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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Nov 01

68- Google announces Podcast support — where is the info

podcast_reporter_albumartwork1400In this dated episode, we deliver a summary of the announcement by Google to finally support podcasts, and we also have links to key resources that give you the details and what they mean to you, as a Podcaster.

Link for google play music

As you will hear in this brief bonus episode, you can get a good summary and most of the key information from Ray Ortega in his bonus episode of The Podcasters Studio at www.thepodcastersstudio.com.

In addition, Ray’s podcast episode has links to the episode in which Rob Walch of The Feed podcast show interviews Elias Roman, the manager of the Google Project.

And here are other resources that are mentioned, either with links or by name:

(1) Daniel J Lewis — he has a brief Youtube video showing you how to submit your podcast to this project;

(2) Ileane Smith — her positive summary of this announcement;

(3) The link to The Feed episode with the interview by Rob Walch;

(4) Paul Figgiani and his concerns in the google+ community of The Podcasters;

(5) Mike Dell of the blubrry network, who had concerns.

More information should be coming — especially the time frame when the podcast listeners will be able to access and consume the podcasts (which is now stated by google as “as soon as possible.”

The link to submit your podcast to this project is:

g.co/podcastportal

[Note: an additional resource for more details on this discussion was published AFTER this particular episode was posted. It was a discussion mostly with Rob Greenlee and Ray Ortega on the series called The New Media Show at www.newmediashow.com.]

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Oct 29

67A- Clarification on episode about Leveraging New apps

CLARIFICATION and CORRECTION

NOTE: This episode delivers a clarification from the preceding episode on Leveraging New Apps like meerkat, periscope and blab.

My apologies for the misunderstanding that was caused by my statements about Dave Jackson and his production of Ask the Podcast Coach podcast show. I want to thank Dave for sending me the correction, and this episode delivers it.

Also, in this episode, we give a brief summary of Gary Leland’s explanation given in a 55-minute video delivered in his subscription-based electronic magazine called Podertainment. The explanation given by Gary is in the October, 2015, issue of the Podertainment magazine.

The corrections have been included in this audio episode, and we recommend that you listen to the entire content.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Oct 08

66- Daniel J Lewis discusses the value delivered to podcasters from PODCASTERS SOCIETY

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We deliver an interview with Daniel J Lewis., the podcaster and founder of the NoodleMix Network at www.noodle.mx, as well as The Audacity to Podcast show, along with other podcasts.

During this interview, we discuss the VALUE to podcasters that is delivered by PODCASTERS’ SOCIETY, as well as the future directions and other features available in this membersship site.

As you will hear in this audio episode, this membership site that was announced and open since August, 2015, actually had its beginnings in 2014, when Daniel J Lewis wanted to deliver value to the podcasters who wanted to IMPROVE or ENHANCE their podcast by taking the level from just “average to AMAZING”. This idea sprung from the value delivered from a previous course that Daniel created and taught earlier called Podcast Master Class.

In addition, Daniel shares with us how his early objectives are being met, as well as his monetization strategies with this program — especially with all the features, forum, conversations and community aspects of the Podcasters’ Society Experience.

One feature to note for all podcasters is that a monthly guest will be spotlighted in a live webinar (with replay available for 36 hours after). This webinar will be open for the 2 days to everyone (but after that, it will only be available for replay to the members of Podcasters’ Society).

Daniel J Lewis-squareDaniel J. Lewis, creator of the Podcasters’ Society Program

As an Entrepreneur, Daniel has gone from a web designer and graphic designer to full-time podcaster, to a podcast-network-manager, and now to creating a “COLLABORATION MENTORSHIP” (that is the descriptive phrase that I coined for this membership site after I had joined it in late August) — of course, with Daniel J Lewis as the key “mentor.”

Some final differentiators of this site from most of the other membership sites in podcasting are:

(1) The Program does NOT focus on teaching others HOW TO PODCAST — that is, there is no mention of what hardware, software, plug-ins and other resources to acquire and how to use them to plan, produce, launch and promote a new podcast show.

