Today’s podcast is full of exciting info on the Podcast Expo – you’ve never heard me more enthusiastic (ok, maybe Friday night’s episode…) For the show notes I’m giving you two things – some quick links to those things I referred to – people and sites – and then followed by detailed notes that i tried to write while I was listening to panels and speeches. I tried to edit them live and make good line breaks – if I missed some, I can live with it, I’m really tired of editing tonight!Listen to the Podcast – Time: 38 min 45 seconds
Leo LaPorte from
- Audrey Reed-Granger from Whirlpool American Family
Tim O’Day from the Official Disneyland Resort Podcast
Paul Vogelzang from the US Treasury podcast – couldn’t find it!
Panel discussion 2
- Paul Griffin from Griffin Technologies
Dan Frakes from MacWorld Magazine
Chris Breen from Playlist Magazine
and the famous Leo LaPorte
Intermission – people I met who touched my life
- Adam Christianson from The MacCast
Teachers James Smith and Sylvester Robertson (podcasts coming soon!)
John Chambers of the One Minute Tip Podcast
Darrell Shandrow of Blind Access Journal
Mika Pyyhkala of DC Night Out
Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and podcastconnect.com
Detailed and possibly dry notes:
Jason Calacanis CEO of Weblogs Inc – sold this company to aol
Made fun of Adam Curry – delta sierra charlie…16 million dollars worth of airplane strapped to my…
Walked through all the different models he can think of on how to make money – search, podcast directories, social networking – which range from bad idea to possibly successful. his bottom line is that talent is what makes money.
Started by having a bunch of technical problems, to which he said, “I hate computers”
Proudly showed his FCC 3rd Class ticket – he had to take a test with questions like how do you calculate trasmit power. Had to be able to do morse code!
first radio station was hosted out of a brothel! He had to beg to try and get a job there. He ran religious tapes all night long, 1 our of real dj time. He actually fell asleep during his own show, 15 min of dead time and no one noticed! no one was listening.
He tried to use his real name, Leo LaPorte (Leo pronounced in the french way) but they thought it sounded gay, so he agreed to change it to Leo.
Podcasting you’re as intimate as you can get – you’re whispering in their ears. Very much closer than with TV or the web.
what do our listeners want? they want to listen to what they want, when they want, wherever they want!
Podtrac – will do free survey of your listeners, and they will match advertisers to podcasters.
One problem is that people are getting so much content that they feel guilty they’re not getting to it all and so stop listening (like what happens with magazine and newspaper subscriptions).
97% of TWIT listeners are male! Why is this?
frappr.com allows you do do push pens in a map. takes forever to load your map though. His African lisenership is very small too.
it is a community, you have to feed your community! it’s a two way street. Food/drink, then safety, THEN belonging and love, then self esteem/ego needs, the very top is self-fulfillment. As podcasters we live in the top triangle – self-fulfillment. Realize your own dreams and your deepest heart. when you fulfill your heart that’s when you succeed as a human and as a podcaster.
This is based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
Leo spoke of these levels:
1. truth – speak real
2. goodness rather than evil
3. beauty, not ugliness or vulgarity
4. Unity – not arbitratriness or forced choices (community)
5. aliveness, not deadness. speak from your heart.
9. effortlessenes – not strain. they’ll relax if you’re comfortable – playful.
10. meaningfulness rather than senselessness
it all comes down to —PASSION—
Podcasting as a Marketing Tool
Jennifer Jones consulting – moderator
Whirlpool (Audrey Reed-Granger), 4WebResults.com (Tom Parish), Disneyland (Tim O’Day), US Dept of Treasury (Paul Vogelzang)
US treasury – we tell stories too. We want to educate the public. the early adopters – efficiencies are something we have to have, so here’s an effective way with the public efficiently. Technologies we’re interested in pursing will be helped by the early adopters. Nasa and their science group is interesting.
Dis- monthly, themed around the holidays – 50 years of putting up a christmas tree – how you can do it at home. even how to take care of reindeer – we’re bringing live reindeer to the partk. You won’t know what you’ll get month to month.
WP – “American Family Podcast” – they may not have a WP appliance but they’ll be able to tell that we’re interested in them as people. Our early ones were bad! last month or two is so much better – really meaningful. we don’t advertise this – if it’s good, people will find it if it’s a true organic thing. if they didn’t find it, then I’ll stop. i measure success with people writing and saying that it meant something to them.
4W – how to measure – what if you had something on the right hand side that asked “what more would you like to know” – that would be good to measure and answer.
Treas – we think our podcast is helping to educate the citizens when we’re doing auctions of our debt – we now sell out every time.
how long should a podcast be?
- 20 min
- 25-35 min, people won’t listen longer than that
- great value to have something in the 10-20 minute frame. people have time for a couple of short ones instead of a big long one.
30-45 min – if your inteviewee is entertaining let them keep going (guy who designed the Haunted Mansion was great with the back stories). Had all 10 of the original Mousketeers were on for the 50th, we weren’t going to cut them off. our goal is 30-45.
5 minutes – Witchita Rutherford – he’s very entertaining in just five minutes
really brief – treasury likes 10-15 minute range. Auctions on Tues/th – 2 hours, but the critical time is the last 60 seconds, so we use that content to get people excited.
How important to have a really ‘radio’ sounding podcast
- American Family they don’t want something too polished, not soundbites
- Engadget sounds like they’re at a kitchen table with a cheap mic – and I listen to every one. don’t edit out every uh and baby crying in the background. Quality of the production – the type of mic, the reduced echo does make a diff in the long run to stay competitive.
Interview the “thought leaders” because they want to be heard. they will promote their content.
