Perhaps the most important stage, this is where the magic happens because without a great concept, you won't have a great podcast. Although the concept of your podcast is really up to you, we can help you plan and refine your ideas if needed. Once your concept is identified, then it's time to prepare your show. Solid research is crucial, however how you schedule or plan the framework of your podcast is also important to ensure that it flows from beginning to end.
The following are a few questions you might ask yourself when planning your podcast:
- How will you communicate with and prepare your guests before the recording?
- Are you planning on doing a formal introduction of your show or guests?
- Are your questions well researched and relevant?
- Have you asked your guest(s) if there are any questions or subjects to avoid?
- Are you anticipating any off-topic banter and if so, are you prepared for that?
This is were the real magic happens, but it can also the hardest part of making a quality podcast. Let's face it, these days, most people can make a recording themselves using a computer and a USB mic, but the real challenge is doing it with professional standards. Utilizing My Podcast Pal to help in the areas that you need can help you achieve that results you want faster and more efficiently.
Before producing your own live podcast, my might want to ask yourself:
- Are you able to accommodate one or more live guests with equipment?
- Are you able to include telephone & live streaming guests?
- Can everyone hear each other?
- Are you able to play audio clips live if needed?
- Can you handle all of the technical stuff while engaging your guests verbally?
The things you need to take care of while producing a podcast can be overwhelming, depending on your vision and your needs. Setting up a live podcast on your own isn't impossible, but without proper training and experience, it can be a little intimidating. We make creating podcasts easy, by bringing everything to you, and taking care of the things you can't.
You've successfully recorded your podcast, now what? You could publish it right away, but most people want to polish it up with editing first. Editing a podcast can be simple or complicated depending on how professional sounding you want it to be. You can just truncate the beginning and end, or you can edit it down to every "breath, clip and pop", depending on how much you want it to sparkle!
Questions to ponder when considering editing your recording:
- Are you satisfied with the overall sound quality of the raw recording?
- Is there any external/non-intentional noise that you have to deal with?
- Do all of the different parts need to be mixed properly?
- Were there any breaks or gaps that you need to eliminate?
- Do you want to add intro or ending music, or any other sound effects?
While we firmly believe that your content (Step #1) is the most important part of your podcast, if the sound quality is bad, people will assume that your content is bad as well. "Good" audio quality can be a matter of opinion, however most people will agree that a professional sounding podcast has to have certain aural standards. We can help you with basic or detailed editing, original music composition, noise reduction, mixing and anything else you might require. Whether you want to edit your podcast on your own or hire us is your decision, we're always open to helping you achieve your desired results in any capacity. After all, it's your podcast.
Publishing your podcast is the final stage, but before you do it, there are certain things that you need to consider. The core of your podcast is your audio, but in order for it to attract a following, you may need things like graphic design, video, search engine optimization, target demographic specific marketing and more!
When it's time to publish your podcast, you may want to consider the following:
- Have you will considered where you will store your podcast online?
- Do you know how to link your podcasts to services like iTunes, Google Play and Spotify?
- Do you need artwork?
- Do you know how to market for social media, web and elsewhere?
- Have you determined a way of interacting with your listeners between podcasts?
For many, publishing is the easiest step in the process. Once you choose and sign up for a podcast hosting service, everything after that can seem pretty automatic if you do it right. You can publish and maintain your web presence on your own, or utilize My Podcast Pal to assist with online publishing and web maintenance, should you require it.