357 How Do I Get More Feedback From My Audience? And Much More!

by Cliff Ravenscraft on May 15, 2014

Catching Up On Voice Messages
In this week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share my latest thoughts as I continue to daydream about what life will be like when I am in my new studio space once our new home construction is complete.

Also, in this episode, I answer six questions that were called into the voicemail feedback hotline.

Here are the five questions covered in this episode.

1. Why aren’t there any recent books on the topic of podcasting? (00:16:21)

2. How do I get more feedback from my audience? (00:23:40)

3. How can I record a podcast only using my iPad? (00:50:59)

4. What should be included in your very first podcast episode? (00:53:17)

5. When should you submit your podcast to iTunes? (00:53:17)

6. What is the most effective way to title your podcast episode? (00:59:02)

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  • JasonLetman

    Thanks for doing a Q and A. I particularly liked the answer on getting more feedback. 

    Your podcast has inspired me to start a podcast of my own. I had one in the early days, and I think I’m ready to get back into it.

  • Listening to this episode and I was so surprised to hear you say that you tell people not to listen to the first 100 episodes of Podcast Answer man. Makes me feel a lot better now where I am 75 episodes in. THANKS!

  • SteveSchaum  Thank you for the feedback Steve.  Yes, Your 2nd set of 100 episodes will be better than you first.  🙂

  • Thanks so much for answering my question Cliff. You don’t know how much I appreciate you taking the time again!

  • Just listened to this episode and loved the feedback question! So much that I just HAD to come post a response even though I listened yesterday, in my car.  WHY? Because it was a topic that hit home for me and made me keep thinking about it LONG after the episode ended. My take away? If you want more interaction, leave people thinking about what you said so much that they can’t get it out of their minds. 😀 I’ll be applying the question asking method to more than just my podcasts!

  • FredFirestine

    Hi Cliff, thanks for your advice about encouraging listener feedback. I usually listen to podcasts while doing my morning activities, and if I feel strongly about leaving a comment I try to do it as soon as possible after the episode ends. It’s not the best idea (the first hour is the Rudder of the Day, after all) but I want to make sure that I contribute to the “conversation” between the listeners and the podcaster.

    Chadeddy I was thinking that even for an uplifting topic such as the ones you cover, there are differences of opinion that you can discuss, list the pros and cons of each, and invite listener feedback. (KJV Only: Do you have strong opinions about this? What is your preference? etc.)

  • Thanks Fred. That’s a good recommendation! I’ll think about how to apply it to my next episode.

  • FredFirestine

    Chadeddy Sounds good! I’m not saying you need to be controversial or argumentative, but if these topics fit with your theme then it’s a good conversation starter. I have similar struggles encouraging people to comment on my blog, but I have had some topics with good reader responses.

  • Thank you Cliff for answering my question. It encouraged me to release new episodes I was caught in a pod fade, but after catching up with your last 8 episodes I feel like I should just redesign the format of my show to make it more appealing to me and my audience. As always keep up the great work we’ve come to expect from you.

  • Mike Brookston Awesome.  Tweak away my friend!  Making the show more appealing to yourself will make it more appealing to “most” of those in your audience. 😉

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