Broadcasting with social media or a podcast can be therapeutic so start your therapy today.
If you have been reading my blog posts for an length of time then you know that Kathy and I have producing podcasts for the Home Decorating Podcast Network.
We started our first podcast on the network almost a year ago with the Fixer Upper Podcast. The Fixer Upper Podcast is about one of HGTV's top TV shows. The Fixer Upper TV Show features Chip and Joanna Gaines who live and remodel homes in Waco, Texas.
The Fixer Upper Podcast was a big success for us with over 2,000 downloads per episode. If you consider the fact that the average podcast receives less than 300 downloads you will understand why I say it was a success.
Eventually the season ended for the Fixer Upper TV Show, and the podcast was finished until season 5 starts. I think season 5 will start around November, and that is when the podcast will start back up.
Since Kathy and I could not really produce any more Fixer Upper Podcasts for a while we decided to try podcasting for another TV Show. After much research we decided on the Home Town TV Show.
Home Town was a new show that was about to premier on HGTV, and stared Erin and Ben Nappier of Laurel, Mississippi.
Home Town was scheduled for 10 episodes on HGTV which meant we would be finished recording podcasts for the new podcast way before The Fixer Upper TV Show started their new season.
We had a blast recording the Home Town Podcast and even made a trip to Laurel, Mississippi for the finale episode of the season. During that trip we met the show hosts Erin and Ben Napier. We also were able to meet many of the people we had made relationships with while recording the show.
The season finally ended for Home Town with another successful podcast for us. While The Home Town Podcast did not have as big of download numbers as The Fixer Upper Podcast did 800 downloads an episode were nothing to sneeze at. Once again we were out of work so to speak since we did not have any new episodes to podcast about.
Once again I started researching for a TV Show that we could produce podcasts about and came up with the Listed Sisters TV Show which was another show on HGTV about to start their second season.
Kathy and I both thought it was a cute idea for a TV show, so when the first episode of season two started we were ready to produce the Listed Sisters Podcast.
As always we watched the show which featured show hosts Lexie and Alana LeBlanc. Alana is a realtor and Lexi is an Interior Designer and together they remodel homes for their clients.
We have only watched and recorded one episode so far, but we are really enjoying it.
The Listed Sisters show will keep us busy for another ten episodes, and then we will probably stay on break until the new episodes of Fixer Upper start back up on HGTV.
The Listed Sisters TV Show has changed their format from season one to season two for the better I believe.
I hope you get a chance to listen to our podcast on the Home Decorating Podcast Network at DecoratingPodcasts.com
The Podcast Star Song
Back in the early days of podcasting (2004 – 2006) things were much different. Since there were so few podcasters around the community was much closer, and almost everyone seemed to know each other.
One of the more popular shows at the time was “This And That” produced by Jeff Oestreich.
In 2005 Jeff produced the song “Podcast Star” which became an over night hit in the podcast community. I do have to admit that the community was so small that it may not of been that hard to become a hit.
Some of the podcasts he names in the song are no longer being produced, and some of the produces of the podcasts are now in the Academy Of Podcaster Hall Of Fame.
Podcast Star was very clever, and Jeff did a great job producing this song.
The reason for this post is to share this song with all the new podcasters that have not heard the song, and to make sure it has its place in the History Of Podcasting.
The following information as taken from Jeff's site.
“This song was recorded for our podcast This And That. Adam Curry, playing this song on his very popular podcast, The Daily Sourcecode said “Wow, does that rock!!” Pretty cool from an ex VH1 jock.
This song was also featured on an episode of another very popular podcast The Dawn And Drew Show.
Podcast Star is a tongue-and-cheek look at wanting to achieve stardom through this new production medium. I tracked all the instruments and put the song together in about a week. Instruments include electric guitars, electric bass and drums. The drums were played ‘live' on my Yamaha Motif keyboard.
Hope you like it!”
You can find more of Jeff's music at JeffOestreichMusic.com
Confidence is like the flu.
Everyone can catch it, but not everyone does.
Help nominate the Fixer Upper Podcast in the Podcast Awards!
Step 1. Go to www.PodcastAwards.com and click the blue banner that says “Nominations are open”.
Step 2. Fill out the required information to nominate.
Step 3. Choose Fixer Upper Podcast in the TV & Film Category & click save at the bottom of the page.
