The Best Branded Podcasts of 2024

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The Best Branded Podcasts of 2024

February 27, 2024 • About 20 min. read

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Branded podcasts are booming! In this blog post, we are going to review some of the best out there. 🏆

Then we will review wrap up by giving you a little more context about branded podcasts– what exactly they are, who creates them, etc.

Here’s our guide! Click on them to read more or simply scroll down to read about them all in detail:

Best 20 Branded Podcasts of 2024

Enjoy the read! 🚀 If you or your company are considering doing a branded podcast, take a listen to these and see what you think.

1. Dior Talks 💄

Dior-podcast

This is one of several podcast series by Dior. It has the elegant style of Dior, while also showing the engaging, human side of the brand. Through an interview format, the audience can hear story after story of successful, unique, inspiring people.

It’s description:

Step inside the contemporary Dior mind with ‘Dior Talks’, a series of podcasts aimed at bringing together both the people who directly shape the creative direction of the House and those whose artistic, cultural or intellectual impact influence its narrative… These podcasts provide a stimulating outlet for the voices of these influential and empowered figures, who talk openly and honestly about their lives, their motivations, the challenges they’ve overcome and their hopes for the future.

This podcast ran from March 2020 to October 2021. It released 58 episodes, and most of those were 30 minutes long. To this day it ranks in the top 3% of global podcasts.

Slack’s Work in Progress 🚧

Slack's Work in Progress

An aptly named podcast, this branded podcast embodies Slack in that it is about work, but also about life… we have all been part of Slack chats like that. The production of series ended in 2017, but its content still worth listening to today.

It’s description:

Behind every working human, there’s a story. Work in Progress is a show about the meaning and identity we find in work. In each episode, hear stories of personal ambition and debilitating insecurities, great successes and abject failures, the plans we make and the luck that…happens.

This content marketing campaign ran for about a year, releasing a 30 minute new episode every other week. It is among 2% of the most popular podcasts, globally.

2. REI’s Wild Ideas Worth Living 🏕️

REI's Wild Ideas Worth Living

REI, the outdoor recreation gear retailer, has had a few limited, immersive series that are great (almost like its own podcast network), but this is its permanent audio mainstay. It is an excellent example of brand marketing through podcasting.

It’s description:

High-impact interviews for those who love adventure and the outdoors. Host and journalist Shelby Stanger interviews world-class explorers, athletes, authors, scientists, health experts and entrepreneurs about how they’ve taken their own wild ideas and made them a reality, so you can too. Some of the wildest ideas can lead to the most rewarding adventures.

REI has had listeners tuned in to this series of podcasts for over 7 years, giving them a new episode every week (that’s 284 episodes so far). It is in the top 1% of most popular podcasts in the world.

3. Google’s Search Off the Record 🕵

Google's Search Off the Record

Google has a few different branded podcasts, some are product specific, some of them are more general. This one is based on their Search Console product and the humans behind it. If the strategy was to humanize the tech giant, this brand podcast is definitely a success.

It’s description:

Search Off the Record takes you behind the scenes of Google Search and its inner workings! In each episode, the folks from the Search Relations team will give you background info on the decision-making behind launches, feature prioritization in Search Console, and the projects Google Search teams are working on. They will share fun stories from the many conferences they attend as well as from their day-to-day working life at Google. They will also dive into the currently trending conversations in the SEO community at large.

This branded podcast has been serving up new episode recordings to its audience for over 3 years. It is among the top 1% of podcast all over the world with a half of its listens coming from the US.

4. Chief’s The New Rules of Business 👩‍💼

Chief's The New Rules of Business

Chief is an exclusive network of women business leaders that you have to pay to get into. But, you can learn a lot about what they offer and what their brand is by listening to their podcast for free! It is a good example of how creating quality content can start bringing listeners that eventually become paying clients.

It’s description:

On the “New Rules of Business,” Chief Co-Founders Carolyn Childers and Lindsay Kaplan join the brightest minds in business and academia to unravel complex trends and challenge preconceived notions of what leadership should look like. Learn how to lead when the old rules just don’t apply.

This podcast got its start in late 2021. Episode content is about 30 minutes long. There are have been 30 episodes released.

5. Expedia’s Out Travel the System ✈️

Expedia's Out Travel the System

Expedia is a vacation, airline, hotel, and rental car booking platform. It is meant to make traveling easy and affordable. They strengthen this brand with their podcast. It is like an audio recording traveler guidebook, but one that is more interesting and always up to date!

It’s description:

Even when we’re not going anywhere, we’re planning our next adventure. As a global leader in travel, Expedia has created this entertaining podcast offering travel information and ideas so you can learn and get inspired. Before you embark on your next trip, join host Nisreene Atassi to swap tips with travel experts and industry insiders, as well as people just like you who have great travel stories to share.

