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Want to explore what’s outside the norm of science? Only on TalkShoe. host Jason Charbonneau takes you on a journey into the unknown.

TalkShoe is proud to introduce the Think Anomalous podcast, an independent media producer and publisher passionate about diving deep into anomalous phenomena, making them easily accessible to a public audience.

You’ve probably heard of “paranormal” or “supernatural,” words that connote strange, out-of-the-ordinary phenomena. Things like telekinesis, UFO sightings or clairvoyance, and other happenings described by popular culture and passed down stories that live beyond the scope of science.

But have you ever heard of anomalous phenomena?

According to the Think Anomalous website, anomalous phenomena are “any reported events that cannot be attributed to known human or natural causes. To classify something as anomalous is simply to say that its cause is not yet known, and not to say that it is necessarily ‘paranormal’ or ‘supernatural’ in nature.” 

This can include out-of-place animals, lucid dreaming, entity encounters with angels, extraterrestrials, and spirit beings, near-death and out-of-body experiences, channeling, mediumship, UFOs, altered states of consciousness and so much more. 

Jason, Host of The Think Anomalous PodcastYour host Jason Charbonneau is a passionate and devoted anomalous-thinking junkie. Fueled by his interest in the history of supernatural thought in the western world, he’s been fascinated with adjusting his focus on society’s questioning regarding the unexplained. As a writer and film producer, Charbonneau works freelance while he operates and produces Think Anomalous independently. 

Think Anomalous produces easily digestible historical-style docs for YouTube, but also makes their info available via audio-only formats. With over 20 episodes to choose from on TalkShoe, you can easily get started down your own rabbit hole learning about the strange and miraculous wonders of the world. 

Check out the video promo for the podcast here—->https://www.youtube.com/shorts/JTsDBLXzEcQ

Curious to listen? Visit TalkShoe and get started with these top three selected episodes:

The Mothman EncounterThe “Mothman” Encounters, 1966-1967

(Episode on TalkShoe: https://app.talkshoe.com/episode/23443557)

While the “Mothman” has become a fixture of paranormal horror since it was adapted to film in 2002, the stories it was based on were actually far stranger than anything portrayed on screen. The wide range of events that occurred in Point Pleasant, West Virginia in 1966 and 1967 remain some of the most perplexing anomalous events in history, and they implore us to consider how they all might be related.

The Jinn

 

The Jinn: Supernatural Beings of the Muslim World

(Episode on TalkShoe: https://app.talkshoe.com/episode/23443553)

The Quran tells us of invisible beings called Jinn that occasionally interact with humans. Belief in Jinn is mainly confined to the Muslim world, but nearly every culture on earth has posited the existence of similar beings

 

Hudson Valley UFO

The Strange Case of Dr. X: UFOs and “Miracle” Healings

(Episode on TalkShoe: https://app.talkshoe.com/episode/23443558)

Though we tend to think of "miraculous" healings as the domain of religious miracle workers, a number of UFO witnesses claim to have been spontaneously healed during or after their sightings. By examining these kinds of anomalous effects on witnesses, we probably won't learn where UFOs come from, but we may explain what they are doing here

 

Visit TalkShoe for more episodes, or go straight to Patreon to become a Think Anomalous member

an illustration of a iPad with a female and male podcastors on the screenAs we know, podcasts are rapidly growing as a medium in recent years. In 2018 Apple and FastCompany stated that there were over 525,000 podcasts all over the world. Today? It’s over 2 million podcast shows with more than 48 million episodes in total, showing a very rapid growth in just three years.

In today’s very fast-paced, knowledge-hungry society, podcasts offer a significant benefit over other primary mediums like text-based content and videos: we can listen to podcasts while doing other activities since we don’t use our eyes. It’s, for example, dangerous to read a blog post or watch a YouTube video while driving or when lifting the dumbbell in the gym, but that’s not the case with podcasts.

We are shifting from “seeing is believing” to “hearing is knowing”: podcasts offer a chance for us to consume information, gain valuable knowledge, and even learn new skills anytime and anywhere.

This is why over half of American homes nowadays are actively listening to podcasts and over 20% of the American population tune in at least once every week.

With that being said, it’s definitely a great time if you are currently looking to start a podcast, but many people are discouraged because they simply don’t know where to start.

If you are currently in that situation, you are definitely not alone, and you’ve come to the right place.

In this guide, we will discuss:

And more.

So, without further ado, let’s get started right away.

Start With Why

an illustration of a hand holding a smartphone with podcast on screen and a speech bubble saying why beside the phoneWhy do you want to start a podcast in the first place?

There can be various valid reasons here. Probably you are simply looking to get famous and hopefully, the show will go viral. This is a perfectly valid reason. Or, maybe you already have an established business and you want to start a podcast to support the business by engaging your target audience with valuable content.

Or, probably you are simply good at something and just want to share your knowledge with your audience.

It’s important to first identify your reason. Not only can it help you in deciding which audience to target and what kind of podcast show to create, keeping your “why” in mind can help you stay motivated throughout the potentially rough journey.

