Australian Blair Hughes has performed several aspects of the fan experience model, both in sports and in music. Blair Hughes is a creative and ambitious fan engagement podcast, communications and event management. He has many years of experience visualizing, developing and facilitating major events, and communications projects.
He has high success rate of delivering exceptional outcomes for clients in both local and international markets across the music, education and sports industries. He's a leader, podcast networker and life-long learner skilled in digital media, marketing and public relations.
Blair currently manages the operations for audio Boom podcasts in Australia and New Zealand. He has created partnerships with major radio, media, podcasters and sporting teams including Macquarie Media, SEN, RSN, the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Australian Open, and many more.
In this episode we talk about:
- Blair Hughes' background as a teacher and his current career as head of operations at audio Boom
- His interest in trying to understand fan psychology and coming up with ways to engage and inspire his students when he was a teacher
- Audio Boom and the power of fan engagement
- The history of podcasting
- How everyone wants to get involved in podcasting
- How podcasting has been doing amazing things for a long time now
- How podcasting is becoming viral and can influence anyone to start their own podcast
- The easy access of listening to podcasts through the power of mobile phones and high-speed Wi-Fi
- The power of the audio platform and why audio Boom are passionate about it
- The audio-on-demand app which anyone can use to record, upload, share and monetise their audio, and can use as a personalised radio station
- Fan engagement
- How Blair has worked in lots of teams from sporting to music environments, trying to find ways to make fans buy everything he has
- The importance of sound quality and technology when having a podcast
- Listening skills, being enthusiastic, telling stories and being interactive at the same time as doing fan engagement
- The idea of access for someone considering doing a podcast
- The importance of the two-way conversation
- The idea of trying to find ways of bringing added value to your listeners and looking after your fans, followers and members by listening to them
- How fan engagement worked in the sports and music industries
- The benefits of fan engagement ideas
- How fan engagement is cost effective and spectacular regarding the extra little things
- Emotional loyalty and the deeper connection with fans
- Audio Boom’s podcast and how to embed and share it
- How the audio Boom platform finds ways to help visually impaired customers so that they can listen to the contents
- The importance of fan engagement for a podcast show
- How fan engagement really helps audio Boom’s customers in terms of growing their businesses
- How they encourage everyone to start a podcast, record, share and monetise using their app
When someone is considering a podcast as a medium, how do they know if it's for them?
“It’s about access. So, if you think of starting a podcast you have to think about ways that you can tap into your fans. Try to make them engage more and more with what you’re doing with your podcast. It’s got to be creative and innovative. You've got to be listening, it’s got to be enthusiastic, telling stories and interactive at the same time.
So, it's finding these ways that you can really tap into what your fans want from your podcast show. If you’re thinking of starting a podcast ask yourself; “What it’s going to be about so that I can find ways that listeners are really going to be engaged with what I’m doing.”
What are the most important things to consider?
- “I strongly believed that the future is easy and everyone’s able to have a podcast. Yes, the sound quality is a must. It doesn't have to be perfect but the technology is there for everyone to be able to have a podcast. And monetisation would be the norm.”
- “Trying to find ways to make fans and turn them into hard core fans so that they buy everything you have and they love what you do. The core of it for me is this idea of trying to find ways to bring added value and look after your fans, your followers and your members, and listen to them. I don’t think we do enough listening to people.”
- “It has to be a two-way conversation. It’s about loyalty, it’s about being authentic and about being genuine at the same time.”
- “Be crazy. It’s about being creative and thinking outside this square in terms of what you can do for your fans and how you can figure out ways to engage with them.”
Where to find Blair Hughes
Author: Ronsley Vaz
Ronsley is the founder & chief day dreamer at AMPLIFY. He is an author, speaker & serial entrepreneur.
He has a Masters’ degree in Software Engineering and an MBA in Psychology and Leadership. He is known as the creator of We Are Podcast – the first Podcasting Conference in the Southern Hemisphere, and the host of The Bond Appetit Podcast and Should I Start a Podcast. He has an audience of over 3 million in 133 countries.