Spent an interesting hour on the phone with publicity guru Joan Stewart, of PublicityHound.com talking about how blogging and podcasting can be a part of your media plan, and am glad to be able to make the audio available for your listening pleasure. The overall program is entitled How to Create a Media Plan for 2008 and the speaker on the call before me was my good friend Don Crowther — you’ll hear him mentioned a couple of times on the call.
Sorry for the tiny player, but here’s the audio content for your listening pleasure (after the jump)…
Lesson #4: Blogging & Podcasting: The Valuable Extras
You will learn:
- How blogging and podcasting can push your message to your target markets
- How to know if blogging or podcasting, or both, are right for you
- Simple steps for starting a blog quickly
- How to find influential bloggers who can spread the word about you
- Time-saving tips for blogging frequently
- How blogs and podcasts can pull journalists from traditional media to you
- Tips for starting your own podcast without turning it into a major chore
- The best way to build relationships with bloggers and podcasters
- Dave’s best advice for using social networking sites to spread your message
- And his tips on how to stay on top of social networking and determine which sites are best for you
For me, the most interesting question we addressed in our discussion was about what you should write about on your blog. It’s one of those questions that experienced bloggers think is obvious, but for neophytes or professionals who are used to the more traditional channels of publicity (e.g., newspapers, press releases, etc), having to write about what your customers care about rather than just what you want to promote is a whole new concept.
Just as much, the idea that you need to get involved with other people’s sites, to add smart comments on other blogs that are already written by industry thought and opinion leaders, seemed like a surprise to Joan and her group. Probably the issue around that is that old one of control: to really use a blog for marketing or commercial purposes is to let go of control and realize that the best you can do is inject your message into the slipstream and hope it won’t be overrun by other, less positive messages.
Anyway, it was a very interesting discussion and I hope you find it a worthwhile listen!
ps: if you want to learn more about Joan’s media planning teleseminar, please check out her sales letter. Looks pretty interesting to me, truth be told!
Dave, did you know this audio plays as soon as I access your blog? You might want to tweak that so it only plays on request.
– Amy Gahran
This podcast does play immediately after visiting your page. I did find in quite good so I ended up listening to the full hour. The transcript services for audio podcasts seemed like a very good idea since there is a lot of great information non text searchable in the audio format.
I love your sites and have spent a long time exploring them! I am especially interested in blogging and podcasting – and just discovered this online audio page, about this very topic and its great! – interview with Joan Stewart, Lesson 4
(I also found your start up radio show which I have subscribed to in my google reader) 🙂
To the point of my comment! – is there any way to download this audio interview on blogging and podcasting, so I can listen to it whenever I want to (otherwise I may forget, as one tends to do when audios/videos are online and cannot be subscribed too)
Any information would be greatly appreciated (you have my email address)
Congratulations again and to your ongoing success!
Megan McCarthy, PhD
Adelaide, South Australia