Jun 10

85- Retrospective- Podcaster courtesy and audio tips with Daniel J Lewis

This episode is being repurposed and re-syndicated from an earlier interview with Daniel J Lewis of The Audacity to Podcast show, in which we discussed podcaster courtesy in bumpers and interviews — along with tips for improving your audio quality via mp3 encoding.

Daniel J Lewis delivers courtesyThis audio episode content was first published in the show called the Community of Five podcast, and with express permission at the time of the original recording, we deliver this to you.

Reason? The problem of courtesy among podcasters has grown quickly, due to the nature of the pressure —

a) to get into NEW AND NOTEWORTHY in iTunes(R) (yes, it still persists today, due to the myth started in 2013);

b) to see other podcasters as “competition” and try to outdo them in getting the exposure, links, audience awareness, etc. instead of others;

or

c) to be discourteous due to monetization goals for either download cpm revenue or product promotion, etc.

In any case, the hesitation (or just downright REFUSAL) of reciprocity for giving bumpers, interviews or other types of courteous acts has grown significantly in a tense atmosphere of competition and the race for monetization.

Why?

Well, it could be that there are so many podcast shows today that are being recognized and created.  And receiving the links and awareness and exposure seems to be the holy grail for podcasters.

So, we have decided to repurpose an earlier episode interview with Daniel J Lewis, host of The Audacity to Podcast, in which we discuss this issue with some caveats to the aspiring or new podcasters, as well as other screencasters who are getting into the podcasting space today.

For more information, you can contact Daniel J Lewis at:

TheAudacitytoPodcast.com

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Copyright (c) 2016, Matrix Solutions Corporation. With permission from Daniel J Lewis at the original recording. All rights reserved.

May 10

84- Screencaster widens his skills with Podcasting- Dean Haycox

The following episode is a repurposed episode from the podcast show called SKILLS IN SCREENCASTS AND PODCASTS. It is very related to the topic of a full-time ambulance personnel aspiring to become a full-time entrepreneur — and how a screencaster became a podcaster and improved his skills in New Media.

In this episode, we interview Dean Haycox, the screencaster who is providing free resources to aspiring and professional screencasters. He is based out of the UK (United Kingdom), but he delivers his message and resources worldwide via his web site.

Dean is the owner of www.ScreencastMagazine.com — but the name is not totally descriptive, for it is really a blog that provides resources, show notes and the audio episodes of his audio podcast called SCREENCAST ACADEMY with Dean Haycox.

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As you will hear in this audio interview, we cover Dean’s background — from logistics in the military to his full-time present job as an ambulance personnel. However, he has a passion for both geology and screencasting — and he recently launched his audio podcast on iTunes, with episode 11 as an interview with Matt Pierce of Techsmith.com.

In addition to some recommendations and tutorials, Dean also is making available his free pdf of 50 pages called THE SCREENCASTERS BLUEPRINT (a free 50-page guide to Video Marketing for Small Business Owners that describes How to successfully grow your business with video marketing).

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Dean’s “magazine” has evolved into a resource site with show notes and audio episodes of his podcast, as well as a library of valuable resources in screencasting.

Slide3Dean has plans for creating offerings, services, products and membership sites for screencasting — although he stated very strongly that most of his content will be free to his listeners and viewers. He also aspires to be a presenter and participant in upcoming conferences and business shows (both in Europe and the US) that deal with New Media — especially screencasting and podcasting. We are certain that he will fulfill his mission soon of becoming a full-time screencaster and podcaster.

If you wish to contact Dean:

email:   Dean @ screencastmagazine.com  (to avoid spam)

or

contact page:   http://screencastmagazine.com/get-in-touch/

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May 07

83- How screencasts can help create 8 deliverables for you

In this episode, we discuss the eight major deliverables that can be incorporated to create effective Screencasts. We also describe some major software programs and tools for creating and editing the screencasts. And finally, we discuss which programs we ourselves use and why, as well as how you can improve your business by being a subject matter expert, or by offering services in screencasting for hire.