In fact, Daniel vets his potential members by requiring them to have a podcast already launched and available in iTunes. Clearly, this program is not for aspiring podcasters, but for those who have some experience in podcasting already.

(2) Daniel’s program does not focus on Monetization of a podcast show. The road to making money with a podcast is an additional path that can be taken, but this site focuses on helping those who want to create a better podcast show, even if they are non-profit, or public service, or public sector or even HOBBY PODCASTERS. In other words, monetization is fine, but the program does not obsess over making money with podcasting — although discussions are welcome and community conversations are active in the member site forum.

Instead, the real focus of the program rotates around what Daniel considers the 4 Cornerstones of Podcasting — and he mentions and describes them in the audio episode.

To contact Daniel, or to get further information about the site, the schedule of webinars and links to the guest webinar, its features or the Program itself, please use the contact features at:

http://www.PodcastersSociety.com/contact

or

http:/www.theAudacityToPodcast.com/about

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Sep 11

63- Your END GAME goals in Podcasting and New Media

Whether you are a podcaster, screencaster, video-content-creator, blogger or ebook author,  we explore in this episode the questions that you need to ask about your current and future “END GAME” goals in New Media, as well as the importance of periodic review and possible revision of them.

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With cases in point and other examples, we investigate these questions (which we suggest that you ask of your New Media assets and deliverables):

1. MONETIZATION goals;

2. EDUTAINMENT goals (that is, Entertainment and/or Education);

3. Goal to build a loyal COMMUNITY;

4. What part of YOURSELF will you put into your podcast or screencast or videocast?

5. Is your goal to help COMMUNICATE and deliver your message?

6. Camaraderie goals from a common experience;

or

7. Goal to participate in a key EVENT within your New Media or Podcast space (e.g., International Podcast Day)?

In fact, we have one case-in-point video that is only a few minutes in length, but can give you the key END-GAME goal for Screencasters who want to raise the value of their skills portfolio to increase their brand, their exposure and their opportunity for success and monetization:

Select this link to watch the video PODCASTING FOR SCREENCASTERS.

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Aug 21

60- PODCASTERS SOCIETY program- an initial perspective

PS web site pageThis episode focuses on the launch and announcement of a new premium membership site ONLY for podcasters — but even more niche, PODCASTERS who already have a podcast published in iTunes(R).

The program is called PODCASTERS SOCIETY at podcasterssociety.com (2 middle s’s).

This premium offering and program comes to you via Daniel J Lewis, podcaster for The Audacity to Podcast.

As you will hear in this audio podcast episode is my initial perspective after I had joined the program. My reasons for joining and hopes for value are included in the audio podcast.

I consider this more of a “mentorship collaboration” program, with a site that provides webinars that are premium, as well as some guest webinars that allow anyone to consume the latter for free for a day or two only.

This episode describes, from my viewpoint, the value that is promised and the types of collaboration that will be available:

– networking;

– discussions;

– Q and A

FORA for different discussion items (n.b.: “forums” is not correct, since FORUM and FORA  are from the Latin word forum, whose plural is “fora” — very much like the plural of criterion is criteria. Sorry to be pic., but isn’t nice to know what is correct?);

[The good news is that there is NOT yet another private facebook group with this program!]

– Chat with the Slack program;

– Teams with intercommunication helping of each other;

and

– more focused expertise from Daniel J Lewis to the members in other avenues (e.g., via webinar Q/A, via discounts, etc.).

FORA with off-topic RANTThere is a replay webinar available to describe the program, along with the initial pricing that expires on 10 September 2015 at:

http://app.webinarjam.net/replay/17740/94bb05a7a1/0/lw7118838a1

Note: please excuse the 2 audio clips in this episode, which I included as part of “dry humor” for the content theme.

Finally, now that I have joined, I will be able to provide more details about this type of membership site and the value it has specifically for podcasters — and that this is NOT yet another program that teaches you how to podcast as a beginner.

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Aug 01

56- Rob Greenlee streams live interviews at PM2015

At the Podcast Movement 2015 conference in Fort Worth, Texas, Rob Greenlee of Spreaker is doing live streaming interviews with different attendees — including Daniel J Lewis and Jared Easley.

