Plan your podcasts with scripts

In this post we’re going to examine how to plan your podcasts well with scripts.

 

Begin with a written script

 

Write your script keeping in mind how you speak naturally. Because that’s how you’re going to sound on your podcast.

If you come across off as reading the whole thinng. You should write down exactly as you speak.

This helps you escape the formality associatedwith writing.

Read out aloud to see if it matches the way you speak. ALways make sure to infuse your personality in your podcasts. Otherwise the whole thing comes across feeling as way too stuff. And that’s not great for you.

 

The script needs to reflect the exact way you speak and feel and should resonate with yur audience the most.

 

Paint Pictures with Your Words

 

With a podcast all you have is your voice. Unlike a blog post where you can make your point with visuals like images or videos there’s no help here. THat means you need to etch details into whatever you speak. Yo should help people picturize the citation. Tell stories, news and other things to helpthem do so.

 

Keep It Concise

 

The script you use to tell people these stories should be shot and sweet.

Reading directly kills the naturity that you would have otherwise brought to the whole thing. So keep in natural and highly un artificial.

The scripts need to the be short and the point minimizing the distance between what you want to say and what you really say.

 

Give Yourself Flexibility

You nneed to give yourselves ample flexibility. You might want to use certain words. You want to make your point with certain stories, new items, cover them in the script and use certain vocabulary and choice of words. All goood. But, you should also be a teensy little flexible around words and mannerisms .

This flexibility makes your podcast extremely easy to understand and quite interesting.

 

Make It Your Own

Whatever you podcast on realize that your audiennces’s needs are quite different. Also your ownn comfort level with how you present podcasts and speak things, the kind of details you include are all going to make the podcast more or less appealing to uer.

Podcasters if you’re starting out may want to rely more on their script for fear of going off topic The fear is understandable. The segments of your podcast may require some scripting. A broad outline can help.

However make sure you don’t repeat things word for word and rely on broad pointers like intro, sponsor messages calls to action and so on.

 

If you’re podcastinng on your own that’s way different than podcasting with other people like guests. Prepare points in advance and coordinate well the the guest so that there’s no scope for confusion or interruption.

Take a look at some script templates and make sure you create your own before you start venturinng out on your own.

 

Podcast Script Template:

 

Intro: Say the name of podcast, introduce yoruselfves

Music Jingle: Repeat at beginning of each episode to help listeners easily identify your podcast (Duration)

Topic 1: Establish the theme of the podcast and discuss a point

Topic 2: Discuss another point or segment

Interlude: [Music break or sponsor ad] (Duration)

Topic 3: Discuss the third point or segment in more detail

Topic 4: [Discuss one point, topic, or segment in detail] (Duration)

Summarize

Thank audience

Closing jingle

 

Tips to Grow your podcast as a beginner

As a beginner you may have zero clue on how to approach the growth of your show.

Here are tips to use

 

Show some gratitude

Thank the audience at the end of each podcast episode.

This may be in the form of shoutouts you give to listeners or the interactions you have had with them.

 

The podcast exists solely because there are people to listen and people are the biggest factor driving up the viewership and listernsip of your podcasts.

 

That’s the reason why showing gratitude is of the essence here.

The audience is what gives you feedback and engages with you on social media. Some appreciation goes a long way.

 

Discover the perfect guests

 

Not all guests are going to be perfect fit for your show. That’s the reason you need to be really picky when it comes to choosing guests for your show. Don’t pick just anyone who wants to be a guest. He should be the right fit for you. You are doing a service by picking the right guy.

 

The guests should be highly engaging and relevant to the core. Always keep what your audience wants in mind before inviting over someone.

 

Be Yourself.

 

In addition if you are yourself rather than mimicking someone else you’re going to be one engaging host. That’s the first rule of creating quality podcasts. Take the time to be engaging. No one wants to listen to a boring podcasts and if you put on an act people are quick to figure that out.

Listeners know very well when someone’s acting.

Don’t let these listeners feel bad abot listening to your show. You want to come across as stiff or aloof. You want to appear lively and fresh. Don’t make the mistake of using language that flies above the heads of your listeners.

 

Appreciate whatever happens, acknowledge mistakes and move on.

 

Focus on the Conversation.

The difference between a good podcast host and a mediocre one is that a good host keeps his focus sharp on the conversation at hand. He keeps the whole thing really engaging and informal.

If yo’re engaging inn a true conversation, you would talk to them in the same way like you’re talking to a friend. Listening to this conversation feels authentic and the stream of conversation carries far and wide

 

YYour audience should feel as part of the podcast and feel as if they’re directly being addressed to.

 

Review Yourself.

 

Whenever you publish podcast episodes you always want to be improving yourself. That’s the best way to move ahead.

THe practice that you put to get in front of the audience helps you understand their thoughts annd views and better yourselves.

