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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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Spotlight

Discovering the Community: The Games Cast

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gamescastThe guys from The Games Cast are true video game aficionados, knowing how they’re played and understanding how they’re made. Broadcasting from a cozy atmosphere their tone is conversational, yet is always informative. We spoke to one of the hosts, Phil, about their passion and just how they got into podcasting:

Other than working on The Games Cast, do any of you guys work in the gaming field professionally?

Unfortunately not. All three of us used to many years ago – it was on live television here in the UK on a channel that not a lot of people knew about. Now we just do it because we love it and we all enjoy gaming so much,

That sounds so awesome, though! Is this your first foray into podcasting? What do you like about it?

This is actually our third podcast series. Our first was for an older website. Our second was the first season of The Games Cast where we prerecorded everything and then edited together. Now we’re on our second season of TGC and we decided to use Spreaker and do everything live. We are enjoying ourselves so much more, as using Spreaker is so easy and quick to learn. No more long hours spent stitching together audio feeds!

Glad we could be of service! How did you find Spreaker?

One of our friends started doing the The Monday Movie Show here on Spreaker and we thought, this sounds brilliant and it seems so much better than precording everything, so we decided to do another season of TGC here on Spreaker.

What do you like most about using the site?

Spreaker allows us to do our shows live, and without the hassle of editing afterwards. It’s so easy to set-up and use, and our listeners love the instant feel of the podcast. I also like the fact you can have your own audio library of intro and outro music available at an instant button press. Spreaker just makes podcasting so easy!

Great! Do you use any external tools to make your podcast sound top-notch?

Apart from spending a lot of time making our intro/outro music, fillers, and loop tracks sound their best using Garageband, none actually. However we were so very grateful when Samson UK agreed to sponsor our podcast and gave us all fantastic Samson CO1U mics, as well as some excellent Sienheisser headphones – the microphones make us sound as good as we do.

Impressive sponsor, guys! Do you use Spreaker’s interactive features to chat with your fans?

Oh yes, when we’re live we point our listeners towards our Spreaker page so that they can join in the chat and leave comments, follow us, etc. Having a Spreaker page means our fans can go to the same place every time to listen to all our episodes.

What are your favorite video games?

We’ve all spent a lot of time on Burnout Paradise, but each one of us has very different tastes in games, which I know works better on the podcast. Paul and Duncan are big Formula 1 fans so they’ve been playing F1 2012 a lot,  and Duncan and I like football so we’ve been into FIFA 12 quite a bit. Paul is eagerly awaiting the new Steel Battallion game! At the moment all three of us are addicted to Trials Evolution on the Xbox 360!

Cool. What new and exciting features or games do you see coming up in the gaming world?

All the talk at the moment is about the new consoles coming up and in this period between generations it’s difficult to find new games to be overly excited about. I’d like to see a cross-platform multiplayer game that both Xbox and PS gamers can join in on. In terms of games, well Halo 4 looks epic but the one we’re all waiting for is Bioshock Infinite.

Where would you like the podcast to take you, personally or professionally?

We all do it for fun! Ideally we’d like the podcast to generate some income to cover our server and Spreaker costs (we’re going to upgrade our package soon as we like the idea of the extra stats and doing an hour’s show!). Of course, if someone were to offer us full professional roles working in the gaming media then I doubt we’d turn them down, but at the moment we’re just doing it all for fun!

Great job guys, keep gaming and keep broadcasting!

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Spotlight

The Spreaker week in recap

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You guys have made it such a great week! You’ve covered sports, language, culture, finance – is there anything you guys can’t do? Anyway, a fun and/or relaxing weekend is clearly deserved, but before we go here’s a rundown from the past five days:

Podcasts:

Sports broadcaster Max Aaron starts The Yankees Enthusiast up again, covering baseball news and offering game recaps, predictions, and analysis.

Comedy writer Neal Mayhem unleashes his racy and fun wit on Minutes of Mayhem. Listen in for hilarious banter and more!

Learn basic financial and life strategies, and from each other’s mistakes on Kitchen Table Money Talk with Louis and Angie Barjas.

Sports Team Consultants Sports Report features sportscaster Coach Chuck White reporting on the latest in local games and matches, as well as professional leagues.

PonteRadio-EVRİM brings together a group of young students in Istanbul with a passion for the Italian language.

Portanova Direzione Sud are quick podcasts that cover hot topics and buzzworthy stories happening all over Italy in real time.

Rich Greene is back with Tech Talk featuring tech news and stories for all you geeks out there. Check out his predictions on this year’s WWDC 2012.

Other:

Erik Barraud of AdsWizz talked to us about understanding and analyzing your audience to help you make better content.

The duo behind The Mervyn&Bernard iRadio Show are some of our best broadcasters! Check out their interview with Lisa of the Meridian International Children’s Festival.

Have a great weekend guys!

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Podcasting Tips

Discovering the Community: Chris Allen of The Chris Allen Weather Podcast

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Spreaker’s own Chris Allen is kicking off our newest series of interviews, where you guys are the ones to tell your stories, give advice, and be the focus of attention. You may know Chris from his show The Chris Allen Weather Podcast, and he’s been a dedicated and reliable podcaster on Spreaker for some time now.

