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Each week, one of The Circle of Experts talks about critical aspects of growing your podcast. We focus on marketing, social media, monetization, and website design, and the implementation of all of these. The Circle of Experts includes *Yasmine Robles from Robles Designs; *Tonnisha English-Amamoo of TJE Communications; *Don The Idea Guy; and *Brett Johnson, My Podcast Guy from Circle270Media Podcast Consultants.

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Each week, one of The Circle of Experts talks about critical aspects of growing your podcast. We focus on marketing, social media, monetization, and website design, and the implementation of all of these. The Circle of Experts includes *Yasmine Robles from Robles Designs; *Tonnisha English-Amamoo of TJE Communications; *Don The Idea Guy; and *Brett Johnson, My Podcast Guy from Circle270Media Podcast Consultants.

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English

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Episodes
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Unlocking New IG Marketing Strategies for 2024

4/10/2024
Welcome to The Circle Sessions, with insights on digital marketing and podcast growth. Host, Brett Johnson, is joined by Tonnisha English-Amamoo, a digital marketing guru, who's here to help small businesses level the playing field. We're diving deep into the future of Instagram. We'll explore the latest strategies for maximizing engagement and leveraging the potential of video content, which is the new top trend for the year ahead. Discover the art of collaboration on Instagram reels, and learn why family recipes and user-generated content are the latest buzzwords in the food lover's community. Tonnisha discusses the ins and outs of enhancing your Instagram SEO and adhering to platform guidelines to keep your content visible. They also touch on the potential of Instagram's new broadcast channels for creating exclusive content and maintaining close-knit relationships with your followers. From the power of faceless videos and AI enhancements to the subtleties of paid promotions, this session is jam-packed with actionable insights. Top Takeaways 1. **Embrace Collaborative Content:** The growing trend of collaborative posts and reels on Instagram offers an effective way to reach new audiences and refresh content strategies by partnering with other creators or brands. 2. **Trend Spotting in Food Content:** The podcast highlights the importance of staying on top of trending topics, such as food content that relates to family traditions, economic savvy, and the need for cooking skills – aiming to stay relevant and relatable to the audience. 3. **Leverage User-Generated Content:** Utilizing content generated by users can not only enhance authenticity but also support small businesses and foster community engagement, which is essential for growing a presence on social media platforms. 4. **Podcast-Inspired Content:** Exploring the potential for podcasts that stem from user experiences, like fixing websites or offering a more personal voice in content, can lead to increased direct engagement with the audience. 5. **Harness SEO Techniques on Instagram:** With the shift in how younger generations search for information, optimizing Instagram content through thoughtful subtitles, captions, and interaction with similar accounts is critical for visibility. 6. **Understand Instagram's Evolution:** Recognizing the shift from Instagram takeovers to collaborative posting and brand partnerships helps to adapt strategies to the platform's latest features for maintaining user interest and platform engagement. 7. **Subscription Content Consideration:** Creating exclusive content through subscription models needs a solid game plan and commitment to ensure value for paid subscribers, avoiding content fatigue and subscriber attrition. 8. **Multi-Link Bios for Flexibility:** The podcast discusses the strategic use of the bio section on Instagram profiles, with the capability to include multiple links to manage time-sensitive content as well as permanent resources through services like Linktree. 9. **Video Content Priority:** The shift towards prioritizing video content, including creative, faceless videos or AI-enhanced storytelling, is identified as a dominant trend for Instagram, stressing the need for adaptability in content creation strategies. 10. **Smart Use of Paid Promotions:** Paid promotions represent a necessary component of a social media strategy, but they require careful evaluation and realignment with smart goals to ensure they are cost-effective and impactful. Memorable Moments 00:00 Create...

Duration:00:36:54

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Designing Timeless Websites in a Fast-Evolving Landscape

4/3/2024
In this episode of The Circle Sessions, host Brett Johnson is joined by Yasmine Robles from Robles Designs, a member of The Circle Of Experts. As they discuss the critical aspects of website design, Yasmine shares her insights on the challenges small businesses face in keeping up with design trends, the importance of incorporating design elements that are both trendy and timeless, and practical tips for navigating design trends while ensuring a timeless website look. She also provides valuable insights on implementing conversion-focused designs effectively and shares upcoming trends in website design. Top Takeaways 1. Businesses need to strike a balance between modern and timeless website design to stand out and endure in the fast-evolving web design landscape. 2. When considering design trends, the amount of website traffic plays into the decision-making process. Larger sites with more traffic can conduct audits and AB tests to adapt to trends, while smaller sites may rely more on the client's needs and preferences. 3. Blindly chasing design trends without considering long-term effects can risk businesses losing their brand identity. It's crucial to strategically make design changes that align with the company's core values. 4. To incorporate both trendy and timeless design elements, businesses need to identify their brand's core values and weave them into the design. Modernizing aspects like color schemes, typography, and user experience while maintaining timeless essence can be achieved through strategic design choices. 5. Businesses should invest time in understanding their brand identity, customer expectations, and goals before incorporating design trends to ensure that the visual elements align with the brand essence. 6. For effective conversion-focused designs, it's important to know the purpose of the changes and conduct tests to understand what works best for conversions. Using tools like AB testing, surveys, and customer analysis can inform design decisions that drive conversions. 7. Trends in conversion-focused design involve a focus on typography, utilization of white space, larger text, and strategic placement of elements to guide user attention and enhance accessibility. 8. To ensure a timeless and conversion-focused website look, businesses should regularly update and refresh design elements while maintaining a clear understanding of their audience and brand identity. 9. Website audits are crucial for both new and existing websites to gain insights on SEO, traffic, social media interactions, and backlinks. The audit results can inform strategic content planning and provide a roadmap for website improvements. 10. Businesses and podcasters can engage with website designers and consultants to conduct audits, seek strategic design advice, and align their websites with their branding and marketing goals to achieve better results. Memorable Moments 00:00 Larger sites need trend-based traffic analysis. Smaller clients' needs differ based on audience. 05:32 Integrating brand values into the design for success. 08:08 Analyzed business goals, and updated logo with tweaks. 13:20 Understand the goal, test, gather feedback, and then implement. 15:27 Focus on timeless fonts for website success. 19:24 Small business owners should assess marketing and design. 21:00 Seeking website audit for potential changes. Yasmine works alongside clients to design a website that's driven by strategy, looks amazing, and that you can actually use to grow your podcast, and your business. Her website. Her Instagram.

