PM Seattle Meetup Recap, Updates and a short thought on creating a passionate audience!
Happy Wednesday PM Family, did you know that today is National Pie Day in the United States?
I know that many who are reading this newsletter abroad are probably saying to yourself, “Isn't every day Pie day in the US? While some evidence would suggest that this could be true, according to the American Pie Council, today is the actual day to celebrate pie, and we intend to do just that!
We thought it would be appropriate to take this special opportunity to not mince words, but share some slices from our recent PM Community Meetup in Seattle, provide some fillings with helpful updates in the community/podcast industry, and a quick word on kneading a passionate listener base.
Let's grab our aprons, rolling pins and lattice begin…
Whoopie: Seattle Meetup Recap
The PM meetup in Seattle was fantastic! The attendance was excellent, the Optimism Brewery venue was amazing, and the conversations were helpful. New connections were created and existing relationships were fostered. Everyone left with an overwhelming feeling of encouragement and excitement about their podcasts, and the community overall.
We were fortunate to see some PM community veterans at the meetup including smart folks like Rob Greenlee, Amy Robles, and Durin Gleaves. Some fellow past PM attendees joined us including Delanda Coleman, Ed Hill, Lisette Austin and MacKenzie Bennett (to name a few). It was also great to meet newer members of the community such as Nelson Lau, Sharon Rolph, Brad (XO of the USS Kentucky-SSBN 737) and his super cool wife Jamie Muskoph, Ella Marie Wallace,Brent Danice, and Sara McArdle.
We have a lot more meetup goodness that is being prepped, and almost ready for the oven. We will announce them in the near future. Please join us if possible, or share with a podcast friend that could benefit from the synergy and collaborative spirit of this community.
We love to share helpful recipes for podcast success, with fillings that podcast creators can appreciate, as well as upcoming industry info that helps everyone!
- Put an End to Your Toxic Relationship with Remote Interviews – Article by Zachariah Moreno
This post is from the team at Squadcast, who've been supporters of PM for years, and recently released the latest version of their software, which let's you record remote interviews with lightning speed & bulletproof reliability, separate tracks without Audio Drift, and more!
- The PM19 Speaker Submission process is now open (but it won't be forever).
Let your voice be heard! If you want to share your podcast knowledge on the stage at PM19, now is your time.
- How to Rebrand Your Podcast – Article by Travis Albritton
No one says your show cannot pivot! Take this advice if you feel like your podcast needs a lift!
- Your Top 10 Lists Are Harming the Podcasting Industry – Article by Jessica Kupferman
What do YOU think?
- Kristian Greer created a cool post in the PM Facebook Community that asked POC podcasters to share their show links.
Humble Pie (Perspective)
Lisa Hines shared the following photos in the community. It hopefully serves as a reminder to be good to your audiences and treat them well regardless of the size.
A La Mode – (Creating a Passionate Audience)
My father in law loves to eat his pie “a la mode”. A la mode means that the pie is served with ice cream. The ice cream is a bonus so to speak. We will attempt to finish this week's newsletter with a short perspective on creating a passionate fan-base as our added sweet, and hopefully smooth parting thought.
You may be wondering (and rightfully so) what pie has to do with podcasting and passionate listeners. A good pie has several ingredients and requires concise instructions. A podcast that is growing and has raving fans also has a formula. In other words, a delicious pie does not come out of the oven by accident. Podcasts that are successful and loved by its listeners do not occur by coincidence either.
The PM team had the opportunity to interact with a larger number of podcast listeners this weekend. We met some fans dressed in cosplay of their favorite characters from narrative/audio dramas. We met listeners that were wearing t-shirts of their favorite shows. We met some fans that all they could talk about was their most-loved podcasts.
What causes some podcasts to develop this type of favor and support from listeners? Let's consider the pie analogy as we explore this. Not every pie tastes the same even if the recipes are the same. The difference can be a number of factors such as ingredients, types of oven, etc. Have you ever heard someone say that the key lime crust in Key West is better because of the water?
Here are ideas to consider this week as you work on your show:
- Start with a recipe – What framework or ideas are working for larger shows, or shows that you admire?
- Make the recipe your own – Famous bakers such as Duff Goldman may use similar recipe instructions as other great bakers, but he has his own creative ideas and strategies that make his creations unique. You have this ability as well. It's okay to borrow ideas from other shows and make them your own. The key is to add your own personality and authentic self to it.
- Timing – Have you ever tasted a pie that was not cooked long enough? A great podcast takes time to create and consistently deliver. This is not meant to discourage you. It would be great to go to the store and purchase a hit podcast right out of the box, but that simply doesn't exist (and neither does a perfect pie that's off the shelf).
- The Marriage of the Ingredients and the Crust – The list above… plus giving your listeners what they want. How do you do that? How does that grow? This episode from Season 2 of the Podcast Movement Sessions podcast is some of the best advice available. Please consider listening to this, as it contains perspectives from some of the best in podcasting, and also from the humble pie make himself, Jared Easley.
- So Yummy – Here is a great non-podcasting article to help as you continue to prep, create and repeat each episode with the goal of building a passionate audience.
Did you know that you are the apple of our pie? It's true. Thank you for being a part of the pastry mixture that makes up the beautiful shell and blend of our podcast community! We appreciate you!
For Real Dough,
P.S. If you're ever looking for the perfect pi, the answer is always 3.14159265359….