And so, meet Chris:

How do you think doing a forecast on Spreaker compares to doing a television broadcast?

On TV, I’m very limited on time.  I have only 3 or 4 minutes to explain the weather and unfortunately, that’s only enough time to hit the highlights.  The podcast gives me time to dive a little deeper in the forecast and even explain to the listener some of the “ins” and “outs” of my forecast.

How did you find Spreaker?

I actually received an email one day that asked me to give Spreaker a try – and it just so happened that I was looking for a more user-friendly podcast service that would better fit my needs.

How large of an area do you cover?

By the airwaves, our station covers an 18-county area in Southern Kentucky, but thanks to my podcast on Spreaker, I’ve been able to track coverage well beyond our TV borders and even into other countries!

Wow, that’s great! How has Spreaker been able to help your listeners during severe weather and emergencies?

I’ve used Spreaker mostly to better help prepare my listeners for the possibility of severe weather.  When I see there is a real threat for severe storms, tornadoes, flooding or winter weather, I can broadcast through Spreaker very easily and get the word out to thousands of people quickly.

Which I’m sure is the priority. What do you like most about using Spreaker?

The interface is fantastic.  I don’t have time to do a lot of thinking about how to make my podcast work for me so Spreaker takes out all of the guesswork.  Being able to record and instantly post to all my social media pages makes this a no-brainer.

Have you used any of the interactive features of Spreaker like our chat function?

Not yet…but I am also looking forward to using the LIVE broadcast functionality of Spreaker before the next severe weather event, so I can promote a live show and use the chat function to answer listener questions.

Kentucky is right in the heart of what is sometimes called “Tornado Alley”.

More into what has been referred to as “Dixie Alley” but so far in 2012, Kentucky ranks #1 in the number of tornadoes – and we rank 3rd in the number of killer tornadoes that occur overnight.  This is why we focus so much on preparedness and safety.

And why your show is so important. What are some of the most memorable weather situations that you’ve had to work through?

While the tornadoes of early March didn’t affect our viewing area directly, they did affect Kentucky and it’s heartbreaking to hear of the losses in the northern part of the state.  But, my most memorable storm has to be the Super Tuesday outbreak of 2008.  We lost 7 lives in our area and I recall being on the air covering the storms for about 12 hours.

Did you become a weatherman because of a love for the study of climatology or do you find it more of a calling to help people?

My interest in weather actually started from a fear of storms as a child.  I was curious to learn more why violent storms had to occur in the first place.  From that fear came fascination.  I was also enamored with radio and broadcasting…so I put the two together and I’ve been at this now for almost 30 years.  As someone who was once very afraid of storms, I can now relate to those who show concern anytime we talk about severe weather.  It’s a passion…and yes, more of a mission now to make sure people are better prepared.  My motto is “know the weather before it knows you” and Spreaker helps me accomplish this mission by getting my podcasts into the ears of those that need to hear it!

Thanks for the interview Chris, and keep up the amazing work!

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Podcasting Tips

Podcasting Tip: Using a Microphone

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Podcasting is easy, but we all get caught up in the details sometimes. Common problem? Those pesky microphones.

If you’re too close, your voice is booming through, and if you’re too far, your fans can’t hear what you have to say.

The writers at Radiospeaker.it have come up with a solution. Your mouth should be about one hand’s length away from the microphone. Simple as that. It’s an ideal distance that gives you enough room to feel comfortable and sound your best.

Of course variables come into play, such as the type of microphone you’re using, the volume of your voice, and different filters and additional tools you use, so be sure to record a few test runs. In general though, one hand’s length is a good rule of thumb to go by.

Try it out next time you broadcast, and let us know how well it works out!

Source: Radiospeaker.it

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Events

The Ting Tings and Sounds From Nowheresville on Spreaker

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Hailing from the UK, the duo behind the The Ting Tings, Jules de Martino and Katie White, were cool enough to hit up Spreaker this past Monday to help present their awesome new album Sounds From Nowheresville.

On The Ting Tings Show they answered your questions, chatted about their personal stories, and featured a stellar playlist of both songs that have affected their own style, to tunes straight off the new album. From Talking Heads to Skrillex, it was over an hour of great music and feedback from fans, and we just wanted to say: great show, and thanks guys! Total honor!

Get (or pre-order, depending on where you are) Sounds From Nowheresville today, and keep up with all The Ting Tings do on Facebook and Twitter @thetings.

Looking forward to your next live podcast!

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Podcasting Tips

4 podcasting tips by Mark Ramsey of Mark Ramsey Media

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We’ve been interviewing all the who’s who of broadcasting and social media, helping to find the best bits of info and advice out there to help you be the podcasters out there. This time the accomplished Mark Ramsey of Mark Ramsey Media was kind enough to answer some of our questions. Providing us with some great sound bytes, listen in for some pointers.

