PodMov Daily: Tuesday, May 19
Episode 208: Testing, One Two-sday
Keep Adventuring: The Virtual Tabletops of ‘Actual Play' Podcasts
For years now, roleplaying and tabletop gaming podcasts have been a massive hit. With improvisation as a huge component, how are creators reaching fans while separated? Andrew Whalen of Newsweek consulted the dice-rolling podcasters behind several shows, including Rude Tales of Magic and Friends at the Table.
“Simply being cut off from people is something we feel in a real way, and something that likely shows up in our work,” Austin Walker of Friends at the Table told Whalen. “I think we've been extra ‘punchy' in some recordings, as we've been so eager for that interpersonal activity that we've lost.”
A genius solution from Rude Tales host Branson Reese: During lockdown, a temporary campaign will tell a story set 500 years in the past. “That way, in the future, when someone's listening through all of Rude Tales, they don't have to listen through the four or five ‘plague' episodes that everyone agrees sound bad.”
Australia's Live Virtual Conference: We Are Podcast House Sessions
Per Podnews, this Thursday through Saturday will mark “the world’s first multi-day, multi-stream, live virtual podcast conference.” We Are Podcast House Sessions is the 2020 iteration of We Are Podcast, established in 2015 as the first podcasting conference in the Southern Hemisphere.
Usually held in Brisbane, Australia, this year’s event has pivoted to a digital model with an estimated “global audience of 1,000+ people.” 50+ chart-topping speakers will focus on monetization and branding, headlined by Jordan Harbinger, host of The Jordan Harbinger Show. Ticket sales end this evening at 5:00 PT.
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Here's what else is going on:
- Business card: How can show notes be crafted for maximum engagement? Jaclyn Schiff of Podreacher explains each listener-friendly element, including two details that distinguish the notes of hit entrepreneurship podcast Side Hustle School.
- Hall monitor: The Android app Podcast Addict has been suspended from the Google Play Store due to new virus-related content policies. “Additional verification is required” from the 9-year-old app, though it catalogs publicly available RSS feeds.
- Quick draw: Matthew McLean of The Podcast Host reviews the Zoom H5 digital recorder, which has remained a top choice for 5 years. Its features enable the versatile, portable device to capture studio-quality audio just about anywhere.
- Numbers game: John Wordock, self-professed “metrics nerd” and executive editor of Westwood One Podcast Network, recommends 5 strategies to climb the charts. Analytics straight from the Apple Podcasts dashboard reveal where to start.