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blabscreenFirst Impression of Blab.im
A few weeks ago, I heard about a service called Blab.im. This service allows you to stream live video from your iPhone just like periscope. However, it also allows you to stream live video from a desktop browser as well. Better than that, this service also allows you to have up to three guests join you in a group video conference call where all four video streams are broadcasted together to your live viewing audience.

In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share my first impression of Blab.im and why I think that this is something that every podcaster should check out.

Here’s a video recording of my very first test with the Blab.im platform while I was out for a walk in my neighborhood.

 
 
Live Streaming Via Periscope
I’ve noticed that a lot of my podcasting friends have been using Periscope in some very creative ways. In fact, I love what I’ve seen my friend, Michael Hyatt, doing with the platform. Click here to see a sample.

Recently, Stephanie and I made the decision to bring our Family From The Heart podcast back to our weekly schedule. In the past, we had always live streamed the recording of this show using Ustream on our own custom built live streaming page. We’ve made the decision to move the live streaming of this show over to Periscope moving forward. In this episode, I talk about how I’m bringing audio from my mixer into my iPhone. I also share my advice to those of you who may be thinking about live streaming the recording of your podcast with Periscope.

 
 
Time Stamp Linking To A Podcast
My favorite app for managing my podcast subscriptions is the official Podcasts app made by Apple. However, I recently discovered a compelling feature of the Overcast podcast app. In this episode, I share how you can share link to any podcast episode, while sharing an exact time stamp within that link. When someone clicks the link you shared, the episode will play, automatically, starting at the very spot where you want them to start listening.

For example, If I wanted you to hear where I talked about the iJingle App in episode 416 of Podcast Answer Man, you could simply ask you to click here. This feature is not enough for me to switch to using the Overcast app as my full-time podcast management solution. However, I do plan to use this feature of the app from time to time.

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periscopeimgI am so excited to announce that I have found a solution for bringing audio from my mixer into my iPhone or iPad so that that I can stream live on Periscope using my Heil microphones while also being able to include sound clips and jingles.

To do this, I am using the iRig 2 from IK Multimedia and a 1/8″ TRS to 1/4″ TS adapter. Note: I’m bringing the audio out of the headphones jack of my mixer (actually, I use a headphone amplifer found on my equipment page.

When I done live streaming in the past, I was sending audio from my headphones amplifier into a camera that had a 1/8″ TRS microphone input via a 25 foot 1/8″ TRS Patch cable. To plug this cable into my headphone amp, I used a simple 1/8″ TRS to 1/4″ TRS adapter.

Now, instead of plugging the other end of that cable into my camera, I am plugging it the adapter and the iRig 2 mentioned above, which is connected to my iPhone or iPad.

I’m so excited that I was finally able to find this solution as Stephanie and I recently announced that we were going back to a weekly schedule for our Family From The Heart podcast and that we plan to stream the recording of the show via Periscope. We’ll be doing this each Thursday at 11am Eastern Time if you want to check out the show, I’m @GSPN on Periscope.

I tested the setup on Periscope earlier today and it worked great. I took the recording from my iPad and uploaded it to my YouTube channel. Check out the video below.

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iJingle Pro – Play All Your Audio Clips From Your IPad
iJingleLogoAfter many years of searching, I have finally found a solution for playing audio clips and jingles from my iPad. Actually, I have Fr. Roderick Vonhogen to thank for introducing me to the iJingle Pro App for the iPad.

Yes, there have already been a number of iOS apps that were designed to do this. However, my experience has been that most of them have suffered from one, or more, of the following three issues.

1) There is a slight delay between when you press the button and when the audio clip actually starts playing.

2) Getting audio clips from your computer to the iPad app is simply too complicated and/or time consuming.

3) The application simply has a terrible and/or ugly user interface.

Well I’m happy to say that the iJingle Pro has overcome all three of these core issues.

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First, the app pre-loads the audio clips into the iPad’s memory when the app is running so that it will “instantly” play the audio clip the second that you press the button assigned to that clip.

Second, the app has DropBox integration. I simply created an “audio clips” folder in my DropBox account. I drop my audio files in that folder and it is simply a breeze to pull them in from DropBox right inside the app.

Third, the app is beautifully designed, it looks elegant and it is feature rich.

Simply put, I  feel that this is the best designed app of its kind.

iJingle Pro is currently priced at $10.99 in the App Store and worth every single penny, and then some. I now use this application for playing all audio clips in my all of my own podcast productions.

