All posts by MacKenzie Bennett

So, What Happened At Podcast Movement



Another year, another whirlwind at Podcast Movement, this time in Philadelphia. In attendance as always was Tim McGowen, not a podcaster – yet – but a huge podcast junkie. A friend of the Blubrry team he’s prepared to start a podcast but hasn’t done so just yet, but he knows all about the podcasting community. He joined MacKenzie on this episode of the PowerPress Podcast to help her recap and give his opinion on how the event went, what stood out to him, etc. Check out the blog post on our website as well that gives a great overview of how we were involved. Looking forward to seeing everyone next year.

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Show notes:

Podcast Movement: Philadelphia – Orlando next year, get your ticket already.

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Repeat: Everyday Superhumans



Everyday Superhumans was the featured podcast last fall and with the recent office move, MacKenzie decided to go ahead and share a great past episode as opposed to releasing a lackluster new one. Who knew an office move could cause so much disruption to a podcast schedule? Read below to find out about Everyday Superhumans and catch their episodes from 2018 as well.

Non-profit organizations – have you ever thought about how many there are just in your neighborhood? Kyle Smith of the podcast, Everyday Superhumans, shares his experience as co-host of the show and how it evolved into focusing solely on non-profit organizations, and highlighting those that are trying to bring a little more humanity to the world. Give it a listen to hear about passionate humans in the Austin area.

See all of you soon at Podcast Movement!

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Government Agencies Try Podcasting: Only seems fitting they give the audible medium a try, audiences are bound to show up soon.
Everyday Superhumans: Restoring your faith in humanity. One episode at a time. Hosted by Kyle Smith and Charlie Hilton, based out of Austin, Texas.
Advertising for the future: Learn why you should start advertising before an advertiser reaches out to you.
Podcast Movement: July 23-26 in Philadelphia. Learn about what we’ll be up to. MacKenzie and Todd will be speaking on multiple occasions. Use the code BLUBRRY to get 10% off your ticket.

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Expanding From Blogging to Podcasting



Managing your finances is a challenge that must be met on a daily basis, but Gwen and J from Fire Drill Podcast – Financial Independence, Real Estate, have taken this to a whole new level. Gwen from the podcast joined MacKenzie to talk about the growth from two bloggers to a podcast and the challenges and new opportunities that stem from it. The episode begins with a quick discussion on new Google Podcast app in the future, that is essentially a shortcut.

Next up they talk about why Gwen and J wanted to create a podcast and the success they’ve seen so far. Being in two different states and time zones can make things difficult but it’s all part of the process. You can learn more about their show and backgrounds on their in the show notes below.

Podcast advertising revenue hit another big year, with 2017 overall bringing in 314 million. There was an increase of 86% from the year prior, which displays the attitude change that many media buyers, companies, and large organizations have had. There is an expected increase of 110% growth in the years 2017 – 2020. Podcast advertising is certainly nothing to ignore.

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Show notes:

New Google Podcast App: Will a shortcut really change the the number of people that use the Google Play Music app for listening to podcasts?
Fire Drill Podcast – Financial Independence: From Gwen and J, learn how they took control of their finances and are taking the careers in their own hands.
314 Million in Advertising Revenue for 2017: That’s a huge increase from years prior.
Podcast Movement: Use the code Blubrry and get 10% off your ticket. See you in Philly!

 

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Podcast Ownership Agreements — YP33



The Apple community has been making suggestions recently, and we think it’s important that podcasters resolve any ownership debates before they turn into issues. This episode also mentions some best practices when creating an account and getting started with your show.

Accidents do happen even to longtime podcasters and Todd and Mike had to record this episode twice. Recording files don’t turn out the way you hope they will.

