"Podcasting" is one of the newest and most popular marketing
formats that have taken a strong foothold on the internet over
the last several months. The word "podcasting" is actually a
derivative of Apple's "iPod" and "broadcasting". It actually
refers to the ability of RSS 2.0 to automatically deliver audio
and video files over the internet by subscription.
Often times, podcasts are actually delivered via MP3 files that
can be played from an iPod, a MP3 player, or a home computer.
You can learn more about this technology here:
Ironically, a couple months ago, I had done a telephone
interview. All of the people listening to the show dialed up into
a remotely hosted phone bank to listen to the show. Although that
program was delivered through a standard telephone system, a
few listeners who later contacted me had said that he heard my
"podcast". It seems a lot of people automatically applied that
term to the phone interview, although the interview was not
available in a computer format or even accessible from a
A BIG FAN OF TALK TELEVISION AND RADIO
I have always been a huge fan of talk radio and talk shows. I
When my wife is not in the room, I listen to lots of educational
television and political talk shows. When my wife is not in the
car, I primarily listen to AM radio. My primary focus in the car
is politics and news, unless it is late at night and then it is
Art Bell I listen to the most.
Of course, my wife hates that kind of thing, so that is why I
only listen to it when she is not around and when she is asleep.
I would rather enjoy the show than to listen to her nag about
why I listen to that "crap". ;-)
LOOKING TO THE HORIZON
I have always felt that there would be a place in internet
marketing for content delivered via an audio format.
Back in early 2000, I had explored the possibility of bringing
some of my own content to the internet in a streaming audio
format. Unfortunately, at that time, I really did not have the
time or resources to seriously pursue the idea. I was forced to
shelf the idea in 2000, because of the high cost of the bandwidth
required for delivery of streaming audio programming via the
By the end of 2004, "podcasting" had come of age, and marketers
the world over were offering audio formatted business information
online. I guess that five years ago, I was just a bit ahead of
AUDIO PROGRAMMING IS STILL A GOOD SELL
Like I mentioned before, a couple of months ago, I had done a
live telephone interview with a mentoring program, and we had
several hundred listeners to the program. From that one
interview, I managed to pick up a couple of thousand in new
business and several new and regular clients, and that was a
really small listening audience.
All I can say about that event is that it sold me on the idea
of using audio programming to sell my online services.
SOME PRODUCTS AND SERVICES CANNOT BE SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR
I am in a unique business. Often times when I speak with people,
who are not running an online business, they will ask me what it
is that I do exactly. Here is where the challenge enters the
You may have never logged onto the internet or you may be a
regular internet user, but if you are not engaged in the business
of selling goods and services online, you may not understand my
service. I can't tell you how often I talk to non-marketers and
get a blank stare when I try to explain my business to them. Even
my wife's aunt and uncle get the "deer in the headlights look"
when I try to explain to them the nature of my business. He runs
a successful offline business, but it does not bring him any
closer to an understanding of my business model.
Many of you who know me, understand precisely what it is that I
do and can understand why I make a good living doing it. You can
understand the value offered to my clients through my business
Those of you who don't know me do need to understand a bit more
about me before I continue.
At this very moment, you are either looking at someone's website
or reading their online newsletter, and you are reading this
article that I have made available for free to publishers and
In this article, it is my goal first to educate you about
something of interest to "you". My hope is that when you get to
the end of the article, you will be quite taken with me, and you
will want to know more about me. Then, when you read the About
the Author information at the bottom of this article, and you
will visit my website and review my products and services with
That makes sense, right? You have come farther than most people
I talk to about my business model.
With my primary service, I am the "go-to man" for getting your
articles delivered to the highest numbers of publishers and
webmasters who are interested in finding content that they can
use with their ezines and websites.
EDUCATE FIRST, AND SALES WILL FOLLOW
When using free-reprint articles to market your online business,
you are often more successful in getting your article reprinted
and in getting traffic to your website, if you take the attitude
of educating your reader above all else. If you get lost on the
idea that you are using this promotion method to promote your
business, then you will have missed the key to your success.
Remember what I said above, "it is my goal first to educate you
about something of interest to you." You are the reader, and
you will only be willing to read what I have written, if I am
providing information to you that is of interest to "you".
Many marketers make the mistake of thinking their article is
intended to sell their products or services, instead of
When you are willing to address the concerns of the reader above
all else, then you will have provided a service of value to your
reader. In doing so, you sell your reader on "you". And, your
About the Author information serves as the teaser/lead/ad to take
your reader to your website, where you will get the chance to
sell your reader on your business, products and services.
Educate your reader first, and sales will follow.
This system works for hundreds of my clients and for myself.
THE LONG FORM, PERSONAL, INTERVIEW
When most people think about radio advertising, they think about
30-second and 60-second ads. This is fine for people who sells
cars, hot tubs, groceries, and other products that are already
well-understood by the listening audience.
But, if your business were like mine --- difficult for the
average person to understand, then a 30- or 60-second radio
spot would be a total waste of your advertising budget!
On the other hand, it would be different if I could get 15, 30
or 60 minutes to explain to my listeners what my business is and
how it would be beneficial for the listener to use it for the
promotion of their own business, then I would have a good chance
of getting my listener's business.
In my phone interview, we actually spent one hour and twenty
minutes talking, and that interview generated a couple thousand
dollars in new business. It was the most profitable one hour and
twenty minutes I had ever spent.
Can you imagine how much more business I would have picked up if
the audience were coast-to-coast, and I was reaching hundreds of
thousands of listeners instead of hundreds of listeners? And, can
you imagine how much more business I could have generated from
that interview, if it had been simulcast live on the internet and
archived in MP3 format for me to make available later to visitors
to my website?
I can imagine... That is why I got so excited when I was able to
strike a deal with a nationally known, radio personality to make
this kind of service available to my clients. To learn more about
this opportunity to promote your business through a nationally
syndicated, business radio talk show, using the long form
interview, then continue reading here: