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How To Use Existing Podcasts To Kickstart Your Radio Network



When radio stations consider creating a podcasting strategy, they typically think in terms of leveraging existing radio talent, resources and content to create podcasts.

But why not try the reverse: leveraging existing podcasts to give struggling radio networks a booster shot – or simply add more great content to your current lineup?

As of April 2018, there are over 200,000 active podcasts and 500,000+ shows total. If you look at the sports category alone, there are thousands of shows and many are dedicated to content that would appeal to a local audience. With that much content being consistently created, there are a number of ways a radio station can leverage existing podcasts.

One would be to sign existing content creators into your distribution channel via content syndication. Radio has already mastered the art of programming syndication for broadcast, so it just makes sense to apply that model to podcasts.

By signing on existing podcast content, program managers can complement their current programming or fill gaps in the current lineup. This could be done creatively by re-packaging content to fit the traditional radio model, or slipping short segments of the content into locally-hosted and produced shows. Podcast creators would benefit both from the additional exposure to their show (offering opportunities to plug their show’s site or even working out a trade agreement to offer them ad spots to promote their podcast) as well as the opportunity to earn more money from their current sponsors by slipping sponsored spots into the body of the show.

While not all content would easily transition to on air-talent podcast content, by following this approach radio stations would be able to fill remnant airtime with content they could sell against with their own sales team. Better yet, podcasters often negotiate their own ad deals and could structure ads so that the radio portion is paid at the radio station’s normal rates for a time slot that they are given.

The world is changing, and in order for radio to stay competitive, it needs to move as fast as the rapidly-changing landscape. Just as radio networks are a natural pipeline for great podcast content, the same can work in reverse. Podcasts are rich soil, ready to be mined for content that with can be radio-ready with minimal production time and cost.

Are you a radio executive or building a content network? Blubrry will be at the NAB Show, ready to discuss your podcast strategy. Contact us if you’d like to schedule a meeting to get proactive and learn how to leverage the massive content pipeline that podcasting has to offer.

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Why Radio Should Embrace The Unlimited Distribution Podcasts Offer



When podcasting debuted in 2004, the ability to take audio content on-the-go was still novel and exciting (remember when iPods were new?). Portable audio devices started the digital revolution. Now, it’s a given that consumers will take their media with them and enjoy on-demand access…but most radio hasn’t caught on to the diversity of podcast content and therefore the reason for its global appeal.

Today, most radio content still airs exclusively live – meaning potential audiences won’t hear it unless they happen to be near a radio while it’s playing (and, unless that radio happens to be tuned to a live broadcast. These days, many are not.)

And while the majority of radio has stuck to a dated, linear model, audiences have largely moved to on-demand listening – consuming whatever they want, whenever they want, 24/7.

Unlike the limitations of radio, there are a close to 100 different devices, apps, and sites where a listener can find a podcast. Apple Podcasts is currently the primary player in this space, but Google Play, Spotify, Pandora, apps, and a dozen or so sites make it easy to syndicate and consume the latest podcast content. Podcasting natively has already invaded smart home devices, and you can easily listen on-demand with Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana, Apple HomePod and Google Home.

Blubrry pushed the boundaries in 2016 when we began working with major streaming provider, StreamGuys, to distribute podcasts via internet radio, adopting a linear option for podcasts. Podcast2Radio expands podcasts to Kindle, Apple TV, Aha Radio, Sonos, Alexa, Tunein, vTuner, Xbox One, ZenoLive, Shoutcast and more. Yes, some radio networks allow streaming via apps, buried among thousands of other stations – but by focusing solely on a live format they’re missing out on the opportunities of podcasting.

Radio has power locally, but by not embracing podcasting, networks are missing out on a huge opportunity to spread their message more widely, give their on-air talent a broader platform, and yes, sell more advertising. Just look at Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, etc.: they are winning huge market share of music listeners to include spoken word content rich podcasting.

Fight or flight: radio needs to fight. By diversifying their content and distribution methods, they’ll appeal to the greater masses. They’re fully capable of this: as networks and stations get creative with marketing highlights and new content programming, they’ll find lost audiences.

Part 1 and Part 2 of our NAB radio series illustrates that it is possible to do both. Radio can hit a home run and bring a lot of traffic to their sites, where listeners can get their on-demand fix and satisfaction from their drive time show as well. Podcasting is exploding, but the question is: when will radio stations build a strategy to jump onboard?

