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Mike Meyers

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you to partner with nodalab with our affiliate program. nodalab is a collaborative podcast-as-a-service platform for podcast production, management, marketing and monetization.

What are we looking for?

We want you to be able to do everything in one place: nodalab.

Our affiliate program is incredibly simple!

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You can refer whoever you want, but we recommend that you pay special attention to:

-That friend who has always wanted a podcast, but has not dared to take the first step

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-An entrepreneur with passion and desire to grow

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Behind the Scenes: nodalab’s take on Sound Design

When you think about podcasting, the image that pops into your head may be fairly simple. Two people chilling in a studio, having influential conversations on the topics they are most passionate about. Sure, that’s the core of podcasting, the sharing of ideas in a structured, fun and easy-to-absorb format. But, there is this whole universe going on behind the scenes that audiences could appreciate a lot more: sound design.

But wait… do ALL podcasts involve sound design?

The short answer is… no. Even when all podcasts require audio editing, processing, mixing, etc., sound design is more of a craft, used to better illustrate ideas, warp the ways we deliver a specific message, move emotions, and so much more. Storytelling driven podcasts are great examples of the usage of sound design, as narrations often need a little extra something to enhance how we share ideas. Ambiences, voice effects, specific sounds (such as explosions, portals, sci-fi guns, etc.), and the way these sounds are incorporated into the narrative, all of these elements are what can really bring a great story to life through the power of sound design. 

Sounds cool, but how can podcasters incorporate this craft into their own projects?

I believe that everyone can learn new skills if they are curious and passionate enough to put some work into it, so I definitely encourage you to start your Sound Designer / Hero’s Journey if it is something you really want to do. So let me break down what you’ll be needing: 

1. A library

A good Sound Effects (SFX) library is essential for any sound designer, as it is the foundation of our craft. Even though there are sound designers that record and edit their own files (I encourage this practice too), in a library you’ll find thousands of SFX that are ready for you to incorporate into your projects. And before anyone panics, there are plenty of libraries out there, for all budgets. Let me recommend some for you, I got you!

For free sounds, you can always rely on FreeSound.org, a compilation of recordings and files that audio enthusiasts willingly share on this platform. All you need is to set up an account and you’re ready to roll!

To amp things up, I’d recommend Zapsplat, which contains a lot of hidden jewels, free SFX, and you can even access their premium library for a small fee. Personally, I’ve used this library for a couple of years and I can say it is worth paying for their membership.

In case you count with the resources, I’ll go ahead and recommend Soundsnap, that’s the one we use here at nodalab, and it is worth every penny. Soundsnap’s search engine is great and their library is so rich you’ll find pretty much anything here!

2. World Building & Criterion

Sound design is much more than just importing SFX into your project, as you have to really sit down and listen to the message you’ll. Always place sounds in order to support ideas and favor the narrative, think of assembling a really special dish, where every element has a purpose. Ambiences to better illustrate a scenery, a distant explosion, or dramatic transition to emphasize an idea, adding reverb, delays, and different equalization to specific words… The possibilities are endless! When you become a sound designer, you can twist, build, warp and manipulate this sonic universe.

3. Creativity & Love

Setting the technical stuff aside, I believe sound design is an extremely emotional and creative process. As sound designers, our ultimate goal is to really bring a story to life, this involves a lot of creativity and heart, so my advice would be to not hold yourself back and allow yourself and your creativity to flow. Dare to experiment and give your project a unique sonic identity.

Where can I find a good reference?

Allow me to flex a little here, as the original shows we produce at nodalab are great examples for you to dive into the marvelous universe of sound design. No project is identical to another, and each show has different needs when it comes to sound. Some may need some voice SFX and you can call it a wrap, while other projects may need close attention to detail and a bunch of sonic elements. Again, it all comes down to the needs of your show and how you want to tell the story. 

