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If anyone tries to tell you that podcasting is “too niche,” “very high-tech” or “just for kids,” please point them in the direction of the report by Edison Research on the state of podcasting in the United States in 2010.
This fifth annual study of the American podcast audience shows, among other things, that:
- More than 70 million Americans have listened to a podcast, and
- The podcast audience has shifted from being predominantly "early adopters" to more closely resembling mainstream media consumers.
A finding I have seen elsewhere and always find interesting is that most podcast consumers prefer listening at their desktops, not on iPods and other dedicated media players. However, not unexpectedly, mobile phone media consumption is increasing.
In my own communications practice, I see more interest in podcasting every month, particularly for leadership broadcasts (more on this topic here); communicating with a specialized audience, especially in the business-to-business space; and podcasting at conferences.
Photo: That’s me interviewing author and speaker Richard St. John at the Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners annual conference in October 2010.