Note: There is a slight learning curve that comes with using this app.  It is not immediately clear how you get the audio clips from DropBox to display within the columns of buttons in the app.  However, once I was able to figure it out, it is now a breeze to load new audio clips. 

I recently made a step by step tutorial for my Podcasting A to Z students that shows the basics of how the i-Jingle Pro app works.

I’ve made decision to go ahead and share this tutorial here on my site as well.

 

 

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Why Do I Advise Against A Daily Format? (Starts at 00:14:12)

One of the students in my current session of Podcasting A to Z asked the following question…

Cliff, I have heard all about being in New and Noteworthy in iTunes as a way to get noticed by people and that iTunes tends to rank your podcast based on downloads. It would seem to me that shorter, more frequent episodes, would help me rank higher in iTunes. I know you don’t concentrate on numbers and I don’t plan to either but getting found is half the battle and it seems like this might be a good strategy towards that goal.

I also know that the podcasts I love to listen to, I wish were produced more frequently and sometimes I wish they were shorter. I wish I had new content from Amy Porterfield every day.

Sometimes, I need to listen to Podcast Answer Man or Pursuing A Balanced Life with many interruptions as I squeeze in 15 minutes when I shower, 15 minutes when I walk the dog, 15 minutes while I drive to work, etc.

Obviously, these are my personal experiences but I am an ordinary guy and imagine there are many people just like me. I figured that if I produce an hour to an hour and fifteen minute show once a week, why not split it into 5 pieces and give content in smaller bites all week long? Ultimately, I trust your opinion (which is why I am in this class!) and will follow your guidance but I wanted to share my logic and see what you thought of these points.

I shared my full response to this student’s question in this episode of Podcast Answer Man. The topic starts at 14 minutes and 12 seconds into the episode.

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I have had the privilege of following the podcasting journey of my friends, Greg and Jennifer Willits over the past ten years. In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I invited Greg to come onto the show to share a few highlights of some of the amazing things that have happened for his family directly as a result of their podcasting efforts. I hope that you are inspired by hearing about the things that can happen when you are not only committed to creating consistent content for your audience, but also committed to building a deeper relationship with those who listen to your show.

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Links you may want to check out after listening to the interview:
Greg & Jennifer’s Website
Greg & Jennifer’s iTunes Listing
Greg & Jennifer’s Patreon Page
That Catholic Show Website

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414 – How To Build A Deeper Relationship With Your Existing Audience

August 3, 2015

In this week’s episode, I share the recording of the talk that I gave at Podcast Movement 2015. In this talk, I share why it is so important to focus on building a relationship with those who are already listening to your podcast and then I give you ten tips on how to build those […]

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413 – Nine Tips For Better Online Security

July 26, 2015

Below are the Nine Tips that I shared in this episode that will help you achieve a greater level of online security. 1. Consider it your #1 Priority To Secure Your Email Account! 2. Don’t use the same password for more than one service on the internet. 3. I recommend the use of a secure […]

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412 – Advice To GIve Your Interview Guests Before The Call And So Much More

July 20, 2015

The questions that I address in this episode of Podcast Answer Man are as follows. 1) What is needed to hook up two sets of headphones to our mixer? If I plan to interview an in studio guest, do you recommend that I provide them with headphones as well? (00:05:15) In response to this question, […]

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411 – When Should I Start Promoting And Marketing My New Podcast? Plus Other Questions New Podcasters Ask

July 13, 2015

This week’s episode is part three in a three part series called “Questions That New Podcasters Ask.” For this series, I have pulled actual questions that were asked by students in my Podcasting A to Z online training course. The questions that I address in this episode are as follows. 1. I know you said […]

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410 – Three Things I Wish I Knew When I First Started Podcasting – The Tools I Use For Show Preparation – My Favorite Podcast Management App – And Much More

July 6, 2015

This week’s episode is part two in a three part series called “Questions That New Podcasters Ask.” For this series, I have pulled actual questions that were asked by students in my Podcasting A to Z online training course. The questions that I address in this episode are as follows. 1. For many of your […]

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409 – The Podcasters That I Admire The Most – Should You Add The Stitcher HTML5 Player To Your Website? My Thoughts On The PocketCasts App – And More

June 29, 2015

This week’s episode begins a three part series called “Questions That New Podcasters Ask.” For this series, I have pulled actual questions that were asked by students in my Podcasting A to Z online training course. The questions that I address in this episode are as follows. 1. In the Welcome to Stitcher email I […]

