Quite The Podcast Awards 2021
One of our missions when we launched the network was to try and engage with independent podcasters from all over the world and shine a light on the great content that creators are producing, sometimes with little-to-no support, and no real social proof that what they are doing is having an impact. With over 225 public entries and 3750 votes coming in, we were a little overwhelmed at the response. We worked tirelessly over the months to make sure we provided a platform that was fair and gave every single entry the opportunity to release trailers, snippets, or even full episodes on dedicated RSS feeds with an already engaged audience in their specific genres. Trying something new, trying to get our nominees real listens.
This lead us down a road that actually took us away from our audience – we forgot that listeners are the most important people to any podcast. Without an audience, without listeners, without fans – what is a podcast, or a podcast network?
We made the decision pretty early on in the process of organising and planning the awards that we would finish what we started (to the best of our abilities), and then move forward – away from the echo chamber, away from the void, away from the very thing that drove our decision to launch a podcast awards in the first place.
We forgot about our listeners, and that was criminal.