What should you do if you want to become the best at what you do?

There’s probably a long list, with lots of options. One thing we’re particularly fond of at Buffer when it comes to improving ourselves is listening to podcasts relevant to our niche and industry.

In our case, that means social media podcasts!

What we love about podcasts is that they make it easy to hear from industry leaders and talented folks about their experiences and advice (which we might not be able to read about anywhere else). There are so many of these voices in the marketing space that have been influential for me and the team!

So the big question is: Where to start? Which podcasts should I try? What episodes should I listen to?

I have the same questions in mind whenever I find the time to listen to podcasts. Rather than spending your podcast time finding a podcast episode to listen to, I’d love to help you skip that step and go straight to listening. Here’s a list of 15 top marketing podcasts, covering 3 areas of social media marketing, with some top episodes from each podcast to check out!

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Psst! Our new podcast, The Science of Social Media, is LIVE in iTunes!

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This is our newly-launched social media podcast for marketers and brands interested in learning about new and exciting ways to implement social media marketing across a variety of platforms and industries. Every week, Hailley Griffis, Brian Peters, and Kevan Lee interview some of the best best marketers around in quick, 30-minute episodes.

Here are some recent episodes you might like:

9 of the Very Best Social Media Marketing Podcasts

1. Social Pros by Jay Baer and Adam Brown

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Real people doing real work in social media. Social Pros, recently named the best marketing podcast at the Content Marketing Awards, dives into the inside stories and behind-the-scenes strategies of how huge companies and brands like Ford, Dell, IBM, ESPN and more manage and measure their social media programs.

Hosts: Jay Baer (President of Convince & Convert) and Adam Brown (Executive Strategist at Salesforce)

Format: Interviews (with its The Big Two questions at the end: 1. What’s your one tip for becoming a social pro? and 2. If you could do a Skype call with any living person, who would it be?)

Duration: Ranges from 30–60 minutes

Recent episodes you might like:

2. Social Media Marketing with Michael Stelzner of Social Media Examiner

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In his weekly podcast, Michael Stelzner interviews social media experts to find out how successful businesses run their social media and uncover strategies and actionable tips to improve one’s social media marketing.

For each episode, there’s a very detailed blog post about the content of the interview so that you don’t have to take notes while listening.

Hosts: Michael Stelzner (Founder of Social Media Examiner and the Social Media Marketing World conference)

Format: Interviews (with a quick social media discovery of the week at the start)

Duration: 45 minutes

Recent episodes you might like:

3. The #AskGaryVee Show by Gary Vaynerchuk

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For each episode of #AskGaryVee, Gary Vaynerchuk answers a question from his audience about marketing, social media, entrepreneurship, and startups based on his lifetime experience of building successful, multi-million dollar companies. If you tweet him your question with #AskGaryVee, you might get on the show!

The show originally started as YouTube videos only, and Gary turned them into podcasts too so that his audience can listen to them on the go. If you usually listen to podcasts on your computer or prefer to watch the video, you might find the #AskGaryVee Search Engine useful!

Hosts: Gary Vaynerchuk (CEO of Vayner Media and co-founder of Vayner Sports)

Format: 1–2 questions from his audience and answers from Gary

Duration: Ranges from 15 to 45 minutes

Recent episodes you might like:

4. Social Media Social Hour by Tyler Anderson

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This is a podcast for marketers and entrepreneurs looking to get on the social media fast track. Each week, Tyler Anderson interviews people behind top brands and influencers to discuss social media, tech, and online marketing. Tyler also shares tools and processes he personally uses (like Focus Booster) to help him with social media management, marketing, productivity, and more.

Hosts: Tyler Anderson (Founder and CEO at Casual Fridays)

Format: Interviews

Duration: Ranges from 20 to 50 minutes

Recent episodes you might like:

5. Online Marketing Made Easy by Amy Porterfield

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In her podcast, Amy Porterfield shares how to monetize your online marketing and blogging efforts using her own tested, actionable lead-generation strategies. Amy creates educational content on social media marketing, freelancing, and several other areas of online marketing and even shares free cheatsheets and guides so that you can follow along while listening to the podcast. Sometimes, she’s joined by a Facebook ad expert, Rick Mulready, to discuss all about Facebook ads.

Hosts: Amy Porterfield (Social media strategist and co-author of Facebook Marketing All-In-One for Dummies)

Format: Mix between interviews and solo podcasting on Facebook ads, online marketing and blogging

Duration: Ranges from 30 to 50 minutes

Recent episodes you might like:

6. Social Zoom Factor with Pam Moore

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With 100,000 downloads per month, Social Zoom Factor is one of the most popular marketing podcasts. The show is hosted by Pam Moore of Marketing Nutz, a company with clients like IBM and Adobe. Pam covers topics such as social media, experiential branding, digital marketing, and more.

