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Apple Podcast Announcement Wrap-up – PCN Show 043

Apple’s announcement this week at the end of the Worldwide Developer Conference is some of the biggest podcasting news to happen in years. That’s why I’ve decided to dedicate an entire episode to it. Links: New Features for Listeners, Stats for Podcasters Coming to Apple Podcasts Apple’s new Podcast app, feeds, and analytics: What you need to know Apple podcasts WWDC 2017 – Session 512


11 Jun 2017

Rank #1

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From Length to Limbaugh? – PCN 042

In this episode, Shawn and Jen discuss the idea that there is a perfect length for a podcast episode. We mention the potential future of podcasting for Conservatives. We also talk about why a brand could benefit from having its own podcast – and end with an example of how NOT to do that. Links mentioned in this episode: * Podcasting gives brands a voice. So why don’t more companies podcast? By Chris Lee for City A.M. * Podcast Suicide: 5 Errors to Avoid By Charlotte Micklewright for the Spreaker Blog * Sorry Virginia there is no such thing as the perfect length for a podcast By Rob Walsh for Podcast411 * Will Podcasting Bring Us the Next Rush Limbaugh? By Stephen Kent for The American Conservative * Ivanka Trump had aspirations for a women-in-business podcast, but alas By Tonya Riley for Death and Taxes


28 May 2017

Rank #2

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Footballing Introverts Anonymous – PCN 041

In this episode, Shawn and Jen discover that there actually are audio footballing (or soccer) podcasts out there.  Who knew?  We give hope to introverts who think they couldn’t possibly do podcasting. (You can do it!). And we point out a podcast with an anonymous host who is providing a beneficial service to listeners. Links mentioned in this episode: * 3 Quick Ways to Improve Your Podcast Episode Titles By Charlotte Micklewright for the Spreaker Blog * Introverts Are Redefining Podcast and Career Stories By Sarah Rhea Werner for Forbes * A golden age for footballing audio By Sidin Vadukut for Live Mint * First Columbus Podcast Festival Celebrates A Scene On The Rise By Clare Roth for WOSU Radio * Meet the Podcasters Bringing Alcoholics Anonymous Into the Digital Age By Emanuel Cavallaro for Narratively


5 May 2017

Rank #3

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We’re All Mainstream Now! – PCN 040

In this episode, Shawn and Jen give you a round-up of articles that predict what will happen in podcasting in 2017.  We discuss what we think about the potential rise of “walled gardens”, the future of advertising in podcasts, and what it means that we’re all mainstream now. Links mentioned in this episode: * Podcasting set to go mainstream in 2017 By Richard Brooks on TechCentral * Why branded podcasting could more than double in 2017 By Max Williams on Digiday * Podcasters of color are striving to amplify ‘the actual voices of marginalized folks’ By Charles Pulliam-Moore on Business Insider * 2017: Podcasting’s Breakthrough Year By Dave Van Dyke for Bridge Ratings * Behind Scripps’ Podcasting Bet By Michael Depp on TVNewsCheck * For Black History Month, iTunes has put together a collection called The Black Experience. It features several podcasts with Black hosts. For #BlackHistoryMonth we put together podcasts, books, TV & more to shine a light on current & historical leaders.https://t.co/RFDqtYUv4B pic.twitter.com/RM5dvkeit1 — iTunes Podcasts (@iTunesPodcasts) February 6, 2017 * Women in Podcasting: Interview with Fariha Roisin and Zeba Blay Fariha Roisin and Zeba Blay are the hosts of Two Brown Girls. They did an “email interview” with Jen for Podcaster News in 2015.


10 Feb 2017

Rank #4

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Podbbang! – PCN 039

In this episode, Shawn and Jen talk about a Korean podcasting platform that is more popular in Korea than iTunes is.  We debate the value of transcription of podcast episodes, and ponder if Shortcut (and services like it) can really make audio more sharable. Ironically, we also get into a discussion about the importance of consistency in podcasting (despite the fact that we haven’t been super consistent.) Links mentioned in this episode: * Podcasts become a viral hit with Koreans By Song Kyoung-Son for Korea Joongang Daily * This American Life listeners are sharing audio in unexpected ways By Elizabeth Hansen for Columbia Journalism Review * Podcast Blogging By Jessica Rhodes (on JessicaRhodes.biz) * ‘Stop Podcasting Yourself’ and the Reliable Consistency of Podcasts By Noah Jacobs on Splitsider * 21 Podcasts to Help You Outsmart Your Competition in 2017 By Jeremy Goldman for Inc. Thank you to: Dave Nelson of Galactic Network and Grizzly Smith of Grizzly’s Growls Podcast for their comments.


