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Podcast Movement 2017 Registration Begins November 25

Podcast Movement logoIt seems like it’s been only a few months since the Podcast Movement 2016 conference wrapped up in Chicago. The next iteration of the event will occur August 22 – 25 in Anaheim, CA. According to an e-mail recently released by Podcast Movement, registration will open for PM 2017 in just a few weeks:

In what has become a tradition for Podcast Movement, registration for next year’s event will open on “Black Friday”, Friday, November 25 at midnight!

Podcast Movement continues to evolve in our fourth year, and we’re excited to be putting emphasis on some key aspects of the event, including:

  • Better defined tracks to maximize the learning experience and session choices for all attendees, whether you’re a hobbyist just getting started or an industry veteran!

  • New networking opportunities and events. A chance to build new and stronger relationships with podcasters, advertisers, service providers and industry professionals.

  • New scheduling format to make sure you don’t miss anything, from the opening sessions to the closing keynotes! PLUS more time to visit Disneyland with the family!

  • Lower starting registration prices! Some past attendees asked for lower prices, while others said they’d rather pay more and have us provide food and drinks, so we’re giving attendees more options!

The current registration page on the Podcast Movement website refers to the 2016 event. This will likely be updated on or just before November 25th to reflect 2017 pricing.

Pobcast Is a Stress-Free iTunes Review Exchange Service

Pobcast LogoHere at Podcaster News, we do our best to provide the facts on items that we think would be of interest to the podcasting community, and allow our readers to form their own opinions on the topics we cover. Personally, I don’t like the idea of “review exchanges” for directories like the iTunes Store. But I can see how this type of thing might appeal to others. Keep in mind that, while iTunes reviews can be helpful, it’s been proven that they have no impact on your ranking in the iTunes Store. That being stated, here’s some information on Pobcast, a new review exchange service that is currently seeking beta testers.

According to a Pobcast Reddit thread, Pobcast is a “real review” system that doesn’t rely on bots or paid services to get reviews for your show. In order to join the Pobcast beta, users must register at the developer’s website and add their iTunes username and podcast to the review system. (The iTunes username is needed in order to track and verify reviews users have committed to in the Pobcast system.) Users can then find shows that are looking for reviews. Once they’ve placed their reviews, and those reviews have been confirmed by the recipient accounts, those users will now be eligible to receive reviews on their own shows.

Pobcast states the service is different from other review swaps for these reasons:

No one can cheat the review process, if you spam reviewed. It won’t work unless the user has confirmed it. If your review has not been confirmed, you don’t get reviewed back

It’s NOT a direct exchange, everyone is in the pot. Meaning if you review someone, they don’t have to review you back. As long as it’s confirmed anyone can review you. Which works better in the long term. *Example: Podcast A reviews Podcast B & Podcast B review A. iTunes can see that you both exchanged direct reviews and could discard it. My method is that if you are podcast A and you review B. Podcast C/D/E/F… will review you. *

The podcast links are fixed to the system, so you cannot duplicate or cheat the system. Once it is in the system, there is no way to remove it. If you try to cheat, your podcast will be permanently disabled for future reviews.

You can track all the reviews from any user from all over the world. With direct links to each reviewer and it’s so easy to manage.

If you don’t think a podcast deserves 4 or 5 stars, you can skip it and go to the next. You will NOT get penalized for skipping podcasts.

As stated above, Pobcast reviews must be either four or five stars in order for them to be accepted by the system. If users feel a show doesn’t deserve at least four stars, they’re encouraged to skip reviewing that show and move on to another. This creates a baseline level of integrity for the actual reviews. But if podcasters are using Pobcast mainly to get reviews on their own shows, then they’ll be more likely to leave four or five-star reviews in order to get more reviews back. That doesn’t automatically mean that those reviews aren’t honest. But it does open Pobcast up to at least a little gaming of the system. After all, reviews on directories like the iTunes Store are meant to be honest commentaries of people who’ve actually listened to those shows. But it’s assured that some Pobcast users will be there strictly to get more reviews for their own shows, and that could lead them to leave generic reviews for the other shows involved, just to get more reviews for their own shows.

If you’d like to sign up for the Pobcast beta or learn more about the service, check out the links at the top of this post.

Peoples Choice, Academy of Podcasters Awards Nominees Announced

Podcast Awards logoSummer is fast approaching and it’s apparently become the season of podcast awards. Two different podcast awards competitions, the Peoples Choice Podcast Awards and the Academy of Podcasters Awards, both recently announced the nominees for their respective award categories. While there may be some minor overlap between the two awards systems, they both work differently and completely independent of each other.