If you are an auditory learner and prefer listening versus reading blog posts, this might be the podcast for you!

Hosts: Pam Moore (CEO and Founder, Marketing Nutz)

Format: Solo podcasting on social media strategies

Duration: About 30 minutes

Recent episodes you might like:

7. #TwitterSmarter by Madalyn Sklar

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In this podcast dedicated to Twitter, Madalyn Sklar interviews amazing movers and shakers in the world of social media and online marketing to discover the best Twitter insights, information, and resources.

If you are into Twitter chats, Madalyn also hosts a weekly #TwitterSmarter chat — a Twitter chat to connect, learn, and share Twitter tips — every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT.

Hosts: Madalyn Sklar (Twitter marketing strategist)

Format: Interviews

Duration: Ranges from 10 to 30 minutes

Recent episodes you might like:

8. Hashtagged by Jordan Powers

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Hashtagged is a podcast all about Instagram. In each episode, Jordan Powers interviews a member of the Instagram community to uncover insights to growing a following, building a community, and making an impact.

Hosts: Jordan Powers (Photographer and co-founder of Made in Mankato, a video production company)

Format: Interviews

Duration: Ranges from 30 to 60 minutes

Recent episodes you might like:

9. Manly Pinterest Tips with Jeff Sieh

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In this podcast mainly for everything about Pinterest, Jeff Sieh explores best practices, strategies, and demonstrations with several Power Pinners. Once in a while, Jeff will cover other social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too.

Hosts: Jeff Sieh (Social media consultant and speaker)

Format: Interviews and answering questions from the community during the interviews

Duration: Ranges from 40 to 60 minutes

Recent episodes you might like:

1. The Art of Paid Traffic by Rick Mulready

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In The Art of Paid Traffic, Rick Mulready reveals the best paid traffic tips, tactics, and strategies for generating leads and sales on autopilot for your business. Together with expert guests such as Massimo Chieruzzi, founder & CEO of AdEspresso, Rick dives into Facebook ads, YouTube ads, Twitter ads, Google Adwords, retargeting, and more.

Hosts: Rick Mulready (Expert in Facebook ads and marketing strategies for small businesses)

Format: Mix of interviews, case studies, and solo podcasting

Duration: Ranges from 20 to 50 minutes

Recent episodes you might like:

2. Perpetual Traffic by Keith Krance, Molly Pittman, and Ralph Burns

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Perpetual Traffic podcast covers actionable strategies mainly for advertising on Facebook, with occasional mentions of YouTube, Twitter, Google AdWords, LinkedIn, and more. Keith, Molly and Ralph interview business owners on how they overcame struggles with digital marketing and online advertising.

Hosts: Keith Krance (Founder and president of Dominate Web Media), Molly Pittman (Vice President and Traffic Manager, Digital Marketer), and Ralph Burns (Managing Partner at Dominate Web Media)

Format: Interviews and discussions on digital marketing and online advertising

Duration: Ranges from 20 to 40 minutes

Recent episodes you might like:

3. Social Media Pubcast with Jon Loomer

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In each episode of Social Media Pubcast, Jon Loomer invites an industry expert to his virtual pub to discuss Facebook marketing and advertising over a beer. Jon also records audio versions of his blog posts for people who want to listen on the go.

Jon manages an exclusive community for advanced Facebook marketers, Power Hitters Club, which I thought is pretty awesome (says the Community Champion in me)!

Hosts: Jon Loomer (Founder of Jon Loomer, For Advanced Facebook Marketers)

Format: Mix of pubcasts with guests and audio version of blog posts

Duration: About 40 minutes for pubcasts and 10 minutes for audio recordings of blog posts

Recent episodes you might like:

Community Building & Customer Support

At Buffer, the distinction between marketing and community is very blurry. In fact, we believe they belong together! An example is how our awesome social media manager, Brian Peters, has built an engaging community on Instagram.

Here are two podcasts with a strong community focus, plus a bonus third podcast with ties into customer support (a really great skill for social media marketers to have).

1. The FeverBee Podcast by FeverBee

 

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While this show has stopped for a while now, the archive is a treasure trove of information! The podcast covers the latest in community management, social science, and FeverBee news. In each episode, a community manager or social media manager of a well-known brand joins the show to share their knowledge.

Hosts: Caty Kobe (previously Head of Training, FeverBee)

Format: Interviews

Duration: About 30 minutes

Recent episodes you might like:

2. Community Signal by Patrick O’Keefe

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Community Signal is a weekly podcast for community professionals, which is very community-focused. Patrick O’Keefe believes that social media is a set of tools for building a community and while “marketing brings new customers, community helps you keep them.”

Hosts: Patrick O’Keefe (Managed communities for more than 16 years)

Format: Interviews

Duration: About 30 minutes

Recent episodes you might like:

3. Support Ops by Chase Clemons

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I believe it’s quite common for social media managers to receive support requests on their social channel. If that’s the case for you and if you are wondering how to get better at that, Support Ops might be just for you! This weekly podcast aims to help you deliver a better support experience to your customers.

