Resources and Tools We Love

I only recommend the tools I use and love. There are some affiliate links below.  If you make a purchase, I make a commission at no extra cost to you and it helps us produce more and better content on the site. Thank you for your support!

Podcasting

Hardware (microphone, shock-mount, stand, audio interface, computers, etc.)

The Blue Yeti USB Microphone

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone (I like this mic better than Yeti)

Neumann TLM 103 SET w/ EA1 Shockmount and Aluminum Case (the ultimate upgrade for podcaster and musicians)

K&M 21021 Overhead Microphone Stand - Black

Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First

LyxPro Balanced XLR Cable Premium Series Microphone Cable, Speakers and Pro Devices Cable, 15 Feet- Black

MacBook Pro 13'' (for on the road recording)

iMac 27’’ (for home editing)

By the way, you don't need all the tools above to start your podcast. Check out my studio setup guide below to find options that are $, $$, $$$., plus how to hook them all up. 

Software (podcast editing, recording, transcription, hosting)  

Skype (for business meetings and podcast recordings before 2017)

Zoom (podcast recording since 2017) 

Audacity (free for audio editing and great for beginners) -- alternative, Apple GarageBand

Adobe Audition (for advanced audio editors)

Libsyn (for hosting the podcast) - use promo code FEI when you sign up to get the remaining month and next month free!

Descript - the first ever editing tool that allows you to edit audio using transcription

Sonix.ai - our preferred transcription tool, you get 100 minutes free if you sign up using our link

Music Radio Creative - our first voice intro was purchased from them. They also offer jingles, commercials and more

 

Running a blog, podcast and email marketing

These are the exact tools I use to run my freelance marketing business at Feisworld LLC 

  • ConvertKit: For Feisworld email marketing. Very modern, easy to use - key features include segmentation, automation and tagging

  • AWeber: alternative solution for email marketing. Great company and people.

  • ClickFunnel: effective landing pages that convert potential buyers to customers

  • LeadPages: effective landing pages that converts clicks to sales, with beautifully designed templates

  • OptinMonster: conversation optimization toolkit with 2-step opt-in and geo-targeting features

Online courses

  • Thinkific (what we use to create and host the Reaching Billions Course for Ximalaya)

  • Teachable (another great alternative to Thinkific)

  • Screen-o-matic (very easy to set up on my iMac. I love using this software for recording YouTube tutorial as well)

File management & sharing

  • Google Drive (G-Suite)

  • DropBox

  • Backblaze What we use to backup everything on our computers, hard drives, etc. It’s very affordable and data is easily retrievable

Invoicing and Collection

Meeting Scheduling and Calendar Management

  • Acuity Scheduling The best way to schedule your meetings with anyone. Acuity pulls your schedules together (i.e. Google, Outlook) and have you choose your availabilities that are open for different appointments for others to schedule. This is a must-have for my podcast recording, client consulting and catch-up with leads.

Design and Business Essentials

  • Canva DIY design for non-designers (templates for social, book covers and more)

  • 99 Designs have multiple designers compete for a winner design for your business

  • Moo pricer than most, but they look amazing

  • Vistaprint more affordable business cards, also flyers, banners, rack cards, etc.

Social media management and automation

  • AgoraPulse Feisworld has a small team and we have limited time for social media curation and publishing. AgoraPulse allows us to preplan and reuse existing content across all social platforms

  • Bonjoro a very cool software to boost engagement between you and your audience

  • TubeBuddy a brilliant software I wish I knew sooner, also YouTube certified

Did I miss something? Please let me know. Thank you!