Podfest 2018: Come Learn (And Earn) With Blubrry!



The 2018 Podfest Multimedia Expo will be held at the Orlando Wyndham Orlando Resort Hotel, February 8-10.

Blubrry team members Mike Dell, Lead Support Technician, and MacKenzie Bennett, Services and Affiliates Coordinator, will be representing at the Blubrry booth.

The Blubrry booth will be part of the Treasure Map hunt, offering attendees the chance to win prizes valued at $300 and up. To enter, go up to the Blubrry booth and say hello!

Even if you aren’t a prize winner, everyone who visits the Blubrry booth can’t help but win. Mike will be available to offer top-notch tech advice, while MacKenzie can answer questions about monetizing your podcast through an affilliate partnership.

Podfest Multimedia Expo bills itself as “the conference for podcasters, digital influencers, and changemakers who want to grow their brand and audience and maximize their income.” With a focus on educating podcasters of all knowledge levels, the event is a great fit for any podcaster, beginner or veteran.

The event kicks off unofficially on Wednesday, February 7, so early birds can meet new people, connect with old friends, and get checked in. The official schedule begins Thursday at 9AM, with conference tracks on monetization, multimedia, technology, audience building, entrepreneur, and social media, as well as workshops like YouTube and Boss Lady. The event will end with a sure-to-be hilarious roast of School of Podcasting’s Dave Jackson.

Feel like you’re missing out? Tickets are still available! 

If you can’t attend, follow along with the conference hashtag, #pme18. You’re sure to learn a lot just by watching the conversation.

Will you be at PodFest this year? Let us know in the comments!


2018 Podcasting Predictions with Guest Clay Conry



Podcasting is not slowing down in 2018, at least that’s what these pros and experts have to say. 2017 was a very successful year for many podcasters, networks, newbies, etc, and 2018 will be no exception, with quality content and delivery taking precedence this year, based on the predictions from experts in the media industry. Host of the show, Working Cows, Clay Conry discusses with MacKenzie what we’ll see later on and how he got started with his show this past fall.

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Show notes:

20+ Blogging, Video, and Podcasting Predictions for 2018 from the Pros: Posted on Jan 11, 2018. Read up on what the people in this industry think will be happening this year – get in early on some of these ideas.
Social Media Examiner, hosting the Social Media Marketing World conference: Learn social media marketing tips from some of the world’s most knowledgable.
Working Cows: From host Clay Conry. Thinking out of the box for the ranching industry, from someone whose been involved for countless years.
Working Cows social media: follow on these outlets for updates on the show and blog – Facebook, Twitter

Check out Clay’s baby goats!

CES 2018 and More Jobs in Podcasting – YP22



CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, is up and running in Las Vegas, with Todd Cochrane in attendance. Mike and guest-host, MacKenzie discuss CES and Todd’s Tech Podcasts Network coverage happening all of this week. The Blubrry team is looking for multiple team members to join, and Midroll is also hiring. Become more familiar with MacKenzie, Services and Affiliates Coordinator on the Blubrry team. RIP Combat Jack, long-time and loved podcaster, he passed away from colon cancer.

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News:

  • Todd, along with the Tech Podcasts team are in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Check out their coverage starting tomorrow (Tuesday, Jan 8th, 2018) on TPN.tv and GeekNewsCentral.com.
  • Looking for a job in podcasting? Midroll Media is seeking a Production Coordinator at Earworlf.
  • Condolences to the family, friends and audience of Combat Jack. Combat Jack has passed away
  • Podfest in Orlando, FL Feb 8 – 10th. Make your plans to get to sunny Florida to see Mike and MacKenzie and the conference.

Topics:

  • Meet MacKenzie, Services & Affiliates Coordinator at Blubrry / RawVoice Inc.
  • Blubrry is hiring a full-time developer. Email jobs@rawvoice.com for more info or questions.

Support:

  • Statistics – Blubrry had a hardware failure. It’s been resolved now. See this post for a full explanation.
  • 3rd party media players and themes. There are lots of players available for WordPress to play podcasts, they are all fine but not all play well with PowerPress. We can help you with the stuff that PowerPress does, but we really can’t help much with the 3rd party players. If there is an issue with one of the players that we do not supply with PowerPress, you need to contact that player’s support team to troubleshoot it. If you have trouble with your RSS feed from PowerPress, we can help.
  • Do not pre-load or autoplay your podcast in the player on a page. Lot’s of reasons to not integrate either of these on your website.