 

As you go on reviewing you will realize the mistakes you made during recording. You might not be able to remember everything. When you listen to the podcast, you can review the entire process and see what you can gather around the different topics.

Don’t publish new episodes just for the sake of publishing and forget about them. Keep learning.

 

Focus on Your Content.

 

Another big way to improve the engagement and presentation of the podcast is by being really engaging and interesting to the audience by presenting real and interesting content.

An engaging host will boring information is much more worthlistening to than a boring host.

 

The key to succeed is bringing interesting content coupled with engaging presentation.

A podcast can change lives delivering content in the best possible way.

 

How to be a great podcast host

In this guide I am going to walk you step by step to be a great podcast host and increase your podcast downloads.

 

There are both general and specific strategies that work.

 

  1. Publish more episodes

The obvious thing is as you publish more and more episodes the base traffic on your site increases and that means the number of podcast viewers and subscribers goes up.

More episodes mean more downloads from the same extant audience.

Each episode is a new opportunity to engage with more people.

 

Publishing more has other benefits as well. Each new episode is another opportunity to engage your current fans and attract new listeners. New episodes are also more SEO value for your website. 

 

Get feedback from your most loyal bunch

Your most loyal listeners are teeming with feedback. They’re those who comment on your podcasts, reply to emails and drag in their best friends to your show. They are the ones behind the rapid growth you’re experiencing.

 

You get these people and you get them to talk.

Ask them for their honest feedback on what you can do to make your podcast better.

As to what you should do.

Ask them to be honest with no bars attached.

 

Tease upcoming episodes

If people are already in love with your show, what better way to get more of their love than to tease up and coming episodes.

 

This way you can build the necessary hype that will propel the growth and viewership of your upcoming content. You will give your audience a reason to love and like you.

If you get a guest who the readers requested in overwhelming capacity before, that’s the perfect spot to build some hype for your upcoming episode.

 

Ask for reviews and ratings

You don’t get what you don’t ask. If you want reviews and ratings you better ask people. 

Rating and reviewing may not show any wonders at this point in time but in the long haul they prop up your downloads. With this you can invite support for the show.

Use auto play

If you use something like smart podcast player you can set the audio to autoplay. This is a common thing with youtube videos that start to play as soon as the page loads.

 

The plays of the podcast player is seen as the download of your podcast episode based on its analytics.

Each autoplay means a new download.

If you do this aggressively people may discard the show though.

Always measure the impact is having.

 

UP the rss feed limit

POdcast directories say Gplay and ios source directly fromthe rss feed to display the podcast to users.

BUt RSS feeds tend to generally put  a limit on the number of items listed on the list. When you upload a new episode the old one at the last falls of.

This reduces the total number of episodes that listeners can actually enjoy.

 

The default number of items on some lists is no more than 10.

 

Talk to the host and find out how to set limits, remove or extend limits. If possible make the limit as high as possible so that more of your content is available to list for podcatchers and also for the different dictores.

 

Stick to schedule

Whether it be blogging or podcasting, sticking to a schedule is a difficult ask. I know because I’ve been a blogger for over 9 years.

But the thing with a schedule is people tend to become used to it and wait for new episodes to grab them as soon as they go live. Try to stick to it. Avoid late publishing. Don’t miss episodes and don’t disappoint them.

 

Choose a schedule that you can always meet and think of publishing contennt two weeks in advance.

 

The schedule should be explained to fnas.

 

Submit to directories and podcatchers

A big tip is to get the show’s rss feed and submit the same on every relevant podcast directly you can find. Spotify, iTubes and Gplay are staples but there are also little known directoriesthat provide a good link.

 

On an episode by episode basis, here are all the things that you can do to increase the number of downloads you’re getting.

 

  1. Quality control each episode

It’s an important and basic step. Nobody likes listening to podcasts that come with very poor quality audio. Intead craft your episodes in a way that they have grat audio. You don’t want ardent fanns abandoning the show if the quality goes down the gutter.

Before you publish a single episodeyou should filter out imperfect audio, scrub clean long pauses and bad transitions. The problems should be reviewed by a third party before you hit publish.

 

The perfect equipment ensures you don’t face a problem.

 

Craft a compelling title that has search-ability

A compelling title gives you seo benefits and helps the You’ve probably seen a million episode reader decide if the podcast is for them.

The correct title is supposed to give the reade rinformation and help them choose the podcast episode for listening.

Also this helps search engines correctly identify what the episode is about.

A good title should be compelling enough to make the reader download the episode. Use great language and description to make sure they do.

 

Share soundbites

A podcast is all about the interesting things you say. There may be a good quote from the guest and if you fail to give it attention people are going to miss out on the episode. Post the sound bites on social media nad email them to subscribers.

