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Interview: Carole Sanek at Podcast Movement

meCarole has been a freelance writer, content creator, ghostwriter, and a social media and PR consultant for over five years. She has won 3 blogging awards, and was recently featured in the top 10 Social Media/PR agencies as “Best in the Business” by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Carole created her podcast The Crazy Marketing Ladies Show in 2014, bringing together four savvy ladies to interview guests offering great advice for those who have “caught” the entrepreneurial bug. She is currently working on the project #cycleofjoy, where she is inspiring people to find their own cycle of happiness.

We decided to interview Carole because her double-threat experience in both podcasting and marketing can be really helpful to those willing to boost their own podcast. So, let’s just start with the interview:

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Interview: Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton at the Podcast Movement

AnotherRound_23Heben and Tracy, hosts of BuzzFeed’s podcast Another Round, are two of the main speakers at the upcoming Podcast Movement on July 6th-8th. Heben was a senior editor at BuzzFeed and now works on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Tracy is a writer and humorist at BuzzFeed. Together on Another Round they cover everything from race, gender, and pop culture, to squirrels, mangos, and bad jokes, all in one boozy show.

So, as podcasters and as content writers, we think they can enlighten you with their opinions on how to build a successful podcast. Let’s start with the interview:

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Interview: Josh Nielsen, Speaker at the Asia Pacific Podcast Conference

Josh Nielsen is the founder of Zencastr – a podcasting production tool for quality conscious podcasters.  As an entrepreneur, audiophile, and podcast lover, he is currently directing his efforts into maximizing the sound quality of podcasts everywhere.

Josh has an interest in all things business, development, and marketing.  He has worked to help many companies build from the ground up, including time at the Techstars startup accelerator in Boulder, Colorado. While a native of the US, he has been living with his family and building his business in Christchurch, NZ for much of the past year.

Josh Nielsen will be one of the panelists at the Asia Pacific Podcast Conference on February 12th – 13th, and we’re sure he’ll share his vast experience on podcasting production and sound recording with us. Here’s the interview:

What do you think is the most common trouble new podcasters run into? And what do they have to do to prevent or fix it?

I think the hardest part for new podcasters is knowing where to start. There are so many skills involved in taking a single episode to completion. You need to be an audio engineer, web developer, charismatic personality, social media promoter, etc. It is easy to get overwhelmed and give up.
My recommendation is to not worry about it all at once. Take it one step at a time. Start by booking and recording your first interview. Then figure out what you need to do next. Once you get a couple of shows recorded it will motivate you to find out how to get them published and reach the ears of your listeners.
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Interview: Paul Spain, Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Podcast Conference

Paul is founder and CEO at Gorilla Technology, coordinator of the Asia Pacific Podcast Conference and is building a podcast network focused on the Asia Pacific region. The NZ Tech Podcast, which Paul co-founded, reached #1 overall on iTunes in New Zealand by its 3rd episode – and his NZ Business Podcast saw similar success. His first taste of having his voice recorded was on a reel-to-reel audio tape aged 5. He’s also run a pre-Facebook global social network (WorldDJ.com) which reached over 300,000 members, and has appeared dozens of times on TV along with radio and both local and international podcasters.

With a deep interest in technology, Paul Spain has been involved in many aspects of digital media over the last 25 years. He’s coordinator of the next Asia Pacific Podcast Conference that will take place on February 12th – 13th in Auckland, New Zealand. Here’s the interview we conducted:

What do you think is the most common trouble new podcasters run into? And what do they have to do to prevent or fix it?

I commonly come across quality podcasts, that have failed to obtain the attention and audience they deserve. This is usually due to a combination of factors – such as lack of focus on the audience and building a community, inadequate promotion and even poor naming of the podcast. Seeking support and coaching from experts can help with getting much better results.