At the upcoming NABShow, Blubrry will be speaking to radio executives from around the world and helping them discover their podcasting strategy to compete completely in this quickly growing section of the digital space. Contact us to create an appointment and get started creating your station’s podcast strategy.

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Is Radio Missing the Mark in Podcasting?



Radio and podcasting are similar in many ways. But they also have drastic differences that we can help broadcasters understand at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show. Along with a handful of other podcasting companies in the Podcasting Pavilion, we’ll be working hard to assist radio executive and creators in building a new digital strategy around their content in order to make the most of both of these complementary platforms.

In its original form, radio was news and storytelling: there are even sites dedicated to the upkeep of the original radio series of old. But, times have changed and the storytelling of old is now largely regulated to modern audiobooks. There is huge interest in deploying podcast at radio stations, but that interest often conflicts with the traditional linear radio programming model.

The answer: view podcasting and radio as complementary, instead of competing, audio platforms.

Almost everything of significance within a community is broadcast to the masses who are tuned-in during drive time. The interview with the college coach, local sports highlights, a rock band making its debut, food events, you name it – radio’s local focus makes live content an important part of any community. But increasingly, todays’ listeners also seek out – and are accustomed to – on-demand content that they can stream or download and listen to whenever and wherever they like.

The best strategy, then, is not a matter of either/or, but of carefully planning to make the most of each kind of audio consumption. Live, local broadcasts, combined with some original content, can keep digital listeners engaged beyond the range of the radio transmitter. And best yet, this approach allows radio stations to build their brand, instead of getting lost in an app with 1000’s of others. The radio station’s website can become the default go-to page for local content that listeners can subscribe and listen to on demand.

Radio-to-podcast isn’t as simple as just dumping an entire program into one episode. No one wants to listen to a podcast composed of three hours of morning drive – in fact, that is the absolute last thing a station should do. But short segments of content that keep listeners tuned in are the same kind of thing listeners will consume on their own time.

By using the power of broadcast to promote the podcast, and the podcast to promote the radio station, the two mediums create a symbiotic relationship that can lead listeners to cross over in both directions.

Radio needs to become a key voice in this consistently-growing medium, and podcasting companies like Blubrry have the tools and services to help stations take off quickly — at price points that will not require an executive meeting. The Blubrry team has been working with radio networks for at least three years, advising them on how to implement successful podcasting strategies for their digital networks. With our guidance, radio networks can implement successful strategies that allow the two models to complement each other.

We’ll see you at NAB soon, so contact us if you’d like to schedule a meeting to help you hit the mark in podcasting.

 

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Will Podcasting Save Radio?



In a few short weeks, broadcast executives will make their way to the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas. For the first time, NAB has a dedicated Podcasting Pavilion that will feature a dozen or so vendors that work in the podcasting space, and RawVoice/Blubrry will be there to talk with radio executives, creators and any attendee looking to launch a show or build a powerful network. 

Why has NAB sanctioned a Podcast Pavilion? Simple: podcasting is hot, and continues on an upward trajectory.

If you have young adults, you’ve likely noticed they are not listening to much radio. And with the proliferation of smartphones, consumers of audio content have a huge opportunity to listen to content from a variety of sources that continue to grow their podcasting catalogs, whether it be Spotify, Pandora, or Apple. Podcasts are everywhere now.

Radio can withstand another 20 years, solely because listening on your car drive is still important to some. And radio is still largely regional, which can serve an important purpose. But that won’t be enough to sustain the medium without some forward-thinking intervention. With apps like Waze eliminating the need for local traffic reporting and a large selection of music apps, radio stations will need to work harder and harder to stay relevant as more and more people discover alternative services with music you’d never hear on the airwaves. Even iHeart Radio, known for years as a frontrunner in streaming audio, filed for bankruptcy just a few days ago. 

The radio industry truly does have some brilliant creators out there that — if given a chance and budget — would likely make a huge impact and garner millions of listeners if allowed to do what they do best. And in theory, radio professionals are already at an advantage when it comes to podcasting success. “Broadcasters are already producing content every single day in studios and with equipment that most podcasters would kill to have,” suggests Zack East, Brand and Station Manager at Midwest Family Broadcasting in Benton Harbor, MI, and also a Blubrry customer.