 

  1. Have your guests promote the episode

Always ask your guests to promote your podcasts on their social media feed. This gives them a good number of choices.

How to promote your podcast

iTunes is a big platform where you can promote your podcasts. Turns out 70% of iTunes is responsible for as much as 70% of a podcast’s listens and downloads

 

Here are the strategies to try when promoting your podcasts on iTunes.

 

Podcasts have come a long way from 2012.

 

Here’s the big list of podcast promotion strategies we’re keen to try.

 

  1. Leverage your guest’s audience

When you invite a guest to the podcast make sure that you take advantage of the audience available at his end.

 

Your podcast can be in an interview format where you interview up and coming stars of different industries.

That means they have access to big audiences both on their blog annd Twitter channels.

 

Make it easy for guests to share promote podcast episodes and send them note on the day that the podcast episode goes live.

This gives them cue to promote your content.

 

Make it easy for guests to share your podcast episodes. Also prepare in advance way ahead of time for each podcast episode that you want to showcase.

This can be done by including different things like

Pull quotes

Images around your podcasts

Links to the episode

Prewritten social media messages and updates for ensuing weeks.

 

For podcasts it might seem that the more number of epsidoes you put out the more successful you’re going to be. That’s not true.

The quality of your content trumps quantity every single time.

 

Solve problems with podcaass

Provide insights

Hustle.

 

Make use of the guest’s big audience

 

  1. Promote on social media … in a dozen different ways

Share a number of things that are highly shareable on social media. Thinks like images, rich media and evergreen content that form a staple of social media content.

 

You can be creative with social media posting and generate clicks for each time you leverage postings creatively.

 

Send your episode tweet or as a Facebook post. This should feature iTunes URLs as well

Create quote based images on Canva.

 

  1. Release at least 3 episodes on launch day

When you’re doing something online such as podcasting it’s bound to get negative reviews.

From Pat flynn“I actually received negative reviews from people who had listened to the first episode and were upset that there was only one.”

 

You wouldn’t really believe that a man such as Pat Flynn with his own podcast player would hear something like that.

Your best bet to avoid risk is by publishing 3 to 5 different episodes when launching.

 

The minimum number is 3 it gives people a bench of options to go through before committing and deciding if they stay with the podcast.

The launch strategy is key to hitting the new and noteworthy section and get huge traffic from iTues.

 

Convert the podcast to videos for YouTube

When it comes to YouTube, seo is more important than ever. So you need to name the video with appropriate keywords preferably the name of the person being interviewed.

 

The podcast gets more mileage and views if you repurpose it in many different ways. You can post it as a video on Facebook as well.

 

The biggest thing you can do is convert the audio and add it to the YouTube channel to generate thousands of views.

 

When you make the video YouTube automatically generates closed captions and transcripts for the video.

If you’re too lazy to transcribe this is a fantastic option with AI.

 

Video especially ones from youtube regularly grace the top pages on Google driving lots and lots of traffic. Google values it more.

 

A youtube version is great for rankings.

 

When converting use a canvas size that is 2560 pixels by 1440 pixels width. Make the viewing resolution up to 2k.

 

5. Submit your podcast to directories aggregators

The first thing is these directories and podcast aggregators are great for the SEO of your podcast and get you more views and much more traffic.

 

There’s the iOS podcatcher and there are at least 20 other apps that collect and play podcasts. There are also tons of directories.

To give you an idea here’s a list.

 

Overcast

Stitcher

Podcast Addict

Podcast subreddit

PodcastLand 

TuneIn

Bello Collective

Castro

Podcast Republic

Downcast

PodcastLand has a featured podcast of the month,

 

These services are all useful.

 

Transcribe the audio

For a very low monthly price or on fiverr you can outsource the transcription of your podcasts fully.

Most successful shows share the full transcription of their podcasts on their blog posts.

 

You can choose highlight and choose only certain parts of the show should you wish to go that route.

 

It’s up to whether you want the full transcript or just the highlights.

The full transcript is great for SEO and is a handy place for you to collect leads.

 

Run a giveaway contest

The next tip to get more listeners for your podcasts is to run a giveaway or a contest.

 

The rules of participation should mandate that people need to leave a review to participate.

 

Asking for review on itunes should be set as the minimum criteria to enter. This would give them enough motivation to enter and also increase the reviews on your iTunes podcasts.

 

All the below ideas are good ideas as prizes

Gift cards

Stickers

T shirts and so on.

 

A 5 minute guest spot on the podcast is another viable giveaway you can include.

mentioning it on the show. Ask people to leave an iTunes review in order to enter.

Usernames are generally the same names that can be found as their social media handles and that’s how you reach out to the winners.

 

 Find partners to mention you

Mentioning other brands and podcast hosts and getting mentioned by them in return is a big way to grow your show.

