New, Improved Podbean Podcast Player

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We’ve made some listener and podcaster-friendly upgrades to our Podbean podcast player. These improvements include:

1.Added quick skip forward and back buttons (i.e. fast forward and rewind). Listeners can go back or skip forward 30 seconds.

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2.Play speed options. Listen at 0.75 speed, normal speed, 1.25, 1.5 or 2x.

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3.More share options. In addition to buttons to share to social networks, listeners can click “subscribe” and will be brought to the podcast’s subscribe page (where they can subscribe via the Podbean app or via RSS feed).

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They can also click the link icon to copy the link, or the embed icon to get the embed code.

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Podcasts for Education

Podcasts for Education

Many of us don’t have the time to keep learning regularly because we are years out of school and busy at work. What’s more, self-education requires the motivation to seek information through various means such as books, documentaries, and the never-ending World Wide Web. Podcasts, on the other hand, allow you to pack in self-improvement to your already busy day with the power of multi-tasking.

Here’s our list of 10 educational podcasts that are worth listening to, covering everything from education itself to language and an array of specialty subjects. Pick one or several to continue your education.

Self-Protection Essentials

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Life is precious, we should protect it carefully. So, this might be the most significant knowledge we could seek. Topics include self-protection and the most important 5 seconds of your life, the time needed to get to safety when attacked and how to not be attacked in the 1st place and protecting yourself with or without a weapon.

Stories of an Unschooling Family

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Want to know more about unschooling? How about radical unschooling? (It’s not as scary or as wild as some people make out!) The host shares ideas, stories, homeschool record-keeping tips and resources.

Origin of Words Podcast

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This podcast focuses on the origin of interesting words, idioms, and slang. This bilingual podcast (Chinese and English) is created by Lewis Sandler in Beijing, China.

Tes – The Education Podcast

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TES, formerly Times Education Supplement, provides resources for teachers. The Tes podcast brings you all the latest news, reviews and opinions from the world of education. Their concept is to get education leaders to talk directly to teachers.

History of Indian and Africana Philosophy

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Peter Adamson teams up with Jonardon Ganeri and Chike Jeffers to represent the philosophical traditions of India, Africa and the African diaspora.

The Ash Holes

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A weekly cigar podcast dedicated to the cigar industry and other shenanigans surrounding it. Hosted by Dan “Pastor Padron” Ledwith, Aaron Noonan and Oliver Nivaud broadcasting live from Studio 21 Podcast Cafe in Salem, NH.

Oh, That’s a Thing!

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A podcast about the real stuff in Sci-Fi movies, from a couple of fun-loving hosts.

The Fisheries Podcast

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This is a weekly podcast sharing stories of the amazing people and projects that make up the fisheries science profession. It’s told in a manner that both scientists and the public will enjoy.

Great Economists (Audio)

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This is the podcast from the Marginal Revolution University video course on the Great Economists taught by professors Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok. In this podcast, you’ll find answers to questions like: Who were the first economic thinkers? What did early economists understand that has been lost to the modern world? You’ll also find a chapter-by-chapter overview of Adam Smith’s.

Talking Space

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A Free and Open Exchange of Ideas and Opinions on All Things Space.

Inside Education

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An Irish perspective on news and stories from the world of education.

Five Steps to Recording a Quality Podcast

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By Jacob Bozarth, Resonate Recordings

Podcasting is incredibly popular these days and the trends seem to show it’s not slowing down any time soon. It’s simple to do and usually not very expensive, making it approachable for many types of people. (You can get more information on starting a podcast here. Podbean offers free starter podcast hosting plans and affordable unlimited hosting.) However, podcasting can have a learning curve to it, particularly when it comes to how to record a quality podcast. This is something I deal with on a regular basis, so I understand how important it is to make sure you have a quality recording for your podcast episodes. To help make sure your podcast recording process is simple, effective and offers you the highest quality, consider these 5 easy steps to recording a quality podcast.

1. Select Quality Podcast Recording Equipment

Podcast recording equipment can be a little daunting, especially since there are several different competing voices that recommend different things. How do you know who has the best and right recommendation? We have found the simplest recording setup happens to be the best option for podcasting, and it doesn’t have to break your bank. Here are our top podcast equipment recommendations:

Podcast Microphone: Electro-Voice RE320
○ USB Microphone – Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB/XLR Microphone
● Headphones: Sony MDR 7506
● Podcast Recording Software: Built in Zoom recording software (Zencastr.com if you are planning to record remote)
● Podcast Recording Hardware: Zoom H6 Portable Recorder
Podcast Equipment Accessories:
Cloudlifter Mic Activator
Microphone Cable
Pop Filter
Microphone Stand

2. Record Your Podcast Audio

A quality audio recording is the foundation for a well-produced podcast. Here are some tips for recording your audio to ensure you get the best sound possible out of your recording equipment.