Duration:00:24:13

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Ripped From The Podcast Headlines - Spotify's AI Behemoth vs. Apple's Approach

3/27/2024
In the March 2024 episode of "The Circle Sessions" titled "Ripped From The Podcast Headlines," host Brett Johnson and special guest Don The Idea Guy discuss a range of trending topics in the podcast industry, focusing on feedback mechanisms, SEO tactics, AI in podcast promotion, and novel tools for podcast creation and marketing. Top Takeaways **AI in Podcast Promotion**: Spotify’s innovative use of AI for behavioral targeting represents a new frontier in podcast marketing, helping podcasters reach more tailored audiences and promote their back catalogs more effectively. **Evolving Ad Insertion Techniques**: AI is changing the podcast advertising landscape by enabling smarter, contextually relevant ad placements. Still, there's a concern over maintaining the balance between content quality and ad revenues. **Importance of Planning Content for Ads**: The sophistication of AI tools for ad placement makes it increasingly important for podcasters to mindfully plan their content to seamlessly incorporate advertisements without detracting from listener experience. **Apple and AI Promotion Tools**: The episode notes that while Spotify has spearheaded the use of AI for podcast promotion, Apple is seen as lagging but has plans to support Google's Gemini AI tool, highlighting the trend towards AI adoption in podcasting platforms. **Podcasting Tools and AI Integration**: With platforms like Launchcasts providing AI-generated scripts, voice options, and artwork, podcast creation is becoming more accessible. However, the quality and creativity of content generated through AI might still require human oversight and finesse. **The Roast Format for Feedback**: Brett Johnson and Don The Idea Guy discussed the potential for entertaining and insightful podcast reviews through a "roast" format. This could create an engaging way for podcasters to learn from each other’s successes and mistakes. Send us an email with your request to have your podcast, podcast website, or podcast social media analyzed. podcasts@circle270media.com Key Moments 00:00 Spotify uses AI for targeted podcast promotion. 05:51 Podcasters prefer Spotify over Apple for tools. 08:12 Audacy introduces AI tool for podcast advertising. 09:42 AI transcript contextual; avoiding accidental ad placement. 15:53 AI platform launches podcasts with script and art. 19:23 Ausha study unlocks questionable tactics for Apple Podcasts. 20:10 SEO study reveals outdated penalized practices. Avoid. 26:08 Feedback sessions on various industry content. 27:53 Podcast roast videos promote feedback and discussion. 30:22 Comparing podcast episodes and promotional strategies. MEET DON THE IDEA GUY! Possessing creative powers beyond those of mere mortals, DON THE IDEA GUY rescues those in need of innovative ideas through his brainstorming sessions, articles, and websites. DTIG (DEE-tigg) has been featured in Small Business News, interviewed by the New York Times, quoted in Fast Company magazine, and served as the first president of the International Idea Trade Association. Don is a proud member of the BzzAgent community, and is featured in

Duration:00:33:55

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Pros and Cons Of Creating a Political Podcast

3/20/2024
In this episode of The Circle Sessions, host Brett Johnson discusses the current landscape of political podcasts, focusing on the pros and cons of creating content in this genre. Brett delves into a recent survey highlighting the popularity of political podcasts among different generations and shares insights on the engagement and sharing of political news and media. He explores the potential challenges of creating and sustaining a political podcast amidst the dynamic nature of election cycles and offers valuable considerations for content creators looking to navigate the ever-changing political landscape. Whether you're already entrenched in political podcasting or considering entering the space, this episode provides valuable insights into the unique opportunities and potential pitfalls of this genre. Top Takeaways 1. The popularity of political podcasts during an election year can be significant, with a surge in content creation around election cycles. 2. The analysis identifies NPR News Now as the most favored news and political podcast in the US for this election cycle, with different age groups showing preference for specific political podcasts. 3. Despite the surge in political podcast content, engagement levels may not necessarily match the increase in content creation, with a noticeable decline in interest for some segments of the population. 4. Generational differences exist in how various age groups perceive and engage with political content on social media, with some feeling the need to share their political views and others refraining from doing so due to election-related stress. 5. While there was a significant increase in podcast listenership from 2004 to 2023, the impact of political podcasts and their sustainability beyond the election cycle is a consideration for podcast creators. 6. Political podcast creators may need to explore alternative show formats and consider the potential challenges posed by the lack of campaign ad spending in political podcasts. 7. There are considerations around the sustainability of political content, its ability to stay relevant beyond the election cycle, and the potential need for creators to pivot their content to retain their audience's interest. 8. Creators are encouraged to evaluate how their political content can survive beyond the election cycle and consider seeking guidance from podcast consultants to navigate the changing landscape of political podcasting. 9. The influence of culture and the potential political backlash may affect advertiser caution in associating with political content, prompting creators to consider the intersection of their content with cultural elements. 10. Understanding the long-term game plan for political podcast content, including its ability to adapt and stay relevant beyond the election cycle, is essential for creators venturing into this niche. Podcastle Each week, one of The Circle of Experts talks about critical aspects of growing your podcast. We focus on marketing, social media, monetization, website design, and implementation of all of these to help you make the best podcast possible. Have a question or an idea for one of our episodes? Send us an email at podcasts@circle270media.com. The Circle of Experts are: Yasmine Robles from Robles Designs Tonnisha English-Amamoo of TJE Communications Don The Idea Guy Brett Johnson, My...