His live streaming schedule and imbedded players for you to listen is at this link:

https://www.spreaker.comshow/spreaker-live-show.

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Copyright (c) 2015, Rob Greenlee and www.spreaker.com. All rights reserved.

Jul 30

54- Podcast Movement 2015 Conference – Some reflections

podcast_reporter_albumartwork1400In this episode, there are regrets and apologies, along with reflections from this Podcast Reporter.

Regretfully, I will not be able to attend the Podcast Movement 2015 event due to major health issues, which have been caused by complications resulting from Agent Orange (the toxin used in Vietnam, and which negatively affected the combat infantrymen on the ground when they were in the jungles and rice paddies and mountains in Vietnam and Laos).

So this episode covers the following topics in the theme of REFLECTIONS:

– Having to miss the networking, personal communications and re-energizing and reinforcing the relationships I had with various podcasters that have become good acquaintances and friends. Among them is one of the co-founders and organizers of the Podcast Movement Conference, Gary Leland (he had a booth in 2014 with the old “Podcast Pickle” who is now re-branded as the “Podertainment Pickle”) — for Gary had a booth for his Podertainment Magazine in the exhibit area:

– Having to cancel my live interview scheduled on 31July2015 with Doug Foresta of the CoachZing podcast show;

– Having to miss Paul Colligan’s meetup;

– Having to miss the workshops which I had signed up for earlier;

– Having to miss the exhibits and announcements;

But most of all, HAVING TO MISS THE PODCASTING HALL-OF-FAME ceremony for the inaugural inductees, as well as the Podcaster Awards ceremonies — scheduled for 31 July 2015.

In speaking about the Hall of Fame ceremony that is scheduled for 31 July 2015, the first inductee is the “PODFATHER” himself — Adam Curry.

Adam CurryAs you will hear in this audio episode, we also cover the question of whether the Podcast Movement conference can repeat the success of 2014.

In addition, there is some feedback from other podcasters about the selection of speakers and keynote speakers for this event.

Finally, we recommend that you listen to the following podcasters and their shows AFTER the conference to get summaries of the event and their perspectives:

Paul Colligan and his The Podcast Report;

Dave Jackson and his School of Podcasting;

Todd Cochrane and his New Media Show;

Adam Curry and his No Agenda Show;

Daniel J Lewis and his Audacity to Podcast show.

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Nov 18

31- Podcast Platform Audello reviewed by 2 podcasters & a screencaster

Product platforms for podcasting and content creation and publishing have been around for a while. Case in point is the old Podomatic.com site, where a template-driven or wizard-like process allowed a novice user to record audio content, then produce and publish a podcast episode very easily — although there were drawbacks later with portability and management. So these all-in-one platforms are not a new idea, as they originally have been available since 2007.

In this episode, we focus on reviews and opinions from two podcasters and a screencaster about early experiences with the newly available Podcasting platform called Audello.

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The podcasters involved are:

(1) Dave Jackson from www.SchoolOfPodcasting.com, who discussed his negative audello experiences, and from whom we have several audio clips, as well as a link to a video which he published on YouTube:

Select this link to view the video on YouTube from Dave Jackson;

Select this link to listen to the mp3 from Dave Jackson about audello with first looks after installation and use (after video);

Select this link to listen to the mp3 from Dave Jackson about audello in post-launch and availability;

Select this link to listen to the mp3 from Dave Jackson about audello during the pre-launch period;

Select this link to listen to the mp3 from Dave Jackson about audello from a discussion during www.askthepodcastcoach.com;

and

(2) Daniel J Lewis from www.TheAudacityToPodcast.com, who delivered a more objective review (which he called “honest”) from his experiences:

Select this link to go to The Audacity to Podcast blog site, and

then select episode 199;

Select this link to listen to the review by Daniel J Lewis.

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Also, Lon Naylor from www.LearnCamtasia.com, www.ScreencastStudios.com, www.podcastingforscreencasters.com and www.ScreencastProfits.com delivered some experiences with audello at the following links:

Select this link to listen to Lon Naylor about audello experiences during the pre-launch period;

Select this link to view the video where Lon Naylor describes his pre-launch experiences about audello.

