I have a fear that podcasters are taking the “build it and they will come” approach. One’s attitude could quickly become cavalier once their newest episode is uploaded. Sit back, put your feet up, and wait for people to come find it, right? Wrong.
Apr 4,2018 / By Georgia Grey / 1 Comment
So, you’ve got the podcast but you’re still not seeing the listener engagement you were hoping for. Never fear! We’ve rounded up five of the best tactics to help you see your podcast participation go up, all it requires from you is a little time and planning and you should start to see the broadcaster / listener back and forth increase in no time!
Nov 15,2016 / By Tonia / No Comment
Besides its general increased use, podcasting has also landed on new content landscapes in the past two years, becoming a medium that content marketers can turn to when it comes to building relationships with potential clients. Marketers and consultants – the entire marketing sector, even – have started using this “new” tool as another way to stay in touch with the communities that follow them.
As part of my job at Spreaker, I study what can seem like a heterogeneous podcasting ecosystem to find common patterns that can help me with my daily struggle in understanding this fast growing market. One of the most interesting things I’ve noticed in the last months is the use of podcasting as a main platform in content marketing strategies.
Nov 2,2016 / By Georgia Grey / No Comment
Podcasting doesn’t end when you hit “Publish.” Your content needs to get to your listeners’ ears, and effective distribution means sharing your content quickly and looking good while you do it. But when your podcasting to-do list is already inundated with different tasks – mixing, editing, uploading, describing, tagging – some of the process risks falling by the wayside.
That’s why we’ve been focusing so much on the new CMS, to offer you a dashboard full of quality tools and features to help you every step of the way. Today, we’re eager to show you the newest addition: the ability to auto-share “camera-ready” episodes to all your social networks.
Here’s what we mean:
Aug 17,2016 / By Chiara Sagramola / 1 Comment
If you think about all the books you’ve read, and how you chose them for their great covers, you know how important first impressions are. That’s especially the case when confronting any library of infinite content, like iTunes when it comes to podcasts.
So how can you make a great first impression and get listeners to tune in to your podcast? Follow these 9 steps to making great, eye-catching, and clear artwork for your podcast.
Springtime is here, but we’re already fully scheduled with different projects all through the upcoming months, including participating in a summer must for podcasters: Podcast Movement. The annual podcasting event will take place from July 6th – 8th in Chicago and is going to be the gathering for anyone interested in or involved with podcasting.
Feb 1,2016 / By Chiara Sagramola / 2 Comments
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.
Many may recall fond memories of the booming rave scene of the 90s, wearing phat pants and dancing to thrilling beats. Tightly linked with the scene was Kikwear, the clothing line of choice for EDM fans and fashionistas alike. We had the chance to speak to CEO of the company, Alex Berenson, on the resurgence of the subculture, and the company’s new developments.
Do you mind introducing yourself?
My name is Alex Berenson and I’m the CEO/Co-founder of Kikwear, Inc. I started the company in 1991 with my closest childhood friend Gregg Ostrow, who is still my partner today.
Tell us about Kikwear – how did it begin?
Kikwear came onto the clothing scene in 1991 with one product that we basically invented called “Longy Boxers.” We hated traditional boxers and so did all of our buddies so we started making a really kool below the knee style in plaids, stripes and tons of different fabrics. They were super comfortable with their plush back elastic and roomy fit. By 1992, we dropped a complete line of gear including pants, shorts, t’s, hoodies and head wear. We also had a very iconic character named “Chucky” that was a rasta looking dude and was the emblem that we put on just about everything. From there, we started to focus on pants primarily and it was sort of by accident that we got recognized in the rave scene. Our retail accounts were asking us for wide leg bottoms and we had no idea that they were going to capture the attention of ravers. One thing lead to another and soon started making super phat pants that became incredibly popular with ravers. The combination of our wide leg silhouette and “K” embroidery on the back of every pant launched us into unchartered ground with the EDM culture, and our pants became staples for ravers around the world by 1995.
When, and why do you think, did Kikwear begin to be identified with rave culture? Were you personally already a part of that scene?