Duration:00:08:55

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Social Media Tool Refresh: Canva, Grammarly, and More

3/13/2024
Welcome to a new episode of The Circle Sessions with your host Brett Johnson and our special guest Tonnisha English-Amamoo from TJE Communications. In this episode titled "Social Media Tools Refresh," Brett and Tonnisha dive into the ever-changing landscape of social media tools, discussing how the tools are evolving with the implementation of AI and the new features they offer. Tonnisha shares her expertise on various tools such as Canva, Grammarly, Airtable, and email marketing platforms, shedding light on their functionalities and benefits. From discussing scheduling tools to the importance of email marketing, this episode provides valuable insights for small businesses and podcasters to level up their social media game. Top Takeaways 1. Social media tools are constantly evolving and incorporating AI to improve user experience and content creation. 2. Canva is a beloved tool for creating graphics and has integrated AI features to assist with writing and design selection. 3. Grammarly is a valuable tool for ensuring the accuracy and quality of written content, particularly in catching errors and improving consistency. 4. Tracking time spent on tasks, such as content creation and design, is crucial for efficient work management, and tools like Toggl can help with this. 5. Airtable can be utilized for content calendar planning, collaborating with clients to approve content, and organizing podcast episodes. 6. Implementing a shared calendar with your team is essential for keeping track of important dates and coordinating promotional activity for events and guests. 7. Scheduling tools like Sprout Social, Hootsuite, Buffer, and others help manage and automate social media content, but it's beneficial to consider their partnership with platforms like Meta for optimal engagement. 8. Email marketing remains highly effective for maintaining direct contact with an audience, as it offers a consistent way to connect with individuals, even when social media platforms experience downtime. 9. Leveraging website-built email marketing capabilities for selling products, merch, or exclusive content can enable seamless communication and engagement with your audience. 10. Engaging with tools and platforms for professional development, such as attending conferences or workshops, is crucial for enhancing skills and staying informed about industry trends and best practices. Memorable Moments 00:00 Grammarly improves writing with helpful suggestions. 05:53 When should you seek professional design help? 07:29 "Dissect and reassemble Canva designs, saving time." 13:23 Airtable simplifies content planning, earns rewards. 15:49 Grandparents don't understand but technology works well. 17:30 Some social media scheduling tools may impact engagement. 21:24 Mailchimp, Constant Contact, Klaviyo, Omnisend, Shopify, Squarespace offer email marketing. 26:05 Emails: direct connection, bypasses social media congestion. Subscribe to Tonnisha's Tip of The Month TJE Communication’s mission is to empower and educate small women-owned businesses and equip them with digital solutions to level the playing field. IG - @tjecomm TW - @tjecomm LI - https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonnishaenglish/ FB -...

Duration:00:28:24

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Designing Timeless Websites in a Fast-Evolving Landscape

3/6/2024
In this episode of The Circle Sessions, our host Brett Johnson sits down with Yasmine Robles, a member of The Circle Of Experts from Robles Designs. Yasmine brings her expertise in website strategy and marketing to discuss the crucial role of analytics in optimizing websites and marketing strategies for small businesses and podcasters. They explore the benefits of using analytics to track website performance, choosing the right tools, interpreting data strategically, and continuously improving digital presence. Yasmine shares practical tips and takeaways for leveraging analytics to drive data-driven decision-making, and how it can save time and money in the long run. Top Takeaways 1. Analytics provide invaluable insights into website performance and marketing efforts, enabling data-driven decision-making. 2. Small business owners and podcasters should align analytics tools with their specific goals and marketing channels, such as using Google Analytics and social media platform insights. 3. Bing should not be overlooked for analytics, especially if a significant portion of website traffic comes from different platforms or operating systems. 4. Interpreting data should start with identifying key performance indicators (KPIs) and goals that can be measured, and then looking for trends, anomalies, and patterns. 5. A/B testing involves testing variations, such as different landing pages or email subject lines, to see which performs better in terms of user responses and conversions. 6. Regularly reviewing analytics and setting benchmarks, experimenting with changes, and continuously iterating based on insights obtained are key strategies for continuous optimization of online presence. 7. Don't be afraid to regularly check and interpret the numbers, as analytics can be a powerful tool for making strategic decisions in marketing, podcast promotion, and online business. 8. Embracing analytics and setting clear goals while choosing the right tools can help small business owners and podcasters interpret data strategically and consistently over time. 9. Even if time is limited, tracking and recording analytics data is essential for future reference and historical analysis, especially as the podcast and business grow. 10. Yasmine Robles of Robles Designs can provide expertise in running A/B tests, explaining jargon, offering freebies, and providing overall design and marketing support for podcasters and small business owners. Memorable Moments 00:00 Align tools with goals for effective marketing. 04:09 Explore different platforms, track stats, and know goals. 09:07 AB testing involves comparing and testing items. 11:03 Experiment with A/B testing in email marketing. Yasmine works alongside clients to design a website that's driven by strategy, looks amazing, and that you can actually use to grow your podcast, and your business. Her website. Her Instagram. Click here for the checklist! Each week, one of The Circle of Experts talks about critical aspects of growing your podcast. We focus on marketing, social media, monetization, website design, and implementation of all of these to help you make the...

Duration:00:16:29

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Lion, Bear, Wolf or Dolphin

2/28/2024
Welcome back to The Circle Sessions! In today's episode, we're taking a deep dive into the fascinating world of sleep chronotypes and how they affect our daily lives. Host Brett Johnson breaks down the four animal sleep chronotypes - lion, bear, wolf, and dolphin - and discusses how understanding your own chronotype can supercharge your productivity and podcasting game. So, whether you're an early riser like a lion, a night owl like a wolf, or somewhere in between, figuring out your peak performance times is key to creating top-notch podcast content. Let's explore the link between sleep chronotypes and podcasting success and discover how to harness your body's natural rhythms for an epic podcasting experience. Top Takeaways 1 - Understanding your sleep chronotype can help you optimize your work day and rest periods for maximum productivity, which can in turn improve the quality of your podcast content. 2 - Lions tend to wake up early, feel most energetic before noon, and wind down in early evening. 3 - Bears follow the sun, being most productive in the middle of the day and retiring early in the evening. 4 - Wolves wake up later in the day, are most productive in the afternoon, and go to bed late. 5 - Dolphins wake up at 6 in the morning, are most productive in the late afternoon, and go to bed around 11 o'clock. 6 - Embracing your natural productivity patterns can lead to feeling better about the content you're creating and being respectful of what your body can give you while podcasting. Dr. Michael Breus - Clinical Psychologist, Sleep Medicine Expert Each week, one of The Circle of Experts talks about critical aspects of growing your podcast. We focus on marketing, social media, monetization, website design, and implementation of all of these to help you make the best podcast possible. Have a question or an idea for one of our episodes? Send us an email at podcasts@circle270media.com. The Circle of Experts are: Yasmine Robles from Robles Designs Tonnisha English-Amamoo of TJE Communications Don The Idea Guy Brett Johnson, My Podcast Guy, from Circle270Media Podcast Consultants Copyright 2024 Brett Johnson, My Podcast Guy Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/vince-mcgill/lemon-slice License code: 2NRNUIV5VG7FU3K5

