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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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Aug 28, 2020

We always want to know how to get more listeners but perhaps an even harder task is to get those who are already listening to send you feedback or interact with your podcast in any way. How do podcasters have more conversations with their listeners, how do they know who is listening?

Join Ray Ortega, Dave Jackson, Scott OrrSteph Paige, and Kennedy to discuss getting more engagement with your listeners. 

Stories discussed on this Round

Title: 38 percent of Americans listen to podcasts to improve their mood

Main Takeaway: The value in podcasts is not just educational, what other benefits can we build in to the way we run our shows? Such as escaping their real world problems and improving their mood. What other types ‘f value’ can we give listeners? How about a sense of belonging and hope?

URL: https://podnews.net/update/deezer-mood

Title: GoodPods 

Main Takeaway: I started using this app to listen to podcasts on and am loving how they are bringing a social media element to podcasting and fixing the discoverability problem in a community focused way.

URL: GoodPods.com

Title: Top Ways to Improve Audience Engagement

Main Takeaway: Keyword in the title is Engagement. Podcasts are similar to any other form of social media, be it twitter, instagram, etc., in the way that if you are simply talking at people, interest will dwindle. But unlike other forms of social media, it can be easy to forget this, because of the nature of the platform of the podcast host/listener relationship. Engagement must be regular and continuous, both in ways throughout the podcast itself and on the platforms by which you promote the podcast. 

URL: https://blubrry.com/podcast-insider/2020/08/17/top-ways-to-improve-audience-engagement

Title:  Charging Your Guest an “Appearance Fee” on Your Podcast

Main Takeaway: Don’t do it! Guest appearances should be mutually beneficial for both the host and the guest, and when you are charging guests, it is more likely than not that the quality of the content is being sacrificed in a number of ways. 

URL: https://schoolofpodcasting.com/charging-a-guest-appearance-fee-on-your-podcast/ 

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Aug 10, 2020

New podcasts are entering the space at a blinding pace. There were over 300,000 new podcasts added to Apple Podcasts in just the last three months. Are most of these podcasts making it past episode 7? Is there just a bunch of podfaded shows filling up the directories? 

Join, Ray, Dave, Lee Uehara, and Kimchi Chow to discuss the impact of so many new podcasts. 

Watch this Round: https://youtu.be/jKTgtzBvKVI

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Jul 22, 2020

Join Ray, Dave, Danielle Desir, Derek Graziano, and Aseloka Smith to discuss podcast ownership and recent podcast news.

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Jul 1, 2020

The public facing image of podcasting needs to look more like the podcasters who make up the medium. 

Join Ray, Dave, Mary Nichols (DJ Fusion), and Brian Smith to talk about diversity and equality in podcasting, and a million podcasts in Apple Podcasts.

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May 20, 2020

Will tweeting your podcast episodes bring in tons of new listeners? 

Join Ray, Daniel, Dave, and Effie to talk about how twitter can and can't help you grow your podcast audience. 

Watch this Round: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prfVcG7oEYM

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May 9, 2020

We talk about the top 5 networks getting the majority of ad deals. 

Join Ray Ortega, Daniel J. Lewis, Dave Jackson, Sarb Johal, and Kayden Taylor to chat about podcast ads, how COVID is affecting podcast consumption, the importance of having an introduction at the beginning of your podcast and having your podcast on YouTube.

Watch this Round: https://youtu.be/XgNKRWIGEnE

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Apr 20, 2020

Does the name of your podcast tell the potential listener what the show is about? Can you be found in search? 

Join Ray, Dave, Paul, and Amos to discovery optimization, new creative ideas for podcasts, and focusing on podcasts over live-streaming. 

Watch this Round: https://youtu.be/xCZlnd4nBPc

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Apr 1, 2020

Are you stuck inside your house because of a global pandemic? Do you have a microphone?   

Join Ray Ortega, Daniel J. Lewis, Dave Jackson and Bandrew Scott to chat about how your podcast studio has also become your work office and the unique challenges that might be placing on your podcast.

