Evidence-Based Insights for Podcasters from Semil Shah

“A podcast is the best way for two people to have a private conversation, right? So you really have to think through, in the audience, where are people going to listen to it, (and) how much time do they have?” That evidence-based advice is from Semil Shah, who knows whereof he speaks. He was on the team that developed the Swell podcast app that Apple acquired last year. Because the app streamed shows directly to…

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Could Joel Stein Be the Dick Cavett of Podcasting?

Guesting on episode 72 of The Wolf Den podcast, Time columnist and writer Joel Stein joked that he was working on a “podcast about podcasts about podcasts.” But host Adam Sachs pressed him on if he’ll have his own podcast. Joel said it’s not inevitable, though, he quipped, “it’s probable that everyone in America will soon have a podcast.” More seriously, he observed that, “there’s a lot of room for newsier podcasts,” such as Planet…

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Creativity & Innovation Make Podcasting the Future of Media

The March issue of Fast Company features perceptive insights into why “The future of media is podcasting,” in an article by staff writer Rebecca Greenfield. While she is doubtlessly obligated to mention Serial in her set up, I love how she quickly broadens the scope, writing, “But enough about Serial: the podcasting world will produce bigger hits in the years ahead. What’s most interesting about the series is that it is but the most prominent…

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Joel Stein and the “Podcast about Podcasts about Podcasts”

When Joel Stein began writing for Time Magazine in 1997 he represented a fresh voice that injected a dose of irreverence and fun into the then 74 year-old print publication. Yet, he was skeptical of the digital revolution nipping at Time’s heels. In fact, on episode 72 of The Wolf Den podcast he tells host Adam Sachs that, “I’ve been avoiding new media a very long time.” Before joining Time full-time, he had an assignment…

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The Quality of Podcasts Has Hit a New High

Over the course of this short series I’ve been covering the five factors driving podcast advertising right now. So far we have: new “offline” advertisers entering the space; it’s a proven model; metrics are improving; and advertisers are getting savvier about demographics. We’ve now reached the final factor, which is also a big one: the quality of podcasts has hit a new high. “As the industry has matured shows in general sound better,” says Midroll’s…

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