Expedia started this branded podcast in 2019. The production team released almost 90 episodes. As you can imagine, its audience is spread out across the world.

6. Farewelling: The Podcast 🙏

Farewelling: The Podcast

Farewelling is a small company that provides end-of-life and funeral planning. Their branded podcast reflected their approach as well as their services. The series has come to an end, but you can still listen to their episodes.

It’s description:

Death, Dying and Occasional Cocktails. Farewelling founder Karen Bussen hosts celebs, experts, and regular folks on a groundbreaking interview show to get us all talking more openly about death…and life.

Although this podcast had a short run, it had success in creating a strong following. It is ranked in the top 5% of podcasts globally. It shows that with the right strategy this kind of content marketing can take a small business far.

7. Around the Barrel with Jack Daniel’s 🤠

Around the Barrel with Jack Daniel's

Jack Daniel’s, the whiskey, has its own podcast. It is now on its 5th season. Whether it is featuring the family of Nathan Green, the black man who actually created the drink, or Erik Brown, the man currently taking care of the tourist attraction/distillery, you get a taste of what the brand is all about.

It’s description:

Stories always get better in the retelling. And in the case of Mr. Jack Daniel, the distillery that bears his name, and the world-famous whiskey that emerges from the hollows of Lynchburg, Tennessee, there is no shortage of stories to be told. Lucas Hendrickson hosts Around the Barrel, the official podcast of Jack Daniel’s, as we set out to tell those stories.

Jack Daniel’s started on the branded podcasting journey earlier than most. Its first episode was release in 2018 and it is still running today. It is one of the top 1% of podcasts around this thirsty world.

8. The Thorne Podcast 🏃

The Thorne Podcast

Thorne is a supplement and health testing company that collaborates with organizations like the Mayo Clinic and US National Teams. With its podcast media, it positions itself as a trusted, scientific health expert.

It’s description:

With so much happening in the world of health and wellness, how can you separate fact from fiction? Listen to Thorne’s medical experts as they bring you the latest insights, access to exclusive interviews, and much more as the Thorne Podcast navigates the complex world of health and wellness. Here you’ll discover the newest research on diet, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle approaches to unlocking your best self.

The Thorne company started its podcast’s production in late 2020 and has been going strong ever since (excuse the pun). The business gives its audience a 30 minute episode about every other week.

9. The Stack Overflow Podcast 💻

Stack Overflow is one of the biggest and most trusted online communities for developers. Its podcast is a natural extension of the organization’s services blended with its branding. There’s a reason Stack is so popular!

It’s description:

For more than a dozen years, the Stack Overflow Podcast has been exploring what it means to be a developer and how the art and practice of software programming is changing our world. From Rails to React, from Java to Node.js, we host important conversations and fascinating guests that will help you understand how technology is made and where it’s headed. Hosted by Ben Popper, Cassidy Williams, and Ceora Ford, the Stack Overflow Podcast is your home for all things code.

This podcast’s audience loves how it is a guide to the future of technology. Started all the way back in the stone age (2009) it ranks among the top 2% of popular podcasts in the world.

10. What Should I Do With My Money (Morgan Stanley) 💵

Morgan Stanley is a very large financial services company that does everything from personal wealth management to investment banking. Their podcast repertoire reflects this– they have a full channel of five different podcasts going at one time.

Their “What Should I Do With My Money” show is for their Wealth Management work. The podcast creates a safe place where people can hear about other’s financial vulnerabilities and hopes, making them more comfortable to reach out to a Morgan Stanley financial advisor when the are ready.

It’s description:

Matching real people, asking real questions about their money, with experienced Financial Advisors. You’ll hear answers to important questions like: Is now the right time to buy a house? What to do if your business fails? How should I be saving to cover the cost of college? How much do I really need to retire and am I on track? Join us as our guests share their stories around life’s major moments. And hear the difference a conversation can make. Hosted by Morgan Stanley Wealth Management’s Jamie Roô.”

While this content marketing podcast might not win the award for most unique title, it certainly brings in listeners. Only started in 2023, it is already in the top 2% of most listened to podcasts in the world.

11. Tell Me What Happened (OnStar) 🚨

“Tell Me What Happened,” the branded podcast by OnStar, taps into part of the true crime podcast popularity wave, but in a way that makes sense for its brand. OnStar is a service that allows you to reach help in your car when you need it most. Its podcast tells of real life dangerous scenarios along with advice from emergency experts– tapping into the adrenaline rush, suspense, and awareness that podcast listeners have shown they love.

