Eight terrific podcasts for product managers

Podcasts are enticing because of their convenience and free entertainment and education value. Not a fan yet? Check out the marketing podcasts that we listen to regularly.

Finding good podcasts for product managers is like discovering needles in a haystack.

Apple launched native support for listening and subscribing to podcasts in 2005 with iTunes 4.9. That same year, the Oxford English Dictionary named podcast its word of the year.

Since then, podcast content has grown dramatically. In 2005, you could only find repackaged radio shows. Today, podcast genres range from business to technology. According to Apple, as of June 2018, there are 550,000 podcasts and 18.5 million episodes.

Among those half a million podcasts are a few podcasts for product managers that we listen to regularly. We think you should, too.

1

Duct Tape Marketing

https://www.ducttapemarketing.com/about/duct-tape-marketing-podcast/

John Jantsch, a small business marketing expert, hosts this podcast. It features interviews with authors and experts who share business marketing tips, tactics, and resources. As a result, this podcast helps you see your products from a new perspective, with episodes such as:

2

Exponent

http://exponent.fm/

Hosts Ben Thompson and James Allworth explore the effect technology is having on society as a whole. The hosts don’t mince words, and as a result, the content is deep and rich. Episodes include:

3

Marketing Over Coffee

http://www.marketingovercoffee.com/

No list of podcasts for product managers is complete without this one. That’s because it’s an engaging weekly discussion about what’s new in marketing and technology. Hosts John Wall and Christopher Penn school you about geekery topics in a conversational fashion. However, the cast can also help marketing professionals learn how to reach their target audience. Episodes include:

4

Reply All

https://www.gimletmedia.com/reply-all

This is a podcast about the internet and human stories, with bits of technology sprinkled in. Hosts PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman are informative and have produced a 5-star rated podcast. In fact, some listeners have called it the holy grail of technology podcasts. Episodes include:

5

TED Talks Daily

https://www.ted.com/about/programs-initiatives/ted-talks/ted-talks-audio

No list would be complete without this podcast. Some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers have graced the stage at TED conferences. As a result, TED Talks are inspirational to gear heads and marketers alike. Episodes include:

6

WSJ The Future of Everything

http://podbay.fm/show/1234320525

This podcast from The Wall Street Journal offers an in-depth look at how science and technology are revolutionizing the way we work, play, and live. The podcast offers insights into technology trends and how technology today may affect where we go in the future. Episodes include:

7

Time Management Ninja

https://timemanagementninja.com/

This podcast provides you with productivity, organization, goal, and technology tips. Therefore, this is a great podcast to help you get your work life under control so you can be happier and more productive. Episodes include:

We love this podcast because our customers often have terrible time-management skills.

8

This American Life

https://www.thisamericanlife.org/

You might not expect this in a list of podcasts for product managers, but we think it’s a must-listen. Consistently rated as a top podcast, This American Life has won all the major broadcasting awards. Based on the weekly Public Radio show, host Ira Glass explores topics such as:

Podcasts for product managers?

What podcasts do you listen to and why? Do you listen in the car on your commute, while you exercise or while working? We’d like to know: Recommend podcasts for product managers in the comments below, or feel free to reach out and say hello.

About the author

Carolyn Mader

Carolyn Mader

Carolyn Mader is a social media maven with the desire to consume as much information via social media as possible per day. She has a journalism background and is a regular contributor to the Honeycutt Inc. blog. She has been with the company since 2012.

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