin, whom we mentioned earlier, is kinda obsessed with marketing. In addition to The Martech Podcast, he also hosts Voices of Search, which we featured in our best SEO podcasts roundup.
This series is useful if you’re interested in growing your general marketing knowledge. Expect to pick up tips on boosting your content production strategy through SaaS, scaling business operations, and mobile app marketing.
Despite the technical nature of these topics, each episode is suitable for even “green” marketers and opens with a “Marketing Minute” segment featuring a 60-second speed chat with an industry expert.
Have a listen here:
Stephan Spencer is a knowledgeable SEO, author, and strategist. Naturally, his expertise is aptly displayed in his podcast.
You’ll find over 250 hours’ worth of content, with each episode averaging 60 minutes. Some general topics covered include how to master content marketing, SEO strategies, and storytelling in video marketing.
A roster of great guests has been featured on the show, from Eli Schwartz discussing the art of product-led SEO to growth marketer Dennis Goedegebuure’s deep dive into data-driven storytelling in marketing.
In fact, the latter is a personal favorite—so have a listen.
While not strictly marketing focused, we like the conversations on successful entrepreneurs in My First Million. A plus point: It’s produced by The Hustle, the well-loved business and tech newsletter (which HubSpot later acquired) founded by co-host Sam Parr.
As an alternative podcast strategy, pick out an industry expert you admire and do a little sleuthing to find the podcasts they’ve guest-spoken on. This way, you can easily learn from someone you respect.
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Source: ahrefs.com, originally published on 2022-02-08 18:26:28