 

The strategy works because it showcases a reciprocal effect.

 

When you mention a brand that’s an opportunity for them to reach back out to you.

 

Be a guest on other people’s podcasts

There are lots of successfully running podcasts. If they’re not inviting you, reach out to them and invite yourself. Make guest appearances on as many shows as can sponsor you.

Do this on a weekly basis and let your voice be heard on several channels.

This is a lot of great advice you can use.

 

Social media tips for podcasters

When you’re starting a podcast you don’t want it to be something that you alone or your grandmother alone listen to.

You want an audience for your podcasts.

 

Social media is one of the best ways to market your podcasts because podcasting inherently is highly social. Social media users are avid podcast listeners as well.

 

Turns out 64% of monthly podcast listeners also tune in to social media several times during a day.

Social media is crowded though and that means you need to be highly strategic in your social media use when marketing and promoting podcasts.

 

Here are a few tips to help you grow your podcasting community with social media:

 

Use the right platform

There are dime a dozen social media platforms coming up almost on a daily basis. So what’s the right platform. The right platform is one that your audience uses and is online on.

 

Consider all of these factors when choosing a social media channel. The topic of podcast, People you speak, if they are young or not. Youngsters tend to use facebook and Instagram the most.

 

If you have zero clue where your audience keeps hanging out ask them on where they hang out and what happens to be their favorite social media channel.

 

Your audience might be on several platforms but the thing is you want to be marketing on the platform where they’re most active on. You want to post social media updates on channels where your audience is most likely to see those.

 

Focus on one or two platforms at most.

 

Use hashtags

Hashtags are the traffic currency on social media channels. Want to promote your podcasts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook?

Use hashtags.

Hashtags are basically keywords that help you propel your post to top rankings. They help you reach the top for relevant and specific terms.

 

Hashtags should aptly describe the content of your podcast. A branded hashtag is one of the best things you can do for your business as it becomes a good branding tool.

With your podcast ask audiences if you want to use the hashtag and see how effective it turns out to be. 

 

Create images with pull quotes

Social media is a highly visual platform. There’s no way you can generate traction for a medium that’s purely audio. Tweets with images get tweeted more and generate much higher engagement.

Even though podcasts as a medium are fully audio you can use visual marketing to drive traffic and leads.

 

How to do this?

With pull quotes.

It’s an easy way to pull quotes from episodes and create quote-based images that should help generate curiosity around the podcast. Such quotes are always easy to find if you’re hosting guests or are putting well-researched content out there.

Use free design tools like canva to add such images.

 

  1. Use sound bites

As a podcaster the audio content is beneficial to people. It should be highly engaging. You cannot simply create any kind of content.

Include highly engaging content.

 

Social platforms have no place for mp3 files. Hoever it’s easy to convert those audio files to video with the help of tools like Wavve.

Wavve is the one software you need to create video content with the help of images and add the mp3 file in the background.

 

  1. Use social media to build your community

Social media is not just a channel to post your content and pray for clicks. A social media platform can double up as an engagement platform to generate clicks and views for your content.

YOu want to engage people and make them feel connected to you as a whole and not just the podcast.

AN easy way to do this is share aspects of your life on social media. Infuse personality into your posts. People listen to you because they like you. Let your personality shine through.

 

Use social media to connect with influencers

If you want popular guests to show up and pay attention start by tagging them on social media channels.

You can’t really go the full circle of spamming them every chance you get but can definitely use the opportunity to build a long-lasting connection that transcends boundaries.

 

  1. Promote your old episodes

Social media is so convoluted that your old posts can quickly lose their way. It’s better to promote evergreen content. It’s content that’s relevant and highly valuable to your audiences and gets shared and attracts more and more traffic since the time you originally publish it.

 

Social media is crowded and even being a popular figure your audiences can always lose track of each and every episode you published. That’s where resharing content gives them additional opportunities to connect with you.

 

  1. Create a schedule

The best way to generate excitement about your podcast is by posting on a schedule. Stay on top of the schedule and always create content that people can follow and like.

 

Best landing page software 2020

In this post we’re going to compare several different landing page tools and see which one is the best for you.

 

Unbounce

Unbounce is the first on the list. It’s probably the oldest landing page software and the one with the highest number of features.

 

The software is so rich with features there’s hardly anything else that compares to it.

 

With the tool it’s easy to give vision to different types of landing pages suiting different purposes and needs.

 

There are both beginner and advanced options to choose from. Add basic elements and run quality a/b tests.

 

With this you can customize landing pages to reflect the same copy that’s present on ads.This is called dynamic text replacement and is a feature much in vogue.

 

This is great if you want to improve landing page conversions and is really one of the most sought after features for Unbounce.

 

That means you’re not wasting your time creating 100s of landing pages and design options.

