Aug 09

30- Issues that can negatively impact your podcast business- 2 case studies

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There are 2 case studies of actual podcasters who are Entrepreneurs that had to face the problems of health issues — including stress, tension, pressure, anxiety, frustration and “burning the candle at both ends” (leading towards burnout) — which negatively impacted their business, and their lives.

One case study is your Podcast Reporter.

The other case study is our respected Podcast Coach from the School of Podcasting, Dave Jackson.

Both have what we refer to as “wake-up calls.” Both had to deal with the negative impact of these issues. However, only one really facing the dilemma and avoiding the critical problems that can result for self, for business, for family and for life.

We hope that you yourself will be able to recognize the symptoms of being overwhelmed, where you are trying to do more than you have time to do, and thus have these issues.

The FREE resource that is mentioned is an online course that will help you:

– accomplish more,

– in less time,

– with better quality

– and with REDUCED STRESS.

It is a FREE course called Gain Control of Your Day, and you can get the free podcast audio episodes, along with the free workbooks and pdfs for the lessons at:

http://www.gaincontrolofyourday.com/podcast

and start learning from episode 14 and go to episode 59 to get all the free materials for the course (you can get to the archives and start with February, 2013).

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Jul 18

29- Considerations on Podfading

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Although we like to think positively and aspire that our podcast shows will go on forever and grow forever, we take a look at the reality of the environment in podcasting.

In this episode, we review some of the reasons for considering podfading your podcast show — all the way from burnout to a “fade-out, then fade-in” to begin another new podcast show, but with revitalized passion. Many of them deal with real-life situations and cases-in-point.

Some of the reasons given are:

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– Too many podcast shows where you cannot do justice to them;

– Podcasting isn’t “fun” any more;

– Passion is fading;

– Just want podcasting to be no more than a “hobby”;

– Loss of your co-host or JV Partner;

– Decline of interest from your listeners or community, thus a decline of listeners;

– Cannot meat business objectives when podcasting is your business;

– Loss of money in podcasting (“don’t throw good money after bad”)

– Need to pivot to a new strategy, product, offering, technology or service for your business;

– You need a break, a rest and recharging of your “batteries”;

Here are some of the resources which we mentioned in this podcast:

Daniel J Lewis of www.theaudacitytopodcast.com

Paul Colligan of www.paulcolligan.com and www.ThePodcastReport.com;

FinanceForSTartups.com

PodcastersRoundtable.com

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Jun 30

27- Podcasting for Screencasters- Lon Naylor demo of a case study

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In this episode, Lon Naylor discusses the value of podcasting skills, podcasting deliverables and podcast monetization for the Screencaster — and, vice-versa, with Fred Castaneda.

Lon Naylor is the principal of www.LearnCamtasia.com, which is a weekly Screencast coaching webinar membership site. He is also a podcaster, with his show called ScreencastWeekly.com.

In this discussion webinar, Fred Castaneda talks with Lon about the value of podcasting from the PODCASTER’s viewpoint.

In this discussion, a CASE STUDY is described, and the demonstration given by Lon Naylor shows how he created additional content in another format (screencasting from an audio podcast episode) by creating a visual and compelling presentation for the audience. This can be done in either PowerPoint(R) or Camtasia Studio(R).

You will note that Lon took an already existing and published audio podcast episode of 13 minutes, and then he:

– created the framework for the visual properties of the presentation;

– decided which theme, which font which design to use;

– added animations and effects (e.g., dissolves, transitions, fly-ins, etc.) to include in which specific visuals;

– added the musical score to enhance the existing podcast; and

– added the link to go and see the final screencast from this project.

This content was created by Lon Naylor from a webinar that was given for those who want to know more about enhancing their screencasting skills in his LearnCamtasia.com weekly coaching webinars.

For more information, you can reach the contact information about Lon Naylor at:

www.LearnCamtasia.com

If you wish to watch the YouTube video of this content, you can go to the link, which is called “How Screencasters can Leverage Podcasting”:

If you wish to see the finished project that is described in this case study by Lon Naylor, you can go to this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qje3pZMRGZg

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Jun 02

26- Differentiating yourself and Brand in Podcasting- lessons from case studies

A major decision for most entrepreneurs is the one to enter a market that has a reputation of being “saturated.” The cause could be one of many reasons.