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News:

  • Apple has ‘suggested’ that podcasters use secure feeds. Aka https feeds, which Blubrry has been offering for several years at this point.
  • The 2018 Podcaster Hall of Fame inductees has been announced this year. We see some very deserving and familiar faces on this years list. Congrats to all of the podcasters and we’re looking forward to seeing you this summer at Podcast Movement.
  • IAB Standards: What are they, who is following them and who is not? Blubrry will be IAB certified later this year.

Topics:

  • Partner agreements: Make sure you and your host have a plan on who owns the show, whether that is 50/50, an employee, etc.
  • Show decisions: There are lots of opinions out there, but as show host you have to decide what you want for your show.
  • We sometimes think all podcast producers are the same, but there seem to be 3 types.
    • Hobbyist: Might not care much, they’re doing this for fun.
    • Semi-pro/advanced hobbyist (most common): Serious, but not trying to make a living from podcasting.
    •  Professional: They want to make money with ads or using podcasting as a marketing outlet for their business. Also, some universities are using podcasting (see latest PowerPress episode).
  • Even if you are not a professional podcaster, you should still protect your brand and do as much as possible to keep your intellectual property because you never know what could happen.

Support:

  • When you delete your account at Blubrry, it is deleted. Do not do this to change something. We can help you change just about anything about your show, so please contact us instead of deleting your account. The team will show you the best way to get your issue resolved.
  • Spotify: We know it stinks that they’re not taking new shows right now, but it’s out of our control.
  • Keyword stuffing: Don’t do it. Titles, author tags and other places with long titles are not necessary.
  • Be careful when creating your account. Double check your email address (make it one you check). Often times a podcaster will sign up with an email that they rarely use or doesn’t exist. We need a good email address; and if you don’t hear from us and think you should have, check your spam!

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

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Universities Using Podcasting to Reach the Community



CU on the Air Podcast

Creating and reaching a community can be done via a podcast and that is exactly what the University of Colorado has done with CU on the Air Podcast, a podcast started by the University Relations department in 2017. Canva, and how the tool can be utilized by podcasters was a focus point of conversation between Ken and MacKenzie, and the importance of learning new skills. Going back to the podcast, they talk about how Ken McConnellogue and his team release episodes monthly discussing and focusing on professors and their research and outside projects that they believe members of the surrounding community would be interested in. They wrap up the episode with ideas and reasons to engage in the local community with your podcast. Big thanks to Cathy Beuten and Allison O’Malley of the CU office for helping coordinate the episode!

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Show notes:

Using Canva For Your Podcast Artwork: From the Podcast Host.
CU on the Air: Hosted by Ken McConnellogue from the University of Colorado.
University of Colorado: Includes Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus
Columbus Podcast Meetup: We get together monthly and discuss varying podcast topics.

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Colin Gray Tells All on His New Podcast Web App, Alitu



It’s been quite a while since Colin Gray was on the show, but he came back with lots of new things to talk about in podcasting. He’s known as the Podcast Host and the man behind multiple podcasts. Based in Scotland, he is familiar with all the hosting companies and has been involved in podcasting one way or another for many years. Most recently he came out with a production app titled, Alitu. Released earlier this year as a web app, it spent considerable time in beta testing and will be available for purchase this summer. Hailed from the team that has spent years producing shows, this app aims to help podcasters create quality shows without the need for a highly skilled producer. Check out Alitu in the link below.

Become familiar with his site, The Podcast Host, as there is regular fresh content concerning podcast choices, outlets and general know-how. He also has a podcasting academy where you can learn the ins and outs of how to host and produce your own show. Colin will also be speaking at Podcast Movement later this summer sharing his knowledge of the overall podcasting process and nine ways to cut down your podcasting time. Find out more about his session at the link below.