The Peoples Choice Podcast Awards is now in its 11th round. Commonly referred to as just “the Podcast Awards,” nominees for this awards system are determined by online voting, followed by a vetting and qualification period. Then, podcasts are chosen to compete in the following categories:

  • Peoples Choice
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Comedy
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Games & Hobbies GLBT
  • Government & Organizations
  • Health
  • Kids & Family
  • Mature
  • Music
  • News & Politics
  • Religion & Spirituality
  • Science & Medicine
  • Society – Culture
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Technology
  • TV & Film

Just like the nomination process, the Peoples Choice Podcast Awards winners are determined via online voting, which officially open Sunday, May 29th.

Academy of Podcasters Awards and HOF 2016The Academy of Podcasters Awards operate in a closed-ballot system. Finalists are chosen by the Academy, and only members of the Academy are allowed to vote for shows in these categories:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Comedy
  • Education
  • Fiction
  • Food & Drink
  • Games & Hobbies
  • Health & Fitness
  • History
  • Kids & Family
  • Music & Commentary
  • News & Politics
  • Religion & Spirituality
  • Science & Medicine
  • Society & Culture
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Technology
  • TV & Film

Academy of Podcasters Awards winners will be announced during a ceremony on Wednesday, July 6th in conjunction with the Podcast Movement conference.

List of 2015 Academy of Podcasters Award Winners

Academy of Podcasters logThe first Academy of Podcasters Awards ceremony was held last night as part of Podcast Movement 2015. Here’s the list of winners:

  • Business: Smart Passive Income
  • Comedy: Comedy Bang Bang
  • Entertainment: The Incomparable
  • Food & Drink: The Feed
  • Games & Hobbies: Convert To Raid
  • Ideas & Education: Lexicon Valley
  • Lifestyle & Health: The Tim Ferris Show
  • Music & Commentary: Roadhouse
  • News & Politics: Brookings Cafeteria
  • Parenting, Family & Kids: The Longest Shortest Time
  • Science & Medicine: Stuff To Blow Your Mind
  • Society & Culture: 99% Invisible
  • Spirituality & Religion: Relevant Podcast
  • Sports: Jellen And Jacoby
  • Technology: Reply All
  • People’s Choice: 99% Invisible

With the exception of the People’s Choice award, winners were chosen by members of the Academy of Podcasters based on nominees that were selected earlier this year. The People’s Choice award was decided by a live online poll that took place during the awards ceremony.

Congratulations to all of the podcasters who received a trophy at this year’s awards!

Hat tip to Christopher Hutton for his coverage of Podcast Movement and the awards ceremony.

Glenn Beck out, Marc Maron in as Keynote Speaker at Podcast Movement

Podcast Movement logoI really believed after last week, there wouldn’t be any more Podcast Movement announcements to cover. But that changed today when the conference announced that keynote speaker Glenn Beck is stepping down due to illness and is being replaced by WTF host Marc Maron.

Marc Maron began his career as a standup comedian. He also hosted a show on the Air America radio network. He started the WTF podcast in 2009. The show has acquired a large and loyal fanbase due to Maron’s candid interviews with professional comedians and other celebrities. WTF also made major headlines last month when Maron interviewed President Barack Obama.

Podcast Movement has definitely been on a roll this year and bringing in Marc Maron as a last-minute replacement for Glenn Beck is sure to make a lot of podcasters happy. Tickets for the conference are still available and in honor of today’s news, Podcast Movement is offering a special $100 discount by using the code MARON100 at checkout.

Official Schedule, More Speakers and Panelists announced for Podcast Movement

Podcast Movement logoI thought last week’s announcement of speakers and panelists for this year’s Podcast Movement conference was going to be the last one. But I was proven wrong as a brand new list was dropped earlier today. Here’s the latest round of names you may see if you make it to Dallas/Fort Worth this year:

  • Dean Capello of WNYC
  • Lee Cockerell of Creating Disney Magic
  • Matt Martinez of NPR
  • Linda Holmes of Pop Culture Happy Hour
  • TD St.Matthew-Daniel of NFL
  • Corey Coates of Podfly
  • Peter Weingard of WNYC
  • Carolina Guerrero of Radio Ambulante
  • Ryan Deiss
  • Bryan Moffett of NPR
  • Daniel Dopp of ESPN Radio
  • Sarah Van Mosel of WNYC
  • Jason Doyle of NBA TV
  • Mark McCrery of Podtrac

Podcast Movement has also released the official schedule for the event. Conference goers can use this handy page to break down the conference by day, time and type of event. There’s even an option to create a personalized “custom schedule” to ensure attendees will get to the things they’d like to see most.

