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180 Help I Got A Mac – The Final Epsode

by Cliff Ravenscraft on March 1, 2012

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Well my friends, all great things must come to an end and Chris and I bring you this final episode of Help I Got A Mac.
If you have not yet heard about why this and several other shows have been canceled, please listen to episode 242 of Podcast Answer Man which will explain everything in detail.
Link to that episode:
http://podcastanswerman.com/242/
In this final episode of Help I Got A Back, Chris and I discuss the following:

– Chris dumps his iPhone 4s for an android phone.
– Are we looking forward to iPad 3?
– Anything new on Apple TV?
– Mountain Lion
– Steve Jobs Biography
– Inside Apple Book
– Fox Report on Nightline
– iPhone 5 coming this year?
– Tim Cook as CEO
– iTextBooks

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Well my friends, with a great deal of thought and prayer going into this, we have made the decision to end the Business Tech Weekly podcast after 109 episodes. This show was started on September 8th, 2009. During this final episode, Andy and I share how we met and what led to the creation of this show.

We also shared how Andy and I have benefited tremendously from knowing each other. As you will hear in the show, Andy and I will be working on some projects together in the future. It’s just that both of us lost all passion for discussion technology tools for small to medium sized businesses about forty or so episodes ago.

If you want to fully understand the reason behind the decision to end this, and several gspn.tv shows, I hope that you will consider listening to episode 243 of Podcast Answer Man. You can find that episode at http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/243.

If you would like to continue to follow my ongoing business growth journey, I encourage you to check out both my Pursuing A Balanced Life podcast at http://PursuingABalancedLife.com and my Podcast Answer Man podcast at http://PodcastAnswerMan.com.

If you would like to continue to follow Andy’s ongoing business growth journey, I encourage you to follow him on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/AndyTraub, on his blog at http://AndyTraub.com, and on his podcast network at http://TakePermission.com.

There is no question that this final episode was AMAZINGLY GREAT! I personally feel that this is because we both knew that this was the right decision for each of us personally and overall, it was the right decision for the future health of the content and community of gspn.tv.

We hope you enjoy this final episode. It really is hard to say goodbye to yesterday!

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Well my friends, with a great deal of thought and prayer going into this, we have made the decision to end the Social Media Serenity podcast after 119 episodes. This show was started on July 17th, 2009 and we have certainly covered a great deal of the changing landscape within Social Media these two and a half years.

If you want to fully understand the reason behind the decision to end this, and several gspn.tv shows, I hope that you will consider listening to episode 243 of Podcast Answer Man. You can find that episode at http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/243.

I am excited to share that from this point forward, we will continue to cover social media news, updates, and experiences in the Podcast Answer Man podcast and Erik will join me on a weekly basis as my Social Media Correspondent.

In this final episode of Social Media Serenity, Erik and I discussed the following:
– You can now follow The President on Instagram.
http://web.stagram.com/n/barackobama
– Google+ will censor profile pictures – http://goo.gl/kosRz
– Facebook Timeline Doesn’t Show in Internet Explorer 7
– Google+ Gets Face Recognition, Deeper Gmail Integration http://goo.gl/q6AgD
– The 50 Funniest Tweets Of 2011 http://ow.ly/8bvn1

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108 Business Tech Weekly – Lots of App Love

by Cliff Ravenscraft on December 30, 2011

in Business Tech Weekly

In this episode of Business Tech Weekly, Cliff and Andy discuss the following:
– Why Cliff cancelled his MyFax.com account.
– Scratchpad.txt
– Layers App – http://gspn.tv/wkz
– Inpaint App – http://gspn.tv/4il
– Skitch for iPad – http://gspn.tv/3sh
– iPen – http://gspn.tv/csm
– Kindle App updated for PDFs

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In this episode of Social Media Serenity, Erik and Cliff discuss the following:
– Chris Brogan’s post “Depression is an Offline Event – http://goo.gl/vcwqp
– Buffer App now has an iPhone App
– Bufferapp integrates with SocialBro – http://goo.gl/zoFBl
http://SocialBro.com
http://TheTwitCleaner.com
http://manageflitter.com
– Charlie Sheen Tweets Phone Number to 5 Million http://goo.gl/aUmgB
– Gowalla purchased by Facebook http://goo.gl/nJgGb
– Your New Facebook Status: 63,206 Characters or Less http://on.mash.to/vGQ37z
– Where Are Your Twitter Followers? http://TweepsMap.com

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Less Shows Moving Forward?
One of the thing that puzzles me is the number of people who seem to want to follow in my footsteps of creating a large number of podcasts. Since I started podcasting in December of 2005, I have launched at least 24 of my very own podcasts. At one point, I was producing an average of 15 to 17 podcast episodes every single week.

