08-19-21- Traci’s Coaching Call- Connection and community, terms of service, and Apple Podcasts
Hey, John, it’s nice to see your friendly face.
Do I have a friendly face to today? Always happy to see your friendly face, you know that, but in saying that I’m always happy to see everyone’s friendly face, but we just haven’t seen John in a while. So that’s why I was giving him a special Hillel. Oh, I didn’t hear it. I said hi, John is nice to see you.
Yeah. I, I usually have a writing group on Thursday mornings, but it didn’t happen this week. So yay. I got to meet here and it’s my birthday today. So I wanted to like do something fun.
And apparently you have a fellow Leo in the group with years though, and Cheryl is really celebrating.[00:03:00]
Oh, that’s awesome. Okay. And welcome, Denise. Um, I, let me know if you would like to jump in and introduce yourself because we love to get to know you and more about your podcast journey, but no pressure.
So I have some exciting news, um, in regards to our team. So as you guys met and got to know Tori and know, and if you’ve been on the calls recently, you know, that she got engaged, which we were super excited about. We’re still super excited about it. But as a result of her getting engaged, she has now decided that she is going to work full-time at Disney because she has.
A wedding coming up and they want to buy a house. And so being an independent contractor was just not something that was working for her in the moment of where she is in the season of her life. So we wish her all so [00:04:00] much. We wish her well on her journey. And I’d love to take this opportunity to introduce you to Sammy, which is going to be my win for this morning.
And. Is going to introduce herself more specifically, but I just want to welcome her. She is our, one of our client success coordinator. She works directly with our full service clients. Um, she has a great background in social media and, uh, just amazing other talented skillset work. Just been really blessed to have her on our team and she is going to be filling in during the interim until we hire, um, a new community community manager.
And, uh, so with that being said, I can’t wait for you guys to get to know Sammy cause she’s so fun. So creative, so talented. And so I have the wind that I get to work with her and Sammy I’d love it. If you would just take a minute and. Introduce yourself to these fabulous pod-casters because they [00:05:00] show up almost every week and we love them for that.
Awesome. Well, thank you for all of the kind words. Um, yeah, I’m super excited to be here. I’m Sammy, um, client success coordinator. So I have all of earth, not all, but some of the producers. Podcasts clients. And then I kind of bring them from start to finish their episodes. Um, but yes, I’m filling in for social media and I’m really excited to be here as well, because I haven’t been super involved in any of the pod hive stuff yet.
Um, so I’m kind of excited to just learn about, more about how pod hive works. Cause I’ve been on the other side of everything, so I’m kind of really excited. Just be here. See how it goes. Yeah. Well welcome. And the other thing that I did want to mention now that you’ve been officially introduced to Sammy is that you may have had had some outreach already from Tory in terms of like, if there was a testimonial or a success story or something that we wanted, or we want to promote your show and all the above, [00:06:00] uh, when we put that out to social media, Our commitment to you is to always have you approve that in advance.
And so you will. So firstname.lastname@example.org is her email. I want you to feel free to email her directly with any questions. If you ever need anything until we found our new, new, more full-time person. And then secondly, you will probably be hearing from her, um, because she is doing social media. Um, when she has a testimonial or, um, or a success story, and anytime that we do permit those, we also always permit your show as well.
But we do like for you to take a look at it, listen to it, sign off on it. And the other thing I want to mention about that is since we didn’t really have a checklist of, um, Of a wow. The chat chat’s already going crazy. Yay. Um, since we didn’t really have a checklist of the people that Tori had already reached out to just be patient, if you get reached out to twice, cause we’d rather.
Reach out to [00:07:00] you twice than not at all. And, um, I’m going to put Sami’s email in the chat Sammy to put her email in the chat and, uh, and we’ll just take it from there. So, so that’s our, when our team is growing, growing, growing, and that is so exciting. So let’s hear from some, um, of you guys with some of your wins.
How about that?
Don’t all jump in at once. I tried out Otter, which was really great for voice dictation. Um, well, I’m one of three, but same Mike just sounds better. Oh, you might be hearing your different rooms, different room, uh, just black and Mike. So at any rate Otter, it, it does the voice dictation and it seems to work pretty well as a basic, uh, free platform.
Um, before upgrading. So I thought I might mention that. Um, can [00:08:00] you share with us, like specifically what you like about it in comparison to maybe some other services that you may have used? You know, I haven’t used a lot of the other ones that have been mentioned what I do like about it just for me, uh, uh, this, this mic by the way, is the road podcast or, or the road cast or so, yeah.
Good. Um, the, um, just I do private sessions and then I also do recordings, guided meditation, all of that, but to be able to, you know, uh, record different voices and have it do the auto. Um, differentiation between the speakers is really, really helpful for me, especially when there’s an hour long type conversation for a podcast or more.
So that’s been really nice, um, that that’s about it. So it’s a win just to get to that technology. I know most of you are probably using something like that already, but it’s a game changer for also my other. Yeah, definitely. Well, [00:09:00] Cheryl saying that, well, you answered about the mic that Mike red caster and, um, and it is very beautiful.
And with that black background, it really pops. Maybe I’d just go with that. Thank you. Actually, believe it or not, I’m actually in a basement with just sound blankets behind me because I’m not my usual location, but maybe this is it. Keep it simple. It’s a very contemporary look versus. Yeah, I love the, um, outdoorsy look of all that pine would that easily, but it’s nice to shake it up.