At nodalab, we really believe in the impact of great stories, and we’ve created shows that allow all of the parts involved (that is, from writers, to narrators, all the way to audio engineers) to push their creativity a little further, which has lead our team to raise the bar when it comes to storytelling in the podcasting industry. I’d like to invite you to check out our shows, so you can have a clearer picture of what your podcast could end up sounding like.

One of my recent favorites is La Historia Jamás Contada’s latest episode, which was especially fun for me to work on, as I could get a little more creative due to the nature of the topic… witches! Give it a listen, it is so worth it!

If this sound design talk has gotten you excited, don’t hesitate to contact our team if you have questions, we’ll be more than happy to chat with you! Learn how to do a podcast with nodalab.

The Rise Of The Podcast In Mainstream Media

It’s 2022 and the podcasting revolution is far from dying down. These are a couple of reasons why mainstream media has to watch out for the rise of the podcast this year.

Podcasts are on the highest level they’ve ever been in history

Perhaps the moment that marked the beginning of the major commercial interest in podcasts was back in 2019. Spotify bought the two largest podcast platforms at the time: Anchor and Gimlet Media. 

Since then, podcasting has become more and more popular every day. It’s increasingly attracting the attention of huge tech companies, media companies, and of course, listeners all over the world. While a few years back the word ‘podcast’ was almost unknown, today almost everyone knows what a podcast is and has listened to at least one episode or heard of a show.

If you want to start a podcast check out this blog:  Every Content Creator Should Have a Podcast by Now

And if you still don’t believe that podcasts are at an all-time high, ask Amazon or Netflix why they’ve been investing millions of dollars in launching new podcasts for the past year. 

According to Statista 2021 Podcast Listener Reports, the monthly podcast listener in the US is expected to grow from 75 million in 2020 to nearly 100 million listeners by 2024. Plus, the Dial 2021 survey by Edison Research, shows that the average podcast listener rate has doubled in the last 5 years. It went from 21% in 2016, to 41% of the US population in 2021. 

Read the full Rumble article here.

Big Tech Companies are cutting to the chase

Since the podcasting wars started in 2019, Big Tech brands have been running an insane race to adapt and revolutionize their platforms for podcast listening. 

It’s only recent that Spotify announced they will be launching an Apple-like rating system for podcasts. This move puts them face to face with their competitor, Apple. The famous phrase heard at the end of almost every single podcast episode “leave a review on Apple Podcasts” can now change to “Leave a review on Apple and Spotify”.  

Read the full TechCrunch article here

This feature will better the podcast’s discoverability on Spotify and encourage users to interact with the platform although written reviews are not available yet, only the five-star rating system. 

But this is only the most recent feature adapted by big platforms for podcasts especially. Last year we saw dynamic ad insertion be born, numerous SEO optimizations to favor podcasts. And many media companies betting on original podcasting content. 

Screen time is overbooked – More ear time

One in five people surveyed in the U.K. by Magna Global and Spotify said they were listening to more podcasts during the coronavirus pandemic. 45% said they are spending more time listening to streaming music. The results – which mirror similar U.S. surveys – also shed light on what is behind the gains. “People are turning to digital audio as a tool to combat screen fatigue,” the study says.

The data shows 29% cited screen fatigue as the primary reason they are listening to more digital audio. Another 46% said it was part of the decision-making. One in four attributed other reasons for their bumped-up streaming audio consumption.

Since the pandemic hit, life has not been the same. This change has definitely affected our habits and the ways we consume media. Before March 2020, over 50% of the podcast audience said they listened to podcasts in the car in their commute to school or work. But now, with restrictions and home-office becoming the new normal, users have shifted their listening schedules to their quiet leisure time. 

Working and studying from home has increased screen time tremendously for almost everyone. After an 8 hour shift, we grow tired of being stuck to the computer. Most people use their time off work for other necessary activities like cooking, cleaning, and exercising. This is our opportunity! While screen time is overbooked with work, study, and entertainment streaming platforms, there is another less crowded time and place to connect with an audience, ear time. 

