Podcast Movement 2018 (PM18) was a blast!
From July 23–26, Castbox was thrilled to be a sponsor at Podcast Movement 2018 in Philadelphia. Castbox Founder and CEO, Renee Wang, traveled from Beijing to join the Castbox San Francisco team at the world’s largest gathering of podcasters. The highlight was meeting so many devoted and inspirational podcast industry professionals. There were over 2000 attendees, encompassing brand new podcasters, seasoned sound editors, veteran producers, marketers and podcast enthusiasts. We were impressed by those who attended just to get a better understanding of the space before embarking on their own podcast.
This was Castbox’s second year at Podcast Movement. We set out to raise more awareness about our platform in the podcast space, educating attendees about our brand and the helpful resources and features we offer to both podcasters and listeners. If you visited our PM18 booth, you likely heard that Castbox is an award-winning global podcast platform with over 17 million downloads and enables anyone to find, access, create and enjoy spoken audio content. You may have also learned that Castbox gives users access to endless content in multiple languages, anywhere, and works across multiple devices. You may have even searched for your podcast in our app using the Android or Iphone on display at our booth. Some of you got a chance to see how our in-audio deep search feature works.
We are proud of the interactive, engaged community of listeners and podcasters that use the Castbox in-channel comments section. We make it easy for listeners to share podcasters’ content and interact with their listener community. We also shared that we partner with exceptional talent to launch some of the most entertaining original content podcasts.
Castbox organized a Marketing track panel and a Creation track breakout session. The first panel, From 0 to 100: How to Grow your show was moderated by always entertaining podcast veteran, former host of the Art of Charm, current host of The Jordan Harbinger Show, Jordan Harbinger. The panelists were Colin Thomson from Kast Media, Sarah Cotenoff from Bite Agency, Jeff Umbro from Podglomerate and Melissa Monte , The Host of “Mind Love”, a Castbox Original podcast. Here are just a few of the valuable nuggets of information that were shared:
Later that day, two pros took the stage for the Creation Track breakout session. Jordan Harbinger joined Chris Kelly, the Producer of Castbox Original, This Sounds Serious and Panoply’s Dexter Guff is Smarter Than You. The conversation was equally educational as it was entertaining. Here are some quotable quotes from the session:
We can’t forget to mention the big party on Wednesday night. You know, the one where 1000 podcasters danced, dined and mingled in the historic Reading Terminal Market. We were proud to sponsor this year’s Podcast Movement party, #RockTheCastbox. For those who didn’t make it, we rented out the entire market in Downtown Philadelphia and offered open bar service and food from 13 food vendors. Fan favorites included Philly cheesesteak, soft pretzels, corn dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, and salted caramel. The party went strong from 7–10pm, thanks to the beats of DJ Ernesto and live band, Amanda Bachi and the Crimson Symphony. It was a night to remember and we were privileged to host it.
Alas, all great things must come to an end. The event opened with a Keynote from top podcaster, Pat Flynn, and ended with Terry Gross from NPR’s Fresh Air. We want to offer our deepest thanks and congratulations to Dan Franks, Jared Easley, Gary Leland and the rest of the Podcast Movement team for organizing such a huge success. If you couldn’t tell, Castbox was honored to be a part of this AMAZING event.