How long should a podcast last?

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It is one of the most frequently asked questions: how long should my podcast last? Podcasts come in all shapes and sizes. In some cases the length of a podcast is no more than five minutes, while others last for more than an hour.

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So how do I determine the right length for my podcast? In this article we explain the pros and cons of long and short podcasts. Hopefully this information will help you determine the best length for your podcast. 

The average length of a podcast

The length of a podcast varies enormously. There are short podcasts of about five to ten minutes and long podcasts of half an hour to an hour. The length of the podcast often depends on the content you're talking about, but again you can vary the length.

Take, for example, a podcast that discusses current topics in society. The name says it all, but The podcast 'Long story short from NPO 3FM, discusses one topical subject every working day in 5 minutes. And the podcast of NPO Radio 1 'The Day, chooses to discuss current affairs in 20 minutes. 

So unfortunately there is no average length for a podcast. However, we have Springcast Another way to determine the duration of your podcast is to take the results of the First major survey of Dutch podcast listeners

Research results

In the survey of Dutch podcast listeners, 1,099 respondents were asked for their opinions. The survey focused on the identity of the listeners, the methods of listening, the revenue models of podcasts and the relationship with podcast makers. 

The study asked two interesting questions to determine the ideal length of a podcast:

1. How long are your podcast listening sessions?

The respondents' answers show that most listeners listen to a podcast for 30 to 45 minutes, immediately followed by 45 to 60 minutes. The researchers assume that, since this is a common podcast playing time, an episode of a show is being listened to in these listening sessions. 

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2. Is there an ideal podcast length?

A large majority of the respondents answered this question by saying that there is no ideal podcast length. The other respondents were very divided. For some, the ideal length is under 30 minutes, while others would rather listen to a podcast for an hour. 

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The best length according to the target group

Now that you know how long listeners listen to a podcast and what they think is the ideal length, let's take it a step further by looking at your target group. In order to determine the best length of your podcast for your target audience, it is important to gather as much information as possible about your target group

By gathering as much information as possible, you can find out what content appeals most to your target audience and how you can incorporate this into your podcast. This will also help you to determine the length of your podcast.

To get you started, we share with you some interesting findings from the Dutch podcast research about the behaviour of podcast listeners.

Advantages and disadvantages of a long podcast

The average results from a survey are of course useful to know in order to determine the length of the podcast. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of long or short podcasts? We summarise them for you. 

Advantages long podcast

Disadvantages long podcast

Advantages and disadvantages of a short podcast

To help you decide how long your podcast should be, the pros and cons of a short podcast are also listed. 



And a small addition to the advantages... 

Spotify launched the Dutch version "Your Daily". recently and thus makes it possible for users to receive a personalised offer of shortcasts. Quite interesting, a short podcast ;D

Tips for recording your podcast

As we said at the beginning of this article, podcasts come in all shapes and sizes. This article will help you decide on the right length for your podcast, but we might also be able to help you with other articles in which we share our knowledge

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Hopefully this information will at least help you decide how long you want your podcast to be. The average length of a podcast varies a lot and nothing is wrong!

It is important to always keep in mind that there is no ideal length in minutes for a podcast according to most listeners. Think carefully about what you want to convey to your listeners and sketch out a good picture of your target group.

Only in this way can you determine what is valuable content for your target group and adjust the length of your podcast accordingly. 

Happy Podcasting! ✌️

Elke Folkersma

Elke Folkersma

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