I’ve been pondering what I think is the most important thing to come out of the Podcast and New Media Expo last weekend. Unfortunately I missed the Kent Nichols keynote, but I did catch the Louderback and Wallstrip keynotes. They were very informative, and it was very heartening to hear that the A-Listers and those that have sold their podcast for literally millions have gone through a lot of the same things us strugglers and stragglers have gone through… building an audience one member at a time, ad representation issues and such.

There were a few meetings and announcements that, I think, I are going to shape the future of podcasting and new media for a while to come.

First of all, Wizzard Media announced an important partnership, which we discussed yesterday on the show (Episode 143). As soon as the T’s are dotted and the I’s are crossed, downloads from the Wizzard network are going to be certified by Nielson. Yeah, the folks that do the TV ratings and stuff. What does this mean? Well, I may be overestimating the importance of this, but an old media institution attaching themselves to new media in this way, I think, is a very important step in upgrading the marketability and credibility of the medium of podcasting as a whole. I wouldn’t be surprised to see podcasters represented at the next NABC.

But am I not supposed to be Podango propaganda boy? What’s going on with them? A whole lot, actually. Thanks to a close working relationship with Podango, I can say I know of a whole lot of stuff coming down the pike – quite exciting stuff – that they’re working on. But what they’ve announced at the PNME this weekend is exciting stuff as well. Not only did they talk a lot about the Gigavox Audio Lite acquisition, but working with Kiptronic on certifying and monetizing video downloads. Kiptronic has a strong relationship with Wizzard Media by way of the LibSyn acquisition. The certifications of Wizzard downloads, I’m fairly certain, will extend to Kiptronic statistics since they’re on a working relationship and theoretically have an understanding on what constitutes a download and all that (there’s more confusion on that concept than you’d think could be possible in the industry at large).

Then, there’s UStream. UStream didn’t have any mind-blowing announcements, but there were several relationships forged by Brad and the UStream folks (and Mason) that I think have some serious implications for the future. What UStream did accomplish at the PNME was raising awareness about their platform with the general pod-o-sphere and another company that I think is important in terms of actually accomplishing something in the development of video content.

TubeMogul was another offering that I think warrants a great deal of attention as well. TubeMogul had been reviewed elsewhere on the web before, but I never got around to checking them out. They are a service that (for free!) takes your video shot for YouTube or Revver (or pick your favorite video platform flavor) and uploads it to about 20 different video sharing sites. Remember when I was talking about this essential piece of promoting a video last week? I’ll say it again – it’s important, especially for the less well known video producers.

Keeping in mind that article, and all the ways that I detail are important to get your name and content out there, what’s the next logical proposal for these three companies, all of whom connected with one another at PNME, to do?

They need to hook together their backends/APIs.

Here’s the flow, how I see it:
You’re broadcasting your show live via UStream, interacting with your audience, doing your thing, whatever it may be. You hit the record on server button at the start of your podcast.

That FLV is then tagged, described, and titled after the broadcast via current UStream process of things. You then have two additional buttons available to you after you hit the submit button:

  1. Publish to your podcast feed. This converts the file properly, and sends it over to your feed at Podango with all the proper metadata and is then optimised in the various ways that Podango optimises a video file:
    • Monetized by Kiptronic technology
    • Formatted for the various types of technologies that read a video file (iPod, set-top box, computer).
    • SEO’ed with the Podango transcription service
    • In so automatically submitting, taking literally hours off of render times at the local machine.
    • Downloaded by your audience!
  2. Publish to TubeMogul. This sends the FLV file over to TubeMogul, when then takes all the relevant metadata you entered at UStream, and submits it to over 20 video hosting services. This allows you to:
    • Further monetize your content via Revver downloads.
    • Further monetize your content via YouTube downloads.
    • Carpetbomb the video viewing world with your content.
    • Eliminate a day or two of downloading, converting, and uploading your content every where.
  3. Podango to Tubemogul. This is also something I see as beneficial and imperative. Not everyone that creates video content (in fact most people fall into this category) can do so live, so having a hook from the Podango backend directly into TubeMogul is similarly beneficial.

Will this be an easy project? Probably not. As of this time, only Podango has an open API to work with the platform, but all three companies are well aware of one another, I’ve spoken to two of the three companies about the idea in both public and private (and they have caught the flame of my vision on this, I think), and I’m about to open dialog in the third point of the triangle today.

Will this be available next week? Most certainly not. Will it be available in the very near future? I think almost certainly so. I’m currently lobbying to make it happen as best I can with everyone involved (taking into account that all three companies are startups with at least somewhat limited budgets).

The net result will be almost completely full featured set of tools and monetization avenue that will put the indy broadcaster nearly on par with the big boys. It will then be up to you folks to make the good content.

/rizzn

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