It’s description:

“Things don’t always go as planned: Sometimes a drive in the mountains, or a swim in the ocean, suddenly turns into a dangerous situation. Other times it might be a medical emergency, or a family lost in a foreign country. These are the true stories of people helping people during the most pivotal moments in their lives.

Each episode also includes a conversation with an expert to provide added advice around crisis situations. Featured guests from the first two seasons include a psychologist, a search-and-rescue expert offering practical tips for surviving a blizzard when you are caught in a remote area, an emergency management expert and many more. Tell Me What Happened is brought to you by OnStar.”

OnStar has found a formula that works for its podcast episodes: Create a little bit of anxiety and then soothe it all away. That formula plus high quality production has made it one of the most popular podcast brands in the world, sitting in the top 1%.

12. Know It All (Netflix) 🤓

Netflix’s podcast channel has 18 shows on it. Talk about an organization that believes in branded podcasts! And it makes sense- they create additional content while also driving people to use their video platform.

“Know It All” is the show for podcast listeners who want to learn about interesting and relevant sceince-y things. For example, one episode they dive into the brain chemistry behind love and how it is like addiction. Then they plug the latest Netflix rom-com, “Your Place or Mine.”

It’s description is short and to the point:

“Know It All is the Netflix podcast hosted by AsapSCIENCE Every other Wednesday, Mitch and Greg will look for the answers to all the questions that come up while watching Netflix shows.”

Netflix sure knows how to repurpose content for marketing! This show is in the top 0.5% of podcasts.

13. Duolingo 🦉

Duolingo is an app that teaches people new languages. Chances are, you have downloaded it on your phone at some point, promising yourself you will finally learn Italian, or French, or Swahili.

Duolingo’s podcasts get you excited about learning a language, using it in the real world to go on adventures and meet new people. You get so excited about learning the language that you just might sign up for Duolingo’s paid version!

Here’s the description for the Duolingo English to Spanish podcast:

“True stories for English speakers learning Spanish. From the makers of Duolingo, the most popular language-learning app, comes a new podcast that delivers fascinating real-life stories in easy-to-understand Spanish with English narration. These are not language lessons; they’re life lessons through language. Hosted by Martina Castro, co-founder of NPR’s Radio Ambulante.

Duolingo has the educational recording market locked down when it comes to podcasting! Its Spainish podcast is in the top 0.01% of most popular podcasts in the world. That’s right, 0.01%.

14. Be A Hero (Red Cross of Northern Ohio) ⛑️

Think your organization is too small to launch a branded podcast? Its not! Check out what the Red Cross of Northern Ohio is doing. In its branded podcast, the local nonprofit organization, highlights the stories of recipients of the American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio Hero Awards and other heroes. The stories are so inspiring you may want to volunteer or donate yourself!

It’s description:

“Highlighting volunteers who make a difference in their communities in many ways, with the hope of inspiring others to volunteer, and be a hero.”

A small, local branded podcast is not meant to rank high globally. It is meant to inspire support among a community. And Be A Hero does exactly this.

15. Dear Headspace 🧘

Headspace is an mental health platform that offers services to individuals, big corporations, and everything in between. They are best known for their meditation app. Headspace has 9 different branded podcast shows on its channel.

“Dear Headspace” has weekly episodes where meditation teachers answer questions submitted by listeners. This podcast creates a sense of community, helping retain app users. It also gives a taste of what Headspace can offer to potential users.

It’s description:

“Have you ever wished you had a wise meditation teacher on speed dial? Someone you could call after a long day. Someone you can lean on for advice. And Someone to help you see things differently. Welcome to Dear Headspace, a Headspace original podcast where meditation teachers answer your questions. Episodes will be released every Tuesday starting November 1st. Listen on the Headspace App or wherever you get your podcasts.”

Headspace is very good at consistently publishing an episode every week. For its listeners who are struggling with their mental health, this is probably much appreciated. It ranks in the top 1% of podcasts.

16. B&H Photography Podcast 📸

B&H Photo & Video is a huge provider of audio and video equipment in the US. You have probably caught their name in a few of our blog posts about podcasting equipment. It is only fitting that they have their own branded podcast. The “B&H Photography Podcast” tells stories of creators, their tech, and their art.

It’s description:

“Join us each week for a conversation with insightful and entertaining guests. From gear and technique to history, science and art, we discuss the topics most important to the contemporary photographer.”

Started in 2015, this content marketing campaign is still chugging along to great success. Its episodes are longer than most branded podcasts, clocking in at around an hour each. It ranks in the top 0.1% of all podcasts.

17. Behind the Scenery (National Park Service) 🌲

The US National Park Service has had a strong podcast game for a long time now. As the medium has developed, so have their podcasts. “Behind the Scenery” is a branded podcast that tells stories of science, humor, perseverance, curiosity, and every other human condition that has interacted with the Grand Canyon. Makes you want to go there… or at least support the parks!

