I came across 3 services that provide all-in-one podcasting solutions for all you aspiring podcasters out there. And I don't mean a place to upload your files and host them for free. These services provide hosting, editing/mixing, blog templates, the whole works. They even give you a tool that you can use to record with (although nothing beats my Plantronics headset).
I'll give you my bird's eye view on these 3 and will provide a more in-depth analysis once someone pays me to do these things.
A UK-based company that will help you produce, promote and publish your podcast. Hosting of your podcasts and script writing are also included. The service seems geared to large companies because on their contact us form, Effective Podcasting asked for advertising budget.
I wanted more details, but I had to fill out their online form or download their hyped-up marketing brochure in a PDF (oh boy). And I didn't know that only attractive, young women are listening to podcasts (take a look at the pictures on each page)?
This one seems more geared to the average consumer. Big buttons, bubbles, very Web 2.0. You can sign up and use your telephone to record up to 60-minutes for free. Anything longer than that and you have to pay $4.99 per month for the professional version. They also integrate Skype into their platform so you can use it to record your interviews.
So far, I haven't found anything wonky, but will continue playing with it and provide an update.
Yet another service geared to the average consumer. What's neat is they have an online tool that you can use to record, edit and mix in music (supplied by WildVoices).
A minus is that their player only works if you're using Windows XP. Also, it's difficult to navigate through the site once you sign-up. I didn't understand what some of sections were for, eg. channels and how they related to what I was trying to do in the system.
They're getting there, although they still have a ways to go. What Evoca and WildVoices are doing right is creating a community for their podcasters.
Effective Podcasting seems to be geared to a more corporate audience, however, I would suggest that they build a community too. Just because their target market is higher up the employment food chain, doesn't mean they're not interested in interacting with other podcasters that share their interests. They put on their socks the same way I do each morning (well, maybe not now because it's 45-degrees outside).
Do you have any pluses or minuses for these services?