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Twitter for Podcasters – #21

Twitter for Podcasters
[powerpess] On episode #20, we talked about about how podcasters can use Facebook. On this episode, we’re sticking with the social networking theme and talking about Twitter for podcasters.


  • Nick talks about a podcasting conference coming up, Podcast Mid-Atlantic. We share some details about the conference and discuss some of the unique and creative things they have planned.
  • International Podcast Day is September 30th and on our episodes of PGT between now and then, we will share a tip on how to celebrate IPD and share the “good news” of podcasts.  This week, we suggest sharing this Ira Glass video on Facebook or Twitter.

Twitter for Podcasters

Trying to tackle Twitter in one sitting is a challenge, but it’s one we’re ready to take. Since we talked about Facebook last week, we talk about how our Twitter strategy is different than our Facebook. We cover several topics: Personal accounts vs. brand accounts, marketing vs. personal, promotion vs. conversation, use of hashtags, negativity on Twitter, etc.

We’d love to hear about your Twitter strategy. What works? What doesn’t work? What do you like and dislike about Twitter. Have you discovered unique or creative ways to engage your audience or grow your audience through Twitter. Record an audio clip and email it to

Service of the Week

We’re talking about the hot new kid on the block, blab. We have given the service a try and share our experience. We also talk about how this service could be used by podcasters.

Picks of the Week

Tawny – The Truth
Corey – Trivial Warfare – Episode #30
Nick – Fiverr

Facebook for Podcasters – #20

Facebook for Podcasters

Facebook is a great way for podcasters to promote their podcast and to connect with their listeners. So on this episode, we’re talking about Facebook.


  • Nick attended Podcamp Pittsburgh and gives us a recap of the two-day event. The organizers have put many videos of the sessions on YouTube. Nick mentioned Chris Brogan’s presentation and you can watch it here.
  • International Podcast Day is just over a month away and we’re already gearing up for the event.  International Podcast Day is a great opportunity to share podcasts with the people around you.  We haven’t figured it out exactly, but PGT will be celebrating IPD.  Stay tuned for information.
  • Midroll has announced a premium podcasting plan, Howl Premium.  We discuss this model and the podcasts that will make their back catalogs available for $5/month.

Facebook for Podcasters

Using Facebook to promote your podcast and engage with your listeners can be a very exciting and productive thing, or it can be very frustrating. Each of the three of us have different experiences and results with Facebook and we share how we use the platform.

Tawny talks about using Facebook groups, Corey shares what has worked for him and why Ivy Envy has more engagement on Facebook, even though there’s more followers on Twitter and Nick expresses the frustration a lot of page owners feel, the lack of “reach”.

We share a few tips and tricks and we’d love to hear your what has and hasn’t worked for you. Record an audio clip and send it to

Service of the Week is a great resource if you need stock images for your episode artwork or social images, but don’t want to pay for those images.

Picks of the Week

Tawny – Strangers – The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read
Nick – America’s Next Weatherman
Corey – Trailer Park Boys Podcast

Podcast Movement 2015 Wrap-up – #19

Podcast Movement Review
The three of us were in the same place a few weeks ago for just the second time. We were in Fort Worth, Texas for Podcast Movement and we’re here to talk about it on this episode.


The details on Podcast Movement 2016 have been announced and it’s coming to Corey and Tawny’s backyard – Chicago, Illinois! They share a few travel tips for people coming into Chicago. We also share our idea of Podapalooza. We’d like to hear your opinions on this potential event.

We also talk about Podcasters’ Paradise Cruise, which is this November.

Podcast Movement 2015

We each deem PM15 a success and the bulk of this episode is spent evaluating and sharing our experiences. Podcasting conferences are always a great opportunity to connect with friends in the space and meet new people that we share this passion with.

What is typically a little more unknown is the caliber of keynotes and sessions and we share where this conference ranked compared to others we’ve been to.

