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5 Ways Podcasters Can Use AI to Streamline Their Creative Process

5 Ways Podcasters Can Use AI to Streamline Their Creative Process

5 Ways Podcasters Can Use AI to Streamline Their Creative Process

  • Jun 06, 2024

In this week’s episode of Podcasting Secrets, I interviewed Audrey Bell-Kearney, a veteran podcaster, founder of the Gwinnett Women's Chamber of Commerce, and CEO of Noise Media. With over 15 years of podcasting experience dating back to the early days of the medium, Audrey has witnessed firsthand the evolution of podcasting. She now focuses on helping businesses harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to fuel their growth. 

As an author of two books on podcasting and AI, Audrey is uniquely positioned to share insights on how podcasters can leverage AI to streamline their creative process. In this blog post, we'll explore the top 5 ways AI can help podcasters work smarter and more efficiently. 

1. Automating Episode Creation with AI-Generated Scripts and Voice Cloning

One of the most time-consuming aspects of podcasting is developing episode content and scripts. But with the aid of AI tools like ChatGPT, podcasters can automate much of this process. By inputting prompts, the AI can generate full episode scripts that sound natural and engaging. The host can then tweak and refine the AI-generated scripts as needed.

Going a step further, podcasters can even use AI voice cloning technology to create episodes without having to record any audio themselves. By training the AI on samples of their own voice, podcasters can have the AI generate realistic-sounding audio of them speaking the script. While still a relatively new frontier, a small but growing number of podcasters are already putting out shows where the host's voice is completely AI-generated.

This presents an exciting opportunity for busy podcasters to multiply their output and build their brand across multiple shows and genres. Just as Audrey envisioned an "AI podcast network" with numerous AI-voiced shows on different topics under one creator's brand, AI opens up the possibilities for prolific podcasters to become one-person media empires.

2. Enhancing Discoverability with AI-Powered Content Recommendations

As the podcast market becomes increasingly saturated, simply putting out good content is no longer enough—podcasters must also find ways for their target audiences to discover that content. This is another area where AI can greatly assist podcasters.

By leveraging AI's ability to understand the content and context of podcast episodes, savvy developers can create AI-powered recommendation engines that surface relevant episodes to listeners based on their interests. For example, a podcast network could feed its entire library of episodes into an AI tool that then identifies common themes and topics across the shows. When a listener downloads an episode about a particular subject, the AI could then recommend other relevant episodes in the network that discuss similar topics.

Some major podcast platforms like Apple are already starting to integrate these kinds of AI recommendation features. But there is also a big opportunity for enterprising developers to create third-party AI recommendation tools that help listeners discover new indie shows and give podcasters a powerful discoverability boost.

3. Repurposing Podcast Content for Multiple Platforms via AI

Another way podcasters can get more mileage out of their episodes is by repurposing them into different formats for multiple platforms. However, manually editing podcast audio and creating derivative content like blog posts and social media snippets can be extremely time-consuming. Once again, AI offers a solution.

With AI-powered tools like Descript, podcasters can automatically generate transcripts of their episodes, which they can then easily edit into optimized content for various mediums. For instance, key sections of the transcript can be pulled out to create blog posts that recap the main takeaways of an episode and drive listeners to download the full show.

Other AI tools can take this a step further by using natural language processing to automatically summarize podcast episodes and generate ready-to-publish blog posts, social media posts, and other spinoff content with minimal human intervention required. This allows podcasters to multiply the reach and impact of each episode they create.

4. Streamlining Editing with AI-Assisted Production Tools

Editing is often one of the most tedious and labor-intensive parts of podcast post-production. AI can help lighten this load by automating routine editing tasks and even taking the first pass at assembling a rough cut of an episode.

For example, AI-powered editing software can automatically remove filler words, long pauses, and other verbal tics that distract from the flow of the content. The AI can distinguish between substantive sections of speech versus transitional words and phrases, retaining the former while cleaning up the latter.

Some tools go even further, using AI to analyze the content and structure of the raw recording to suggest an initial assembly of the episode, with the most compelling soundbites and exchanges moved to the front. The podcast editor can then focus their time and energy on fine-tuning this AI-generated rough cut and adding their human touch rather than starting from scratch.

5. Powering Audience Interaction with AI-Driven Engagement Tools

Finally, AI can help podcasters better connect with their listeners and facilitate audience engagement through interactive features and personalized content. Imagine an AI that parses the contents of podcast episodes and automatically generates quizzes to test the listener's retention of the material. Or a chatbot that can field common listener questions about a podcast's subject matter by referring to the contents of past episodes.

There are also opportunities to use AI for more customized advertising and listener outreach. An AI tool could analyze a podcast's content to identify potential advertisers and sponsors who are a contextual fit, even generating a prospecting email to pitch them. Or the AI could determine which listeners would be most receptive to a donation appeal based on their engagement history and reach out to them with an individualized request at the optimal time.

The more podcasters can harness AI to not only create content more efficiently, but to better understand and interact with their audiences, the stronger those crucial creator-listener relationships will become.

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1. Audrey has been podcasting since 2008, before it became a huge industry. She has almost 1,000 episodes published across multiple shows.

2. In 2019, Audrey got into AI by creating Alexa skills for podcasts. AI tools can help create scripts, voice-clones, and automate parts of the podcast production process.

3. AI-powered tools open up podcasting to more introverts and people scared of microphones. This technology makes it easier to start shows even if you don't want to talk.

4. Consistency and quality still rule in podcasting. AI can help generate more content, but shows need to come out on a regular schedule, and all AI content should be reviewed and revised by a human.

5. Audrey sees opportunities for developers to build AI-powered podcast recommendation engines, matching listeners to relevant shows. 

6. AI does raise ethical concerns around voice cloning and impersonation that the industry will need to grapple with. Watermarking voices may be necessary.

7. Overall, AI has huge potential to democratize podcast creativity, reduce production barriers, and help more people multiply their voices online. But the human touch is still very important.

Thanks for joining us for this episode. I wish you success as you leverage AI tools to help you produce your podcast.

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