Oct 21

28- Success as podcaster — in spite of disabilities- Matt Cox

Many people take for granted — or assume — that their audiences have all their motor skills and physical faculties. For instance, they can see the video or hear the audio, etc. However, Matt Cox is a determined young man who is visually impaired (i.e., legally blind), but he is a man with a “vision” and objective. Not only does he consume audio podcasts since 2007, but he has also seen success in Corporate America with his career; and he also is in his 6th year as a podcaster.

Matt Cox 2014He is an aspiring Entrepreneur who wants to be a publisher of books — audio books, ebooks and even hard-bound and paperback books.

And in our audio episode, you will hear the interview with him about his current entry as a part-time entrepreneur in the area of podcasting, with a future in publishing.

His podcast show, called BRUNCH WITH THE BRITS, is available for free subscription on iTunes(R). What is remarkable is that he has over 322 episodes of this series.

 

BWTB on iTunes for Matt CoxIn addition to getting a Bachelor or Arts degree in Communication, he also spent several years in the Peace Corps and served in Morocco. He has also worked in the public sector, but he has really found his home and enjoyment in his work with Marriott Hotel Reservations.

As you will hear in this inspiring audio episode, his future plans include publication of audio books for niche audiences (such as aficionados of old time radio shows, and people with disabilities), as well as other types of publications on the Internet. He also plans to create a podcast network with various podcast shows in the near future.

However, he plans to maintain his part-time entrepreneurship with the “value-for-value” model in his podcasts while continuing his full-time success at Marriott.

Thus, as a part-time solo-preneur (with an administrative assistant who also provides free technical support), it appears that Matt Cox has found a formula that works in the area of New Media, while he maintains his day-job. In fact, up until this year, his podcast did not cost anything. Right now, he is “bootstrapping” his part-time enterprise as a solo-preneur.

His current plans for the near future include the possibility of attending his first NMX (New Media Expo), alongside with the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) event in Las Vegas in April of 2015 — however, if there is a schedule conflict, his employment will ALWAYS take precedence. If and when he does attend the activities of NMX, he will be a very active participant for the awards and the training and education for podcasting and New Media.

You can check out his podcast show of Brunch with the Brits at:

- a libsyn.com link ( http://www.bwtbrits.libsyn.com/)

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- via iTunes at the link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/brunch-with-the-brits/id286383930?mt=2

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- via the feed at http://bwtbrits.libsyn.com/rss

Contact information for Matt Cox

- email:  brunchwiththebrits@gmail.com

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- email: producerdirectorMaria@gmail.com (if there is an issue with sound quality)

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- twitter:  @bwtbrits

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facebook:  MattCox  (and an open facebook group Brunch with the Brits)

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Oct 10

27- Dave Jackson discusses criteria for NMX speaker proposals

This episode is an interview with Dave Jackson, the new Director of Podcasting for the New Media Expo (NMXLive.com) about the criteria for submitting speaker proposals for the upcoming 2015 conference.

Especially now, with NMX being in the same conference as the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show, it is possible that many more requests, applications and proposals to be a speaker at this event will be submitted by many podcasters.

As you will hear in this episode, Dave delivers (in a candid interview) his criteria to help podcasters become more successful in submitting quality proposals for this event in the Podcast track. Among them are:

- Have great “take-aways” that include good strategies, proof points, cases-in-point, and actionable information;

- Provide new information by avoiding “re-runs” of prior presentations that were made recently at other events like NMX 2014, Podcast Movement, Podcasters Summit, etc.

- Submit your proposal, even if your topic is in a niche or different genre — as all will be considered, both professional and hobby podcasters;

- Be prepared to be considered as a backup or alternate speaker if you are not selected to be one of the main sessions of limited electives;

- Start working on your presentation NOW, as Dave will be following up with the speakers chosen to make sure that they are going to deliver great content;

and there are other criteria, hints and tips.

Dave will try to ensure that the best content is provided and the best value is delivered to the NMX/NAB attendee and the virtual ticket holder that will consume the content.

Please note:

(1) Please submit your proposals directly to the web site at www.NMXLive.com, and NOT to Dave directly, by NO LATER THAN 24 OCTOBER 2014 — this is a HARD DEADLINE.

