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Future-Forward Thinking

The future of podcasting is coming, whether we're ready for it or not. And yes, many of the podcasting tactics we implement today will be made obsolete in the future. But if we take a future-forward mindset with our strategies, we can save ourselves lots of re-work. And be ahead of the game when sweeping changes hit.

Why Spotify's Shows With Music Is A Big Deal Beyond Podcasting
October 15, 2020
Why Spotify's Shows With Music Is A Big Deal Beyond Podcasting
Spotify now lets you place entire hit songs in your episodes, with monetization options & no licensing fee. Yes, there’s a twist. But this might be the biggest change to podcasting since… podcasting.
We The People Are Changing Podcasting For The Better
September 21, 2020
We The People Are Changing Podcasting For The Better
We tend to assume the power is in the hands of the voice behind the mic. But as podcasting matures and expands, other hands are exerting their influence on what makes it to our ears.
Podcasting Through Rose-Colored Glasses & Bunny Ears
September 15, 2020
Podcasting Through Rose-Colored Glasses & Bunny Ears
You may call them a frivolous waste of time, but filters and effects on pics, videos, and streams have become a staple of how we communicate. But not in podcasting, oddly enough. Will that change?
Sir, This Is Not A Wendy's Podcast... And That's OK
August 24, 2020
Sir, This Is Not A Wendy's Podcast... And That's OK
Wendy’s has a new podcast, and it’s not great. At least, not on the surface. But what we see as a low-effort offering might mark a new inflection point in podcasting that few of us saw coming.
Re-Humanize Your Podcast Before It's Too Late
August 18, 2020
Re-Humanize Your Podcast Before It's Too Late
Has the pendulum swung too far away from “podcasting is an intimate medium”? In our haste to resist the cliche, we might be editing out the humanity from our podcasts.
Do Androids Dream Of Being On Your Podcast?
August 12, 2020
Do Androids Dream Of Being On Your Podcast?
There’s a wave of advancements in both text-to-speech and AI-generated text that will impact podcasting as we know it. But rather than replace humans, this might be a boon for creative podcasters.
Getting The Podcasting Band Back Together Again
August 4, 2020
Getting The Podcasting Band Back Together Again
Podcasting is often considered a solo venture, though the biggest podcasts tend to have teams of people behind their success. With the bottom falling out of commercial real estate, dedicated podcasting co-working spaces may be coming.
The End of Podcasting's Direct-Relationship Model Is In Sight
July 20, 2020
The End of Podcasting's Direct-Relationship Model Is In Sight
“Own the relationship!” is practical podcasting advice that works today. But it might not tomorrow in a world with less guesswork about what people want from their podcasts.
The Inevitable Dismantling Of Podcast Directories
July 16, 2020
The Inevitable Dismantling Of Podcast Directories
Even though millions of people manage to find something to listen to, podcast directories kind of suck for most podcasters. Making them suck less might lead to a massive shakeup in the podcast ecosystem.
How You Can Exploit Podcasting's No-Code Future
July 6, 2020
How You Can Exploit Podcasting's No-Code Future
The “no-code” revolution is changing the digital economy right before our eyes. Here’s how a similar “no-waveform-manipulation” approach to how we make podcasts & episodes can (will?) change podcasting forever.
Eye Can't Hear You: A Podcasting Paradigm Shift
May 11, 2020
Eye Can't Hear You: A Podcasting Paradigm Shift
Two opposing visions of podcasting’s future are emerging. One side is betting on more screen-time interactions. The other is working to make screens obsolete for podcasting listening. Which path will win?
Today's Podcasting Innovations Will Impact Your Show Tomorrow
April 29, 2020
Today's Podcasting Innovations Will Impact Your Show Tomorrow
Nothing spurs growth and innovation quite like a ruptured economy. New podcasting-specific or podcast-adjacent services are coming at us fast. Are they right for your show?
Podcasting's Present Problems
April 13, 2020
Podcasting's Present Problems
The best way to predict the future is to invent it, said someone smarter than me. The best way to delay the future is to focus on the present, said me. What’s holding podcasting back at the moment? Present-focused podcasters.
Less Old White Men In Podcasting's Future
September 24, 2019
Less Old White Men In Podcasting's Future
I have been podcasting since October 2004, so clearly you should listen to me. But I'm also an old white guy. So in the future, maybe you'll stop listening to me? I’m OK with that.
Podcasting Spins Off Something Brand New
September 23, 2019
Podcasting Spins Off Something Brand New
The big shift in media caused by podcasting is finally underway. And while we all may be marching mostly in the same direction right now, we'll likely see more than a few spin-offs in the years to come.
