By S. Housley
You should not have to look far to find content or
new ideas for your podcast show. Look to your daily sources to find
fodder and ideas for new podcasting segments.
Both online and offline sources, from the Associated Press to CNN,
contain a deluge of news item each day. Scan headlines on a regular
basis to see what catches your eye. In addition, explore your niche
market to find any industry-specific news portals that may warrant
Blogs are a fabulous source of ideas and inspiration. Monitor blogs
for developing industry news. Comment on breaking news or editorials
that you strongly agree or disagree with. Be sure to credit the
source of any blog posts that you comment on or quote within your
3. Friends & Colleagues
Casual conversation with friends and colleagues often results in
ideas for podcast segments. Day-to-day interaction generates ideas
Review emails from customers, colleagues or potential customers.
Perhaps a subject or question asked may result in good material
for your show.
5. Forum Posts
Forums can be another source of ideas for a podcasting segment.
Review forums on a regular basis and keep a list of possible show
ideas. You can also editorialize and summarize the forum posts.
Or you can tackle difficult questions and those requiring complex
answers better articulated in a podcast than typed in a forum.
6. Web Logs
Look at your website's web logs to determine what shows were very
popular or unpopular. Consider doing related segments as a follow
up on popular shows. Or focus future shows on the material that
generated the most listener interest.
Encourage a dialogue with your listeners. Ask listeners what they
like and what they do not like. Use the feedback to develop future
shows. Don't be afraid to try something new. The more receptive
you are to listener ideas, the more they will share. Shape your
show for your audience.
Dear Abby and Anne Landers were pioneers in the advice columns,
but traditional columnists have failed to take hold online. Consider
an advice segment related to your industry inviting listeners to
engage you with questions.
Often products are announced at conferences and trade shows. Candid
reviews of new products that might be of particular interest to
your audience may appeal to listeners.
Day after day, week after week, or month after month
developing content for a podcast need not be a chore. It can be
exciting to explore a variety of channels for podcast show ideas
and segment topics.
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts.
In addition Sharon manages marketing for RecordForAll http://www.recordforall.com
audio recording and editing software.