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Interview: Will Fleming, Speaker at the Asia Pacific Podcast Conference

Will Fleming is a full time Studio Director by day and a passionate podcaster by night. He lives each day to the fullest, using every hour to balance family, work, fun, and personal growth. With over 8 years of experience in the New Zealand television industry, Will has rubbed shoulders with New Zealand’s finest, working on the 6pm news on TVNZ, TV3’s Campbell Live as well has helping New Zealand’s only shopping channel, Yesshop, launch in NZ and Australia to hundreds of thousands of viewers.

Every week Will hosts a podcast called My Kiwi Life joined by fascinating Kiwis to ponder life, share perspective, human potential and the meaning of it all. At the Asia Pacific Podcast Conference on February 12th – 13th he’ll be one of the panelists, sharing his daily routine as a podcaster. For now, you can just read this interview:

What do you think is the most common trouble new podcasters run into? And what do they have to do to prevent or fix it?

For me the main ‘trouble’ is picking what show to do and not letting your mind take over and freak you out from doing a podcast that you love. I went podcast fishing for a whole year when I first started with shows about geeks, dads, interviewing successful people – until settling on an interview podcast about life, MyKiwiLife.com!

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Cliff Ravenscraft, Keynote Speaker at the Asia Pacific Podcast Conference Interview

In December 2005, Cliff Ravenscraft, together with his wife, Stephanie, founded the Generally Speaking Production Network (gspn.tv). Since then, he has produced over 3,300 of his very own podcast episodes devoted to Entertainment, Family, Faith, Business and Technology. In December 2006, Cliff launched PodcastAnswerMan.com where he has since helped thousands of individuals and organizations launch successful podcasts through one-on-one consulting/coaching and through his Podcasting A to Z online training course. If you were to look at the top 100 podcasts in the business category of iTunes, more than 50 of these shows were created by clients who worked with Cliff.

Cliff’s changeover is an interesting story of how he moved from a profitable career in insurance to a highly passionate business model in the world of podcasting. Moreover, he’s one of the best podcast/consultant coaches who knows how to help a podcast grow to its maximum potential. Surely, these are the reasons as to why Cliff is one of the main panelists at the next Asia Pacific Podcast Conference on February 12th – 13th in Auckland, New Zealand.Enjoy this great interview with Cliff as we all look forward to this event!

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Podcasting Tips: How to Conduct an Awesome Podcast Interview

Great podcasts rely on great conversations.

Interviewing guests involve more than just asking the right questions. Your audience wants to hear captivating content.

“It’s about genuine interest, flow, vibe, sincerity, concern, digging deeper, defining the unclear, attracting stories, avoiding awkwardness and being conscious about all of that at the same time,” says Pat Flynn, host of The Smart Passive Income.

Spreaker wants you conduct an awesome podcast interview. Here are five strategies you can implement today:

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Spreaker Bands: Meet the Sound of Rock in Russia – Stoneberry

Stoneberry brings their eclectic beats to Spreaker and the world with their Oak Tree EP. We spoke to the band, based in Moscow, Russia.

Do you mind introducing yourselves?

Ilya: I’ve been in the band since we decided to form it together with Grant, during our school years. At first I was excited to play guitar, and was deeply influenced by David Gilmour, but since we never did find a bassist, I tried it out and have enjoyed it ever since then.

Grant: I’ve been playing drums for 7 years, and it is quite funny how I came to it. We decided to form a band and I simply said “OK, I’ll be the drummer”. At school I had met my first drum teacher, and now drums are my life.

Anton: I tried singing out when I was 12. At that time I started playing classical guitar, which I had received from my father. He was my first guru to the world of music, and he taught me to play guitar and piano. At that time I wrote my first songs.

How did Stoneberry start?

Ilya: Stoneberry finally gathered over 4 years ago, but since we came up with the spontaneous idea with Grant to play musical instruments at school, we went through years  of looking for members. I became acquainted with our guitarist Fedya in University and after we were three, Anton found us on the Internet.

Anton: Yeah, the guys tried several vocalists but it all came to nothing. I had also had a band at school, but it broke up as I was looking for a new one. After some unsuccessful attempts to form my own band, I saw they were looking for a vocalist. Since then, we’ve been Stoneberry.

How would you describe your sound? Who and what have been your personal influences?