In this episode, I mention, for the firs time in public, that I’ve been thinking about drastically decreasing the number of shows that I am actively producing. Just this past week, I’ve updated my gspn.tv show description page to show that I am currently only actively producing ten shows at this time. Even with this reduction, I’m still producing a minimum of six shows each and every week.

I recently ended the Almost Daily Devotional podcast after 166 episodes. I decided that the content of that podcast should fit perfectly into another show that I had been producing called the “About The Church” podcast. Since I in the mood to make changes, I made the decision that I would go ahead an rebrand the About The Church podcast so that it would become the “Encouraging Others Through Christ” podcast from this point forward.

This is a perfect example of how I took two shows and combined them into one single show. The same content will continue to be produced, but in a single show instead of two. In 2012, I’ll be evaluating all the shows that I am actively producing to see if there is a way that I might be able to do something similar to reduce the number of shows so that I may focus more time and energy on making each show the best it can be.

Mission Statements and Core Values
I did a significant edit on opening of this episode before I uploaded it to the servers. I did leave enough of the original content to let you know that I have been inspired to take some time to develop a mission statement and to write down what my core values are, both for my business, and my personal life. I did this for gspn.tv several years ago and it helped me tremendously. However, I never got around to doing it for my consulting/coaching business. I was reminded of just how important this is while I was listening to where my good friend, Dan Miller, was being interviewed on episode 10 of Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership Podcast.

Facebook Thumbnail Previews
Special thanks to Bill who called in and left some feedback to explain where Facebook looks for the images it chooses for the Facebook Thumbnail previews on shared links. This is extremely valuable information to those of us who hope our community will share our content with their friends on Facebook.

Feedburner Stats?
Daniel from the Special Chronicles podcast called in to ask about how might best track his podcast downloads since the new version of feedburner seems to show a slightly different number than the old version. In my response, I mention Podtrac.com.

Blue Host Hosting
I quickly mentioned that I have an affiliate relationship with Blue Host Hosting. I’ve had a relationship with Blue Host for several years and have hundreds of clients who are hosting their WordPress powered podcast on their hosting platform. If you want to read my full thoughts on podcast hosting, I encourage you to check out http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/hosting.

Random Plug of The Week
This week’s random plug of the week goes out to Tommy G. Kendrick from ActorsTalkPodcast.com. Tommy has done an amazing job on launching a great looking website and an AMAZING SOUNDING first episode. If you know anyone who is an actor, director, or otherwise involved in this industry, please consider telling them about Tommy’s new show.

Getting Your Podcast Into GetGlue
Wayne called in to ask if it was still possible to get a podcast listed in the Get Glue social network. This is a social network that was designed to allow you to share what music you are listening to or what movies or tv shows you were watching. However, some folks found out that you could also share what podcasts you were listening to.

While I do have several of my gspn.tv shows listed in the Get Glue directory, I am not responsible for getting them submitted. It was my friend, Geoff Gentry, who added these shows. I’ve reached out to Geoff and he told me that he would be willing to explain if this is still possible in the comments section below. Please check the comments section for that update.

Listed On Stitcher Radio
I briefly mention that you can now find Podcast Answer Man and many other gspn.tv shows in Stitcher Radio. I hope to get around to inviting the folks from Stitcher onto an upcoming episode of Podcast Answer Man to learn a little more about this company and what all they have in the works.

In the episode, I share that I have a few reservations about the service, as it stands today. However, I am excited about anyone who is making way in the realm of getting podcasting built into car radios of the future!