(2) Dave’s contact information is located at www.SchoolofPodcasting.com, if you are willing to offer assistance or help to Dave in his management of the Podcasting track.

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Oct 09

26- Other conferences for Podcasters- perspectives from Rob Walch

Most podcasters who consume the blogs and podcast episodes of other podcast shows are probably aware of the 2 big conferences in which Podcasters are involved — New Media Expo in Las Vegas (at www.NMXLive.com) and one specifically oriented to podcasters (and put on by podcasters), Podcast Movement.

This episode is an interview with Rob Walch of Libsyn.com which discusses the “other” conferences (some oriented to podcasters) in which podcasters can attend, present, learn and do some valuable networking.

Rob Walch, who is the vice-president of Podcaster Relations for Libsyn.com, is one early podcaster (producing content since 2004) that has attended every major single podcast and New Media conference since 2005. That is, he attended the Portable Media Expo in 2005, the Podcast and Portable Media Expo in 2006, the Podcast and New Media Expo in 2007, The New Media Expo in 2008, 2013, 2014 — as well as all the BlogWorld and New Media Expos up until 2012. He has also attended Podcamps in various locations, and he is the organizer of a Podcasters Meetup.

Rob’s good fortune currently is to represent Libsyn at these events, since he has a passion for the company and for his job — especially since he still continues to podcast with his shows of Tii (This week in iOS), The Feed and Podcast 411. In doing so, he has a perspective far beyond what most podcasters have, in that he has seen a variety of events that can benefit podcasters and others who are in the New Media space.

Rob Walch at media eventsIn particular, Rob has recently been to the LA Podfest (Podcast Festival in Los Angeles, California, which is held annually and usually in September) for the past several years. As you will hear in this audio episode, his schedule covers over seven events in 2014.

We also discover that Rob has attended and participated in more conferences that provide value to podcasters than just about anyone else in the podosphere.

In addition, we get his perspective about virtual podcaster conference events, about Podcamps as events for podcasters, about Meetups as local events, and about “other” conferences and events that provide value to podcasters.

Rob can be reached at:

email:  Rob@libsyn.com

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Oct 05

25- Ray Ortega- both video podcaster and audio podcaster

Ray Ortega is a professional podcaster.  In addition to his own part-time entrepreneurial work as an audio podcaster (with his own shows like The Podcasters Studio and Podcasters Roundtable), his main day-job is that of a video podcaster for a non-profit organization.

In this episode, Ray delivers his story of how he creates video content (for google hangouts on air, then also YouTube) and then repurposes it as an audio podcast, with the proper iTunes listing and feed to his audience — the Podcasters Roundtable.

In addition, Lon Naylor also describes the formula for repurposing audio podcast episodes into compelling, creative, visually engaging and message-driven screencasts with a good call-to-action.

Lon Naylor - success in screencastingIn fact, Lon completed the opposite approach for repurposing content. He took an audio podcast episode from PodcastReporter.com; and then he added animation, visual images graphics and templates, as well as callouts, zooms, pans and other visual properties to create a quality screencast. You can see this finished work at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGXxBbXYIcY

 Podcasting quick tip as screencast:

In this episode’s quick tip, we deliver a screencast for the novice podcaster who has created their final wav file from a free editor (like Audacity) and now would like to encode it as a final mp3 file.

However, using the lame encoder in your podcast workflow path will not deliver the best audio quality if your episode is mainly dialogue or an interview (and not music). There is another mp3 encoder that is free to use, and it is within the iTunes(R) program. It can generate the mp3 final file with a higher quality encoder used for dialog.

This screencast link will walk you through how to (1) take your wav file and import it to iTunes; (2) how to prepare the settings in iTunes for quality mp3 encoding; (3) how to start and finish the mp3 encoding; and (4) how to copy your final mp3 file to your subdirectory for further processing (with mp3TagTools, for instance) or delivery to your media host.

