“Brands can bring their CSR (corporate social responsibility) efforts to life through authentic storytelling [and] Millennials want to know what companies are doing to make the world a better place”- Center for Social Impact Communication at Georgetown University

“The audiobook market share shifted from 42% digital copy sales in 2009 to 87% digital copy sales in 2017”- Audio Publishers Association

“A poor cultural fit is frequently cited as one of the main reasons [an employee] decides to leave an organization… defining the organization's culture through storytelling should start with branding of the organization and continue through the interview and onboarding process”- Physician Executive Communication Journal

“[onboarding] can also aid employees in identifying values congruence which is critical to career contentment and commitment which can significantly impact retention to both the field and the institution long-term” - Journal of Research, Assessment, and Practice in Higher Education

“The corporate world cannot ignore the demands and expectations of Millennials, who are devout in their desire to associate with companies aligned with their values”- Center for Social Impact Communication at Georgetown University

“There are currently about 1000% more titles published since 2011”- Audio Publishers Association

Millennials are more technologically advanced than any previous generation [and] survey data has shown a correlation between age and reading preferences [where] younger people listen to more audiobooks than older Americans”- State University of New York

“Employees have a deeper affiliation with the message through organizational storytelling due to aligning stories with their own experiences and understanding”- International Journal of Business and Social Science

“Corporate storytelling is suggested to help demonstrate the importance of the corporate brand to internal and external stakeholders… as well as help a firm to bond with its employees”- Product & Brand Management

“When it comes to digital storytelling for branding, there is, a more positive attitude towards the company when the employer branding message is using digital storytelling”- Management Dynamic in the Knowledge Economy Journal

“Audiobooks have had a big shift in popularity in 2018 where for the first time, “a full half of all Americans ages 12 and older have listened to an audiobook, up from 44% last year”- Forbes

“Storytelling is essential to successful branding, since your brand is the sum of all your corporate behaviors and communications that inform your customers’ experiences with your product or company”- The Journal of Business Strategy

“A focus on social responsibility is particularly important to attract, retain, and increase the commitment and engagement of Millennial employees and talented women”- Center for Creative Leadership

“Maximizing success through onboarding by storytelling during orientations, [helps employees understand] the company's culture and values [and] its goals and history”- Society for Human Resource Management

“Over 71 thousand audiobook titles (were) published in 2020, a 39% growth between previous years”- Statista

“[the way employees are on-boarded] sets the tone for the culture of a place, the people, and the values of a new institution and can have a significant impact on employees’ sense of belonging”- Journal of Research, Assessment, and Practice in Higher Education

“The majority (79%) of Millennials want to work for a company that cares about how it contributes to society and 69% would refuse to work for a company that is not socially responsible”- Journal of Education For Business

“Researchers have shown that storytelling strengthens the connections consumers have to brands, so that to a great extent what a brand means to a consumer is based . . . on the narratives he or she has constructed that incorporate the brand.”- Journal of Business Strategy

“Audiobook sales revenue has been on a steep rise since 2018, reaching 1.3 billion USD in 2020”- Statista

“Storytelling that starts with the persona allows us to tap into these deeper recesses, where the influence of attitudes and emotions is greater… loyalty and trust are found there”- Journal of Business Strategy

“19% [of Millennials] say they have paid in the last year for a subscription service for eBooks or audiobooks such as Kindle Unlimited or Audible”- American Press Institute

“As technology evolves, people have more options available to them, which may explain why [reports] found younger adults to be more likely to opt for audiobooks and the multi-tasking they enable”- Forbes

“There is value in a story that is, designed to drive the simulation and to elicit the [employee’s] best performance”- Society for Human Resource Management

“64% of Millennials consider a company’s social commitments when taking jobs and will not work for a company if they do not have strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) values”- Cone Communications

“83% of Millennials would be more loyal to a company that allows them to contribute to social and environmental issues”- Cone Communications

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Putting the CAST into Podcasts

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Everybody and their brother has a podcast these days. Podcasts are exploding! Is it because of the education, inspiration, or celebrities? That’s what the listeners will tell you. But the elephant in the room that nobody talks about is that podcasts are on fire because they are FREE!

FREE! …To Listeners

In fact, today listeners expect all intellectual property for FREE! So how is it financed? Surely the engineers, studios, and platforms all get paid. Where does that money come from? It comes from advertising and sponsorships. However, advertisers and sponsors aren’t going to support a podcast until it has a substantial following. Podcasters must bridge the gap and bet that they can attract a following worthy of sponsorship – and do it before they fold. This can take years. Meanwhile, many podcasters do fold.

A Different Kind of Podcast

But how about a different kind of podcast? A podcast without guests? A podcast that is a STORY? A marriage between an audiobook and a podcast where each chapter is a podcasted episode in a series that tells the more extensive story?

  • How about making that story about the founding and growing of your company complete with all the challenges, surprises, and seemingly impossible successes?
  • How about telling that story not just with simple narration, but as a fully-casted audio play with actors voicing the characters in real-life scenes that entertain while they educate, complete with sound effects and music?
  • And how about adding credibility to each episode with a podcast-like interview that punctuates the end of every episode?
  • Now, how about hosting that podcast on your website to tell your story, build your brand, and create the engagement and loyalty you seek?

A Powerful Tool

No, you don’t need a commercial platform or a sponsor. You are your own sponsor and your business is the beneficiary. Your one-time investment preserves your legacy forever in a popular, easy to download, familiar, and truly mobile format. Use your business story podcast to attract the kind of people you are looking for. Use it as an onboarding tool. Use it to preserve your culture. And use it to give your vendors and customers more appreciation for your company, its history, and what you stand for.

We Can Do It!

We at Business Audio Theatre, specialize in doing just that! We have perfected the art of fully-casted, business audio story production. With an internationally recognized Hollywood production team with access to top performers, editors, and musical composers, we can do it! Our first production was recognized as one of the Top Five Business Audiobooks of 2020 by the Audiobook Publisher’s Association. Forbes calls Business Audio Theatre “Transformational!”

Tell Your Story

As the Founders of the world-famous Barefoot Wine brand, we have 20 years of experience building and running a major company. We faced all the cultural and brand building challenges most businesses face. We have spent the last decade helping hundreds of businesses overcome these common challenges. We’ve found story to be the most powerful way to convey principles, engage listeners, and recall and apply lessons.

An Experienced Team

Feel confident that your story will be in the hands of knowledgeable business folks who have not only built a world class business themselves, but have mastered the myriad of details necessary to produce award-winning audio theatre. From the playwright who will convert your story into scenes with characters, actions, and outcomes, to the casting of Hollywood actors, from the studio recording and editing to the sound effects and musical score, and from the direction and overall management to the delivery of your final podcast series, you will be in capable and experienced hands.

Fully-Casted Podcast

A fully-casted story in podcasted episodes will grab your listeners’ attention and allow them to identify with the characters who lived it. The sound effects and music will bring the script to life. The on-demand, screen free, and page-free convenience will compel more downloads. And the story behind your business – YOUR story – will create appreciation and loyalty. Now you can be more than a company. Now you can star in your own gripping entrepreneurial adventure!

See our one-minute explainer video to learn more.

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