You can download the Stitcher App at http://stitcher.com/gspn. If you sign up, please do use promo code “GSPN” to let them know that you heard about them from me.

Where Are They Now?
In this week’s Where Are They Now interview, I talk with Scott Iardella from StealthBody.com. Scott had produced twenty episodes of the “Smart Fitness Coach” podcast and things were going pretty well until he got hit with a Cease and Desist Notice from the legal department of a company that stated he was infringing upon their trademark. In our conversation, you’ll hear how Scott dealt with this shocking blow.

It is my hope that Scott’s story does not do anything to add to the excuses of those of you who have not yet launched your show. In sharing my own personal trademark issue from a few years back, I hope that you come away from this episode understanding that in both cases, Scott and I did not allow this to knock us out of the race. In fact, we are both extremely thankful that things turned out the way that they did.

I think it’s also important to note that out of well over one thousand podcasters that I personally know, I am only aware of three that have ran into such a trademark issue and actually received a cease and desist letter from a lawyer. Scott and I are two of those three.

I also hope that our conversation provides other valuable insights for you to apply to your own podcasting journey as well.

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In this episode of Social Media Serenity, Erik and I discuss the following:
– An update on the response to Embedded Tweets.
– An update on the response to Livefyre Comments.
– A few Google+ Pet Peeves.
– Facebook’s Hidden Inbox.
– Twitter Brand Pages.
– Initial thoughts on the new TweetDeck.
– Facebook Timeline available to everyone.
– Why Andy is unfriending 75% of those on his Facebook account.
Here are the links to the article that Andy mentioned in his call.
1) http://gspn.tv/tfd
2) http://gspn.tv/adb
3) http://gspn.tv/imd

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Not A Fan of FeedValidator.org
Gordon called to say that when he ran his rss feed through FeedValidator.org, he found that it was reporting errors with his rss feed. He wanted to know if I had any thoughts on what might be causing some of these issues.

In response to Gordon, I pretty much shared that I am not much of a fan of this feed validation service as it’s really not that relevant to whether or not your rss feed is configured properly to produce your podcast. In fact, a quick look at the validation report for my Podcast Answer Man rss feed will show you that I also have plenty of “recommendations.” The only thing that matters is whether or not your feed is “valid” and whether or not it is delivering your content to your subscribers.

More Than One Podcast With Libsyn?
Michael called in to say that he heard me, in the past, mention that it is possible to use a single Libsyn account to host the .mp3 files for multiple shows and was wondering if I was wondering how that works. I do my best to quickly answer this question in the epsisode.

Blue Host Hosting
This week, I quickly mentioned that I have an affiliate relationship with Blue Host Hosting. I’ve had a relationship with Blue Host for several years now and have hundreds of clients who are hosting their WordPress powered podcast on their hosting platform. If you want to read my full thoughts on podcast hosting, I encourage you to check out http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/hosting.

Should you invest in an iPad?
Mark called in to ask me how I am using my iPad in my business. He seemed like he was looking for me to convince him that it was worth pulling the trigger on his purchase. However, I’m not sure that he was expecting the answer that I gave in this episode.

In response to Mark, I did mention the iSoundByte app which is the app that acts as a remote to control the desktop version of SoundByte.

I also mentioned the Sound Byte app, which is made by the same company but, unlike the “iSoundByte” app, this app is designed to actually store the sound clips on the iPad and is connected to the desktop version of the app. I’m not a fan of this stand alone app as there is a “nearly one second” delay between the time you tap on the button to play a sound clip and when the sound clip actually starts playing.

Where Are They Now?
In this week’s Where Are They Now interview, I talk with Todd Clift from MoonstoneCellars.com. In 2001, Todd was downloading audio recordings on radio shows before podcasting came about. By the time he needed to do a long commute to work, podcasting was available and he started to subscribe to his favorite shows. He tried Satellite radio first, but decided to go all in with audio podcasting and hasn’t listened to anything else, while driving his truck, since.

Todd decided that podcasting would be be good for his business, a winery! And he created the podcast, Wine Word of the Day. Early in our conversation, Todd decided to purchase the WineWordofTheDay.com domain which is is simply forwarding to his podcast category on his business website.

