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Podcasters' Roundtable

A rotating panel of guests who debate issues facing podcasters and podcasting as a media format. Each Roundtable features a new podcaster from the community of listeners to talk less about the how-to and more about the subjective issues facing podcast producers.
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Oct 22, 2018

Where do you get your podcast stats? Do you even look? How often? How much do they matter? And is your show ranked in Apple Podcasts? What does that even mean?

Join RayDaniel, Paul Colligan, and Anthony Lemos to discuss stats, supposed podcast charts and cheating your way to the top. 

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Oct 9, 2018

Apple is kicking out a lot of podcasters from the Apple Podcasts directory. Why? We let you know how to avoid having your podcast removed.

Watch this Round https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkeR1CkhAL0

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Sep 23, 2018

There are a lot of podcasts in the Apple Podcasts directory and by default, many other directories. But out of more than 500K podcasts, less than 25% of those will publish a new episode this year. So what's wrong? Is podcasting too difficult to maintain? Is it too easy to start?

Join Ray, Dave, Daniel, and Andre Lewis to discuss recent stories in the podcasting industry and how they relate to you, a podcast producer.

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Aug 20, 2018

Depending on where you read the stats, the number of podcasts ranges from ~250K all the way to 2 million! Um, that last one is not correct;) 

Are we oversaturated with podcasts? Do you feel like there are too many options? Is there room for another podcast about podcasting (insert any niche you prefer).

Join Ray, Dave, Daniel, and Josh for a discussion on recent podcasting news stories. 

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Aug 6, 2018

With Podcast Movement just completed, what drove a much larger presence by radio producers and as podcasters, why should we care if radio takes up podcasting?

Join Ray, DaveDaniel, Rob Greenlee, and Tyler Stalman  to talk about recent podcasting news.

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Jul 25, 2018

 

Have podcasts become more popular than blogs? What happens when you 'boost' a podcast post on facebook to promote your show and what's still wrong with the Google Podcasts App? This and more!

Join Ray, Dave, Daniel, Paul Colligan and Jonathan Bloom to talk about recent podcasting news.

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 Stories from this Round:

Ray Ortega

 

Title: The Daily starts being marketed, and the BBC wants a UK podcast chart

 

Main Takeaway:

URL: https://podnews.net/update/the-daily-marketing

Title: Donating to podcasts via an Amazon Alexa smart speaker

Main Takeaway:

URL: https://podnews.net/update/alexa-donations

 

Dave Jackson

 

Title:

Main Takeaway: 27% of people have three or more smart speakers listening to am/fm is #4 on the list of where do you listen to audio. People are calling podcast directing more

URL: https://www.nationalpublicmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Smart-Audio-Report-from-NPR-and-Edison-Research-Spring-2018_Downloadable-PDF.pdf



Title:What is Podchaser?

Main Takeaway: I don’t get it?

URL: https://www.podchaser.com/episodes

 

Daniel J. Lewis

 

Title: Podcasts More Popular than Blogs

Main Takeaway: I think “popularity” and “interest”/“usage”  are very different things

URL: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/podcasts/261447/

Interesting cross-reference from 2 years ago: https://techcrunch.com/2015/07/18/the-future-of-podcasting/

Title: [Opinion] Castbox has not fixed the problem they created, and more Google Podcasts issues

Main Takeaway: Several podcasts still exist in Google Podcasts with a Castbox feed, instead of redirecting the feeds, they are simply broken. Also, I’ve discovered unintentional duplicates and omissions based on some podcaster oversights or Google’s method

 

Related Question posted in PR.com comments: Andy from photobizx.com: Hi Guys - I've submitted my Free podcast to Google and it's there and working fine but Google is also displaying my premium feed which I want to stop. Do you have any idea how to go about this?

 

URL: [none]

 

Paul Colligan

 

Title: I boosted a Facebook post to promote my podcast. Here are my results!

Main Takeaway:

URL: https://www.reddit.com/r/podcasting/comments/8ye074/i_boosted_a_facebook_post_to_promote_my_podcast/?utm_source=podnews.net&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=podnews.net:2018-07-13

Title: Podcasts More Popular than Blogs

Main Takeaway:

URL: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/podcasts/261447/

 

Jonathan Bloom

 

Title: TalkShoe is Relaunching

Main Takeaway: The featureset sounds amazing: doing mixing, call-ins, even streaming straight to YouTube Live from their site. All things I wish I could offset, as I have to use two computers for one of my shows to achieve this. The catch: FREE, I see NOWHERE where it is mentioned how to pay. As a creator, I have had my share of my own content go away from free hosts. Some of my early stuff was on Blip.tv’s free plans. I don’t want to see content people create gone and missing forever.

URL: http://podcasternews.com/2018/07/18/talkshoe-is-relaunching/

Title: From Podnews: Radiotopia launch Everything is alive today, interviewing inanimate objects about their daily life.

Main Takeaway: This shows the beauty of podcasting. I actually felt an emotional connection to the can of cola, Louis. This is a fictionalized podcast, but it shows how you can connect with a podcaster/guest. This helps with serious topics as well. I’ve had my perspective shifted because I heard someone describe why they believe something.

URL: http://www.everythingisalive.com/episodes/louis-can-of-cola

Jul 2, 2018

Google is giving podcasting another shot and this time I think they got it right! Can your podcast be found in Google Podcasts? Do you know how to make it available? Find out everything you need to know about this new "app" on this special Round!

