The Podium Project

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Black Box Beta Round 2 – An Upgrade And A Free eClass

This was also emailed to everyone but I wanted to post here as well …

First of all, you’ve been heard.

We’re going to upgrade the Black Boxes so that

A – You can add your own Podcasts.

B – You can plug in / unplug the Box at will and still get the flashing blue light when we have something new.

So, you’re going to need to get your box upgraded? How do you do that?

A – Call Mark Schroeder at 408-386-8609 and he’ll walk you through the rest.


New Content

On Monday, I’m going to launch the first of a 5-part class on Social Media Marketing. This is a class that will go on sale at a later date that all Black Box Beta users will be getting for free.

But there is a catch 😉

Monday’s class will only be available for 24 hours.

When Tuesday’s class goes live, Monday’s goes away.

When Wednesday’s class goes live …

You get the idea.

Now, of course, once you download them and move them to your computer, they are yours forever.

It will be a great little test on using the box for it’s full potential.

And, darn it, the class material is pretty good too!

So, contact Mark asap to get your box upgraded.

And look for class 1 on your newly upgraded box at 5p Pacific on Monday.


September 6, 2007 Posted by | Beta Test, Participants | Leave a comment

Tonight’s Call

Email is coming shortly with access information for tonight’s call. Please remember to email us with the phone number you’ll be calling from so we can identify you in the call-in list.

August 15, 2007 Posted by | Beta Test, Participants | Leave a comment

First Beta Participant Roundtable – August 15, 530p, Pacific

We’re going to do our first beta participant roundtable on August 15 at 530p Pacific. It will be done by teleconference.

The topic for that call will be any technical problems you’ve seen or had and your thoughts on the initial setup process, etc. It will also be a chance for you to ask ANY questions about those topics to myself and a few participants from Casgle.

Please make it if you possibly can. There will be gift certificate drawings during the call to increase participation 😉

Please let us know here, via comment, if you can make the call. We’ll be emailing you individually with your access information.

August 9, 2007 Posted by | Beta Test, Participants | 9 Comments

Content Delivered So Far

Several of you have asked for a list of what we’ve sent so far and to update you here so that you know what to expect and when. Makes a lot of sense, so that’s what we’ll do.

So far we’ve sent:

Message 1 – The first Webcast recording. If you’d like the second one, let me know.

Message 2 – A Podcast Tools Direct episode. If you like it, you can sign up here.

Message 3 – The 7 Ways Changes lecture I gave at Notre Dame University last month.

Message 4 – Alex interviews Tim Ferriss of the 4-Hour Workweek.

Message 5 – The short contest update.

Message 6 – Altitude Training with Alex Mandossian.

Message 7 – Coming Soon … The Podcast Strategy Critique.

July 26, 2007 Posted by | Beta Test, Participants, PodDeus | Leave a comment

Surprise Prize Broadcast Tomorrow

I’m going to email everyone in the group about this as well, but we’re going to have a little content tomorrow. Look for the flashing light tomorrow and listen as soon as you can. First two to comment on this message with the right response will win a very nice prize.

July 11, 2007 Posted by | Beta Test, Participants | 8 Comments

First Minor Hiccup

Was about the release the how to video and unlock the Podiums today.

And we found something out.

The Podcast Secret player we were demoing with had a few problems.

The guess was that the “problem” came from removing the player from the Podium device prematurely.

O.k., it was me who did it.

And I ‘know’ what I’m doing.

So, we’re gonna test a bit more this weekend and see if a) that was what really caused it and b) see if we can come up with a fix.

I think we have a fix too 😉

I look forward to releasing the video.

Hang in there everyone.

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June 1, 2007 Posted by | Beta Test, Participants, Podium | Leave a comment

Our First Snag – Yes, We’ll Report Those Here As Well

In theory, the Podium works with all stick MP3 players.

Our goal was to test it on this one:

Podcast Secrets Player

Makes sense don’t you think? Our first batch of users for the Podium Project will be Podcast Secrets users so it is always great when a plan comes together.

But, as luck would have it the designer of this MP3 player series is missing a weee bit of code in their hardware that prevents us from using it with the system.

Podium is still solid and we got a great product here – we just didn’t choose the smartest player OEM.

So, what will we do?

For the beta test, we’ll be sending everyone a 512meg player that we know works.

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May 5, 2007 Posted by | Beta Test, Participants, Podcast Secrets | Leave a comment