Short Message on what happens next!
Short Message on what happens next!
It has been a wild 15 days but nominations closed on time tonight. One Technologies pulled the databases immediately and then allowed us access to the data.
We have down-loaded all the categories and will be sending the databases out to the reviewers here in the next 2 days. A huge amount of work has to be done and I will get a closer analysis of the submissions and will release some preliminary data later tomorrow.
We will have a live stream to announce the nominated shows on October 19th. More details to follow on that shortly. For now stay tuned to PodcastAwards.com for updates
For the 4th year in a row I get a chance to look at the state of podcasting and in particular the state of podcasters websites. The usual results don’t surprise me anymore and I guess I am a little cynical at what I find.
Tonight I decided to pull a 10% sampling of the 1874 shows that have been nominated so far. What I found continues to make me want to take a shot of Tequila as it is quite sobering in what I am seeing once again.
My first reaction is do some of the podcasters even care about there audiences?
1st How many Podcaster know what the correct iTunes Image Size is? Well if you don’t you may want to find out.
2nd How many Podcasters know what www.feedvalidator.org is? If you don’t you better find out
3rd You would not believe how many podcasters do not have a link or graphic on their website to their RSS feed.
4th I am simply amazed at the number of sites that have no way to contact the show host.
5th I really do not understand why people use Blog Talk Radio the Audio is beyond terrible and getting to the rss feed is a maze of menus that would confuse any newbie.
6th Do you think using a 20 different proxy services is going to get you 20 extra nominations. Sorry but you wasted your time.
7th Having a Audio program on a website with only a Hyperlink does not constitute a podcast.
8th Of the 10% sampling only 51% actually had a download link on their podcast show notes entries and a large number required me to guess where the podcast could be found on their website!! (Wish I could take screen shots and share) Hey lets not even talk about the 1 sentence show notes. Google can really index a show well with that.
9th Of the 10% sampling only 31% of podcasters had some sort of media player on their site. Do they not realize that at least 50% of the audiences today want a player to listen to the show directly on their site. Preferably one that pops up and allows them to continue to surf the net.
10th I don’t know why I punish myself looking at some of these elements on the podcasters page.
Oh an finally we will be looking at 100% of the sites before this is all over, if you think your show has a shot at being nominated their may be a few nuggets up there in that list for you.
Ohh here is the 2007 Report
Put together a little Video update on the 2008 People’s Choice Podcast Awards
Nearly a 1000 Podcast have already been nominated for the 4th Annual People’s Choice Podcast Awards. Nominations are open until Sept 30th.
Some interesting trends are developing this year that we did not see before. The data sets are so different that I predict by the time nominations close we will have a interesting mix of shows.
Get your audiences involved now and nominate your podcast today. www.podcastawards.com
I am pretty excited about this year, as I opened the sponsorships up to podcasters and bloggers. This will help us reach the monetary goals we have laid out for 2008 as we are still well short of our fund raising goals.
Nominate your Favorite Shows now www.podcastawards.com
The 2008 People’s Choice Podcast Awards kick off in a couple of hours. I wish all of the podcast luck. Big thank to One Technologies for making sure that all of the scripts and validation systems were in place.
Good Luck All!
As many of you know I wear many hats in the podcasting space. My main focus on a day to day basis is building RawVoice . One thing we have highly successful at is signing advertisers for ad deals in the 3000+ podcasters that are part of our family of podcast communities.
Over the past week I have been ramping up for Quarter 4 advertising, the dollars that are being infused this quarter will be our biggest quarter ever. The quickest way to take advantage of those offers is belong to list your show at Blubrry.com
While we have over 1000 of those podcasters on advertising buys our main focus continues to be creating tools and services that make it easier for podcasters to produce and promote their podcast.
If you have not checked out our communities I encourage you to join, as the benefits of membership actually translate into a pretty significant dollar value each month .
I want to thank this first group of sponsors for stepping up to make the 2008 People’s Choice Podcast Awards a Success
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For the first time ever we will take sponsorships from podcasters and we have scaled back the number of corporate sponsors and the sponsors levels.
The committee has also been made aware of a concentrated effort by several shows and groups to try and manipulate who gets nominated and then concentrate voting. I feel very confident that our grading methodology of those shows nominated will reduce the effects of those trying to game the system.
I look forward to a great event.