There we go. Thank you,
Cheryl. You got your baseball hat on. You’re looking great. How are things going with you? Well, that’s very kind of you because I, uh, um, I’m just, we was going to be in Cognito and I said, no, I know. We’re here to see each other. Right. And, you know, there are times it’s appropriate to put our picture up, but I just thought, you know, this is me.
Hey. Yeah. I love to wear my bait. [00:10:00] Right. Um, once in a while I put on a face because you know, my poor husband has, he’s been on disability. It’s like put on some real cool. Do your hair and makeup. So you don’t always look like you’re living in a padded room, which,
but I do want to say James, I would do a screenshot. That is a fantastic. Cover. I’m just going to, I think that’d be a fantastic cover for your podcast. It’s very fresh, contemporary clean, and you’ll look muddy, handsome too. I, you know, I looked at this before I got on, I thought I kind of liked this. It’s really just black shirts working for ya.
Thank you. Yeah, I love it. Simple, simple, simple, and denim used a lot in headshots, but with your black background, if you didn’t have the white, my Mike, as Tracy has said popping. So it’s, it’s very cool. So, um, my wins this week is it’s been really dry in voiceover. I’ll be honest with you, but I. Picked up a new [00:11:00] client.
I was added to a roster. I’m very excited because they’re a pretty revered production company in Chicago. So that was very cool. Cool. I’m a guest on the sexy. Cool. It’s a, it’s an actual podcast it’s coming in. My episode drops tomorrow. So, um, the fact that they did. This MI would be worthy of being in the sexy, cool lounge.
I thought was pretty cool. So I love that you never too, you never too old or, or whatever. Uh, too. So I’m, I’m excited about that. Um, I also had an interview yesterday with, he builds himself as a middle of the road, uh, Hollywood actor, but he’s he’s true Renaissance man. Sense of the word. And I’ve been wanting to interview him for a while.
Bless you. I hear my husband’s sneezing his face off, but bless you. Um, so that was very cool. And, um, Then I have another episode coming out on somebody [00:12:00] else’s podcast who soon, no, she might be smiling and wearing this beautiful raspberry color today. So yes, Cheryl’s episode is in the Kier to be the next release of journey to there.
So we’re pretty psyched about that. And we’ll definitely put the link on the pod. I think it’s not, well, I can’t really get the dates, right. Because. Thank God. I have people like Sammy who take care of that,
which sounds really privileged and indulgent, but honestly, where I am right now, it’s a true blessing. I’ll go look right now and see what date it is. Oh, you know, I just, I’m just excited. These are my wins. I’m sure. I think it’s going to be the first week of September. So that’s my guess. That’s my really good solid guests.
The first Wednesday in September, September. Yeah. Okay. Wonderful. Thank you. So those are my wins and yes, John, it’s nice to see you. We haven’t seen you for a [00:13:00] while and congratulations, Sammy and. So I kinda think that, that, that was a great segue to you, John, for you to catch us up and let us hear how you’ve been doing and how imagined podcasting is going.
And just like, oh, it was a good segue. It’s actually nice to see everybody and be back. I might have to actually, I just really enjoy being here, Tracy, and I just appreciate what you do. So actually things are going really well. What I tell people is imagine podcasting is doing very well in the middle of a pandemic.
And this came about actually from, in terms of, uh, when I had my own podcast called what has my attention. And I basically been focused on, on women in strong leadership and. Because of another networking group, Mary Cravets, which I would recommend anybody jump into. And she has a, if you go to watch us thrive, um, it’s a networking group, so they meet twice, uh, twice a month.[00:14:00]
And, um, one day it’s, um, mastermind like we did yesterday and then two weeks later it’s, um, speed networking, but all my best clients are coming there because they’re all really top notch people. And Mary’s amazing. She started watch us thrive. Literally the day after the pandemic hit last March, 2020. And she just came to the table and said, you know, we ha I have to do something for people.
So it’s been really good. So I met a woman, Gretchen Smelser, and she’s been on CNN Anderson Cooper twice. And she is somebody I consider to be pretty much the U S authority on Trump. So I had an interview with her. It’s kind of highlighted on what has my attention, but I’ve learned a lot from her. And I really recommend people go listen to the episode because she taught me a lot.
One thing she taught me is this is what I say. It’s like, I’m doing really great in the middle of a pandemic. And if you simply add that to every LA like, Hey James, [00:15:00] how you doing James Woodson? Great great. In the middle of it, pandemic. Exactly, exactly. It was a trick question that we were supposed to not say that.
And then you were going to say, we were supposed to say that no, it’s like whatever in the middle of a pandemic. So that’s been a huge win in my podcast. I actually blew up from it, um, in a very good way, you know, blew up and then the other one. Well, before you go to your next one, when, when we move on, if you could grab the, like the Spotify link for that episode and we’ll post and post it in the chat, that’d be great.
Cause then we can find it easier. So what Spotify? Just kidding. I don’t spend much time there. Of course I, I seem to have to these days, but anyway, so the other part of this, when which is related yeah. You know, it kind of the way I roll as I put out an intention, really. And, um, [00:16:00] so the intention is working with women in strong leadership.
