There aren’t a lot of ways we can still exercise our imaginations. So much of it is done for us now… great TV series like Game Of Thrones or movies like Lord Of The Rings do most of the imagining for us. People don’t read fiction like they used to (or they just don’t have the time to). Instagram makes it unnecessary to imagine what the person you met last Thursday looks like naked – just scroll down and there will be some kind of revealing selfie…

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CliffCentral.com turned five on May 1st, a milestone for a small start-up that is now the leading podcaster in Africa. It’s amazing how quickly we incorporate new habits into our lives…

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How do you measure podcast audiences? The existing metrics don’t make sense. Soon we’ll be sharing some powerful thoughts and insights on why podcasting is different, and it won’t just be me talking – it will involve both actuarial and behavioural science. Before we go down another new road, and just ahead of CliffCentral.com’s fifth birthday, I thought it might be interesting to talk about podcasting by numbers…

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Should you vote? The truth is, I don’t know. That might sound surprising coming from someone who has always been a vocal supporter of democracy – so much so that for the last four elections I carried on like an unpaid employee of the Independent Electoral Commission, on radio, TV and in person…

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These days we reserve our praise and surprise only for the madmen – people like Elon Musk who want to venture into space. They go where there are no milestones and they discover things we didn’t know we wanted along the way. In some small way, that’s what I feel audiences are discovering about podcasting and content in general…

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I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: Everyone is now in the media business. Every business is now by default a content creator and every business also has an audience – clients, customers, suppliers, international partners and their competitors. The content you serve them can be specific, targeted and relevant (and it should be, to make an impact) and doesn’t need to be mainstream.

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Imagine leaving your doctor after receiving the dreaded news that you have cancer. The sinking feeling, the anxiety, the loneliness of that moment. If it hasn’t happened to you, then chances are that it has happened to someone you know and love. Some people don’t have to imagine. It’s gut-wrenching, terrifying, too much to bear. But you don’t have to go through this alone.

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Facebook just launched their first ever original podcast – Three and A Half Degrees – and if there was ever a moment podcasting became totally mainstream, this is it. The basic idea is that we used to say we were all within six degrees of separation – or six degrees of Kevin Bacon, as it became known. Facebook’s podcast series seems to suggest, in a connected digital world, that we’re now separated by only three and a half degrees…

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Podcasting is indisputably the fastest growing medium in the world right now. It has seen growth of upwards of 70% year-on-year for the last 3 years and 28% of the American population are now regular podcast listeners (Edison Research). To put that in perspective, Facebook is experiencing no growth at all in North America, and is sliding backwards in Europe, according to the Facebook Earnings report October 2018.

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Beginning of a new year… a lot of people are back at gym trying to start the year off on a healthy note. Many will be dieting, swearing off liquor and smoking, trying to get themselves into optimal condition. Sound familiar? The problem is that many of us won’t be doing that for our brains or our hearts.

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