 

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The first part reviews 8 different deliverables by creating screencasts:

1.  Synchronized screen capture — that is, audio and video (used quite a bit for software demos);

2. Full-motion videos — your created content (e.g., from amateur smart phone cameras or from more sophisticated cameras);

3. Documentaries, b-roll, or other videos and video clips;

4. Powerpoint (R) presentations with synchronized audio and video animations, etc.

5. Interactivity in training with quizzes, hotspots, links, etc.

6. Video effects and animations — e.g., callouts, zooms, pans, lower thirds, more movement animations, etc.

7. Audio segments, audio clips, music, sound effects, etc.

8. Tutorials for creating courses, training, education, eLearning, etc.

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We also covered some tools like PowerPoint from Microsoft,(R) as well as SnagIt and Camtasia Studio from Techsmith(R).

And finally, we shared with you which platform, tools and recording/editing software we use, and why we feel they meet our needs for marketing, sales and creating courses. We take it one step further and describe for you how these additional skills can give you an entry into Services for screencasts, or how you can create a course as a subject matter expert and market/sell it yourself.

We lastly mention the program and membership site that can help you acquire those skills from www.LearnCamtasia.com.

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Apr 21

82- The PODCAST REPAIRMAN enters the podosphere

In this episode, we deliver an interview with Gary Leland about his new offering of THE PODCAST REPAIRMAN — both from the point of view of the Entrepreneur (i.e., why and how he entered the market of Podcast services), as well as that of the Podcaster.

PodcastRepairmanAs you will hear in this audio episode, Entrepreneur Gary Leland has multiple businesses for which he had built up infrastructure to handle sales via eCommerce, tangible goods, wallpaper, etc.

However, as a podcaster for over 10 years, Gary has also built the infrastructure for creating web sites, creating content, and publishing podcasts and videos for the sports niche and for podcasting itself.

Now Gary has entered into the world of Podcast Services with his services offering of THE PODCAST REPAIRMAN— as well as a related field, that of web site services in development and maintenance.

But Gary is not having the typical large launch of internet marketers. He is delivering the PERSONAL TOUCH and one-on-one service to his customers. He is planning organic growth. How? Mainly referrals and word-of-mouth marketing. In fact, he is not promoting or advertising his Podcast Repairman offering to the masses, as he will deliver excellent quality to his customers.

Although this may defy some conventional wisdom for Entrepreneurs, as well as podcasters and internet marketers, Gary has already started the beginnings of a growing business for those aspiring podcasters who do not want to spend the time and effort to learn or perform the labor-intensive tasks of creating, publishing and delivering podcast shows and podcast episodes.

Gary LelandAnd Gary’s price-point is very competitive for the market he is serving. He can produce a podcast episode per week. So, for an average of 4 episodes per month, he charges to what amounts to $150 per episode — which extremely aggressive, especially with the quality that he will deliver.

Also, Gary is offering to waive the $295 set-up fee for each show if you mention to him the word “Fred.” You can hear this near the end of the interview.

You may contact Gary Leland, the PODCAST REPAIRMAN, at:

– web site:  www.PodcastRepairman.com;

– phone:  817-476-0660

– or use any of the Social Media tools at www.lelands.org.

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Copyright (c) 2016, Matrix Solutions Corporation and Gary Leland of www.lelands.org. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Apr 18

81- First raw looks at Podcasts on Google Play Music

In this episode, this Podcaster delivers a “first looks” at the Podcast listing and directory in Google Play Music — and how the user would discover and select and consume a podcast episode from the lists of podcasts.

Since I had 5 podcast shows uploaded to this program, I took a look at several of the episodes from several of the shows — so that we can understand the interface and the results of listening to the episode with the type of quality provided. The last part is important, because of the re-encoding that google does for each episode.

Google Play Music Podcast listingAlthough this is a first-glimpse of this system, it is evident to me that the re-encoding may cause unexpected results that may be sensitive in some browsers for replay (like Firefox).

However, when we tested the playback using the link within the chrome browser, we found no problems at all. It played as it should have.

Perhaps there were other compatibility issues with browsers other than chrome?

The audio episode delivers a first-hand audio test of the quality (especially in speed) of the playback when the system plays the audio for the listener.

We hope that any startup problems will be fixed by google in the near future, as now podcasts will be available for all platforms, and our audience participation will grow.

 

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Apr 06

80- Possible pitfalls for Podcasters with email

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In this episode, we have an audio narration of a blogpost by Michele A. Scism from www.solo-e.com. It is called

The 10 Ways You Are Killing Your Business with Email.

10 ways kill bus email web site

This audio episode is repurposed from episode 292 of the podcast series called The Struggling Entrepreneur.

Understanding the possible pitfalls — and how to avoid them — are critical lessons learned from other entrepreneurs — especially for podcasters and screencasters in the New Media Space.