Select this link to view the screencast tip as an mp4 file:

Encoding the final mp3 file with iTunes

Note: this screencast was created as the “raw” version in the workflow of short tutorial screencasts, which use the following steps:

(a) Create the total screencast using Camtasia Studio;

(b) Edit certain sections of the screencast in audio/video with Camtasia Studio (the result is what you see in this link, the “raw” video edited first draft);

While this screencast may suffice for most purposes, there is room for additional touching-up that can really make this screencast a better experience for the viewer/listener who is consuming this tutorial. The other parts of the workflow is what will be discussed in the upcoming course of Screencasting for Podcasters and will be:

(c) Adding animations, callouts and pan/zooms to enhance the visual engagement of the content; and finally,

(d) Adding the visual intro and outro content to complete the final screencast.

As promised, we will deliver podcasting or screencasting quick tips with future episodes of Skills in Screencasts and Podcasts.

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Oct 02

24- PodMov University shuts down

In an email sent during the evening on October 1, 2014, paid subscribed members of the  PodMov.com program were informed that “PodMov University is Shutting Down.”

As you will hear in this audio episode, the program is no longer open and billing is suspended. However, they offered free attendance to the upcoming Business Podcaster Summit online event in January of 2015. The content of the notice is given in the audio episode.

In addition, some alternative programs for Podcaster education and training are presented toward the end of this episode.

This is, in fact, the third unsuccessful attempt to create a “Podcasting University” model since 2006. Perhaps a good business model that creates value and delivers on the customer promise of the marketing hype that comes with announcements of such programs will be forthcoming in the future from someone who can really deliver.

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Sep 30

23- National Podcast Day — reflections and perspectives

This podcast episode reviews the events and activities of the 30th of September of 2014, known as NATIONAL PODCAST DAY or NPD (www.NationalPodcastDay.com). The following sections describe the activities which this Podcast Reporter attended and/or in which he participated.

National Podcast Day Proclamation

 The morning session was a live stream, hosted by Steven Lee and his son, Dave. Also among the podcast co-hosts were Daniel J. Lewis and Nick Seuberling. There was also a very active chat room which had some interesting visitors, among whom was Paul Colligan of The Podcast Report show. The main topics were discussed were the history of podcasting and some content and events discussions.

We are grateful to Steven Lee for getting this event scheduled and completed for this day about Podcasting. Our thanks go to him for this streaming event.

Toward the end of this 2-hour session, Steven Lee read the official Proclamation for National Podcast Day from his local government of Tehacapi in California.

Select this link to listen to the local government Proclamation of NPD.

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 NPD event:  Organizers live stream acknowledge Adam Curry

During the live stream hosted by the NPD organizers, Steven Lee mentioned the feeds information from the PODFATHER, Adam Curry:

Select this link to listen to the NPD team highlight Adam Curry’s feeds.

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Daniel J Lewis: Google Hangout on Podcasting

In addition to the live stream, at midday, Pacific time, Daniel J. Lewis of The Audacity to Podcast hosted a 2-hour google hangout for podcasters to gather together electronically and talk about ANYTHING PODCASTING. Questions were asked and answered, and a live chat room contained a lot of activity.

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Dave Jackson: Podcasting Meetup in Ohio

Since Dave Jackson from The School of Podcasting is the organizer of the Cleveland Podcasters Meetup, he scheduled his session with his group in person at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time. Within a half hour, they would then be part of the Podcasters Roundtable google hangout on air.

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Podcasters Roundtable with the National Podcast Day team

So far, for the past several “rounds” of the Podcasters Roundtable google hangout, Ray Ortega has been consistent in his schedule for this gathering of podcasters. At this round (number 36), the team of National Podcast Day was invited to be the panelists in a celebration and discussion of National Podcast Day.

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Paul Colligan:  Free Webcast – How to Podcast

 And to close out the evening with National Podcast Day activities, Paul Colligan of The Podcast Report had an evening webcast with the theme of How to Podcast.

In addition, during the day, Paul Colligan was selling his book on www.amazon.com of THE PODCAST REPORT (episodes 1-15) for 99 cents for non-members of the special amazon.com groups. However, on 1 October 2014, Paul will make this Kindle book free.

[Note: As a matter of fact, this Podcast Reporter purchased it early in the day.]

This was a special promo by Paul to promote his podcast and monetize his ebook from his repurposed podcast episodes. We will be doing a cross-promotion with Paul and his podcast show soon in this series of PodcastReporter.com.