Picks of the Week

Tawny – Productivity Power Up
Corey – Platypus Houston
Nick – iClever FM Transmitter and iClever magnetic mount

Podcast Movement Preview – #18

Podcast Movement is coming up soon – July 31st through August 2nd and that’s what we’re talking about on this episode of Podcasters Group Therapy.


  • Glenn Beck turned out to be a huge (yet polarizing) “get” for the Podcast Movement fellows and unfortunately, Beck had to cancel for health reasons.
  • Upon hearing the news of Beck canceling, you might have been thinking “ANOTHER major speaker cancellation for a podcasting conference? WTF?!”  Well, that’s exactly what Podcast Movement’s response to the development was…WTF! Marc Maron!  Maron is one of the biggest names in podcasting and the dude just interviewed President Obama on his podcast and he is now scheduled to speak at Podcast Movement, 2015.


Podcast Movement

The three of us will be heading to Fort Worth, Texas for Podcast Movement and we dedicate almost this entire episode on the conference. We talk about which sessions and speakers we’re looking forward to the most, we share our opinions on the apparent quality of the sessions and we share some tips for first-timer podcast conference attendees.

App/Service of the Week

Nick shares how you can use the Bizzabo app to help you get the most out of Podcast Movement and other conferences.
Bizzabo on iOS
Bizzabo on Android

Picks of the Week

Tawny – DO IT Podcast (Addy Saucedo) – Episode 002 – Spreading a Generosity Philosophy (with Kim Trumbo)
Nick – Trivial Warfare Podcast
Corey – The Memory Palace – High Above Lake Michigan

Podcasting Copyright Issues – #17

CopyrightsOn this episode of Podcasters Group Therapy, we tackle the topic of podcasting copyright issues. Even amateur podcasters need to be aware of these issues.


  • Podcast Movement is less than a month away! The three of us will be headed to Fort Worth, Texas at the end of the month and if you are too, we want to hang out.
  • Nick shares exactly HOW popular President Obama’s conversation with Mark Maron was.
  • Corey hates Stitcher.

Meet-up Tip

Corey was on the road with the family and while on the road, teamed up with another group of Cubs fans to host an Ivy Envy meet-up. He talks about the benefits of combining meet-ups with other communities.

Copyright Issues

The three of us are considered hobbyist podcasters, and we each have made changes with how we use copyrighted materials. Some of our changes were forced and some were precautionary moves. We talk about the different types of copyrighted materials you could knowingly or unknowingly be using on your podcast and we talk about how to avoid some of these issues.

Nick was actually served a cease-and-desist letter by the NFL and he shares how extreme their interpretation of copyrights is. If you want to avoid messy situations later, this would be a good episode to listen to.

Service of the Week

A number of episodes ago, Corey talked about how he was going to use Bossjock for his daily podcast. He talks about how he has adapted to the service and what he likes/dislikes about Bossjock.

Picks of the Week:

Tawny: The Truth: Remember the Baby
Corey: Vegetarian Zen #106
Nick: Podcast Junkies

Audio Editing – #16

Audio Editing

On this week’s show we discuss Audio Editing with Rem Lavictoire from The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast and Mat Talk Online’s Jason Bryant.


There is no right or wrong way to edit podcasts. Sure, there are some standards we should hold ourselves to, particularly -16 LUFS for loudness. But there really is no right or wrong way to do things. Many of you are using software like Audacity because you’re on a shoestring budget. Maybe you’re an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber and you lose to edit your shows in Audition. Or better yet, maybe something even more advanced like Pro Tools? Garageband if you’re on a Mac? There are many different brands of software that allow you to produce your shows spectacularly.

The reason I invited Rem and Jason on is because they each have different ways of doing things with their shows. Jason is more of a the less time I’ve got to edit the better kind of guy. It also helps that his content for the most part can be time sensitive. So the minutes are precious. Rem on the other hand is covering movies that have been release for quite some time. It’s very important that his audio quality stands out with what he’s doing. Each achieve great audio quality in different ways for the shows that they’re producing.

