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The New Google Podcast App: Review, Background, and Benefits

Google officially launched its standalone podcast app for Android. As of right now, it is available for download in the Google Play store. This was well expected, given the steady drumbeat of preview posts that Google had collaborated with the branded podcast studio Pacific Content to produce and publish. Those write-ups laid out how the search giant viewed its place in the audio universe, how it might contribute to the easing of its frictions, and how it might move to own a piece of the whole thing. And then there was the matter of last week’s code sighting, which suggested the prospect of a standalone podcast app in addition to the core audio search features that Google was apparently baking into its main Android search app. That suggestion turned out to be signal, as a standalone app is...

If You have a Podcast, Here’s the Right Way to Deal With Criticism

If you’re behind a microphone, in whatever capacity in whatever particular field of broadcasting, then there are two things you will not be able to escape. The first of these is that your voice will not sound the same when you listen back to your work. This can make you cringe and a little self-conscious. But you’ll get used to it. It’s actually helpful to hear back what you’ve recorded. The other thing you’ll face is criticism. There are two types of criticism you can face. One of these is actually super helpful and you should bare it in mind to help you grow. The other can be harmful. So it’s important to know the difference, and then to train yourself to block the latter out. 1.) CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM Constructive criticism is good. With this, people are listening to your podcast and g...

The major podcasting trends in 2018

Every year, Infinite Dial releases the results of research from Edison and Triton in regards to the podcasting industry. The research obtained entails the specifics on the size of the podcasting industry, the demographics of the industry’s audience, and just how the audience consumes podcasts. This year’s findings are exciting and generating a lot of buzz in the podcasting industry. Here are 5 trends to consider: MORE PEOPLE LISTENING TO PODCASTS THAN SATELLITE RADIO While podcasting still has some way to go before it catches up to terrestrial radio, it’s becoming easier for audiences to listen in their cars as in-car entertainment systems become more connected with the internet. Also, it’s interesting to note that podcasting has overtaken listening to satellite radio this year. Meaning, t...

How To Improve Podcasting Workflow So You Can Get The Most Out Of Your Time

Okay, so you’ve decided to start a podcast. Or, perhaps you have a podcast and you want to make the production of it a bit smoother.  6 easy steps to help improve your podcasting workflow so you can get the most out of your time! 1.) Plan It sounds rather cliche, but planning out exactly what you want to do with your podcast will help keep you on task. So, take some time and figure out exactly what you’re trying to accomplish. List the types of topics you want to tackle on your podcast. Think about potential content: from headlines to skits, to local conventions, jot it all down. Anything can potentially become content. Then, set aside a specific schedule for your podcast production and stick to it. Figure out the time per week needed to put together a solid show and set time aside for it....

4 Easy steps to Launch a Hit Podcast

Podcasting is all the rage these days and the trajectory of that trend is sure to watch it grow. However, what’s the point of creating a podcast if no one is listening, right? Sure, you could just do it for the love of the medium, but let’s be honest: you kinda want to create a podcast so that you can connect your ideas to other people so you can grow an audience. Well, here’s a quick, four-step plan to help you get on your way to podcast popularity! Step 1: Decide on your podcast’s main concept and the style you want to present it Sure, that seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be amazed by how many folks decide to launch a podcast without a solid foundation of what it’s going to be about, or the style in which it’s presented. Sadly, those folks figure out rather quickly that foundational i...

How to really make money podcasting

While it may be true that you’re podcasting for the love of it, we all have bills and responsibilities so, it wouldn’t hurt to make a few extra bucks doing what you love, right? Podcasting in of itself has been around for some time, but it’s only now starting to gain momentum in popularity so now would be a good time to jump into the podcasting craze, produce engaging content, build an audience and make some money. If you want to make a little money on the side with your passion (or, perhaps down the road, turn your passion into a full-time career) there are a few things you can do to get the ball rolling. WHATS IS THE MAIN FOCUS FOR YOUR PODCAST? First, you have to decide the topic of your podcast. This seems like a no-brainer, but there are two ways you can go with this: you can go...

Why are so many podcasts doing LIVE shows?

You’ve probably seen it floating past your eyes in your social media feeds: the such-and-such podcast was going to be recording LIVE in this city or that city. Outlets like RadioLab, Crooked Media, Ricochet, and even NPR have all done this: recording a podcast in front of a live audience. As a podcast host (or, potential podcast host) you might be thinking, “Is this a good idea for me?” The answer isn’t quite so simple. On the one hand, it’s a great opportunity to meet and connect with listeners and potential listeners, as well as gain access to additional revenue. However, putting on a live show requires a different skill set than simply recording in your studio or home studio (as the case may be.) Also, it’s important to point out that not every podcast has a formula that can translate w...

How to make your podcast a hit in Apple Podcasts

It’s said that around 70% of podcast listeners come through the iTunes app. However, in my opinion, that isn’t a stat that podcasters should focus on. The reason being is that there are so many other untapped avenues to gain new listeners. Plus, leaning toward non-conventional methods of gaining listeners benefits podcasting as a whole. By breaking out of the iTunes box, podcasters are no longer competing for the same set of ears. That being said, how do podcast charts work on iTunes and shape the listening experience? Well, for one, charts cater to new subscribers and reviews. Like many social media platforms, iTunes benefits from engaging subscribers and keeping them in the platform. Second, the iTunes charts are mainly designed to be a sort of “tool of discovery.” It rewards podcasts th...

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