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 12- to 25-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.
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!
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 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 help you post it online to a suitable hosting platform as well as to any third-party distribution hubs you choose such as iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher.
What if I need to schedule multiple interviews for my podcast at different days and times?
No problem! Each scheduled hour of recording Additional Interviews costs $300 and includes a transcript for you to mark up.
What if an episode runs over 30 minutes?
No problem! However, if an episode's final run time is over 30-minutes, it will have taken us longer to edit, so we do have to charge extra for that work at an additional $200 per 10-minutes overage.
What are the technical specifications for your podcasts?
MP3 mono - 16 bit, 44.1 kHz, 64 kbps.
How does billing work?
At the time of scheduling, a credit card will need to be kept on file to hold your appointment. After your first session, an invoice will be sent which can be paid by check or credit card. A credit card can be kept on file for future bookings.
A $100 fee will be charged for recording cancellations within 24 hours.