App/Service of the Week

This week’s service of the week is the Adobe Creative Cloud. The biggest reason this is our service of the week is because last week they released their 2015 version of the cloud and the associated applications! Apps like Photoshop, Audition, and Premiere Pro all got updated to the 2015 version.

Picks of the Week

Rem: Anker Astro E5 16000mAh Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank
Jason: Grumpy Old Geeks, < Nick: Rockit by Extrasensory Devices – This device let’s you do a mix-minus using an iPad and Facetime.

Podcast Consistency – #15

Podcast Consistency

Where in the world has PGT been? No, we didn’t podfade, we pod-vacay’ed. On this week’s episode, we’re talking about podcast consistency.


  • Registration is now open for New Media Expo 2016. The conference will take place April 18-21 in Las Vegas. Registration is now open and if you’re planning on attending the conference, now is the time to get your tickets.
  • Podcast Movement is just a month and a half away and they continue to announce speakers.  The three of us will be attending Podcast Movement and we’d like to do some sort of PGT meet-up.  Stay tuned for details.

When we started this podcast in the winter, we knew that the months of May, June and July were going to be tough. The three of us coach 4 kids sports teams, our kids are involved in other spring activities, we have family vacations and the months are just hectic. We thought we’d be able to just roll with it and find time in our schedules to record PGT episodes. Obviously, that didn’t happen.

So on this episode, we talk about the idea of releasing episodes on a consistent basis. We talk about how important we think it is as podcast listers and in the role as podcast producers.

We also share a few tips on muscling through periods in your life when finding time to get behind the microphone is difficult.

App of the Week

This week’s app of the week is WordSwag. Wordswag is one of the apps that Tawny and Beth discussed in their Podcast Midwest presentation. This is another app that allows you to create stimulating images without Photoshop skills. Wordswag steps things up and allows you to do a few more things than some of the other options, though.

Picks of the Week

Tawny: Podcasters Roundtable #52, Spotify Happy Hipster Playlist
Corey: 11/22/63 (affiliate link), The Audacity to Podcast #222 – The Future of Podcasting, The Gimp Show #30
Nick: Grace and Frankie

Monetizing with Patreon – #14

Monetizing with Patreon

If you’re a hobbyist podcaster that wouldn’t mind covering your costs, upgrading equipment or putting a few bucks in your pocket, you might want to consider starting a Patreon campaign. On this week’s episode, we’re talking about one of the methods that any podcaster (including hobbyists) can use to monetize.


  • On last week’s episode, we talked about Spotify adding podcasting to their service.  This week, it was announced that Libsyn and Spotify have partnered in this endeavor.
  • Podcast Movement makes a huge announcement: Glenn Beck will be keynoting at their conference this summer in Ft. Worth, Texas.  The response to this announcement was very mixed and we share our opinions on Mr. Beck’s involvement with the conference.
  • On this episode, we also share that the three of us will be attending Podcast Movement.  We’re very excited because this conference has lined up top notch speakers and you know the networking will be incredible.

Listener Feedback

Joel from Me and the Geek and Pod on Pod talks about how he’s using Overcast.


Nick and Corey use Patreon to help fund their podcasts and that’s what we’re talking about this week. We’ll talk about what Patreon is and how we set our Patreon campaigns up as far as levels and perks. We share how we present our Patreon campaigns to our listeners and encourage them to support the podcast. Then, we talk about how our podcasts have benefitted from the Patreon campaign and how we’ve been able to improve our podcasts through this support.

We’ve love to hear your thoughts on Patreon or how you are using the service. You can email your audio clips to

App/Service of the Week

On this episode, Tawny talks about one of the services she and Beth will feature in their Podcast Midwest presentation this weekend, Canva. Tawny explains Canva and how you can use it to create engaging images for your podcast.