So I’ve, there’s several different episodes. There was some really, really great women. I really appreciate. And part of my mission is to, is to let women’s voices be heard, but, um, Working starting a new project release to actually really, really great, um, podcasts, one with the Carlsbad chamber of commerce and it’s really well done and very proud of, and then also, um, Elena Armeo, which is one of Renee Brown’s top coach.
So that’s been a big win, but then just the other day or yesterday, we did our first recording with Vance. So Vance stands for veterans association of north county here in San Diego. And it’s an amazing organization. And you know, we’re talking vets that are telling you. Amazing stories, just amazing stories.
And that organization does so much for the community, like feeds the community, pays bills for vets that can’t get the, [00:17:00] and does training for the 45,000 service people in camp Pendleton, just north of them that are coming out of the service and looking to work. So it’s a huge win for me because my heart sings doing that, helping organization like that.
So, yeah. That’s that’s what I’m up to. And that’s, I don’t mind working now. We understand why we haven’t seen you for a while because you’ve been busy. Yeah. I’m doing, I still do 60 hours a week and I’m okay with that for now. And then a, you know, a little small when I have a really great business writer, a young woman that is really good.
And you know, so I’ve been, I have 12 people on my team, so it’s been a year of developing the team and now it’s really solid. Yeah. You know, we, uh, actually this last week did a, we do a monthly team meeting and I did a, I brought in a facilitator to talk about Bernay, Brown’s braving the seldom seven elements of [00:18:00] trust, which is a really good document to go grab if you’re really trying to build a team because, you know, trust is really important.
Remit teams are hard, you know, cause you’re not as connected as you would be in the, you know, you don’t get to have those water cooler conversations. Like we all used to be able to do when we were inside an office. And now, you know, we, we are physically connecting in terms of digitally connecting on zoom, but to, to build, maintain and sustain a remote team is, has its own separate set of challenges.
And it doesn’t look like that’s ever really going to get it. Backwards. It’s just going to be some level of a hybrid, so that that’s so incredibly important. Yeah. Actually the breadth, the CEO of the chamber that I work with, he, he, he is, he’s actually doing, they bought a thing called an owl. Do you know what that is?
It’s a re oh gosh, Sammy. You know what an owl? No. Yeah. Um, I don’t personally have [00:19:00] one, but my dad owns his own business and all of his. Um, team is all completely remote as well. So they’re all over the nation and over the world. So he bought an owl and he’ll have a few people come into the office at a time and they’ll do.
It’s so cool. It’s very high quality. So yeah, sits in the middle of a meeting room and in the case of the chamber, it seats about 40 people. And so you have people around like this, that all sits in the middle. And if you talk for like three seconds, the video will zoom in on you. The Mike will zoom in on you and you can have up to, I think, three or four people with that happening, all of this happening at the same time that you’re out there on zoom or.
Or YouTube live, but I’ve, you know, I don’t know if you know what a, um, a Meebo is it’s, you know, well, anyway, it’s a, it’s a similar kind of device, but this thing, you know, is the next, next level of technology that works extremely well. So I was [00:20:00] going to say, Brett, doesn’t use the word hybrid. He uses the word blended really?
Right. So it’s a blended meeting. We’re blending with people face to face, and those people. Oh, very nice. Love that. Well, can’t wait till we get to a place that we can have some blended meetings. That’ll be great. I might have to relocate to San Diego for that there because we seem to be creating quite a force in San Diego.
I would not be mad about that. Who here is from San Diego. Hi, Sammy. Where do you live? Whereabouts? Um, I live just Rancho San Diego, like 25, 30 minutes straight east of downtown. Yeah, I’m in, I’m in SA, um, Carlsbad. Okay, awesome. Cool. So I, I it’d be, it’d be fun to grab a cup, something. Yeah, that would be great.
I’ll have to get your info. Do we drop that at the end of the meeting, Tracy? Yeah, you can, she can send you a [00:21:00] direct message or do you get the Sammy at produce? Your podcast is great. Just send me an email. I put my email in here. Um, so just send me an email with your, okay. Yeah. Okay, good. Anyway, thank you.
I’m done. It’s for sharing. Okay, Denise. Hello. How are you today? I am. Well, thank you. How are you? How’s everybody doing great. Well, we’re so happy. You’re here in a place. Introduce yourself and let us stay with a little bit about your podcasting journey, but also I always like to ask for you to tell something, just kind of just interesting and fun about yourself that we might not know if you didn’t tell us.
Denise Fernanda. Um, I’m actually in the Atlanta Georgia area. Um, and I am new to the Saul somewhat. I have been, um, with she podcasts and following for years. Um, when they were [00:22:00] here in 2019, I was at the conference. Um, yeah. Um, and, um, but I knew in the sense that I am really just starting my podcast, um, it’s called the mompreneur success podcast.
Um, I am a coach consulting consultant and I work with mompreneurs who are just starting their business. So the show is focused on bringing in six and seven figures. Mompreneurs and having them give new entrepreneurs three success tips, like their three best success tips. What I wish I knew. So, um, so that’s really the premise behind it.
And I’m really excited to have had a lot of people ask about me doing it and about some of the people I’m featuring. So I’m just really. Excited about getting it off the ground. So that’s been my win finally decided on a logo and all of that good stuff. [00:23:00] Well, we, you also have a friend in Atlanta that’s on this call.
