The Business Value of Podcasting for Corporate Organizations John C. Havens VP, Business Development  BlogTalkRadio   Paol...
Quick Tech Facts <ul><li>Technically, a podcast is subscribable via an RSS feed (like a blog).  </li></ul><ul><li>A podcas...
Podcasts are here to stay <ul><li>Wizzard Media, the world's largest podcast hosting network that its network distributed ...
Podcasts are no longer Niche <ul><li>Political Campaigns </li></ul>
Podcasts are no longer Niche <ul><li>Mainstream television </li></ul>
Podcasts  are  Used for Business <ul><li>IBM, “ShortCuts” Podcast </li></ul>
Podcasts  are  Used for Business <ul><li>Whirlpool Podcasts </li></ul>
Podcasts  are  Used Internally <ul><li>Microsoft </li></ul>
Overview of Microsoft Academy Team <ul><li>Online community and best-practice sharing vehicle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conten...
What is Academy Mobile? <ul><li>Social media platform </li></ul><ul><li>Built on SharePoint Server 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>...
 
 
 
Process to create a podcast User generated content Academy Mobile Studio Do-It-Yourself editing or Studio post-production ...
How we launched Academy Mobile <ul><li>Demo at Microsoft Global Sales meeting (13000 people) </li></ul><ul><li>Distributio...
How we launched Academy Mobile <ul><li>Signage </li></ul><ul><li>Booth </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><li>Pod-corn…...
Success Metrics & Challenges <ul><li>Goals for first year </li></ul><ul><ul><li>750 podcasts hosted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
Your competitors are/will be podcasting <ul><li>If you don’t have an audio/video presence online, you are missing out on t...
Pros of Audio Podcasting <ul><li>Video still competes with “eyeballs.”  There’s a lot less competition for ears.  </li></u...
Reasons to Podcast, B2C <ul><li>Provide audio/video material of your established print material - what if the only way peo...
Reasons to Podcast, B2B <ul><li>Connect Niche Employees  </li></ul><ul><li>Salescasting Example </li></ul>
Reasons to Podcast, B2B <ul><li>Employee empowerment / interactivity (Training/HBR example)  </li></ul><ul><li>Audio Sugge...
Return On Investment - Savings <ul><li>Collateral created is “live” once it’s finished, versus a radio/TV spot where you n...
Return On Investment - Branding <ul><li>New media collateral demonstrates an awareness of the market </li></ul><ul><li>New...
Return On Investment – Transparency/Trust <ul><li>Blogs allow for “commenting” tools that provide a two-way communications...
Return On Investment - Lead Generation <ul><li>Tagging your media is vital - this means providing metadata for search engi...
More Questions? Please join us in the Exhibit Hall near the coffee area after our discussion.  Thank you!
Conclusion <ul><li>http://www.blogtalkradio.com/microsoft   </li></ul><ul><li>John C. Havens,  VP, Biz Dev, BlogTalkRadio....
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  1. 1. The Business Value of Podcasting for Corporate Organizations John C. Havens VP, Business Development BlogTalkRadio Paolo Tosolini New Media Business Manager Microsoft
  2. 2. Quick Tech Facts <ul><li>Technically, a podcast is subscribable via an RSS feed (like a blog). </li></ul><ul><li>A podcast also features more than two episodes (one episode of a sound file on your site is simply an audio clip). </li></ul><ul><li>A podcast can be listened to online/streamed and does NOT require an iPod. </li></ul><ul><li>A podcast can be audio or video. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Podcasts are here to stay <ul><li>Wizzard Media, the world's largest podcast hosting network that its network distributed over 70,000,000 podcast episodes in March to an audience of millions in the U.S. and abroad. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Podcasts are no longer Niche <ul><li>Political Campaigns </li></ul>
  5. 5. Podcasts are no longer Niche <ul><li>Mainstream television </li></ul>
  6. 6. Podcasts are Used for Business <ul><li>IBM, “ShortCuts” Podcast </li></ul>
  7. 7. Podcasts are Used for Business <ul><li>Whirlpool Podcasts </li></ul>
  8. 8. Podcasts are Used Internally <ul><li>Microsoft </li></ul>
  9. 9. Overview of Microsoft Academy Team <ul><li>Online community and best-practice sharing vehicle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content developed “by the field, for the field” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer-to-peer connection and learning, as well as from Subject Matter Experts at Corporate HQ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Three ways to connect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio / video podcasts through Academy Mobile (~10 mins) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual meetings through Academy Live (1h) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deeper dives through Academy Focus forums (5 weeks) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who are our customers? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft employees, Partners, and even Customers going forward </li></ul></ul>NEW
  10. 10. What is Academy Mobile? <ul><li>Social media platform </li></ul><ul><li>Built on SharePoint Server 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Key Features </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Download, tagging, Search, RSS, Alerts, Profile Management, Rating, Commenting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Development facts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proof of Concept: 3 weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full development: 4 months </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Program Managers in USA + 10 developers in India </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Launched at Microsoft internal Global Sales meeting by end of July </li></ul>
