Rob Greenlee, Steven Lee, Daniel J. Lewis and Ray Ortega discuss where podcasting has been, is now and where it’s headed in the future.
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Great Roundtable! I would be interested to hear your thoughts on SoundCloud, Ray. It wasn’t mentioned during the discussion but SoundCloud are trailing a platform for ‘spoken word’ podcasters. Surely a heavily social platform like SoundCloud could only be beneficial if you have a podcast? I’m not on it for podcasting but I do send out all our audio production demos through SoundCloud. I love the timed comment feature especially.
Is it wise to syndicate your content in different places (for instance via Libsyn, YouTube and SoundCloud etc.)? My only concern is that your audience (and listening statistics) would become fragmented. Thoughts?
Thanks for watching! We do discuss Soundcloud briefly and it’s social features. I don’t use it much personally but it has come in handy once in awhile.
As a podcasting service they don’t have the features I would want and for the same price or less you can get real podcasting hosting at Libsyn or blubrry. But of course if you like the comment features that the player gives you, you could still use that player on your site.
As for syndication, I’ve always been a big advocate for getting your content in front of anyone and everyone who might want to consume it. Yes, you might have to aggregate your stats which means working a little hard if you need to report them but it will only benefit you because you’ll pick up an audience everywhere you post. An audience you would not have likely gotten had you not released your episodes on said site.
Thanks again for listening. I’m not sure if that answers your Soundcloud question but we can always chat about it more. You likely have more experience with the platform than I do so I’m always interested in hearing more.
Regarding the naming convention…I think Daniel and Rob hit it on the head.
We know our ‘thing’ is a Podcast BUT thats ONLY in terms of its distribution.
Thats the important point and distingtion that needs to be made and taken on board by some ‘Podcasters’. We in fact do, create, have available Audio Shows, Video, Video Shows, Audio and Video Series. That what we have and do…I have for example an Audi Show (My Podcast) you can get it direct from my site vie the player, you can get it by direct download of the file AND you ca get it as a PODCAST item via my RSS feed.
Thanks to this roundtable conversation and much thinking, I am starting to consider not using the term Podcasting so much and refer to its use more as one of the means and ways you can get my Internet Radio Show. Now thats a big decision I have to make, because I have so many significant domains with the term Podcast in them. Umm?? But honestly its does make sense…I don’t do a podcast, I create n Audio based Show and make it available via and as an RSS feed ie Podcast. This is one of the reasons I am sure the we now have Blog world being named back to New Media Expo. We have Audio Media, Video Media, Live Feed Media etc. They can all be consumed in any number of ways, one of those being via Podcast…and btw we ust remember Podcast is Audio AND Video, its also live feed taken and repackaged for on demend consumtion as or via podcast technology = RSS based. Do we call written site contyent via RSS a Podcast? No we don’t, we call it content via an RSS feed.
Yep I am thinking I have a Radio Show available via RSS, we call that ‘method’ a Podcast.
So much food for thought! lol
Thanks for the feedback. I’d say that the concern over a name is a little overdone. The medium was born as podcasting and is widely accepted as such. By your own logic, calling it a Radio show available via RSS would also be inaccurate because your show is not indeed on the radio. Unless it is;)
I refer to myself as a Web Producer because I produce all kinds of content that lives on the web. I call my shows podcasts because that how they were designed to be primarily consumed. Ultimately it doesn’t really matter what you call it as long as the person you are talking to knows what you mean. I often just refer to my podcasts as shows.
I’m glad the Roundtable made you think. That’s its primary purpose. And it sounds like you took some of the conversation and adapted it for your own content which is exactly what I’m trying to accomplish. So whatever you call it I wish you continued success and I look forward to hearing more from you.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge and opinions. I’m looking at potentially starting a podcast centered around technology (networking, servers, storage) and I’ve been doing some research to understand where the technology is today and what the future of podcasting might hold.
I guess the down side of doing a video podcast using Google+ Hangouts would be post editing right? No opportunity to edit out the uhms or clean up the dead time between speakers. I can imagine it getting better over time as the hosts learn how to behave and act but for guests it might be difficult to pick up right away. I guess I’m trying to gauge the ability to reach a larger audience over the polish of the actual product (videocast).
Q: who do you super impose your name and tagline into the video? Is that a feature of Google+ Hangouts?
Thanks for the comments. Technically you could still edit the video if you wanted. You could download the mp4 that YouTube makes available to you and bring that into an editor and edit as you like.
However, especially since they haven’t yet enabled HD, your recompressed SD video would be even more degraded.
I wouldn’t worry too much about ums, ahs and such. Remind yourself to slow down and you’ll eliminate a lot of that and of course like you said, experience will help.
But the main goal is to start creating the content. If that’s good, the other will fall away and not be very noticeable.
The lower thirds are created within the On-Air Hangout which have plugins you can install for various things like titling.
iTunes, NPR etc were mentioned during the roundtable. Why not include them in the conversations? Is anyone in the podcasting world reaching out to them and establishing relationships? I think their insights would be a valuable contribution to the roundtable in the same way that Adam Tinkoff’s appearance provided balance in the second episode. It was refreshing to hear someone talk about their community being their main focus.
Different podcasters have different focuses – sound quality, money, large audience, marketing/promotion of a business, passion for a hobby. All voices are valid and add to the discussion.
Where I’m coming from is that I have an audience already. I’m just trying to find the mix of New Media that works for me to communicate with my audience. I think podcasting is going to be the answer but just as easily it could be blogging, video, etc
Thanks Marian. The key is multi-media. Be where your audience is. The most success will come from a blend of all things digital and analog. But you can’t always do it all. Blogging, podcasting, video, meetups, they are all valuable but the key to find out where your audience is and reach out. make sure you can be found at the places they are looking for your content.
With the Podcasters’ Roundtable the goal is to get any and all voices in the podcasting world heard. Each episode brings on at least one new voice in the space and over time there will be an incredibly large number of opinions which should help speak to most of the audience.
Thanks for checking out the show and for the feedback!
You write: “of course if you like the comment features that the [Soundcloud] player gives you, you could still use that player on your site.”
But how exactly would that work? Does it mean the episode’s mp3 would have to be hosted at both Libsyn AND Soundcloud… with the SC waveform player embedded in the blog post? If so, what happens when someone wants to subscribe to the podcast from that particular post/episode on your website? How would you then point them to the RSS feed that’s tied to the mp3 at Libsyn? …. And what if people in the Soundcloud community wanted to subscribe after listening to the show on their SC stream?
(I confess that I’m still trying to wrap my head around exactly how the whole RSS system works.)
Thanks in advance for your help…
Alan yes I think you’d have to upload to SC if you wanted to use their player. Obviously in your episode you would tell people where to subscribe if you wanted (call to action) and on the page on your website there would be links and buttons to subscribe. You could make the SC file as private but the embed should still work or you could make it public and people on SC could subscribe there and listen there. You just want them to listen…wherever;) But you would have info in your podcast episode that would let them know you’re available on iTunes and your website as well. This is more work but people are picky about their players. So this is how you would use SC’s. Thanks for watching!
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