How to get more voice comments?

The common challenge for podcasters after getting text comments is to engage their listeners to leave voice interactions. Today we'd like to give a simple but practical plan on how to receive more voice comments.

1. Start replying to your listeners with your voice. 

Galas is a new service that provides an experience for your listeners they never had before. They come to your episodes page, see that there are only text comments and do not want to be the first. Also, people may be too shy to show their voice or unsure whether voice comments are suitable for the conversation you have under your episode (which may sound reasonable if there are 0 voice comments). So, it would help if you became that first voice commenter. For example, you can reply to your listeners' text comments with voice messages. Or you may type a text reply and follow it with the voice one.

Be patient. Your listeners need time to get used to new functionality. Your vocal activity in the comments can encourage them and show how they can interact with your show and other listeners. 

2. Try to provoke further conversation.

A typical picture under an episode reminds me of ping-pong: the listeners leave a comment - the host answers. But if you want to build an active and self-growing community around your podcast, you must teach your listeners to communicate more and be involved with each other. When you reply to any comment, especially voice ones, try to provoke further conversation, ask the following questions, ask for advice etc.

3. Ask your listeners to sign up. 

Galas aim to make the communication process between a podcaster and his audience (and listeners among each other, of course) as smooth as possible. That is why we didn't make signing up an obligatory requirement to use our service. But if your listeners sign up, they will get email notifications when you or anybody else answers them (and they can come back to Galas to continue communication). So, next time, explain in your Call To Action that they have this option and encourage them to sign up.

4. Start communication by yourself. 

Again about "the ping-pong" metaphor: please do not look at Galas service as a page where listeners can only contact you. Try to look wider. For example, you can write a new comment to your episode and say/record something that wasn't mentioned in the episode. It can be a continuation of the episode but recorded with Galas. Or you can ask other questions or share your thoughts and ideas concerning the episode's topic. It can be your personal audio twitter đŸ˜‚

5. Tell in your Call To Action that you answer listeners’ voice comments.

Listeners like to get replies from the podcast host. The listeners have made efforts to comment on your show, so they may get offended if you ignore them for too long. According to our research, 38% of interviewed listeners would be doubtful about commenting on the podcast again if they hadn't received a response from the podcaster before.
Once, we had an interview with a listener who had received a personalized voice message from the podcaster after he donated on Patreon. It contained only his name and a few words of appreciation for becoming a patron. And that's all. But it made the listener so happy. He explained that it was an honor to receive this short message, and he still keeps it as an outstanding award.

6. Cool ideas of other podcasters who use Galas and think beyond the box. 

1. Host of Based on True Story at the beginning of the episode, tells 2 truths and 1 lie and asks listeners to guess where the lie is. In this way, he engages them to communicate not only on the topic of the episode.
2. Host of Southern Demonology makes movie nights. Every Wednesday, he chooses a movie and then discusses it with other listeners who also watched it.

3. There is the podcaster who gives tasks to his listeners and in the comments, they tell their results or perform the tasks.

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