People are steering away from news-related content and listening to more fun and entertaining shows in order to de-stress. According to Resonate’s Connected Flash Study, the audience that increased its listening time the most during the pandemic is young women 18-24. 

Read the full resonate article here.

Podcasts fans take action

There is something organic about podcasts that’s still unbeatable: the listener-host connection. Podcasts feel intimate and close and one of the huge advantages of podcast advertising is that podcast listeners take action. 

The word of mouth-type advertising used in podcast episodes is highly effective. Audiences are very likely to buy a service or a product if their favorite podcast host recommends it. They are also likely to click on links, sign up for newsletters, and buy tickets to live events. The sense of community and trust are huge assets when it comes to looking for your audience’s support through Patreon or any other platform. 

Podcasts like Red Scare make as much as USD$53K a month on Patreon, and podcasts like Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway’s Pivot are charging USD$5,500 per person at their upcoming conference in Miami.

Check out our post: What’s The Real Deal With Patreon?

Audio advertising is incredibly versatile

The way podcast advertising works has radically changed in the last few years. Every day there are more features in streaming and hosting platforms to make it easier for you to add advertising to your audio content and find the best target audience. 

Dynamic ad insertion allows you to insert “commercials” into your episodes without actually having to record them inside the episode. Inserted ads, contrary to “baked in” ads can be part of a campaign and change depending on the location of the audience or even further segmentation (gender, age, interests, etc). 

Now you don’t have to be stuck with one ad forever. You can manage and insert different ads and campaigns to any of your episodes either through your hosting or even through your streaming platform. This new technology opens the door to new business possibilities for content creators and even brands. Creating advertisement campaigns for podcasts has truly never been easier. 

Branded podcasts are very popular

One of the many uses of podcasting is to extend brand awareness and make people feel more familiar with your product or service. But more specifically your company values. Many major companies such as McDonald’s, Best Buy, and Mastercard have found success with branded podcasts that dive deeper into their stories and their fields making them feel familiar. It also helps positions them as experts in their subjects. 

Offering information and entertainment in an authentic way is what makes a branded podcast successful. Remember, podcasts are all about community and authenticity. This is an opportunity for brands to address their audiences directly and in a more human way than traditional advertising. And it’s also a medium that allows you more time to actually talk, explain and engage complex subjects, something you definitely can’t do on a 15 second TV ad.

Plus, brand collaborations with podcasts are more and more common every day. Even if not every company has its own podcast yet, it is undeniable that audio advertising and the podcasting world. It’s a great opportunity to get to new audiences in a refreshing way. 

People are producing podcasts like crazy!

Podcasts are popping everywhere. Even in countries like Mexico, where the medium is not as mainstream just yet, trends are catching up incredibly fast. People all over the world are getting in front of the microphone. There are more creators out there than the media platforms can keep up with.  

This revolution is far from dying down. You are still on time to jump into the audio media movement and start creating. The odds this year are in your favor!

Check out Edison Research’s most recent reports on the podcasting industry here.

If you feel like starting your podcast on the right foot, contact our team of audio engineers, writers, and growth hackers today!

What’s The Real Deal With Patreon?

While there are many ways of making money from your podcast, advertizers, campaigns and sponsors are not for everyone. Sometimes you may need to tweak a thing or two about your content to fit advertisers’ requirements and your creative freedom may feel threatened. But don’t worry! There is a whole different framework you can use to monetize your original content while staying true to yourself: Setting up a Patreon page for your podcast.

Patreon is one of podcaster’s favorite platforms and best allies worldwide when it comes to money. This platform allows your audience to become your patrons and make a monthly payment to your project. It can be as little as $3 dollars to even $50 or $100. In return, you can offer your patrons a variety of exclusive access to content, events, chatrooms, etc. When it comes to setting up a Patreon page for your podcast the options are really endless and up to your imagination.

How do Patreon subscriptions work?

