This is Episode 73 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan and Jerod Morris.
In this episode, we have a conversation with Jerod Morris, VP of Marketing for Rainmaker Digital. Jerod manages the ongoing education at Digital Commerce Institute, which is hosted on the Rainmaker platform.
He also hosts The Showrunner, The Digital Entrepreneur, and Assembly Call podcast shows.
As you would expect, Jerod knows a few things about using the digital channels to build community and audience engagement. It turns out the foundation of his approach is based on the principles of direct selling.
Trust the Fundamentals of Engagement
Early in his career, Jerod Morris found himself selling a product door-to-door. Those one-to-one selling experiences are great teachers. According to Jerod, “You learn to listen, ask a question, and patiently watch and observe to then intelligently respond.”
These fundamentals of engagement work equally well online if you adopt an ‘audience of one’ mindset. Jerod says, “The only sure way to build audience engagement is to create something that elicits the response, this is for me.”
Of the many digital communities Jerod is involved with, one that is especially interesting is the Assembly Call, a podcast and post-game show and community for Indiana University basketball fans. Its success has even surprised Jerod.
Listen to the audio to get the full story about Assembly Call, The Showrunner and more. These targeted shows prove the secret to audience engagement is creating content that is so narrowly focused, it attracts its ideal audience like magic.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the audience engagement. Meet me over on Twitter to take the conversation further.
- Jerod’s top audience engagement tip is simply helping people to feel like they belong. To do that you have to understand your audience as individuals.
- You can learn more about Jerod and his work at Rainmaker.FM, Primility, Assembly Call, or contact him personally as firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For the Indiana University basketball fans out there, check out Assembly Call, which is build on the Rainmaker platform.
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About the Author: Jeff Korhan, MBA, is the author of Built-In Social: Essential Social Marketing Practices for Every Small Business and host of This Old New Business podcast.