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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Jul 18

57- Entrepreneur discusses ROI for exhibit at Podcast Movement conference

In this repurposed episode from PodcastReporter.com, we deliver a discussion and interview with Tom Schwab of InterviewValet.com about his participation as an Entrepreneur as both an attendee and an exhibitor with a booth at a business show / industry conference. The case in point is Podcast Movement, an event that has just finished its third year.

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As you will hear in this podcast audio episode, Tom will give us his perspectives of the criteria used to plan for attending or exhibiting at a conference, as well as the value and ROI, with measurable results from his experience.

Tom also delivers his perspectives of the conference itself, the serendipity, the excitement and buzz and the networking opportunities of this event. Although we were not able to do a live on-the-floor interview with him in the exhibit hall during the event, he gives us his reasons why he felt that this was a success for him — his business objectives and measured results.

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If you are interested in Tom’s business offerings and information, he has also invited listeners of this podcast episode to a special page that he created for this podcast at:

InterviewValet.com/fred

where you can see what the offers, offerings, deliverables and other free information and materials are for review — as well as the fee offerings that he has for his customers.

Tom may also be reached via:

twitter:   @TMSchwab

email:  tom@inboundforecommerce.com

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

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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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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Copyright (c) 2015, Matrix Solutions Corporation and Logical Drive Marketing, LLC. All rights reserved.

Jan 30

18- Business Podcaster Summit – a review of an online conference for Podcasters

This is a repurposed audio episode from the podcast show called Podcast Reporter at www.PodcastReporter.com.

This is of value to those who wish to pursue podcasting, as it is a virtual event — that is an online conference via the Internet. There was no travel involved. And there were 6 evenings of 2 presentations each by speakers who delivered their content online — as well as a promise to have materials, slides, audio mp3 files, video replay and chatroom transcripts.

In this audio episode, we deliver a review of the Business Podcaster Summit online conference — aka a Virtual Event — for podcasters who want to establish podcasting as a business or take their podcasts to the next level in monetization or profit strategies.

As you will hear in this audio episode, this virtual event took place during the last two weeks of January, 2015. With a dozen sessions delivered by speakers chosen by two of the folks that started Podcast Movement (the conference), the topics ranged from Building Podcast Communities and Creating Mailing lists via Podcasting to Crowdfunding — and more.

I myself attended the conference online during the live presentations. I tried to get some of the materials, slides and download the audio episode and chatroom transcripts — although some of these were not readily available, even after a few days of the live session. The promise is that they will be available for download in the upcoming weeks.

Overall, I feel that the summit provided great value to those who could not attend the previous Podcast Movement conference (or get the content from the virtual ticket) — as most of these selected speakers also spoke at the August, 2014, conference (many times with the same or related presentation). In fact, this review highlights what I considered the top 3 sessions.

Of course, even though there were only 12 sessions of 50 to 60 minutes each, an attendee always wishes that there had been more sessions — especially from well-known business successes and thought leaders with monetization in podcasting, such as Paul Colligan, Daniel J Lewis and others (whose absence was considerably noticed by experienced podcasters).

Indeed, for those who could not attend the live sessions, the replays have a web page for those paying customers — and as soon as they are available, they will add more value to the podcasters who want to consume the content from this virtual event.

It will be interesting to see the content and sessions from the upcoming Podcast Movement 2015 conference and the subsequent Business Podcaster Summit. In addition to New Media Expo (or NMX 2015), these can provide podcasters with conferences targeted to podcasting.

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Copyright (c) 2015, Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved.

Oct 26

07- Lon Naylor investigates pre-released Podcasting Platform Audello

In this renewed interest (we call it a “second boom”) of Podcasting, many content creators are acquiring the skills to leverage their portfolios and include podcasts into their mix.

Lon Naylor, who is known as “The Learn Camtasia Guy”, and who also has key web sites of ScreencastStudios.com and ScreencastProfits.com,  is also pursuing a direction to teach the screencast community about podcasting — especially with what appears to be an exciting platform to make podcasting simple and easy (although it is still in pre-release stage at the time of this post). The platform is Audello, and it is discussed and demonstrated (as much as can be) by Lon in this video clip that is being repurposed from his premium Learn Camtasia weekly coaching call program. For more information and to see the video clip, you can go to the links given, below.

Lon Naylor- mobile video strategies for screencastersAs you will hear in this 12-minute podcast episode, the AUDIO to the video clip is included, which has Lon discussing the SKILLS IN SCREENCASTS AND PODCASTS podcast and program with Fred Castaneda (the host of The Struggling Entrepreneur and Podcast Reporter audio podcasts). The audio episode also highlights how you can understand the importance and excitement of this new platform, especially if you are a screencaster.

You can sign up for the newsletter and short video clips about podcasting for screencasters at this link:

https://screencast.leadpages.net/podcasting-for-screencasters-news/

Select this link to go to the blog, where you can see the video and get more information about mobile screencasting and podcasting for screencasters:

http://www.learncamtasia.com/strategy/mobile-video-strategies-for-screencasters/

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Copyright (c) 2014, Logical Drive Marketing, LLC, LearnCamtasia.com  and Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved.