You just don’t know it yet. Amy, would you like introduce yourself? Hi, Denise. How funny is that? That we have two people from Atlanta and two people in San Diego, and
I love that. Gotcha. Yeah. Well, we’d love to talk to you a little more about what you’re doing, share with what I’m about to produce your podcast. We’ll connect as well. Awesome. Thank you. And I will also say, cause Amy’s not going to say about herself. She’s quite a great mom for neuro herself,
right? Mmm, Mmm, Mmm, Mmm. Mmm. Okay, so this is quite random. Um, in 2001, I, um, took a random trip to Paris. I don’t know, but that’s pretty awesome. [00:24:00] Oh, it was, you know, back before it was before nine 11, of course. And, um, I had a ticket back. For like 400 bucks and I found a ticket to Paris. I was trying to figure out Spain was my first choice, but Paris was my second choice and I found a ticket for $413.
So I literally flew to Paris for 13 bucks and went and had an awesome weekend. Um, I’m a huge cloud money fan. So actually went to his house and toward the grounds and all of that stuff. So. Now that is the reason people that I like. I like to ask the question to tell us something interesting about you, because we would never have known that story.
If you hadn’t of shared that point. I love to travel, but yeah, that’s probably my, one of my favorites. Um, I can’t, I’m not, let me say this. This is the extent of my ability to speak [00:25:00] French, no polypharmacy volleyball. That was the only thing I can say the whole time is I don’t speak French. Do you speak English?
So, um, I say that to say, um, best deal the secretary. Is probably one of my favorite places on earth. I spent a lot of time there and went there every day that I was in Paris. So yeah, I’m glad you’re here and that you didn’t have to fly and that you’re are here with us and we welcome you back. You will find.
So many really fun mompreneurs in this group that could ultimately be guests for your show. And maybe even you could be guessing on their shows once your show launches. So you’re definitely in the right place. And we’re excited to be here as your, as your podcast launch progresses. So thank you. Yeah, so, okay.
I see Sandy just joined us and I think she told me that she’s going to be in her [00:26:00] car. So we’d might not expect video, but saying hi, even if you can’t talk right now, thumbs up. Um, Diana, how are you? Would you like to share with us?
Sorry. Hi, everybody. Or, you know what I was trying to think. What’s my, when I’m here. Yay. Um, I was trying to think, um, if there was anything I wanted to bring up. Uh, well on a personal win, which is somewhat could be tied to the podcast is that I went to see Hamilton, um, with the surprise ticket. So my friend called me or contacted me and said, I have a free ticket and I would love it.
If you would be my. My date to go see it and go have dinner. And in San Francisco, cause I live here in California and uh, I said, yes, I can’t believe it. And so I went and [00:27:00] saw Hamilton, which I was thrilled. I hadn’t seen it live. I have seen the, um, you know, how Disney plus put out the, um, the movie musical, which I loved and I actually did a podcast on it.
So that’s how it ties to bug dusting. So I don’t know. Maybe I can, uh, Somehow add to the original podcast somehow. Um, Mike, you can always do it. Yeah. Update rate. You could re one of the things that we talked about earlier in the summer when you’re putting your podcast on a hiatus, but it works at any point.
If you just needed to fill a slot, you could always do a new intro for that particular podcast episode and rerelease it as an Encore, but with an update. You know about your experience of seeing it live and talk about the differences between the live version and the movie version. I think that would be super interesting.
And it’s such a hot, I mean, they, that show has remained so hot for a while, so I don’t, I don’t think you’re going to be any kind of, um, [00:28:00] outdated NUS on it. Cause it’s still, like everybody said that everybody was still like, oh, that’s so great. Yeah. So yeah, so. Yay. Well, and it’s also by the way, a tax deduction too.
So that’s a win personally, even though you got your ticket for free, you can definitely write that one off since you’ve done episode on it, not here to give tax advice. Just say there are still some perks to being an entrepreneur in this country and finding expenses office still one of them today.
That’s crazy. Yeah, it’s pretty sweet. I just want to add, so now you have Diana and I live in Northern California. Denise and Amy are in Atlanta. John and Sammy are in San Diego. So we’ve got this whole simpatico thing. Going on, which I think is technically. So, um, James and I are in New Mexico [00:29:00] and Colorado, but we’re really not that geographically far.
And then Judith is just the rockstar in Los Angeles. No one needs to even, you know, she stands alone and yeah, no, she, she feels that big, you know, space for Los Angeles. And I just, one thing I forgot to add about my wind, if I may is the companies, the roster that I got attitude, they produce most of the spots for Spotify.
So I’m so excited about that because of course, as podcasters we’re on Spotify, I listened to my music mix while I’m on my walk on Spotify. And I. My own little part of my ego relishes when I’m walking, I go, that sounds familiar. Oh, so, so fun. Anyway, I’m curious. Who’s in New Mexico. Oh, that’s me. Well, I lived in Santa Fe for most of my adult life.
24 years. I’ve traveled the Southwest extensively. Cool [00:30:00] towels. Huh? And you got internet up. They got internet there. Well, you have not, you’ve obviously not been on every one of these calls or you wouldn’t know the answer drops out. Pretty frequently actually, but now we’re here on what I call it.
Geographical sabbatical that w that will wrap up at the end of December, and then who knows. We’ll see, we shall see, but, um, it’s been fun for a year, but we, we are definitely nomadic. So we’ll, we’ll be exploring another place after that, but it’s been fun. And Santa Fe is so amazing with the art community.