In this repurposed blog post, Michele Scism reviews 10 different ways that may be possible troubles for entrepreneurs.

You can review the written blog post at:

http://www.solo-e.com/article/the-10-ways-you-are-killing-your-business-with-email/

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Copyright (c) 2016, Michele A Scism and www.solo-e.com.

Mar 20

79- Video courses – an opportunity for Podcasters – with Lon Naylor

This episode is from a presentation by Lon Naylor of www.ScreenCastPro.com and www.SkillsInScreencastsAndPodcasts.com. Also known in the industry as “Mr. LearnCamtasia,” Lon describes how online video training courses and tutorials can be a great opportunity for New Media Professionals — especially for Podcasters.

Skills in Screencasts and Podcasts-2014This content was taken from a webinar in which Lon Naylor was one of the presenters and instructors. This was not a sales pitch — in fact, this was delivered as a benefit for the New Media Community, and it was intended for those who were considering creating online video tutorials and training courses, but did not know if it was for them or where to start.

As you will hear in this audio episode, we have taken and delivered to you about 20 minutes of Lon’s content, in which he explains and describes:

– the benefits of video online courses and tutorials;

– the tools which a New Media Professional or podcaster will need to create professional courses (of course, he focuses on the recorder and editor product from TechSmith called Camtasia Studio);

– the requirements for creating the content for video online courses — especially for monetizing them; and

– the tools available for delivering the educational and training content of your courses to potential students.

NOTE: In the latter part of this audio episode, Lon describes some of the features that sets Camtasia Studio apart from other video tools which do not have built-in feature-rich multi-track editors. However, Lon does a very good job of describing in detail in audio what you would normally see on the screen, so that you can easily visualize and understand what he is explaining. Thus, it is not really necessary for you to view the video.

However, for those who wish to view the entire original 75-minute webinar in detail, there is a replay of the webinar available only for a very short time.

NOTE: you can get more out of the production of what was a free webinar by getting a free account at www.LearnCamtasia.com.

Then you can go to the video replay of the webinar

by selecting this link.

For any questions on the content of the webinar, you may contact Lon Naylor or the others on the webinar by going to the ABOUT section in www.LearnCamtasia.com.

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Copyright (c) 2016, Lon Naylor of www.LearnCamtasia.com and Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved.

 

Feb 28

78- Perspectives of Podfest conference from Dave Jackson

From an attendee, participant and speaker — i.e., Dave Jackson from The School of Podcasting — we deliver a discussion of his perspectives of the recent Podfest conference in Tampa, Florida, and the value that this event delivered to the attendees and speakers. We get this dialogue direct from the event venue over the phone. Dave informs us of the conference structure, the attendees, the exhibitors, topics and the networking…and much more.  We even discuss whether this conference may become a key, big event for podcasters.

Dave Jackson at PodfestWe recorded this over the telephone with Dave’s audio coming from the speakers of an iPhone, as Skype(R) was giving problems and was unreliable. Thus, the quality coming from Dave is not the same as ours (since our end of the recording was on a set of Zoom(R) condenser mics). We apologize for that, but we had to make concessions with the tools that we had — especially with Dave in a mobile environment at the venue just after the conference program wrapped up and finished.

One other note:  we purposely left the entire discussion UNEDITED — so that you can hear the natural discussion without any artificiality. Well, is that not how a “podcast reporter” should deliver the happenings and perspectives to you, the audience?

As you will hear in this audio podcast, topics that we discussed were following:

– the venue and its suitability for this second annual event;

– the structure: one main ballroom (a single “tract”) for the entire 3 days, instead of multiple sessions running concurrently;

– the estimate of attendees and who they were (i.e., aspiring podcasters, current podcasters, etc.);

– the topics that stimulated interest, excitement, passion and discussion — e.g., monetization, niche areas of passion, etc.

– the exhibitors — who they were, the value delivered to the attendees and the areas they covered;

– the NETWORKING and the buzz during the event, especially in the area of possible partnerships, projects and joint ventures;

– and finally, Dave’s perspective of the possible growth of the event — especially a question of: will this event grow to be the podcast conference for the first half of the year? (even superseding NMX?)

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– the 2 announcements at the beginning of the interview: (1) Dave Jackson has adopted the title of PODCAST MENTOR; and (2) in March, 2016, Dave will be an employee of Libsyn. We wish him well.