 

Dynamic text replacement is just one part of the whole thing. There are overlay cta options, exit intent popups and slick templates and landing pages to design your pages from scratch.

 

With email automation integrations and integrations with CRMs Unbounce is easily the best value for money platform.

 

There’s a free trial to begin with. Creating a landing page is easy.Go to the dashboard followed by creating a new page to get started.

 

There are different templates suiting each occasion- promote an ebook, an event or SaaS product.

 

The full version costs decent month to month. However the trial gives you a great deal of insights into what you can expect.

The exit intent popups, dynamic text and other factors prime the pages for conversions.

 

  1. Landingi

Landingi is another top landing page tool in the market. Similar to Unbounce the list of tools features an easy to use product.

With integrations available across email automation platforms and others, landing page creation is simplified for you.

 

When someone becomes a lead on the landing page, send that lead automatically to the CRM or to the email automation database.

 

These steps are time consuming on their own and Landingi automates it for you.

There are 100 templates to choose from, along with a splattering of icons to create customized landing pages suiting businesses.

 

The drag and drop builder makes it easy even for a child to create awesome looking landing pages from scratch.

A/b test one landing page against the other.

Go to the homepage to test and tweak elements to customize pages.

 

The trial account doesn’t mandate a credit card.

What’s more?

Add team members for free.

The tool supports most SaaS softwares out there.

There’s marketing automation built inside the tool.

 

Once you’re at the dashboard create a landing option is the next option to click and get started.

Create pages for ebook downloads, for white papers and almost every function you can think of.

The templates help you achieve particular marketing goals.

 

Add more on page elements by dragging and dropping with the side bar menu options.

The greatest benefit using Landingi is that you don’t really need to be a master at anything to start using these. Even for the top-level mareters the user interface is simple enough.

 

  1. Leadpages

Lead pages developed by Clay Collins is one of the most well known names in the landing page builder tool market.

 

Leadpages claims that its the best landing page builder there is.

 

You can only tell that after you use it. For me it certainly isn’t.

There are certainly features but the lack of ease of use, the non intuitiveness and the low number of features play spoilsport for me.

 

In built payments to run stores.

Mobile responsive themes.

The drag and drop functionalities, live a/b testing features and integrations are all supportive and play a giant role in you being successful.

There are both popup tools and exit intent tools

 

Lead pages integrates sms marketing capacity as well

Go and click on the try it now for free to get started with the trial

There are different pricing plans to choose from and that varies by your business size and the needs of your business.

 

There are different pricing plans suited to each pocket.

When you look at the annual pricing the pricing actually feels cheaper.

The free trial demands your credit card details.

 

Once you create the account it’s easy to get started after choosing one from the 100 different templates available.

Staying productive as a remote worker 

When you’re working remotely it’s hard to stay focused on one task for long.

I’ve been a remote worker for close to a decade and so are many like me.

An estimated 3.9 million work from home. By 2025 remote workers were expected to be equal in number to regular office goers. However I’m of the opinion that Covid-19 is going to speed that up

Remote working is often a dream for most. The traditional office is full of toxic workers and other things that hamper productivity. That’s not to say that the home office environment is entirely free of distractions.

However remote working is frequently associated with improved job satisfaction and higher productivity

Here are the things that make my remote working space a productive one.

The first thing is having a schedule and a place to work and hard task masters throughout the work day help. A lot.

Remote working also needs that you have a sense of discipline in you and deliberately stay on track.

There are small changes you can make to see what works for you and what doesn’t.

Audit your day

Do a quick mental audit of the times during the day when you’re generally at your peak.

Perhaps you’re a night owl like me who gets his best ideas after dusk. 

Others love the wee morning hours when even the birds haven’t started chirping yet.

Whatever be your pace, keep in mind that it doesn’t really matter. You can meet deadlines and do all other tasks by creating a schedule for your work.

To do this successfully look back at your week. When were the days on which you did the most?

What were the days that made you absolutely terrible?

What’s the difference between those days. These time-sucks are obviously the ones that need to be eliminated from your work path. That helps boost your productivity levels.

Take a step back and see what you’re really trying to achieve and if you’re able to achieve that with your current schedule.

 

Prioritize Tasks

The next step on the list is to assign priority to tasks. It seems simple enough. But, when you’re actually doing it may not seem that simple. Designate which tasks are most important to you and differentiate those from tasks that feel important rather than being important.

 

There are always things that are more valuable at helping you meet your goals. Never do low-value work that isn’t really helping you. Identify practical means to identify work that’s most important. Assign time-consuming but less important work to others. Your time is best spent working at tasks that pull the highest leverage.

The schedule will dynamically alter over the preceding few months. Make adjustments to form a good idea of doing what made you save time and energy.

Plan out your workspace

Next, take time the night before to decide what you’re going to do tomorrow and the next day.