During the webcast, Paul focused on how a podcaster can do so for free using tools like Auphonic and a Smart Phone and some software that he uses. In fact, he published an episode of his other podcast called Thinking Out Loud in a live environment — that is, “live within live.”

.Paul then delivered some suggestions for the podcasters who submitted questions on the chat — ranging from creating your avatar when you plan your podcast to monetization strategies for revenue streams. He also described the six pillars of podcasting within his program called the Podcast Expert Blueprint. The latter is a high-cost program which he has been implementing for other audiences, but he welcomed his audience to check it out, as well.

You can go to the replay of the webcast by selecting the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV7cm1ll7Nw&feature=em-subs_digest

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As a result, the success of National Podcast Day was to create awareness and synergize the community of Podcasting. Steve Lee did a great job in making the Day a reality.

Now, there are many ideas resulting with suggestions for next year’s National Podcast Day — even a recommendation to have the day announced, celebrated and proclaimed in the US Government (as many communities and organizations have done, and are doing so, every day). However, that would take about 10 months of work from organizers and lobbyists in Washington to prepare, nurture, promote and complete. Although I have seen it done before in the non-profit organization environment, it required a lot of time, management, patience, negotiating and lobbying to make it happen.

If the organizers wish to have this aggressive goal reached for the Podcasting community (or, if you will, the Industry), then the work has to start about now and continue for the rest of this year and most of the next.

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Sep 25

22- Early Podcaster Mike Dell with his book, “NO BS Guide to Podcasting”

In this interview with Mike Dell, we see how one of the earliest podcasters started as a hobby-podcaster, but then went into the area of technical support for Blubrry of Raw Voice by giving help to other podcasters.

In addition to podcasting, Mike Dell is a specialist in ham radio communications, having written a book on this specialty and developed a podcast for it, as well.

Some of the podcasts that he has started since 2005 (and some have podfaded) are:

- Mike Dell’s World (previously known as The Benzoid Report);

- What’s Up with That?

- The Ham Radio Podclass;

- Strange Today;

- Aviation History Today and

- Aviation History This Week;

- Geek of the North;

- Podcast Help Desk; and

- The Traverse City Podcast (launching soon — a local podcast);

and also has been a guest host on Geek News Central. He has a couple of upcoming podcasts that will be launching soon. He does his own show about podcasting.

As a matter of fact, he is writing a book on podcasting. He will be changing the title to something more appropriate soon, but he initially called it The NO BS Guide to Podcasting: Learn to Podcast Without Making The Mistakes Yourself.

 You can contact Michael Dell at www.mikedell.com

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Sep 20

21- iOS8 and a Free book of THE PODCAST REPORT from Paul Colligan

This brief episode discusses information about the new iOS8 system for Apple(R) devices. It also gives details about a FREE book from Paul Colligan.

 Why iOS8 is important for Podcasters

In episode 14 (published on 16 September 2014) of Paul Colligan’s podcast show called The Podcast Report, the interview conducted with Rob Walch of Libsyn.com deals with the announcement and availability of iOS8 for Apple(R) iOS8 devices — but more important, the focus is WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR CURRENT OR ASPIRING PODCASTERS.

As you may know, the Podcast App is natively included with the iOS8 system software on iOS8 devices — and it cannot be deleted. Thus, discovery of podcasts will be easier.

There is also some hints and tips of Mobile Apps for your podcasts, as well as some caveats for artwork in iTunes, storage sizes and limitations of which podcasters may not be aware. And there is much more — we recommend that you listen to this 27-minute episode.

In addition, Paul Colligan is offering his book called The Podcast Report With Paul Colligan Transcripts – Episodes 1-15: Complete Transcripts And Mindmaps From The Podcast Report With Paul Colligan [Kindle Edition].”

The Details about the Free Book from Paul Colligan:

The information from Paul Colligan’s weekly email “news-communication” to his community is called “Heads Up Tuesday – So Much Podcasting Stuff”:

This is an odd request – but PLEASE DON’T BUY THIS BOOK!