In this Bonus episode, we look into issues and concerns for the entrepreneur to either enter or continue in a saturated market — and we do so from real-life case studies of small businesses.

The first case study examines the risks and the suggested recommendations for looking at the product, service, offering or brand entry into a “saturated market.” These may include:

– confirming with research that you have a greater value offered to you target audience than what is currently available from competitors (again, a new added value at the right time, right place and right “formula”);

– confirming that there is an abundance mentality in the market to lower your risk of entry; and

– Your target audience belongs to a “niche” or “super-niche” of potentially loyal fans that have the NEED and WANT of what you are offering to deliver in value (or products, services or offerings or courses, etc.) and are passionate about the niche issues; or

– Your target audience is a proven one in the niche, and you may already have them as known followers for your current communications to them;

…and other factors.

Such is the case of the new course to be launched (along with its existing podcast show for creating awareness and exposure) that is called Podcasting for Screencasters.

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As part of this entrance into this saturated marketplace of podcasts that teach their target market how to podcast, you may find out more about the free webinar at:

http://www.podcastingforscreencasters.com/webinar

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The second case study concerns the decision to REMAIN in a market that is “saturated.” It is the 8-year old podcast show called The Struggling Entrepreneur — an interview-based show with entrepreneur guests, as well as other business content for the entrepreneur.

The reasons for continuing are given, and they include some of the following:

– You may already be getting great feedback and actions from your target audience, expressing their knowledge, their liking you and trusting you in various ways, especially communication with you;

– You may already have had some measure of “success” (which is defined differently for every entrepreneur) with your target audience, and your main objective would be to KEEP your current audience, while GROWING it with planned marketing strategy that turns into execution of a marketing plan for the marketing tactics; and

– Your objective may be to complete the path steps of

.    .Subject Matter expert ==>

.         .Problem-solver for your niche audience ==>

.            .Trusted advisor with proof of reference sales ==>

.                .THOUGHT LEADER for your target audience.

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We also highlighted certain “take-aways” from this episode, including:

– asking yourself  (with a documented proposed plan of executing the four steps to success)  how YOU can become a Thought Leader.

– Confirming what is your documented of measure of success; and

– Documenting a planned exit strategy with alternatives, in case you do not succeed in this saturated market within a planned period of time.

Finally, we did mention another show which we referenced —  it was Paul Colligan at www.ThePodcastReport.com.

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Mar 31

25- Planning for Podcast Monetization – an Interview

In this episode, D’Vorah Lansky interviews Fred Castaneda from her podcast show called Podcasting Success Secrets.

FC-for-DVL-interview-2015-03-31_7-03-10We have repurposed the audio interview and some of the content from the podcast show notes.

Here are some of the key points from the interview, as delivered by D’Vorah Lansky’s own Show Notes from her podcast show at www.PodcastingSuccessSecrets.com:

Screencasting and Podcasting

  • Screencasting is the technology to capture what’s on your computer screen and save that as a video file.
  • The 4 General Types of Content
    • Audio – narrating, explaining, music, intro-outro, etc.
    • Video –
      • Live action – created with camera [FC note: commonly referred to as “full-motion video”]
      • B-roll – old video files rolled together
    • Presentation slides – sequence of slides delivered via PowerPoint or a similar software, incorporating pictures, words and animations to bring a story to life.
    • Screencasting – showing people how you do something directly on your computer screen. Gives them a peek into the “back office.”
  • Combining the four types of content via a software like Camtasia creates visually compelling content that tells a story and makes people feel more comfortable buying your product or using your service.
  • Itunes is now displaying Video podcasts with a video symbol by it. Sometimes these podcasts are getting more attention than traditional audio only podcasts. Having audio and visual options makes your show attractive to people who like to listen as well as people who want to watch programs and increases your audience.

