Painless Podcast Guest Matching feat. Alex Sanfilippo of Pod Match

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

One of the tricky parts of podcasting is finding the right guest to bring onto your show. Booking Agents have been a great way to do this, but they’re often too expensive for most podcasters to afford. Today’s guest, podcaster Alex Sanfilippo, saw this problem happening for many podcasters and came up with a solution to help connect people more easily. His service Podmatch uses AI to match you with your best interview guests!

In this episode, Alex and Travis talk about:

  • How Podmatch works for you to give you painless interview matching and additionally helps to build community amongst podcasters through resources and events.
  • How to step away from a competitive mindset and embrace the power of connection, especially through networking.
  • Awesome book recommendations (see resource links below!).
  • The best ways to pitch potential guests and mistakes people often make when trying to get a guest.
  • Podcast interview etiquette, such as setting expectations and how to make your guests comfortable on your show.

Memorable Quotes

“Podmatch is an AI-driven program. It’s going to match you to your most ideal guest or most ideal host. It takes all of the guesswork out of it.”

“Alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much” -Helen Keller

Links to Resources

Podmatch
 

Alex’s website: Creating a Brand

Alex’s Podcast: Creating a Brand

Connect with Alex: www.alexsanfilippo.com

Book Recommendations:

-Kai-Fu Lee’s AI Superpowers
 

-Kevin Kelly’s 1000 True Fans

Nir Eyal’s Indistractable 


Once you’ve booked the guest of your dreams, download the PodDecks mobile app (Apple and Android) for great interview questions.

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Episode 36 · 10 hours ago

How To Manage Time as a Content Creator

Recently, a member of the Podcast Builder Club asked a question about work-life balance. It can be a real struggle for podcasters to maintain that balance when they’re trying to give their all to make their show the best it can be! If you feel like you ever struggle in this area and want to optimize that work-life balance, this episode is for you!

In this episode, Travis talks about:

  • How the Podcast Mobile App can save you a ton of time that you currently spend trying to think of interview questions and topics.
  • Why the old adage “time is money” is not true and how to get out of that mindset.
  • The importance of taking a hard look at how you spend your time - and a concrete strategy to track it - so that you can learn how to better spend your time.
  • Making podcasting a priority by consistently scheduling time to create content.
  • The usefulness of batching. For example, creating multiple podcast episodes at one time while you have everything set up.
  • Why you have to learn to say no to things. We can’t ever get time back, so you need to be thinking about protecting your time.

Memorable Quotes

“It’s really easy to just consume instead of create.”

“If you don’t control your calendar, you’re letting other people control your time.”

Links to Resources

Smart Planner Pro - Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Planner Book (Undated)

Free Weekly Time Tracking Sheet

The Pomodoro Technique

Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/poddecks to join the Podcast Builder Club.

Download to Pod Decks Mobile App for Apple or Android for time-saving ideas!

If you enjoyed this episode, please hit that subscribe button!
 

Episode 35 · 1 week ago

Should I Put My Podcast on Youtube?

It’s the hot question that seems to be on every podcaster’s lips. It’s kind of a loaded question, though, right? On the one hand, Youtube is an extremely popular search engine and invaluable resource for getting your content discovered. But on the other, Youtube wasn’t designed to host entire podcast episodes, and that’s not what most people coming to Youtube are looking for.

In this episode, Travis talks about:

  • Why you should use platforms like Youtube for their native, intended use.
  • How in order to grow a Youtube channel, you need to think about what people are looking for when they come to the website.
  • A specific way to leverage Youtube to both grow your channel and your show, by using Clipscribe to upload engaging mini-clips of your podcast.
  • Why you need to create a hook to get people interested in your content.
  • Why your title and image are incredibly important to get people to watch your video.

Memorable Quotes

“Youtube, in particular, is really geared toward people who are searching for some form of entertainment.”

“I want you to think of these platforms as ways to open doors into your podcast.”

Links to Resources

Clipscribe

Canva

Subscribe to my Youtube Channel
DM me on Instagram to let me know if you have a Youtube channel! 

Episode 34 · 2 weeks ago

How to Become a Full Time Content Creator

Do you find yourself sitting at your desk dreaming of being a Podcaster or Youtuber full time, but feel like you can’t quit your day job? Taking the leap into content creation as a full-time job can be a scary process. That’s why today, we’re going to do an exercise that will walk you through a specific process that will help you figure out what you need to do to replace your current income with income from content creation. That way, you walk toward your dream with a specific plan and be able to quit your job when you’re ready.

In this episode, Travis talks about:

  • The importance of creating an overall budget for your daily life, and how to do it.
  • How consolidating and eliminating credit card debt will save you a ton of money in the long run.
  • How to take a hard, honest look at your spending and remove the non-essentials that are putting you over budget.
  • Specific ways to replace necessary income from content creation and examples of how to develop multiple income streams.
  • How to go forward with a plan, building up your business gradually.

Memorable Quotes

“Are [extra expenses] essential to you creating content? Are they essential to the dream of actually going full time and making a living as a content creator?

“The strategy here is going to be building up multiple streams of income as a content creator.”

Links to Resources

Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/poddecks to join the Podcast Builder Club!

If you enjoyed this episode, please hit that subscribe button!
 

Episode 33 · 3 weeks ago

How to Avoid Social Media Overwhelm in 2021 feat. Andrea Jones

Does thinking about keeping up with social media marketing for your podcast make your palms a little sweaty? Creating consistent and engaging content on your social media to turn followers into listeners can seem like a daunting task, but we all know it’s so important these days. Luckily, today’s guest on the podcast is here to break it all down for you! Andréa Jones, host of the Savvy Social Podcast, is a genius at social media and she’s here to help you learn how to make social media work for you.

In this episode, Travis and Andréa chat about:

  • Mistakes people often make when posting to try to get people to listen to an episode, and how to fix them.
  • How to get people to stay longer on your post and boost engagement.
  • How to view insights on social media so you can see how your posts are working for you.
  • Ways to better understand and defeat the dreaded algorithm.
  • Trends on social media for podcasters to pay attention to, like micro-videos and reels.
  • Specific tips for podcasters who are just starting out to take control of their social media.

Memorable Quotes:

“As podcasters, we actually have more ability to get discovered if we start playing around in newer features, like reels.”

“We really should be putting our creative energy into our content, and not into figuring out TikTok, or figuring out Clubhouse, or whatever the case may be.”

“Laser focus will get you gains.”

Links to Resources

Savvy Social Podcast

Savvy Social School

Andréa’s Free Course

Tools to make video or GIFs for social: Clipscribe and Kapwing

Other Tools for Social Media insights, creation, scheduling, and more: Fanbooster | Canva | RawPixel | Restream | Streamyard