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Donald Dennis
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A few months back I posted about On Board Games Stats, and thought it might be time to share them again.

OP: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/809893/cold-calls-and-si...

Why am I sharing these numbers? I have no idea. And really I'm not sure how accurate they are. I'm pretty happy with our audience and audience size, though I find the bumps and dips interesting. Any idea why some episodes languish with lower numbers while others spike?

I suspect that podcast listener numbers have a few influencing factors:
- Is the name of the episode a draw
- Does the third chair impact the numbers
- Does the episode drop on or around a large event
- Is the topic of interest

Is the name of the episode a draw
I'm serious, the name of the episode probably has as much of an impact on the listener numbers as just about anything else we do. Sadly, Erik and I don't necessarily agree on what makes a good title. Since he's doing the heavy lifting with the editing, he gets naming rights.

Does the third chair impact the numbers
While the performance of the third voice is important, the actual person in the chair isn't as important as do they leverage their network and help spread the word. Having someone on with a large twitter following mention the show a couple of times or even someone with a moderate following who interacts with us via social media will help push the numbers.

That being said, we don't ask our guests to talk about our show to their fan base, we have them on the show to appeal to the listeners we already have. It's great when they do engage us, but that's not a focus.

Does the episode drop on or around a large event
If we drop an episode when everyone is at a large convention, or away on spring break, or during a hurricane, it will have an impact. Because we do a show every two weeks, and because so many of our listeners access our show from here on BGG or through onboardgames.net, it's possible that many people miss an episode without realizing it.

Is the topic of interest
Perhaps because we've been going so long, and people listen to hear me gripe or Erik be supportive, but the topic seems to be less important than all of the other contributing issues. Maybe people know we try to talk about something of interest, or that we sometimes offer spins they wouldn't have considered, but I suspect it's just because the people who consume On Board Games are more like friends than customers.

True, I don't hear from most of you, or get to talk to you directly, but you've probably heard so much of what I have said since the beginning of the podcast that some of you probably know more about my tastes and opinions than I do.

Stitcher stats:
Total Downloads 481
Total Plays 1,656


Libsyn Stats
OBG 93: The Game Remains the Same
2012-10-28
2,815

OBG 92: Cult of the Old
2012-10-14
3,451

OBG 91: Stephen Buonocore Takes Over the World
2012-10-01
3,640

OBG 90: Decisions, Decisions, Oh Pay Me
2012-09-17
4,726

OBG 89: We're All Such Good Sports
2012-09-03
3,377

OBG 88: The Rules of Rules
2012-08-20
3,876

OBG 87: Building Tournaments
2012-08-06
3,580

OBG 86: We're All His Vassals
2012-07-22
4,820

OBG 85: Kickstart my App
2012-07-09
3,515

OBG 84: The Dewey Game Collection Lifecycle
2012-06-24
4,601

OBG 83: Take Me Out to the Con Game
2012-06-10 19:32:00
3,326

Edit for typos 'n such.
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Jason Young
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I download and listen to every episode no matter what.

Third chair and topic definitely effect my enjoyment of the show though, the other two not so much.
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Dwayne Westerhausen
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I also download and listen to every episode no matter what. Great podcast.
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Esteban Fernandez
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rockinghorsedreams wrote:
I download and listen to every episode no matter what.

Third chair and topic definitely effect my enjoyment of the show though, the other two not so much.


This!

That being said there are other podcast that I listen or not, depending on the topic or the guest, or if I don't have other shows to listen I consider more interesting (like an OBG episode) so those things matter.

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The Cardboard Jungle Podcast
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I am subscribed and listen to every episode even though at time I would like to reach through the internets and just shake you
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Donald Dennis
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The Cardboard Jungle wrote:
I am subscribed and listen to every episode even though at time I would like to reach through the internets and just shake you


I encourage you to call us out when we are wrong. Our guild is an excellent place to grief us among friends. Hopefully we make you smile more than we enrage.
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Timothy Bumpus
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Just curious, do all the iTunes listeners show up in Libsyn?
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The Cardboard Jungle Podcast
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I didnt say you were necessarily wrong...I just want to shake you LOL
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Erik Dewey
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Shaking Don is a fun pastime of mine.
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Donald Dennis
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bumpusth wrote:
Just curious, do all the iTunes listeners show up in Libsyn?


Yeah, I believe they do.
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Donald Dennis
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Any interest in another round of stats? If so I'll post them, if not I'll spend the time doing something else.
 
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