Fred’s Takeaway Tips for New Podcasters

  • Get your Skills Up and Running
  • Do It Because You Like It and Want to Have Fun
  • Decide Who You Want As Mentors, Ask Them and Stick With Them
  • Decide What is Your Passion and Go With It

Links to Resources Mentioned

 

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Copyright (c) 2015, D’Vorah Lansky of www.PodcastingSuccessSecrets.com and Fred Castaneda of www.SkillsInScreencastsAndPodcasts.com.

Mar 31

24- Online Course — PODCASTING FOR SCREENCASTERS

The website of Podcasting4Screencasters.com describes an online course — specifically designed for current Screencasters — that will help to increase the skills and build value in the New Media portfolio. This will help to build SKILLS IN PODCASTING, as well as extend the knowledge,  abilities and reach into the podosphere for the Screencaster.

This course will be coming soon, and it will be announced shortly.

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THE COURSE PRODUCERS AND INSTRUCTORS:

With credentials in their respective fields of New Media and content creation and delivery, the two course producers and instructors are Lon Naylor (professional screencaster and videocaster, aka “Mr. Learn Camtasia” because of his instructor role at www.LearnCamtasia.com) and Fred Castaneda (professional podcaster, aka “Podcast Reporter” at www.PodcastReporter.com).

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About the Course called “Podcasting for Screencasters”

 This online course is designed for current or professional Screencasters who wish to become proficient in the skills required to become beginning podcasters.  The objective is to help increase the skill level, and thus, to help you add value to your New Media Portfolio with the ability to plan, produce, publish and promote podcasts.

As content producers, this new format for extending your reach and audience to the podosphere can be a significant extension to your professional career and experience.

This course is NOT just theory. It is a practical application and demonstration of how to get this done, so that you can actually perform the tasks to create, produce, publish and promote podcast shows and podcast episodes — right after finishing the course.

The course will have the following major modules:

1.  Introduction to the Course and the Seven Simple Steps to Podcasting from the viewpoint of a Screencaster.

2.  Step One:  Review the Assets from your Screencast that can be used.

3.  Step Two:  Create an outline by consolidating your message and media.

4.  Step Three:  Create and finalize your mp3 file of recorded and edited audio.

5.  Step Four:  Move your mp3 file to your media host platform.

6.  Step Five:  Create the POST of your podcast episode.

7.  Step Six:  Publish your podcast in the iTunes(R) directory.

8.  Step Seven:    Promote your podcast and show episodes.

9.  Wrap-up:  Featuring resources, hints and tips.

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Feb 22

22- Screencast Pro- a platform for Marketers and aspiring Screencasters

In this episode of Skills In Screencasts and Podcasts, we deliver a discussion with Lon Naylor about a new offering and program called Screencast Pro.

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The key date and times are:  24 February 2015, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern for early-bird content), as well as 11:00 am Eastern (for CART).

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As you will hear in this audio episode, Lon describes:

– the origin and development of this program with his joint venture partner, Joey Xoto;

– the pre-launch and launch activities (with the CART availability on 24 February 2015) including 3 videos as pre-launch content;

– the inclusion of free resources, hints, tips, tricks and templates that allow an aspiring screencaster, Internet Marketer, Entrepreneur or Podcaster or New Media professional to use the templates and deliver effective screencasts very quickly;

– the availability of a membership site where continuing templates, discussions, demos and other added value content will be available to those who purchase the offering; and

– much more (hint:: go to episode 19 of this podcast show for a detailed look at some pre-launch videos about the benefits of Screencast Pro).

For more information (until the actual CART availability and launch of the offering),  select the link, below:

http://www.screencastpro.net

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Or, if you wish to see the pre-launch videos (there are 3) prior to the CART-date availability, select this link:

http://www.screencastpro.co/coming/

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Copyright (c) 2015, Lon Naylor and Joey Xoto of screencastpro.net. All rights reserved.

Feb 20

21- Announcing the Academy of Podcasters Awards and Hall of Fame

In this episode of Skills in Screencasts and Podcasts, we deliver a repurposed interview as an audio episode. Our interview is with Gary Leland (current publisher of Podertainment Magazine), in which we discuss the announcement of the Academy of Podcasters Awards and the Hall of Fame.