Where are you planning on working?

Home, home-office, coffee shop etc.

Know where you can do most work and this help you plan out your day in the best possible manner and let you make changes to your day should you wish to.

Schedule uninterrupted deep work

There are times during the day when you’re in the zone.

What this simply means is some times during the day you’re at your productive best.

These schedules should be planned ahead for bouts of uninterrupted work where you can do a large number of things without being disturbed by anyone else.

Set expectations on what you wish and how much you wish to accomplish during that space and time.

Communicate in advance with your team what you can and cannot do.

Set personal appointments

As a human you’re bound to have personal goals over and above professional goals. The biggest drawback with working from home is that that often tends to blur these boundaries and make every single minute an excuse to work.

Office work is important and the key is to hold yourselves accountable.

But, you also need to spare time for other things.

Finally remember that working from home is continually evolving. Even companies are only slowly ada[ting to it.

There are opportunities to reduce office space and become flexible with where you staff is placed.

Best webinar software 2020

In this post we’re going to compare and contrast several webinar software and see which one would be the most apt for you.

Livestorm

The Livestorm webinar software is one of the most elegant and well known webinar solutions around today.

With this you can create several different types of videos. The webinars come in different shapes and sizes. The platform provide you with different modules and tools to create webinars according to your need.

 

To sum up here are the different things you can do:

You can conduct live events, do product demos, conduct customer training programs, do video podcasts, do hiring and video interviews and so on.

 

With the course module you get to organize several different classes and communicate with your students online. This areas make Livestorm so different and unique in the webinar niche.

 

Pricing

The pricing could be the most fantastic usage factor of the tool. With the free version you can add 10 viewers and limit to 20 minutes on the webinar.

So if you have a small team or want to test things out this is the perfect option for you.

With the starter plan you can price out based on the total number of attendees for your webinar. The pricing begins at $99 per month and goes up to $319 for 1000 or more attendees.

 

Features 

There are several features you’re going to love about the product.

For starters you can conduct webinars in several languages.

You can also integrate the tool with other apps and export the data to excel or csv

 

The email automation tools that this comes with are the best and are used to send and setup reminders, status updates and even send thank you notifications for attending the webinar.

 

You can store an unlimited amount of webinar recording footage. Also they’re recorded automatically.

Add polls and questions and other features to get the most value.

Webinar events are in different forms like recurring and live event streaming as well.

Pros 👍

It’s pretty easy to navigate the interface and anybody can understand how to use the tool after a few short seconds.

 

The emails are sent automatically based on automation recipes you cooked up before and there’s little to no work involved.

You can create landing pages to get people interested and signed up.

 

With the free plan you can get started, after which the month to month pricing is easy to understand.

The automation and customization tools bring a new level of sophistication to the tool.

 

Cons 

The recording quality needs more updates, because it isn’t as good as original recording.

 

With branding and customization options limited some may not like it well.

 

The attendee support doesn’t go beyond 1000. That’s going to be a problem for big companies.

 

LIvestorm is one of the best webinar softwares available to people who want full automation in their mind. Landing pages to email automation is available from the get go. You can also chalk in specific customization requests.

 

2. EverWebinar www.everwebinar.com

 

Business automation is quickly becoming the norm for many businesses.

 

EverWebinar is making it easy for anyone running a business bring both precorded and live webinars to the forefront.

 

EverWebinar also lets you organize your live webinar streams into a course format that’s easy to pick up and learn. It’s streamlined and sports a number of things like landing page templates, email automation and signup forms. For so much, you pay only a little in this feature rich webinar software platform.

 

Pricing

The pricing of everwebinar is 597 dollars not recurring but one time. If you buy it during a promo you usually get $100 off.

That’s something to note.

 

Features 

You can run chats with webinar attendees throughout the webinar. This is one of the key things to determine which software platform you’re going to use.

 

You can also single out chats from past webinars and run through them as though were happening in real-time.

 

There are several email and tracking tools built in.

With tracking you get insights into behaviors and see what each attendee is worth based on what they purchased from you.

 

In addition you can also send email and sms automation

 

Pros 

The best feature of the everwebinar solution or tool is that with built in tracking you know who purchased stuff from you and what they are worth to you.

 

The process is extremely simple when creating a live webinar that you can use to target and track people.

Another feature is sending automated smses to everyone.

 

Cons 👎

The one time fee isn’t something everyone can stomach.

Especially if you run one-off webinars with just a few participants.

 

The good thing is since its just one off you pay just once and enjoy the benefits for a lifetime.

You get the big discount.

 

There’s a ton of automation features.However customization features are lacking and some may find this to be very off putting.

 

3. ClickMeeting (clickmeeting.com)

The next tool in our line up is clickmeeting which too has emerged as one of the best webinar solutions available today. With this invite guests, interact with them during webinars and analyze things that are happening live in front of you.

