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?)

Podfest web site

– 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 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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