Duration:00:05:32

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Social Media Best Practices in 2024

2/21/2024
Get ready to level up your social media game with our latest chat – "Social Media Best Practices" – where Brett Johnson and Tonnisha English Amamoo, are talking about doing social media the right way. First up, Brett’s eyeballing the whole AI scene with a pinch of salt, especially when it’s churning out blog posts trying to sound like us. On the flip side, Tonnisha’s all about keeping things real, even when robots are penning your captions. We all know juggling Instagram stories, Facebook posts, and tweeting can drive you up the wall. Tonnisha's pro-tip? Pick your social media home wisely, folks – no need to win popularity contests on every app. Remember Vine's crash and burn? Brett and Tonnisha remind us not to put all our digital eggs in one basket. When the world's buzzing with news, post with purpose, or maybe get a second opinion before you click 'Share'. Rebranding? Converting those likes into subscribers? Tonnisha is handing out advice on why it's crucial to get peeps over to platforms you actually own. By the end of the episode, you’ll be equipped to not only make noise on social media but to do so without losing track of why you started in the first place. Top Takeaways 1. **AI Integration Must Be Authentic**: While AI can replicate a business owner's voice to generate content, Brett and Tonnisha emphasize the necessity of adding a personal touch to maintain authenticity. 2. **Human Proofreading is Essential**: Regardless of AI-assisted content creation, the hosts stress the importance of reviewing and ensuring that all published content aligns with the brand’s voice and the podcast’s ethos. 3. **SMART Social Media Strategy**: When leveraging social media, Tonnisha advises setting Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound (SMART) goals to avoid becoming overwhelmed and to increase effectiveness. 4. **Platform Focus Over Quantity**: Rather than trying to be present everywhere, choose a platform that matches the brand's audience and concentrate efforts there for maximum impact. 5. **Be Mindful of Current Events**: Tonnisha and Brett highlight the need to post content that is sensitive to major issues and to avoid being perceived as insensitive or irrelevant. 6. **Consult a Specialist**: Before sharing content, Brett suggests seeking the perspective of social media specialists or others to ensure it fits the brand and current social context. 7. **Own Your Audience**: The hosts encourage converting followers to subscribers on owned platforms like websites and email lists to avoid being solely dependent on social media platforms. 8. **Content Optimization for Platforms**: It’s crucial to create and tailor content specifically for the platform it’s meant for, as each platform has its own rules and audience preferences. 9. **Authenticity in Political/Social Stances**: When taking a stance on political/social issues, authenticity is key. Inauthenticity can cause backlash and may necessitate public apologies. 10. **Conservation of Focus and Energy**: Tonnisha and Brett warn against the burnout that comes from feeling obligated to comment on every event. Prioritize staying true to one's core beliefs and strategic goals. Memorable Moments 00:00 Automate social media but still engage personally. 04:45 Use social media in a balanced way. 07:56 AI systems help align content with the brand. 12:19 Automation and S.M.A.R.T. goals for social media. 14:06 Experiment with platforms, but diversify cautiously. 17:04 Content emphasizes...

Duration:00:35:36

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From Pixels To Profits

2/14/2024
The Circle Sessions 53 From Pixels To Profits In this episode of The Circle Sessions, Brett Johnson and web design expert Yasmine Robles from Robles Designs dive deep into the world of conversion-focused web design and how it can boost profitability for businesses and podcasts. Yasmine knows her stuff when it comes to creating websites that are not just visually stunning, but also strategically designed to convert visitors into loyal customers. Their conversation is full of practical advice and real-life examples, making it a valuable listen for anyone looking to level up their online presence and monetization game. They kick things off by discussing the importance of conversion-focused design and how it's all about making moolah from your website. Yasmine sheds light on the nitty-gritty of strategic planning, user experience optimization, and the art of driving desired actions – all with the ultimate goal of turning visitors into happy customers. It's not just about creating a pretty website; it's about crafting an online experience that seamlessly guides people towards making a purchase or taking the desired action. They dig into the core principles of conversion-focused design, focusing on clarity, simplification, and relevance. They stress the need for a clear and user-friendly layout, especially optimized for mobile because, let's face it, we're all glued to our phones these days. Yasmine draws parallels between these design principles and podcast strategy, emphasizing the importance of keeping content clear, simple, and relevant – whether you're designing a website or planning your next killer podcast episode. Things get practical when they walk through a scenario of a podcaster wanting to sell merch like coffee mugs. Yasmine's advice is spot on – align your podcast content with your website, and leverage show notes and transcripts to promote your merch seamlessly. Add some upsell opportunities and user-generated content, and boom, you've got a holistic approach to boosting those merchandise sales. Smartphone vs. desktop user behavior takes center stage, and Yasmine stresses the need for simplicity and ease of navigation, especially on mobile. No one likes a complicated purchasing process, right? So, keeping it a smooth 1-2-3 step journey is key to driving those sales. The episode wraps up with a reminder about the power of post-purchase engagement and leveraging user-generated content for some good old social proof. Yasmine's insights on nurturing customer relationships post-purchase and building a community-driven approach are pure gold. Because let's be real – creating a hyper-engaged community around your brand or podcast is like hitting the jackpot for sustained profitability and growth. Top 10 Takeaways 1. Conversion-focused web design is essential to maximize profits from a website, and this approach involves creating a clear path for users, simplifying navigation, and presenting relevant content to drive desired actions. 2. Strategic website layouts guide users through a seamless journey, focusing their attention on key elements that drive conversions, such as call-to-action buttons and strategically placed information. 3. To sell merchandise on a website, such as coffee mugs with a podcast logo, a strategic approach involves incorporating links in show notes or blog posts, providing a clear path to purchase, and potentially upselling related products. 4. Mobile optimization is crucial for e-commerce websites, and while the user journey should be similar for desktop and mobile, the content presentation should be simplified and tailored to the user's viewing experience on different devices. 5. The post-purchase journey should include a thank-you page and transactional and marketing emails to engage customers further and...

