How to pick the right name for your podcast: Do’s and Don’ts

Have you ever wondered how to name your podcast? How can you make sure you pick the right title for your show? There are many podcast titles out there, but how do you come up with something really memorable? The two most powerful things a podcast has are its name and its artwork. This guide’s focus is to help you answer the question ‘What should I call my podcast?’ 

It’s an important job, and you’ve got to get it right. This is something that most people struggle with — me included. I’ve named a lot of podcasts over the years (I used to run a podcast agency) — all sorts: business podcasts, book podcasts, interview podcasts…After all of that I’ve learned that two key things can make or break a podcast.

  1. Your podcast name 
  2. Your podcast artwork. 

Why?

The importance of podcast naming cannot be stressed enough. Your podcast’s name will help define what it is, a part of its branding, and it will need to bring up the right emotions for your audience. In order to bring some clarity around the topic, we’ve built a list of reasons why you need to give a podcast name your full attention. The sooner you start using these techniques, the better — before you record your next episode or before you announce it on social media here are a couple of dos and don’ts:

DO:

  1. Think about your content and themes
  2. Keep it short and sweet
  3. Pick a name that feels true to you
  4. Make it relevant and easy to search
  5. Ditch the ‘The’ and ‘Podcast’ ‘cast’
  6. Say it aloud a few times and have friends say it too!
  7. Remember that you can change your name.

DON’T:

  1. Choose something abstract and obscure to your target audience.
  2. Pick an inside joke that only your friends/family will understand
  3. Use a foreign term that will be challenging to your target audience, e.g. using a German phrase when your target audience only speaks English.
  4. Pick hard to spell words or special characters.
  5. Choose a name that’s been used by another ‘active’ podcast.

This is a sample from our ‘How to pick an impactful name for your podcast’ guide available to our members—more information on accessing the full guide below.

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