Watch this Round: https://youtu.be/dkE3nWDGQHA

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Mar 2, 2020

Do you have subscribe buttons on your website? Which ones should you include? Which ones are being used? 

Ray Ortega, Daniel J. Lewis, Dave Jackson, Suzy Buttress, and Andrew Wang to chat about getting more subscribers, networking with your podcast peers, podcast industry tensions and more.

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Feb 19, 2020

Does everyone have the potential to be the next big podcast? If you knew you weren't going to grow to be among the biggest podcasts listened to, would you avoid starting? Would you stop podcasting if you had already started?

Join Ray, Daniel, and Trevor to discuss what kind of success you can expect when starting a podcast. 

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Feb 8, 2020

How do you find new podcasts? How do you help new listeners find your podcast?

Join Ray, Dave, Daniel and Jared Sanders to chat about getting in front of a new ears (metaphorically;)). 

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Jan 20, 2020

If you're a podcaster you've certainly made a mistake that you wish you could take back. With any luck, after this Round, you'll never make that mistake again or maybe you'll avoid it all together!

Join Ray Ortega, Daniel J. Lewis, Kevin McKinney and Eric Broadbent to chat about our podcasting mistakes and why you might want to add video to your podcast or if you're a video podcaster or YouTuber, why you might want to get into audio only podcasting.

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Dec 12, 2019

Should we enhance the current RSS spec. to expand its capabilities or do we need to go further and create a whole new way to deliver podcasts?

Join Ray Ortega, Dave Jackson, Daniel J. Lewis and Evo Terra to RSS tags, how redirects work and other podcast news.

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Nov 13, 2019

 

Are your episodes designed to be evergreen? Do you promote your back-catalog? 

Join Ray, Dave, Evo TerraCandace Spears, and Michael Teske to discuss getting more mileage out of past episodes and other podcasting news. 

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Nov 2, 2019

Is it a good idea or use of your time to distribute your audio only podcast to YouTube?

Join Ray Ortega, Dave Jackson, Daniel J. Lewis, Addy Saucedo, Jen Edds, Bandrew Scott to discuss YouTube as a podcast listening platform.

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Oct 8, 2019

Don't start a podcast in order to make money, there's no here to be made. Or so they say. What does making money in podcasting really mean and is there a chance to earn cash from your podcast?

Join Ray, Dave, Daniel, Eric Hunley, James Thomas to answer the question of can you make money in podcasting as well as a discussion around the articles linked below.

Articles Discussed:

Title: Adblock Radio is an Adblocker for Live Radio Streams and Podcasts

Main Takeaway: The creator is a bit of a jerk. He goes nuts trying to cover for the fact that he just wants to skip ads. Loudness wars?! Pfft! “He also feels that ads try to trigger impulse buying by exploiting our emotions and serendipitous discovery, short circuiting our rational thoughts.” 

URL: http://podcasternews.com/2019/09/30/adblock-radio-is-an-adblocker-for-live-radio-streams-and-podcasts/

Title: You’ll Never Make Money Podcasting

Main Takeaway: This has some folks irritated and I can see where it is not completely accurate but it may still be good for setting expectations low.

URL: https://twocents.lifehacker.com/youll-never-make-money-podcasting-1838640571

James Thomas

Title: How to get your podcast heard

Main Takeaway: There are many podcast pundits in the wild who may be misleading or building hope in podcasters who are unwilling to do the work to get their name out there. It takes time, dedication and perseverance. 

BTW: Doing the podcast that I do I find that I have to deal with issues Stateside-side podcasters rarely have to worry about (ie: time, location, language, third-world Internet problems, local political events and regulations).

URL: https://www.business.com/articles/get-your-podcast-heard/

Title: How to make your podcast stand out

Main Takeaway: This is an issue that is always on my mind. Not all podcast topics or niches will bring in thousands of listeners. The truth is some topics and niches have a small sample area. Maybe the key is to remember that most podcasters should look at their podcast as a tool to promote other things like  a product, service, foundation or club. 

