The Podcast Launch Playbook: Selecting the Best Approach for Your Show
ClippedDecember 06, 2023
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The Podcast Launch Playbook: Selecting the Best Approach for Your Show

In this episode of Clipped, Eric is back to delve into the world of podcast launches. When it comes to introducing your podcast to the world, there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. It all boils down to what suits your unique circumstances, including the time, effort, resources, and available information at your disposal. 

Eric discusses three distinct launch styles, each with its own set of pros and cons. So, without further ado, let's explore the world of podcast launch styles.

The Three Podcast Launch Styles
  • The Planned Launch

  • Single Episode Launch

  • Spontaneous Launch

The Planned Launch

A planned launch involves meticulous preparation, including having multiple episodes ready to release on day one, and is often seen as the most strategic approach to podcast launching.


  • Immediate Listener Engagement: Launching with multiple episodes allows listeners to dive deep into your content from the start, increasing engagement.

  • Boost in Rankings: Listening platforms tend to favor podcasts with more downloads and activity right from the beginning, potentially leading to higher rankings.

  • Established Credibility: Launching with several episodes demonstrates your commitment and professionalism.


  • Initial Increased Workload: Preparing multiple episodes for launch day requires a significant upfront effort in recording, editing, and planning.

  • Potential Wasted Content: If your podcast doesn't resonate with the audience, you may have invested time and resources in ineffective content.

  • Pressure to Maintain Momentum: Launching with high-quality episodes consistently can lead to burnout.

Single Episode Launch

A single episode launch is a more straightforward approach, where you focus your efforts on creating one outstanding episode for your debut.


  • Concentration of Efforts: By focusing on a single episode, you can put more effort into making it outstanding.

  • Immediate Feedback: Launching with one episode allows you to gauge feedback and improve future episodes.

  • Less Pressure: Simplifying the launch process can reduce stress, especially for first-time podcasters.


  • Risk of Losing Momentum: Listeners accustomed to binge-listening might be disappointed with only one episode on launch day.

  • Algorithmic Disadvantages: Podcast apps may favor shows with multi-episode launches, affecting discoverability.

  • Reduced SEO Opportunities: Fewer episodes limit opportunities for search engines to index your content.

Spontaneous Launch

A spontaneous launch is characterized by releasing your podcast episode as soon as it's ready, often without extensive planning or preparation.


  • Overcoming Procrastination: A spontaneous launch can help creators break free from procrastination and get started.

  • Authenticity and Excitement: Raw energy and enthusiasm can be captivating for listeners.

  • Learning by Doing: Jumping in allows you to learn through hands-on experience.

  • Adaptable Content: You can adapt your show's format or follow trends as you go.

  • Immediate Gratification: Achieving a spontaneous launch can boost motivation.


  • Lack of Preparation: Technical issues, marketing challenges, and inconsistent branding may arise without proper preparation.

  • Challenges in Building an Audience: Building a following may be more difficult with a spontaneous launch.

  • Inconsistency: Maintaining a schedule can be challenging without a plan.

Different Strokes For Different Folks

No matter which launch style you choose, remember that there's no right or wrong way to introduce your podcast to the world. Your decision should align with your specific goals and the resources you have at your disposal. 

So, explore these styles, weigh the pros and cons, and embark on your podcasting journey with confidence.

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