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June 2012

009 The Podcast Report – See You Next Week!

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Hey everyone, Cliff Ravenscraft here. I’m back with another episode of The Podcast Report.

See You Next Week In NYC!
I can’t believe it’s finally here. It seems like the past few months have just flown by so fast. I hope that you are all set and prepared for a great conference experience.

In this episode, you will really get a great feel for just how many different segments of the podcasting community will be represented in the sessions prepared for the Podcasting Track.

Rob Greenlee will tell us how we will learn about the future of content distribution, Daniel J. Lewis shares how those who want to learn how to podcast can do so at the conference, Tee Morris and Pip Balntine share how authors are using podcasting to get published, and David Barr Kirtley tells us about how Science Fiction podcasters can create a better future.

Cali Lewis Will Be Broadcasting Live From Stitcher Radio Podcast Pavilion
I’m very excited to announce that Stitcher Radio is sponsoring the Podcast Pavilion at the NYC event. I’m also very excited to announce that Cali Lewis of GeekBeat.tv will be broadcasting live from the Podcast Pavilion on Wednesday, June 6th and Thursday, June 7th. Be sure to check out her live broadcast at http://GeekBeat.tv/live.

Did you know that you can earn cash while promoting the event?
BlogWorld has an affiliate program that can allow you to potentially earn enough commissions to pay for your entire trip to the conference. If you would like to learn more, please click here to sign up.

Register For BlogWorld Today!
If you are serious about your podcasting efforts, I highly recommend that you attend the leading podcast industry conference. If you haven’t registered yet, click here to get registered today. Use promo code GSPN10 for 10% off!

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Big Cities and Small Towns

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How big city businesses lost the very qualities they need to survive today
…and how small town business people can help get it back.

A business fairy tale, of sorts.

Once upon a time, big cities were filled with small neighborhood businesses. They survived by treating every customer as an individual, by being frugal, by looking long term, by having ties to the local community and by expecting hard times. Then bigger and bigger businesses took over the cities. Swelled by an always-up economy, efficiency of scale and customers who became a mass market. Small neighborhood businesses were mostly lost, driven out, absorbed, limited, or pushed to the margins.

Then Change came. The economy lost its certainty, technology made scale seem irrelevant, and customers turned their back on the mass market to become more local. The qualities the businesses needed now were completely different than what they had grown big with. They struggled to figure out what might work now.

It turns out, that away from the big cities, the small neighborhood businesses still exist, in small towns. They still survive by treating every customer as an individual, by being frugal, by looking long term, by having ties to the local community and by expecting hard times. Plus they’ve added some newer survival skills: managing multiple lines of income to reduce risk, and the secret of growing big while staying small. These are the small town businesses of today, with the very skills that big businesses need to cope with the massive Change in the economy, technology and society.

Today, the businesses that are struggling with Change can turn to small towns and their most successful small businesses to learn what works. Barry Moltz and I put together our experiences from small towns, big cities, big businesses and small businesses. We will be talking about this at BlogWorld Expo New York on Wednesday at 3:45 in Room 1A21 during our session, Small Town Rules: How Big Brands and Small Business Can Prosper in A Connected Economy. It won’t be in fairy tale style, but it will be entertaining.

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