- Vaughn Amann – IOT Wavelength
- Erika Marcoux – Your Truth Revealed
- Jin & Beth – N.A.R.C
- Scott Carson – We Close Notes
- Young Wa – Anything and Everything with Young Wa
- Scott David Gordon – Austin Art Talk
- Yvonne – Amor In the Digital Age
- Judy Oskam – Stories in Change & Creativity
- Kyle & Mark – The Productivity Lab
- Richard – Crypto Current
- Tori – BLAQUELINE Magazine
- Knives Monroe – Knives Monroe vs The Podcast
- Zack Russell – Fantastical Truth (forthcoming fiction podcast)
- Carrie Miller – The Healthy Brain
- Collin – Animonday Podcast
- David Umstattd – *Currently working on fiction podcast
- Ann – The Reluctant Housewives Guide to Reality-TV (forthcoming fiction podcast)
- William Umstattd – Editor
- Adelin – Maving Marta
- Adam Sultan – Friends with Deficits
- Thomas – Novel Marketing / Christian Publishing
- YOU – If I missed you, PLEASE, let me know and I will get you added to this post.
What a BANGER of a Meetup. It was standing room only! (Sorry about that, but not sorry because you all are amazing and it was great having you there!)
Austin Podcasters Podcast Newsletter Podcast
Ok, that won’t be the name unless I can fit the word “podcast” somewhere else in there two more times.
In addition to the written newsletter, I will be producing an audio version that will highlight some of the items from the newsletter as well as interviews from our Creator Spotlight. What’s that?
We will be highlighting creators in Austin via our newsletter and on Instagram. Creators will share themselves, their work, and their inspiration. This will be an audio feature in our Newsletter, and an Instagram Takeover where YOU will take over the Austin Podcasters Instagram account and let us know all about you, your show, and your work! Stay tuned.
Jin kicked off with a question on remote interviews and how to do remote recordings. Thomas followed with a highlight of a few tools from worst to best in recording interviews:
As we look at the above list, the first two options, Skype & Zoom, will depend on the bandwidth allocation and if video feed is enabled as well, then it further impedes the quality of the audio when recording. If there is any lag present or cutout issues, this will be included in the recording causing less than optimal results.
Moving through the list to Zencastr or the premium Squadcast, the audio is recorded, via the web browser, to each participant’s local machine which avoids issues of bandwidth allocation and cutouts. A few asked about potential audio drift, which can happen but is easily fixed with manual syncing in an editor. Though, Thomas noted it is likely to not be a problem in Squadcast.
The last option is each participant recording locally. The issue is that the audio will have to be stitched together by whoever is editing the show. Mark & Kyle of The Productivity Lab meet up over Zoom but each record their audio locally and put it together in post-production.
As your show grows, some show hosts put requirements on the type of equipment the person they are interviewing should have. In some cases, the hosts will ship out rental equipment to ensure their guest have a quality mic for recording.
Outside of the hardware aspect, those that are performing interviews should also have a list of requirements with their interviewees such as social media promotion, the direction of the interview, potential questions, and anything else needed to help the guest prepare for the episode recording and for the post-episode promotion.
What About Anchor?
The great thing about Anchor is that it opens the door for anyone to enter and makes the process super easy by:
- Provide a platform to also record your show from their app
- edit audio, show image, and notes in a singular view
- Automatically distributing to the varying podcast hosts such as Apple Podcasts.
Anchor is great for those needing minimal investment, technical expertise, and quick deployment. With all those positives, it also has negatives as you look to seriously grow your show once your footing in the podcast world is solid. These things include:
- Show ownership (technical legalese)
- IAB certification (listener stats)
- Lack of access to back-end accounts (show ownership)
Most podcast hosts and stat providers are IAB certified meaning that they use the same metrics to determine your download rates. As of this writing, Anchor does not. And while Anchor may distribute your show to various podcast hosts, you do not have access to those accounts. You cannot access your Apple Podcast Connect, Spotify, or Google Play Music account.
Funding A Show
The big question everyone has. We discussed this in two sections: Audience Building and Community Funding.
Build an Audience
Before you can get funding for your show, you must first have to build an audience. And when building your audience, you have to make them True Fans.
Even in our digital world, capturing email is essential! This allows you build a list that you can use to share ways to support your show, announcements of merch, and more.
When building your audience, it is also important to know who your audience is and to know your brand.
Thomas shared a show he used to produce that is still available called Creative Funding Show. He shares many ways on how to monetize your show such as using Patreon for monthly subscriptions.
Other members of the group have been successful in using funding programs such as Kickstarter and Indie GoGo to fund a show. These are great if you are creating a show and need funding upfront such as a fictional podcast.
Merchandise, affiliate links, and sponsorships are further ways to monetize your show.
Just a note on these housekeeping items, they are primarily focused on non-fiction/non-narrative podcasts. Hopefully, I will see you at a non-fiction event.
- 3-Year Celebration – 1/15/2020
- Grow Your Business Conference – 1/18/2020
- Mass Media Summit (Online) – 1/24/2020 thru 1/26/2020
- Weekend Coffee – 2/8/2020
- Fiction Meetup – 2/29/2020
- Podchaser – IMDB of podcasts. Make sure your show is listed.
- Resources Page – A collection of podcast resources from the community
- Links Page – A bookmark of our most important links
Until next time!