Some Great Podcasts to Keep You Current

Podcasts remain one of the best ways to keep up with the latest trends and to learn new methods and approaches.  Whether listening while getting ready in the morning, during commutes or business travel, or even while working, there are more options than ever before as the medium has truly matured.  Even better, the vast majority are free.  Make the most of your downtime (in this economy, there may be more than usual), and never stop learning.

Below are some of the best podcasts that we “keep an ear” on:

INTERACTIVE INDUSTRY & TECHNOLOGY

Boxes and Arrows (Site | iTunes)
As the preeminent website for information architecture and user experience design professionals, it should come as little surprise that their podcasts are highly valuable as well.  Regular interviews with IAs, authors, and a variety of professionals can be heard along with full recordings of conferences and keynote speeches by some of the best in the biz.  Save money on air fare and conference fees.

CNET News Daily Podcast (Subscribe options)
Daily updates on all things tech.  Get insight on the latest Google inventions, what Apple is up to next, Twitter news, the top gadgets, and much more.

Marketing Edge (Subscribe options)
Albert Maruggi, a 25-year marketing veteran from Provident Partners has been publishing this podcast since 2005.  Each episode is around 30 minutes and features a combination of interviews, insights, and analysis related to internet marketing and social media in particular.  Recent topics include, Is there money in Communities? and Using Experts to Get Better Media Coverage.

Internet Marketing (iTunes)
Hailing from the UK, Andy White of Wire World Media hosts this monthly podcast which goes into a fair amount of detail on specific tools and tactics.  You’ll benefit from latest SEO trends, Google Analytics tips, and blog and podcast promotion to list a few.  We’ve only recently picked up this one, but it’s becoming a favorite.

Boagworld Web Design Advice (Subscribe options)
Another British podcast, Boagworld is info-heavy with minimal fluff.  Episodes tend to lean more toward development topics, but marketing strategies and tactics are also regularly covered.  Prepare yourself for some pretty heavy accents.  It’s a bit like Spinal Tap delivering the latest interactive news and tips.  This podcast goes to eleven!

Internet Marketing This Week (Subscribe options)
Mostly informal, this podcast requires a bit of sifting through conversational chatter, however there are always some good nuggets to be discovered. Four marketing experts scattered across the country Skype and conference call in each week to review the top stories.

BusinessWeek: CEO Guide to Technology (Blog | iTunes)
With varying frequency (most often monthly), this podcast highlights important technologies affecting business, with only the details top management needs to know.  Rachael King, the regular host, is by-the-numbers, and a little stale, however the guests she interviews spice things up and and are knowledgeable experts from a variety of industries.

BusinessWeek: Technology and You (RSS | iTunes)
Steve Wildstrom has been publishing this column in BusinessWeek since 1994 and every week offers this engaging podcast.  Steve puts all the latest gadgets and software to the test and his breadth of experience yields some great reviews.  The iTunes page for this podcast shows some bad reviews, however these are old (from 2007) and the issues they raise (mostly in terms of production quality) have since been resolved.

NPR: Technology Podcast (Subscribe options)
A handy-dandy summary of all related technology coverage across NPR over the last week.  It doesn’t get any more convenient than this.

Marketing Yak (Marketing Sherpa) (iTunes)
Most of us are aware of the great tutorials and reports from MarketingSherpa.  Here’s its closely related podcast.  They seem to be on hiatus right now (last publishing from November of 2008), but the past episodes are still available and worthwhile.  Hopefully they’ll ramp things up again soon.

BUSINESS & PRODUCTIVITY

Here are a couple general podcasts that are worth your time.

BusinessWeek
Behind This Week’s Cover Story with Executive Managing Editor, John Byrne offers in-depth interviews with the writers of the latest cover story.  If you read BusinessWeek, this is must-listen material.  Also, The Business Week hosted by Assistant Managing Editor, Jim Ellis, give you a summary of the week’s major business events along with interviews with the publication’s major columnists.  The Business Week is available in both audio and video.

David Allen Company Podcast (Subscribe options)
Getting Things Done personal productivity guru, David Allen serves up highly actionable tips every week to help you organize your hectic life.

HUMOR

All work and no play…  Be sure to throw some laughs into your podcast mix:

Car Talk (Subscribe options)
Resist the urge to set your car on fire and blow off steam with Click and Clack.  Test your brain with the weekly puzzler and laugh along as the two brothers poke insults at one another, read hilarious fan emails, and occasionally help people with their car troubles.

