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Active Podcasts on the Decline

Updated: 1 day ago


John Ray on "North Fulton Business Radio"
John Ray on "North Fulton Business Radio"

You read that right. Let's review the stats:


Active podcasts on Apple Podcasts:


June 2021:ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย 755,715 (15 months into the pandemic)

December 2021:ย ย ย ย 548,447

January 2023:ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย 449,041

January 2024:ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย 455,938 (up 1.5% year over year; still down 40% from June 2021)


A few thoughts on these statistics:


ย --Podcast listenership, whether measured by daily or weekly listeners, rose steadily during this period. What that means is that in 2024, compared to 2021, more podcast listeners have fewer active podcasts to choose from than was the case three years ago.


ย --Consequently, when someone says there are too many podcasts around, they don't have a clue as to what they're talking about.


ย --Starting a podcast is like buying a puppy:ย ย it's fun and makes you feel good. It's great to receive all the kudos and praise when you announce your new show. It's another thing altogether to keep it going, particularly when you're doing it all yourself.


ย --Who reaps the benefits of these stats? It's those who keep going. It's true not just for podcasts, but an email or LinkedIn newsletter, a video series, or a book: ย you will stand out if you just keep at it.


ย --Your competitors, if you want to look at it that way (I don't), are not those who start something. Your competitors as an active podcaster, newsletter writer, author, etc. are those who are actually doing the thing. In the world of podcasts, for example, your "competition" is not the 4.3 million podcasts registered worldwide, but the 455,000 podcasts that are active.


ย --It's similar to when I climbed Mt. Rainier years ago: ย the herd going up that mountain culled itself naturally as the going got tough and the air got thinner. I was the last guy in my party to drag my slow keister to the top, but it didn't matter. I was on top, along with just a handful of those who started the morning before.


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Business consultant and coach, author, and podcaster John Rayย advises solopreneurs and small professional services firms on their two most frustrating problems: pricing and business development. John is passionate about how changes in mindset, positioning, and pricing change the trajectory of a business and the lifestyle choices of a business owner. His clients are professionals who are selling their expertise, such as consultants, coaches, attorneys, CPAs, accountants and bookkeepers, marketing professionals, and other professional services practitioners.


John is the author of the national bestselling book, The Generosity Mindset: A Journey to Business Success by Raising Your Confidence, Value, and Prices. The book covers topics like value and adopting a mindset of value, pricing your services more effectively, proposals, and essential elements of growing your business. The book isย available at all major physical and online book retailers.




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