Sep 30

06- Interview with Ray Ortega and Lon Naylor- Case study for Skills

Ray Ortega is a professional podcaster.  In addition to his own part-time entrepreneurial work as an audio podcaster (with his own shows like The Podcasters Studio and Podcasters Roundtable), his main day-job is that of a video podcaster for a non-profit organization.

In this episode, Ray delivers his story of how he creates video content and then repurposes it as an audio podcast, with the proper iTunes listing and feed to his audience — the Podcasters Roundtable.

In addition, Lon Naylor also describes the formula for repurposing audio podcast episodes into compelling, creative, visually engaging and message-driven screencasts with a good call-to-action.

Lon Naylor - success in screencastingIn fact, Lon completed the opposite approach for repurposing content. He took an audio podcast episode from PodcastReporter.com; and then he added animation, visual images graphics and templates, as well as callouts, zooms, pans and other visual properties to create a quality screencast. You can see this finished work at:

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

 Podcasting quick tip as screencast:

In this episode’s quick tip, we deliver a screencast for the novice podcaster who has created their final wav file from a free editor (like Audacity) and now would like to encode it as a final mp3 file.

However, using the lame encoder in your podcast workflow path will not deliver the best audio quality if your episode is mainly dialogue or an interview (and not music). There is another mp3 encoder that is free to use, and it is within the iTunes(R) program. It can generate the mp3 final file with a higher quality encoder used for dialog.

This screencast link will walk you through how to (1) take your wav file and import it to iTunes; (2) how to prepare the settings in iTunes for quality mp3 encoding; (3) how to start and finish the mp3 encoding; and (4) how to copy your final mp3 file to your subdirectory for further processing (with mp3TagTools, for instance) or delivery to your media host.

Select this link to view the screencast tip as an mp4 file:

Encoding the final mp3 file with iTunes

Note: this screencast was created as the “raw” version in the workflow of short tutorial screencasts, which use the following steps:

(a) Create the total screencast using Camtasia Studio;

(b) Edit certain sections of the screencast in audio/video with Camtasia Studio (the result is what you see in this link, the “raw” video edited first draft);

While this screencast may suffice for most purposes, there is room for additional touching-up that can really make this screencast a better experience for the viewer/listener who is consuming this tutorial. The other parts of the workflow is what will be discussed in the upcoming course of Screencasting for Podcasters and will be:

(c) Adding animations, callouts and pan/zooms to enhance the visual engagement of the content; and finally,

(d) Adding the visual intro and outro content to complete the final screencast.

As promised, we will deliver podcasting or screencasting quick tips with future episodes of Skills in Screencasts and Podcasts.

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Copyright (C) 2014, Matrix Solutions Corporation and Logical Drive Marketing, LLC. All rights reserved.

Sep 10

Bonus Episode 1 — What Apple’s announcement means to Podcasters

This is a brief episode that is repurposed from www.PodcastReporter.com, and it will focus on 2 items:

– What the Apple(R) announcement means to podcasters today; and

– An upcoming free webcast on how to podcast.

These are both from Paul Colligan — a name who is a luminary, thought leader and pundit in the podcasting space, as well as the YouTube video space. For screencasters, this progression from pure YouTube video may be important.

He has his own podcasts in the podosphere — in addition to his current podcast show, Thinking Out Loud, he has a recent addition called The Podcast Report (not to confuse it with www.PodcastReporter.com).

Episode13- The Podcast Report

1. The Apple(R) announcement of 9 September 2014

In episode 13 of Paul Colligan’s The Podcast Report, we get Paul’s perspectives on what the April 9, 2014, announcement from Apple(R) means to podcasters, especially in the area of monetization. He focuses on getting away from the old method of making money with your podcast, and he has cases in point with today’s celebrities.

To get the 10-minute summary and perspectives from Paul, you can go to the web site of www.ThePodcastReport and listen to episode 13 — or better yet, we encourage you to subscribe to his podcast on iTunes(R).

2. A FREE Webcast from Paul Colligan on 30 September 2014

In his weekly New Media “newscast email” called HEADS UP TUESDAY, Paul Colligan announced that he will be doing a FREE Live Webcast on “How to Podcast.”

The free event will be around 8pm or 9pm Eastern time on 30 September 2014. You can go to the event at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV7cm1ll7Nw

and Paul is soliciting feedback, as well. If there is anything you want to make sure that he covers on the LIVE event, you can post it in the comments at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV7cm1ll7Nw

 Cross-promotion with Paul Colligan

 Finally, we wanted to thank Paul for giving the podcast show at

www.PodcastReporter.com

a 60-second promotion on his episode 13 of The Podcast Report  (at the end of the episode).

We will be reciprocating in a future episode and give Paul his message as part of our cross-promotion. This is a great and courteous practice for podcasters to alert their audiences of valuable content that is complimentary to their own topics and themes.

Screencasters can also engage in this practice with other screencasters, as well.

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Copyright (c) 2014, Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved. References to Paul Colligan are from his main site at www.PaulColligan.com. Apple and iTunes are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc.