There a couple of ways to connect podcast episodes to leads and sales using Wicked Reports.The quick version for those that are familiar with Wicked Reports technology – put unique UTM links on your emails, texts, and social posts about a podcast episode.  Wicked Reports will connect the unique UTM tracking links to contacts in your CRM and sales from your shopping cart.

There are 3 valuable data points you will get.

  1. Podcast episode link clicks.
  2. Podcast episode link clicks that find leads.
  3. Podcast episode link clicks that convert sales.

For each of those data points, the raw number of clicks, leads, and sales helps you determine interest and bottom line value to your business.

When the clicks, leads, or sales are higher than average, this means you have struck a nerve in your audience. Do MORE of that podcast content AND type of marketing for your podcast.

When the clicks, leads, or sales are lower than average, something missed the mark with either the podcast content or the marketing of that podcast.

If you need a primer on UTM tracking links, here is Google’s reference. We will use this to build the tracking link for a podcast episode below.

When sending an email about a podcast, it’s important to construct the link the correct way.

As an example, let’s use the great podcast host James Schramko and this particular episode I was on:

Step 1 – Paste the link into the link field of the URL Builder:
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Step 2 – Set the campaign source.  I see a lot of people type in “Podcast” here.  I disagree.  You are going to spread the news of your podcast on a number of marketing sources, so don’t make that mistake.  You should put “Email” if the source of the link click is from your email software.  You’ll indicate podcast in a different field.

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Step 3 – Medium. This is the delivery mechanism of the link.  Since you are emailing this out, put “email” again just like you did in Source

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Step 4 – Campaign Name. Finally, you can indicate this is about a podcast.  If your podcast just got produced, you are probably ready to shout out the news on all available platforms.  For our example, I’m assuming you are broadcasting this podcast link via email.  I’ve input “podcast-episode-broadcast”.  Notice I used a “-” between each word…while link technology sometimes can preserve spaces, I don’t trust it, so don’t leave spaces in your values.  Each new podcast episode, I will use the exact same campaign name, so I can compare all my episode’s performance.
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Step 5 – Campaign Term.  A lot of people do not put a value in this field, because it says “identify the paid keywords”.  However, we want to compare the performance of this podcast episode vs. search keywords, facebook targeting, text messaging, and organic posts on our Facebook fan page.  When comparing data, it is a lot easier to have values in all 5 UTM values.  This is why I advocate putting in an easy to understand value for your audience of this link.  Since we are emailing this to your email list, “email-list” is what to put into the term field. (Note – if you are only emailing this to an email segment that has subscribed to your podcast updates, THEN you could put “podcast-email-list”.)

Step 6 – Campaign Content.  This where you identify the podcast episode.  Prefix the episode name with the episode number so you can sort your data by episodes chronologically, and remember not to have any spaces.
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Step 7 Copy the generated campaign URL and insert into your email broadcast…happy tracking!

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A couple notes on the process.

  1. You can shorten these URLs using the “convert URL to short link” option or any link shortener you like – just make sure the UTMs hit a page with Wicked Reports tracking on it.  If you do NOT use Wicked Reports, make sure your Google Analytics code is on the page.
  2. Want to create your links for your other platforms now?  Simply make a few edits in the fields and copy the updated links while you are here.

Here are a couple of samples of additional tracking links that could be used.

For a Facebook Fan Page on the podcast.

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For Twitter (even though you probably won’t get any sales)

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Notice in all the links, the campaign and the content stay the same.  The source is the channel I’m marketing on.  The medium is the mechanism for link delivery.  And the term is the audience identification.

For ads, the same thing applies.  But who wants to create a ton of UTM links all day for their ads?  That’s why we have a Google Tracking template and Facebook auto-tracking.

I hope your podcast does great, and your podcast attribution proves that great episodes grow your sales faster.