Podcasting and Online Presence in Your Niche

Podcasts can be a very viable and useful communication tool for anyone. Coming up with a podcast is easy, and free due to open source software available. You can use the podcast to connect with your audience by connecting to various networks to create and distribute your podcasts on various directories.

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The Niche Market, and How Podcasts Fit into the Picture

Niche markets are different from general markets. This is because you must be in agreement with the audience, which is normally a hard task. This audience is usually highly specialized, intelligent and tends to be dispersed. It is also busy, and therefore the content you provide must be highly appropriate and targeted to your needs. This is where podcasts come in.

You create a podcast to provide information to members of your niche. You can put samples, company products, PR events, expert advice, and instructions. Once you have a podcast, you upload it on its own landing page for subscription or downloading. More →

Let Video Conferencing Bring Life to Your Podcasts

Do you ever wonder how many people actually sit through your podcast? Is there a possibility that your customers or employees listen for a while, get distracted and blow off the last half? I imagine most people have done this at one time or another, so lots of us worry about it. There is an easy solution to this problem. You should consider replacing your podcasts with video conferences.

With Today’s Technology, Video Conferencing is Simple and Low-Cost

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Bringing real time communication to your company does not have to cost a bundle. I recently read a blog article called “WebRTC: Changing the Way Business Communicates” by an industry specialist named Michael Vitale, who is Chief Technology Officer of a company called TalkPoint who said, “… a $100,000 video conferencing installation on a corporate network can realistically be replaced by a few laptops with high-definition webcams and monitors.” Doesn’t that blow your mind?
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How Podcasting Saves Your Business Money

With all the costs associated with running a business these days, a lot of business owners are looking for ways to cut spending. Whether you are a large DME company selling oxygen concentrators or you are a smaller company in a growing market, podcasting can provide your company with considerable savings in numerous ways.

As with integrating any type of new technology into your plan of operations, podcasting requires some practice to get the hang of and use effectively. However, once you get started using podcasting to enhance the way you do business, you will wonder how your company ever got by without it. With that in mind, here are a few ways podcasts can help your company improve its bottom line. More →

3 Korean Podcasts to Subscribe To

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Korea (orthographic projection)” by GringerOwn work. Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Some of our favorite podcasts are international ones, and we often wish there were more podcasts that deal with global issues to follow. They especially come in handy when planning a trip, whether for business or pleasure, to a foreign country; audio is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in a culture before the fact.

Which is what we did before a recent trip to Korea. Scouring the web for Korean podcasts, we discovered three that are worth subscribing to:

Korean Kontext

Published by the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) in Washington, D.C., Korean Kontext covers a myriad of Korean issues, both for those in South Korea and the Korean American community. Expect cultural, economic, and political topics, such as the heated debate on comfort women and the South Korean government.

Korean Champ

Sadly, this podcast hasn’t been updated in over a year now. A shame, because its a great language-learning podcast, with topics such as “Bragging in Korean about your Korean” and- our personal favorite- “Explosive Korean Slang”. Another podcast dealing with learning the language is Weekly Korean, which we also recommend.

The Korea Society

Another U.S.-based podcast that deals with a vast number of Korean-related topics, The Korea Society regularly podcasts about North Korean politics and Korean news.

How One Music Group Becomes a Part of History, While Another Makes It

When it comes to country music, one of the hottest vocal groups around just got a big surprise: Little Big Town was asked by another country superstar, Reba McEntire, if they would like to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Any country music fan worth their salt knows this is about the biggest honor an artist can earn.

In the meantime, they have released a new album that is sure to climb the charts. This group is a power to be reckoned with, and they are finally getting the recognition that they very much deserve. For many years, Little Big Town would be the opening act for other country superstars such as Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban, but their days of being “just the opening act” seem to be far behind them.

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When the group saw McEntire come on stage, they knew that something big was about to happen. The quartet had tear-filled faces with excited wide eyes, and when they said yes, the audience erupted into raucous applause. More →

Priceless Guitars—Past and Present

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One theory holds that the guitar evolved from the Greek “kithara.” However, this instrument was a square type of lyre. Others believe that the history of the guitar actually dates back more than 4,000 years to an instrument known as a bowl harp or tanbur. These were created and played in prehistoric times. Many examples have been uncovered in Babylonian, Egyptian and Sumerian cultures. The instrument consisted of bowls fashioned from calabashes or tortoise shells and had a bent stick for the neck, along with anywhere from one to 11 strings. Preserved in a number of museums around the world, these early music makers are now considered priceless. There are many modern day guitars that also command a small fortune. More →

The Awesome Podcasts of Nerdist!

If you’re a podcast fanatic like me, you’re likely well aware of the awesome “Nerdist” website, ran and maintained by one Chris Hardwick. Nerdist is a team effort, in that hundreds of comedians (as well as icons of nerd culture) have been involved with the website, and about a dozen or so in the maintenance. I’m going to give you fellow podcasters a bit of a brief on the variety of awesome entertainment available on the Nerdist network!

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The Nerdist Podcast itself is hosted by Chris Hardwick. You may recognize Chris Hardwick from his stand-up comedy, or more than likely as the host of the “Talking Dead” talk show that follows each new episode of the Walking Dead on AMC. You may also recognize him from hosting several other properties, such as Web Soup, Wired Science, and Singled Out. He is also vocalist and melodica player of the comedy band Hard ‘n’ Phirm.

The Nerdist podcast is just like it sounds – a great show for proud nerds and geeks to get their fix on the latest nerd news. His guests are rather varied and almost always interesting, from comedic geniuses like Weird Al Yankovic, to Stan Lee, to the Muppets themselves! The latest Nerdist podcast features Robert Patrick, most known for his acting in Terminator 2: Judgement Day as the antagonist.
Chris Hardwick is a good host and sets a great example of hosting and work ethic for aspiring podcasters to follow, you can learn a lot from listening to his shows!

Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction
Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction is one of the more absurd podcasts available on the Nerdist network. CEFF is, as stated in the title, various comedians reading hilariously descriptive erotic fan fictions to a live audience. (How they do it without bursting out laughing with every other sentence is beyond me.) Be warned, Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction is most certainly not safe for work, and children would probably be horrified to hear the stories told about Mayor McCheese and the Hamburglers twisted affair, or the orgy that takes place in the land of make believe. But if you’re looking for crass, disgustingly hilarious prose eloquently written and read, look no further! These stories will have you in stitches!

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Comic Book Club

The last Nerdist podcast I’m going to touch upon today will be the Comic Book Club. This podcast takes place live in New York City every Tuesday night at 8PM Eastern Standard Time. It is hosted by Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, and Alex Zalben. Generally the guests on this show are figures within the comic book industry itself or comedians that are avid comic book fans. While you may not be surprised to learn how many celebrities love Batman JUST AS MUCH as you do, you’ll be shocked to hear them spouting knowledge and opinions on Batman with a nerdy, educated vernacular.

Conclusion

Whether you’re  a proud nerd, comic book enthusiast, comedy buff, or just really enjoy comedic erotic fan fiction, Nerdist is a entertainment network with a plethora of great shows to catch!