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5 tips for creating a successful podcast

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I love podcasts. Submerging myself in a good podcast whether I’m at home, commuting or just procrastinating at work is one of the greater pleasures in my chaotic life.

It’s a love affair that has led me to create my own. Most people reading this will know that I’ve spent the past 6 months running The Deep Lying Podcast, which is all about Football Manager and had gotten a lovely loyal following.

But that’s not the only time I’ve dabbled in the recording arts. For a year, I presented The App Show (which was a radio show and podcast on Cambridge local radio station Star 107) and for three months I ran the Mobile Mavericks podcast. I’ve also guested on the Pocket Gamer podcast, Toku podcast and The Sixth Axis’ podcast, because once you get the bug you just can’t stop.

And best of all, podcasts are bloody amazing mobile content. Literally, people listen to podcasts on the go. They listen on the train into work; they’ll put it on when they’re going for a run; a podcast will come with them when they’re on holidays. With podcasts and mobile handsets tied together, they’re a great way of reaching people in a subtle, personal and interesting way.

So having listened to and created the damn things for a while now, I thought I’d chuck together a quick tips post for someone who might be creating a podcast but doesn’t know where to start.

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Roundtable: new mobile gaming launching at London Mobile Games Week

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George in hosting action at a Mobile Mixer earlier in 2015

London Mobile Games Week is taking place from the 18th-22nd January. And what with my experience organising events, writing about mobile games and enjoying holding court, it shouldn’t come as an enormous surprise that I’m going to be hosting an event in the capital during that most momentous of occasions.

Called Roundtable, and organised in conjunction with Bright Dials, this will be your chance to meet the mobile gaming experts and make new contacts in a relaxed environment.

Taking place on the 18th January at McQueen’s Bar near Shoreditch from 4-7pm, we’ll be rotating you around eight tables in a “speed networking” format – giving you a chance for an informal natter with our experts.

And if that wasn’t enough of a reason to attend, we’ll also be providing nibbles, drinks and running a prize draw to give you the chance to win stuff simply by talking to people. Generous, eh?

We’re still finalising our line up of experts, but we can confirm the following people will be in attendance:

  • Hosting – George Osborn, Editor at Osney Media and Owner of Mobile Mavericks
  • Press – Keith Andrew, Freelance Journalist and owner of Keith Andrew Media
  • Monetisation – Charmie Kim, Product Manager at Space Ape
  • Industry Knowledge – Andy Tomlinson, Public and Policy Officer,
  • Indie gaming – Ben Murch, Rodeo Studios
  • More TBA soon

If you’d like to attend, getting a ticket couldn’t be easier. Simply sign up using the Eventbrite form below for a free VIP ticket and you can join us on Monday 18th January for a fantastic afternoon of networking

See you there!

6 tips for making the most from a conference speaking slot

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Speaking at a conference is a great opportunity for either an individual or a business. Whether it is 15 or 50 minutes long, the opportunity to speak at length on a topic of interest to people who appreciate what you’re talking about should be fantastic.

Too often though, the opportunity is wasted. Whether it’s due to understandable nerves or a less understandable attempt to shoe horn a sales pitch into a speech, there are too many times when a s speaking slot doesn’t achieve its full potential.

So, on the basis of attending dozens of conferences and organising a fair few in the past year, I thought I’d take a bit of time out to give you my tips on making the most from a conference speaking slot.

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Why Apple Music’s editorial approach hasn’t worked (and what it should do differently)

Or not quite, in Apple Music's case

Or not quite, in Apple Music’s case

After three months, the time has come to turn off my Apple Music access. Following much hype, much excitement and just a little pretentiousness, Apple’s iTunes replacement has not managed to hit the mark and keep me as a customer.

Why is that the case though? How has Apple, a company credited with saving the music industry and capable of getting Taylor Swift on board, produced a music streaming service so uninspiring that the only use I had for it was to listen to In Rainbows by Radiohead?

The answer comes down to one thing in my book. And that is the failure to actually deliver on their promise of editorialised recommendations that really were better than those of an algorithm.

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