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Q&A with Adam Baker of Man Vs. Debt

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Adam Baker is the man behind Man Vs. Debt, a podcast and site dedicated to helping you pay off your debt and “explore personal finance, consumerism, clutter, travel, minimalism, and passionate entrepreneurship while building a community of like-minded people.” Check out what Adam has to say about building a community around your show, and loosening up in front of the mic.

Do you mind introducing yourself?

I’m Adam Baker – but you can just call me Baker. I’m the husband of Courtney, the dad of Milligan “Milli” and Charlotte “Charlie,” and the founder of Man Vs. Debt, which I started in 2009. I’m also involved in several other ventures, including a film company called Crank Tank Studios, which is getting ready to premiere its first feature-length documentary, “I’m Fine, Thanks,” next month!

Congratulations! How did you get into podcasting?

A BUNCH of my friends and mentors had been telling me to get into it, and I finally made the leap around Christmas of last year, when I realized that it was a great way to get our message of “Sell your crap, pay off your debt, do what you love” out to a new audience in a medium that I’m really comfortable with – speaking.

Was it easy for you to share personal information (your own financial situation) over the airwaves in the beginning?

You know, it wasn’t hard at all to do it on the air – because we’d already been doing it on Man Vs. Debt for almost 3 years. In general, was it hard to share our financial situation at first? Well, maybe a little, but the risk was GREATLY outweighed by the accountability and momentum we gained by doing it!

What did you do to help your podcast grow in popularity?

We worked with Cliff Ravenscraft (The Podcast Answer Man) to make sure we were set up for success from the start – everything from getting our feed correct for iTunes to choosing the best plugins to help display the podcast on Man Vs. Debt. I think asking our existing community to spread the word – and to review us on iTunes – was a huge help; we ended up as the top new podcast in our category, and that just fueled even more growth!

Great advice! Speaking of which, what are your favorite podcasting tips?

Just do it. I learned the hard way that when I made my podcast “formula” too complicated, it was a huge barrier to me actually getting behind the microphone and recording. A few episodes in, we loosened up on our format a good bit, and I started to just relax and record, which allowed us to just get the show out the door. Also, I’d say just be yourself and play to your strengths. I like podcasting because I like speaking about topics I’m passionate about. I COULD podcast on a lot of subjects – but when I stick to what’s on my mind and what I’m reading and thinking about, that’s when I’m best.

How was Blog World? See anything particularly interesting?

BlogWorld was a blast. I think it’s a conference and event that is constantly improving year to year.

As with any conference, the real treat is all the wonderful people who attend. I met new friends, got to revisit old ones, and had an amazing time.

Thanks so much for talking to us Adam, and keep up the great work!

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Q&A with Dino Dogan of Triberr

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Dino Dogan is the Chief Gardener in Charge at Triberr helping “bloggers to effectively generate traffic, exchange content, and build engagement around their blog.” Check out what his social media pet peeves are, plus read up on the magic of Blog World.
Do you mind introducing yourself?

My name is Dino. Founder of Triberr, a uniquely weird content distribution platform for bloggers. I’m a lousy Mixed Martial Artist and a Recovering Engineer. Songwriter & Biz Blogger. Quiet Reader & Loud Speaker. Global Force for Badassery. Hi.

How did you get into social media?

I started out as a dog blogger. Then some friends and I built a facebook-like social network for motorcyclists with a heavy educational slant. We managed to build an amazing community, create some amazing content, and build a vertical social network before that became a buzz word :-).

Many of my dog blogging buddies started asking for social media advice, marketing, SEO help, and what not….I started writing about that on my dog blog but quickly realized I needed a blog just for that stuff. And DIYBloggerNET was born.

About 10 months after struggling as a blogger in an overcrowded niche dominated by those who have been there since the ancient times of these here Interwebs, I realized that new bloggers needed a better, faster, new, and more effective way of getting Attention. And so Triberr was born.

How can podcasters integrate their shows with social media? Do you recommend blogging along with a podcast?

Broadly speaking, when it comes to podcasting, it seams to me that you build an audience on iTunes, and you build authority on your blog. And having both is better than having just one.

It’s easy enough to embed MP3 files (or podcast files) into a blog post, and I’ve done it myself. There really is no downside other than a little bit of extra work.

So yes, I would definitely recommend blogging along with podcasting. To me, the two go together like rama lama rama lama ding dong :-).

