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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Episodes (31)

Episode 15 · 4 months ago

What I wish I knew before starting a Podcast

Millions of podcasts share new episodes daily and make podcasting look so easy! But the truth is, every show has its own challenges and podcasting requires a lot of time, energy, mistakes, and a mindset to keep going. Check out Travis’ top 12 list of what he wished he knew before he started podcasting!

In this episode, Travis shares…

  • Your first 25 episodes are a time to fail and learn: Keep going
  • Grow your podcast network: Be a guest and collaborate with other podcasters
  • Look for accessible guests that will truly benefit your audience
  • Get the right mic!
  • Learn how to create the best recording environment with what you have
  • Hire a podcast editor so you can focus on content
  • Use a pre-recording checklist for every episode
  • Don’t pay attention to your download numbers
  • Be ready to do the work, find the right system, and check your podcast mindset
  • Share show notes for each episode to increase your SEO
  • Don’t make episodes longer than they need to be
  • Focus on providing entertainment, community, and value vs. landing a sponsor or monetizing your podcast

Memorable Quotes:

  • “One of the best ways to learn is to try and fail.”
  • “Use your time to focus on creating great content.”
  • “It does matter if certain episodes get way more engagement, way more downloads, way more shares than others...you can really optimize your content through feedback from your audience.”
  • “A little bit of notes goes a long way.”
  • “If you make something that you want to listen to, without a doubt, other people will want to listen to it, too.”

Links to resources:

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Episode 14 · 4 months ago

Why You Need to Set Goals for your Podcast

When’s the last time you thought about the goals you have for your podcast? If you haven’t thought about your podcast goals recently or if you’re unsure what podcast goals you need, take a moment to figure out where you want your podcast to go. Then learn all about how setting smart goals for your podcast will help get you there!

In this episode, Travis shares…

  • Why setting goals can give you a vision for the road ahead
  • Jack Canfield’s theory about S.M.A.R.T. Goals
    • Specific: clear and defined, precise, detailed, and capable of answering questions
    • Measurable: dates, exact financial numbers, steps
    • Attainable: achievable, able to accomplish within your skillset and timeframe
    • Relevant: realistic and aligned with your purpose
    • Time-bound: target date, adjustable deadline
  • Why you must decide what you want when setting goals
  • 5 Goals Travis has for the rest of 2020
  • Why October is the perfect time to start working on your New Year’s resolutions

Memorable Quotes:

  • “Without clear goals, I have no idea what direction I’m heading with my podcast, my business, or even with my life.”
  • “By setting goals, you’re not going to sabotage yourself.”
  • “What do you want to happen in the next 3 months?”

Links to resources:

Jack Canfield---Success Principles

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Episode 13 · 4 months ago

How to Monetize your Podcast without Sponsors

Are you ready to start making money on your podcast? 

You've slaved away at making great content but aren't making a penny. It can be a heart breaker. 

In this episode I'll share three ways to start making money TODAY without needing a sponsor. 

You'll learn how to use podcasting to your advantage, make money while you sleep, set up multiple streams of income, and actually support your dreams.

I share:

  • Debunking the myth: I need a sponsor to make money
  • 3 ways to start making money without a sponsor
  • Why ads are creating friction in your podcast
  • Why only 1% make money on ads
  • How to make money on things you love and use
  • Why you need your own products and services
  • What brands to look for for affiliates

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Episode 12 · 4 months ago

The Future of Podcast Discovery with Kal Amin and Dan Daugherty

SEO (search engine optimization) and discovery might sound like something you have to pay big bucks for in order to grow your podcast and audience—but what if it wasn’t? Kal Amin and Dan Daugherty, creators of Sounder.fm, join Travis to share why they’re on a mission to usher in a new way for podcasters to connect with creators, designers, and their ideal audience without the high cost or limited reach of other platforms!

In this episode, Travis, Kal, and Dan discuss…

  • How the growth of the podcasting industry in 2020 is just like the growth of the web in the late 90’s—early 2000’s
  • Sounder’s mission to make podcasting more accessible
  • Sounder’s innovative approach to search optimization and audio SEO
  • Kal and Dan’s motivation for their user experience design
  • How to rank your podcast in Google
  • Why Kal and Dan’s decided to launch their own podcast
  • Sounder’s goals to make monetization easier for podcasters—with or without advertising
  • Q & A with Kal and Dan

Memorable Quotes:

  • “Just like everyone had a blog—every business had a blog, every person and every business will also have a podcast.”
  • “...this idea of stream audio search is finding that specific topic, phrase, keyword, whatever it may be, what you're looking for...and retrieving the information and then going back to your doing what you were doing, so we think it's going to be a pretty big shift.”
  • “When people are able to find the topics that they're interested in, and start to consume you quicker, and you're saving people time, they're more likely to discover you and fall in love with you.”

Links to resources:

Sounder.fm

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