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Nov 3, 2020

Have you heard you can use any music you want in your 'podcast' now!? Let's talk about the catch.

Join Ray Ortega, Dave Jackson, Jordan Blair, and Bob Bender to music podcasts, getting your show in shape and other stories in podcasting.

Stories discussed on this Round

Title: Buzzsprout Adds “Locked” Tag Feature, Encourages Other Hosting Platforms to do the Same

Main Takeaway: <podcast:locked> should be added to the RSS feed on all hosting platforms to prevent podcast pirates from making ad revenue from dynamically inserted ads. (Transistor has also announced support of podcast locking.)

url: http://www.insideradio.com/podcastnewsdaily/buzzsprout-adds-locked-tag-feature-encourages-other-hosting-platforms-to-do-the-same/article_64a99b02-17a5-11eb-a6e3-4b3670ca346f.html

Title: Use This Downtime To Get Your Music Business Affairs In Order

Main Takeaway: Taking this opportunity of downtime to catch up on the business details of your show, along with fine tuning your craft, It’s a brand new and different world out there, and we’re all in unchartered waters, so there’s no better time to up your game as someone who’s entertaining others. 

URL: https://www.businesssideofmusic.com/use-this-downtime-to-get-your-music-business-affairs-in-order/

Title: Spotify Launches New Audio Experience Combining Music and Talk Content

Main Takeaway: Spotify’s new allowable podcast format seems to benefit podcasters whose topic covers music, but it all comes with quite a catch. 

URL: https://newsroom.spotify.com/2020-10-14/spotify-launches-new-audio-experience-combining-music-and-talk-content/

Title:  The Virtual Music Conference May Become the New Norm

Main Takeaway: Get used to the idea, that the virtual world may be what we’re possibly doing for the next 6 to 12 months. The live gathering is going to be slow in coming back. Such events as SXSW, NAMM Show, CRS, and other industry events are all planning on either postponing (or not continuing) their events, or taking it to an entirely virtual world. There’s a lot of solutions out there, its finding the one that’s going to work best for what you do, and attracting your audience (and keeping them).

URL: https://www.businesssideofmusic.com/136-the-virtual-music-conference-may-become-the-new-norm/

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Sep 28, 2020

Do you trust and value the opinion of your favorite podcast more than other media? If yes, why do you think that is? 

Join Ray Ortega, Dave Jackson, Nicole Ackermans, and Elzie D. Flenard, III to discuss what makes a podcast trustworthy. 

Watch this Round: https://youtu.be/75eyx7JcU7U

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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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