21 Jan 2017

Rank #5

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The Passion of the Pods – PCN 038

In this podcast, Shawn and Jen talk about the passion involved in podcasting. People often start podcasts about something they are passionate about. That same passion can come out in weird ways in response to either praise or a critique of their show. Links mentioned in this episode: * Podcasting: ‘It builds trust, credibility and brand loyalty’ By Emma Sheppard for The Guardian * Why it’s time to start writing about podcasts as culture By Caroline Crampton for New Statesman * Please, Please, For The Love of God: Do Not Start a Podcast By Ryan Holiday for Thought Catalog * 5 Secrets Coming from a Finalist of the ‘Best Business Podcast’ From On Podcast Engineers * Why Are Podcasters So Sensitive to Both Criticism and Praise? By Nathan Rabin for Splitsider


6 Nov 2016

Rank #6

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Movies, Moms and McPoverty – PCN 037

In this episode, Shawn and Jen talk about what could happen if your podcast became a movie (or TV show). We also discuss why moms should listen to podcasts, and point out the stories behind some podcaster’s Twitter handles. Links mentioned in this episode: * On the Emerging Trend of Adapting Podcasts into TV Shows and Movies By Paola Mardo on FilmSchoolRejects * 11 best podcaster Twitter handles (and the stories behind them) By Matt Williamson on Bello Collective * Millennial moms love listening to podcasts By Denise Cortes on BabyCenter * History Podcasts Made by Women By Calen Cross on Bello Collective * Students explore podcasting in classes, radio broadcasting By Connie Meade on The Knox Student


18 Oct 2016

Rank #7

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Pirates, Wrestlers, and Runners – PCN 036

In this episode, Shawn and Jen talk about pirates that steal other people’s audio content. We review some options about what you can do if your content is stolen, and point out a site that tends to end up with a lot of stolen content. We also talk about why it is a good idea to listen to a podcast while you are running. And we finish the show with a nice story about a podcaster who participated in the Rio Olympics. Links mentioned in this episode: * Takedown or Shakedown Notices: What You Need To Know About DMCA and Podcasts By Attorney Barry Kantz on PowerPress Podcast * When Will Youtube Deal With Its Audiobook and Podcast Piracy Problem? By Ryan Holiday on Observer * Tracking metrics expected to improve as podcasts grow By April Simpson on Current * Running is the perfect time for podcasts By Carolee Belkin Walker on TribLive * Love of wrestling leads Jason Bryant from Poquoson to public-address announcer at Rio Olympics By Marty O’Brien on Daily Press


8 Sep 2016

Rank #8

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The Unskippable Episode – PCN 035

In this episode, Shawn and Jen discuss the dream of all advertisers who place their ads on podcasts – the unskippable episode. The advertisers are super interested in finding some way to know, for certain, how many listeners actually heard their ad (and how many skipped right over it). This motivation values ads more highly than the content of your podcast. In addition, we give you a really good example of how to advertise your podcast without annoying people. It takes a little creativity, but has great potential. We also poke at the concept of getting to the top of iTunes. Links mentioned in this episode: * Podcasting Has an Ad-Skipping Problem, Too By Stephen Perlberg on The Wall Street Journal * May the Podcast Marketing Be With You By Mathew Passy on PodToPod * Podcasting and the Big Picture, Part 2: Simple Tweaks to Increase Your Traffic By Blubrry Team on PowerPress Podcast * Podcast stats: what we (don’t) know By James Cridland on Asia Radio Today * How to Take Your Podcast to the Top Rank on iTunes By Podcast Engineers at Podcast Engineers


30 Jul 2016

Rank #9

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A List, a How To, and a WTF – PCN Show 034

In this episode, Shawn and Jen discuss two articles that provide advice on how to start your own podcast. One is intended for those who are brand new to podcasting, and the other brings up thoughts of WTF. We also review yet another list that is in response to the infamous one done by Collision Media. Links mentioned in this episode: * Amazon Wants People to Pay for Podcasts By Joshua Brustein on Bloomberg * The Top Woman in Radio Says Podcasting Needs More Women By Valentina Zarya on Fortune * How to start your own podcast without any experience By K. Thor Jensen on Geek * How to Start Your Own Podcast: Tech Talk with Marc Maron By Josh Rosenberg on SPIN * The Pod 11 – The most influential Entities in Podcasting By Rob Walch on podCast411


13 Jul 2016

Rank #10