Grant: Our music is a mix of different genres, because every one of us has different musical influences and frequently they are dispersed. But our compositions are the intersection of our musical tastes. As for myself, I was influenced by my first drum teacher, who gave me my first boost.

My influences are absolutely diverse, for example I like bands such as Gretchen Parlato and Animals As Leaders. But personally, I’m more inspired by individual musicians such as JP Bouvet, Ruslan Gadzhimuradov, Steeve Gadd, Aaron Spears etc.

Anton: I agree that in Stoneberry we can combine all of our ideas and influences, and that’s why I think we always vary in musical genres, play with song structures, apply new instruments, etc. This musical flexibility allows us to create something very exciting and unusual, and it could be why it’s attractive to people.

As for personal influences, I enjoy classic, unfading bands and solo musicians – and there are too many to list, but I also always try to find new names. The latest that have impressed me were soul singers Lianne La Havas and Rhye. My vocal style is mainly formed on Thom Yorke, Neil Young and Jim Morrison.

Ilya: We can’t describe our sound as a certain genre and though, as Grant said, we listen to different music, we can still correlate with each other. I’m inspired by bands such as Pink Floyd, Dredg, Porcupine Tree, and the Russian band In A Nutshell.

You are based in Russia, but have you had a chance to bring your music abroad?

Anton: We haven’t yet had a chance to play abroad, but with the help of social networks like Facebook and mainly Last.fm, we can be heard in different countries and sometimes get feedback. I think that one day we’ll play live somewhere in Europe or wherever and bring our music to foreign audiences.

Do you find audiences abroad take in your music differently?

Grant: Perhaps, yes. Foreign music sets a high standard for composing and performing, and it’s really hard to gather pace with it. Plus, in developed countries people are more accustomed to these higher music standards. In Russia there are fewer professionals and it’s easier to amaze the audience, although people are still not as eager to discover something new.

Anton: However the situation is changing nowadays and the new modern tendencies are beginning to penetrate Russian music markets, too.

Are you touring now, or will you be touring soon?

Ilya: No, though we have some local gigs booked in Moscow and in the suburbs. We are currently concentrating on preparing studio recording sessions for a new single – the starting point to our first LP. After that I think we’ll plan a tour in Russia and enlarge our audience.

Congratulations, guys! We wish you all the best!

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Discovering the Community: Neigh-Bours Talk Radio

neighNeigh-Bours Talk Radio  helps bring together people passionate about any and all equine activity in South Africa. It is not only a successful podcast, but an impressive and extensive social network encompassing a site, events, forums, and more! We spoke to charismatic host DJ Neigh to find out just how Neigh-Bours finally came to be and just how it is organized:

Do you mind introducing yourself?

Yes. Haha no really – I am DJ Neigh, a riding coach, equine enthusiast and co-owner of the Neigh-Bours South African Social Network. I’ve been an avid horse-rider for 20 years and have 2 horses of my own.

How did Neigh-Bours start? It’s quite the network, as it encompasses so much!

I originally had my business partner (Super M) design me a website for a small stableyard I was running. Super M, being the genius web designer she is made me an unbelievable website. On closing the yard I didn’t want to stop the site, so we decided to start a social experiment and allow our friends to use the site to interact about their horses. Little did we know that the site would be as popular as it is! We have now been running for 3 years, have over 6,000 site members, 11,000 Facebook fans – and the site continues to improve its features every month ! I think it’s so successful because Super M and myself have an excellent working relationship, we’re not scared of each other’s crazy ideas, and we tend to always be on the same page!

Truly amazing! Had you already been podcasting before coming to Spreaker?

I had never podcast OR been on radio in my life. It has always been one of my dreams though, so shortly after being interviewed on a US radio station (we won an international award in March this year: The Equestrian Social Media Award for Best Use of Social Media in Central and Southern Africa), Super M and I decided we could rock it!

Congratulations! How did you find Spreaker?

Spreaker was one of the first sites offered to us when we did a search for our requirements! The testimonials speak for themselves, and we love the service!

