What sets Volubility Podcasting apart?
Production value, which can make or break a podcast. This has many dimensions. It involves:
- Direction. Our audio professionals have been working with voiceover talent for years. Their job is to take your mind off the technical side so you can focus on your delivery. Plus, they’ll catch any mistakes you make along the way and instantly help you correct them.
- Music. We have years of experience selecting just the right music to enhance your podcast.
- Voiceover. If you’d like to have a professional voiceover talent record your show open and close—or even deliver the entire podcast for you—we have a terrific roster of people to choose from.
- Coaching. If you feel like you sound too stiff in your recordings, we partner with several voice coaches who can help you feel more comfortable in front of the mic and sound
- Development. Our podcast enthusiasts are here to work with you and/or your marketing director to develop an impactful and entertaining podcast.
Can’t I just produce my own podcast?
Sure, but do you really want to?
In order to produce your own podcast, you’ll need to do the following:
- Research what kind of technology is required—and what brands you want to buy.
- Budget for and purchase that technology.
- Acoustically treat a space.
- Learn how to record.
- Learn how to edit.
- Do the editing (which can be more than frustrating for beginners).
- Research what hosting options are available.
- Purchase a subscription plan.
- Distribute your podcast on the internet without any errors.
That’s a whole lot.
We’ve found that most working professionals either don’t have time to go through all these steps or simply don’t want to. It’s an absurd amount of work to do before you even get to the fun part, speaking into a microphone! This is especially true for the editing, which can take forever if you don’t know what you’re doing. We often hear it can take beginners several days to edit one episode of a podcast, and even then it doesn’t sound right if they make bad edits.
Hiring us is a much better alternative. Our production staff have years of professional experience in recording voiceover and editing audio—and delivering pristine quality files. In a couple of hours, they can do what it would take you days to do yourself.
What's the difference between a Scripted and Interview podcast?
There are essentially three types of podcasts and we recommend you pick one for your format.
- Scripted. This involves one or two people speaking on a topic. In this format, people often want to jot down bullet points to use as reminders during their recording with the hope that it will sound more natural. While this method is good practice for public speaking (where you need to make eye contact), it doesn't generally make for good podcasting (where you don’t). We recommend you write down your script and practice it aloud so it sounds as natural as possible when you record.
- Interview. A discussion between a handful of people on a predefined topic. Our studios can comfortably accommodate up to four individuals in the recording booth. We're also capable of recording interviews over the phone and internet. Our technology allows us to record phone calls as high quality as possible, but just keep in mind that while you'll sound pristine on the recording, the interviewee will still sound like he or she is on the phone.
- Episodic radio play. We absolutely adore these but unfortunately are not accepting this type of work at this time.
How long should my podcast be?
We recommend starting with a 5- to 18-minute range. Most people listen to podcasts during their commute and want something brief and easily digestible. This also takes a lot of pressure off you to maintain interesting content for a prolonged period of time.
I’m a small business owner. How can a podcast help my business?
For marketing. These days it’s getting harder and harder to find quality local professional service providers. When you produce an interesting podcast, people are far more likely to find you online and refer you to their friends with ease. Consider your podcast a business card on steroids.
I’m a working professional. How can a podcast help me?
As a working professional, you have personal insights into your profession that are worth sharing. And the more experience you have, the more insights you have to share.
Once you’re ready to move forward in your career—and assume more senior and managerial roles—podcasting can position you as an expert, help you maintain your professional relevance and build a base of followers. (Remember, as much as you love your job, it may not last forever so you need to maintain your visibility.)
There’s also your legacy to think about. When you’re ready to retire, what will you do with all the knowledge you have to share (and how will you fill your spare time)? If you decide to write a book to preserve your legacy and share your insights, planning your podcast allows you to compartmentalize your expertise by creating episodes. By reciting your material aloud, your brain forces that information into concise thoughts. And by publishing these recordings for your fan base, you receive instant feedback on your ideas and their presentation.
That way, when you’re actually ready to write that book, you’ll have plenty of material to draw from.
How can I generate enough content?
If you’re a small professional service business and not sure you can create enough content to meet our minimum monthly podcast requirement, bring along some friends or colleagues with the same interests to help. You can rotate out regular hosts.
If you’re a clinical psychologist, for example, you can partner with other psychologists in your area (let’s say Springfield) and have a “Springfield Area Psychology Podcast.” This means you’re only on the hook for presenting (and paying for) a few episodes per year. So you’ve met your commitment for the year, and when you’re asked to speak at a psychology conference, you already have material to draw from for your presentation.
How do your Other Services work?
