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 monitoring.
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 show.
3. Friends & Colleagues
Casual conversation with friends and colleagues
often results in ideas for podcast segments. Day-to-day
interaction generates ideas worth discussing.
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
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.