Recording Tip 1 – Choose the right environment

Your recording environment is perhaps the most important element that can make or break the sound of your recording. The majority of podcasts today are self produced, with most not being recorded in a professional studio environment, which means that the environment you create is incredibly important. First, a good recording space must be quiet (no HVAC, fans, etc.). Second, a good recording space has natural sound absorption. For example, carpeted rooms with furniture or walk-in closets are going to work much better than an empty room with bare floors.

Recording Tip 2 – Proper microphone technique

Once you create an ideal environment you need to think about the basics of the actual recording. When recording there are 2 basic things to ensure good microphone technique:

Distance – Most microphones will have what we call a “sweet spot.” This is the distance at which your voice will sound the best on that particular microphone. When recording narration, the distance from your microphone is everything. A good rule of thumb is to stay about 3-5 inches from your microphone.

Positioning – Getting your mic in the correct position is key. Depending on the type of microphone you are using, the difference between 1-2 inches can make all the difference between clear, warm, and articulate narration and hollow, muddy, or unintelligible narration. Once you have your mic at the correct distance you want to ensure that the front of the microphone capsule points directly towards the source (aka: your mouth).

Accessories – In addition to your microphone, we recommend a few accessories that will help prevent common problems when recording. A pop filter is an affordable tool that goes between your mouth and your mic that stop bursts of air that may cause a pop sound in your recording. We also highly recommend using a mic stand or broadcast arm to help enable you to correctly position your mic while also preventing handling noises.

Recording Tip 3 – Monitor recording levels

Gain – Whether you are using an outboard mic preamp, an interface, a handheld recorder, or a usb mic there should be an adjustable gain setting. But once you have found your adjustable gain setting, what is that magic level you should record your narration? A good rule of thumb is to have your mic peak around -10 to -12 dB. This means at the louder parts of your recording the level should go no higher than -10dB. Most recording devices have these numbers listed on a visual meter. However, if your device does not have these numbers listed, try to stay in the green or about halfway up your meter. If you cannot find a visual meter on your device, well this leads us to our next point…

Monitor – It is important that you have a way to monitor and listen to what you are actually recording. Even if your device has an excellent visual meter to check your recording level, we recommend you be a skeptic and never trust your eyes. In our world, you must learn to only trust your ears. For this reason, we recommend someone always monitor your recording with high quality, closed back headphones when recording. Monitoring your audio in real time will enable you to quickly recognize and address any issues with your recording.

3. Master the Art of Remote Recording

The majority of podcasters have some sort of interview on their show, and more often than not these interviews are conducted remotely as opposed to in-person. There is a right and wrong way to record remotely, and we want to help you know the right and best way to capture a quality remote recording.
*if you don’t do remote recordings for your show, feel free to skip on down to #4.*

Hands down, the 2 best tools to help you capture a quality remote recording are Zencastr and a Zoom H6. We have created in-depth tutorials on how to use Zencastr and the Zoom H6 on our website, but here’s the basics of what you need to know:

Computer to Computer – There are many great options out there for recording a computer to computer remote recordings. In these situations you and your guest will connect, hear each other, and record through a web based audio recording application. The two platforms that we recommend for this are Zencastr and Squadcast. Both of these platforms are designed to record high quality audio and many of our clients use these platforms to do just that. You can also find a detailed review and tutorial of Zencastr here. Squadcast is a newer platform but unlike Zencastr it has a video feature so you and your guest can see each other while recording. If you are have used a video communication platform such as Skype, Zoom, or GoToMeeting you might like the video feature that Squadcast offers.

Double Ender – In this case you and your guest will record each end of the audio locally. Many well known interview style podcasts use this setup and to be honest this is the way to record to capture the highest quality audio for a remote recording. You can record your audio locally to your computer, a DAW, or a handheld recorder. When I get interview requests to record for a podcast, I use the following setup to record the audio on my end: Skype or a phone call to only hear the host, a RE20 Microphone, into a Cloudlifter CL-1, into a Zoom H6 handheld recorder. Once we are done recording the interview, I will upload my track recorded locally on the Zoom H6 to the host or producer so they can edit and mix my track with the hosts for the episode.

Phone Call Recording – There are many apps out there that claim to be a high quality call recorder. In our experience, here is the best way to record high quality (if that exists) phone recordings:
Use a H6 or H5 handheld recorder, along with this cable to plug into the ⅛ output of your smartphone, and the ¼ end into the combo input on the handheld recorder, a microphone for your vocals and a pair of headphones. If you would like to see a sample video of this setup explained and used you can check out this post.

4. Post Production Part 1 – Podcast Editing

Editing your podcast is probably the most tedious and time consuming part of the post production process, but it is an essential step nonetheless if you want a high quality show that will retain listeners. Here are our top 5 tips for editing your podcast. (For more editing tips and techniques, you can check out this resource on podcast editing tricks parts 1 and part 2.)