Patreon’s subscriptions work a little differently from most services. Here instead of paying money upfront, you’re charged with a percentage of your recurring fan support depending on the plan you choose: Lite, Pro, or Premium. Plus an additional fee for processing your payments. 

Each plan will allow certain things for you and your patrons. From a basic creator page to stats, app integrations, merch, partner managers, etc. There is even an option to create an RSS feed inside your Patreon page exclusively for your supporters. They also provide the management of benefits for each membership and tools to message and engage with your members. Check out Patreon pricing here. 

But watch out! While setting up a Patreon page for your podcast is completely free to get started, you will need to upgrade your plan once your supporters and your needs grow. 

How can I use Patreon for my podcast?

Podcaster’s creative nature has really shined through when coming up with “rewards” for their supporters.

Here is a list of things we’ve seen different shows offer from the most basic thank you to crazy-creative rewards:

  • Mention/shoutout in the podcast
  • Early access to episodes
  • Access to chatrooms and Facebook groups
  • Early access to the episode’s topic
  • HQ or free download of the episode
  • Access to the video recording of the episodes
  • Access to scripts
  • Add-free episodes
  • Weekly AMA (ask me anything) after each episode
  • Bonus exclusive podcasts
  • Pre-sale access to live shows 
  • Show your name on the screen during live sessions or video podcasts
  • Promotion of your website/ socials/ business/ event on the podcast
  • Exclusive mech of the show 
  • Exclusive voting power regarding topics, guests, etc. 
  • Access to live shows/events
  • Access to Meet & Greets
  • Exclusive monthly surprises 

Starter Kit

There are SO many podcasters out there using Patreon to collect support from their audiences, that the platform has even developed a Starter Kit for “Commentary and Comedy”. This kit centers on your potential to become tighter with your trusted community by sharing more about your creative process with your fans. Check out the starting kit here

Perks and benefits

While the benefits of making money out of what you love are almost unimaginable. There are a few other tangible reasons you should definitely set a Patreon page for your podcast:

  • Be independent of advertizers: Patreon allows you to monetize your original content without having to rely on ads or paid sponsorship. Do your thing the way you want!
  • Challenge your creativity: Seek opportunities to make your audience feel appreciated and create new products and spaces to bond with them.
  • Get to know your community: Build your own relationship with your die-hard fans in a fun environment.
  • Have fun while making money!: Be creative on your rewards and choose the most fun and suitable ones for you. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just authentic.
  • Let your listeners thank you: I’m sure many of your listeners would like to support you, let them make a contribution to your amazing content!

There is little to no downside to having a Patreon page for your show. Even if your think your audiences are still small, you can start with a basic Patreon page and build up from there. As stated before, giving people an easy and fun way of supporting you is ALWAYS a good idea.  

Looking for a creative group of professional writers, producers, and audio engineers? Get in touch with nodalab and take your podcast to the next step!

Here’s How a Podcast Can Help You Improve Your Marketing Strategy in 2022

The variety of topics that can be found in this format is almost infinite. 2022 is the best time to ride this wave. Podcast advertising sales grew to a 1 billion USD industry in 2021

However, that number is expected to double by 2023. 

Discover the many ways in which a podcast can humanize your brand and improve your marketing strategy, getting close to those users and listeners that are increasingly demanding higher quality content.

A Powerful Networking Tool

A compelling partnership starts with a good conversation. Many entrepreneurs and influential leaders have good stories to share and podcasts have become the ultimate platform for them. Having a series of guests who bring some new knowledge to the table is a win-win game for everyone

For them, it helps to enhance their identity as authorized voices. For you as a creator, it’s a chance to enter their network in a creative way that, if done right, inspires other speakers to use your show as a medium in which they can promote their business and leave their own mark.

Remember that podcasts not only speak to individuals, but also to organizations

Podcast Listeners Are Highly Committed

The thing about podcasts is that listeners develop a relationship with podcasters as if they were part of the conversation. Did you know that 75% of podcast listeners take action from commercial messages? This means that they’re more likely to follow affiliate links, click on ads, and acquire your service/product

Why? Because it’s capitalizing on the full potential of word-of-mouth marketing, one of the most effective ways to sell.