At Blubrry, we don’t care how people listen to audio content – so long as they listen! We have extensive experience working with radio groups across the U.S. and globally – and we make it easy to make the transition. “To offset the very reasonable cost of Blubrry’s services, we started charging our clients a very low per-podcast sponsorship fee to have their name and billboard mentioned in each podcast,” explains East. “In just 6 months, we’ve sold roughly 25% of our nearly 60+ podcasts – new money from the same production already hitting the air, in most cases. We’ve also created new podcasts on behalf of our clients. Those are new podcasts that didn’t exist and are completely client-focused, but hosted by our on-air staff, and hosted on our station website. So, the station benefits from the exposure to the client’s customers, and the client benefits from the promotion of the podcast being hyper-locally focused to the area.”

This forward-thinking approach to making top-notch content available on-demand is what will keep radio relevant in the years to come. Not only does it give younger generations – used to having complete control over their personal entertainment – a reason to keep checking in to what the station is doing, but podcast content can support radio content and vice versa, reminding radio listeners who aren’t yet avid podcast listeners that podcasting is another great option, while reminding die-hard podcast listeners that there is still value in radio.

Time will tell how long it takes radio executives to determine when it is time to add podcasting to their programming mix. Public Radio figured it out a long time ago, but it will take a little longer for the commercial radio space to fully embrace podcasting. But to us at Blubrry it’s a no-brainer: while radio is local, podcasting is global, and we live in a global world.

There are opportunities to serve both and open revenue streams only dreamed about by local stations. Catch the Blubrry team at NAB to discuss those opportunities: we may not be radio insiders, but we are podcasting masters and can provide tools, service, consulting and simple advice to become radio’s savior. Take it from the forward-thinking East: “A year ago, when we first ventured in to serious podcasting, we didn’t know what it could produce for us in terms of new revenue and bringing people to our stations. Now I’m not sure where we’d be without it!”

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Blubrry Directory Reaches 500,000 Podcasts!



Blubrry is celebrating an important new milestone: last month, our directory reached 500,000 podcasts listed!

The directory has been around since 2006, but a combination of Blubrry’s continued growth, and the overall popularity of podcasting, has kept the directory active with new listings.

So what is the Blubrry Podcast Directory? We describe it as an “alternative podcast distribution portal.” It doesn’t replace, or compete with, other large directories like Apple Podcasts. Instead, it’s a complementary portal that can help podcasters expand their reach by making their show available on devices, hardware, and software that is not otherwise easy to access.

“The Blubrry Directory feeds subscribeonandroid.com and subscribebyemail.com, and makes migrating to Blubrry services seamless,” says Angelo Mandato, CIO of Blubrry. Listings are updated hourly, with a complete episode archive available from the day the podcast is added. Blubrry’s Podcast Directory will also distribute your podcast to devices like Roku TV, GoogleTV, Android, Samsung SmartTV, and more.

Remember, you’ll still need to submit your podcast to Apple Podcasts and other directories. But the Blubrry Directory fills an important gap and should be part of any podcaster’s distribution plan.

 

Why not jump on the bandwagon and join the 500,000+ podcasters enjoying the benefits of being listed in the Blubrry Directory? It’s easy, it’s free, and it just takes a few minutes to join. Just imagine, soon you might be part of a group of podcasters one million strong.

 

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“Alexa, Play My Blubrry Podcast!”



Smart speakers are everywhere these days, and one of the best ways to keep listeners hooked on your podcast is to help them access it anywhere they happen to be.

Luckily, if your show is hosted with Blubrry, it’s now easy for listeners to find it through their Amazon Echo device. Instruct your listeners to follow these steps:

To enable MyCast on their device:

  1. On the Alexa App, go to the menu and select Skills. Or, go to the Alexa Skills store on the Amazon website: https://www.amazon.com/skills.
  2. Search for “MyCast” and select it to open the skills detail page.
  3. Select the Enable Skill option.

To use MyCast

There are two ways to play a podcast from MyCast:

The first way is a two-step process. First, start the Alexa skill MyCast and, second, tell MyCast to search for your favorite podcast.

  1. “Alexa, open MyCast”
  2. “Search for **Your Podcast Name**

The second way is to tell Alexa to search for the podcast at the same time you open MyCast. Keep in mind, you cannot pause your speech when you ask Alexa to do both steps, otherwise she will not understand.

  1. “Alexa, open MyCast and search for **Your Podcast Name**

Things you can do once the podcast starts playing:

Once the podcast is playing, you can tell Alexa the following commands:

“Alexa, Stop.” – To stop playing the podcast.