For Screencasters, there has been some dialogue with key pundits for this space about a separate Awards ceremony and a possible Hall of Fame, as well. Perhaps there are some lessons learned from the initiation of this Program that can be helpful for them, as well.

What follow is the repurposing of the episode originally published at the Podcast Reporter podcast show.

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In this episode, we interview Gary Leland, who describes the information and details about the newly-announced program called The Academy of Podcaster Awards and the Hall of Fame.

Academy of Podcaster Awards siteThis program will hold its first recognition event of these awards and the inductees of the Hall of Fame on the first day of the Podcast Movement Conference on 31 July 2015 at Fort Worth, Texas at the Omni Hotel.

Announcement siteAs you will hear in this episode, Gary discusses how the program came about and the objectives of the awards, as well as the information about the Board, the Academy members and the eligibility for the awards and the Hall of Fame recognition.

Since this is the first year of this program, there will be room to grow and improve in the coming years.

Our thanks to Gary Leland for making a vision of these types of merited awards come true since his idea back in 2006.

About Gary Leland

Gary has been active for over 10 years in the Podosphere and was one of the very first podcasters. In addition to his Podcast Pickle directory and work with Podcast Island during the Second Life Program, he is also the current publisher of the quality app that is an electronic magazine for Podcasters called Podertainment.

Podertainment MagazineWe will be getting updates from Gary and the web site along the way at New Media Expo  in April, 2015, and afterwards in discussions leading up to the Podcast Movement Conference event and the ceremony on 31 July 2015.

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Jan 23

17- Interview with Paul Colligan – Video, YouTube and Podcasting pundit

This audio episode of PODCAST REPORTER delivers the final installment episode of the mini-series that we have started in mid-year 2015, in which we interview those who were the early podcasters (who started podcasting in 2004 and 2005). In addition, this episode will be repurposed in other podcast shows (e.g., Struggling Entrepreneur, Boomers for Startups and Skills in Screencasts and Podcasts). This is following the method of ISYOT (“I see you out there”) that is mentioned during the interview.

Top among these early podcasters is Paul Colligan — someone who is not only a subject matter expert, but also a published author, public speaker, course-creator and educator, problem-solver, a trusted advisor, a thought leader, a visionary and luminary, as well as a pundit for the New Media space — including podcasting, videocasting (especially YouTube(R)) and other New Media content creation and delivery systems.

Paul has also been a mentor for various podcasters — including myself for the last 9 years.

Paul Colligan - public speaker As you will hear in this audio episode, Paul discusses his entry in 2004-2005 into the Podcasting space and the New Media Environment and his direction in making a business in this arena of content creation and delivery. He has never lost sight of “following your customers and delivering your MESSAGE” (i.e., content) to them in whatever channel or delivery method of consumption that they choose.

As a published author for both Podcasting and YouTube strategies, Paul is now working on his latest book titled–

How to Podcast: Broadcast Your Message in 4 Simple Steps to the World of Smartphones, Connected Cars, Tablets and more — Even if you don’t really know what Podcasting is.

Paul-Colligan-book-for-2015-2014-12-20_13-23-16This book is scheduled for launch in February-March of 2015 and will be a different type of writing than just a lot of technical hardware and software specifications and recommendations (which can become obsolete very quickly). Paul describes the purpose for his book and his unique style and content that it will contain — including some contributions from key podcasters with their stories of how they podcast. Also, Paul discusses the wealth of bonus material that will come with the book (which is worth a great deal, as they are current offerings today that will be available with the book). In addition, pre-orders are being accepted for those interested in getting a copy of it immediately upon availability in whatever format they choose from this link at amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/How-Podcast-Broadcast-Smartphones-Podcasting-ebook/dp/B00Q5V25RE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422013566&sr=8-1&keywords=Paul+colligan+How+to+Podcast.

Paul also gives his ideas of podcasting in terms of whether it is an industry or just a community or just a vehicle for delivery.