That’s what I’ve loved about it. To start a podcast in 2005, Wow. This has just been such a fun geographical theme today. Okay, dude, if you’re not on video, which is making me nervous, does that mean you’re multitasking or does that mean that you’re you got a client?
Hold on, hold on. Yes, I am multitasking. That is what that means. [00:31:00] I’m a little crammed today. Well, you are you’re, everybody’s allowed to multitask. It’s just that I really just miss seeing you. So I wanted us to catch up and see where you were and how you’re doing and what new things have been happening.
Well, Was it Wednesday? No, it was Tuesday, Tuesday of this week. Um, I had one of the best interviews I’ve ever done with one of the top celebrity divorce attorneys in Los Angeles, who I think I said mentioned on last week, found me in search new of the celebrity divorce series and asked if he could be part of it.
And so he wanted to talk about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Um, I just so in the pre-interview and I’m sure you all go through this in the pre-interview we see. Did th that he didn’t have any energy. And I wondered, are you tired? Are you being forced to do this by your PR company? Cause he has a PR company that contacted me, but when we, um, when we got to the actual interview, he was very, he was much different and.
[00:32:00] Elated with the interview. I was excited about it. You know, I came prepared and he really enjoyed it. At the end of the interview. He, he was just bubbling and I was so happy that I had served him. Well. As a host as an interviewer, you know, that was my focus. I wanted to serve him well in this. And then the other focus is of course that he has his own YouTube channel.
He’s one of the top attorneys in town. Everybody knows him in the celebrity world of divorce. Um, and I think that can be advantageous to me, um, down the road either to possibly be used as an interview or a panel. A panel moderator for the bar association, put me in touch with other attorneys of that ilk.
I just, I was just, I mean, all of you, you know, when you’ve done a great interview and you’re so happy when it, you know, when it pops and it’s everything you really wanted it to be. [00:33:00] And so that was, that made me really happy. Congratulations. And I cannot remember this man’s last name, but I’m going, I will look it up to you and I’ll send it to you.
But when I was in Florida last week, I met an, um, an attorney who focuses on, um, The family divorce. I’m not sure. What is the category called when they leave family law? Um, and he and his wife, I met them in Florida and they were, um, just a super cute kind of power couple. And he, uh, was just really fascinated by podcasting and.
Told them about your podcast and then his wife, um, she grabbed her phone and she followed you on Instagram. Excellent. Thank you, Tracy. That was really cool. Well, you’re so welcome. And then I said that, um, that maybe there might be a chance [00:34:00] that you can interview him, or if he, of course, if he ever launched a podcast that you would be a great guest for him, but, um, so you definitely got a new, a new follower from a family law firm, New York.
City’s. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I appreciate that. Very, very welcome. So. So does Sandy, I’m not sure if you can check in or not, but if you want to just give me a thumbs up and if not, where does, uh, keep going? I will say that, um, yesterday, I’m not even sure how I stumbled into this, but I’m going to use it as a teachable moment.
So, um, and that was thinking of you Diana, when this happened. So yesterday I. Just wanted to have something on, um, that I could listen to you, but also kind of, um, anyway, it doesn’t matter why I was doing it. That’s just not relevant. So anyway, I somehow stumbled upon in some odd way on YouTube, these Downton Abbey videos, and one of them.
Was, uh, a [00:35:00] video from the Stephen Colbert show where he had the cast from Downton Abbey and he had them read all well, he had them read a literal scripted moment from the show, but he had all the British actors read them in English accents. And it was hysterical because it, and I don’t know if you’ve ever seen it, but.
Of course, I can’t do anything without thinking of how could this benefit podcasting. So I grabbed the link and I sent it to Sandy and I was like, this would be a fun thing for you to post in social media because, you know, with her podcasts being, um, kind of ramping up to the release of the movie, Then I thought, well, that would be great.
And when I didn’t know, because it was just literally a happy accident. This Downton Abbey popped up in the YouTube feed. Um, there were several Downton Abbey videos, Sandy. I don’t know if you’ve looked into that you probably already had before I even noticed it, but. So many fun behind the scenes, best moments best does, um, for that particular show, especially.
[00:36:00] And, um, that made you think of you Diana, that in some of the shows that you’re featuring that you may are anybody for that matter, um, no matter what your topic really, but in terms of the entertainment focused ones, um, it just might be a fun thing to grab some of these, um, If you’re looking to have some filler, but still be on brand with your podcast, that you could grab some of these, uh, YouTube clips and share them out and use it as a way to permit your podcast as well.
So that’s a little tip that I stumbled upon, uh, and a happy accident yesterday. And, uh, so for those of you who might benefit from that, uh, just, you know, never underestimate the power of it. Accidental feed popping up in your YouTube channel. I love that. I love that, Tracy. That’s a great idea. Well, I really kinda thought it was myself, but I didn’t want to just, I was by myself at the time, so I really didn’t want to break my arm, pat myself,[00:37:00]
check those out. Thank you. Yeah. So I just thought, wow, why haven’t I thought about that before? So that could really apply to any theme of not necessarily just enter the entertainment shows and in terms of the celebrity divorces. So much in the press right now about Kelly Clarkson’s divorce. And I mean, I think just about everybody’s on team Kelly, because the press is not, not, not indicating that she is in any way, really responsible for this divorce.