Join Ray, DaveDaniel, and James Cridland  to talk about an app that's only kind of an app that might actually make a huge difference this time.

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Jun 20, 2018

Apple recently sent out emails to podcast producers letting them know that in the near future, podcast feeds will need to be secure. How will this affect your podcast especially if it's not using a secure RSS feed?

Join Ray, Dave, Shawn Thorpe and others to talk secure RSS feeds and other podcasting news stories. 

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STORIES

Ray Ortega

Apple will soon require secure podcast feeds

https://podnews.net/update/apple-to-require-ssl

Patreon acquires Kit

https://blog.kit.com/patreon-acquires-kit-80ffafa13534

Dave Jackson

Some company “repurposing” other content and adding ads gets them booted

https://podnews.net/article/apple-kicks-out-republisher

How to check if you’re in Google
https://podnews.net/article/google-podcast-seo

File format - are we worried about space and download speeds?
https://podnews.net/article/podcast-analysis

Shawn Thorpe

Apple Now “Hosts” 550k+ Podcasts:

https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/05/apple-podcasts-now-hosts-more-than-555000-active-shows/

This Map Shows the Most Popular Podcasts in Every State:

https://www.inverse.com/article/44987-map-most-popular-podcasts-by-state

Allan Tépper, AllanTepper.com

LUFS audio standards update for May 2018
https://www.provideocoalition.com/lufs-audio-standards-update-for-may-2018/

How many LUFS for ideal audio loudness? Why can’t we be friends?
https://www.provideocoalition.com/how-many-lufs-for-ideal-audio-loudness-why-cant-we-be-friends/

Do you have a website? Avoid a US$23 million fine before May 25.
https://www.provideocoalition.com/do-you-have-a-website-avoid-a-us23-million-fine-before-may-25/

May 18, 2018

Choosing a primary category, when submitting a podcast to Apple, can be difficult if you appeal to multiple audiences. Don't let the first category you choose limit the audience you market your show to.

Join Ray, Dave, Michael Kickingbear and Katie Dalebout to talk about your podcast's audience, audio quality, podcasting problems in 2018 and more. 

Articles discussed:

Katie Dalebout

Apple Podcast Analytics First month (Wired)

https://www.wired.com/story/apple-podcast-analytics-first-month/ 

Broad-casting (The Economist)

Peek Into 2018's Top Podcast Problems (And Solutions)

2018’s Top Podcasting Problems and Solutions

Michael Kickingbear

https://podnews.net/update/pocket-casts-acquired

https://discoverpods.com/podcast-spotlight-piecing-it-together/

Dave Jackson

ANCHOR IS NOT THE SECOND (OR THIRD) COMING OF PODCASTING

http://davidjackson.org/anchor-not-second-third-coming-podcasting/

Ray Ortega

Hidden in Plain Sight — Adjacent Content Categories

https://blog.pacific-content.com/hidden-in-plain-sight-adjacent-content-categories-9ddae02ff825

PODCASTING GEAR STATS IN 2018

https://www.thepodcasthost.com/equipment/podcast-equipment-stats-2018/

Bad Audio Can Hurt a Scientist's Credibility

https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/bad-audio-can-hurt-a-scientists-credibility/

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Apr 30, 2018

Google is looking to get serious with their podcast strategy (finally) and if they're successful, could we see podcast listenership double current rates?

Join Ray, Dave, Jonathan Bloom and Ryan Flaherty to talk about Google's podcast strategy, Quakers who podcast but say nothing, 2018 Edison podcast research/stats and more!

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Apr 16, 2018

We're trying a new format on the Roundtable today. Each Roundtabler is choosing a couple podcasting news items and we'll discuss. I think you'll find the format very informative. I'm already enjoying the format just reading all the chosen articles! Should be fun, come join us live if you can and join the discussion in the chat!

One of the stories I've chosen is about asking for ratings and reviews. "Do podcasters really need to beg for ratings and reviews?" What do ratings and reviews really do for your podcast? In short, in Apple Podcasts, probably not much...at least for the algorithm but they might go a long way to get more people to sample your podcast. 

Join Ray, Dave, Chris Enns, Paul Colligan, and Emily Peck Prokop to discuss calls to action, Pandora, Canadian podcast stats and more.
 
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Mar 20, 2018

How do you find your audience when you've just started your podcast? You created a show and now you want people to listen and subscribe. But where are the subscribers? How do you get in front of new listeners who would be interested in your content but don't know you exist?

Join Ray, Dave, Anne Ganguzza, Clay Groves, and Jonathan Messinger to discuss finding a podcast audience.
 
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Jan 23, 2018

Beyond a microphone, what other podcasting hardware can you add to your setup? When do you add a new piece of hardware and what will actually make a difference to your sound versus just looking pretty on your desk...cause knobs and LEDs are fun;)

Join Ray OrtegaDave Jackson, and Gary Pearce to discuss podcast hardware.

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Jan 10, 2018

What else does podcasting need in order to grow in 2018?

This is not a prediction show. We want to know, as a podcaster, what would you like to see happen in podcasting? What needs to have? What resource, tool, service, event, would you like to see. What do you think will help podcasting as a medium over the next year?

Join Ray OrtegaDave Jackson, Joshua Liston, and Rob Greenlee to discuss what podcasting still needs.

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