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408 – A Lapel Mic for the Roland Recorder AND Marc Maron & The President of The United States Take Podcasting To A Whole New Level

June 23, 2015

The Sony ECM-CS3 Lapel Mic Works Great with the Roland R-05 Recorder In this episode, I demonstrate, from the field, just how well the Sony ECM-CS3 lapel mic works with the Roland R-05 Recorder. In fact, for this part of the episode, I’m actually riding my bicycle at relatively high speeds with little to no […]

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407 – Are You Ready To #TrainWithCliff? – Tips For Influencing Others With Your Content

June 4, 2015

Are you ready to change the world? In this episode, I talk about what has always been the most appealing aspect of podcasting, the ability to have a powerful, positive, impact on the lives of those who consume your content. I truly believe that you can change the world, one person a time, with your […]

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406 Twitter Wins! I’ve decided to use it as an information network and focus on Facebook for deeper engagement.

May 30, 2015

The title, posted above, really does say it all. I encourage you to listen to this episode if you would like to learn how I’ve completely changed the way that I am using Twitter and how I’ve managed to turn my experience with Facebook into the best social networking experience I’ve ever had.

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405 – Crossing The Finish Line

May 20, 2015

The only official show notes for this episode is the following image. It will make perfect sense once you listen to the full episode.

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404 Audio Journal Format & Five Insights I’ve Gained Over Six Months of Putting My Health & Fitness First

May 15, 2015

The Audio Journal Format Alain recently asked a few questions about the audio journal format for my Pursuing A Balanced Life podcast. He said that he found it fascinating that I managed to record over 600 episodes in light of the fact that he never considered such an audio format to be one that would […]

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The Past Six Months Are Just The Beginning!

May 14, 2015

It has been exactly six months since I announced to the world that I was going to make a few lifelong commitments that would change my life forever. If you haven’t been following my journey, you can hear that announcement in episode 583 of my Pursuing A Balanced Life podcast. The images below show only […]

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403 – Podcast Patent Victory – Picking Up Where Serial Left Off – And Much More

May 6, 2015

Podcast Patent Victory? The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), reported that they had successfully convinced the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to invalidate key claims in the so-called “podcasting patent.” You can read more about this on their site by clicking here.     Picking Up Where Serial Left Off I recently subscribed to the Undisclosed-Podcast. […]

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402 – Apple Watch Review From A Fitness Tracking Perspective

April 29, 2015

In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I give my full review of the Apple Watch after having it for nearly one full week. Find out what I am absolutely in love with this device. Keep in mind, I purchased the Apple watch as a fitness tracking device first and foremost. I used to be […]

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401 – Custom Podcast Theme Songs with Todd & Emily from Gifty Song

April 23, 2015

In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share an amazing new resource for securing a custom theme song made just for your podcast. I first heard of Todd & Emily Marriott, from Gifty Song, after they had created a custom theme song for my friend Dan Miller. After hearing it a few times, I […]

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400 – Advice For Creating Your Own Mastermind Group

April 16, 2015

I always love celebrating big milestones. I am excited to present this 400th episode of Podcast Answer Man. For this special occasion, I wanted to share the one thing that I believe can bring about the greatest potential for taking your business and/or your life to the next level. I’ve talked, many times, in the […]

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Las Vegas – Podcast Answer Man Community Meetup

April 12, 2015

I’m hosting a private, meetup for members of the Podcast Answer Man community who will be attending New Media Expo 2015. Who is invited to attend this event? Those who have listened to any of the podcasts that I have produced over the years. Those who have gone through any of the free tutorials on my […]

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399 – A New Shift In Priorities

April 9, 2015

For the past several years, I’ve made it a practice to always keep a list, available in plain site, of the top five to ten priorities of my business pursuits. This list is always ranked with the highest priority at the top. When committing things to my calendar, I always attempt to find a way […]

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398 – Meerkat Vs Periscope

April 4, 2015

In this episode, I share my thoughts on the new update to Meerkat as well as my thoughts on Twitter’s new Periscope app for live streaming to your audience. I also share my thoughts on the new “Becoming Steve Jobs” biography, my experience at Social Media Marketing World 2015 and the fact that Twitter now […]

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397 – The Return of the Double Ender – Skype Everywhere – YouTube Cards – And Much More!