“Alexa, Pause.” – To pause playing the podcast.

“Alexa, Resume.” – To resume playing the podcast.

Make a special effort to let your listeners know about this capability, both on your show and via your blog and social media channels. Remember, the easier it is for your audience to find your show, the more likely they’ll listen again and again. 

 

 

 

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Using Categories or Channels For Your Podcast



PowerPress offers a wide variety of options on how to set up a podcast. Two Blubrry team members, Mike Dell and Shawn Thorpe explain the pros and cons of using either option. Podcasters that have a network of shows on their website should be using the professional hosting option with Blubrry. It allows for easy management of multiple shows, all in one account.

Before they discuss the differences in PowerPress, Mike and MacKenzie recap Podfest, from earlier this month in Orlando. It was a first time event for both of them, and they’re looking forward to seeing how the event evolves.

Thanks for listening to the show and please subscribe. If you’d like to be a guest on a future episode, reach out to MacKenzie and let her know why you think you’d like a great fit.

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Show notes:

Podfest: Tickets are on sale for 2019. Don’t miss out.
Category Podcasting: Add a podcast to your new or existing WordPress categories. Mainly used for creating multiple podcast feeds from a single WordPress site.
Custom Podcast Channels: Add another podcast to your website. Very similar to category, but was designed to post multiple media formats.
Professional hosting: Learn more here or contact MacKenzie.
Email MacKenzie@Blubrry.com – Questions about Blubrry, the affiliate program, guest on the show, etc.

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Some Guy and the Bug Man Give Their Opinions on YouTube



Podcasts do not truly belong on Youtube, and you most likely should not be putting your episodes on that video platform. Most podcasts are audio and by putting them on YouTube you are risking your content rights, channel and more. Daniel J. Lewis explains why podcasters should shy away from this practice.

The two hosts, Chase and Bradley, of the show Some Guy and the Bug Man joined MacKenzie to discuss the multiple reasons why YouTube can hurt your podcast and share information on their show(s). Both shows in the Some Bug Man Studio are quick and to the point. They’re hoping to make some changes soon.

Lastly, the group talks about how Blubrry is now offering submissions to Spotify to it’s hosting customers. Stick around for the PowerPress tip at the end of the episode, courtesy of Shawn Thorpe.

Thanks for listening and please subscribe via your favorite podcast platform. Want to be on the show? Email MacKenzie and tell her why you think you would be a great fit.

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Show Notes:

Why You Should NOT Post Your Audio Podcasts on YouTube: From Daniel J. Lewis, Audacity to Podcast
Some Guy and the Bug Man: Listen to their episodes here.
Twitter: @somebugman
Facebook: /somebugman
YouTube Archive: Some Bug Man
Chase (Some Guy) Twitter: @chasetherev
Bradley (Bug Man) Twitter: @BugMan_Bradley
Get on Spotify via Blubrry: Hosting customers only.

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Blubrry Affiliate Payouts: A Great Source of Podcast Income!



Blubrry’s affiliate payments for the last quarter of 2017 paid out on January 17, including the annual bonus for anyone that qualified – meaning any affiliate who brought in $1,500 or more in sales.

The annual bonus happens every year even if you haven’t made any new sales. That means if you have a great year, you’ll continue to earn long-term.

But if you aren’t at that level yet, don’t worry! Whenever a new customer uses your affiliate code, you’ll earn the amount of the service they bought. That means, if they buy a $20 hosting plan, you’ll receive $20, as long as the customer using your code remains a paying customer for 2 months (3 months total.) You’ll begin receiving payments once you’ve reached $50 in sales.

And you don’t even have to be a podcaster to join the affiliate program. Bloggers and social media influencers can also promote Blubrry’s products and services, and earn. As an affiliate, you’ll be able to share coupon codes, which may be valuable to your audience even if you aren’t a podcaster yourself. Just apply here.

“Our most successful affiliates are doing it all: podcast episodes, social, blog posts. They are actively promoting Blubrry products and services, and in some cases they are working with podcasters as consultants, trainers, etc.,” says Todd Cochrane, CEO of Blubrry. However, Cochrane points out, one of Blubrry’s top affiliates isn’t consulting or teaching – he is mainly a podcast host. “So, anyone has the opportunity to earn.”

Questions? MacKenzie, our Services and Affiliates Coordinator, has answers! Email her at mackenzie@blubrry.com to get started.

 

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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, Customer Support Coordinator, 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!

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