On our Services page, you will see a variety of Other Services we provide in addition to our Complete Podcast Package. They include:
Additional Interviews. For when you need to schedule multiple interviews at different dates/times for a single podcast episode.
Voice Coaching. Not everyone is comfortable in front of a microphone the first time they step up to record. That's why Volubility has voiceover coaches available to help you feel at ease before you even enter the recording booth. Coaching sessions are 1-hour long and are conducted over online video chat.
Proofreading. It's one thing to write a great article or white paper. It's quite another to write a podcast script that's easily spoken and understood. Our script professionals will proofread your scripts and make suggestions to ensure you're communicating as fluently as possible before you record your podcast.
Voiceover Open and Close. We'll cast a terrific professional voiceover talent to record your podcast intro and signoff to be used on every episode.
Voiceover Delivery of Entire Podcast. If you don’t want to voice your own podcast, you can certainly hire a professional voiceover artist to do it for you! We'll be happy to cast the talent for you and record your provided script every month.
Logo Design. This will be a fairly basic logo design with the name of your podcast. Our logo designers will select three different fonts and color schemes for you to choose from.
Additional 10-minutes. This is only applicable when an episode’s final runtime is longer than the 20-minute maximum runtime allotted for the Complete Podcast Package.
Development. You probably know your message inside and out. But if at any point you'd like help developing your ideas, we can provide input on your podcast format and messaging approach. Development sessions are billed hourly and are conducted over online video chat.
Show Notes. One of our professional copywriters will listen to your finished podcast and draft the Show Notes (or blurb) for each episode.
For Additional Interviews, please schedule your appointments through the calendar at the bottom of the Services page.
To request all Other Services, click the Other Services Request Form button, fill out your contact information, select the services you'd like and click Submit. We'll contact you shortly to schedule your appointments.
Can I record my podcast and have you edit it?
Yes, but we actually have to charge you more for this.
It's become commonplace for people to call us up and ask, “Can you fix this recording?” And our response is always the same: “We can make this better, but you’ll probably still be dissatisfied with the end product.” That’s because it takes us far longer to fix bad audio than to record it properly the first time. And even then it will never sound as good.
We have decades of experience with acoustic spaces and audio technologies to provide you with the very best quality recordings. Plus, when your podcast doesn’t sound right, you’ll have trouble building a subscriber base because 1) no one wants to listen to bad audio and 2) negative reviews add up quickly. There are way too many good sounding podcasts out there for anyone to waste their time listening to bad sounding ones.
So, why go through all that headache?! Have it done right the first time. Hire us and all you’ll have to do is:
- Show up.
- Smile when your podcast magically appears on the internet!
Can you produce my podcast and I host it (post it to the internet) myself?
Yes, but hosting is included in our Complete Podcast Package and rates are non-negotiable.
Do you offer video podcasting services?
Not at this time. And for good reason.
Video opens many cans of worms. All of a sudden, we need to be concerned with cameras, lenses, lighting, backdrops, graphics, codecs, etc. And you'd then need to be concerned with hair, makeup, wardrobe, presentation, etc. The beauty of audio-only podcasts is no one needs to see you! You can wear whatever you want to your recording sessions. (We don’t judge!)
We are audio professionals. We do it fast and we do it well, so that’s the service we stick to.
Nuts & Bolts
What do I do when I want to create my first podcast episode?
From the Services page, click the Schedule Now button and select your desired 3-6-12 Introductory Plan (Scripted or Interview).
Schedule your first recording!
Enter your name and contact information.
Accept our Terms & Conditions. Please go over this document carefully before accepting. It reviews in detail how you will be billed every month.
Before your appointment is confirmed, we will need to have a credit card on file. However, you will not be charged until the time of your first podcast recording (except in the event of an appointment cancellation within 24 hours).
Click Reserve and you’re all set!
For faster scheduling of future episodes, create a new user account at this time.
What happens after I record my podcast?
If you're creating an Interview Podcast, a transcript will be generated and submitted to you. Mark up the transcript with anything you'd like to omit and then return it to to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're creating a Scripted Podcast, we'll edit from the script you record from.
From the time you submit your markup, your podcast will be edited to our professional standards within 48 hours, including removal of bad takes, long pauses and unnecessary expressions like “um”, “you know”, etc.
If this is your first episode, we'll send you three appropriate music tracks to select from as your open/close. Any direction for the music you imagine (genre, tempo, etc.) is welcome and encouraged.
Once you inform us of your music selection, we'll send you a link to your completed podcast for approval. If any revisions are necessary, please let us know via email and we'll take care of those for $200/hour (most rounds of simple revisions only take 1 hour).
Upon approval of your podcast, we'll post it online via our enterprise class hosting platform as well as to any third-party distribution hubs you choose such as iTunes or Stitcher.
