The 15-Day Audio Challenge

Viv Oyolu

Viv Oyolu

An interview with Viv Oyolu

Radio presenter, podcaster and audio consultant Viv Oyolu guests the podcast this week to talk about the 15-Day Audio Challenge and a whole lot more.

I came across Viv’s challenge when my pal Bernie J Mitchell started posting a small piece of audio and promoting it to his friends on Facebook. I clicked around, like you do, and discovered Viv was the inspiration behind the challenge.

In the show, Viv and I discuss how empowering audio can be and she reveals that the challenge has helped many participants find their own voice. In many ways I see this episode as a natural follow on from Episode 100 in which Randy Cantrell and I discussed creativity and storytelling.

There is a business point to this! After all, it is the Online Marketing and Communications show. As far as I’m concerned creativity is essential if our marketing materials are to stand out amidst the tidal wave of content that’s being published online. So many listeners to the show are bootstrapping their way forward and it’s important not to get sucked into the echo chamber. We have to dare to do different, to be different as we seek to find an audience for our content marketing online. I think Viv’s audio challenge is an excellent step to not only seeing what you can do with audio; it is also a stepping stone to experimenting with other forms of content.

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Podcasters, Do Different: #UKPOD14

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SO I spoke at UKPOD14 last week in the UK. Mike and Izabela Russell, my friends at Music Radio Creative, did a fantastic job in bringing UK podcasters together for a day of inspiration, strategy and encouragement.

In this week’s podcast, I share some of my thoughts about the event and, more importantly, what podcasters could take away from this event.

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My Best-Kept Secret to Make Your Business Irresistible Online

jj jmJon and I have been friends for five years now (thanks, Twitter!) but it’s only in the past six months I’ve gotten the “behind the scenes” view of how Jon approaches his business and his client work.

Recently I asked him, “How do you do it? How have you made your business so irresistible online?”

His answer was so good I knew I had to share it with you. Here’s the conversation we had.

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I talk through ten key performance indicators that you might want to consider measuring.

Although there are many metrics you can measure, it can be extremely daunting figuring out whether the things you’re doing are actually working. This doesn’t just hold for small businesses; I’ve seen big organizations struggling to figure out how to measure the success of their digital marketing efforts.

As far as I’m concerned, a good place to start are the ten metrics outlined in this show. Sure, they’re not perfect. But they’ll give you an insight into what’s working and what’s not as well as encouraging you to tweak where necessary.

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Dave Jackson on The Value of Podcasting

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Dave Jackson

Dave Jackson, who runs The School of Podcasting, is the guest on this week’s podcast as I figured there wasn’t a better podcast coach out there to talk about the business of podcasting.

Dave, whose how-to podcast oozes enthusiasm, inspiration, encouragement and advice, was one of the ways I learned how to podcast so I was excited to have him on the show. As he has just put out his 400th episode of the show, I figured who better to ask to come on the show to talk about one of my favorite marketing channels than Dave.

In the show we don’t geek out on the benefits of this mixer over that mixer, why Libsyn is the best media host or why you should forget about buying a Heil PR40 ; instead, we talk through some of the mental shackles would-be business podcasters might be grappling with. What’s more, we also explore the ROI of podcasting, the best way to get started and how to persuade your boss that podcasting is worth the effort.

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Using Video Tutorials to Grow Your Business

I invited Mike Russell, from Music Radio Creative, onto the podcast this week because he produces some outstanding video tutorials.

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Mike Russell

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What sets Mike apart from many of the other podcasters working in this space is the quality of his video tutorials. They primarily focus on using Adobe Audition, the audio-editing software, and offer such insight and clear tips that he’s quickly built up a firm following of others looking to master this outstanding software (including me !). [Read more…]

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To help keep things simple but effective, here are the content marketing platforms I think you need to include in 2013 as part of your strategic online marketing plan.

1. Blog.

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I sat down and listened, trying to figure out the title of the song. After a bit of digging I found it on Spotify and favourited it on a playlist so I could find out more about the band when I got back to my desk.

The song was “I Run to You” and the band are Lady Antebellum.

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Punk Marketing for Businesses

I‘m sick of vanilla content marketing. Everyone’s business blog feels the same, we’re tweeting the same, and we’ve lost sight of our creativity.

With the second anniversary of punk legend Malcolm McLaren’s death coming up in just over a week, it’s time to think what a punk could teach us about making our digital content marketing stand out, win us new business and take things to the next level.

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