March 23, 2015

A Future Where Skype Is Everywhere? The Verge recently reported on Microsoft’s vision for the future of Skype, saying.. “Microsoft only just launched a preview of Skype for Business, but it’s already preparing for the future. In a new vision video released today, the software maker’s message is a clear one: it’s just the beginning. […]

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396 – Live Streaming With Meerkat & Nine Income Streams To Consider For Your Online Business

March 12, 2015

Live Streaming With Meerkat I start this week’s episode talking about the new Meerkat Live Streaming application that is available for iPhone users. The ability to stream live video from your phone is not new. In fact, it’s been possible with Ustream for many years. However, this new app does make it easier than any […]

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395 Snoop Dogg Taking Podcasting Further Into The Mainstream

March 7, 2015

Snoop Doggs’ Double G News Podcast I open this week’s podcast sharing my thoughts on why Snoop Dogg’s recently launched podcast will be great for podcasting, overall. I also share success tips that can be pulled from the most recent two episodes that he published.     Facebook Page owners may see a drop in […]

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394 How Ijeoma Eleazu Found Her Voice In The World of Podcasting

February 28, 2015

The Inspiring Podcast Journey of Ijeoma Eleazu In this week’s episode, I share the story of how Ijeoma Eleazu came to find her voice in the podcasting world. Ijeoma is a clinical pharmacist who had gone through the May 2013 session of my Podcasting A to Z training course. Like many students, Ijeoma was not […]

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393 Podcast Hijacking on YouTube & Shows I’m Subscribed To

February 19, 2015

What shows I am subscribed to… A few weeks ago, my friend, Ray Edwards, did a podcast episode where he listed the podcasts that he is subscribed to. This inspired me to share the list of shows that I am currently subscribed to and to also provide the reason why I am motivated to listen […]

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392 Where To Find Fresh New Content For Your Podcast – And An Interview with 91.7 WVXU

February 11, 2015

Local Media Coverage I was honored to receive a significant amount of local media coverage recently. I was featured in the February edition of Cincinnati Magazine in a story written by Dave Ghose titled “The Voice of Pod.” As a result of that article, I was invited to be a guest on 91.7 WVXU’s Cincinnati […]

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391 Six Reasons Why You Should Attend A Conference

February 6, 2015

In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share six reasons why I think that attending a conference this year can help take your personal brand and/or your business to the next level. I also share the conferences that I will be attending this year and try to help you understand the value that each […]

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390 Are You So Busy Building Your Business That You Don’t Have Time To Work On Building You?

January 23, 2015

Are your business pursuits keeping you from living the healthy lifestyle you desire? If so, you are not alone. I am a recovering workaholic. When I went into business for myself, building my business from the ground up, I worked a minimum of 14 hours per day, seven days a week, without a single day […]

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389 When Social Media Strategies Clash & Thoughts On When Someone Tells You That You Don’t Have Credibility

January 15, 2015

Thoughts On When Someone Tells You That You Don’t Have Credibility I recently had someone post a comment on episode 388 that said… “I’ve been following your Dayone Journaling. One thing is clear you’re not a health and fitness expert, not even close…” and “You’re pawning yourself off as legit in Health and Fitness when […]

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388 My Thoughts After One Month With Patreon & The Response From My Mailing List Subscribers

January 8, 2015

A One Month Patreon Update In this episode, I share why I made the decision to cancel the Patreon accounts that I had set up for my Podcast Answer Man and Family From The Heart podcasts. I also share why and how I plan to continue moving forward with my Patreon account for PABL.   […]

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387 Why I Decided To Stop Recording Video for Podcast Answer Man & Why I Am No Longer Doing Live Show Thursdays

January 1, 2015

Saying Yes To New Things Often Means Saying No To Exisiting Things I always get excited at the beginning of each new year.The weeks leading up to the first of the new year is a time where I reflect on what has been accomplished over the past year, a time to discern what it is […]

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386 My Interview With John Kramp & David Atchison from Your Leadership Story

December 25, 2014

As I mentioned in last week’s episode, I’ve decided to take the week off to celebrate the Christmas holiday with my family and friends. However, I wanted to find a way to still provide an episode of Podcast Answer Man. I’m extremely thankful to John Kramp and David Atchison for allowing me to use the […]

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385 Don’t Fall For The Latest Format Fad

December 18, 2014

What has made Serial and Startup so popular as podcasts? I’ve heard a lot of conversations surrounding the popularity of the Startup and Serial podcasts. I’ve heard more than one person suggest that the main reason that these two shows are so popular is due to the format in which they tell a narrative story […]

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