New Motion Graphic Intro for YouTube

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Here’s a new motion graphic that will play at the front end of most of my YouTube videos. I’ve been wanting to update the intro to my videos for a long time and I finally got around to it. The key is that it is short and branded. [Read more…]

TPS 070 – Show intros, Zoom H4n and the Top Podcast Directories

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I recently spoke on the topic of podcasting at Social Media Week D.C. (#SMWDC) and it presented some great opportunities to use gear that I don’t always use and speak to people face to face instead of from behind the mic. This of course led to some insights that are perfect for podcasters.

Public speaking introduces an added element of excitement, nervousness and adrenaline that you might also experience the first few times you sit down to a microphone to record your podcast. In each scenario it’s a good idea to remind yourself to slow down. Even after recording hundreds of podcasts episodes, I still find myself having to slow down when speaking in public. [Read more…]

TPS Ep. 043 – Royalty Free Music and Using Your Basic Web Hosting Plan to Deliver Your Podcast

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On this episode I debut my new show intro and talk about how my new podcast music can affect your show’s production value.

I also introduce a few new elements to the show’s introduction including an episode number and a tag-line. Learn how you can improve on your show intro and opening from a great post by Daniel over at The Audacity to Podcast.

I was recently interviewed on Ryan’s Top Shelf about my podcasting story and experience. You can listen to the his new show where he interviews other podcasters and asks them ten core questions related to their own podcasting experience. Check out episode 004 to listen to the questions that Ryan asked during my interview.

In an ever increasing attempt to keep your show evolving and improving, I introduce you to the idea of purchasing your own show music. There are many ways to get music for your podcast including Creative Commons, Garageband, having original music produced for you, etc. I talk about how purchasing affordable Royalty Free music can take your show to the next level.

Finally I talk about whether or not it’s a good idea to use your basic web hosting (typically what you use to host your website) service to host and deliver your podcast. I wrote up an entire blog post including conversations I had with two separate hosts in an attempt answer this question once and for all.

Links mentioned in this episode:
TAP30 – Show Introductions and Openings
Ryan’s Top Shelf Interview with Ray
Shockwave-sound.com (Royalty Free Music)
Neosounds.com (Royalty Free Music)
Bluehost Web Hosting
Lunarpages Web Hosting
Ray’s Blog Post Regarding Podcast Hosting on Basic Web Hosting Plans
Libsyn (Podcast hosting) Get your first month free using promo code: PodcastHelper

Additional resources
Danosongs.com (Royalty free music)

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PQT – Make Full Use of Your Resources

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Whenever possible ask friends, family to help you out with your show. Podcasting requires many resources most of which is your time and energy. If you have friends or family that are willing to help you produce your show even if just once in awhile, it creates more time for you to create new content instead of focusing too much on marketing, production and whatever else you have to do to grow your show.

This is especially helpful for video podcasters. Having someone to help you monitor audio and other things occurring on set can really help the production values of your video podcast.
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PQT – The Importance of Your Show’s Introduction Content

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You never know how long any listener or viewer of you podcast is actually going to stay tuned in. Because of this is best to get your most important information out to them as soon as possible. Let them know all the things that will be covered on your episode, your email and website where they can go to find out more about your podcast.
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