Step 4. Go to your email inbox & verify the email you received for your vote to count.
It is a very simple drop down menu system for voting.
Thanks for your help 🙂
Everyone has a fear, but you can overcome your fear by meeting it head one.
Recently I was at a training event put on by BlitzMetrics.com and ran into my friend Dennis Yu.
Dennis is a true Facebook Guru and the brains behind BlitzMetrics.com
There was a videographer near by so we decided to record a short conversation about marketing on Facebook.
We had some fun while giving out some great bits of information.
I recorded this short video with Spandy Andy about recording viral videos.
Last weekend I was at a baby shower for my niece, and while sitting at the pool she informed me that Spandy Andy was in the pool.
Who is Spandy Andy I asked? I was not familiar with him at all.
She proceeded to tell me he was a big viral video guy on YouTube. So I went over and introduced myself and began to find out more about what he does with Video.
He informed me that he got his start by dancing in the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel.
Many of his videos have over six million views (that's a lot of views).
Now a days he travels the work with his boom box. He is paid to make celebrity appearances at events all over the world.
Not only does he go all over the world to dance, he gets paid big money to go dance, and I mean big money.
After I chatted with him I recorded this short interview for you.
I have included the stats from one of his videos so you can see how his YouTube video are doing.
I hope you enjoy.
You can see all of the Spandy Andy videos at youtube.com/user/SpandyAndyDotCom
I use to tell my children “Don't come crying to me unless your bleeding”
They both grew up to become strong, successful women.
I was interviewed on The Your Success Podcast By Katie Hornor.
This was a fun conversation and the first time I have chatted with Katie, but I hope not my last.
You can find more episodes of the For Your Success Podcast at BloggingSuccessfully.com/
You can find more interviews that I have given over the years HERE
You probably know by now that I create a lot of content for the sport of fastpitch softball.
One thing that I make sure to include in all my video content is a commercial for softball bats. In the commercial I give a discount code for customers to use. By using the discount code they can receive a $30 discount on softball bats.
This has been a very effective marketing tool for me for many years, and I even started adding the commercial on new video sites like Facebook, Twitter etc.
Here is the commercial that I have been using over the last six or seven years.
This is my daughter Amanda in the commercial presenting the sale info in a pretty straight forward manor. This commercial is filmed in a professional style, and while Amanda did a great job presenting the information, it is a little too professional in style, and not really any fun.
Here is the new commercial I just produced to change the presentation style.
First thing you will notice is that I make an appearance in this video. I decided it would be a stronger presentation if I used my so called star power in the video. This alerts people that I am talking about my store, and also helps to increase my personal branding to anyone that may not be familiar with me.
I also tried to make this video a little more fun. The fact that I am having a good time, and I am tossing bats around makes this presentation a little more memorable.
This presentation is more of a comical presentation than the first commercial we used.
What do you think?
Oh yea, don't forget to visit my website at SoftballJunk.com
Marketing your own product on your own podcast is a great marketing strategy.
In this episode of the Podcast Movement Sessions Podcast, you hear my conversations as I contact the new inductees for 2017 Academy Of Podcasters Hall Of Fame to tell them they are being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
There was a lot of excitement in these phone calls.
The Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame is an exclusive group, and in this episode we get to know a bit more about the next five inductees.
This episode was produced by Joel Sharpton and he did a fantastic job with it.
Get all the info on the Hall of Fame, the ceremony and THE conference for Podcasters, Podcast Movement 2017 at www.PodcastMovement.com
Gary Leland Show Episode 40
Thanks for tuning into the Gary Leland Show! Today I am talking about how I became part of the sports press.
By creating the Fastpitch TV blog, the Fastpitch TV Show and The Fastpitch Radio Show I have become a member of the sports press.
Find all my softball content at Fastpitch.TV.
I love my family, my friends, my dog and podcasting.
I was interviewed on The Social Media Strategy Podcast by Pauline Stockhausen.
I have engaged with Pauline several times over the years on different online projects, but had not met her in person until 2017 at Social Media Marketing World in San Diego.
We had a great conversation about podcasting and social media.
You can find more episodes of The Social Media Strategy Podcast at WorldPodcasts.com/socialmediastrategypodcast/
You can find more interviews that I have given over the years HERE
VoyageDallas is a local Dallas area online newspaper that interviewed Kathy and I. I thought I would share the article with you.
