Are You Creating Life Changing Content?
This week, I was reminded, once again, why it is that I produce this show and create the content that I make available here on this site. That reminder came from an email that I had received from John Bukenas who wrote an email to me that started with… “Cliff, You know when you see something that is life changing? That happen to me today. It was finding your site.”
John not only agreed to allow me to use his email in my show this week, he actually made an audio recording that I could play in the episode. John's email inspired me to remind everyone just how valuable of an opportunity that we have to positively influence the lives of others each time we hit the record button or publish new content to our website.
I've often given folks the assignment of making a list of 50 members of their audience, listing the first name, last name, email address, and a minimum of two other personal details about each of those fifty people. I imagine the crazy things that some of these folks think about me when I give them this assignment.
I have found that when you are creating valuable content that has the potential to positively influence the lives of others, you'll find people who will go out of their way to provide you with these personal details. John's introduction to me was a perfect example of this principle in action. I'm so delighted that he has allowed me to share it with you.
I encourage everyone to create content that is entertaining, educational, encouraging, and inspirational. This type of content has the power to be “Life Changing.” I don't spend as much time thinking about “Traffic Generation” or the best “SEO Strategies” as many think that I should. Instead, I attempt to create content that is valuable and I invest a great deal of time in getting to know those who are already aware of my brand.
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Apple Wins Patent For Supporting Podcasting
There is a lot of buzz going on, within the podcasting community, about the fact that Apple has been approved for United States Patent 8,245,924. The concern is wether or not this patent will hinder other major companies from creating systems for supporting and managing podcast subscriptions.
To me, it seems as though Apple filed this patent application back in 2006 and it appears to have been done to keep others from making a clone copy of Apple's method of managing podcast subscriptions through its iTunes software. However, this patent could prevent other major players from supporting podcasting for fear of legal action from Apple. I plan to keep a close eye on this story.
Is Twitter Going Downhill
In this week's Social Media Segment, Erik Fisher and I discuss how Twitter is cutting off access to its data from more third party services. We have reported in the past that LinkedIn had made a change that would no longer allow you to automatically post your tweets as status updates within LinkedIN. We have on the fact that Instagram was no longer able to allow its users to find their friends from Twitter, who also use Instagram. This week, we learned that Tumblr was also cut off from allowing you to find out which of your friends, from Twitter, were also using their service.
The above announcements really didn't worry me too much. However, I began to get a little concern when I started to read stories about how Twitter seems to have plans to cut down their API access to third party clients. You can read about some of the changes in this Mashable article. I've been a huge fan and supporter of Twitter since 2007. With these recent changes, I must say that my loyalty to their brand is not as strong today as it once was.
I haven't yet made the decision yet. However, I'm seriously considering checking out the App.net alternative to Twitter. The developers of App.net raised well over $600,000 through its own crowdfunding campaign. Their mission is to build a “real-time social service where users and developers come first, not advertisers.”
I totally support the idea of an open, ad-free network funded by users. I'm happy to be one of those paying users. However, as I shared in this episode, I'm 100% convinced that there needs to be a free version of the service for those who simply aren't yet ready to pay to go pro on the network. One of the things that I've always liked about Twitter over Facebook was it's low barrier to entry.
What about you? Are you a paying member of the App.net community? Let me know in the comments section below.
Erik's New Podcast
This week's personal plug of the week is a little unique. Our very own Erik J. Fisher has launched his own podcast devoted to interviewing successful people on how they prioritize and organize their day to day life. If you are looking for some tips and tricks to increase your productivity and margin in your life, I encourage you to check out Erik's Beyond The To Do List Podcast. If you do, make sure to tell him you heard about it on Podcast Answer Man.
No Podcast Episode While I'm In Texas
I’m so excited to announce that I am going to be speaking at the Catholic New Media Conference. The conference is going to be held in the Dallas/Fort Worth Texas area on August 29th-31st. I’m very honored to be the Keynote speaker that will open up the event on the 29th. I’ll be talking about “How To Market Your Message To The World.” If you are in the area, or willing to travel there, I would love to meet you in Dallas next month. I’ll be there for the whole conference.
I will not be producing an episode of Podcast Answer Man next week while I'm in Texas. I'll have a lot of things to share when I return the following week!
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