Here’s a brief overview, just in case listening in is a no-no in your office:

Who he is: Mark Ramsey of Mark Ramsey Media, set out with the goal to help broadcasters sync with digital media, and help radio expand and be seen as a multi-media/multi-platform animal. He’s been involved with radio since his college years, and his business is just one of his broadcasting pursuits.

How businesses can use audio: The real questions are- what can be made better, using audio? Who are you? What kind of business do you have? What kind of problems do your consumers usually have? How can audio solve them?  It depends on what kind of business you are, for example a pool company could have a podcast on pool maintenance. It’s about seeing a business as a media brand.

Niche podcasts: They enable people to get certain things in certain ways easily.  Niche podcasts have a rich, specific audience that, most importantly, lives worldwide.

Integrating podcasts and social media: One doesn’t work without the other, and you need to get the word out.

Monetizing: It depends on the nature of the content and the business, but it’s not just about ads, it’s also about clients. In a way, through podcasts, your business is monetized, and done more effectively on a “second level”. A podcast bringing people in is essentially helping you gain more anyway.

Thanks Mark, for the great interview!

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News

Meet the Team Volume 5 #Alessandro

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Alessandro is one of our talented developers here at Spreaker, the man behind the new and improved iOS and Android apps. He took part in this week’s version of Meet the Team.

Hi Alex! Thank you for doing this interview with us and taking time out of your busy schedule. How are you?

Yesterday my dog, Luna, hurt my left shoulder while I was taking her for a walk… but I’m fine, thanks!

Oh no, so sorry to hear! Well, first, can you introduce yourself and let us know what you do at Spreaker?

Of course! My name is Alessandro, I’m 26 years old, and I come from Venice, Italy. I’m the mobile developer here at Spreaker, the iGuy :).

How did you start your job at Spreaker?

In the early days of Spreaker, a friend of mine had created a show (Sunday Night Fever) with his friends, and I would listen to them thinking “there’s no Spreaker mobile app? I can’t believe it! I have to do something about that.” A couple of emails later, I became a part of the Spreaker family, working on their first version of the iOS app.

And you did such a great job! Which Spreaker feature do you like the most?

It might sound obvious, but what I like most on Spreaker is the mobile app, both the iOS and Android versions. They allow you to listen and create audio content anywhere – you could be walking around the city, or in a train. It’s simple and tiny, but powerful and fun all at the same time!

But my favorite feature is the one we’re actually about to come out with – and no, I can’t tell you anything about it or it’ll be my head ;)!

Oh, secrets! Can you give us a few reasons why it’s great working at Spreaker?

You never get bored here! There are always things to do, discuss, and develop. Spreaker is very dynamic, feels like a team, and full of fools like me! :).

Any fun memories that you’d like to share?

While running the first tests on the recording feature of our mobile app, I would listen to episodes made by my colleagues. They would talk to me, not only about how the app was working, but also about what they were doing in the office, what they ate for lunch, or what was happening out the window – often mixing in some questionable language that I can’t repeat here. It was really funny :).

Sounds like how they would act. What are your favorite podcasts on Spreaker?

I really like talk shows about tech stuff, like SAP Technology Innovation Show, and Down the Rabbithole. Most of all, I love podcasts featuring lots of rock music!

What drives you crazy?

I call them “Sunday drivers,” and they’re people who think they’re the only ones on the road. They’re slow, they constantly look out the window, but never at the road, and they brake randomly for no reason… they’re dangerous! You can sometimes recognize them with their hats on, in the car! That’s a bad sign guys! Stay away from them! Basically they have no driving experience because, as their name states, they drive only one day a week. They drive me crazy!

Lastly, where can we find you on the internet?

The simplest way is through Twitter, follow me at @DrAL3X.

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Spotlight

Spreaker’s staff pick of the week: Lunchtime Talks at Kettle’s Yard!

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kettlesThis week Tonia’s pick!

Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, England is one of Britain’s finest galleries, housing 20th century, modern, and contemporary art. Original homeowners Jim and Helen Ede built up a collection of paintings, sculptures, and objects acquired during Ede’s time as curator of the Tate Gallery in the 1950s. Even then, Helen would host “open houses” in the afternoons, giving tours to visitors of the collection and the house itself. Kettle’s Yard is now a part of the University of Cambridge and functions as a proper gallery hosting numerous exhibitions and music events throughout the year.

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Spotlight

Spreaker’s staff pick of the week: People, Places, Things Magazine!

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peopleThis week Daniele’s pick!

People, Places, Things Magazine, a podcast brought to you by Critique Review, is a great example of a well-rounded talk show. The title says it all, topics are inspired by people, places, and things, and everything is game. The host is dedicated to spreading news on health, wellness and injury prevention issues, and much more. It’s all about providing truth and information to better understand the world we live in.

Episodes jump from skin care, to tips on better blogging, to what’s the latest news on American Idol. Guests are a regular occurrence, and the banter is lively and fun, no matter what the topic. Even when discussing GMOs (genetically modified organisms), the conversation is interesting and engaging.

Take a glance at Critique Review’s site, and follow People, Places, Things Magazine on Facebook and Twitter, too.

And of course, make sure to follow them on Spreaker!

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