You can contact Dave at:

(a) web site and flagship podcast at: www.schoolofpodcasting.com; or

(b) via email at dave @ schoolofpodcasting.com [to avoid spam]

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Copyright (c) 2016, Matrix Solutions Corporation and Dave Jackson. All rights reserved.

Feb 23

77- Podcasting by Disabled content producers- Matt Cox and BRUNCH WITH THE BRITS

In this episode, we interview Matt Cox — a podcaster who is visually impaired (i.e., blind), but who has more than 8 years in podcasting his show, BRUNCH WITH THE BRITS.

 

Matt Cox

As you will hear in this audio podcast, Matt had accepted the challenge of podcasting when he wanted to enlarge the scope of his passion — the old-time BBC radio shows. After he received permission from the BBC to produce his podcast and use some of their content, he proceeded to create a podcast show that now has over 100,000 downloads.

What is very interesting is that Matt now has a workflow for planning the podcast content and show notes, creating the text for the show notes, recording and editing the audio file, then uploading and publishing the podcast episodes in his show (which is in iTunes(R) as well.

As Matt discusses, he had his Producer-Director Maria help him with getting started into creating the process of workflow — from the inception stage of planning to the final upload and publishing of the episodes.

Matt’s next steps are getting images and links within his processes and having them in his show notes. You will realize how he addressed the challenge of podcasting, and how he was able to attend the NEW MEDIA EXPO 2015 conference and finally meet face-to-face the personalities and podcasters that he admired (among them Dave Jackson of The School of Podcasting, Ray Ortega of The podcasters Studio and Todd Cochrane of The New Media Show and Rob Walch.of libsyn.com)

Matt continues to provide his free podcast to the audience who is passionate about old-time BBC radio show.

iTunes preview- Brunch with the Brits

Matt has no plans to become a full-time entrepreneur at this time, as he is a full-time employee at the Marriott Hotel Reservations system and he loves his work, as well.

For Matt, the world of accessible programs has given him the tools to address his challenge of becoming a podcaster and succeeding.

Matt Cox may be contacted at:

– e-mail:  brunchwiththebrits@gmail.com

– podcast:  select this link for the iTunes preview

www.BrunchWithTheBrits.net

– twitter: @bwtbrits

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NOTE: This episode interview was recorded by Matt Cox and delivered to Fred Castaneda for publication. It has purposely been unedited and unabridged, and the “natural” energy and enthusiasm of Matt Cox comes through.

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Feb 09

76- Brave New World for Podcast conferences

In this episode, we ask the question of the Podcast conferences for this year — not only for planning, budgeting and focus issues — but also if this is, indeed, a “Brave New World” in podcasting conferences (to use the borrowed phrase from A. Huxley and his book).

podcast_reporter_albumartwork1400As you will hear in this audio episode, what brought about this topic for us was the post that Jeffrey Powers included in the google+ community stating that a malware advisory (that has now turned into a blocked page and alert) was being delivered at the NMX site.

And just before posting this episode, we did, indeed, confirm the advisory and warning about malware on the NMX2016 site. Very sad to see that.

So, in this episode, we review the 4 different major Podcast conferences for 2016:

1.  Podfest in Tampa Florida (where Dave Jackson of the School of Podcasting  will be one of the key speakers) from 26-28 in Tampa, Florida;

2. Podcast Movement 2016 from 6-8 July in Chicago;

3. LA Podfest in the September-October time frame in Southern California;

and

4. New Media Expo 2016 — originally and tentatively scheduled from 18-21 April in Las Vegas. Note that this event was originally scheduled to be once again held along with the National Association of Broadcasters Show (i.e., NAB Show).

There is uncertainty and doubt about the present and future of NMX — especially with the event having been scheduled to begin in less than 2 months from the publication of this episode.

But the main reason for exploring this question is that, as podcasters (or aspiring and potential podcasters) who wish to get value from these conferences, we need to:

– Plan our schedules for attending inbound in-person events;

– Plan our travel, including costs;

– Plan and confirm our budgets for these live events;

– Plan our CONTENT before, during, and after these events — especially if the content focuses on the value or results of attending the conferences;

and

– Plan our messages that we may deliver to our audiences of the value received from being involved in one of these conferences.

Perhaps we will know more after the Tampa, Florida, event — especially if Dave Jackson provides an episode in his podcast which will deliver a good review of Podfest Florida (and the value it could bring to the podcaster, the exhibitor, and those who networked).

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