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Show notes:

Alitu: Check out the new app here.
Keep up with podcasting with The Podcast Host blog and resource blog.
Speaking: Don’t miss Colin at Podcast Movement.
Get your tickets to Podcast Movement: Use the code Blubrry to save 10%.
Audioboom: Triton and Audioboom merger called off

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Podcasting Tips from Expert Gary Leland



To improve podcasting you have to go through some trial and error. The episode opens discussing secrets that make some podcast hosts better than others. Podcast Hall of Fame inductee, Gary Leland, chatted with MacKenzie about what he has accomplished and seen change in the podcast industry since he started back in 2004. He’s been involved in podcasting in a multitude of ways and is involved in the Podcast Hall of Fame ceremony at Podcast Movement later this summer. They wrap up by mentioning a content for students to start a podcast, put on by the New York Times.

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Show notes:

Secrets for Super Podcast Hosts: Dissecting some dos and don’ts of being an interviewer.
Podcast Pickle: One of the first podcast directories out there.
Crypto Cousins: Keep up with the bitcoin community.
4 Minute Crypto: Part of the Crypto Cousins network.
Gary Leland: Get to know the man behind so many podcasts in a variety of niches.
Student Podcast Contest: Hosted by the New York Times.

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Licensed Music for your Podcast via SourceAudio



Podcasters can now purchase licensed music for their podcasts via SourceAudio and Blubrry. This new relationship comes from the increased risks associated with using licenses for music that do not pertain directly to podcasts. SourceAudio is providing great discounts to podcasts that come through Blubrry. Podcasters can purchase a monthly subscription or a buy out for a single track.

Doug Reed and Greg Riggle join the show to explain why this is such an important part of moving forward in the podcasting industry.

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Show notes:

SourceAudio and Blubrry: Get the details on subscriptions and buy outs.
Press release: Both companies are very excited about this new opportunity.
NAB: Las Vegas April 8-12, both companies will be attending.
Email MacKenzie: Comments, questions, etc.

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NAB’s Podcasting Pavilion with Blubrry and Ask the Expert



The National Association of Broadcasters is coming up soon, April 9-12 in Las Vegas, and this year a Podcasting Pavilion has been included; expect to see the Blubrry team and Chris Curran there. He’s made a name for himself with his audio engineering skills, and Blubrry has stood out in the podcasting industry being not only one of the first but, one of the most utilized companies out there for podcasters.

This year the new Podcasting Pavilion will be featuring an Ask the Expert booth that includes an area not only to test out 10 different microphones, but the opportunity to Chris Curran and his team any podcasting question you’d like.

 

Chris Curran:

Founder and lead instructor for the Podcast Engineering School, has an extensive history of working in audio, including loads of album credits. Founder of Fractal Recording he has been working in the podcasting industry for the past six years.

 

 

 

 

Radio executives, video creators, etc, stop by the Blubrry booth to talk with veterans in the field, and find out how you can get your podcast started, or take it to the next level with our help. We’ll see you there!

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Show notes:

NAB: April 9-12 exhibit area
Podcast Engineering School: Graduate from this school and become a full-time podcast producer.
Ask the Expert and Podcasting Pavilion: Check in with Chris.
Blubrry at NAB: Stop by or email to make an appointment to speak with us.

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Most Popular Apple Podcast Categories and The Importance of a Podcast Site



Podcast listeners enjoy a variety of content categories, and someone was able to track the most popular ones in Apple for a year. The data and trends were not surprising, but it’s how a podcaster uses that data for their own show that matters. The guest this week was, John Wilkerson, of the show The Wired Homeschool. He noted the importance of including additional content on your website, besides your podcast. This way, podcasters are increasing their search engine optimization and getting a higher number of potential listeners and downloads. NPR shared some wisdom on starting a roundtable podcast. An unfamiliar format for many, there are some dos and don’ts podcasters can learn now before they make them.

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Show notes:

Tracking Apple’s Top 200: Learn the trends of the most popular podcasts in Apple, graphs included.
The Wired Homeschool: Tech, Tools, & Tips for Homeschooling a Digital Generation.
Roundtable Podcasting Best Practices: Getting the most out of this format, for the listener.
Email MacKenzie: Questions or comments about the show.

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