Podcast Editing Tip 1: Watch your tone

One of the biggest editing mistakes is when there is a sudden shift in tone of the voice. Editing together two different segments of audio or merging different sentences together can be tricky. Not only can there be a change in the tone of the voice, but also a change in volume and a change in background noise or room tone. Another thing to listen for is room reverberation and echo. Sudden cuts at the end of phrases can prevent the natural room reverberation, so it’s best to listen for the end of the “room decay” before making an edit or cut.

Podcast Editing Tip 2: Just Breathe

Another common mistake is cutting off breaths too abruptly or missing breaths all together when making an edit. Cut off breaths occur when a breath is chopped off or incomplete. Missing breaths occur when a breath is edited out due to two different segments being put together. Double breaths can also be a problem when editing. This happens when there are two breaths back to back. All of these errors cause the dialogue to sound unnatural and choppy. When looking at audio waveforms, breaths can be difficult to spot because they are so much lower in volume compared to other parts of dialogue. To make it easier to spot breaths we recommend increasing the size of the waveforms in your DAW.

Podcast Editing Tip 3: Copy/Paste Quality Consonants and Breaths

Sometimes there will be certain consonants and breaths that are problematic and just don’t sound good. For example, a plosive (‘P’ sound) is typically caused by the host being too close to the microphone and by moving too much air through the diaphragm of the microphone. An effective fix to this problem is to copy and paste another ‘P’ sound that isn’t popped and sounds more natural over the problematic area. This is very tedious, but it makes a huge difference in the overall quality of the finished product.

Podcast Editing Tip 4: Remove Lip Smacks/Clicks

Do you ever get annoyed by hearing a continuous barrage of lip smacks? We sure do, and nothing can be more annoying than hearing a lip smack every other sentence. While lip smacks are a natural part of some people’s speech patterns, going through the work of editing out lip smacks and mouth clicks will make your podcast a more pleasant listen. In the end your audience will thank you!

Podcast Editing Tip 5: Use Headphones

One of the most useful tips when editing is to use good quality headphones. Over the ear, closed headphones work great to help isolate you from your editing environment. Listening on headphones will help you hear all of the details and nuances of the voice much better than listening on computer speakers or even on higher quality near-field monitors. This makes hearing subtle details such as breaths much easier.

Now you’ve captured a high quality audio recording and edited out the distractions, you’re ready to finalize your show to go live!

5. Post Production Part 2 – Mixing & Mastering

Having a well edited show is just one part of having a quality podcast. Too often we come across a podcasts that have great and very desirable content, but the audio quality is so bad that we have to turn it off. Sometimes it’s a podcast where one voice is loud and the other is soft; sometimes it’s a distorted, echoey, or noisey dialogue track; sometimes the audio is so “muddy” it seems like the host recorded the show underwater…the list goes on and on. More often than not we hear audio issues that could be reduced and often eliminated had the show been properly mixed and mastered.

Mixing is the post-production process where individual tracks for the podcast are improved and enhanced, so the final presentation sounds great. Mastering is the process of ensuring the overall levels are consistent throughout the episode and making sure the average loudness standard for the episode is met. When podcast mixing and mastering is done well, you provide a distraction free and enjoyable experience for the listener. When this is not done well, listeners are distracted by the poor audio quality of the show and many listeners will quit listening to the podcast.

When mixing and mastering is done properly, the quality of the show goes unnoticed by the listener — which is the best result you can hope for. Proper mixing and mastering allows your listener to enjoy the content of the podcast undistracted by audio issues. Once your podcast has been edited, mixed, and masterd you should export your audio to share with the world as a stereo MP3 file. We recommend your final file to upload to your hosting platform be a Stereo, 128 kbps, 44.1kHz MP3 file. This will ensure the final product is a high quality audio file that is broadcast ready.

Podcasting is a great way of expressing your message for the world to hear. It’s a great creative outlet, an effective marketing strategy and a very approachable way of getting your voice heard by others. No doubt it will take a little work to create a great podcast that people will enjoy, but rest assured that it is possible! By doing a little homework to make sure your recording equipment selection is right, your recording environment is distraction-free and your post-production is on point you can have confidence that your end result will be a podcast that people will love.

About the Author

Jacob Bozarth is the co-founder and CEO of Resonate Recordings. They partner with podcasters, companies, and entrepreneurs to make podcasting easy. Their in-house team of audio engineers provides professional editing, mixing, and mastering for over 200 podcasts. Sign up through this link for 2 free episodes with Resonate Recordings (1 before you pay, and 1 when once you get 20 episode credits or more) You can connect with him at:

Website | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook | Email

If you have any questions or need any support with anything discussed here, feel free to reach out the Resonate Recordings team.