Podcast Movement will take place the weekend of July 31st. Registration is open now.

More Speakers and Panelists Announced for Podcast Movement

Podcast Movement logoPodcast Movement, the podcasting conference that’ll take place in Dallas on the weekend of July 31, has been using a “slow drip” strategy in terms of announcing the event’s panelists and speakers. Four more speakers were announced last week using this method. But this week, that drip has turned into a flood with the release of twelve more names of speakers. Here’s the complete list of recent announcements:

  • Andy Toh of BlogTalkRadio
  • Kimberly Falker, host of Balancing Points Podcast
  • Tom Rossi from Buzzsprout
  • Anthony Tran, founder of Marketing Access Pass
  • Srinivias Rao, host of The Unmistakable Creative podcast
  • Michael Stelzner, founder of Social Media Examiner
  • Dom Theodore of TheBlaze Radio Network
  • Kerri Hoffman of PRX
  • Rob Greenlee of Spreaker
  • Ilana Fox of Audioboom
  • Gordon Firemark, host of Entertainment Law Update
  • Francesco Baschieri of Spreaker
  • Erik Harbison of Aweber
  • Toby Lyles of TwentyFourSound

We’ll continue to post updates about Podcast Movement as more information comes in. Registration for the conference is open now.

Academy of Podcasters Awards Nominees, Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Academy of Podcasters logThe Academy of Podcasters has announced the nominees for its first ever “Academy Awards of podcasting.” The organization has also finalized the list of inductees into its Podcasters Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony and the awards ceremony will be held on Friday, July 31, the night before the first day of the Podcast Movement conference in Dallas.

The Podcasters Hall of Fame will honor six podcasters in its inaugural run of inductees:

  • Adam Curry (Adam is considered by many to have “invented” podcasting along with Dave Winer)
  • Danny Peña (host of Gamertag Radio)
  • Leo Laporte (founder of the TWiT podcasting network)
  • Mur Lafferty (host of I Should Be Writing)
  • Scott Sigler (bestselling author who built a large fandom thru podcasting)
  • Todd Cochrane (host of Geek News Central and founder of RawVoice)

The Academy of Podcasters has nominated ten shows in each of its fifteen award categories. The complete list of shows is too long to post here but the categories are:

  • Business
  • Comedy
  • Entertainment
  • Food & Drink
  • Games & Hobbies
  • Ideas & Education
  • Lifestyle & Health
  • Music & Commentary
  • News & Politics
  • Parenting, Family & Kids
  • Science & Medicine
  • Society & Culture
  • Spirituality & Religion
  • Sports
  • Technology

One nominee will win an award in each category. The categories have five nominees each that have been ranked as the top five in those respective categories on Stitcher, along with five more shows that were selected by “a combination of input from the Academy, the board, and from other podcast rating services.”

Congratulations to the inaugural Hall of Fame inductees and best of luck to all podcasters who’ve been nominated for a Podcasters Academy Award!

Dan Benjamin Added to List of Podcast Movement Speakers

Podcast Movement logoPodcast Movement is gearing up for its next go around, which will take place during the weekend of July 31st in Texas. Today, the conference announced that it’s added four new speakers to its lineup. Principal among them is Dan Benjamin, founder of the popular 5by5 podcasting network.

Benjamin began his technology career as a programmer and in 2006, he began podcasting on the side. After a few years of building successful shows and a loyal audience, he launched the 5by5 network and took to podcasting full-time. In 2014, Benjamin launched The Podcast Method, a website and podcast devoted to the craft of podcast production. Not stopping there, Dan also launched the Dan Benjamin Hour earlier this year. That show is described as, “…a live daily talk show exploring the latest in geek and pop culture, technology, gear, and entertainment, catching emerging stories before they become headlines and skirting the mainstream with wide-ranging topics, unorthodox opinions, an offbeat in-studio crew, an expansive guest list, and calls from live listeners.”

Along with Benjamin, three other speakers were also announced:

Discounted Early Bird tickets for Podcast Movement are available now thru June 9th.