Duration:00:18:11

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Ripped From The Podcast Headlines - Joe Rogan Stays Home

2/7/2024
Welcome to The Circle Sessions, where we dive into the latest news and trends in the world of media, advertising, and content creation. In this episode, host Brett Johnson is joined by the ever-creative Don The Idea Guy as they explore the hot topics ripped from the headlines. The world’s #1 podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience has renewed with Spotify. The show will no longer be exclusive: and will ‘soon’ be made available on additional platforms like Apple, Amazon and YouTube. Terms of the deal weren’t given; the Wall Street Journal suggests the deal is worth as much as $250mn; however, Spotify told The Guardian that figure was incorrect. SiriusXM Inks New Multi-Year Agreement with SmartLess Media, Including Powerhouse Flagship Podcast, “SmartLess” SiriusXM’s roster, which includes Crime Junkie, Pod Save America, and Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend. SiriusXM also cut a deal with James Corden in November. Use Passionfroot to create an online media kit and find sponsors. Here is the example we talk about in the podcast. In a split 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission has voted to move forward with a proposal that would bestow benefits on broadcasters that invest in locally-originated programming. If adopted, it would give processing priority to radio and TV stations that certify they provide locally originated programming when they file license renewal applications or transfer a license. Don and Brett disagree on the opportunities for podcasters if this unfolds for stations needing more locally produced content. Brett has more to say about this in this episode of The Circle Sessions. Key Takeaways 1. There is potential for podcasters to leverage opportunities in traditional radio stations and platforms like SiriusXM for additional exposure and audience growth. 2. The strategy of podcast advertising warrants careful consideration, ensuring that ad breaks do not overwhelm the listener experience. 3....

Duration:00:40:40

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Setting and Achieving S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Your Podcast

1/31/2024
Setting and Achieving S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Your Podcast 2 51 In this episode of The Circle Sessions, host Brett Johnson is joined by Tonnisha English-Amamoo, a digital marketing expert and the founder of TJE Communications. Tonnisha is passionate about helping small businesses level the playing field through digital marketing strategies. The episode focuses on the concept of S.M.A.R.T. goals and how podcasters can apply this framework to set and achieve their podcasting goals effectively. Understanding S.M.A.R.T. Goals Tonnisha provides an in-depth understanding of S.M.A.R.T. goals, breaking down each component of the acronym: 1. Specific: Tonnisha emphasizes the importance of setting specific goals, highlighting how specificity aids in tracking progress and making necessary adjustments. 2. Measurable: She elucidates that measurable goals enable podcasters to quantify their progress over time and make informed decisions based on data and analytics. 3. Achievable (or Attainable): Tonnisha advises against setting unattainable goals, underscoring the need to strike a balance between challenge and achievability. She recommends breaking large goals into smaller, more manageable steps to maintain sustainability. 4. Relevant (or Realistic): With a focus on relevance to overall business objectives, Tonnisha stresses the importance of aligning podcasting goals with the larger context of the podcaster's brand and mission. 5. Timely: Lastly, Tonnisha discusses the significance of setting time frames for achieving goals, allowing for strategic planning and periodic check-ins to evaluate progress. Applying S.M.A.R.T. Goals to Podcasting Brett and Tonnisha explore the application of S.M.A.R.T. goals specifically within the realm of podcasting. They delve into the relevance of setting time frames for podcast seasons, allowing podcasters to take breaks, reevaluate, and plan new content. Moreover, they address the need for podcasters to consider the sustainability of high-demand content and the potential benefits of evergreen content strategies. Top Takeaways 1. S.M.A.R.T. goals can be applied at any time of the year, not just at the beginning of the year. 2. When setting S.M.A.R.T. goals for a podcast, specificity is important to track progress and make adjustments. 3. Measurable goals help in monitoring and evaluating progress, such as tracking content posting frequency and follower growth. 4. Achievable/attainable goals should be challenging yet realistic for sustainable progress and growth in a podcast. 5. The relevance of goals to the overall business objectives is crucial to ensure the efforts align with the desired outcomes. 6. The timeliness of goals provides a clear timeframe for achieving them and organizing tasks effectively, which is important for mental well-being and preventing burnout. 7. Utilizing seasons for podcasts can provide a natural break for reflection, evaluation, and planning, allowing for quality over quantity. 8. Pivot is essential as unforeseen circumstances might require a change in plans, and that's okay. Setting Realistic Business Goals on Social Media — Tonnisha English-Amamoo Podcasting Best Practices — Brett Johnson Memorable Moments 00:00 Important to set specific, trackable goals. 03:41 Evaluate, align, and adjust social media strategy. 07:40 Set achievable, sustainable goals for...

Duration:00:24:56

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Expanding Your Podcast's Reach with Radio

1/24/2024
Expanding Your Podcast's Reach: The Impact of FCC's Local Programming Proposal In this episode of The Circle Sessions, host Brett Johnson delves into the topic of FCC and podcasting, exploring the potential impact of a recent proposal by the Federal Communications Commission on radio stations, and how it could be a positive move for podcasters. The episode provides valuable insights into the implications of this proposal, as well as the opportunities it presents for podcasters looking to expand their reach through collaboration with local radio stations. Brett summarizes the FCC's proposal, detailing the perks it offers to broadcasters supporting locally produced content. He explains that radio and TV stations confirming their commitment to locally created programming during license renewals or transfers will receive faster processing. The proposal emphasizes the value of locally originated content in meeting community service obligations and promoting airway diversity. Brett then highlights the potential for podcasters to provide programming to their local radio station to benefit from faster approval through the FCC for their license renewal. He offers a compelling comparison of the differences between the two mediums, shedding light on how podcasters can leverage these distinctions to their advantage. Brett explores the numerous advantages of getting a podcast featured on a radio station. He outlines the potential benefits, including reaching a wider audience, leveraging the popularity of radio stations, gaining access to superior sound quality and professional studio facilities, unlocking additional revenue streams through advertising partnerships, and collaborating with other radio personalities. He emphasizes the potential for podcasters to become local legends, engaging with their community and enhancing their exposure. While being featured on the radio can enhance a podcast's perception and attract potential guests and advertisers, the quality of the content and the effectiveness of promotions remain pivotal factors for success. Brett provides practical advice and encourages podcasters to consider the potential of collaborating with radio stations, offering to engage in personalized discussions on how to refine their podcast for radio show adaptation. Key Takeaways 1. The FCC is offering perks to broadcasters that support locally produced content, which could lead to faster processing for their license renewals or transfers. This can create an opportunity for podcasters to provide programming to local radio stations. 2. There is an opportunity for podcasters to get their podcasts on radio stations, which can help reach a whole new audience and grow their fan base. 3. Radio stations usually have state-of-the-art studios and skilled engineers, providing a chance for podcasters to enhance the sound quality of their content. 4. Partnering with radio stations can open up more opportunities for monetization through solid advertising partnerships and potential sponsors. 5. Teamwork and collaboration with radio personalities can create more exposure and fun opportunities for the podcast. 6. Being featured on the radio can enhance a podcast's reputation and make it a local legend, leading to more interaction, feedback, and potential live events. 7. While being on the radio can provide advantages, the quality of the content remains the most significant aspect for listeners and potential advertisers. Memorable Moments 00:00 FCC proposal encourages local programming, maybe podcasters opportunity? 04:17 More ears, more fun 04:34 Ride the wave of popularity 04:57 Studio magic 05:08 Radio stations offer lucrative opportunities for podcasts. 06:20 Teamwork makes the dream work