  11. 14. Process to create a podcast User generated content Academy Mobile Studio Do-It-Yourself editing or Studio post-production Academy Mobile site
  12. 15. How we launched Academy Mobile <ul><li>Demo at Microsoft Global Sales meeting (13000 people) </li></ul><ul><li>Distribution of 6000 SD memory cards filled with podcasts </li></ul>
  13. 16. How we launched Academy Mobile <ul><li>Signage </li></ul><ul><li>Booth </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><li>Pod-corn… </li></ul>
  14. 17. Success Metrics & Challenges <ul><li>Goals for first year </li></ul><ul><ul><li>750 podcasts hosted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>300 DIY (Do It Yourself) podcasters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30% podcasts from International </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15000 unique users </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scalability of Do It Yourself (local champions, kiosks) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New areas (e.g. innovation, new employee orientation) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to Market (customers, partners, software + services) </li></ul></ul>
  15. 18. Your competitors are/will be podcasting <ul><li>If you don’t have an audio/video presence online, you are missing out on the largest, free distribution system ever created. </li></ul><ul><li>You can’t depend on your audience/potential clients discovering your homepage/main portal. You have to be where they are. </li></ul><ul><li>Within a year (if not now), if you don’t begin to feature multimedia aspects to your site, visitors will consider you behind the times. </li></ul>
  16. 19. Pros of Audio Podcasting <ul><li>Video still competes with “eyeballs.” There’s a lot less competition for ears. </li></ul><ul><li>You cannot surf the Internet while watching video. </li></ul><ul><li>You cannot drive while watching video or you die. </li></ul><ul><li>Video is more expensive to produce. </li></ul><ul><li>Audio relies on your listener using their imagination to help create a mental picture for your message. (Zebra sample) </li></ul><ul><li>Audio is easier to send cross-platform to phones and PDA’s for non-tech audiences to engage in while away from their computers. </li></ul>
  17. 20. Reasons to Podcast, B2C <ul><li>Provide audio/video material of your established print material - what if the only way people will engage in your message is through non-written formats? </li></ul><ul><li>Provide new revenue streams through ad insertion models. </li></ul><ul><li>Drive traffic to your site from other portals </li></ul>
  18. 21. Reasons to Podcast, B2B <ul><li>Connect Niche Employees </li></ul><ul><li>Salescasting Example </li></ul>
  19. 22. Reasons to Podcast, B2B <ul><li>Employee empowerment / interactivity (Training/HBR example) </li></ul><ul><li>Audio Suggestion Box Idea </li></ul>
  20. 23. Return On Investment - Savings <ul><li>Collateral created is “live” once it’s finished, versus a radio/TV spot where you need to buy air time </li></ul><ul><li>Collateral is “live” 24/7 online, internationally, meaning, you don’t have to hope someone tunes in at the right time to hear your spot </li></ul><ul><li>Collateral can be used in multiple applications (online, burned to CD, made available via phones, etc.) without buying air time </li></ul><ul><li>Collateral is PORTABLE; idea of “Just in Time” </li></ul><ul><li>No mailing costs for subscribable media </li></ul><ul><li>Free international distribution system through iTunes </li></ul><ul><li>Material is distributed via files versus paper, or bulky binders Delivery mechanism (iPod, phone) is used multiple times </li></ul>
  21. 24. Return On Investment - Branding <ul><li>New media collateral demonstrates an awareness of the market </li></ul><ul><li>New media collateral allows consumers to hear/view your message when/where THEY want </li></ul><ul><li>New media collateral provides more opportunities for your firm/business to express its unique voice and distinguish yourself from competitors </li></ul>
  22. 25. Return On Investment – Transparency/Trust <ul><li>Blogs allow for “commenting” tools that provide a two-way communications tool for your firm/business and your audience </li></ul><ul><li>New media tools provide a venue for building trust that “ ” doesn’t allow </li></ul><ul><li>The days of Corporate-Speak and monologues are dying if not dead. Learn how to genuinely speak to your audience or they’ll find someone who will. </li></ul>
  23. 26. Return On Investment - Lead Generation <ul><li>Tagging your media is vital - this means providing metadata for search engines to find your material. This generates leads for you 24/7. Audio search is also the next wave. </li></ul><ul><li>New media collateral allows you to be in more places than once and generate multiple revenue streams. </li></ul>
  24. 27. More Questions? Please join us in the Exhibit Hall near the coffee area after our discussion. Thank you!
  25. 28. Conclusion <ul><li>http://www.blogtalkradio.com/microsoft </li></ul><ul><li>John C. Havens, VP, Biz Dev, BlogTalkRadio.com [email_address] 917-597-3323 </li></ul><ul><li>Paolo Tosolini, New Media Business Manager, Microsoft [email_address] 425-985-7886 </li></ul>

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