Picks of the Week

Tawny: Nerdette Podcast – Cards Against Humanity episode
Corey: Drake Shake and The Grapes of Rad
Nick: Turn

Podcasting Stats – #13

Podcasting Stats

On this week’s episode of Podcasters Group Therapy, we’re talking about a dirty word for podcasters, podcasting stats.


Spotify is jumping into the podcast game, apparently to compete with iTunes and their new music streaming service. The three of us use Spotify and talk about what this means as a Spotify user and also as a podcasters.

Listener Feedback

We have a few pieces of voicemail to play. These both slipped through the cracks. Gary from KiwiMana Podcast (a beekeeping podcast from New Zealand) calls in to talk about feedback from listeners and how how they use that feedback with their show. Jeffrey K Holbrook from Daggers of the Mind agrees with Dave Jackson that Tawny is the PGT secret sauce, and then he gives us a nice audio bumper to use.


One of the dirty words for podcasters is podcasting stats. The three of us talk about our philosophies with statistics. We talk about what stats services we use, how often we look at stats and what we do with the data.

Derek from Gotham TV Podcast and Defenders TV Podcast talks about some of the issues he has with stats for his podcast.

Troy from Packers Fan Podcast, The Blacklist Exposed Podcast and Under the Dome Radio and has an interesting strategy with stats and we decide to try his strategy with this episode.

Service of the Week

Tawny provides us with a service of the week on this episode and it’s Prezi. Prezi is a visually stimulating alternative to PowerPoint or Keynote. Corey uses Prezi quite a bit for work. If you’d like to see a Prezi in action, check out this video that Corey did, teaching high school students how to fill out tax forms for their first job.

Corey and Tawny will both be using Prezi for their presentations at Podcast Midwest.

Picks of the Week

Tawny – Voice Over Journey Podcast
Corey – The Truth: Can you help me find my mom?
Nick – Profitcast

Recording Your Podcast on Location – #12

Recording Your Podcast on Location

Nick missed last week’s episode because he was preparing for his live, on-location recording of Inside the Jungle at Lachey’s Bar in Cincinnati. All three of us have done on-location recordings of our podcasts and that’s what we’re talking about this week, recording your podcast on-location.


  • Soundcloud opens it’s podcasting features to everyone. You can find the TechCrunch article here. We talk about what this means for podcasters. Neither of us use Soundcloud, but we talk about how other podcasters in the PGT G+ Community use the service.
  • Podcast Midwest is just a few weeks away. This one-day, single-track event is in Chicago on May 23rd. Tawny and Corey will both be presenting at this conference. If you’d like to attend, use the promo code “IvyEnvy” to get $30 off registration.
  • Nick shares that he recently heard about a Podcamp event that is supposedly taking place in Canton, Ohio. However, he hasn’t be able to find ANY information on the event. We use this opportunity to share Addy Saucedo’s Podcasters Unite directory. If you’d like to learn about the online and offline events that might just be happening near you, check it out.

Recording Your Podcast On-Location

Doing a public recording of your podcast with a live audience can be exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. In this discussion, we talk about the reasons that podcasters might want to consider doing one of these recordings.

The three of us have each done them for our podcast, Nick as recently as last week. We share our experiences, as well as tips for doing them. If you’d like to read a blog post Corey wrote on this topic, you can read it here: 8 Tips for a Successful Public Podcast Recording.

App/Service of the Week

This week’s app of the week is the Ivy Envy iOS app through Libsyn. Corey talks about the app and how thrilled he is about the app and it’s features. We talk about the different ways you can use a Libsyn app with your audience.

Picks of the Week

Tawny – Quantum Leap: The Impossible Dream
Corey – Left, Right and Center
Nick – Health app on iOS

Next Week’s Episode

Next week, we’ll be talking about stats. That’s a pretty broad topic. If you have any thoughts on stats, or if you have any thoughts about any of the topics we discussed on this episode, we’d love your feedback. Email us your audio clips –