And, may I feature your Podcast in this book? If you have learned something from The Podcast Report, please respond below with that you’ve learned, what you think of the show, and give me a link to your Podcast. The beauty of Kindle is that I can put as many of you in there as I want to.

Remember, my last Podcast book went to #1 in 7 countries, so …

Why not buy this book? On September 30, I’m going to make it available for free on ‪#‎PodcastDay‬ as part of the KDP Select program at Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NLMSQBO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00NLMSQBO&linkCode=as2&tag=colligancom-20&linkId=LABQFHCOUUQBHQHD

The complete transcripts, mindmaps and more from the Podcast Report with Paul Colligan. Topics covered include: What Has Changed In Podcasting Since…
[By the way, in episode 14 of his podcast, above, Paul mentions that his birthday is 17 September. Congratulations, Paul, as one of the early podcasters since 2005]

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Sep 19

Bonus Episode 7- Podcast awards and NMX update

 Annual Podcast Awards Update — “Under new management”

 An announcement came out recently from both the NMX team, as well as a video from Todd Cochrane about the upcoming Annual Podcast Awards — which have recently been given as part of the schedule for NMX 2013 and NMX 2014.

However, the Awards event has been transferred to the NMX team, starting in April of 2015 at the upcoming NMX 2015 event.

To find out more about the Awards announcement directly from the NMX team, as well as seeing the video created by Todd Cochrane, select this link.

Podcaster Alert: Call for Speakers at NMX 2015

 The call for speakers at NMX 2015 is official, and it is available as a form online for any podcaster, screencaster, blogger, video producer or content creator. It would be wise to submit your application early. And this year, the evaluator of the submitted applications will be different than before.

 

You can sign up to be a speaker at NMX 2015 by going to the following link:

https://blogworldexpo.wufoo.com/forms/nmx-speaker-proposal-2015/

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And finally, we have a quick reminder that September 30th will have a couple of events for podcasters:

(1) National Podcast Day:  this event will be celebrated, and there are resources to help you join and participate in its celebration. For more information, you can go to the link at:

www.NationalPodcastDay.com

(2) Free webcast for podcasters on “how to podcast” from Paul Colligan. You can get to the video of this free webcast at the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV7cm1ll7Nw

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Sep 18

Bonus Episode 6- Paul Colligan on Apple’s announcement and a FREE webcast

This brief episode will focus on 2 items:

- What the Apple(R) announcement means to podcasters today; and

- An upcoming free webcast on how to podcast.

These are both from Paul Colligan — a name who is a luminary, thought leader and pundit in the podcasting space, as well as the YouTube video space. He has his own podcasts in the podosphere — in addition to his current podcast show, Thinking Out Loud, he has a recent addition called The Podcast Report (not to confuse it with www.PodcastReporter.com).

Episode13- The Podcast Report

1. The Apple(R) announcement of 9 September 2014

In episode 13 of Paul Colligan’s The Podcast Report, we get Paul’s perspectives on what the April 9, 2014, announcement from Apple(R) means to podcasters, especially in the area of monetization. He focuses on getting away from the old method of making money with your podcast, and he has cases in point with today’s celebrities.

To get the 10-minute summary and perspectives from Paul, you can go to the web site of www.ThePodcastReport and listen to episode 13 — or better yet, we encourage you to subscribe to his podcast on iTunes(R).

2. A FREE Webcast from Paul Colligan on 30 September 2014

In his weekly New Media “newscast email” called HEADS UP TUESDAY, Paul Colligan announced that he will be doing a FREE Live Webcast on “How to Podcast.”

The free event will be around 8pm or 9pm Eastern time on 30 September 2014. You can go to the event at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV7cm1ll7Nw

and Paul is soliciting feedback, as well. If there is anything you want to make sure that he covers on the LIVE event, you can post it in the comments at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV7cm1ll7Nw

 Cross-promotion with Paul Colligan

 Finally, we wanted to thank Paul for giving the podcast show at

www.PodcastReporter.com

a 60-second promotion on his episode 13 of The Podcast Report  (at the end of the episode).

We will be reciprocating in a future episode and give Paul his message as part of our cross-promotion. This is a great and courteous practice for podcasters to alert their audiences of valuable content that is complimentary to their own topics and themes.

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