Are you following me on Cinchcast? For the last few weeks I've been publishing short audio tips on Cinchcast, about boosting your online visibility and business blogging. I also wrote about how to repurpose your content using Cinch.
Audio is a great way to connect with your audience. You can also share audio on more sites outside of your blog which raises your visibility and naturally exposes you to more prospective visitors to your sites.
It may not be quite as intimate as video, but gets you a lot closer than text. Think about reading this post, for example. You have to make up what you think my voice sounds like or how I'm emphasizing words and phrases. You miss a lot of the nuance. Now, if you could listen to the content, you may have a lot deeper connection and perhaps a better retention of the content.
That got me to wondering about different ways people are using Cinch for their business. I did a pretty quick scan of some users who are fairly active and came up with a list 7 types of cinchcasts I noticed…
2. Live reports from events & conferences (Scoblizer)
3. Commentary to augment blog posts (MarshallK)
4. Podcasts (Create a show about your business topic. This has got to be the easiest way to produce a podcast – don't forget to submit it to iTunes for even wider distribution)
5. Interviews (here's a video tutorial on how to record to cinch with skype by John Piercy)
6. Book reviews (great for authors, publishers, business professionals)
7. Movie reviews (Podcastdoors)
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I left 8, 9 and 10 for you to fill in. I know you've got ideas about how to use audio to get in front of your target audience and I'd love to hear – or see – your suggestions in the comments! I thought of a few more while writing this post.
By the way, when you start using Cinch (free!) or if you use other similar recording applications like Audioboo, make sure you're syndicating your audio posts to twitter and Facebook and anywhere else you can. And post them on your blog if it's appropriate for your audience.
One final tip. Save your cinchcasts! Not only can you embed your cinchcasts into your blog or website, you can download the mp3 that's created when you record. Each week I download my cinchcasts to my computer hard drive so I don't lose the content. I add the cinches to my Online Visibility Tips Podcast on iTunes and if I ever want to create a product with them, I have all the audio at my finger tips…and I'm covered, just in case something happens to the Cinchcast site.