Todd was so excited about his existing show, he was already thinking about creating additional shows. I had suggested that if the intended target audience is the same for the other shows, that he might consider combining all that content into a single show, producing it more consistently, rather than fragmenting his audience. If you listen to his December 23rd episode, you’ll see that he actually took this advice to heart.

One of the most exciting things that I feel came out in this interview was that Todd had a mission/purpose for his podcast when he decided to launch it. He wanted to use his podcast to build a deeper relationship with his customers so that it would help foster greater customer retention.

About a week after we recorded this interview, I got an email from Todd saying…

Thanks again for offering up so much advice during the interview! It was like getting a free consulting service. And I just wanted you to know that I am using all of your recommendations!

It is my hope that our conversation will be of as much value to you as it was to Todd. If you have any thoughts or reactions to this episode, please do leave a comment in the comments section below.

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In this week’s episode of Business Tech Weekly, I’m flying solo as Andy is on a business trip in Nashville. It will become immediately evident why Audible may never be a good fit as a sponsor for gspn.tv.

I share the various reasons why I much prefer buying and reading a book on my Kindle as opposed to listening to a book read to me in audio form.

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Celebrating Six Years of Podcasting!
It was December 16th, 2005 when I published my very first audio podcast to the web. Little did I know that this event would radically transform my life. I started off this week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man with my thoughts from six years of creating audio content for the web and building a community and business around it.

Random Highlight
I wanted to send my congratulations to Jenn Swanson on the launch of her new podcast at CommunicationDiva.com. If you listen to her first episode, you’ll learn that just a few short months ago, she didn’t even know what blogging was all about, let alone the world of podcasting. To see her online presence today should inspire anyone who’s been stuck with the paralysis by analysis.

You Simply MUST Listen To Episode 116 of Social Media Serenity
As I mentioned in this episode, I spent great deal of time talking with my co-host, Erik J. Fisher, about the LiveFyre commenting system and the amazing opportunities that Twitter’s new embedded tweets now offers to those of us who produce content for the web.

I highly suggest that everyone listen to episode 116 of Social Media Serenity. It is almost as if you have the benefit of a whole additional episode of Podcast Answer Man this week.

Static Home Page or Dynamic List of Recent Posts?
Tim called to ask what the benefits and drawbacks of having a static home page are compared to having the home page of your site simply list the most recent posts that you have made to your site. In the episode, I gave some thoughts on this subject and shared why I almost always have the most recent posts listed as my home page on PodcastAnswerMan.com.

Interview With Greg Willits
In this week’s “Where Are They Now?” interview, I talk with Greg Willits. If first learned about Greg, and his wife Jennifer Willits back in 2005 when I started listening to their Rosary Army Podcast, which happened to be the word’s first Catholic organization to the podcasting platform.

One of the most interesting things about my relationship with Greg and Jennifer, and the content they produced, is that I am not Catholic. By listening to my conversation with Greg, you will learn why I fell in love with the content they produced and how it was a major source of inspiration for the Family From The Heart podcast.

In August of 2008, after three years of podcasting, Greg and Jennifer were offered a full-time position as radio show hosts for The Catholic Channel on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Today, you can still hear Greg and Jennifer every Monday through Friday from 1pm to 4pm Eastern Time on their The Catholics Next Door radio show.

One of the reasons I wanted to have Greg on the show was to highlight how starting with a single podcast, building a large community, mixed with a lot of time, energy, and intentionality can lead to some pretty darn amazing opportunities.

It helps to step out of the box and get creative with other media channels as well. That’s exactly what Greg and Jennifer, in conjunction with SQPN, did with their “That Catholic Show.” Have a look at the following embedded video and you will quickly understand how this project brought them an even greater level of exposure.

Recently, Greg and Jennifer teamed up with fellow Catholic podcasters, and friends, Mac Barron and Katherine Barron to create a pilot for a television sitcom for Catholic TV. The sitcom is called Mass Confusion. I’m embedding the pilot episode below.

During my conversation with Greg, he hinted at the new project that he is working on at NewEvangelizers.com. I’m excited to see what he’s got in store for this new media adventure.

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