It’s description:

“Hidden forces shape our ideas, beliefs, and experiences of Grand Canyon. Join us, as we uncover the stories between the canyon’s colorful walls. Probe the depths, and add your voice for what happens next at Grand Canyon!”

This specific podcast is relatively new and only releases an episode recording every month. But combine with the National Park Service’s other podcasts, you can see its incredible value.

18. The Roller Door (Santa Cruz Bicycles) 🚲

Santa Cruz Bicycles is a high-end mountain bike manufacturer. To grow their market, build their brand, and connect with their community, the started the “Roller Door” podcast.

It’s description:

“The Roller Door is a podcast from Santa Cruz Bicycles, where we talk to the people behind the bikes, the riders who ride them, and hear from our extended family of trail builders, visionaries, and champions for the sport of mountain biking.”

This podcast only sprang up in February 2023, but its interview format has taken it to the top charts. Its ranks in the top 5% of global podcasts.

17. Ausha Tips Podcast 🧑‍🚀

Ausha Tips Podcast

We will finish out our list with… us! 😁

We have a branded podcast. It is called “TIPS: Grow Your Podcast.

Making our own podcast keeps us on our toes and allows us to experience firsthand what it is like to launch and boost a podcast for brands. 🏋️‍♀️ And yes, we monitor our own podcast statistics, just like we tell everyone to!

We make sure to incorporate our brand colors in our podcast (yes, we have video podcasts). We also make sure that our brand’s voice is consistent across all our content, from this blog to our latest episode!

Our episodes are all under ten minutes long because we know podcasters are busy folks who just need easy, concrete tips on how to grow their podcast audience through great marketing and content. 📈

Hopefully our branded podcast positions us as the experts we are, but even more importantly, it shows what our brand is all about– helping guide podcasters to get their voices heard! 💜

Now that we have covered some of the best branded podcasts in 2023, we will dive into the details a little more to make sure you fully understand what a branded podcast is and who can make one.

What is a Branded Podcast?

A brand podcast is a podcast by a company for the purpose of boosting their brand. It is a type of content marketing. 🤓

Potential Benefits for Brands

Through audio (and sometimes video) content, a business can increase their brand awareness, their brand affinity, and their brand recall.

Incredible Discoverability

The strategy is that people who may otherwise not come across the brand, find it through a platform’s search engine and recommendations where they listen to podcasts. 🗺️

For example, let’s say one of your branded podcast episodes is an interview with Nicholas Cage. When a Nicholas Cage types in “Nicholas Cage” into their podcast platform search bar, your branded podcast is going to pop up for them. Boom, you have a new listener! Its hard to imagine that kind of success story in any other kind of marketing!

Strengthens Positive Image

Why create a branded podcast? Sometimes it is to improve a brand’s positive image.

Sometimes podcast listeners are already aware of the brand, but after they listen to episode stories, they like the brand more and are willing to increase their engagement with it. 🥰

That’s because through podcast media, a brand can really show its true values. It can build an ongoing relationship with listeners.

Keeps Top of Mind

Brand podcasting also keeps the brand top of mind for its target audience. This kind of media marketing is unique because any listener who follows the podcast on a listening platform will be alerted when a new episode recording is published. 🎯

Who Makes Branded Podcasts?

In-House

Sometimes branded podcasts are made in-house. 🏠

Big companies often have a high quality communications team on staff. These teams can create a branded podcast for the company. Sometimes these branded podcasts are internal-only series, meaning they are made specially for an audience of the corporation’s employees.

Agencies

Some companies decide to outsource the podcast production work. ➡️

There is a whole niche industry of marketing agencies and/or media production companies that are good at creating successful, high quality branded podcasts for corporations. These talented folks can take a company’s idea that has lots of potential, and build it out to be a great, popular podcast product. 👷

Often the podcast agency will also help with brainstorming, especially if they handle the company’s other marketing efforts.

Soloprenuers

Soloprenuers also often make branded podcasts themselves to boost their brand. 💪

Usually their chosen format is either solo-host interviews with guests or how-to episodes.

Like many things in the soloprenuer life, it can take these individuals a lot of time to create content when they first start, but once they get the hang of it, it can be a real success. 🥳

We hope this branded podcast guide inspires all kinds of brands to start their own successful podcasts! Maybe your audio series will make our Best Branded Podcasts guide next year– better start recording now!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team: hello (at) ausha.co. We just launched our Ausha Pro Plan for any business or agency looking to boost their branded podcast. Check it out!

As always, enjoy the podcasting journey! 🪐🚀

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