Podcasting is actively being defined. Between Two Mics: The Remote Recording Podcast is talking with the people who are defining it. In this podcast, we're exploring challenges, opportunities, and new ideas that push the limits of what’s possible in podcasting.
Why and How Video Is the Biggest Opportunity to Grow Your Podcast
At first, SquadCast co-founders Zach Moreno and Rock Felder didn't get the hype around video podcasting. But after some research and SquadCaster push (thank you!), they're all in. We released our video recording capability in January and have, ever since, been producing video content for Between Two Mics. On this episode, Zach and Rock share why they believe video is the biggest opportunity to grow your show.
Shoutout to our video content producers over at Motion Agency, Justin and Tristan.
Whether you're producing short clips from your interviews, repurposing the entire thing to be posted as a YouTube video, or something in between, creating video elements allows your listeners to interact with you and your content in another way.
Shoutout to the brands and products we trust to produce this show:
Apple AirPods Max
Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 Audio Interface
Podcasting and Dating Have More in Common Than You Might Think (With Damona Hoffman)
We're so excited to share this episode of Between Two Mics featuring Damona Hoffman. Listen in as we discuss the similarities between dating and podcasting. Hint: you've got to market yourself when dating just as you marketing your podcast. Damona has been working in media for a while and has learned some really valuable lessons along the way. Each stage of her career has led to another opportunity. She sees her podcast, Dates & Mates, as a way of establishing herself as an expert in the field, and has used it to propel her vision as a dating coach.
Every time Damona shows up for a media appearance, she is VERY prepared. She then goes back and rewatches the tape to see how she can improve. She is committed to being the best guest she can be. Those guest appearances lead to more. Listen in to learn how to make this a reality for you as a podcaster!
The question isn't: HOW DO YOU GET ONTO THE DREW BARRYMORE SHOW?
The question is: WHAT DO YOU WANT OUT OF BEING ON THE DREW BARRYMORE SHOW?
Here's her bio: Celebrity Dating Coach Damona Hoffman has been coaching singles on how to find love online and offline for over 15 years. Her articles appear regularly in The LA Times and The Washington Post. Plus, she’s a regular on-air contributor to The Drew Barrymore Show, NPR, and NBC’s Access Daily. Damona also starred in two A+E Networks’ TV shows: #BlackLove and A Question of Love. Her weekly podcast Dates & Mates has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Huff Post, Bustle and tops the charts in the Relationships category on the major podcast platforms.
We're Going All In on Community at SquadCast
Welcome to Between Two Mics! Today, SquadCast co-founders Zach and Rock discuss updates to our team and what's going on with the SquadPod.
We've added some new team members to our engineering department and together, they'll bring us to the next iteration of SquadCast. We can't wait for SquadCasters to experience what we're currently testing. More soon on that!
We also hired a marketing manager! We're really happy with the team we're building. Our mission is to amplify collaboration for creators and we're well on our way.
SquadPod is up and running. Join our dedicated Slack community for SquadCasters! Zach and Rock discuss what community has historically meant for our company and how we're really embracing it now. Giving podcasters a place to meet, virtually, and eventually in person, is one of our favorite missions. We know that podcasting can be a solitary activity. SquadPod is here to give you some company. Join us!
We're partnering with Dolby. Product updates coming soon! Here's what to expect:
- Screen sharing
- Screen recording
- One-click mastering
Thank you to Phil Ward of Unhinged and Bumbled Up for providing us with a short pre-roll ad! Check out his podcast.
Juleyka Lantigua Williams on Finding Your Ideal Podcast Listener
Today, SquadCast co-founders Zach Moreno and Rock Felder speak with Juleyka Lantigua-Williams.
Juleyka founded a digital media studio whose mission is to support and amplify the work of creators from the margins in digital audio and film. She has made inclusion a central theme in her life’s work, while endeavoring to fully understand her own experiences as a hyphenated American.
In this episode, we walk through Juleyka's professional career. After 18 years, she went from print journalism to audio. Since 2017 when she founded her company, Lantigua Williams and Co., Juleyka has had a huge impact on the podcast industry.
Learn about Juleyka's company, LW&C:
Our work stems from a mandate to see things differently. To use digital narrative tools to bring people from the margins to the center of the story. To free them to create and command their own universes. Guided by a shared journalistic ethos, we seek stories in the seams of society, where strength and courage dwell. And where fiction has nothing on real life.
In this interview, Juleyka speaks on choosing the phrase "erasing the margins." Her team at LW&C adopted this term to describe the work they're creating in the audio space. She explains why this term describes the work they're producing.
Don't miss this interview. Juleyka offers incredible career advice, podcast tips, and guidelines on putting out content and actually securing an engaged audience.
Apple Podcast's Changes Could Potentially Bring Seismic Changes to Podcasting
Apple Podcasts announced Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, which allows any podcaster to make all, some, or none of their content available on a subscription basis. Is this approach right for your podcast? Zach and Rock discuss. Hint: it really varies based on who your audience is, what your listenership is like, and how long you've been at it (and plan to be at it).
How does this change to Apple Podcasts affect companies like Glow.fm, Patreon, and other platforms that allow podcasters to put their content behind a paywall of sorts?
"In a lot of ways, podcasting is here because of Apple," says Zach. But they haven't really changed things around in 15 years. So the creation of Subscriptions marks a big shift, and one that could potentially have a huge impact on the industry for creators and listeners.
Listen to Between Two Mics: The Remote Recording Podcast, and hear SquadCast co-founders Zach and Rock speculate on this change. They make some prediction and educated guesses as to where the industry will be in the future as a result of these changes.
Racing Forward and Activism Through Podcasting with Hendel Leiva
In this episode, SquadCast co-founders Zach and Rock sit down with Hendel Leiva, podcast producer who, just two years ago, listened to our show and wondered how he could eventually become a guest. He did it!
Hendel's work started out in immigration reform and other nonprofit work surrounding communities of color. He has since worked in the podcast space in a number of roles including as a host, a producer, an interview booker, and more. Listening to hear about Handel's unique approach to podcast production, and how it has gained him some recognition in the space.
Hendel also shares with us a less-than-stellar experience he had working for someone who he, at one point, thought very highly of. This anecdote teaches a unique lesson on being careful to idolize our heroes.
This is a raw and vulnerable episode of Between Two Mics and we are thankful that Hendel shared his time with us.
More on Hendel:
Hendel Leiva is Race Forward’s Community Engagement Specialist, and also serves as the Executive Producer for Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast.
Hendel is a podcast host, producer, and creator, having produced his podcast Immigration MIC since 2015, and was also recently a producer for the award winning podcast Latinos Out Loud.
From the community of Brentwood, New York, Hendel has spent a large part of his career advocating for immigrant rights and immigration reform, and currently works to contribute to narratives in racial justice, as well as introducing others to the podcasting world through mentoring, workshops, and live events.
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