Category Archives: PowerPress Podcast Episodes

The Role of Podcasts in Education



People listen to podcasts for many reasons, one of which is for their education. The role of podcasts in education has become more prominent in the past few years as well, with schools adding it to their curriculum and sharing lectures out as podcasts, etc. Angela Betancourt joined MacKenzie to discuss her new show Five Things You Didn’t Know, and her experiences with podcasts in school and outside of the classroom.

They start out by discussing the benefits of adding podcasts to the education system, Angela is particularly familiar with this as she’s recently finished her Masters. She very recently launched her podcast that focuses on highlighting things that people might not have known before concerning influencers and industry leaders in all different industries. They ended the show discussing an upcoming conference, Sound Education, and the capabilities podcasts has for educating listeners in topics not considered typical subjects. MacKenzie will be attending Sound Education early November and can’t wait to learn from others and share her podcasting expertise. Both agree that education podcasts will continue to help the podcasting community grow, and are crucial to inclusivity.

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Show notes:

Podcasting in Education, What are the Benefits?: From Colin Gray and his team at The Podcast Host
Five Things You Didn’t Know: From Angela Betancourt, her first episode has guest, Phil Collins!
Is Podcasting the Future of Education: We’ll find out as time goes on.
Sound Education: 1st time conference in Cambridge, MA early November.
Email MacKenzie: Contact her with your questions, comments, guest requests, etc.

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From the Founders’ Mouths: International Podcast Day



Steve and Dave Lee, founders of International Podcast Day, joined MacKenzie to discuss the 5th annual celebration, occurring on September 30th. A day dedicated to the power of podcasting for not only creators but listeners and enthusiasts, Blubrry is participating in two different sessions dedicated to teaching podcast practices. Before they delve into the celebration they spoke of some recent changes in the podcasting industry. Slate’s Panoply network announced they’ll no longer be releasing new content, instead focusing on advertising. iHeartMedia purchased StuffMedia for 55 million dollars and Buzzfeed cut it’s podcast department and subsequently some of it’s staff.

These changes won’t have an effect on the majority of the podcasting industry but they represent a bigger systematic evolution. The abandonment can seem to outweigh the recognition and movement forward, especially all in one week, but overall this is all part of how a medium grows.

International Podcast Day actually starts on September 29th to accommodate for part of the day on different countries all over the world; about 30 hours of content will be provided. The schedule can be found on the site and be sure to check out sessions times for things you want to learn and hear about. We’re thrilled to be taking part and that Todd Cochrane’s Podcast Awards are included.

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Show notes:

iHeartMedia Purchases StuffMedia: The network responsible for Stuff You Should Know, Atlanta Monster, Required Listening and more.
Podcasting Shakeup: Panoply parts ways with content creation.
Buzzfeed Shutting Down Podcasts: Focusing more exclusively on video and longer-form projects.
International Podcast Day: September 30th
Blubrry sessions: 11AM and 6PM PDT
Podcast Awards: Catch em at 5PM PDT
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Learnings the Ins and Outs of Podcasting



MicrophonePodcasting has quite a learning curve for most when they’re first getting started. Fortunately, there are some people out there to help others learn, or just hand off to someone more experienced. Dan Thibeault, is a podcaster himself, created Fast Twitch Media to help other podcasters. He offers services for a variety of podcast tasks such as graphic design, content marketing strategies and social media.

Before learning of Dan’s podcast experience they discussed an article from earlier this year, focusing on marketing for podcasts. There is often debate and speculation that the technology hinders the medium from growing, and that listening is a barrier, but this article focuses on how we can help combat this by promoting the content of podcasts.

A PowerPress tip about secure podcast feeds is included at the end of the episode, courtesy of Shawn Thorpe from the Blubrry support team. Remember, Blubrry has great technical support available 7 days a week. You can reach them via support@blubrry.com.

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Show notes:

Explain the Content, Not the Tech: Some advice all podcasters can take for their show.
Fast Twitch Media: Reach out to Dan if you’d like to utilize some of his podcast expertise.
Life Underground: Dan’s show about metal detector findings.
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PowerPress Plugin 10th Anniversary



PowerPress PluginThe PowerPress plugin is officially 10 years old as of August 2018. The free WordPress .org plugin created and offered by the Blubrry Podcasting team has had many iterations over the years and the main developer, Angelo Mandato, joined MacKenzie to chat about these developments. RawVoice Inc, Blubrry’s parent company, started in 2005 right after podcasting began, and we’ve focused on paid and free services for podcasters ever since.

With over 60,000 active installs, Blubrry’s plugin is essential in the podcasting world and will continue to be for years ahead. If you’re not already using PowerPress, you can read up about it and download below. The past few years have been vital for podcasts and they chat about what people should be paying attention to for their shows in the future.

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Show notes:

PowerPress: Download, reviews, read.me, etc.
Learn more about the plugin on our site.

History of why PowerPress was created.
The future of the plugin.
Achievements made.
Features of the plugin.
What to expect out PowerPress and the podcasting industry.

Reach out to MacKenzie if you’d like to be a guest, have questions, comments, etc. Email mackenzie@blubrry.com.

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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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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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