Podcasting Smarter: Season 1, Episode 9

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Focus On Your Audience First with Elijah Bailey

This week on Podcasting Smarter, our guest is Elijah Bailey who podcasts out of Blacken Studios, a professional podcast studio located in Oklahoma City. Elijah is the co-host of several podcasts including: The Elijah Bailey ShowThe Black BoxHoya The Warrior Way Podcast, and A Lil Bit O Anime.

Elijah’s Podcasting Smarter Tips: 

  • Don’t obsess over downloads. Instead, focus on giving your audience what they want, so they want more.
  • Strive for joy in the production of your show while staying consistent, and producing quality content. When that joy is gone, it may be time to end your podcast.
  • As a co-host for several shows, he looks for a 50/50 split in responsibilities as well as a balance in air time on the show for a healthy, long-term working relationship.
  • Make it easy for people to find and listen to your show. Elijah’s initial audience members were his friends and family. He actually showed them on their phones hwo to subscribe and listen to the show. He also carries business cards for his shows that he can hand out to anyone he meets.
  • He always asks what his “Perfect Audience Member” wants from his show.
  • Elijah is active on social media, but pays attention to whether or not those Facebook likes are converting to listeners and subscribers.
  • Elijah sets 3 month goals for each of his shows. This ensures that he is always making progress and growing his podcast.
  • A podcaster needs a mindset of determination to get through moments of discouragement.
  • Go to conferences associated with your podcast content to find and meet great guests for your show.
  • Elijah’s first step in monetizing his show started by approaching local business and presented compelling stats and competitive advertising rates to get their first sponsors.

Elijah’s Fantasy PodcasterBruce Lee

Elijah’s Hypothetical Podcast About His LifeA Walk Of Contemplation

Find all of Elijah’s podcasts on Podbean and at BlackenStudios.com.

Podcasting Smarter Episode 4: Austin Petersen

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Podcasting To Advance Your Cause with Austin Petersen: Season 01 Ep. 4

Austin Petersen is the founder and owner of The Libertarian Republic, and the host of The Freedom Report podcast. Austin  grew The Freedom Report podcast into a popular, political news source which now earns over a million downloads a month. Austin credits the influence of his podcast for his former candidacy for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 nomination for President of the United States. He came in second to Gary Johnson.

Take Aways from This Episode

Podcasting Smarter Tips From Austin:

It can be dangerous to share how you truly feel on your podcast. You risk alienating people. You may lose career opportunities.

On the future of podcasting: Podcasts will be important in advancing individualism, and will take power away from mainstream media, and corporations.

Find a niche that is not being served well and hopefully aligns with your passion and/or your business. Don’t do what everyone else is doing unless you can offer a unique value proposition.

Think of your social media followers and fans as customers. Give the people what they want. Always serve your audience. Think about what they want to know, and what interests them.

Social media engagement has a dollar value of about $1.50 per thousand, so build your audience and engagement to attract advertisers.

Your audience will connect with you based on your attitude. What you put out there, you will get back.

You can attract people to you through your podcast that can help you advance your cause, promote your idea, or even marketing your business.

Must Listen To Epsiode: Can We Kill ISIS Without Sacrificing Liberty

Listen to The Freedom Report on Podbean

Podcasting Tools: RINGR

We will be featuring various tools and resources for podcasters on the Podcasting Blog. We hope you enjoy this guest post from Tim Sinclair

When starting RINGR in July of 2014, my primary goal was to solve a problem I encountered as a radio host: I was tired of conducting phone interviews with guests and having the audio sound like Neil Armstrong when he landed on the moon in 1969. It amazed me that—all these years later—broadcasters and podcasters still battled static and drop out and latency. The industry had accepted that poor quality audio was “just how it was.” So, I launched RINGR.

At RINGR, we want to change the way long-distance interviews are recorded.
We built a technology that allows you to record anyone, anywhere in the world, on any device and sound like you are in the same room at the same time. Telephones and Voice-over-IP apps (like Skype) heavily compress audio to transmit it down a phone line or over the internet, leaving it sounding hollow and thin and full of holes. RINGR simultaneously locally records lossless audio on each device and then merges the files together…eliminating the static, delay, and dropout you find in a typical telephone or Skype recording.

How Does RINGR Work?



When you make a call with RINGR, the audio for each participant is both being recorded on each respective device (at high quality) and being sent over the network to facilitate a back-and-forth conversation.

Upload &Process
After the call, the audio is automatically uploaded to the RINGR servers where our adaptive leveling, volume normalization and synchronization algorithms stitch the files together and maximize the quality of the recording.

Once processed, the recordings are exported directly to the interviewer in a variety of file types, formats and mixdowns…including mono; stereo and split-tracks.

What’s the difference?
The compression applied to conventional telephone or POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) phone calls or VoIP (Voice-over-IP) call audio allow the audio to be streamed over the internet reliably and at low bandwidth. However, the quality of the audio is greatly (and noticeably) compromised. This ‘lossy’ compression reduces the size of the file but, unfortunately, sounds terrible. Most people are quite familiar with the difference this compression makes to the audio and can easily tell whether a recording was made over a telephone, VoIP (e.g. Skype) or in a studio environment.

RINGR is designed to avoid this compression and provide you with a studio quality recording from each participant. The audio is automatically synchronized, leveled and merged with the other recordings…producing a single studio-quality recording where the parties sound like they are in the same room at the same time.

Take Your Studio Anywhere
We started RINGR on mobile because we wanted you to be able to carry your “studio” with you anywhere – after all, do we really get vacation these days? We have one podcaster who moved to Bali for several months because hewouldn’t miss a beat recording his podcast with RINGR. RINGR mobile also allows the experience for your guest to be seamless. You can even invite them from the RINGR app, so all they need is their mobile phone.

Convenience In Your Studio
In addition to mobile, we knew we wanted to impact the experience in the studio too. So, we built RINGR desktop. With RINGR running in the browser on your studio computer, you can be behind your beloved microphone…and your guest can be at the coffee shop, in the car, or on their couch.

The RINGR mobile app has proven to be a benefit primarily to individual personalities, podcasters, and their guests who do not have access to a professional studio. But with RINGR desktop everyone sounds better: entire radio stations, high-end podcasters, and anyone else who sits in a studio all day like I used to. It’s the highest sound quality possible without expensive equipment or telecommunications systems.

Your guests will sound amazing, you’ll sound like you always do, and you’ll both sound like you’re right there in the same room. I invite you to give RINGR a try for free today!

Thanks to Tim for his guest post! We’d love to hear from those of you who have tried RINGR…join the Podcasting Smarter Facebook group to join in our discussions! You might also want to check out the RINGR blog, including Podbean’s recent post about podcast hosting.