Betting On Bits For Better Podcasting
September 19, 2019
Betting On Bits For Better Podcasting
Robots are coming for our jobs in podcasting. Well, at least my job in podcasting. Actually though... only some of my job in podcasting. But here's why I think that's a good thing for all of us in podcasting.
Surviving The Cold War Of Podcast Advertising
September 18, 2019
Surviving The Cold War Of Podcast Advertising
Will podcast advertising ever get a seat at the grown-up table alongside print, radio, television, and digital? Or are we stuck in obscurity and novelty forever, while the real money is spent elsewhere?
A Future Reckoning For The Podcast Ad Bubble
September 17, 2019
A Future Reckoning For The Podcast Ad Bubble
I don't think advertisers are ever going to get completely out of podcasting. But I do think there's a reckoning coming for podcast advertising... and it might sting all of us.
Solving Future Podcast Discovery Problems
September 16, 2019
Solving Future Podcast Discovery Problems
The future of podcast discovery is bright; but only because the present of podcast discovery really sucks. But before you cheer too much for the future of podcast discovery, it might be a bit more dystopian than you want.
Exploring Podcasting's Cost-Free Future
September 12, 2019
Exploring Podcasting's Cost-Free Future
You say “free hosting” like it's a bad thing. And, sure, it mostly is today. But what happens when one major player in our space switches to FREE? It’s going to make a lot of current podcasting business models obsolete.
Mitigating Future Threats To Hobbyist Podcasting
September 10, 2019
Mitigating Future Threats To Hobbyist Podcasting
Don't let the news coverage of premium podcasting fool you. The bulk of podcasting -- from production to consumption -- will be done by hobbyists. But that doesn't mean this “free” space is safe from future changes.
Premium Podcasting Will Soon Dominate The Short Head
September 9, 2019
Premium Podcasting Will Soon Dominate The Short Head
Break out your credit card, podcast listener. Because soon the best and most popular (yes, both of those) podcasts will cost you (and everyone else) to listen.
The Advancing Podcasting Party Wants YOU!
June 13, 2019
The Advancing Podcasting Party Wants YOU!
As much as I love podcasting, there are a variety of changes needed to make podcasting better for podcasters and our listeners. Those changes require others who also want to help make podcasting better. Want to join us in the Advancing Podcasting Party?
Will The Algorithm Love Your Podcast?
May 22, 2019
Will The Algorithm Love Your Podcast?
Algorithms will soon infect podcasts just as they’ve infected every other digital medium. How “fair” will these algorithms be to your podcast? Or how drastically will you need to change your show to stay relevant?
Free Podcast Hosting or SPHaaS (Subsidized Podcast Hosting as a Service)?
April 30, 2019
Free Podcast Hosting or SPHaaS (Subsidized Podcast Hosting as a Service)?
You say "free podcast hosting" like it's a bad thing... (and so have I!)
Downward Spiral From Leadership To Legacy In Podcasting
April 15, 2019
Downward Spiral From Leadership To Legacy In Podcasting
How to fight the fear and stay in a leadership role in podcasting.
Control The Future Of Your Podcast
April 4, 2019
Control The Future Of Your Podcast
No crystal ball needed. Just three skills you can start working on today.
Changes To Podcasting Are Just Getting Started
March 28, 2019
Changes To Podcasting Are Just Getting Started
How to stay updated without driving yourself crazy. I hope?
APODCalypse Endgame: When Literally Everyone Has A Podcast
March 21, 2019
APODCalypse Endgame: When Literally Everyone Has A Podcast
If everyone is creating, will anyone be listening?
APODcalypse: What If Podcasting Fails... Again?
March 20, 2019
APODcalypse: What If Podcasting Fails... Again?
Podcasting isn't new to failures and false starts. But can it survive a really, really big one?
APODCalypse: The Downfall Of Free Podcasts
March 19, 2019
APODCalypse: The Downfall Of Free Podcasts
VCs will pressure podcasting to make even bigger returns. Will their focus on money squeeze out the free podcast content once and for all?
Picking Sides In The Politics Of Podcasting
March 6, 2019
Picking Sides In The Politics Of Podcasting
Forget left vs right. In podcasting, it's all about Advancing vs Conventional. Which side is right for you?
Podcasting Intrapreneurs Wanted
February 21, 2019
Podcasting Intrapreneurs Wanted
Entrepreneurs got us this far. Now we need some podcasting natives to make the next wave of changes.
Moving Podcasting From Big Joke To Big Deal
February 4, 2019
Moving Podcasting From Big Joke To Big Deal
Are we finally getting to the place where podcasting is seen as serious content play?
Podcasting Needs Better Standards
January 20, 2019
Podcasting Needs Better Standards
Let's remove the non-artistic choices from the process of podcasting, OK? It's 2019. This should be working better by now.