Hosts and team: Chase Clemons (Support, Basecamp), Carolyn Kopprasch (Chief Happiness Officer, Buffer), Chase Livingston (Happiness Engineer, Automattic), and Jeff Vincent (Product, Wista)

Format: Discussions on customer support among the team, sometimes with guests

Duration: About 30 minutes

Recent episodes you might like:

Over to you

I’m sure I might have missed out several great social media podcasts in my research. I’d love to hear from you about the podcasts you listen to!

Up for sharing your top 1–3 favorite podcasts and why you love them in the comments below? 😃

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Written by Alfred Lua

Content Crafter at Buffer. I swim, cycle, and run a lot. When I’m not doing all those, I love to read and try new things.

  • Bobby Stemper

    Hey Alfred! Great post, here.

    There are a few gems that go a little beyond Social Media Marketing, but always have quality content for growing businesses:
    1. Opt-In! Podcast – https://blog.tryadhawk.com/opt-in-podcast/ – specializes in Paid Social & PPC. Super good episode on Facebook Ads with Soso Sazesh
    2. Startups for the Rest of Us – http://www.startupsfortherestofus.com/ – with over 300 episodes on growing multiple businesses from bootstrap to acquisition, these guys have some great marketing nuggets, paid, owned, and earned.

    • Thanks, @bobbystemper:disqus! Great stuff! Opt-In! Podcast has interesting guests like Startup L. Jackson and more 300 episode for Startups for the Rest of Us – wow! Thanks for sharing them with me!

  • Dan Gingiss

    The Focus on Customer Service Podcast interviews brands that are killing it in social media customer service. http://apple.co/1MlH7RH

    In fact, Buffer was one of our featured brands!

    • Hi @dangingiss:disqus! Thanks so much for sharing about your podcast! It feels fitting for the topic 😄 Oh awesome, thank you for featuring us!

  • Rule #1 when writing a bait piece designed to get you shares. Don’t place yourself at the top of the list.

    • Hi Michael! You’re welcome and thanks so much for the advice! I’ll keep this in mind for future post like this. 😊

  • Thank you for including me and my #TwitterSmarter podcast in your top 10. I really appreciate that Alfred. You rock!

    • Hey @madalynsklar:disqus! For sure! I love your video tweet to Bonnie and us too. Such a nice gesture, Madalyn! 🤗

  • Started Neil Patels Marketing School Podcast recently. Lots of golden nuggets he shares.

  • This is a great list! I love the new Buffer podcast (thought the NASA episode was so cool), Ask Gary Vee and am really liking Pat Flynn’s SPI podcast (not all social media, but online in general).

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi @leslie_mcdermid:disqus! Thanks for leaving a comment here! I’ll be sure to pass your compliments about the Buffer podcast to the crew – thank you! Nice, I have heard many recommendations for Pat Flynn’s podcast too. Sharing the link here in case anyone is interested: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/ 🙂

  • Thank you so very much for the inclusion @Buffer team & @alfredlua:disqus ! An honor to be in such great company. We have worked very hard to provide the best content and platform we can w/ Social Zoom Factor so it is music to our ears to hear it is providing value. We share recommendations to our students & clients on Buffer almost every day! xoxo

    • You’re very welcome, @PamMktgNut:disqus! More than 200 episodes of knowledge – that’s very impressive! Keep going 🙂

      Oh wow, thank you so much for that too, Pam! 🤗

  • I love Mike Gingerich’s Halftime Mike Podcast. https://www.mikegingerich.com/blog/podcast/ It covers social media, digital marketing and productivity. Always a great listen. 🙂

    • Hi, @amyhallbiz:disqus, thanks for sharing about Mike Gingerich’s Halftime Mike Podcast! I love his explanation for the name so much!!

      “Every team heads to the locker room at halftime to evaluate the first half and create a updated plan for the second half. That plan includes adjustments based on reviewing what worked and what didn’t. The “halftime” is a key review point where the game stops, the team pulls away to huddle in the locker room away from the fans, and they come out prepared and ready to succeed in the second half.

      That’s what this podcast is all about, taking the time to pull away for a bit to evaluate, learn, and set some strategies for your business to succeed in the second half.”

    • Hey thanks!

  • Libby Muret

    I’m really happy I found this article! I’ve been wanting to get into listening to podcasts but I had no idea that there were ones about marketing. I like that this article has them all categorized based on exactly what you want to listen to and it tells you what kind of format the podcast is in. Hopefully I’ll be able to gain some insights from the different podcasts and find one that I definitely become loyal to! The comments are definitely showing me which ones I should listen to in the future.

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  • What are the purpose of these podcats? Are they that effective?