WP – I want our brand out there with people in a feeling of comfort. We were the Tin Man and we needed a heart. What differentiates your brand from everyone else?
how did you sell to podcasting to the treasury being a gov’t group? if an idea fits into the organizations goals, then it will go through quickly. I started with the CIO, discussed cost efficiency, which gave us some cost measurement, showed the value early. goes through a serious review – not exactly spontaneous with us!
Secrets of iPod and iTunes (well, sort of)
Paul Griffin – Griffin Tech, Chris Breen – Playlist Mag, Leo, Dan Frakes – MacWorld Magazine
iPod Economy, gear and goods, preferred podcasts, potential of portable video, now and into the future
PG – before iPods, USB adapters, mostly Mac products, but excited when the iMacs came out it started to get exciting, then iPods even more exciting. Probably half of our development is now iPod products. we make the products WE want, and we use iPods. Apple has the right pieces for this to continue to grow – the Nano is stunning hardware. Don’t see them losing in the forseeable future.
CB – what if Apple changes a connector? or if they want to get into your products?
someone is always higher in the food chain, but we’ll always be in someone’s mercy. they do sometimes say “you might not want to make a lot more of those 9 pin connector devices…”
Leo – why aren’t people upset with them about the way they closed the market with iPod and iTunes? it’s a testament to how great their products are that people aren’t incensed.
CB – Dan – do the hardware companies go nuts when Apple changes things?
DF – sure, but it’s an opportunity to sell more new products! Now you need a new remote because they got a new iPod.
Leo – there’s a reason there’s chrome on iPods – this is now a disposable commodity. I think Steve Jobs keeps the desktop locked down so you’ll be tired of it after a couple years and then buy a new OS.
User – new iPods will record 44.1kHz, not just 8 bit any more – is Griffin doing a new product for a mic?
PG – don’t expect anything soon, first of next year.
CB – how can we make money
Leo – that’s the wrong approach. there’s money to be had, but we get $10K per month just from donations to the site! If Apple will let us sell video on itunes, that could start to work. we’d like to sell TWIT for $1.99. they said they will, they’re working on it in the next couple of months.
Leo – the self actualized people have self deprecating senses of humor, not hostile senses of humor.
Paul’s favorite was a thing they did for the iMac – they made a video serial interface for the bondi blue iMac.
Leo’s gear for podcasting – constantly messing with it. Radio show is easy because I use their professional equipment. I use Adobe Audition to do a LOT of compression – reduces the dynamic range. AM radio is heavily compressed, and people are used to it. this punches it and makes it easier to hear. For TWIT it’s crazy. Nightmare to record 8 different people. Steve Gibson – Better Late than Never software to record pdocast when there would be latency normally, Skype call would sound bad to you but it will record high quality. BLTN to be released to the community. PC only. well…there will be an Intel version so it WILL be for the Mac. in the mean time, Audio Highjack Pro does 2 way skype calls.
PG – Griffin to make anything for podcasters – new iPod accessories for sure, but podcasters need to do more in software.
Alpine – ipod dock KCA429 goes in the back, control from the screen.
11/12/05 – Day 2
Keynote address – Angel Gambino VP Commercial, Strategy, and Digital Media at MTV
Doug Kaye – IT Conversations
Team ITC – volunteers do all the podcasts
Create not wealth, but value through podcasting
IT Conversations started in April of 2003, long before podcasting started. Idea was to post online the recordings of interviews during events. It grew from IT to Technology to Science to Big Ideas. not a plan, just happened that way because it was what I was interested in.
ourmedia.org for hosting your site for free – see what else it does.
podcast academy – training podcasters how to be good recording engineers. This will be our farm team for IT Conversations. you create the content, produce it, and then post it. We’ll have a rating system for how good the production value is.
“Value of Free” – when you charge for something or making it hard to get to, you reduce it’s value – it can’t be reused, it can’t be remixed, it’s reduced value. Free is highly scalable.
It’s all built on passion – volunteers will bust their butts if they’re passionate on something but not if you’re making money from it.
“Value is measured by the number of lives you touch and how deeply you touch them.” P = # people touched, V = value to each person, total value = P*V.
Bryan Walls – Podcasting for NASA
Section 508 says anything funded by the Federal Gov’t must be accessible. No advertising revenue, and no copyright concerns. Started in Dec of 2004 wiht Science@NASA podcast – first Federal podcast. in September we brought out our Spanish version Ciencia@NASA podcast
they automated their process which he recommends, using mySQL and perl scripts, but still recommends using feedvalidator.org – validate your feed every once in a while. Just recently found new rules in there and found some problems with his tags.
When asked how they decided how long to make their podcasts, he said it was related to how long the story was on the website, and you only want a web page so big. “We wanted people to get enough to chew on, more than a bite but not enough to choke on.”
He walked us through all of the podcasts both audio and video that they’ve created and talked about the advantages of each one. new podcast on it’s way is This Week @ NASA which is more of a newsreel.
Paul Figgiane – Podcasting and Advanced Post Production on the Mac Platform
production engineer for IT Conversations
podcastrigs.com showing the gear he uses. This guy was over my head from the minute he got up there!
Mike Trainor – Chief Mobile Technology Evangelist
Delighted to be here because it’s rare that someone in their lifetime can be at the very beginning of something – the energy level here shows that.
Eric Rice – Selling the Renaissance to Everyday People
there’s a button at the expo that says, “there is no “i” in podcasting, it’s all about me”
best thing to do with criticism is to repeat it back to your critics over and over as humor. it works really well, you have free show material, and they also stop criticizing.
Avoid tech speak at all costs.
separate the content from the technology. emphasize how it’s at THEIR time.
How do you make money bowling?
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