Your feedback is greatly appreciated

Since its inception The Outdoors Station has been providing free audio and video podcast entertainment, information, trip reports and reviews since 2005 specifically with the backpacker in mind.

It originally started as something to support the interests of those into lightweight backpacking at backpackinglight.co.uk. However it soon grew to be of more general interest audio magazine to those self powered travelers, who walk, cycle, run, paddle to reach their destination.

The figures

Total audio podcasts produced since 2005 is currently 381, which have been downloaded (to date) 7,057,442 times. Average download per episode 18,523

Total video podcasts produced (initially via RSS and now YouTube) 87. Viewed 1,536,994 times. Average views per video 17,666

Current You Tube subscribers 4326.

Please help

The purpose of this survey is to get a better idea of where you, the audience, want to take this niche content in the future, looking at the possibilities and the options.

The Outdoors Station has been totally self funded (bar a few sponsored shows) by backpackinglight.co.uk, whenever we have opportunity to create content during work, events or trips. These interviews are then edited into the final podcasts. In the first few years there was more time to create more variety, but as other business commitments have increased the output volume has reduced when time allows.

In the last 10 years technology and the development of portable media devices has changed all our lives. Users are now more likely to select their smart phone as a source of information and entertainment than the traditional TV. However as smart TV’s gain greater numbers along with broadband reach, home entertainment is taking another direction with the ability to listen or view HD podcast content with ease.

The result is the end user now is in ultimate control of their own personalised information source. Whatever information you seek you can access within seconds, knowledge from virtually anywhere in the world.

Therefore does The Outdoors Station have a place in this niche area of interest to continue to delivery information, knowledge and entertainment? If so how can it be taken from inconsistent output, to something more consistent and regular?

Please answer all the questions as this gives us a clearer picture across all the issues we are evaluating.

Your contact details are not sought at any stage, this is purely feedback relating to our activities. Many thanks for your time.

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* 1. The audio content The Outdoors Station (TOS) produce is

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* 2. I would describe myself as

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* 3. The video content The Outdoors Station (TOS) produce is

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* 4. My favourite audio podcasts are in this order of importance

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* 5. My favourite video podcasts are in this order of importance

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* 6. In order of importance I would like to hear/see more

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* 7. My primary preference is

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* 8. I would like more video shows to be produced

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* 9. I would like more audio shows to be produced

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* 10. And what in what order would you like to see the detail covered in depth

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* 11. Trip reports - I would like to hear more from

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* 12. Trip reports - I would like them to be

Live streaming - This is where a live audio or video show is broadcast via the internet once a month at a set time on a set day, where you will be able to interact, ask questions of the guests in a chat room. A live magazine show, which would then be available afterwards on Youtube. This can be watched on any smart phone/tv/tablet/pc.

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* 13. A live show? I think

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* 14. A live show? My preference would be for

Funding and independence - We pride ourselves on delivering the best audio or video content as independently as we can. However this takes time to produce. To create more content at the same quality more often, will require investment to cover staff and production costs. In order to keep the content open to everyone somehow funding needs to be secured to cover the time and costs.

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* 15. What approximate value would you place on the 'best' 12 months worth of content produced in the past by TOS

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* 16. I would be happy to use the Patreon system (nominal voluntary recurring fee which you set) which can be terminated at any time

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* 17. I would be happy to support you on a crowd funding basis for a 12 month production schedule budget

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* 18. I would be happy to pay per listen. So I can choose which shows I listen to and pay for individually

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* 19. I would be happy to support you with a set annual fee for 12 months (typical magazine value)

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* 20. I would prefer you to obtain sponsorship providing you kept your independence

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* 21. I would prefer you incorporate adverts within the content

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* 22. The mix of any of the above works for me

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* 23. I think you should

Website - The Outdoors Station website is a central place where access to all current and archive audio and video material can be found. It is also has further links to images, content and other associated outdoor entertainment media. It was updated a few year ago and these questions will help us decide the next step.

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* 24. I think The Outdoors Station website is

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* 25. Is the website worth keeping

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* 26. Would more advertising on the website concern you

The listener/viewer - You are the most important part of the equation and your interests, thoughts and desires are key to understanding where we are getting it right and where we might be going wrong with the future development of The Outdoors Station.

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* 27. In what order would you put your interests

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* 28. In what order would you put your use of technology for receiving information

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* 29. I get my outdoor information/entertainment in this order of importance

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* 30. Your age range

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* 31. Sex

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* 33. Anything we've missed? Your feedback is appreciated

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