Thanks to everyone for making it out to the May Meetup over tea and coffee. I’ve really come to love Genuine Joe’s and can’t get enough of their Chai Latte.
We’re on Slack
Outside of the meetup events, we discuss all things podcast related online with fellow community members. That place is via our Facebook group. Through our 2018 survey and your feedback at events, you’ve shared that you don’t want to be on Facebook OR that you don’t participate in the community due to Facebook. As such, we have launched via Slack, an online communication, and collaboration tool.
Join Slack and help us build and foster the Austin Podcast Community.
Austin Podcast Conference
We will be launching a Kickstarter campaign to gain interest in hosting a 1-day podcast conference here in Austin. You will learn everything from creating your podcast to monetizing your podcast.
Sounds interesting? Spread the word and share the campaign once we launch. Very, very soon.
We had a lively and fantastic group of folks as we always do. And as always, it was great seeing everyone and meeting folks for the first time!
As always, below are the podcasts from the attendees of this event:
Camel Toe Candor by Mimi Flores
Everyday Superhumans by Kyle Smith
Words for Wednesday by Dara Zycherman
Creative Funding Show by Thomas Umstattd
Friends with Deficits by Adam Sulton
Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do by Tom Singer
Shayla Cristie – Interested in podcasting and blogging.
Shayla discussed her process in getting started with blogging as well as Kyle’s, Everyday Superhumans, experience in writing. The most challenging from the discussion is actually getting down your thoughts onto paper as many find they want or need to structure the content first which creates a barrier of entry.
Do You Schedule your Podcast?
Thomas inquired if anyone scheduled their podcast for release. Kyle shared that he typically has a backlog of content that is then scheduled for release. Dara shared that her podcast, Words for Wednesday, is scheduled for release on Tuesday for availability Wednesday morning.
Thomas shared that he found the best time for him is 2 am CDT, as it is 12 am in California and 8 am in the UK. Releasing at the time shows the current date and is ready for the listener.
Do you schedule your podcast? Look at your stats and see where your listeners are and ask yourself are you releasing at the most appropriate time for them to listen on their morning commute?
Do I Need A Website?
An inquiry was made as to whether or not a website was needed.
While some hosting services provide a website for your podcast, speaking on behalf of the other Admins, having a website (domain) that you own is essential. At a 10,000ft view, here is why:
- You establish your presence on the web.
- You have a place where your listeners, or anyone interested, can visit.
- After training your audience to know your website, you can easily expand with other podcasts, merch, newsletters and more.
- Build show-notes into your podcast episodes to help with search rankings, and provide quick access to links, etc. for your listeners
So, if you do not own website domain for your show and or your brand, add that to your priority list.
How Do You Get Guests?
Tom, of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do podcast, shared that he receives his guests via networking and through this, he can further build on his speaking career.
Kyle shared that once Everyday Superhumans was put on a favorites list they received more and more people reaching out to them and continued to build and expand their relationships.
When it came to sharing your episode, Tom found that the more “famous” the person the less likely they were to share your episode which leaves a lot of heavy promotion one-sided.
Thomas inquired about tips for interviewing guests. Kyle shared that having a co-host helps as they can help fill-in and push forward the conversation in the moments you are unable to do so. This additionally helps as they conduct their interviews in person. Kyle also noted that he researches the guest background so that he is more familiar with them, and can easily speak on topics they are close to if brought up.
Adam, Friends with Deficits, also interviews in-person and usually makes a drink with the guest to help ease them into the conversation.
Tom also shared that he sends sample questions to the guest ahead of time but doesn’t necessarily stay with the questions. If something more interesting comes up in the conversation, he follows that interesting item to get a good story out of the guest. He also has the guest listen to an episode of his show so that they have an understanding of how the show is structured and flows.
On the point of easing the guest into the conversation, Mimi, of Camel Toe Candor Podcast, have her guests take a pledge at the start of the podcast in which the guest promises to be open and truthful in the conversation. She also shared that she starts a general discussion with the guest to loosen them up, hits record, and then jumps into the main topic of the podcast episode.
As always, we speak about many tools through the Meetup and this time we even gave some visual examples of how they are used. Here are a few tools and websites mentioned:
Divi – A WordPress theme to drag & drop your website design.
Namechk – A one-stop location to search domain names, usernames, & trademarks when searching for your podcast name.
Libsyn OnePublish – If you host your own WordPress site and use Libsyn, you can automatically publish your podcast to your WordPress site.
Zoom.us – Video communication and meeting platform. Tom uses this for his guest interviews.
Zencastr – Record remote interviews with your guests.
Sonix – Audio transcription service.
Yoast – SEO plugin for your WordPress blog.
Podfly – A podcast production service.
Alexa & Google Home
- How to turn your podcast into an Alexa flash briefing
- How to listen to your podcast on Amazon Echo
- Submit to TuneIn
If you have already submitted your podcast to Google Play, you can simply say “Hey Google, play <insert podcast name>, and away it will go.
If you have NOT submitted your podcast for Google Play, just click me to get started.
Tip of the Month
Interested in podcasting? Working on your podcast idea? Lost in a pile of research material? The best way to get into podcasting is to just do it. Record! Your first few episodes will suck (all of ours has) but the most important piece is that you will become comfortable behind the mic and start to discover your voice.
What are you waiting for?