Identifying Your Target Audience

A common misconception is to think that only people and businesses that already have an audience (at least a few) are capable of starting a successful podcast show.

While this certainly can help, many successful podcasters start from nothing with literally 0 audiences. Many people simply don’t care if they’ve never heard of you before if your podcast episode seems interesting.

However, if you already have a bit of an audience (or a lot), then you can analyze your existing audience as the basis of your podcast’s planning stage. Figure out their demographics data, location, interests, behaviors, and pain points. You can conduct surveys and/or interviews where you can also ask what other podcast shows (if any) they often listen to.

Above anything else, it’s crucial to figure out who your podcast is for when planning the show and its content. You need to give your target audience a reason to listen to your podcast. We’ll discuss more of this in the next step.

Your Podcast’s Selling Points

Design a reason why people will listen to your podcast, which can be:

And more. Your imagination is the only limit.

It’s crucial not only to give your target audience a reason to listen to your episode but also how to keep them back for more.

A great way to start is to write down a list of 10 to 20 potential episodes while considering the selling point of each.

Decide on a Show Name

The next step is to decide on a show name. You’ll need a catchy name that is attractive to your target audience, but also easy to remember.

There are several different approaches to consider when naming your podcast show:

1. Descriptive approach

A relatively boring but effective approach is to simply call your show with a descriptive name that your audience will search for. For example, if your show will cover film reviews, you can call it something along the line of “The Film Critics”.

2. The smart naming approach

In this approach, you’re going to give your podcast show a unique and potentially catchy name.

There are various techniques we can use here, for example by using portmanteau words (a fusion of two words or parts of words). However, if you use a unique name, it’s also crucial to make sure your target audience can find the show with common search phrases. A common approach is to give the show a descriptive tagline or subtitle.

For example, we can name a sci-fi enthusiast podcast “StarJunkie: All About Sci-Fi”.

3. Using your or your business’s name

If you’ve already got a substantial amount of audience, then you can leverage this fact and use your name or your brand name for the podcast. You can also combine this with the other two approaches, for example with a descriptive name like “Science Talk with John Doe”.

The Technical Side of Things

Podcast Recording Equipment

The good news is, nowadays you don’t really need expensive equipment to start recording your podcast.

If you have a working computer/laptop, a USB microphone (which is very affordable nowadays), and internet access, then you are basically good to go. Obviously a more expensive and complete setup can provide better sound and production quality, but you can create a pretty decent show with just this bare minimum setup.

If you have more budget, you can consider more expensive microphones, a mixer, and other pieces of equipment. Here are some podcasting tools and equipment to consider:

Software Infrastructure

We’ve discussed that you can basically start recording your podcast with just a computer and USB microphone. Yet, what should you do once you plug the USB microphone into the computer?

video virtual recording page on macbookThis is where the software tools will do their job.

Basically, you’ll need the help of software solutions in three key areas:

  1. Record: recording your show. Digitizing the audio data from your microphone to a distributable format.
  2. Edit: edit the recorded data so it becomes a coherent, presentable podcast episode.
  3. Hosting: distributing the recorded and edited show to various podcast channels.

With TalkShoe as an all-in-one podcasting solution, you get all three functions in a single software, so you don’t have to worry about moving between different tools and importing or exporting files, which is often a hassle.

A common misconception when discussing how to start a podcast is that we upload the podcast directly to channels like Spotify or iTunes, but that isn’t actually the case. Instead, we’ll need a hosting service to host the audio files. The hosting service will then distribute the podcast to relevant channels.

TalkShoe is also a comprehensive podcast hosting service so you can record, edit, and publish your shows in a single dashboard.

Podcast RSS

Another key consideration when choosing your podcast software is the capability of generating an RSS feed. For podcasts, an RSS feed is crucial since podcast episodes are syndicated and distributed through RSS. Think of the RSS as your podcast show’s URL.

While it’s possible to code your own podcast feed, having a platform like TalkShoe that can automatically provide your podcast’s own RSS feed can take the hassle of coding your own from your podcast production process.

With the RSS code provided upon signing up to TalkShoe, your podcast is immediately available across multiple popular channels like Spotify, Apple Podcast/iTunes, and more. You don’t need any programming knowledge and can focus on what matters: your show’s content.

Live Podcasting

In this day and age where Zoom is the norm, live podcasting is now a popular thing, and if you plan to host live episodes, you’ll need to get the right software solution that will enable you to do so.

TalkShoe offers a live virtual studio, allowing you to invite guests and co-hosts to your live podcasts easily via a functional video conferencing function. Your guests and/or co-hosts can easily join the live podcast from any device, and you can easily invite guests via email, SMS, or even by simply sending your virtual studio’s URL.

Within the virtual studio, you can start and stop recording seamlessly. This is useful in online real-time recording situations since this means you can pause the show when there are any delays or issues with your guest’s connection, and resume the show again when you are ready to record.