What are your social media pet peeves?

Two things spring to mind immediately. Guest posting and guru-worship.

Guest posting is slave labour. It’s largely ineffective, it takes too much work and yields minimal results. I’ve written extensively about it here and it’s the reason behind Dan and I creating a better way to get all the benefits of guest posting without any of the drawbacks. We call it ReBlog + ZERO loss of engagement.

The other pet peeve of mine is guru worship. One fundamental shift brought on by Triberr is that it changes the focus from bloggers looking “up” at gurus and waiting for crumbs of wisdom and Attention to fall from on high; to bloggers looking laterally, to the left and to the right, for support and collaboration.

How was Blog World? Anything that caught your interest that you mind sharing with us?

BlogWorld was amazing. My session was packed to the rafters, standing room only. There were people sitting on the floor in the back. I didn’t expect that kind of attendance especially since I had Pat Flynn to my left, and Jay Baer to my right. Both amazing speakers who always bring the thunder.

I spoke about what we essentially did with Triberr, which is How To Build a Community of Fanatics. I was overwhelmed with the positive response and how well everything went. Organizers managed to score me a portable microphone 30 minutes before the show, which was amazing. I can’t say enough good things about it.

What stood out for me is how comfortable everyone was with each other. A person whom you’ve known for years online, you meet them in real life for the first time and you just hit the ground running. It’s like meeting an old friend.

Advice? I ended up going to 2-3 parties every night for 3 days, so if you’re going to BW, I recommended coming-in well rested and hydrated. Bloggers tend to spend most of their time starring at a monitor, so when they let loose, all that repressed energy comes out all at once. It was epic.

Thanks so much for the interview Dino, it was just as epic as Blog World!

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Q&A: Cliff Ravenscraft of Podcast Answer Man

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Cliff Ravenscraft is the mastermind behind the podcast panels at Blog World this year, and we were lucky enough to have him answer our questions on his rise to podcast success and his advice on how to start. We’ve included some highlights from the interview below, but do listen to his recorded responses, they’re great!

Do you mind introducing yourself?

I’m Cliff Ravenscraft and I’m a full time podcast producer, consultant, and coach at Podcastanswerman.com. It’s been my full-time career since 2008.

How did you get into podcasting?

I started in December 2005 with a show devoted to Lost, and it was just a hobby, however I had thousands of subscribers by the third episode. Lost had just been made available for purchase on iTunes just around the time that podcasts were made available there. My podcast could be found next to official Lost podcast. I started out with $35 worth of equipment, a headseat with a boom microphone, and downloaded free software from Audacity. It sounded atrocious, but people listened! My wife joined me by the second episode, and I went further and bought mics for $49. We just talked together as a couple and people loved it, requesting us for more, and we grew a loyal following from within the Lost community.

Then, after receiving up to 40 emails every day asking us about our personal life, we started our second podcast, My Crazy Life, now known as Pursuing a Balanced Life. We answered questions about things like living debt free, and talking about our financial history as a married couple.

Eventually we started a third show about faith, Encouraging Others Through Christ. We had been receiving questions about our faith as Christians, but didn’t want to go out of the way and introduce a topic in shows where people wouldn’t be interested in hearing about it. We developed a show for those asking about it without having to feel like we were forcing anybody into tuning in.

People also kept asking, “how do you make a podcast?” so I started Podcast Answer Man. It started in December 2007 and it’s been 260 episodes to date. After a year of that it became full-time career.

At Blog World you’ll be talking about starting a fan podcast, but what exactly is that, and how does one go about it properly? (Correction, he’s not leading the session, but set up the entire podcasting track at Blog World this year, deciding on the 24 sessions to be held and who would take part in the panels.)

A fan podcast is when you take something from popular culture that already has fans, and you bring in a podcast that becomes the uniting force for that community. The Lost show acted as such: instead of posting on online discussion forums, or looking at sites and leaving comments, how about listening and calling in, and hearing your own voice. It doesn’t have to be a TV show, it could be anything. Recently we talked about The Hunger Games on our podcast, sharing our thoughts. Because there were already tens of thousands of fans out there, they found us, and we went out and found them. It’s a chance to build a community, share friendships, and build new relationships.

Find something you’re passionate about, learn how to podcast, and get behind a microphone and start talking about it and getting it online.

What advice can you give on monetizing your podcast? How did you go about making podcasting your full-time job?