Duration:00:08:30

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Crafting a Digital Identity: The Art and Science of Branding in Web Design

1/17/2024
The Circle Sessions 49 Crafting a Digital Identity: The Art and Science of Branding in Web Design In this episode of The Circle Sessions, host Brett Johnson and guest Yasmine Robles delve into the art and science of crafting a digital identity through branding and website design. Yasmine, a web designer and part of The Circle of Experts, emphasizes the importance of shaping a brand's perception online to leave a lasting impression. The episode covers the crucial role of aesthetics, emotion, strategy, and memorable branding in creating an effective digital presence, particularly for small businesses and podcasters. The Importance of Crafting a Digital Identity Yasmine highlights the significance of shaping how a brand is perceived online and the impact a website has as the first touchpoint for potential customers. Crafting a compelling digital identity becomes crucial in shaping the perception of the business and podcast, and ensuring that the digital brand reflects the best image. Identifying Authenticity and Connection The discussion turns to the emotional bridge created by aesthetics and its ability to evoke a connection with the audience. Yasmine underscores the need for small businesses to leverage aesthetics to build a deeper connection with the audience while aligning with their strategic brand goals. Authenticity and consistency play key roles in creating an emotional connection and ensuring that the brand's essence is reflected in all visual elements. Strategic Branding and Unique Elements The conversation shifts to the integration of aesthetics with brand strategies to align with the overall brand objectives. Yasmine emphasizes that before diving into design, it's crucial to define the brand's personality, target audience, and key messaging. Insights from a yoga studio and a gluten-free bakery rebranding project shed light on the need for unique elements and strategic clarity to reinforce brand identity and connect with the audience. Standing Out and Leaving a Lasting Impact Addressing the challenge of standing out in a digital landscape, practical tips are shared for small businesses, including podcasters, to ensure their branding is memorable and leaves a lasting impact. Yasmine emphasizes the need for businesses to embrace authenticity and weave their brand story into every design element, while consistently listening to their audience for feedback and potential shifts. Practical Insights and Takeaways The episode concludes with practical tips and takeaways for small business owners and podcasters to master the art and science of branding in web design. Yasmine highlights the importance of strategic clarity, authenticity, and the need to listen to the target audience. Recommendations for leveraging free tools like Hotjar and ways to maneuver business shifts to align with audience feedback wrap up the valuable insights shared in the episode. 10 Takeaways from the episode 1. Crafting a digital identity is about shaping how you want the brand to be perceived online, blending aesthetics and strategy to create a cohesive and memorable brand image. 2. The website is often the first touchpoint for potential customers, making a compelling digital identity crucial for leaving a lasting impression. 3. Aesthetics play a significant role in branding, serving as the emotional bridge that resonates with the audience and creates a deeper connection. 4. Small businesses should leverage the aesthetics of web design to evoke the right emotions and build connections with the audience immediately. 5. Strategic branding involves aligning aesthetics with brand objectives by defining the brand's personality, target audience, and key messaging to ensure a cohesive and purposeful design. 6. Memorable branding stems from

Duration:00:17:19

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Unlocking Opportunities: The Value of Being Featured on Podcasts

1/10/2024
In this episode of The Circle Sessions, host Brett Johnson discusses the benefits of being interviewed on podcasts. He emphasizes the opportunity to reach a highly targeted and engaged audience, as well as the potential for building relationships with influential podcast hosts. Brett highlights the relatively low time commitment required for podcast interviews and compares it favorably to other promotional activities. Additionally, he underscores the trust-building potential of audio content and its role in increasing website traffic. Brett also encourages patience and persistence in leveraging podcasting as a long-term content marketing strategy. He invites listeners to connect with him to explore how podcasting can benefit their businesses over the next 12 months and shares his contact details for further discussion. Overall, the episode provides valuable insights into the advantages of being a guest on podcasts and demonstrates Brett's expertise in podcast consulting, marketing, and content strategy. Listeners are encouraged to consider podcast interviews as an effective method for expanding their reach, building relationships, and enhancing their credibility in their respective industries. Brett's practical advice and strategic approach make this episode an essential listen for anyone seeking to optimize their podcasting efforts to grow their business. 1) Build relationships with influencers in your industry - networking! 2) They don’t take a lot of time to do 3) Increase your trust factor 4) Increase visitors to your website Each week, one of The Circle of Experts talks about critical aspects of growing your podcast. We focus on marketing, social media, monetization, website design, and implementation of all of these to help you make the best podcast possible. Have a question or an idea for one of our episodes? Send us an email at podcasts@circle270media.com. The Circle of Experts are: Yasmine Robles from Robles Designs Tonnisha English-Amamoo of TJE Communications Don The Idea Guy Brett Johnson, My Podcast Guy, from Circle270Media Podcast Consultants Copyright 2024 Brett Johnson, My Podcast Guy Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/abbynoise/face-game License code: IUDJXGXP8JAXJVJS