Video Recording

While there are many purists that would argue that podcasts should be audio-only, we can’t deny the fact that many popular podcasts have successfully cross-list the podcast videos in video formats on YouTube and other platforms.

If you want to do this, again, you’ll need a software solution that allows you to also record videos. TalkShoe not only lets you record video along with your audio data but also directly live broadcast your episode to YouTube. This is a great way to expand your audience.

Marketing Tips for Your Podcast

We all know one of the biggest challenges in running a podcast show is how to market your show to attract more listeners.

Here are a few actionable tips you can try:

Optimize episodes with strong keywords

Carefully consider what words and phrases your potential listeners would type into a Google search or the search bar of Spotify, iTunes, or other podcast streaming services.

Use these keywords in your title and show description. Refer back to the naming section above on how to create unique podcast names that are also optimized for search keywords.

Optimize your show’s description

Your show’s and episodes’ descriptions will be the main reason potential listeners click (or don’t click) and listen to the show. So, it’s crucial to write descriptions that are attractive for your listeners, but at the same time only giving just enough information to leave them hanging. Don’t forget to include your target keywords and relevant links.

Leverage social media

Fairly obvious, social media is where everyone is nowadays, so it would only make sense to market your podcast on key social media channels like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Also, don’t underestimate LinkedIn especially if your podcast is targeting professionals and businesses.

Be active on your social media accounts, and use the paid promotion options strategically.

Include show notes and transcriptions

Beyond your episode descriptions, consider including show notes or even full transcriptions of your show. A full transcript can actually be useful for SEO, and services like TalkShoe can help in this aspect by automatically generating a transcript.

Cross-promote your show

Don’t treat other podcasts as competitors, but reach out to them and find opportunities for collaborations and cross-promotions. Be a guest on other shows, and recommend other podcasts in your show and vice versa.

Closing Thoughts

By following the tips and tricks we’ve shared above, you are now ready to create a successful podcast and attract a lot of listeners.

While planning and building a successful podcast takes patience and practice, platforms like
TalkShoe can give you all the help you’ll need throughout the exciting journey. Our community-building podcast platform has all the essential features you’ll need: free unlimited storage, automated RSS feed generation, all-in-one recording and editing functions.

Your voice is literally just episodes away from being heard by your listeners.

Why Your Company Should be Podcasting ( and Podcasting with Talkshoe)

From traditional radio to blogs to social media, there are more ways for people to consume media than ever before. For marketers and business owners, this means more ways for you to reach—or not reach—your target audience! Whether it's the attention of millennials, teens, or baby boomers that you’re after, podcasting has become an important medium for a wide variety of audio content and definitely one that your business should be considering. In today blog, we’ll be exploring some of the reasons why TalkShoe podcasting should be a part of your business’ communications strategy.

What is a Podcast?

If you’re not already familiar with podcasting, learning what a podcast is is a great place to start. A podcast is a published digital audio file that can be accessed online and downloaded onto a computer or mobile device for the listener to listen to at any time. Much like the segments of your favorite radio talk show program, individual podcasts are often published as part of a recurring series by the host or creator of the show. Listeners can subscribe to ( “follow”) particular podcast shows so that they can be alerted when a new episode is published.

Free Podcasting on TalkShoe

Talkshoe is a platform that allows you to create, record, publish, and store podcasts—all at no cost! Easy to set up and free to use, Talkshoe is the perfect space to start cultivating a following through podcasting. TalkShoe offers a host of benefits for creating, managing, and listening to your live and recorded audio podcasts.

 

How TalkShoe Podcasting Can Benefit Your Business

Position Your Company as the Thought Leader

You know your business and industry better than anyone else, and people like to buy from experts. Streaming and recording regular TalkShoe podcasts is a great way to engage with new audiences and build a following around content relevant to your business. Adding podcasts to your marketing communications strategy is a great way to enhance yourself and your company as an authority on whatever subject matter or industry you’re into.

Increase Company Visibility

When it comes to marketing, it’s never a bad idea to have more channels of exposure to your target audience. One of the great things about podcasts can be listened to anytime, anywhere—from your website, from iTunes, on iPods and MP3 players—and, if they’re interesting enough, can be spread virally across the internet!

Reach the Internet Generation

There’s a whole generation of people who no longer consume traditional media. Many of them listen to podcasts and other types of live streaming / on-demand media platforms. This audience is young, savvy, educated, and has a significant amount of disposable income. If you produce regular, high-quality content available via downloadable podcasts, you could develop a following among the very people you are trying to market to.

Make TalkShoe Podcasting Part of Your Communications Mix!

Whether you run a small side business that you'd like to promote or are trying to develop new audiences to market your company to, TalkShoe is the perfect platform to start your podcasting journey. Take advantage of TalkShoe’s free podcast streaming and hosting platform as well as the service’s existing user base to attract listeners. Sign up for TalkShoe is quick and easy. Why not start today?

 

Are you ready to supercharge your podcasts, and make the most of our new features and benefits that TalkShoe has to offer? Why not record an episode today, and see what everyone’s talking about!

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