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577- Determining which people can be good podcast guests

In this episode, we discuss podcast interview guesting — but more from the angle of which people can be good guests as opposed to the folks for whom guesting will probably not work.

For this theme, we turn to a post from Tom Schwab, a podcast interviewer with a site called Interview Valet, as well as author of the book Podcast Guest Profits: Grow Your Business with a Targeted Interview Strategy

Now, I have known Tom Schwab since 2015, and I have interviewed him in several podcast shows, including this one, in the past. I have a copy of his book, and I find it very helpful for those who want to focus on becoming guests on other podcasts, in addition to interviewing guests. I would strongly encourage aspiring or new podcasters to read this book and find out about the art of guesting on other podcasts from podcasters, in order to get discovered and increase your reach in the podosphere.


So in this article, Tom explains how podcast guesting may not work for certain people within these five suggestions and tips:

1. “Your Clients Are Geographically Constrained

It’s not about reaching more people, it’s about reaching more ideal customers.

2. Transactional Sales with low Life Time Value

I’m not going to hire a lawyer, accountant, or surgeon from a Facebook Ad.  Conversely, if the purchase is a low-cost, low-risk, transactional purchase I don’t need to spend 30 to 45 minutes to get to know the company or founder.

3. One Time or Perishable Product

While podcasts may not be evergreen, they are like a can of soup – good for 3 to 5 years.

 

4. Your Digital Presence is Weak

When I hear you on a podcast before I engage I will check out your website and social media.  Here is an online assessment to find if podcast interview marketing will work for you.

5. Not Committed To Delivering Value

This means everyone must win: Audience, Host, Guest, and us. Guests won’t get the desired results if they don’t take an active part in making a great interview:

Show up on time                                 Use a professional mic

Add massive value                              Promote the show

Prepare (here’s our checklist)  


With these types of hints, tips and practices, you can understand how much work it will take for you to land the great podcast guest for an interview or discussion or dialog in your episode. Since Tom has made a business (and he was one of the first in 2015) of the art of guesting in podcast episodes in order to better your business, his success speaks for itself.

I would strongly encourage you to speak to Tom in perhaps an exhibit hall if your attend a podcast conference in which Tom Schwab or the Interview Valet is present. I think you will find the material and the tips  of value to you as a podcaster.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2021, Matrix Solutions Corporation and Tom Schwab and michaelandmike.com. All rights reserved.

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523- Being a guest on Podcasting interviews can have good results for your show

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we once again touch upon the theme of being a guest on podcasting interviews in order to improve the quality of your show or grow your audience, and even get new clients for your business.

First, let’s take the last area — getting clients for your business. In an audio interview, Ben Krueger of cashflowpodcasting.com interviewed Mojca Mars in 2017 about this theme. For the 28 minutes of this episode, we hear Ben targeting the area of getting great clients with GREAT INTERVIEWS.

Note: As I have stated many times, Ben Krueger is an authority on monetizing your podcasts and building authority as an influencer by podcasting.


Now, this is not the first time we dealt with success in your business as a result of podcasting interviews — but from the OTHER side of the equation of conventional wisdom. In the past, as early as 2015, we dealt with Tom Schwab and his Interview Valet site (from an audio sound byte at the Podcast Movement Conference in 2015) and his ideas of how to grow your business and get great clients with monetization of yourself being interviewed by other podcasters.

In fact, we would like to include the podcast episode we did earlier at that time with Tom Schwab from this own podcast series:

And, as you can see, Tom has had success in being the interviewee and building up his business in many ways. What helped in his business was his past experiences in the US Navy as a veteran and his acumen for enriching the interview experience for the podcaster.


And also, we would like to point out that Max Flight has also given us some evergreen material in his episode of BEING INTERVIEWED. This is a look at the interview process from the side of the interviewee, and not the interviewer. We now present a past audio episode from this series that is delivered by Max Flight on the issues and the preparation of being interviewed:


However, its my recollection from 2015 that Tom Schwab led the way of other podcasters who jumped on the “guest interview” bandwagon to develop plans and shows and programs to have podcasters become guests on different interview shows in order to promote their own podcast shows — where monetization was the key success factor.

We hope that you can get value from these 3 interviews that will help you determine how you can grow your business, have great interviews, and thus get great clients and great results in podcasting.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2021, Matrix Solutions Corporation and Ben Krueger of cashflowpodcasting.com and Tom Schwab of Interview Valet and Max Flight and michaelandmike.com. All rights reserved.

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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.