Build Your Business by Appearing on Podcasts as a Guest Expert with Tom Schwab

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On this episode of Rhodes to Success I interview Tom Schwab who has discovered a marketing strategy that converts traffic to leads at a rate of thirty percent. During the show Jessica and Tom discuss podcast guest best practices, how being interviewed as a podcast guest leads to results in business and why landing pages and making an offers are so important.


Main Questions Asked

  • What made you decide to invest your time and services in getting booked as a podcast guest?
  • Talk about the process of getting a listener to visit your site.
  • When you are being interviewed as a guest on a podcast, what do you have to think about and say to actually get someone to want to go to your website?
  • How should a landing page be set up to easily convert people onto a list?
  • How long does it take before you start seeing results?
  • What are your thoughts on getting someone’s first name during a list opt-in?
  • What is the appropriate way to make an offer in a podcast?


Key Lessons Learned


  • Content is king but context is God. You are what you publish.
  • Content is what drives the modern marketing engine online.
  • On average it takes 6-9 months to get traffic traction with a blog.
  • All content is aimed at getting the audience to know, like, and trust you.
  • Ensure you get the most out of your guest interview by creating a show transcript and repurposing it as multiple sources of content.


Podcast Interviews 

  • Podcasts are a long term strategy and compounding effect
  • During a podcast people get 30 minutes or more to hear you. They either love you and go to your site to learn more or they move on.
  • The quality and quantity of context comes from listeners turning into visitors.
  • Continually promoting the podcast on a consistent basis helps keep you top of mind with the host.
  • Maintaining a good relationship with the host is the beginning of a long-term professional relationship and improves your chances of getting booked again.
  • After the interview consistently share the podcast on socials and keep it in mind as a resource to share with others.



  • When listeners visit your site looking for the offer you made on the podcast and average of 25-50% convert.
  • The system needs to involve finding the right podcast, giving a clear message, providing an offer that drives the listener to your website then having a system that converts a visitor to a lead.


Landing Pages

  • During your podcast interview offer listeners something that gives them value, has context and is directly tied to what you are talking about.
  • Direct listeners to a specific landing page and provide a specific giveaway in addition to an opt-in list.
  • Ensure you include the logo from the podcast you were interviewed on to show the listeners that they are in the right place.
  • Focus on getting ideal customers not just growing and email list.


Metrics & Results

  • Results depend on the metrics used such as number of listeners, website visitors, emails received, and conversions.
  • If you are getting heard on good quality podcasts and listeners are not coming to your site then you have to figure out where the ‘leaks’ in your system are.
  • The reason listeners may not visit your site is that they don’t find value in visiting.
  • If listeners are coming to your site but not opting-in then your landing page could be confusing.
  • If people come to your site and opt-in but don’t become a customer then the problem may be in your nurturing sequence.
  • Every day customers are voting with their dollars, time, and actions. If you are not getting the results you want then you have to figure out why.
  • You don’t necessarily need a lot of traffic but rather the right traffic (target clients.)


The List

  • If you want to funnel down and segment customers from the beginning.
  • Ask for feedback via open ended or optional questions e.g ‘what is your biggest frustration about the product or service?’


Making An Offer

  • An offer shouldn’t feel like a pitch at the end.
  • Reference the offer during the podcast so it doesn’t feel like a surprise.
  • Make sure you offer two things and explain to the listeners where the offer is and what it is.


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The music in today’s episode was written by The Danger Os and produced by Nick Palmer. Check them out at 


Links to Resources Mentioned

Tom Schwab – Inbound Marketing (previous podcast)

Tom’s Landing Page

Interview Connections

Adam Hommey (previous podcast)

Help My Website Sell

Decide – The Ultimate Success Trigger


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What marketing strategy converts traffic to leads at a rate of 30%? Find out w/ @tmschwab @JessRhodesBiz  

How can podcast guests ensure their interviews convert? Find out w/ @tmschwab @JessRhodesBiz