It was an interesting story. I was a successful insurance agent, and after 11 years decided to leave and pursue podcasting full-time. Previously I had been podcasting for 2 years as a hobby. In 2008, in my first year of full-time podcasting, I made $11,000. It was a risky move and it was difficult time, but check out the linked videos to see how it turned out:

On monetizing and and on taking the jump and making podcasting your career:

What are you looking forward to seeing at Blog World? Where do you hope podcasting is going?

I’m looking forward to the largest turnout of audio podcasters ever at Blog Word event, with 24 sessions and 64 podcasters coming to speak. All the podcasters have sizeable audiences and are extremely influential in the community. They’re serious and experienced, and will be sharing the best things they’ve learned throughout their journeys. I’m looking forward to having three days with people who share my passion and the joy of podcasting, as well as networking and building deeper relationships.

I hope podcasting keeps going in the direction it’s going. It remained in an infancy stage up until last year, where at some point it has gone pretty mainstream. People who had never heard of podcasting before found podcasts they love, and now want to do the same for their brand, message, or business.

I’m looking forward to seeing podcasts become more successful in every place it can be, like car stereos. Nowadays smart phones are making it so much easier to understand and discover podcasting.

What are you favorite podcasting tips?

Before you buy anything or consider doing something with a website think: why do i want to podcast? What is its mission, purpose, or message? Who is your target? Pick a name that’s potentially boring but communicates what it is, and don’t pick a topic that’s too general. If you do get into it, get the proper audio equipment because audio quality counts. Check out more at Learnhowtopodcast.com.

Thanks Cliff, it was a fantastic interview!

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Q&A with Anne-Sophie Reinhardt of Fighting Anorexia

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Anne-Sophie Reinhardt is the voice of numerous podcasts, like Fighting Anorexia and My Intercontinental Life, spanning numerous topics and hoping to dispel standards of body image around the world. Read up on how being authentic and passionate can give you world-wide acclaim in the podcasting world, no matter what language you speak or what country you come from.

Do you mind introducing yourself?

I don’t mind at all. My name is Anne-Sophie and I live in Zurich, Switzerland and am married to the most wonderful man in the world. I am a digital entrepreneur who blogs on myintercontinentallife.com and fightinganorexia.com, and has a slew of podcasts including Fighting Anorexia, True Beauty Podcast, The West Wing Podcast and My Intercontinental Life. I am coaching clients on improving their body image, learning to podcast, and finding their way in life. I survived anorexia nervosa and my mission is it to cultivate a positive body image in a world where looks is everything and women are reduced to their bodies. That is why I am creating a course on body image revolution in order to spark a movement that inspires women to take their power back.

Other than that, I love my career, yoga, Zumba, reading, traveling the world, learning new languages and discovering new cultures.

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Q&A with Mur Lafferty of I Should Be Writing

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Mur Lafferty is a bit of a Renaissance woman of the web, working as a writer, podcast producer, gamer, and geek. Check her out at The Murverse and her popular podcast I Should Be Writing, plus peruse her multiple accomplishments in other disciplines and plan to be inspired.

Do you mind introducing yourself?

My name is Mur Lafferty, and I’m a podcaster, author, columnist, and editor. I live in Durham, NC.

Nice to meet you! How did you get into podcasting?

In October, 2004, a friend of mine mentioned that he was really interested in podcasting, and I asked what that was. I thought it sounded awesome. For some reason, internet radio seemed complicated, but podcasting seemed easy and awesome. I thought about what I wanted to do and just decided to create an audio-blog / essay show. Later, I decided to launch a writing podcast. That show, I Should Be Writing, will celebrate seven years going this August. After that, I started loving the medium and have done several shows solo or for companies since then.

Congratulations on the podcasting going for seven years! At Blog World this year, you’ll be talking about how to give a great interview. Can you give us some basic dos and donts of giving a podcast interview?

Most of the biggest problems with interviews are very basic. Remember that it’s not a friendly conversation, not a back and forth. It’s an interview, focused on your guest. Don’t focus too much on yourself. Don’t ask yes/no questions. Don’t throw your interviewee off with an unforseen request. (I’m going to send you a writing sample, we’re going to pause, and then you’re going to give me a critique, OK?) Remember to ask questions, period. Complimenting your subject is flattering and nice, but not good for interviews. If you must compliment, do a followup. “I loved your second book. Can you tell me what was your inspiration for the antagonist?” or “Your latest movie was amazing. What was it like filming on (location)?”