 

It’s a great software that’s affordably priced and provides superior user experience.

 

Price

The lowest plan called the mywebinars plan starts at $22 and can list 25 participants. You can chane the participant numbers as well.

 

The enterprise package supports 5000 participants and shells out %165 per month from you.

 

Features 

The tool is powerful

There’s a waiting room for attendees

You can also enlist and take paymens for paid webinars

You can stream the webinars to YouTube and for whiteboards.

There’s also analytics and a sharing mode that includes on demand webinars, social sharing and performance.

Pros 

The pricing is great and can be moved up and down based on what you want.

It’s a great webinar software that handles a large number of participants.

 

Pretty dope user interface

Enough tools to package, brand, create forms and market webinars.

Cons 👎

 

Export feature is slow and drags out a while.

The webinar templates may feel basic compared to others.

ClickMeetingn is the standard solution for businesses of all sizes. There’s a lot of flexibility in pricing. You won’t waste money.

 

  1. GoToWebinar (www.gotomeeting.com/webinar)

 

GoTowebinar could easily be one of the most popular webinar softwares around.

THe pricing is at par with other webinar software solutions and you can get more attendees than most tools.

What’s more is that there’s a 7 day trial period of testing. The starter plan starts at $109 per month and allows 100 participants.

 

Step by step guide to create podcast with blubrry hosting

40 million Americans regularly listen to podcasts. Podcasts are a growing content consumption medium. Instead of writing blog posts, adding images and linking out, just speak and your audience will listen.

This is the magic of podcasting.

Podcast listeners are highly engaged and are also action takers. So if you advertise or include a call to action in your podcasts, odds are people will take action.

 

Podcasts are a good platform to describe products and services to action takers.

Podcasts whirled into popularity on the back of all the useless commute time that people were occupying. This meant they listened to podcasts on a bus, in queue or when driving cars.

 

POdcasts give people information and that doesn’t mean they have to read something to glean info.

People are visual learners, audio learners and book learners.

 

If you want to be successful at this, there’s only one thing you need to know. You need to be consistent.

Being successful at podcasting is like being successful at any other thing. You need to work for the long term putting out episodes one after the other, on subjects you’re passionate about and are an expert at.

 

Podcasting is ideal for those

Who have a good voice and love to talk.

 

If you’re not confident before the mic that leaks through your voice. People sense your discomfort. That said you need to be the boldest speaker in town. As with everything, as you practice you gain more confidence and can watch your own progress.

 

Also podcasting isn’t being on an island. It’s not about you you and you. Just like with your blog where you at times allow other people to write articles for you, podcasting is similar in a sense.

 

YOu can bring in guests. Guests are people who are experts at something or have achieved something with their lives.

 

For example on the Smart Passive income blog’s podcast episodes, Pat flynn regularly interviews people who are some sort of a business success. That was the idea behind a podcast player like Smart podcast player.

 

A guest who knows his around a subject is an authentic person you can trust.

Also something like this builds interest in your audience.

This helps forge a better connection. When you interview someone you’re asking the person to reveal their life story. This makes podcasts such a compelling medium to tell a story and present ideas in audio.

 

Choosing a niche

As I mentioned before, running a podcast isn’t very different from running a blog.

 

Before you record a single episode you need to decide what you’re up against, who you’re going to create episodes about. You need to zero down in on your niche and overarching theme first.

 

Just like there are blogs on every topic imaginable there are podcasts on scores of topics. Since podcasts are still an emerging platform, the number of podcasts in a particular niche aren’t too many. The niches aren’t overcrowded. That means there’s still a chance for you.

 

Just because a topic has low competition doesn’t mean it’s a light bulb idea to start a podcast around that topic. Instead you should focus on the keyword volume, the advertisement and revenue opportunities, the challenges and openings before you.

 

It depends on what you want to achieve and what you want to talk about. Also, your passion is important. You have to talk about this topic and if you’re not interested, your audience will know and will slowly lose interest. 

Finally go with a topic that has a lot of angles and sub topics that you talk about for a long duration and has enough fodder for you to create hundreds of episodes.

So ultimately, what I am saying in so many words is the topic you choose bears thought/

 

Podcast hosting services

 

You need podcasting equipment but prior to all that a major podcasting expense is going to be the podcast host you choose. I recommend Blubrry because the tool has everything for both beginners and advanced users while being priced affordably.

 

With blubrry you can affordably host your podcasts, they give you unlimited bandwidth and the starter plans are cheap to begin with. There’s a rich set of analytics tools you can use as well.

 

The issue with using a shared server hosting that is the same server your site is on for hosting podcast files is that you quickly run out of space and out of bandwidth as more and more people access the files.