I know it takes two and you know, it takes two, but in terms of the way that the, um, that the press is really favoring her, there’s a lot of clips due to that you could definitely use in that way, if you wanted to grab some of that, um, Well, we, oh, go ahead. I was going to say, um, I really want to see if I can find her publicist and see if she would even consider being interviewed by me.
Now, one [00:38:00] shot in the dark. You never know. So fantastic. I mean, I, you never know. I mean, she plays really personal with her Instagram. She was on a girl’s trip in that blank. I mean, like, it was just like, if one of us went on a girl’s trip, she was taking a picture of herself with our girlfriends at the George Strait concert in Vegas.
And like, they were at a sporting event. I mean, it was just like, I mean, she does such a good job of literally being so human and such. High-profile world. And so you think, why not? You know, but I think now that you mentioned it and thank you for doing that, I think I may make her, my celebrity divorce for time.
Yeah, there’s so much. I mean, there’s just so much information accessible right now that could make that, that fairly easy for you to do, and it’s very timely. So, um, thank you for reminding me. Um, does anybody have any specific, cause we still have a bit of time left in our [00:39:00] session for today. Does anybody have any specific questions that they would like to ask around podcasts?
Or any question really? But I mean, obviously we’re here for podcast. No. Um, I do, uh, because, um, I was approached by audible. They wanted to put me on their roster and I accepted did I, was that okay? I didn’t do anything wrong. Oh, I mean, I think that’s great. Are you, are they asking you to use the book that you self-published and, um, And record it for audible or are they for your podcast?
They approached me because of the podcast. Um, and they said you CA you know, you own your own content. There was that line in there. So I didn’t get scared over that, but I couldn’t remember what we had talked about, about audible service. Right, right, right, right. Okay. I wasn’t following your question initially.
Um, I personally don’t have, um, [00:40:00] I’ve never heard anything that was negative around Audible’s terms of service. I definitely would read it very carefully. Um, the fine print, there has been a ton of things now. I don’t know the specific details, but there’s a lot happening right now with firesides, um, terms of service and there’s a lot.
So if anybody wants to chime in on that, if they need more details than I do about it, but, um, But with fireside, there’s been, uh, a lot of grumbling about what’s in their terms of service. So if you’re, um, signing up for fireside are going to be using fireside, it’s still, to me, the wild, wild west in terms of who’s going to win the battle with audio social, because clubhouse was to the market first.
Then Spotify launched green room there’s fireside. Now then Facebook is going to have its own version. So it’s really going to be interesting to see how the audio, social platform wars play [00:41:00] out. Um, so, but in terms of audible, a congratulations and B um, I have never heard anything. That was, um, in any way negative, but definitely just read the fi fine read the fine print.
Definitely. But it’s never another discovery channel, so great. I thought it was focused on your book. That’s all. I was like. Oh, wow. Um, so any other specifics? I do. I have one. Okay. Has anybody been, uh, playing around with the apple in relationship to the. New opportunities to actually monetize your podcast.
I have not. I, we did a webinar. I’m not really a webinar, but we did a pod half focus call six weeks. I don’t know, like a month, six weeks ago, that was kind of breaking down some of the benefits and the, but the one thing I remember specifically from that particular call [00:42:00] was that their restrictions were so.
Um, they inhibited you from really being able to do things on other platforms because what the apple, um, myopic mindset, which really works for them in terms of how their technology all integrates and crosses over and everything. But because of their terms of service, there were a couple of things that they, uh, require your pricing, um, to.
Specific pricing things that you have to be in alignment with on other platforms, if you use other platforms. And then also there were, um, some really, um, Isolating things about the platform that I personally felt like if it were my, for my podcast, that I would want to use one of the other subscriber platforms, but I don’t personally know anybody that has launched a subscriber platform within them.
Yeah. I’m, I’m actually not interested. Just curious what people’s. Yeah. There are some other platforms that are more inclusive that don’t monitor and their revenue share was [00:43:00] odd too. As I remember too, for what they were for the amount of restrictions that they put on you to have a subscription program within apple, it was also the revenue share was pretty aggressive as well in terms of the limitation in the ROI.
Yeah, it was disappointing in a way because it was, they just have had. And again, this is my soap box opinion, but they have had so many chances to really maintain their leadership position in podcasting and they just keep taking wrong turns. You turns left. I mean, they’re just not. They’re not stepping up, like in a way that they re they’re still the leader in the space in terms of the number of people that, you know, but that number is just incredible.
That gap is getting closer and closer between Spotify and apple. And then Google podcasts has gotten more, has gotten a lot stronger. So I don’t know what’s going on within the infrastructure of apple, but they’re not as podcast or friendly as they are. Yeah. My perspective is, is pretty much the same and like I’m [00:44:00] interested in keeping it open and available everywhere.
Everywhere. Just like that. Yeah. And then work within the show. If you’re going to monetize, there’s so many other great ways to monetize. And at the same time, leaving it open instead of putting all your eggs in one basket or even two Basques right. Well limited only to iOS platform and nationally in America in the U S it’s still the number one platform for podcasters, but globally, Android is more.
Has more users globally. So it’s really just unfortunate that they haven’t really played better in the sandbox, but they never have. So, I mean, I am a avid, I mean, I’m, I watch I air pods, Mac, whatever, but I’ve been like, I drank the Kool-Aid. There’s no doubt in terms. Technology just don’t [00:45:00] really support their ex just for your perspective.