The Perfect Culture Getaway (Specially For Remote Environments)

The versatility of a platform like this allows you to use it as an internal communication tool, or at least one centered around the members of your organization. A good podcast keeps employees out of isolation and provides an opportunity to be listened, having a chance for all the small victories to be shared and celebrated, even when everyone is working at home.

This kind of culture promotion also helps to build trust between you and your customer by allowing you to present your company as an accessible and transparent organization that has a lot to say and is willing to offer customized solutions.

A podcast is always an invitation to self-reflection, but in a fun and exciting way.

What does it take for a business to create a professional podcast? Visit nodalab.com and let us show you where to start.

Create a Roadmap for your Podcast Launch

Create a roadmap

We know, launching a podcast can feel like too much for a small team or for a single person. However, establishing clear communication lanes with your team members and developing a structured plan will make things easy peasy. To create a roadmap according to your project’s needs, we recommend you to set quantifiable goals and objectives that you want to reach through your podcast.

Your roadmap will be the place to start thinking about your goals

Your roadmap goals should be very specific and achievable, as well as measurable within a time frame. Determine which marketing objectives you would like to achieve and create schemes accordingly.  Some of these goals can be related to Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s), such as the size and engagement of your fan base, monthly sales figures, traffic to your website, and others. Your branding will be based around these objectives and will guide you whilst creating your marketing plan.

Create a marketing strategy

Now, to make your marketing strategy work, you must define how to reach your market, and positioning inside Search Engines is an elemental key to stand out when it comes to inbound marketing. A Unique Selling Position (USP), is commonly a cause presented by a seller (that would be you) reason, arguing that this seller services are different or better than the competition. You can use the USP to attract the perfect audience when it comes to your website’s podcast if you develop the message the right way.

First things first. To develop a business model, you need to be very clear of how this works: A solid business model is a great tool to understand how your business would work before you start running it, and during its course. Using, for example, a business model canvas to understand your own business model, will strongly help you to discover how to monetize your online business in a faster way, and define your accurate target audience, while identifying the best channels for communication as well as key partnerships.

Offer value

A couple of questions you must ask yourself while you create a roadmap are related to marketing and how this huge world works. Building trust by offering value through different services is a great tool to achieve goals. People often call this move an offer ladder. You need to define an offer ladder and proper productization of your services for all of this to work for you and your business.  An offer ladder is also a great way to reach potential customers through freebies while showcasing products that are higher in value.

Roadmaps should help you start, develop, follow and close processes, both in the generation of leads and in the nurturing of them. To change from leads to formal sales, one of your top priorities is that you directly engage with your leads. To complement the sales process we recommend you to use a Customer Relationship Manager (CRM), a very common term used in marketing area and related to the closing and follow up of sales. CRM’s throw relevant situations related to each account or contacts, it helps you manage data through any gadget, and some of them have the possibility of offering reports. With the help of a CRM like Salesforce or Netsuite,  you can do follow up in an easier way, converting leads to legit sales with the correct use of this tool.

Create a kick-ass image

Finally, we’ll talk about a very important thing when it comes to roadmap a project: brand strategy, design, and development. When you start planning your brand, you start building it without noticing. Great projects begin with great ideas, and you want to present the right image when it comes to your project. The accurate visuals to complement development will attract the audience you want to see next to you. Start your brand development process doing a strong investigation to work on the strategy you want to implement and release it to your listeners when it’s ready for the world to see it.

So now you know there is a clear path you need to walk to create a roadmap for a podcast. Create attractive strategies for your potential customers (leads), work the relationship you have with them, to last but not least, close deals and convert those potential leads to your clients.

Here in Nodalab, we can help you produce and launch your podcast series in a successful way to the right audience, it could really improve your income and increase your listeners.