On this site, I serve a large audience of teachers, and one of the ways I help them is to recommend products that can make their teaching more efficient, powerful, and fun. In the past, I have offered both sponsored posts and podcast sponsorships, but for the time being, I am limiting my promotional offerings to only podcast sponsorships.
About the Podcast
My twice-monthly podcast currently averages over 100,000 unique downloads per month, with over 23,000 downloads per episode. The show regularly appears in the top 10 in the Education/K-12 category on iTunes. Each episode averages 30 minutes.
This broad profile of the Cult of Pedagogy audience is based on a combination of reader surveys and other analytics tools:
Gender: Over 80% Female
Public School Teachers: Over 75%
Location: The biggest audience is in the U.S. (over 90%), followed by Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and India.
Each episode is downloaded by a minimum of 23,000 unique listeners, with many episodes going well above 30,000. Here are the download statistics for 18 recent episodes:
How Sponsorship Works
- First, I need to decide if your product is a good fit for my audience. It needs to be a high-quality product that will appeal to a wide audience of teachers and is somewhat established; I do not take on sponsors that are still in beta or have been around for less than a year. Some people are just discovering my podcast this very minute and will work their way through years’ worth of archives, so I try to only run ads from companies I trust will be around for a while.
- Once we decide to work together, I will assign your ad to a particular date. I do not know my episode topics very far in advance, and sponsors often sign on months ahead of time, so I am unable to allow sponsors to choose particular episodes by topic. This is why I recommend purchasing a batch of four episodes, rather than just one, so you can ensure that your ad is heard by people with different interests.
- When you sponsor an episode, we work together to write a 45-to-60-second script about your product. I offer my own guidance about what will work for my audience so that we end up with a message that speaks their language and makes it easy for them to follow up on your call to action. At this time, you may also decide to offer a special discount to my listeners or create a unique link to your site with trackable coding, so you can measure the traffic that comes from the ad. Keep in mind, however, that many people will come to you “fresh” without using the link I provide, so these numbers will likely be lower than the true traffic and interest generated by the ad.
- The script will be read by me in the first five minutes of the show, after giving a few introductory remarks. I only feature two ads per episode and I read both of them, one after the other, during that time.
- Your product will also be featured on my website: All of my podcasts are produced as supplements to blog posts, and a player is embedded in that blog post. Text that reads “Episode sponsored by (your company)” will appear under the podcast player, with a link to your site. (See example here.)
- What about the cost? Sponsorships are available on a per-episode basis, but I strongly recommend purchasing them in batches of four at a time. This ensures that your ad will be heard by the widest audience possible and that many listeners will hear it several times, resulting in stronger brand recognition. Because the current demand for ad spots is so high, I am only scheduling sponsorships on a quarterly basis; this allows me to adjust prices to match the current download rates and ensure that spots are equitably distributed between sponsors.
Ready to Work Together?
After reading all of this, if you’d like to sponsor the show, send my team an email via my contact form and we’ll see if you’re a good candidate for sponsorship!