The rave culture is all about freedom of expression, individuality and P.L.U.R.R. as we see it. Nobody should be judged for how they dress, dance or anything else that is important to that person. The idea that people can really let it all hang out and be natural is so cool. There simply isn’t any culture or scene that remotely compares to the rave way of life, and it is a way of life for those who are embedded in it. They wouldn’t have it any other way and are driven by the epic music. The kandi trading also adds a layer to this scene that is sacred and can be a very emotional aspect. People have tons of stories about each piece they’ve got and that defines a huge part of what this culture represents.
Kikwear started to infiltrate the rave scene in the mid 90s as the rave parties were in full swing. We were one of a small group of companies that constantly made gear that was fresh and amazing for dancing. Our fabric, fit and logos became recognizable in a big way, so we were accepted as a brand that was always evolving. We loved pushing the envelope with phats that got wider every few months. We listened to what our fans wanted and made sick merchandise that they could relate to. I wasn’t a raver before Kikwear, but once I started making clothing for this scene I hit up my fair share of parties. I wanted to see for myself what it was all about to better understand who our customers were and why.
Kikwear fits great with the rave scene today because we’re all in. We aren’t just a clothing company selling pants, but one that stands by the “family” element of the EDM culture. We have a global presence because our goal is to have everyone involved. There’s an international street team, resident DJ team, and we sponsor a lot of parties. We want to be close to our fans and have them feel part of what we are. Our social media platform helps us involve the Kik fans around the world, especially our Facebook page, which we try to make a lot of fun and interactive. We love the feedback on what our loyal fans like and want to see from us in the future.
What other music genres and subcultures has Kikwear been connected with?
The beauty of Kikwear is that we seem to have attracted fans from multiple EDM genres. Our resident DJ team comprises of several hardcore artists, but we feature techno, house, trance, trap, breaks, house, dnb and many other genres on our Kikwear Morning Mix FB segment. We love giving exposure to both well known and unknown artists. Every artist has his/her own sound and can use a little extra love so KW is here to support them.
You have close relationships with many artists, like Zoe VanWest, and as you mentioned, have a resident DJ team. Could you go into that, and describe the importance of those relationships?
We have a close knit family and I try my best to get to know everyone on Team Kikwear. Developing a great working relationship with our resident DJs is critical. They give us so much advice and knowledge which helps us tremendously. Without their support and dedication, I honestly don’t think that we would have re-emerged as quickly. They’ve helped educate the new generation of ravers about the iconic standing of our brand as has our insane street team. You ask about Zoe VanWest, who has been with Kikwear since the middle of 2012 when we were in the very early stages of rebooting. She’s a sponsored artist, street team leader of Florida and also our Kikgirl designer. Kikgirl will drop in the Spring/Summer of next year and we’re really stoked to bring Kikwear’s little sister back to the stage.
You also sponsor lots of events. What will you be involved with next?
We sponsored a lot of events this year and plan to continue that in 2014. What better way to reach our fans than through the party circuit we support and vice versa. They’re awesome for the company and the ravers who attend them. Part of our sponsorship entails supplying the promoters with stickers and give away gear which adds an exciting layer to these events for the ravers. We use our social media to promote the events and feature artists playing them on our Kikwear Morning Mix. The ravers can walk away from a Kik party with some of our gear and get to know who we are too. In 2013, we sponsored events in the States and Canada only. Going forward, we’d like to be involved with parties in other places around the world. We’ve got a presence in Australia thanks to resident DJ S3RL and our street team there. The same thing goes for the U.K. and Sc@r who’s a sponsored DJ. We will continue building our DJ team internationally and see where that takes our sponsored events.
What can fans of Kikwear expect from the new line?
Kikwear’s mission has and always will be to make the most epic EDM gear for an affordable price. We are never going to be satisfied with what we did yesterday and will never become complacent. The scene is on the move and so are we as a brand.
Thanks so much Alex! Check out their site now, and first time shoppers who join their mailing list will enjoy a 10% discount.
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