I was an it consultant for Coca-Cola for years. And so I’m still PC-based and, you know, I have a Google pixel five, which I absolutely love. And so I’ve been doing the PC, you know, non Mac. I mean, I have an iPad I use, and I think it’s been really great to be able to watch films in bed, but honestly, most of my clients on apple devices.
They have more problems than any other platform. And I cannot figure out why. Well, and I can say too, in terms of all of the transformation that they went through recently, again in late April early may. The latest statistics I saw, which were, um, not more than two weeks ago, was that because of all the changes that they went through internally, each individual podcast, download numbers have been affected in some cases up to 30% [00:46:00] and as a full service podcast production company with producer podcasts.
It’s the only platform that we ever have issues with when we release podcasts for our clients, it’ll show up on all the other platforms, but we have issues sometimes with it not showing up on apple. And there’s nothing as a company that we can do about that. But we ultimately are perceptually held responsible because they go to.
If their go to, if the clients go to listening platform is apple and they’re not seeing their show on apple. Guess what they think we didn’t do our job. So that is very frustrating as a business owner, because we have no control over it. And then w and then the impact on downloads is very frustrating because people want to be able to see growth.
And if their numbers are going backwards, who are they going to call first? The company that produced does their show. And you can send them the articles that say downloads are effective by [00:47:00] 30%, but still, you know? Yeah. I, I, you know, Tracy, I, I, I tell, I’ve been telling people, listen, it’s, Apple’s going through a change.
It’s not sandbox, which means it’s live, which means there’s going to be problems. But, you know, I’m hosted on time. There were, yeah. And I’ve been a host on and lips. And then I have a dialogue with Rob going on pretty much not all the time, but often, you know, and it’s just like still the, um, you know, what I’ve noticed is that big, that big, um, you know, bug on the windshield, but you know, what.
Submitted two podcasts in the last two weeks, they approved them in less than eight hours. And now that we have experienced it. And then the other thing is when I hit publish out of Libsyn, used to take five to eight hours for it to show up. But now it’s generally about a half an hour. So I think they’ve gone through some really big infrastructure.
In the background, [00:48:00] which may be, or may not be tied to their whole subscription monetization. I don’t really know, but, but my point is, is that I’m seeing improvements at the same time. Well, it would be very difficult to justify a revenue share on a paid subscription model if they weren’t. Allowing them obsessed.
I mean, that’s so hopefully the, it is just growing pains and, and in an ideal situation, they are paying more attention to progressively, you know, paying attention to podcasting, you know, the flip side, you know, not just to see both sides of the coin, they don’t monitor up until they’ve just released the subscription option.
They were never doing any, there was never any monetization around podcasting for apple and, or, you know, Spotify and some of the other platforms have monetizes by having these exclusive shows. Apple has never monetized the independent podcasting arena at all. So why would it be a major focus for them if [00:49:00] they, you know, when they’re real primary revenue generators?
Technology pieces like their phones, watches, iPads, computers, et cetera. But I think everyone in, you know, and this is going back to, you know, five years ago, six years ago, I don’t think they were even prepared for the explosive growth of podcasting. And therefore it was like, they were just kind of like, we put this app on the phone.
You know what 2013 or whatever, and just the now look what happened to us.
Awesome. I mean, you know, me and the set box, we could go on all day, but this is your call, not mad. Um, I don’t want to put you on the spot, Denise, but what would love for us to be able to provide you some tips for your launch? Um, is there anything that you are struggling. Specifically that we could address and help you out with.
Um, thank you. Uh, [00:50:00] I actually have this question again. I am a newbie somewhat. Like I, again, I’ve been following and looking and reading and learning and like standing on the outside and now it’s time to jump in. So what I have been trying to figure out, cause I actually have content that I could use. I used to do a lot of lives, especially when, um, social distancing started.
Live stuff. And so I immediately went to zoom events, so I have content and I do a lot of things already with social media. But more importantly, my question is, um, so Buzzsprout like, how do I make that decision on what? Okay. This is a. Pardon? My ignorance. I don’t know. Buzzsprout and those, what, what does that call like?
You know, the platform is Libsyn and all of that, but what do you call the buds fuzz sprouts and all of those things? [00:51:00] No. And so, first of all, that’s a great question that you’re, it’s not a reflection of being, um, you know, not in the know it’s just that you don’t know what you don’t know until you ask.
Right? So, um, so bus about is a, so in general, What you’re asking, um, is, uh, is about hosting platform. So thank you. Yes. Okay. So, um, so there are multiple different opportunities for hosting platforms. Um, what do you recommend? Well, you’re going to find on this call that we have several Libsyn advocates on this call.
Um, Lipson. And, but let me help you kind of gauge, like what can fall into place for your decision making process. So your hosting platform is critical in that it’s where your are, your audio is archived. So if you think of a website, you go to GoDaddy, let’s say for example, and you bought the domain, but you still have to have it hosted somewhere.
Right? So in terms of podcasting, it’s the exact same thing. There are different hosting platforms and. [00:52:00] So that’s what your audio is archived, but even more importantly, what you want to evaluate is where you can get the best growth for your podcast as it begins to develop. And as, as your audience begins to develop, because you are using your podcast is what’s called a branded podcast and you’re using it as a marketing tool for your business.
