250 Podcast Answer Man – Should Podcasters Have An Interest In Pinterest? And More!

by Cliff Ravenscraft on February 24, 2012

in Podcast Answer Man

Should Podcasters Have An Interest In Pinterest?
There has been an increasing amount of buzz in the media and in the social networking community about Pinterest. What is Pinterest? Rob Lammle from Mashable says that… “Pinterest is a place to organize and share online images that you find interesting or inspiring. Once uploaded or shared on Pinterest, these images become known as Pins, which the user can place on customized, themed Boards. You can create Boards for any topic imaginable, from cats to classic cars to cats driving classic cars. The possibilities are endless.”

I am happy to bring you a bit of a lengthier social media segment, with Erik J. Fisher, this week as we go into a bit of detail about how Pinterest can be good for extending your brand online. This segment starts at the 00:24:12 mark in the episode.

Random Plug of The Week
This week's random plug of the week goes out to the Crimson Cord Podcast from James Caso. The reason I am highlight Jim's podcast this week is due to the fact that he made a commitment to a date when his first episode would be published online and he did it. He put it online.

It appears that Jim is still working on submitting his podcast rss feed to the the various podcast directories. The important thing to note here is that we all have to start somewhere and I hope that Jim will be an encouragement to those who have been wanting to create a podcast for months but still have not yet published their first episode online.

I'm Speaking at BlogWorld NYC
I'm so excited that I'll be returning to BlogWorld NYC here in 2012, held June 5th, 6th, and 7th. I am also happy to announce that I will be speaking at BlogWorld again. If you are serious about your podcasting efforts, I highly recommend that you attend this leading podcast industry conference. I have a feeling that some very exciting things are going to be happening at this year's event, relating to podcasting. If you haven't registered yet, feel free to use my affiliate link to get registered today.

Advice On Hosting Meetups
JD called in to ask if I had any advice on the topic of hosting meetings with your community. Based upon my experience of hosting meetings over the past several years, I recommend the following:

1) Determine the purpose for your meetup.
2) Choose your time, date and location.
3) Set up a RSVP page for your event.
4) Show some love for your community.

Note: I've had great success with both EventBrite.com and Facebook Event pages.

Honestly, I felt that I could have spent a little more time coming up with some thoughts on this subject. However, I ended up recording the beginning of this episode, and this question, after I had already recorded the social media segment about Pinterest. That's the power of post production. If you have some additional thoughts on meetups, please feel free to add them in the comments section below. Perhaps I'll address this topic in greater detail in a future episode.

Advice On Interviewing Others
David Dell, called in to ask for some tips on conducting interviews for your podcast. Based upon my experience in hosting many interviews of the past several years, I recommend the following:

1) Know what you want from the interview ahead of time.
2) Attempt to interview “talkative” people.
3) Prepare your questions ahead of time.
4) Share your questions with your interviewee ahead of time.

David had mentioned that in his days of interviewing people for the written media, he could take bits and pieces of the interview and weave them into a good story. However, he felt that he needed some advise in audio interviews since he believed that you'd be pretty much stuck with what the person said in the recording. I shared why I believe that you can practically do everything with an audio interview that you could do with a written interview.

My great friend, Pat Flynn, posted an article on his blog, this week, titled “Top 10 Tips for Conducting an Exceptional Interview.” I highly encourage folks to check that out for some additional insights!

Blue Host Affiliate Signup
I want to send out a special word of thanks to the folks behind the following domains that were used to create a new hosting account with BlueHost with my Blue Host affiliate link this past week. As you know, I earn a commission each time someone clicks through my link to sign up with Blue Host. So thank you!

Accounts that were created this week:
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Note: The fact that I have linked to these accounts is only to acknowledge that these folks have used my affiliate link to create a hosting account with BlueHost. These links are not an endorsement of any content that may be posted to these sites. If you ever recognize content blatantly offensive at any of these links, please let me know and I will be sure to evaluate and consider for permanent removal. These accounts are all brand new and may not be active yet. Also, it is possible that some of these domains were previously owned and my not have been transfered to BlueHost just yet.

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