What are important tips to remember for podcasting in general?

Make sure the sound is loud enough, but don’t modify the sound too much unless you’re a pro. Normalize is your friend, remove noise is not. Try to keep the show under an hour. Engage your listeners and encourage them to write you.

Great technical points! How important social media to your podcast?

Vital. People engage me on Twitter and Facebook, spreading the word, asking questions, etc.

What are you looking forward to seeing at Blog World? Where do you hope podcasting is going?

I’m eager to meet my peers and learn what others are doing with podcasting. Where is it going? Well, I want to just make sure it keeps going. We need to focus on mobile support (I get a lot of people unsure of how to subscribe to my show on their phones). We need more authors to podcast their novels, bringing back the serialization of Dickens’ day.

Great ideas. Anything else you’d like to add?

Nothing comes to mind!

Thanks so much for the interview, Mur, it was a pleasure!

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Q&A with Michael Sorg of Sorgatron Media

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Michael Sorg knows a lot about podcasting and social media, being involved in broadcasts on various subjects and Sorgatron Media. Read up on his experience in the field, and advice on getting into audio and monetizing.

Do you mind introducing yourself?

I am an independent creator these days, doing most of my work under the Sorgatron Media name. I work on several personal and professional projects, including the 6 year running Wrestling Mayhem Show, AwesomeCast, Unsung for the Pittsburgh Foundation, and Director of Web Media with S’eclairer in Export, PA and assist with planning of Podcamp Pittsburgh.

How did you get into podcasting?

I was working on another community project for “Juggalos” called WesternPAJuggalos.com and got into streaming radio with some other webmasters via ShoutCast. When rumblings started about Podcasting around 2005, we happened to be starting a wrestling show and used the ShoutCast for the live stream, and posted it in Podcast form. This became a passion project on the side for years along with other experiments with shows on music, technology, and served as a base for learning new skills outside of my day job’s boundaries.

Cool. Do you think a new podcaster should jump into audio or video first? Which do you prefer?

Audio will be easier. Hands down. At a certain point, you have to decide how much your show will benefit from video. In most cases, we’re creating “talking head” shows where the only benefit is seeing the expressions. My shows started as audio only and evolved from there to video versions. If you can’t answer why the video would help express you right off, or you want to concentrate on one aspect at a time, start with audio and evolve. You’re going to have to anyways.

Great point. What are your favorite tips on creating good content?

I hope you enjoy the subject matter. And the people you do the show with, if that’s the case. Those weeks when I question how many people actually care what I have to say, or maybe there’s something else going on that’s getting to me. The shows that lasted longest are the ones I love to do with people I love to talk with. If you’re not serving yourself with these things, you will lose the dedication to keep it going.

Being passionate about your subject really is so important. What about monetizing content? How should podcasters go about that?

So many worry about direct monetization. Much like metrics for social media are a larger beast than the number of followers, I’ve started to look at my shows the same. If you want to get ads in the old fashion, you need some numbers. And I mean several figures large in numbers. Shop your target, niche, audience to someone looking for just that type of person. Super specialize. In my case, I see my personal podcasts as a show piece, developing a persona of a network at my own SorgatronMedia.com. By demonstrating I can do 2-3 shows on a weekly basis at a certain quality and consistency, it shows that I’m not a fly by night producer and has developed my reputation, which was an amazing advantage when I quit my job and went independent.

What are your favorite social media or podcasting tips that you’ve acquired over your years in the business?

Don’t do it for the money. Do it because you love it. It will last longer and be more fulfilling.

Live makes it social. By recording live, even if it’s the rough recording, you get a live interaction with the chat room, and let them into the extra stuff around your show that the iTunes subscribers don’t get to see and makes them even closer fans and friends.

Skype, and similar technologies have broken down the barriers of who we can do a show with. I connect weekly with people from New York City and San Antonio. We once had an interview with an old colleague in Moscow. The world is getting smaller.

We’ve always encouraged going live and interacting with listeners, too. Where do you hope podcasting is heading?

It’s evolving. Podcasting seems to be giving way to these video shows and Vlogs you see on Blip.tv and YouTube. We’ve become buried by the big guys putting out their own shows like CNN, NBC, Kevin Smith, and others who come from a bigger world. You have to be better to get bigger, and smarter competing with the guys with all of the money you don’t have to start.

