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25 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
53. The Minterview
Minter Dial is one of the first remote interviews Charlie ever recorded and he is absolutely delighted to have an update on Minter’s work. In addition to a 16 year career at L’Oreal, Minter is an author of several books as well as an accomplished podcaster. His latest book, YOU LEAD, How Being Yourself Makes You A Better Leader, is Charlie's latest excuse to catch up with Minter and get to enjoy some of his magic. The book argues that business leaders deliver superior results when they are themselves and come across as genuine. Practically Social completely agrees! Join us!
18 minutes | May 26, 2021
52. Was I Hashtagging?
Just like old times, Jeff, Charlie and Podville Media sound engineer Robb Spewak were back together in the Glover Park studio for episode 52! Charlie shares a dishwasher story and the guys talk about hashtag missteps and misperceptions. Charlie gives a shout-out to Brad Sherman and the relaunch of Launch Financial and Robb goes excessively nerdy during the Tip Before We Go segment covering musical motifs, melodies and the mystique of the radio jingle.
13 minutes | May 18, 2021
51. That Podcast is On Time!
After a conversation about the status of podcast listening trends and the steady increase in advertising dollars (“Podcast Advertising To Surpass $1B This Year,” according to a podcast revenue study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and shared by Jeff) the guys talked about new hires at Podcast Village, soon to be Podville Media. Charlie gave an update on the Bethesda podcast meetup group and Sound Engineer Robb Spewak offered another tip, this time resulting in the show’s first bleep!
23 minutes | May 11, 2021
50. The Riches are in the Niches
Charlie provides an update on his special project, “Songs of His Times,” Jeff shares positive news about ad spending and one of the lessons in publishing: the profitability of specialization. A few Podville Media podcasts receive Communicator Awards and another episode of the JFK Assassination series by the American Diplomat is live. In our “A Tip Before We Go” segment, sound engineer Robb Spewak goes deep again, this time revealing the little things we do to make a podcast sound so great. Hint: silence the breath but maintain the rhythm.
17 minutes | May 4, 2021
49. Guest Essay to Replace the Op-Ed
As an update to Episode 37 when the guys talked about the op-ed (opposite the editorial page), Jeff shares news from The New York Times that they will no longer use the term op-ed, and instead call it the “guest essay.” The NYT’s reasoning: in the internet space, can anything be opposite something? Charlie brings up user experience and customer experience and Robb blows us away with another podcast engineering tip, this one on how the mute button can really mess with the track. In the what’s new at Podville Media segment, the guys talked about a three-part series on the American Diplomat podcast covering Charles Thomas and the JFK Assassination. All this and more on your favorite PR and social media podcast!
13 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
48. Farewell to Maddy
The show opened on a down note, as Jeff and Charlie discussed news that Maddy (“here are the guys!”) Masiello will be leaving Podcast Village (soon to be Podville Media) for New York City. We wish her well and hope she doesn’t forget us. The guys continued their discussion about Room Rater and adding an audio rating system. They also shared frustrations with social media dashboards and boring automated posts (“Happy Arbor Day!”), many of which get zero engagement. Sound engineer Robb Spewak is back with another podcasting tip, this time on filling the silence during interviews.
16 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
47. A Road Trip to Elon
Jeff took a road trip to Elon University in North Carolina where his daughter Julia is a freshman. While walking around campus they checked out the Elon School of Communications, home of the Elon News Network and the ENN Radio podcast where student journalists extend stories that appear in their newspaper, The Pendulum. The guys talked about James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, and his tips for prioritizing what’s important. Charlie talks about Shoeman and sound engineer Robb Spewak reveals another podcast tip, this one on his “save as you go” technique.
15 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
46. Rate My Audio
Charlie talks about the golf business and use of QR codes and other technology. Sound engineer Robb Spewak offers another audio tip, this time on over-modulation. Jeff brings up the popular Room Rater Twitter account, @ratemyskyperoom, which scores TV pundits’ pretty rooms and backdrops, and the guys suggest creating an audio version to rate sound quality. Practically Social listeners will now be treated to new music by Joel’s Beanie Beltran to close out each episode. The voice of Maddy Masiello still welcomes our listeners (“Here are the guys!”) with the Spinto Band.
17 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
45. Vaccinated But Nowhere to Go
We go deep with podcasting audio tips in this episode, thanks to sound engineer Robb Spewak. The guys talk about LinkedIn cold calls and how more podcast hosts are on the receiving end of off-target PR pitches. The recently vaccinated Jeff talks about a webinar he attended by The Daily Record on diversity, equity and inclusion and Charlie draws a link between crisis communications planning and “walking the talk” when it comes to corporate DE&I. A big welcome to new music at the end of the show by Joel’s Beanie Beltran. Check it out on Spotify!
1 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
44. Celebrating Creativity
The guys talk about Clubhouse -- again -- and the magic of creativity. Jeff recalls how at one of his first agency jobs, Richardson, Myers & Donofrio in Baltimore, they named the conference rooms “Theatre A” and “Theatre B” to help employees understand what those rooms were all about, especially during client meetings and pitches. Podville Media is in the process of naming studios, so ideas are welcomed. Charlie introduces Beanie Beltran at the top of the episode.
