Friday, April 20, 2007

From Commentors to Contributors: Building Rabid Fans - a PNME talk @ Podango

While the above phrase is a working title, I'm pleased to announce that Lee Gibbons from Podango has asked me to speak in the Expo hall on the topic of not only getting feedback, but also on incorporating that feedback into your podcast.

I'm already on one "official" panel at the Third Annual Podcast & New Media Expo (PNME) and I hope you come by to hear me talk if you've registered to attend sessions, but I'm very excited by this additional opportunity for a couple of reasons. First, it's a topic near and dear to my heart. Second, this talk takes place on the Expo floor, allowing even those who didn't shell out the $249 a chance to listen to me talk on the subject.

If you care to know more about the topic, keep reading. If you are interested in attending the show this year in Ontario California, I'd suggest starting your arrangements today. I'll post specific a specific time and location for my event as the details are finalized.

As of late, I've been getting a lot of questions from my fellow podcasters (new and old) about turning passive listeners into active contributors. People are stunned that we get 100+ voice mails every week on two of the shows I produce -- it's so many that we have separate "voice mail shows" for both every week! I also have 8 - 10 "content contributors" (think variety show) at any given time, with more waiting in the wings. Additionally, I've managed to grow by again pulling in listeners (and authors, obviously) to help me out with updates, coding and everything in between. The boards are full of people asking for help in this area and I think I have a compelling story to tell as well as some practical advice to give In fact, I'm writing an entire chapter on this for the next book, Expert Podcasting Practices for Dummies. Unfortunately the book won't come out in time for the Expo. And even more unfortunately, Tim is out of room in the other halls. I'm speaking for him on another topic, but am quite passionate about this one and don't want to pass an opportunity by.

Not quite an official write up, but I'll get one soon!

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