The Onion Radio News (Subscribe options)
America’s Finest News Source is hilarity at its finest, now in podcast form.  Don’t miss hard hitting stories such as “McDonald’s Unveils New All-Beef Bun.”

The above list is a just small sampling of what’s out there.  What’s on your iPod?  We’d love to hear about your favorites.

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  1. July 9th, 2009 at 04:54 | #1

    Wow, thanks for the mention of the Marketing Edge Podcast If there are any topics you think we should cover just drop me a comment or call it in 206-600-6887.

    My son goes to school at Marquette, I’ll ping you next time I’m in town. All the best,

  2. admin
    July 9th, 2009 at 05:31 | #2

    Hi Albert,

    It’s great to have you commenting on our blog and thanks for the excellent podcast!

    I’ll post a comment on your site as well, but I’d be very interested in hearing your thoughts on which reports in the major social media monitoring tools (SM2, Radian6, etc.) offer the most value and insight for your analysis. I don’t think this has been covered recently (but I could be wrong). For instance, in SM2, I think “Share of Voice,” “Themes,” Demographics,” and “Categories” (among others) are good aggregates of sources and topics. Any other insight as far as specific configuration or data tweaking you like to do would be very interesting.

    It would be great to hear from you next time you’re in Milwaukee.

    Thanks,

    Brian Molstad

  3. July 9th, 2009 at 09:05 | #3

    Thanks for including BusinessWeek’s CEO Guide to Technology podcast on your list! I also appreciate the feedback. I’ve been thinking that it’s time to shake things up and I’d love to hear your suggestions either here or offline.

    Best regards,

    Rachael

  4. admin
    July 9th, 2009 at 09:18 | #4

    Hi Rachael,

    Thanks for the comment! It’s very nice to hear from you.

    I do indeed think your podcast is great. The only comments I would have is that the audio quality could be a bit improved. I’m not sure if you have access to a studio at BusinessWeek or elsewhere, but the podcasts sometimes sound a little tinny.

    Also, the questions you ask during your interviews are excellent, but feel free to deviate from the list occasionally. Including your own thoughts on how the technology could be best integrated as well as your own experiences would be interesting as well. Perhaps introduce the podcast with some of your own thoughts/observations on the technology’s current and potential impact?

    Keep up the great work, and thanks again for the comment.

    Brian Molstad

  5. admin
    July 10th, 2009 at 05:24 | #5

    Hi all,

    Just posting a link recommended by my colleague, Denice MacDonald.

    http://www.podcastalley.com

    This is a great resource as an alternative to iTunes. Click “Top Podcasts” and then check out the “Business” and “Technology” genres. They’re ranked by popularity, but there are thousands to choose from!

    Brian Molstad

  6. Sonya
    July 10th, 2009 at 20:11 | #6

    I appreciate this list, but it could’ve been made MUCH more useful by providing links to the podcast sources.

  7. admin
    July 11th, 2009 at 14:20 | #7

    Hi Sonya,

    I completely agree. I’ve updated the post to include links to subscription options as available.

    What are some of your favorite podcasts?

    Thanks,

    Brian

  8. July 12th, 2009 at 05:55 | #8

    Brian & Sonya: More info on podcasting for those that want to jump in and become ‘podcasters’:

    http://www.macdonaldconsultingservices.com/post/2008/06/Podcasting-for-Dummies.aspx

  9. admin
    July 13th, 2009 at 05:40 | #9

    Hi Denice,

    Thanks for the resources!

    The tool, “Audacity’ looks like a great open source option. However, Podcast Station appears to be a casualty of the economy having recently closed up shop. That’s unfortunate! It sounded like it was full-featured and high quality.

    Brian

  10. September 14th, 2009 at 10:47 | #10

    Hi,
    I just thought that I would write and let you know about our podcast and thought you might like to check it out? We produced a range of free programmes which include professionally produced audio books, interviews and documentaries at
    http://www.peopletalk.libsyn.com.

    Peopletalk is a UK non-profit group, comprising of British trained actors, writers, producers, musicians, short film and documentary makers, who have combined their areas of expertise in order to provide a free internet audio book, anecdotal story and social history documentaries site.

    Peopletalk is listened to in 55 countries around the world and up to now we have had over 500,000 downloads through the Apple iTunes website.  All our audio books stay on our website until we notice a decline in downloads.

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