Duration:00:03:55

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Ripped From The Podcast Headlines - Marketing Maxims by Seth Godin

1/3/2024
This week, our featured expert, Don The Idea Guy joins host Brett Johnson to discuss various aspects of growing a podcast, including ad placement and building trust with your audience. Don and Brett kick off the episode by diving into the increasing number of ads in podcasts and the changing perception of listeners towards ads. They explore different strategies for ad placement, including the ideal length for podcast ads. It's fascinating to hear how listeners have become more accepting of ads, understanding that they help support their favorite shows. The discussion takes an interesting turn as Don and Brett discuss the evolution of ads in media, from no ads to subtle recommendations by hosts. They also touch on the frustration with the increasing number of ads in podcasts, particularly those picked up by networks like HubSpot. Don even shares their personal experience of using the Pocket Cast player to skip ads on their favorite podcast. But it's not all about ads! Don and Brett also delve into the importance of trust, customer service, and acting as if people are watching. They discuss the significance of creating conditions for word-of-mouth marketing and the value of providing excellent customer service. Building trust with your audience is crucial for the success of any podcast. As the episode wraps up, Don and Brett offer their expertise to help improve existing podcasts. They encourage listeners to reach out and brainstorm ideas for choosing the right customers, improving ad placement, and maximizing the impact of their podcast. Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/vince-mcgill/lemon-slice License code: 2NRNUIV5VG7FU3K5 MEET DON THE IDEA GUY! Possessing creative powers beyond those of mere mortals, DON THE IDEA GUY rescues those in need of innovative ideas through his brainstorming sessions, articles, and websites. DTIG (DEE-tigg) has been featured in Small Business News, interviewed by the New York Times, quoted in Fast Company magazine, and served as the first president of the International Idea Trade Association. Don is a proud member of the BzzAgent community, and is featured in BzzAgent.com founder Dave Balter’s book “Grapevine: The New Art of Word-of-Mouth Marketing.” His Innovation Channel on the Duct Tape Marketing Blog has been recognized as a Forbes Favorite. Don is the author of the book “100-WHATS of CREATIVITY“, one-hundred ‘what if?’ questions to spur your creativity, unmuck your mind, and break through your mental blocks and has written dozens of articles and hundreds of blog postings on the subject of increasing innovation and adding creativity to your personal and professional life. You are invited to explore additional innovative possibilities by choosing one of your favorite ideas from this (or any) Five Buck Brainstorms and purchasing a more in-depth custom idea generation session from Don The Idea Guy on that (or any other) subject. Visit the Brainstorm page on the Don The Idea Guy website for more details. Each week, one of The Circle of Experts talks about critical aspects of growing your podcast. We focus on marketing, social media, monetization, website design, and implementation of all of these to help you make the best podcast possible. Have a question or an idea for one of our episodes? Send us an email at...

Duration:00:46:51

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Enhancing Your Website User Experience

12/13/2023
🎙️ Just wrapped up a great discussion on the Circle Sessions podcast with Yasmine Robles, where we dove into the crucial role of user experience (UX) design for websites and its impact on driving business success. Here are some key takeaways from our conversation: 🔍 Understanding UX: UX design is about creating products that provide meaningful and enjoyable experiences for users, directly impacting factors like usability, accessibility, and overall satisfaction. 🖥️ Designing for Ease of Use: Clear navigation, intuitive layouts, and consistent design elements ensure a positive and efficient user journey, making it easy for users to find what they're looking for without any friction. 😊 Evoking Positive Emotions: Emotions are central to the user experience, and designers can influence positive emotions through visual appeal, content tone, and overall website atmosphere, enhancing engagement and leaving a lasting impression. Are you looking to enhance your website's user experience? Feel free to reach out to Yasmine Robles from Robles Designs for insights and advice. Whether it's a website audit or just some questions, Yasmine is here to help you create a seamless and engaging user experience. Check out her website at RoblesDesigns.com or message her on Instagram to get in touch. Remember, a well-crafted user experience can drive customer satisfaction and loyalty, ultimately leading to business success. Let's make sure your website is leaving a positive impression on your users! Yasmine works alongside clients to design a website that's driven by strategy, looks amazing, and that you can actually use to grow your podcast, and your business. Her website. Her Instagram. Click here for the checklist! Each week, one of The Circle of Experts talks about critical aspects of growing your podcast. We focus on marketing, social media, monetization, website design, and implementation of all of these to help you make the best podcast possible. Have a question or an idea for one of our episodes? Send us an email at podcasts@circle270media.com. The Circle of Experts are: Yasmine Robles from Robles Designs Tonnisha English-Amamoo of TJE Communications Don The Idea Guy Brett Johnson, My Podcast Guy, from Circle270Media Podcast Consultants Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/abbynoise/face-game License code: IUDJXGXP8JAXJVJS Copyright 2024 Brett Johnson, My Podcast Guy

Duration:00:17:38

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New Year, New Journey: How Podcasting Can Transform Your Personal and Business Growth

12/6/2023
Welcome to The Circle Sessions, where we bring you insights and expertise from the Circle of Experts. I'm your host, Brett Johnson, and in today's episode, we'll be discussing three compelling reasons why you should consider starting your own podcast in the new year. We'll explore the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone, cultivating a community around your podcast, and unleashing your authentic voice. Join us as we dive into the world of podcasting and uncover how it can not only benefit your business but also empower you to grow, connect, and inspire. Each week, one of The Circle of Experts talks about critical aspects of growing your podcast. We focus on marketing, social media, monetization, website design, and implementation of all of these to help you make the best podcast possible. Have a question or an idea for one of our episodes? Send us an email at podcasts@circle270media.com. The Circle of Experts are: Yasmine Robles from Robles Designs Tonnisha English-Amamoo of TJE Communications Don The Idea Guy Brett Johnson, My Podcast Guy, from Circle270Media Podcast Consultants Copyright 2024 Brett Johnson, My Podcast Guy Listen to The Circle Sessions

Duration:00:06:07

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Social Media Audit: End-of-Year Checklist

