Why You Should Go to PodFest 2020

(A recap of PodFest 2019)

Rob Walch of Libsyn gave a great presentation on Podcast stats - how they work and why they matter

Rob Walch of Libsyn gave a great presentation on Podcast stats - how they work and why they matter

If you’re a podcaster and didn’t go to PodFest 2019, you missed out. It was held at the Wyndham Resort on March 7th, 8th, and 9th in sunny Orlando, FL. This was my first year attending, and I can definitely say that I gained a lot of knowledge in a short time - that I wouldn’t have otherwise learned. While I’m still relatively new to podcasting, I have a decent amount of episodes and traffic under my belt - but I definitely need to learn more to grow further.

What is PodFest?

In a nutshell, it’s not unlike many other industry conferences and trade shows. The 3-day event had a main expo area where podcast-related vendors had booths for their products and services. This included anything from hosting services, audio equipment, consulting services, software, and more. They even had a scavenger hunt going - talk to every vendor and gain their initials on your card, and you’re entered for a raffle with BIG prizes!

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In addition to the expo, there were several conference rooms with great podcast-related speakers. Want to learn how to monetize your show? Having trouble crafting good interview questions? Can’t seem to grow your audience? These and many other topics were covered by experts in podcasting.

Finally, the cherry on top was a series of keynote presentations by huge names in podcasting: John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, and Jordan Harbinger. They delivered informative, entertaining talks, and made the entire event worthwhile.

Me with the great Jordan Harbinger! Sorry for the blurry photo… apparently I can’t hold my phone still when I’m excited.

Me with the great Jordan Harbinger! Sorry for the blurry photo… apparently I can’t hold my phone still when I’m excited.

How do I attend next year?

All you have to do is have a show, pay the $300 fee, and sign yourself up at the PodFest website. They don’t have 2020 signup available yet, but follow their social media for the announcement.

Lucky for me, I won a free ticket to the show through my podcast hosting service, Buzzsprout. If you’re thinking about podcasting, I highly recommend them. For the brand-new-newbies, you need a hosting service to house your podcast, and get your RSS feed (the raw podcast data) to iTunes and other services. A host also allows you to upload important things like show notes, show artwork, and more. End of the day - you can’t podcast without one.

IF YOU SIGN UP TO BUZZSPROUT THROUGH THIS LINK, you and I both receive a $20 Amazon gift card! Doesn’t that sound great?

BONUS: Network with other podcasters

I had a great time meeting Jamison Smallwood of the Culture and Conversations podcast.

I had a great time meeting Jamison Smallwood of the Culture and Conversations podcast.

Perhaps the best part of the show is that you get to meet other like-minded people, who have been through similar struggles. Ask questions! Shake hands! You’ll learn something.

I want to give a shout-out to Jamison Smallwood of the Culture and Conversations podcast. His show is all about uncovering people and cultural events. He talks to people who have been through difficult struggles, learning how they were able to overcome and learn from the situation. If you’ve been through anything challenging such as a divorce, death of a loved one, or unexpected failure, I’m sure you’ll enjoy his show.

Hope to see you in 2020!