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541- Success in Podcast show guests — Tom Schwab

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter,  we discuss the success of an entrepreneur who did not initially want to be a podcaster — instead, he found success in being a podcast guest. We speak of Tom Schwab, with his small business of InterviewValet.com

As you may recall, we have had Tom in an interview in this podcast series since 2015 and 2017. And we discussed with him then his ideas of finding business success in being a podcast GUEST, not a podcaster — success in being interviewed, not in interviewing others.

As a matter of fact, here is one of the latest episodes that was published earlier in this series, as the subject was industry exhibitor at podcast conferences:


And also, we presented Tom Schwab as the “disruption entrepreneur” for the podosphere:


And we also presented the topic of Tom Schwab’s ideas and promotion of his success in “reversing the model” for podcasting:

 


Well, this episode was inspired by the announcement of a video presentation from PodcastMovement University

I signed up for this interview to get a better idea of the status of Tom in the podosphere, and to see what further words of wisdom I could get in podcasting from him.

The slides from his presentation can be obtained from the from the PM University site for events.

Podcast guesting is the term for what Tom has promoted. During the presentation, Tom had mentioned the presentations that stated that “podcast interviews convert 25 times better than blogs” for those who want to monetize their podcasts and create revenue streams for their business. In fact, Tom also mentioned his own book called “Podcast Guest Profits.”

Tom set his goals for his presentation as the following:

  • Build brand recognition to be the category king of your topic;
  • Educate and entertain your audience;
  • Increase listeners, loyal subscribers, avid fans and profitable customers;
  • Grow your podcast, brand and business;
  • Introduction to a new person or idea (for it can possibly change the world).

Tom emphasized a podcaster’s ability to pick the best podcasts for yourself to be a guest, and thus increase your visibility and factors for more success for your business. These included key success factors (like downloads, social media, email lists, brand affinity and quality factors that can tune your audience for your reach).

And one of the great results for you to grow your business may be to  “increase the lifetime value of a relationship.”


Moreover, Tom did provide time to promote some tools and resources for you to use in becoming more successful in picking the best podcast guests in which you can be a guest — and vice-versa. An example of this is the slide titled “ListenNotes” (along with the audio that describes a good usage of this tool), as well as “Podchaser.”

Tom described some books (including his own) that could help you, as well. These FREE resources are at the site of InterviewValet.com/PMU


At this point, this webinar presentation is very informative as an update for the resources in the podosphere that can possibly help you (especially some for free). I would certainly recommend it for your continuing education. I hope you can learn from this and add to your gems toward your business and podcasting success.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2021, Matrix Solutions Corporation . All rights reserved.

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455- Podcast guest interviews — a study

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we review the results of a study that focused on podcast interviews. This study was presented by Tom Schwab (someone whom we have interviewed before in this series since 2015). His platform is called Interview Valet.

This study was prepared by Tom and delivered at various conferences. In fact, from the current emails from the Podcast Movement Virtual conference announcing the speakers, it seems that Tom will be giving his presentation at the virtual event. In the past, he has delivered this topic at the Podfest Global Summit as a keynote.

But for now, the presentation slide deck can be obtained for free at the web site for Interview Valet.


Now, I have known Tom since 2015. I had even interviewed him in an audio episode in this podcast series about his programs. What intrigued me most about him was that he stated that he did NOT want to be a podcaster and create content in that manner; but that he wanted to grow his prospects and leads by being a GUEST on other podcasts. And so he put together his platform for helping other entrepreneurs become guests on podcasts and then create value in this manner.

As you will see in his free pdf document called “The State of Podcast Interviews – 2020”Tom delivers 16 pages of data from his study to support his programs called “Podcast Guest Profits.” And in this deliverable, Tom presents the DATA as he studied it for podcast interviews, including:

  • The platforms for recording guest interviews and the analytics associated with them;
  • The best days of the week for guest interviews;
  • The duration of the cycle from invitation to the actual recording and from recording to posting the guest interview episode;
  • The breakdown for audio vs. video interviews and even the live interviews; and
  • Some conclusions for future guest interviews in the podosphere.

If you, as a podcaster, wish to include guest interviews, then this data will be a good resource to begin the investigation of the direction you may wish to take in your plans for podcast episodes. And coupled with other podcast resources and information given by others about how to select guests and then prepare for a good interview, you should be able to create good content that will excite your listeners and deliver VALUE to your audience with the topics which they wish to consume and the experts that will be interesting. And this should help to grow your podcast successfully.

As a side note, you yourself may be called upon to be the GUEST and BE INTERVIEWED. And we have a past audio episode from this series that is delivered by Max Flight on the issues and the preparation of being interviewed:


For this podcaster, I had started in 2006 with a podcast guest interview show called The Struggling Entrepreneur, which has unfortunately podfaded after nearly 500 episodes. It has been replaced by a more modern version podcast show called The Struggling Biz. These shows interviewed aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as new entrepreneurs, successful entrepreneurs and those who did not succeed — and each episode presented some lessons learned from multiple angles. We even had interviews with some small business owners that said that they did NOT want to be entrepreneurs, but preferred to stay in their career day-jobs.

So, for myself, guest interviews are helpful for the podcaster — not only in generating interest and delivering quality content, but also in improving your skills as an interviewer, content creator, aspiring journalist and informer (in my case, a Podcast Reporter).

Thus, I wish the best to you in becoming a great interviewer and for creating great episodes in your podcast show with your guests — and in making your podcast show successful.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2020, Matrix Solutions Corporation and Tom Schwab of InterviewValet.com. All rights reserved.