Lon Naylor - success in screencasting

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Jul 15

Bonus Episode 2- First looks and early perspectives of PodMovU: “3rd time’s a charm” or “Strike 3- you’re out”?

In this episode, we provide some first looks and early perspectives — which are “this reporter’s opinion” about www.podmov.com (PodMovUniversity).

This recording and results of viewing the offering (from one who was one of the first to pay and subscribe to this offering) took place at midnight on Tuesday, 15 July 2014, which was the moment when the site and offering went live. So this is the earliest view that we could observe and deliver this perspective and opinion.

NOTE: An update of the first scheduled “Office Hours” of this program:

The scheduled “office hours” (which is described in the audio episode) was for 18 July 2014 at 12 noon — although no time zone was specified (we can only assume it is Central time, as that is where the organizers are). This reporter logged on to the “classroom” (where it was assumed that perhaps it would be broadcast there). I was logged on for 52 minutes, and I sent a chatroom request to see if they would be holding the session in a webinar jam, and thus, I asked for the link. There was no answer.

I sent two emails just before the top of the hour (12 noon central time) asking for the link or the location and info about the “office hours,” as I wanted to attend as a paying member.

Well, 45 minutes later, I received a reply email that the two organizers had “pulled it off the event calendar” for this day, because the tech was “not properly functioning.” Even though there was a sentence that stated that they would have one in the following week and that they would “provide all the needed info before then,” I did not feel comfortable with this situation.

Thus, I responded to them with this email reply:

“Was there any email note sent to the membership telling them about this change? …Where will the “office hours” be? in the “classroom”? or in a webinar jam on a separate link? In addition to the correct time zone (Not everyone is in Central time zone, and if we travel for business, we may be in a different time zone), updating the membership should be a priority to communicate changes like this — it is only common courtesy and professionalism. Otherwise, it is a disappointment to your credibility…”

Perhaps these are learning curves that are encountered by startups, but I would expect things like this to happen in a FREEMIUM model where they have not charged the customer, so that they can “shake out the bugs” before they start taking money from the customers (like me).

By launching too early, the credibility and professionalism of the program and the individuals really suffers with problems like these (that can be anticipated and tested prior to launch). And one can only wonder if they place enough importance on communication skills to inform their membership of these types of changes, which take away some of the promised value of the program.

The “jury is still out,” but this is one situation which can make the demanding paying customer quite uncomfortable with future communications and commitments of this program.

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PodMov-welcome screen- 15July2014Although this is not an extensive and exhaustive analysis of PodMov U with other comparative sites, offerings, programs member sites, this does deliver a quick view and “first-looks” approach.

PodMovLive-presentations screen- 15July2014Now, as one of the very first to sign up and subscribe to this offering, I was hoping for great value. In fact, in spite of the poor communication with those running this offering, I was able to submit a presentation, which is listed on the main screen. So I was trying to support the community by being a donor, contributor and paid member. And with that perspective, I feel that I had “bought into” this customer promise and thus, I am an involved member — which then can be a good case study.

As you will hear in this audio episode, we compare this offering with those from Dave Jackson (www.SchoolOfPodcasting.com) and John Lee Dumas with his Podcaster’s Paradise, and the advanced course called Podcast Master Class (www.podcastmasterclass.com)  from Daniel J. Lewis.

In upcoming episodes of www.PodcastReporter.com, we will examine again the offering and membersite program of PodMovU in the following time frames:

– right BEFORE the Podcast Movement Conference, so that we can see what has been improved, as we compare with a matrix the benefits and value (or lack thereof) with other member sites, offerings, programs, etc., which were mentioned in this audio episode; and

– within 30 days AFTER the Podcast Movement Conference.

Please note that this is “one reporter’s opinion”  — as we try to deliver objective comparisons of offerings delivered to the podcasting community and see what value there is.

Our aim is to provide recommendations and suggestions after analysis from this saying:

“When I see the value and experience the benefit, then I can see if it is good for the podcasting community, and then I can recommend it.” And if the offering(s) don’t meet the criteria of value in comparison to what is out there already, we will relate that, as well.

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