Meet Kathy and Gary Leland of Leland’s Wallpaper in Arlington
Today we’d like to introduce you to Kathy and Gary Leland.
Leland’s was founded in 1981 by Kathy and Gary with an initial investment of twenty-five dollars they began selling custom mini blinds door to door.
Now they have evolved and sell everything from custom blinds, shutters, bedding, draperies, wallpaper, flooring, and fabric, for both residential, and commercial customers.
LelandWallpaper.com is the largest stocking wallpaper store in the state of Texas with a full showroom located in Arlington, TX.
They created one of the first websites dedicated to selling wallpaper in 1996, and now operate a network of websites dedicated to helping people with their decorating needs.
Gary and Kathy have also entered the world of new media. Gary started creating podcasts in 2004 and is now known as a pioneer in the world of podcasting, in 2016 Gary inducted into the Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame in Chicago.
The couple also produces podcasts about the hit HGTV Shows Fixer Upper and Hometown. These podcasts can be found at www.DecoratingPodcasts.com along with many of the great video reviews of new wallpaper books that Kathy hosts
Because of Gary’s work in the field of New Media and Podcasting, Arlington’s Mayor Williams proclaimed March the 1st Gary Leland Day in 2017.
Their story is a true success of turning a twenty-five-dollar investment into a yearly seven figure business.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Since we started with a small twenty-five-dollar investment back in 1981, one of the main problems were handling the growth.
During the early years we had to put in our profits as fast as we made them in order to grow the business.
We have never borrowed a penny to grow our business to where it is today.
Please tell us about Lelands Wallpaper.
We have always believed that service is the easy place to stand out.
When customers come in our store, or contact us online they are given the best service we can possibly give.
With a world of websites like Yelp you can build the best advertising network just by having happy customers who will recommend you to the world via the internet.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
We both agreed on this one. Our favorite memories from childhood are the memories of hanging out with our brothers and sisters.
We have made a sincere effort to create those kinds of memories with our daughters Lauren and Amanda.
Address: 2021 S. Cooper Street, Arlington, Texas 76010
You can see the full article at http://voyagedallas.com/interview/meet-kathy-gary-leland-lelandswallpaper-com-arlington/
You can find more interviews that I have given over the years HERE
Podcasts are the most consumable type of media that exists.
Try consuming a video or a blog while driving a car.
Kathy and I have been producing podcasts as a couple for a good part of 2016, and 2017.
We started out with the Fixer Upper Podcast. This is a podcast about the HGTV Show Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines.
During the season we watched the Fixer Upper TV Show every Tuesday evening, and then on Wednesdays we recorded a podcast about the episode that we watched the night before. We then upload the new episodes at around noon every Thursday.
We actually recorded a podcast for eighteen episodes of the show this year, and finally quit shortly after the season ended. When season five of The Fixer Upper starts this fall we will restart the podcast.
Since the season was over for The Fixer Upper TV Show we decided to take on another podcast for another HGTV Show.
We decided to podcast about the new HGTV Show Home Town which stars Erin and Ben Napier from Laurel, Mississippi.
This show was a perfect fit since it came out on Tuesdays we could keep the same schedule we had created for the Fixer Upper Podcast.
While recording the ten episodes of the Home Town Podcast we really got to know some of the people involved with the show, and people from the town of Laurel.
By the time the last episode of the season was going to shown on TV we had decided to go to Laurel, Mississippi to see the town, and view the last episode from there.
What a great trip, we had a great time, and made so many friends.
We toured the town, and went to many of the stores that had been featured on the first season of Home Town.
Ben and Erin's store Laurel Mercantile hosted a meet and greet at which Ben and Erin made an appearance. It was nice to meet Ben and Erin.
Also at the event were most of the home owners that were part of the first season. We really enjoyed meeting everyone.
We watched the last episode of the season in the Arabian Theatre with around two hundred people.
The stars of the show Ben and Erin were also there, and it was quite the event.
Now the season is over for the Home Town TV Show, and that means the season is also over for the Home Town Podcast.
I am not sure at this time if we will just wait until Fall arrives to start podcasting again, or if we will pick a third show to podcast about.
Whatever we decide will be posted at DecoratingPodcasts.com which is the website for the Home Decorating Podcast Network.