11/29/2023
Exciting news for small business owners and podcasters! In the latest episode of The Circle Sessions, Tonnisha from TJE Communications joins Brett Johnson to discuss the importance of conducting a year-end social media audit. They cover everything from cleaning up your social media presence to reevaluating your follower list and engaging your audience. Key takeaways from this episode: - Conducting a year-end social media audit is crucial for small businesses and podcasters to evaluate what's working and what's not as we approach the new year. - It's essential to update your bio, headshot, and links across all social media platforms to ensure your online presence reflects your current brand and image. - Being social on social media, including responding to comments and DMs promptly, can increase engagement and enhance your online presence. Remember, a little maintenance goes a long way in growing your digital footprint and strengthening your online presence. Don't miss out on these valuable tips as we approach the new year! TJE Communication’s mission is to empower and educate small women-owned businesses and equip them with digital solutions to level the playing field. IG - @tjecomm TW - @tjecomm LI - https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonnishaenglish/ FB - https://www.facebook.com/tjecomm Subscribe to Tonnisha's Tip of The Month Each week, one of The Circle of Experts talks about critical aspects of growing your podcast. We focus on marketing, social media, monetization, website design, and implementation of all of these to help you make the best podcast possible. Have a question or an idea for one of our episodes? Send us an email at podcasts@circle270media.com. The Circle of Experts are: Yasmine Robles from Robles Designs Tonnisha English-Amamoo of TJE Communications Don The Idea Guy Brett Johnson, My Podcast Guy, from Circle270Media Podcast Consultants Copyright 2024 Brett Johnson, My Podcast Guy https://the-circle-sessions.captivate.fm/episode/social-media-audit-end-of-year-checklist

Duration:00:19:22

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The Psychology of Color in Web Design

11/15/2023
Welcome to The Circle Sessions newsletter! In this episode, we dive into the fascinating world of color psychology in web design with our guest expert, Yasmine Robles from Robles Designs. Discover how colors can influence our emotions, shape brand identities, and impact user behavior. Here are 3 key takeaways from our discussion: 1️⃣ Colors have a profound impact on our emotions and can evoke different reactions in people across cultures. It's essential to understand the psychological meanings behind colors and select them intentionally when designing websites or creating podcast artwork. 2️⃣ Brands strategically use colors to build identity and recognition. Think of iconic brands like Coca-Cola and Starbucks, which have successfully utilized red and green, respectively, to convey specific emotions and resonate with their target audience. 3️⃣ Colors can influence user actions on websites, from encouraging clicks to impacting conversion rates. Web designers can optimize color choices through A/B testing, gathering data to determine which colors generate the desired user responses. 🌐 If you're interested in learning more about the psychology of color in web design or want to optimize your website's color scheme for better engagement, feel free to reach out to Yasmine. Let's create visually appealing and user-friendly digital experiences together! Yasmine works alongside clients to design a website that's driven by strategy, looks amazing, and that you can actually use to grow your podcast, and your business. Her website. Her Instagram. Click here for the checklist! Each week, one of The Circle of Experts talks about critical aspects of growing your podcast. We focus on marketing, social media, monetization, website design, and implementation of all of these to help you make the best podcast possible. Have a question or an idea for one of our episodes? Send us an email at podcasts@circle270media.com. The Circle of Experts are: Yasmine Robles from Robles Designs Tonnisha English-Amamoo of TJE Communications Don The Idea Guy Brett Johnson, My Podcast Guy, from Circle270Media Podcast Consultants Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/abbynoise/face-game License code: IUDJXGXP8JAXJVJS Copyright 2024 Brett Johnson, My Podcast Guy

Duration:00:20:48

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Ripped From The Podcast Headlines - Joe Rogan Leaving Spotify?

11/8/2023
Welcome back to The Circle Sessions, the podcast where we explore all things related to content creation and the exciting world of podcasts. I'm your host, Brett Johnson, and today we have Don The Idea Guy as we dive into some fascinating topics that have been making headlines lately. In this episode, we'll be discussing the recent news surrounding the potential of Joe Rogan's departure from Spotify and the implications it may have for the future of podcasting. What does this mean for Joe Rogan and his massive audience? And how does it tie into the broader conversation about exclusivity in podcasting? We'll explore different possibilities and the potential impact on the industry. But before we jump into that, Don The Idea Guy shares some invaluable insights on the importance of keeping core fans excited and engaged when promoting a show or content. Drawing examples from the world of superhero movies and the divided opinions of fans, we'll discuss how creating podcast-only episodes with the same actors could be a valuable strategy. Promotion is a key aspect of any content creator's journey, and we'll dive deep into our personal experiences with discovering new podcasts and promoting our own work. From the missed opportunity of not making The Flash a prequel to something else to the recent release of a podcast-style show on HBO Max, we'll examine the power of effective promotion and the potential of podcast series as prequels to movies or TV shows. Plus, we'll share intriguing data on the growing trend of listening to audio on TV devices and the role of different platforms in the podcasting landscape. https://www.insideaudiomarketing.com/post/why-turn-on-the-tv-i-want-to-listen-to-something-is-no-longer-a-strange-thing-to-say https://www.theverge.com/2023/4/25/23697866/spotify-overpay-fears-podcasts-siriusxm-own-renewal-tom-brady https://www.headliner.app/blog/2023/09/07/behind-the-mic-from-prep-to-podcast-promotion Each week, one of The Circle of Experts talks about critical aspects of growing your podcast. We focus on marketing, social media, monetization, website design, and implementation of all of these to help you make the best podcast possible. Have a question or an idea for one of our episodes? Send us an email at podcasts@circle270media.com. The Circle of Experts are: Yasmine Robles from Robles Designs Tonnisha English-Amamoo of TJE Communications Don The Idea Guy Brett Johnson, My Podcast Guy, from Circle270Media Podcast Consultants MEET DON THE IDEA GUY! Possessing creative powers beyond those of mere mortals, DON THE IDEA GUY rescues those in need of innovative ideas through his brainstorming sessions, articles, and websites. DTIG (DEE-tigg) has been featured in Small Business News, interviewed by the New York Times, quoted in Fast Company magazine, and served as the first president of the International Idea Trade Association. Don is a proud member of the BzzAgent community, and is featured in BzzAgent.com founder Dave Balter’s book “Grapevine: The New Art of Word-of-Mouth Marketing.” His Innovation Channel on the Duct Tape Marketing Blog has been recognized as a Forbes Favorite. Don is the author of the book “

Duration:00:35:26