Aug 16

59- New Media professionals should OWN their own dot-com — a case study

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We deliver a case study in which we explore the impact to Entrepreneurs, New Media Professionals and Startups when a platform for communication which they have used disappears.

The platform is blab.im — which the public information described as an “experiment.” However, for 3.9 Million users of this “beta” platform, the impact was a jolt for those who used it extensively for delivering content as podcasters or New Media Professionals.

In this episode, we focus on the LESSONS LEARNED — which were inspired by the discussion from Todd Cochrane and Rob Greenlee in the podcast called NEW MEDIA SHOW of 14 August 2016.

Some of these lessons learned are:

  • “Own your own dot-com”;
  • Back up and archive ALL your content — from media, to show notes, to web site, to transcripts, to text, to images, to podcasts, etc.
  • Be ready to switch to another platform as an option, should the key one (like blab.im) disappear;
  • keep current and evaluate other alternative platforms (just in case);
  • YOU, YOUR BRAND, YOUR CONTENT — these are important, and should not be identified with the platform of delivery;
  • “Any shiny new object that appears to be fun can disappear overnight”;
  • Entrepreneurs and New Media professionals must “OWN THEIR OWN DOT.COM” and NOT be dependent on a platform;
  • Avoid dependency on a platform

As you can hear in the discussion with Todd Cochrane and Rob Greenlee, there have been many such situations where the platforms have appeared, grown, and then gone.

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Copyright (c) 2016, Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved.

Aug 08

58- Suggestions for Podfading your podcast show- when it is time

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This is a repurposed episode from PodcastReporter.com.  It deals with with suggestions when you are considering podfading your show (i.e., ending your publication of episodes of your podcast show), as well as with some recommendations based on a case-in-point and sample.

The example is contained in the audio episode itself around the 11:00 minute mark.

We classified podfading into both ABRUPT and PLANNED podfades.

We have an example of a PLANNED podcast episode to podfade the show where the 3 recommended criteria are:

  1. Advise your audience or listeners that there will be no further episodes published on this show;
  2. Make the podfading episode very short and to-the-point (we recommend 2 to 3 minutes max.);
  3. Thank your audience for their attention, subscriptions, consumption of your content and where to go for the same–or better–content.

The case-in-point we have is a podcast show which was started in 2007 called “WHAT’S NEW ON IBM TV(R)?” — which podfaded in 2009. The last episode was called “Farewell and Thank You.”

Select this link to listen to the final episode of this case study of ibmtv, which was called “Final episode- Farewell and Thank You.”

Final episode on iTunes - ibm tv in 2009

Now, has IBM TV survived? Yes, but in a different format and different platform. It also has a YouTube(R) channel, where the theme of IT Solutions from IBM(R) is still the focus.

Current ibmtv on youtube

We hope that you keep the integrity of your show with your audience with the courtesy and politeness to your listeners — we feel that you owe them that. And, instead of surprise or leaving a poor taste in the mouth of your listeners, you can depart your show, as well as leave your listeners with a recommended successor so that they can get the content which they like.

Copyright (c) 2016, Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved.

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