It’s unclear whether all of these items are learnings. Maybe a list of facts can be just as interesting?? Want to hear some interesting takes on messaging campaigns, messaging apps and bots? Subscribe on itunes or simply connect with us on Messenger. Here goes.
I love the name of the podcast. The Chat Bubble — it’s a perfect fit for me and works on so many levels. In fact the first episode talks about how I came up with the name and why I like it. For a long time I needed a name for the podcast, and the simplest process helped me discover one that I love. I detail that process in episode 1.
Separate the podcast from business. I’ve launched a business that helps organizations connect with people over Facebook Messenger. The name of the business is @Mssg. While I didn’t have a good name for the podcast, I was just calling it the @Mssg (at message) podcast. This could probably work, but it made more sense to separate the podcast.
I’m looking to use the podcast to meet people in the space, promote my ideas about messaging separate from the business and to be a source for people to understand more about messaging. If the podcast is part of a business it’s harder to accomplish those goals. For instance a potential competitor might not want to be a guest on the podcast if it feels like an endorsement of my company.
Podcasting is a little confusing. Blogging has been streamlined. To be fair, blogging is simpler than podcasting. But I’m still not sure if I’m doing podcasting right. I have a hosting service. They provide a feed that distributes to iTunes and the other major networks. I then have a URL for each of those stores. None of the audio players for the website could accept, my podcast feed. I had to upload the audio. That seemed like a bad idea.
The space seems to have many all-in-one solutions, but doesn’t play nicely as components. This will all be worked out, but the setup takes more time and is more confusing than it should be.
Audio quality is infuriating. As a consumer, I don’t mind the raw sounding podcasts, and I dislike the overproduced ones. I was taking my personal preference into the production of the podcast. I wanted a recorded conversation that isn’t distractingly bad. It’s just not that simple.
I bought a Shure Microphone ($200) and a Tascam Mixer ($100) and that setup is by-far the worst sound. I also purchased a Tascam D-40 ($140), which is the recorder that you’ll see interviewers shoving in the face of athletes in the locker room. The point was that I can just drop the Tascam on the table and record the conversation — which sort of works.
The best sound comes from the headset I use for phone calls plugged directly in to the computer. The microphone into the mixer process results ads a horrendous hissing.
The Chat Bubble is mostly an interview show, so that is something to think about as well. Ideally, I would create an audio setup for in-person interviews and one for remote. I’ve discovered that the best, easiest sound is doing a Skype call with eCamm recording. It’s simple and sounds great. This makes total sense for remote interviews, but can be a little awkward for guests that live in the same city. For now, I’m doing all Skype interviews.
Interesting people have a lot to say. The focus of The Chat Bubble is messaging — primarily that means companies with messaging platforms, “chatbots” and messaging campaigns. If you’ve started a company in this space, by definition, you’re innovating. You’re trying something new and risky in an industry where there are no clear-cut answers yet. The resulting conversations are completely novel and discuss examples that are new to the world and that no one knows much about.
It’s interesting to see the different approaches that people are taking. Some of these ideas will work out and some won’t cataloging the ideas and probing a bit really makes me appreciate the space.
Interviewing is a skill. Nothing quite prepares you for listening to the first interview/episode and realizing how completely horrible you sound. I literally said the word “like” 100 times in a 25 minute conversation. That’s a lot of editing BTW. It doesn’t take long before you really start paying attention to what’s being said while recording.
Talk about a feedback loop. Now, while I’m recording, I’m actively trying to avoid places that I’ll need to edit. Funny enough, when a person is being interviewed, they are generally speaking more clearly and with less verbal tics that need correction. There is something about driving the conversation that causes stammering and slurring — at least that’s true for me.
The same way that blogging helps one’s writing, podcasting helps one’s speaking. The focus on speaking better while recording definitely spills over into the real world. It’s impossible to not pay attention to how I sound on phone calls or in meetings. It’s just one of those blind spots that podcasting really helped to shine a light on.
When pitching ideas or just pitching the podcast, it’s invaluable to be able to do it clearly. Podcasting helps.
If you’ve read this post AND have a smart phone, you’ll probably love my Podcast about Message Apps and the campaigns that utilize this new channel. You can subscribe on iTunes, Message us http://m.me/thechatbubble or check out our site http://thechatbubble.com.