Last year we introduced Podcast Sponsorships on the Podcast Awards sites largely because the big Podcast companies would not step up to the Table with their wallets. As we head into the 5th year we are seeing a significant number of podcast that sponsored the event last year step up to sponsors again largely due to the great ROI they received on their sponsorships last year.
In 2008 we saw the Podcast Awards website receive over 14 million hits leading up to and through the awards ceremony. I am already starting to see the traffic increase and it will continue to climb as it always does until the day the Podcast Award Nominations start and then the server will have to have dry ice thrown on top of it to keep it from melting down.
Our goal in 2009 is to raise between $5000.00 to $6000.00 the trophies last year where a little over $3500.00 every dime we raise minus the server and auditing firms expenses are turned back into prizes for the winners. This is a not for profit event for Podcast Connect as it has been in years past!
It’s Podcast Awards Season again, I am preparing the site tonight. The firm that manages the site will be putting us in pre-nomination mode tomorrow.
Podcast Nominations by your audiences will open at 2100 EST on Oct 4th so start getting your audiences prepared today to nominate your show.
We will be accepting sponsorships exactly as we were last year so be the first to get your sponsorship dollars in.
The awards take a huge amount of work each year, so much in fact that I had considered not holding the event this year. Over the past three weeks my email inbox has been exploding and I decided to go ahead and hold the event again. I am hoping that the volunteers step up like they did last year to help because without them it is a monumental job.
The 2008 People’s Choice Podcast Awards Ceremony is this coming Saturday December 6th at 1pm PST. We will award these trophies and prizes and announce the People’s Choice and Best Produced Winners. It will be a great event.
The folks over at Blue Mic have stepped up in a big way giving us 8 microphones to give away as prizes for the 2008 People’s Choice Podcast Awards.
They reached out to us, and the team at Blue is privileged to support the 2008 Podcast Awards. I hope you will take time and visit the Blue Microphone site..
If your looking for a really awesome deal they have a great microphone package available through Costco which includes their ever popular snowball mic. The pricing on this package really cannot be beat anywhere else.
I have the approved slate in my hands and will be announcing the 220 shows that made the slate at 4pm Pacific on PodcastAwards.com
This years review was exceptionally daunting as a number of the reviewers were not able to complete the task and we had to solicit alternates to do the reviews at the last moment.
The review process is lengthy and can take as long as 3–5 hours per category. Having overviewed the slate, I am impressed with the diversity of shows that have made it.
There were some shows that disregard the rules and had their listeners submit there podcast in each of the 22 categories. We also had shows that received a fair number of nominations yet failed to have RSS feeds on their sites or a number of the other factors we look at in the review process which in a number of cases which caused a show not to make the slate where they would have if they would simply invest some time in their websites.
I will be providing a full analysis as I do every year at a later date. But for now make sure that you tune in tomorrow to see if your show made the final slate when we announce it at 4pm Pacific.