When Robots Attack Podcasting!
January 24, 2019
When Robots Attack Podcasting!
Loads of automation are already built into modern podcasting. That's a trend that will continue.
Building Resilience Into Your Podcast
January 9, 2019
Building Resilience Into Your Podcast
The case for making it easy for your podcast to recover from someone else's failed business.
The Best New Year’s Resolution For Seasoned Podcasters
December 3, 2018
The Best New Year’s Resolution For Seasoned Podcasters
An annual reminder that the podcasting scene has changed drastically in the last couple years. Are your processes still relevant?
Ignore Most Today & Focus On The Best For Tomorrow
November 27, 2018
Ignore Most Today & Focus On The Best For Tomorrow
Why you should start rewarding your loyal listeners now, even though it's hard.
Your Podcast Is Bigger Than Your Feed
November 14, 2018
Your Podcast Is Bigger Than Your Feed
Are new players like Pandora big enough to change the fundamental nature of podcasting? Yes. And that's a good thing.
Has Google Given Up On Podcasting?
November 13, 2018
Has Google Given Up On Podcasting?
Or do they see a different vision of the future than what many podcasters assume?
Don't Let A Hacker Steal Your Podcast
November 8, 2018
Don't Let A Hacker Steal Your Podcast
The 10-minute fix to make sure bad actors don't ruin that good thing you've got going.
EATing Your Way To A Successful Podcast
October 30, 2018
EATing Your Way To A Successful Podcast
How experts with authority can build trustworthiness with their podcast.
Don't Micromanage The Future Out Of Your Podcast
October 29, 2018
Don't Micromanage The Future Out Of Your Podcast
It's good to be informed and to ask questions. But sometimes, you just have to trust your podcast consultant.
Atomizing Your Podcast
October 25, 2018
Atomizing Your Podcast
"How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time". Many new or would-be podcasters find filling content every week rather daunting.
Hitting The Limits Of Low-Cost Podcast Hosting
February 20, 2020
Hitting The Limits Of Low-Cost Podcast Hosting
At some point, if you’re lucky or very strategic, your podcast might become too popular for you to stay on the same low-price hosting plan. Remember: “unlimited downloads” sounds all fine and good until your popular show starts costing them real money.
The Real Line That Divides Podcasters
September 27, 2018
The Real Line That Divides Podcasters
Those who look back at podcasting's history with affection vs those who are more interested in the future of podcasting.
The BFR Approach to Podcasting
September 18, 2018
The BFR Approach to Podcasting
4 key lessons podcasters can learn from SpaceX.
Yes, Netflix Will Save Podcasting
September 6, 2018
Yes, Netflix Will Save Podcasting
Because new listeners don't want to wade through a cluttered mess.
Podcast Discovery In 2026
August 28, 2018
Podcast Discovery In 2026
The directories as we know them today simply don't scale.
Why RSS Feeds For Podcasts (Might) Need To Die
August 16, 2018
Why RSS Feeds For Podcasts (Might) Need To Die
Why the common RSS implementation is limiting for podcasts.
Can We Still Podcast In A Post-Apple/iTunes World?
August 9, 2018
Can We Still Podcast In A Post-Apple/iTunes World?
Because it's always smart to plan for the future. Even unlikely ones.
What Alex Jones Can Teach Podcasters
August 8, 2018
What Alex Jones Can Teach Podcasters
Three lessons for podcasters, even if you hate the guy.
Is Google Podcasts Making A Play For Everyone?
August 1, 2018
Is Google Podcasts Making A Play For Everyone?
Prepare for sweeping changes coming to podcasting.
Why You Should (Happily) Pay For Podcast Hosting
July 23, 2018
Why You Should (Happily) Pay For Podcast Hosting
Because you aren't made of time, either.
Who Birthed Whom? Radio & Podcasting For The Future
October 1, 2019
Who Birthed Whom? Radio & Podcasting For The Future
Podcasting and radio have some obvious parallels. And even though podcast pundits quote Buggles lyrics and radio pros try to exert their birthright, it's a shared future both are in for.
Surviving The Podcast Privacy Wars
January 7, 2020
Surviving The Podcast Privacy Wars
As of January 1, 2020, you and I can no longer ignore the privacy implications of our podcasting efforts. But you also don’t need to get a law degree. You also don’t need to take up arms. You just need to be smart.
Podcasting Your Way Through The Coming Recession
January 30, 2020
Podcasting Your Way Through The Coming Recession
It’s not a question of if but when the next big economic downturn hits. And it’s a certainty that podcasting will be impacted when it does. Here are four things you need to do now to survive the next crash.
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