URL: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00128-7

Dave Jackson 

Title: Podcasts Are Getting Attacked With Negative Reviews With No Help in Sight

Main Takeaway: if platforms such as Facebook and Yelp detect a business is being unfairly targeted with negative reviews they’ll temporarily suspend the ability to leave reviews. Me? Remove reviews altogether. Do we need them?

URL: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/podcasts-are-getting-attacked-with-negative-reviews-with-no-help-in-sight/323607/

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Jul 27, 2019

Is Apple going to start investing money in original podcasts? Spotify, Luminary, Stitcher, there are plenty of places that have podcasts that can only be consumed on a their own platform. Is that really a podcast? Does it matter if it's not? 

Join Ray, Dave, Danieand Stephanie Fuccio to answer the question of whether Apple investing in podcast programming would be a good thing either for them or the podcast space.

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Jul 2, 2019

How many podcasts are in Apple Podcasts/iTunes and how many of those podcasts are actually producing regular episodes?

Join Ray, Dave, and Daniel to talk about the number of podcasts you are sharing real estate with and what it means to podfade.

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Jun 3, 2019

Podcasts, along with podcast audio players, are now surfacing in Google searches. Can yours be found? What exactly are these searches turning up and are they useful to your show?

Join Ray, Dave, and Evo Terra to talk about this new way to find podcasts and if they think it will get more people to listen to your show.

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Apr 30, 2019

Can your podcast be found anywhere people are looking for your podcast? How about places they aren't looking for traditionally defined podcasts (read: YouTube)? Where do you put your podcast? What platforms that support audio do you ignore or resist?

Join Ray, Dave, Andrew Clews and Paul Colligan to discuss your podcast's distribution.

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Apr 9, 2019

PS, there's only one real answer;) #purist

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Mar 18, 2019

Do Apple Podcasts ratings and reviews move your podcast up the ‘charts?' Can you use copyrighted music as long as it’s only a few seconds? Is YouTube is a bad place to put your podcast?

Some of these you've heard, some of these you think are correct but what's the truth? Join this Round to bust or confirm some of the most common podcasting myths.

Myths!

2:15 Apple Podcasts Ratings and Reviews Move Your Podcast Up the Charts

8:00 You Can Use Copyrighted Music if it’s Only a Few Seconds

13:51 Podcast Media Hosting is the Same

20:00 Consistency is the Key to Success

25:43 There’s an Ideal Length for a Podcast

31:15 Podcasting has a Discovery Problem

41:30 You Need 10 of Thousands of Downloads Per Episode to Get Advertising

47:27 You Need to Launch with Multiple Episodes to Get the Most Impact

56:32 If You Build it, They Will Come

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Feb 25, 2019

Have you podfaded, feeling like you're close or maybe wish you could take a break? Starting a podcast is not the hardest part, keeping going is. How do we deal with the constant grind of content production?

Join Ray, Dave, and Bandrew (aka Podcastage) who is currently dealing with how to balance life, work, and content production. We'll discuss dealing with burnout as well as producing content for multiple platforms (podcasts, YouTube, etc.).

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Feb 5, 2019

Join Ray, Dave, Ginger Wiseman, and Emily Prokop to discuss podcast 'launches' (do they matter?), podcast artwork, how important is it, and more ways that tech is trying to 'solve' discovery.

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Jan 21, 2019

You have a podcast, that's probably why you're watching the Roundtable and you've probably recorded a bunch of episodes but do you create any other content to support your podcast? 

Join Ray, Dave, Jamie Eads, and Jessica Kupferman to discuss other ways to grow your podcast through content creation (e.g. should you be blogging too?). We'll also discuss news and stories in the podcasting space.

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Articles discussed:

Should You Also Be Blogging?

Podcaster Sued for Copyright Infringement for Using Music without Permission

Spotify’s increased focus on podcasts in 2019 includes selling its own ads

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