You want to take this decision very seriously because there are free platforms. There are. Expensive platforms, even though Lipson is priced competitively and there’s no affiliate relationship that I have with Lipson. It’s just who I, when I did the research and launch my show in 2015, and then subsequently launched producer podcast, we have just always utilize them because they have a really great customer service.
Like John was saying he has, he has, if he has a question, he has a direct pipeline to have a conversation with someone that works there, Elsie Escobar, who. The co-founder of she podcast. She has a full-time position with Libsyn. So she’s a [00:53:00] real strong advocate for the sheep podcasts. So it just helps to kind of know someone that works there.
If you were to have a problem, like my, a podcast of mine released yesterday and it’s not connecting with lips, Lipson is not connecting with LinkedIn. Like it normally does. So it posts, but then it posted with a bunch of code and that’s not something that I can, or my team can personally figure out so we can.
Customer support ticket and all of these have customer support opportunities. It’s just that, that particular one we have, we have certain relationships with in terms of being members of like she podcasts, for example, or pod half. Um, simple cast is another one that, um, has been useful. A lot of people in our group, have you simple cast?
They’ve had some really good luck with it. My biggest complaint with simple cast is that they don’t have a search feature. So when you utilize that. And I wish Jen Trubek was on the call today. She usually is. She uses simple cast and we just re did her website for her. And [00:54:00] she chooses not to upload her episodes independently to her website.
So she uses the feed that you can pull the, when you released an episode, the link automatically posts to her weapon. Yeah, but when you click on that link to listen to the most recent episode, there’s nowhere you can go from there. So if someone says, Hey, you should listen to X episode 1 42 on nutrition.
Um, while you travel, you have to go and start at episode one. And go all the way through to episode 1 42, just to get to that episode, we literally talked to the people at simple casts in person at the podcast movement conference, Jen, Jen, and I tag team them to be like, yeah, why? So, um, Anchor is connected to Spotify.
It has, um, it’s typically, um, more associated with people who aren’t using it for business branded podcasts, um, because it doesn’t have as many bells and whistles or features. [00:55:00] Um, my also a big thing advocate for Lipson that I really, really like, and I’ve enjoyed watching them grow over the years as we’ve grown, they have really strong relationships with the platforms.
So an example of when Pandora first came. And it made themselves available for podcasts. Lipson was able to go to their existing clientele and the person that John was referencing, Rob was actually, you could literally send him a list of your podcast or in our case, our list of podcasts. There’s that way.
And he literally captured a list manually and submitted it to Pandora on our behalf. Like that’s crazy good for a podcast planet platform to do that. And they’re always on top of integrations with, so you can integrate with YouTube, you can integrate with, um, you can integrate things, Cheryl, um, you can integrate with, um, like, you know, Google podcasts, Amazon, um, [00:56:00] I heart, you know, you can, you don’t have to go and apply.
Different distribution platforms because they automatically integrate. So you can usually, yeah. And also usually at a click of, or to have a button. Yes. So the other thing is like, when Tracy was saying Pandora, well, Libsyn had been working with Pandora, so they had the whole thing specked out in their back end.
So the day it kind of went live or whatever. Yes. Tracy probably got a heads up on it, but you know, basically like when Ghana. Launched. Do you remember that, Tracy? Well, so it was gone as a big east Indian network. Yeah. So as an example, as an example, to make it really easy, what they click of a button to be on that network, which is.
For all the shows I do have gone way up because of it. They just make it really easy. But, sorry. Good. No, no, no apologies needed. So thank you [00:57:00] so much. Well there’s if, if Tracy, if I may say there’s something I’m just going to say, it’s really, really, really, really, really important. And I stand firmly behind Rob and Libson about keeping podcasts, private.
There is a lot of companies out there in his industry wanting to break the RSS feed so that they can track where in your house you’re listening to the podcast episode. So I, you know, I just, I just have to say that, um, I’m not interested in another email or distraction or anything else. So, I mean, at some point, Tracy, be really nice to bring Rob on to talk about it.
Yeah, that would be great because it’s really important. I mean, it’s like, I there’s a company. I did sign up to receive a PA a podcast from, and next thing you know, I get an email with my name and personal information in the email. The how did they get that? That’s not cool. That’s not privacy. [00:58:00] That’s not awkward.
Yeah, well, we have this weird thing that happens because we, well, part of what we do, we have a specific, uh, Gmail addresses each of our clients that we use for internal purposes and be amazed at once their shows launch, who has access to that information. And we know it for a fact because they email it.
Now, we’ll say some podcast production companies have access to it too. Cause they’re like, congratulations on your launch. We’d love to produce your podcast. And we’re like, yeah, well we’re already doing it, but thanks. Um, so it’s, it is this whole data thing. And, um, and so that’s, that’s interesting in itself, but hopefully that was helpful.
Please do your own homework and feel what’s most comfortable for you, but just know you kind of have some people in your pocket with Lipson based on these groups that you’re associated with. And that never hurts for audience. So, well, another great call. Thanks everybody for being here. We’re at the top of the hour.
And um, if you have any other questions that we didn’t cover [00:59:00] today, please email them to me or show up next week and we’ll address them then. And thanks so much. Sounds great. Bye everyone, James, take that screenshot. When you get off the floor will do. I can’t believe it’s a basement. It’s so cool.
You did a great job today. All right. Bye-bye.