Why do Interview Podcasts cost more than Scripted Podcasts?
There are two hard cost factors that account for this. First, we need to generate a transcript of any interviews so you can tell us what sections to edit out. And second, as a result of editing interviews from a transcript, the editing process inherently takes longer than editing a scripted recording.
What if I need to schedule multiple interviews for my podcast at different days and times?
On the Services page under Other Services, you'll see the option to schedule Additional Interviews. This link will take you to the bottom of the page where you can schedule an Additional Interview from the list of services. Each scheduled hour of recording Additional Interviews costs $300 and includes a transcript for you to mark up.
What if an episode runs over 20 minutes?
No problem! However, if an episode's final run time is over 20-minutes, it will have taken us longer to edit, so we do have to charge extra for that work. Upon approval of your episode, we'll charge your credit card on file an additional $200 per 10-minutes overage.
If you'd like to stay within the 20-minute time limit budgeted in the Complete Podcast Package, we recommend you rehearse your script aloud and time yourself. Aim for 18-minutes to allow room for error, ad-libbing, and intro/wrap-up.
Can I provide my own music?
No. Volubility Podcasting provides hosting for your podcast, so we assume all responsibility for acquiring music rights. Therefore, we must use music provided by one of our contracted music libraries.
That said, if your company has an original piece of music that's been composed for the purposes of marketing, we'll be happy to use this music if proof of ownership can be provided.
What are the technical specifications for your podcasts?
MP3 mono - 16 bit, 44.1 kHz, 64 kbps.
How does billing work?
All podcasts begin with our 3-6-12 No Commitment Introductory Plan, which includes 3 episodes created within 6 months and includes 12 months of hosting. You'll be billed at the time of your first podcast recording.
If you’d like to cancel after the first 3 episodes, we’ll keep them online for the 12-month term (from the date your first episode is posted online) and then either transfer your RSS feed to a personal account you maintain or terminate the hosting.
If you continue creating podcasts after completing the 3-6-12 Introductory Plan, you select the annual package that best fits your needs. You'll be billed monthly based on the package you choose and any Other Services rendered.
Upon completion of the annual commitment, you may alter the number of episodes you produce for the following year, and we'll adjust your monthly rate accordingly.
What's your subscription cancellation policy?
For our Monthly Podcast Package, we have a No Commitment Cancel Anytime cancellation policy.
If you're unable to fulfill a Complete Podcast Package commitment under one of our discounted plans (Bi-Weekly or Weekly), we'll downgrade you to the next lowest plan and charge accordingly for the difference up to the amount for unproduced episodes.
For example, if you only produce 40 episodes of a Weekly Scripted Podcast (instead of 48) at $800 each, all 37 episodes (beyond the first 3) will then need to be charged the $100 difference. So, your cancellation fee would be $3700.
However, if you produce 46 episodes, then we'll only charge you $1600 ($800 x 2) for the remaining 2 unproduced episodes, instead of the full $4300 ($100 x 43).
Note: Fees charged for Other Services do not count toward fulfillment of a Complete Podcast Package contract.
How many episodes are included with each subscription plan?
Monthly Podcasts require 12 episodes per calendar year. Since we understand everyone gets sick and likes to take holidays off, we built in some flexibility to our more frequent plans. Biweekly Podcasts require 24 episodes per year instead of 26, and Weekly Podcasts only require 48 episodes per calendar year instead of 52.
Any episodes you produce beyond your contract term will be charged at the same per-podcast rate.
And if you produce enough episodes to qualify for the next highest contract tier, we will refund the amount equal to the discounted rate, but only for the additional episodes.
For example, if you sign up for a Monthly Scripted Podcast contract (12 episodes) and produce 24 episodes in a calendar year, all 24 episodes will be charged at the agreed amount of $1000 each, but we will refund you $1200 ($100 x 12) for the additional episodes once you complete the 24th episode. However, if you only produce 23 episodes, you will be charged $1000 per episode as agreed upon in your original contract.
Similarly, if you sign up for Biweekly (24 episodes) and produce 48 episodes in a calendar year, we'll refund $2400 ($100 x 24) upon completion of the 48th episode.
What happens if I skip a month without recording an episode?
We'll still charge your credit card on file for the agreed amount on your scheduled monthly billing date. However, if you produce extra episodes later (within your contract year), we won't charge you for these since you'll have effectively prepaid for them.
What happens if I stop producing podcasts but want to keep previous episodes online?
We are happy to continue hosting your podcast on our network for a fee determined at the time of cancellation (based on monthly download bandwidth). Otherwise we'll transfer your RSS feed to a personal account that you maintain.