To ask questions or to comment on the show, contact Todd and Mike here: yourpodcast@blubrry.com. For MacKenzie, email MacKenzie@blubrry.com 


Shopify and Sermon Library: Two New Specialized Plugins To Make Your Podcast Even Better



At Blubrry, we’re always looking for ways to help our podcasters create more revenue and reach their audiences more effectively. We’re excited to announce that we’ve recently partnered with two new plugins: the ecommerce platform Shopify, and Sermon Library, which allows churches to organize and publish sermons on their website.

Here’s more information on these plugins and the benefits of using each with PowerPress.

Shopify:

If you’ve been thinking about selling your own podcast merch, you may have been deterred by the time and expertise involved in setting up a shop, figuring out how to take payments, and collecting your customers’ information.

Shopify makes the ecommerce process painless.

In addition to giving you the ability to securely accept credit card payments from customers, this ecommerce heavyweight offers additional features like the ability to accept discount codes, create printing labels, and much more. There is no limit to how much inventory you can carry, and Shopify will handle the entire billing and shipping process, as well as create the branding on your ecommerce pages so you don’t have to.

Shopify and Blubrry have partnered on a special deal: Receive a discount of at least $29 for a free month’s trial. Find out more at our partner page.

Sermon Library Plugin

Churches and clergy are always looking for more effective ways to serve their congregations. Publishing sermons online can be a great way to reach congregants when they’re housebound, traveling, or unable to attend regular services.

The Sermon Library plugin works seamlessly with PowerPress to help churches publish and organize sermons online. Check out a demo to see Sermon Library in action. If you decide to use Sermon Library, be sure to download and install PowerPress as the two work in tandem to keep your sermons organized.

 

 


Celebrating New Comings and Past Achievements



It’s a new year and you should have new goals for the year. Due to taking some time off for the holidays – which gave MacKenzie some time to think of new goals for herself – the following episode is a re-run.

Past show notes from the episode release in September of 2017:

Back in September of 2015 MacKenzie was tasked with restarting Blubrry’s show, the PowerPress Podcast. With consistent bi-weekly episodes, it’s finally the two year anniversary of the show. The official date, birthday, whatever one wants to call it, is September 10th, 2015. Podcasting comes with highs and lows, regardless of how much support a podcaster has surrounding them. To help MacKenzie celebrate, she brought on Jane Ellen, a past guest to talk about what they’ve learned, experienced and changed over their time podcasting. Thanks everyone for listening and subscribing to the show for the past two years. Many good things to come!

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Show notes:

Glistening Particles – Take a listen to Jane Ellen’s show about conversations with random acquaintances and more.
Old PowerPress episode with Jane – From October of 2016.
She Podcasts – For any female podcasts our there, join this group. It’s full of great advise, conversations and ideas.
Editing – I was told Lynda.com is great for learning Audition.
Podcasters’ HangoutPodcast Community – There are more Facebook groups as well, search for them!
Columbus Podcaster’s Meetup – We meet at the end of every month – in September we’ll be talking about monetization.
16 Personalities – MacKenzie started to take the test again after this podcast, still didn’t finish it.


Blubrry Stats Update



A Letter of Apology

We regret that Friday, Dec. 29, at 8 a.m. through Sunday, Dec. 31, at 12:30 p.m., we had an outage that resulted in some loss of stats data for customers who do not host with us. We deeply apologize.

We detected the outage early on and put in place what we were confident would be a fix. But that did not resolve the issue. When new data did not start processing when expected, we dug deeper.

First and foremost we have removed the hardware that failed and will be doing a detailed investigation into the cause of the failure. We will also be looking at why our initial fix did not result in complete recovery. We are now running new hardware for such a server failure, and data collection and processing have been restored.

You have my guarantee that we will get to the bottom of this, and put in place whatever is required to make sure that this never happens again.

Course of Action

For podcasters hosting with us, we will be able to restore your stats data, but this is going to take a few days as we need to pull the log data from a separate source and process it into the system. We will provide you a refund of $5 for your stats portion of your bill for December on request at support@blubrry.com.

For podcasters who do not host with us and are Pro-Statistics only customers, we will work with you and provide the estimate for download data based on the data we have. We will also refund $5 of your pro-stats payment for the month on request at support@blubrry.com.

Again, we apologize. This is not the way we wanted to end the year, and you have my guarantee that our team is hard at work, dedicated to a permanent solution and to maintaining your trust.

