Jen and Vernon are back to spill some Podbeans! We are on the cusp of 2019, and we got some great advice on Twitter from some fellow Pod Pals. We also share some podcasting predictions for 2019. It's been a great year for podcasting, and we can't see what the next year has in store.
Podcasting Smarter Tips From Our Pod Pals on Twitter:
From @HeyJustinHerman of @podcastchaos
“Be sharp on social media, follow people that follow you and DM people so they know there’s a real person there. Offer some free stickers and encourage every person to leave you a reading and review!Be scrappy at the start to get momentum going!!”
From Shlomoh Samuel of @ThePanenkaView
“Be consistent with your episodes. If putting out an episode on a Sunday, make sure it goes out.”
From Heather of @SunPowerPod
“Take your Why, the reason you started and hold it close! Learn and adapt, make connections and celebrate the good ones...and when the going gets tough come back to your Why; what gave you the passion to begin!”
From @DJMetiMajor of the Let’s Do It Major Podcast
“Be yourself, don’t put on a persona for the podcast, find a topic and stick to it.”
From our Pod Pals @netflixnswill
“Do it for yourself first, the audience second. If you aren't passionate for, and engaged with your topic, people will be able to tell and they won't be interested either.”
"Be consistent. Ask questions. Support other podcasters. Have fun!"
Thanks for memorable year of podcast conversations! Don't forget to listen subscribe to Vernon's Podcast, The Space Between, HERE! It's a great one. :)
Have a question or topic for the show? Email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello podpals! On this episode, I am being joined by Eric Hunley of the Unstructured Podcast! Jen and Shannon were interviewed on his podcast at Podcast Movement 2018, and it was about time Jen returned the favor. You can check out Jen and Shannon's episode all about Podbean HERE. Podcasters will learn a lot of from this interview--including how Unstructured got to over 10,000 Facebook fans.
Eric's Podcasting Smarter Tips:
Eric is a fan of this podcast. Smart! :)
It tool Eric 10 yrs to launch because of imposter syndrome. Now he is about to publish his 100th episode in just 9 months.
He finds his guests in a variety of ways including facebook groups, previous guests, events, and reaching out to people he finds fascinating.
Although he has been lucky to bank episodes, he prefers to publish them as quickly as possible so that of his show is going in a direction that isn't working he can catch it sooner.
Eric uses Squadcast to record remote interviews and really likes the video feature that allows you to see your guest during the interview.
It's a long game.
Eric does hours of research on each guest to ensure that his episodes are very high quality. Just because a podcast has a modest audience does not mean it is not a quality podcast.
Eric puts systems in place to save him time by always scheduling his social media posts at the same time so he maintains consistency in his podcast promotion.
Eric bought a Facebook ad which resulted in him having over 10,000 fans on Unstructured's Facebook page. He outlines the process. Although he ended up with an unengaged audience, he finds value in the vanity metric for attracting high quality guests.
Eric also has a Facebook group which has become not only a resource for great interview questions, but the members have become real friends.
Although Eric spends hours preparing, he does not provide guests with pre-interview questions because he wants an authentic conversation.
He uses social media to market his podcast, and has noticed some increased traction on LinkedIn. He also chooses his release time so that it reaches the most time zones at an ideal time for listening.
Guests don't always have professional headshots. Bummer.
He subscribes to a service called Dlvrtit to help him with the quality of his Twitter content to free up some of his time for engaging.
When you attend a podcast conference don't look to get anything out of it. Go into it thinking, "What can I give".
Eric is writing a book about how to be a great podcast interviewer! Stay tuned for that!
Eric's Theoretical Podcast About His Life: Pattern Recognition
Eric's Fantasy Podcaster: Mark Twain
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We've got an industry expert joining Jen on this episode!
James Cridland is a radio futurologist - a writer, consultant and public speaker on radio’s future. He is also the Managing Editor of podnews.net, a daily podcast newsletter, and runs media.info, a media information website.
In this episode James shares:
What is exciting him about podcasting.
Stats that will blow your mind!
The relationship between radio and podcasting
His podcasting pet peeves.
How podcasters should define success
How smart speakers can impact your podcast
The truth about stats
How podcasting is different from radio, and how we need to understand how that impacts advertising on podcast
His wildest, most controversial media predictions!
Listen to James' podcast HERE
You can also find him on Twitter, Linked In, Flickr and last.fm.
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