17 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
43. The Infinite Dial 2021
Jeff tuned in to The Infinite Dial 2021 report prior to recording the show and shares what he learned to get Charlie’s reaction. Since 1998, it’s the longest-running survey of digital media consumer behavior in America. A few take-aways: TikTok is gaining ground, surpassing Twitter among some demographics. More people listen to podcasts in groups than you might think. And 57 percent of Americans have listened to a podcast. That’s 162 million people. That and more, including a special mention of the recent passing of Dutch engineer Lou Ottens. He led the team at Philips that changed the audio world in 1963 by introducing a small, portable way to play and record: the cassette.
14 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
42. Jeopardy and Twitch
Covering the gamut, from Jeopardy to Twitch, the guys talk about Podville Media’s first-ever Twitch production for Broccoli City. The new entertainment and culture show, "As The World Spins," is hosted by Brittany Alexandra and Jeff shares the story of tuning in to that inaugural episode from his living room where family members were watching Jeopardy. Unimpressed, they asked him to leave the room or at least use his ear buds. All this and more on the anniversary of the microphone, invented in 1877 by German-American Inventor Emile Berliner.
12 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
41. Using Clubhouse for Podcasts
Jeff talks about one of the podcasts he listens to, 2Bobs - with David C. Baker and Blair Enns, and how they simulcasted an episode on Clubhouse. The guys talked about this approach in episodes 29 and 34. Podville Media is getting ready to produce a Twitch for an unnamed client. A big move as this will gain in popularity, Charlie says. Jeff somehow makes it through an awkward ending to the show.
15 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
40. TikTok Pasta
Jeff’s daughter Isabel goes to Eddie’s to purchase the ingredients for the now-viral TikTok Pasta and catches the eye of the cheese counter worker and even the cashier who both know what she’ll be making! Charlie talks about another use of QR codes, this time guiding him through the assembly of his new NordicTrack. Podcast Village, soon to be Podville Media, is helping a client create content for Twitch and the guys discuss ways to find podcasts.
13 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
39. Starting a PR Campaign? Start with Social
Jeff talked about an article in Esquire, written by Columbus PR pro Michelle Garrett, who makes the point that “when a journalist gets intrigued about a business, one of the first things they may do is check it out on social media.” Whatever they find - or don’t find - on social media has an impact on what is (or is not) written. Charlie gives a shout out to designer Erin Sweeney again, this time for the new show logo. The guys also talk about what’s new at Podville Media, including more work with client Lincoln Project, including their new podcast, “This is Politicology” with Ron Steslow.
13 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
38. The Black Press: Trusted and Relevant
In the aftermath of last summer’s racial unrest and the recent election results in Georgia, understanding the African American news audience is more crucial than ever. The Black Press, which has been a key news and information outlet in America for nearly 200 years, is once again being rediscovered as an essential partner for professional communicators. Jeff attended a PRSA Maryland webinar on the topic and shares what he heard from panelists Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper, CEO/Publisher, AFRO American Newspapers; Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association, the trade association for 230 of America’s Black-owned media companies; and Joy Bramble, publisher of the Baltimore Times. The panelists agreed on a call to action for the PR and advertising industry: contact the Black press to discuss your clients’ needs and work together on a program to move the needle so there is true equality and a win-win for all. Become aware of their history and role in the community. Subscribe to and read the newspapers and make them part of your media plans.
13 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
37. Opposite the Editorial Page
Yes, that’s what op-ed stands for! Jeff shared the latest thinking on op-eds, thanks to a National Press Club webinar he attended featuring op-ed experts Sam Ryan and Robby Schrum of Keybridge Communications. Takeaways included “don’t yell” and “don’t be boring.” Listen for more! Also, Charlie did the show from Studio M2 on M Street and gave a shout out to podcaster Anne Pasmanick whose Power Station turns 150! (episodes). One of the very first clients we had when Podcast Village restarted in Glover Park was the amazing Anne Pasmanick. She saw past our literal sawdust and had an amazing vision for a show that would talk about community needs and so much more. And now she has hosted over 150 episodes of this unique and important show. Charlie often talks about Power Station to his friends and wished all high school and college seniors would be asked to listen to any three episodes. It will change your perspective forever.
20 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
36. Intense Social and Engagement Discussion with Brittany
Jeff and Charlie welcomed a special guest, someone who we hope becomes a regular, Brittany Alexandra! Brittany knows social, so we really got into the latest and hit on topics such as Clubhouse, how to reinvent yourself on social media, the power of Instagram and its algorithm and best ways to promote podcasts. Also discussed with on-air host and executive producer Brittany: Fox 5 DC’s Angie Goff and Broccoli City and how it’s mobilizing and educating urban millennials through social impact campaigns and major events.
17 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
35. Behind the Scenes at Practically Social
This is a special episode where Jeff and Charlie pull back the curtains and reveal some of the inner workings of your favorite podcast. Thanks to everyone who has helped take us to where we are today, from our first intro announcer, Nichelle, and the creator of our logo, Erin Sweeney. The voice intro you hear now is none other than Maddy Masiello and our sound engineers have included Rob Ford and Robb Spewak. That theme music? It’s from The Spinto Band, and Charlie tells a story about the band. As always, thanks for listening to Practically Social.
22 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
34. Diving into Clubhouse and Twitch
Jeff has been spending more time with Clubhouse, still in private beta, and judging from the conversations and early adopters there, it has a lot of potential. Charlie explores Twitter Analytics and the guys talk about the lure of vanity metrics and what really matters. Finally, Jeff’s son, Trevor, introduced him to Twitch, opening Jeff’s eyes to a new world and a new way of reaching a huge and younger demographic.
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