And finally, Paul describes his current 2 podcast shows: The Podcast Report and Thinking Out Loud.

Paul’s information can be found at: http://www.PaulColligan.com

and speaking engagements can be booked at (503) 822-3486.

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Copyright (c) 2015, Matrix Solutions Corporation and Paul Colligan of www.PaulColligan.com. All rights reserved.

Jan 07

16- Combining screencasts, podcasts & video — Dave Jackson discussion and an alternate “interview”

In this episode, we have a discussion about strategies to combine screencasting, audio podcasting and video for an entrepreneur business.

Key to this discussion is the description that Dave Jackson gives us about his business and multiple podcasts.  Dave is one of the very first podcasters in 2005, who is known as “The Podcast Coach” and headmaster of The School of Podcasting show and Premium Membership Site Program.

Dave Jackson on google+ hangout- combination strategy 13Dec14This discussion was recorded during Dave’s session of a google+ hangout (which he provides every Saturday morning at 10:30 Eastern time) called ASK THE PODCAST COACH. This is not only a live video-based google+ hangout on air, but also it is an audio podcast to which you can subscribe in iTunes(R).

ASK-the-Podcast-Coach-on-iTunesAs you will also hear in this audio episode, we also go into a discussion about how you, as a podcaster, screencaster or content creator can incorporate public info and published audio clips (such as from a podcast episode) to discuss themes, topics and issues that were previously talked about by a possible interviewee (but who may be unavailable — e.g., he may be so busy that this individual cannot participate in your show).

We take the example of Dave Jackson and his clip that was used in this episode — and then use this format to create content around the clip. For us, it is almost like having an interview without the interviewee in a live interview.

NOTE: However, you may wish to inform the content creator of the clip of content you wish to use, and also get permission from him (please see the section, below, called “SPECIAL NOTE AND ADDENDUM.”)

We also talked about free resources from Lon Naylor that are available from the link of LearnCamtasia.com:

Sign up for the FREE Screencaster’s Toolkit, which will contain:

Ace the Audio screencast; and

Video Settings in Plain English screencast

and other tools.

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SPECIAL NOTE and ADDENDUM:

Dave Jackson had some comments about including his clip from his podcast show called Ask the Podcast Coach. He mentions it in episode 443 of his podcast show, School of Podcasting.

To listen to what he said, please go to the episode 443 and you can hear his comments, from the time stamp of 7:15 minutes to 11:30 minutes (only 4 and 1/2 minutes). As he states, he has no problem with our using the audio clip from his show.

However, as a tip for podcasters or screencasters, he also points out that you may not feel comfortable in having other people access and republish your content or clips or audio, etc., without express permission. In his blog at the School of Podcasting, he provides written comments and suggestions at this link:

http://schoolofpodcasting.com/train-your-guests-and-audience-to-promote-your-show/

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If you read the section titled “Creative Commons Licensing,” Dave suggests how this uneasiness can be addressed. It is by providing a Creative Commons License to your content. There are multiple Creative Commons License options.

The option that Dave provides is in his blog:

“This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.”

He also gives the link of https://creativecommons.org/licenses/

so that you can see for yourself the options and select the one that you wish to use to license your content.

STRATEGY HINT: On the positive side, one strategy to consider is that you may want to engage with people who WANT to use your content. By putting a Creative Commons Attribution license, you can encourage (and require) them to contact you for repurposing or publishing on their own content distribution and delivery systems. This is a good way to know who is engaged and to let you help them use your content. You may want to partner with them, etc.

However, we are NOT giving legal advice (nor should this text be considered as such), as we are not attorneys. We merely report on what others are saying and perhaps hint at a strategy that may work for you. But when in doubt of legal issues that deal with podcasting, screencasting or any kind of New Media content creation, distribution, delivery or repurposing, etc., you can always contact an attorney who specializes in such law (in fact, he himself has a podcast show of his own that deals in New Media content law). From our consumption of podcasts and interviews and after having heard him in a Podcasters Roundtable, we would like to make you aware that one such attorney is Gordon Firemark, who can be reached at:

http://firemark.com/about/gordon-firemark/

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