Any final thoughts for the community?

I believe that podcasting and social media tools out there are vehicles for anyone to get their message out there and connect and grow, personally. If you have something to say, there is no excuse to say it on a platform that could reach millions.

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Q&A with Whitney Hoffman of the Podcamp Foundation

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Whitney Hoffman is a busy bee of a podcaster, working on multiple projects dealing with health, learning disabilities, and more. Check out her interview with us to get a taste of her bubbly personality.

Do you mind introducing yourself?

My name is Whitney Hoffman, and I have tons of titles. Most relevant here is that I am the Executive Director of Operations for the Podcamp Foundation, organizer of Podcamp Philly, and I have been podcasting since 2006. My first podcast was The LD Podcast, all about learning and learning disabilities, and the current show I’m producing is OB GYN To Go, a podcast for medical resident education and continuing medical education. Through the LD Podcast, I’ve also written a book for Jossey Bass Education called The Differentiated Instruction Book of Lists, that helps teachers make personalizing the classroom for all students a little more approachable and doable- helping every student learn in the classroom.

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Q&A with Bill Deys of CastRoller

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Prolific podcaster Bill Deys is involved in numerous projects from DeysCast to CastRoller, and his experience makes him a trusted source on the matter. Check out his interview with us on podcasting, from a technical standpoint as well as an artistic one.

Do you mind introducing yourself?

I’m Bill Deys. I produce and cohost the CastRoller podcast and The Geek Runner podcasts as well as produce my own audio blog the DeysCast and very rarely the Country Music Cast.

It’s great to have you! How did you get into podcasting?

I read the Wired Interview with Adam Curry early in 2005 and started to listen to a lot of podcasts and it didn’t take long before I thought to myself, I can do this. I think it’s pretty much the same story for a lot of people that started around that time.

From a technical standpoint, should podcasters invest in extra equipment (mixers, microphones, etc.)?

You don’t need a lot of gear, or spend much money on that gear. Most of us are walking around with a decent smart phone that does a pretty good job capturing audio if you mess with it long enough to know how to make it perform. A thousand dollar mic will only sound so good after we crush audio to an MP3, stick that into a flash streamer and listen on crappy earbuds or desktop speakers. In most cases a few hundred dollars in gear can get you up and running if you take the time to learn a few things on how to use it.

Great for our users to know. What are your tips on creating solid content?

I don’t like USB devices personally, at home I use a hundred and fifty dollar mixer and a hundred dollar mic plugged into the line in on a Mac. Stick the tower in a closet to help hide the fan noise, put the mic on a surface you wont be touching while your’e recording, turn the gain almost all the way down and get really close to the pop filter and no one will be able to tell you’re not in an audio studio! After that, talk about something you love in an honest way. Don’t try to fool anyone, people are too smart for that!

What’s your favorite example of social media being used to getting content out there?

Its hard to pick just one. I like how a lot of people are using the tools for complete engagement. What 5by5 is doing with their live streams and chat rooms is great and I really like what Tech News Today is doing with sub reddit.

You were recently at Podcamp in Toronto. Did you see anything new or interesting to comment on?

I really like how the “amateur podcasters” have figured out how to all show up at a big conference full of marketers and carve out space to teach everyone that there is more to podcasting then monetization.

That’s encouraging, shows they’re passionate. Anything else you’d like to add?

The rebirth of podcasting, even though a lot of folks don’t even know that underlying technology, is very encouraging to me. I hope that the smaller producers don’t get forgotten. In my experience many of them are producing just as compelling content and they can have the reach of the bigger players out there. They just need a little support.

Totally agree. Thanks so much for the great interview Bill!

You can follow Bill on Twitter @billdeys.

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Anissa Mayhew of FreeAnissa on Content and Blogging

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Anissa Mayhew is the author of the successful FreeAnissa, where she shares her life stories and experiences to connect with her followers. She was sweet enough to answer some questions about her work and how she opens up through her content.

Do you mind introducing yourself?

I’m Anissa Mayhew, the mom to 3 fab kids, a believer in the power of cookies and an Olympic Gold Medalist in 20 meter relay tiddlywinks. We live on the south end of Atlanta, Georgia.

Cool! So, how did you get into blogging?