The audio files are much larger in size than simple blog posts.

That’s why you need something like a podcast host that minimizes latency and serves data from the place where the visitor is located with its 35 plus data centers.

 

You get an audio player that is completely customizable. You can share options subscribe options and other options.

You get a branded page on Blubrry with blubrry.com/podcast name

Convert your podcast to other audio format, to video epub or pdf

You can an RSS feed that can be used for syndication along with an itunes powered feed

 

 

Upload it to a podcast host like Blubrry and there you get an embed link. The next thing is to whip up a new podcast and add the embed code. People can access the podcast right from your website.


Ultimately use a podcast player like SMart podcast that lets you play your podcasts professionally. Among the tools built in is an email collection tool that lets listeners subscribe to your podcasts as well.

 

The Blubrry podcast host starts with a 250 mb per month plan

Add your name, email id and payment details. Add your credit card or paypal

 

With the coupon you get first month free so that you don’t pay for anything. That’s a great way to test the waters. Once done you get an email with your login ifmriaton.

Login.

Use the embed code on your blog post to display podcast episodes.

There’s also 24*7 support should you feel any problems crop up and need support at any point in time.

With $12.month pricing this is one of the cheapest hosting solutions that comes packed with 100 mb storage, unlimited bandwidth, you get access to podcast statistics and other files.

The statistics report which countries are visiting and listening to your podcasts

You get a number of downloads

And you get aggregated data from all operating systems.

 

In addition to choosing a hosting you need a beautiful podcast player. I recommend smart podcast player. You need to design and upload logos and other artwork like thumbnails and intro and outro clip and so on.

You could do at least some of this with Canva and the stencil app.

 

When you choose a mic to record your voice for podcasting you need to be clear of the basics. Here are the first things to know about.

 

There are several types of mics that indicate how they pick up sound.

I will save you the trouble. If you’re recording a podcast, you’re looking or a cardioid mic. They have a narrow voice pickup range. If you are a sole person doing the podcast these mics are the best.

Omnidirectional mics on the flipside pick up sound in a circular pattern. Imagine you’re sitting in a group and this mic is at the center. So everyone says gets picked up.

If you have a high end dedicated sound proof room go for this.

 

USB – I personally feel USB connectors are best compared to xlr connectors because the sound feels more authentic and there are many ports to pick from.

XLR mics are more expensive and require a much more dedicated space to begin with.

As far as microphones are concerned I’d go with Blue Yeti. No it isn’t blue in color. The two variants are silver and black.

Its a professional tool that until recently could only be shipped from US. Picks up very low ambient noise.

Despite the demands the mic is pretty great at delivering high quality output. One good or great feature about Blue Yeti is it dons multiple hats. With the flick of a button you change it from omnidirectional, to cardioid to stereo to bi directional. Supports all four modes.

 

Edit your podcast

The raw podcast files always have some or the other crop in that makes it difficult to listen to. So the next piece of the puzzle is to edit your recordings before upload. This gives a professional layout to the audio and makes it pleasant to listen to.

What tool or software to use?

I use Audacity which is an audio editing app available for Windows. With the tool you remove noise that you want, you can delete portions of the podcast that don’t seem audible, you can stitch together different portions and eliminate errors.

 

It’s a simple tool that you can use to give the podcast a professional touch.

 

With free hosting solution your podcasts may get deleted any time. They also display ads on your podcast.These are the twin problems facing podcast you upload to free sites.

Don’t make that mistake.

 

POdcasting is not certainly the easiest way to begin your blogging career. There’s certainly a lot of initial investment and tons of work before you see the tiny trickle of revenue dropping by.

Start one and stick with it. Over time you will discover that starting a podcast was a very good decisions.

 

ConvertKit free trial review

As you begin using convert kit you will notice that your open rates are shooting up. THe platform is for marketers by a marketer and that means you get better bang for the bukc.

The more your clicks are the more money you make.

With our trial offer you get the entire first month for free

 

Compared to other email marketing tools the user interface is intuitive and sleek. You can enter into a distraction free creator made inside.

 

The whole interface is free of clutter which means you can write emails free of distraction. There’s no drag and drop builder which is something others might miss. However things become simpler.

The number of automation tools are many

Convertkit integrates a number of automation tools that make you more money. The fun thing is you can subscribe by behavior and group them in a new category. With this you’re able to send much targeted mailers.

 

Two, you can also filter subscribers.

 

With those tags you can separate people by behavior and get more targeted mailings.

 

Convertkit doesn’t charge for duplicate subscriber

When you create different lists by using content upgrades the same subscriber might repeat across those lists. That means you’re paying for each repitio. That adds up to a big number at the end of the day.

 

SO you might be very used to content upgrades with your email automation tool. Not with convertkit.

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There’s another feature that is you can send mailings to reopen easily.