Thanks, and we love your work! How and when did you personally become an equine enthusiast?

Before I could walk. LOL

What are your favorite riding tips?

Think like a horse, ride with your mind.

Always start on the ground

If it’s not fun, you’re doing it wrong!

Any favorite podcasting or riding adventures you’d like to share?

Wow, so many! I think we’ve had some great podcasts, but a personal favourite of mine was our very first guest Barry Armitage from The Ride dropping his jeans in the studio to show me his underwear. I was VERY embarrassed, considering it was a live show, and I was speechless….which doesn’t happen often!

Do you use Spreaker’s interactive features to chat with your fans?

We don’t, as the Neigh-Bours website has its own online chatroom.

What do you do to reach listeners? Do you rely on social media, or do you use other channels of communication?

Luckily, as Neigh-Bours IS a social network, we obviously rely heavily on our site to reach our listeners. We also market daily through our personal Facebook pages, as well as the Neigh-Bours FB page AND DJ Neigh FB page. We also have Twitter accounts. All our shows are made into events so people can RSVP. Super M is a marketing whizz, and she makes ABSOLUTELY sure that people see something about our shows nearly everyday!

We also ustilise BBM messages!

Where do you hope this podcast will bring you personally or professionally?

I would LOVE to end up in commercial radio eventually, but I really believe that Neigh-Bours Talk Radio is going to take over the web-waves (lol), and we’re already considering making the show longer and more frequent.

Anything else you’d like to add?

We have already lined up so many fantastic guest speakers for the upcoming few weeks, so be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page to see who and when!

Thanks so much DJ Neigh! Excellent interview!

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Q&A with Adam Spiegelman of Proudly Resents

Adam Spiegelman comes all the way from the hilarious podcast Proudly Resents where guests come to chat about their favorite cult films, to talk with us at Spreaker. Check out his rise to fame in the podcasting realm, and read up on how patience is a virtue in podcasting, and how to not turn off your own audience.

Do you mind introducing yourself?

My name is Adam “Spiegs” Spiegelman. The nickname is obvious, people can’t help but call me that, like “Sully” for Sullivan. Ok, that’s enough about my name (I’ve already bored you). I’m a TV producer by trade, and I’ve produced late night comedy shows as well as day talk shows. I host and produce a podcast about cult films called Proudly Resents, and I produce a funny Twitter game show called Dream Tweet hosted by Jon Corbett.

How did you get into podcasting?

I’ve always loved radio and when “internet radio” started, I was jonesing to get on. Then I started listening to podcasts when they started in 2007. I became obsessed. At the time I was doing a pilot for a small production company. They told me they had audio equipment and nothing to do with it. I took them up on the their offer to do a show there and never turned back.

Awesome! What kind of advice could you give to a new podcaster?

I would say, don’t think you will become an overnight sensation. It will take time and a lot of work to get people to listen, so concentrate on being good in the beginning. Also, Chemda from Keith and the Girl told me to never make jokes about being bad or not having listeners or hating doing the show. She said everyone who’s listening is enjoying themselves, we put negative vibes out there.

That’s a good point, don’t turn off your own listeners. What are you podcasting pet peeves?

I don’t know why, but I hate when people curse and then say “Can I say that?” You just did. Also slows down the show. Establish that before hand.

My other pet peeve is cross talk and small talk at the beginning of an episode. Ugh, just get to it already! I never find it that funny and it drags on.

How do you know when you’re ready to make podcasting a full-time job?

Slowly but surely ads and opportunities come. Once you realize how to make money with your new stature is when it becomes a full time job. You might be touring, or write a book or whatever, but once you make yourself an expert you can find ways to make a living.

Great! What are your favorite social media tips?

Find a group that has the same interest as your show or your guest. Join, participate – be a real member of that page and then put up a link. Also, send a link to your guest and ask them to promote it.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Make sure the audio quality is good. It doesn’t have to be perfect in the beginning, but if you are asking someone to listen to your for 30 minutes to an hour, don’t make it a chore.

Thanks Adam for that great interview!

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