I started my first blog in 2006 when my youngest daughter Peyton was diagnosed with Leukemia. I blogged our lives through treatment. After she was out of chemotherapy I decided to retire the site and start anew blog. This is when I started the Free Anissa blog. I had only been writing it for a few months when I had the strokes that transformed our lives. I went through months in the hospital, months of therapy, I’m still going through doctor after doctor. It’s an ongoing process of healing and recuperating. I’m now in a wheelchair full-time and paralyzed on my right size. I’m still working to be more than I was ever given the chance to be.

How would you advise podcasters on getting comfortable sharing their stories with the web?

I think it’s the same as being comfortable sharing any part of yourself. Get past the physical hangups of how you sound, being able to articulate your thoughts, being the kind of person who knows how to handle awkward silences.

There is definitely an intimacy to the written word. The way thoughts flow from you and are taken into another depend less on factors podcastors can use. Body language , facial expression and voice go a much longer way than words can.

Do you rely much on social media? How?

I rely heavily on social media. The standard channels (Twitter, Facebook, G+) to amplify communication, to talk to an audience and build the friendships. Then there are more business channels (Klout, LinkedIn) that are strictly for using to show brands and PR firms the statistics and case studies they want to see.

Thanks for the interview Anissa! Don’t forget to follow her out on Twitter @AnissaMayhew.

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Q&A with Josh Muirhead of SocialMark Media

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Josh Muirhead of SocialMark Media gave us a great interview on what’s new in podcasting and social media, and making the best of those mediums in order to share great content. Here’s some pointers of what we have:

Who he is: Josh Muirhead is the owner, founder, and president of SocialMark Media, a corporate training firm based on digital marketing and innovation where he provides strategic development training to his clients.

How he got into the social media: simply because his former boss at a marketing firm asked him to. Back when Facebook was still “The Facebook,” Josh’s boss asked if he knew anything about online and social media. There he found a world blossoming, of sharing and developing different stories, and he saw the connection in the nature of such sites and marketing. Marketing is all about sharing a story, and it’s free via social media.

Thoughts on podcasting and making good content: Loves it and is getting back into it. With the introduction of mobile platforms it’s developing quickly. It’s a very interesting way of creating content that is difficult but rewarding, and it may have a resurgence in 2012-13. Podcasting does have its weaknesses – it’s a light medium, with not much in terms of video and pictures to leverage it, so we have to work harder at the content. It must be good, and even planning ahead, like having questions in front of you, helps since you just can’t jump in out of nowhere. Conduct interviews, add other content, or use software to meld different mediums together. Don’t forget titles, either! They are a mostly overlooked detail that is so important. It should be descriptive enough to grab someone’s attention, and is especially important when it comes to attracting newcomers.

How content has context: Knowing what your goals are when using different mediums helps give you and idea of your context in social media. Podcasting is deeper than light conversation, longer, gives you the opportunity to read different things on air, and you already know who you want to be speaking to. For example Josh communicates to other marketers and advertisers, those he has built relationships with, and those who are simply interested in such content. If if someone is not an expert but interested, the questions they offer can help shape your content.

Favorite social media tips: As Gary Vaynerchuck says, “carry your face off,” also known as be passionate about the content you share. If you’re simply phoning it in, you’ll have trouble engaging the listener. Even if you’re not an expert, being passionate will keep fans tuned in.

Also use leverage, podcasting can be a bit of an isolating medium, so getting your name out there means talking to fellow podcasters and requesting interviews with them – it’s a great way to bring fans to each others’ shows. You don’t have to go for just the big names, either, simply look to the community and see who is more or less on your level. You want to gain insights from each other.

And of course, make sure your ducks are in a row: It may sound obvious, but make sure any linking you do works. It seems a minor detail, but a link that leads to the wrong page or is broken will cost you listeners.

What’s coming up in the social media/podcasting horizon: New platforms like Pinterest are coming out. Pinterest is interesting in that it opened up the graph of taking pictures and sharing them, and following users with the content you like. It plays into what our visual society is interested in and how we still like to watch things. There may even be room in this kind of space for new platforms to come in or old ones to develop.

We’ll also be defining more specifically which platforms we choose to use. We’ll go from numerous social media sites to fewer ones simply based on what can show off what you do best, and what stresses out the least.

In terms of podcasting, we’ll see more shows coming out on different topics (whereas now we’re flooded with tech and digital shows), and platforms will become easier to use.

Even different events coming up are showing a shift in making sights way more straightforward. Those who are not as comfortable using technology will now get their chance to shine.

Thanks so much for your insight, Josh!

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