Todd Cochrane
CEO RawVoice / Blubrry


It’s Been a Busy Year at Blubrry! Here are some 2017 Highlights.



At Blubrry, we never stop moving to make sure our community of podcasters have the tools and resources they need for success! We’re always innovating and staying on top of trends, best practices, and the latest technology to make our customers’ lives easier and podcasts better. In that spirit, 2017 was a busy year.

Here are just a few things we accomplished: 

We improved our Post to Social service by using shortened URLs and adding the ability to post to multiple destinations at once and to post to Facebook fan pages.

March was a big month! PowerPress reached 1 million downloads, and we launched a new show, “Your Podcast”, hosted by Blubrry’s Lead Support Technician Mike Dell and CEO Todd Cochrane. Your Podcast has been going strong ever since with biweekly episodes covering everything from stats to technology updates to monetizing. Listen to all the episodes of Your Podcast here.   

In April, Blubrry CEO Todd Cochrane presented at the National Association of Broadcasters’ major yearly event, NAB Show. Of course, that wasn’t the only event where Blubrry had a presence in 2017. We sponsored, attended, and/or presented at Podfest, Podcon, Podcast Movement, FinCon, and Columbus Podcast Festival, just to name a few. We were also featured on a French TV show about podcasting!

In May, Blubrry launched PowerPress Sites Deluxe, a turnkey podcasting and website hosting service. Deluxe has all the great features of our free Basic service, plus DNS management, email forwarding, Plugin and Theme updating management by support staff, and more.

In June, Blubrry began supporting the New Apple podcast feeds. (Notably, six months later, some competitors still don’t.)

In July, we released PowerPress 7.1 with new 2017 tags for iOs 11 included. We also released a new uploader to maximize speeds in anticipation of the release of iOS 11. 

In August, Blubrry sponsored and presented at Podcast Movement. 

In September, we acted as the Title Sponsor for International Podcast Day.

In October, Blubrry CIO Angelo Mandato presented detailed data about statistics reporting to the National Engineering Society during NAB Show New York.

In November, we acquired CastFeedValidator.com, as well as added new servers and tweaked code to work more efficiently. Users of the service will notice how much faster it works since our acquisition!

Blubrry also updated our statistics system to add geographic reporting for Brazil, Canada, and the U.K.

We rounded out the year by releasing Podcast Mirror in December, and also spread some holiday cheer by hosting #BuildYourBlubrry, a 30-day giveaway of all kinds of podcasting goodies.

Whew! What a year. As usual, we’ve got some exciting new developments underway for 2018, and we can’t wait to share them with you soon. We look forward to continuing to provide top-notch products and services so you can keep creating – and sharing – great content.


Apple Stats Beta Is Out – Happy Holidays! – YP021



After a long wait, iOS11 Apple Podcast Stats beta is out and available to users in Podcasts Connect. Recently, IAB recently released version 2.0 of their measurement standards for podcasting. Mike and Todd discuss what this means for podcasters.

Lastly, consulting is not always what people think it is. At Blubrry what we standard customer support may qualify as consulting someplace else. That doesn’t mean all answers are considered available as part of your service.

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We love our PowerPress users, please leave us a review.

News:

  • Apple Podcast Stats Beta:  Remember, these stats are not a complete view of your audience. They only count downloads and listens from the Podcasts App on iOS11 and iTunes Desktop (latest version). Downloads and plays from your webpage or any other directory or app are not included (Android, Google Play, Stitcher, Tunein, Spotify or any other app).
  • IAB 2.0 Podcast Measurements: Get the update on what changes were made.

Support:

  • Support vs. Consulting?: If your question doesn’t have anything to do with any Blubrry.com services or software (PowerPress) you may need to sign up for consulting at Blubrry. Typically, the Blubrry team will provide a bit of assistance, but any involved site design, marketing, production, or network setups would fall under consulting — not support.
  • Soundcloud is NOT a podcast directory (syndication point). You can think of Soundcloud as something similar to Youtube, but for audio. Blubrry cannot automatically post to Soundcloud; it must be done manually if you wish to use them as a second point of presence.
  • Blubrry is not a destination per se. We are different than Podbean, Libsyn, SoundCloud and just about any other podcast company, in that we would rather you promote your brand. You promote Your brand. Mike is frequently asked where they should promote, not that I’m on Blubrry. Blubrry recommends that you promote on your website. You have a directory listing at Blubrry, but it’s just that. It goes to our company philosophy: only promote places you own and control.

We hope everyone has a happy holiday season and thanks for joining us this year!

To ask questions or to comment on the show, contact Todd and Mike here: yourpodcast@blubrry.com.


Starting a Show, Net Neutrality and Apple Stats



Starting a podcast can be simple, if podcasters follow a few guidelines. A Blubrry intern, Justin Mosley, recently started his own podcast called Pressing Clarification and used a PowerPress Site to get started. Net Neutrality was repealed in a vote by the FCC on December 14th. For those that oppose the repeal, there is some hope. Many Congress members have stated that they will be doing all they can to fight against this repeal.

Apple has released a beta of their podcast statistics, available for all Apple users in their Podcast Connect dashboard. Blubrry is getting these statistics at the same time as podcasters, so please bear with them as they analyze and scrutinize the new statistics. Apple mentioned an API, but did not make any promises or provide much detail, so that will come in time. Feel free to ask the team questions about the new Apple stats, but we’re learning as we go as well.

Happy Holidays! Thanks for listening and please subscribe to the show. Want to be a guest on the show? Email MacKenzie why you think you’d be a good guest and a link to your website.

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Show notes:

Pressing Clarification: New podcast from Justin and Rebecca about science, philosophy and entertainment.
Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know Now. What will happen now that it has been repealed?
Apple’s New Podcast Analytics. Jacob’s Media analyzed what has been provided.
Email MacKenzie: mackenzie@blubrry.com
PowerPress webinar: Getting started with Mike Dell.


Announcing Podcast Mirror, a FREE new service to help boost your podcast website’s performance.



Blubrry is excited to announce PodcastMirror, a new, free add-on service that creates an exact copy – a mirror – of your site’s RSS feed, with added formatting to make it more user-friendly.

Think Feedburner replacement, specifically for podcasts and their audience.

Why might you want to mirror your podcast feed? Here are a few good reasons:

A more user-friendly podcast RSS feed.

If a potential listener visits your website and stumbles across your podcast RSS feed, they may be met with a bunch of ugly and confusing code that makes their eyes glaze over, like this:

On supported browsers, PodcastMirror creates a streamlined, attractive feed that keeps your branding intact, like this:

Better performance.

Not all web hosts are like PowerPress Sites, designed from the ground up for podcasters. Podcast Mirror displaces the traffic your website would otherwise have to deal with every time a podcast app, bot, or directory queries your feed. That means an immediate performance boost to your feed, especially if you have a large audience and have a marginal hosting plan. “Podcast Mirror feeds load up lightning-fast,” says Angelo Mandato, CIO of Blubrry. Podcast Mirror can also prevent you from having to upgrade your web hosting plan, saving you money.

Built-in backup. 

PodcastMirror is also an easy, built-in way to create a backup of your feed, even if you don’t use it as a primary feed. “Everyone should have a good back-up plan,” says Todd Cochrane, CEO of Blubrry. “If things go sideways on your website, you can recover the metadata of your blog posts via your Podcast Mirror feed.”

Podcast Mirror also boasts these free premium features:

  • Fast and Up-To-Date. Podcast feeds are cloned across multiple data centers in different parts of the country, each delivering a 99.99% uptime. Master feeds are polled every 15 minutes for edits, or you can manually refresh to update your feed in seconds. And each feed update is verified, so errors in your RSS feed won’t wind up copied into the mirrored version.
  • Compatible: Your Podcast Mirror feed can be used to submit to directories including iTunes, Google Play Music, TuneIn, Stitcher, Spotify, Blubrry, and more.
  • Secure: Podcast Mirror provides an https: feed to future-proof changes in the space.
  • Smart Caching: Podcast Mirror bypasses website caching issues that can come up with certain services and is designed specifically for podcast feeds. That means new epsiodes in your feed are available to all the directories, so your listeners won’t experience episode delivery delays.
  • Scalable: Audience explosion? Designed with built-in scaling so audience growth or traffic spikes won’t affect your mirrored feed – ever.
  • Flexible: No matter where you host or where a listener wants to hear your show, your Podcast Mirror feed will be compatible.

Ready to get started? Or, maybe you’d like to read more in-depth information about PodcastMirror’s features.

Remember, Podcast Mirror is free, and there’s no risk in taking it for a spin. You can delete and return to your old feed whenever you want. But we think you’re going to love it.