For questions about podcast hosting or how Podbean can help you, contact the Podbean Support team.

10 Great Podcasts for The Spiritually Curious

10 Great Podcasts for The Spiritually Curious

If you’ve always wanted to explore the world’s great religious traditions, but can’t find time to read in-depth books, attend different worship services or take a spiritual retreat, podcasts are the perfect place to start.

There’s a huge range of faith and spirituality themed podcasts to choose from on Podbean. These podcasts represent a wide range of beliefs (and skepticism) to satisfy your spiritual curiosity. They might challenge you or help you grow, no matter where you are in your faith journey. And, they can be the perfect antidote to modern chaos, bringing some peace and perspective to your commute or daily tasks. Here are some top examples of spirituality podcasts hosted on Podbean.

Buddhist Society of Western Australia

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Dharma talks from the tradition of Buddhist meditation master Ajahn Brahm and Australian Forest Sangha, from various monks and nuns. Presented by the Buddhist Society of Western Australia, serving the world with free inspirational dharma teachings. From the huge library of episodes, you will acquire more information about Buddhism and tools for a more serene life.

Audio Bible | Bible Reading | Daily Devotions | Bible Study | Chapter a Day Audio Bible

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The Bible is widely considered to be the most influential and best-selling book of all time. What better way to explore this collection of sacred texts/scriptures considered by many religious traditions to be a product of divine inspiration and a record of the relationship between God and humans? Useful whether for continued study, daily reminders, or a first exploration into this famous text.

Ascend Podcast

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A weekly episode of thoughts about spiritualty, philosophy, consciousness and more. The hosts always have new questions, concepts, and tools that you can explore along with them.

The RobCast

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Robert Holmes “Rob” Bell Jr. is an American author, speaker and former pastor. Bell was the founder of Christian megachurch, Mars Hill Bible Church. He was named one of 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2011 and has recently been interviewed by Oprah for her Super Soul Conversations. He focuses on “practical spirituality” using a warm, conversational approach to address the shared struggles of humanity.

5-Minute Daf Yomi with Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

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Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue provides commentary and insight into the daily Daf (a page of Talmud studied around the world), offering spiritual lessons from the Torah and Jewish tradition.

The Liturgists Podcast

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This podcast makes room at the table for the “spiritually homeless and frustrated”. Michael Gungor, Science Mike, Lissa Paino, and various guests take on topics through the perspectives of science, art, and faith.

Ask Science Mike

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A weekly podcast where Mike McHargue answers questions about science, faith, and life.

WWUTT

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Many of the Bible stories and verses we think we know, we don’t! WWUTT is a daily Bible commentary, committed to teaching sound doctrine and exposing the faulty.

Life & Faith

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Life & Faith is the weekly podcast from the Centre for Public Christianity in Sydney, Australia. Simon Smart, Natasha Moore and Justine Toh interview guests from all over the world. They cover everything from current affairs and social justice to science, philosophy, the good life, TV/film and books, and the place of religion in society.

This Good Word with Steve Wiens

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This podcast created by Steve Wiens reclaims “what’s holy about our humanity” weekly. He interviews writers, pastors and thinkers from a variety of traditions and backgrounds.

New, Enhanced Free Podcast Hosting Plan

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Free Podcast Hosting for Starting a Podcast

Podbean has launched a new free podcast hosting plan, which is perfect for anyone starting a podcast. Now, Podbean’s enhanced free podcast hosting plan offers even more than before to make it easy for anyone thinking of starting a podcast.

“We want to make podcasting as accessible as possible,” shares David Xu, Podbean’s CEO. “People are searching for the easiest ways to start a podcast without investing a lot up front. This new free podcast hosting plan offers everything they need without restricting their creative control. And, Podbean can help as their podcasts grow, with unlimited plans featuring top-of-the-line promotional and monetization tools.”

Podbean Free Podcast Hosting Plan: Features

  • RSS feed fully compatible with Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and full podcast distribution
  • A podcast website with free, standard themes
  • Basic podcast stats
  • Listing in Podbean’s directory, iPhone and Android apps
  • Embeddable podcast players
  • 5 hours of audio storage space
  • 100 GB of bandwidth/month

For the details of all Podbean’s podcast hosting plans, visit Podbean’s pricing page.

The Podbean App: Easily Record Right from Your Phone

In addition to offering a powerful free podcast hosting plan, Podbean’s app makes it easy to record podcasts on the go. The Podbean app for Android and iPhone offers built in recording and publishing, so podcasters can create podcasts from their phones. Podcasters can add background music and edit out mistakes before publishing directly from the app with their Podbean hosting account.

Podbean has seen increasing numbers of podcasters using the app to record some or all of their podcast episodes. Some examples include churches recording sermons and uploading them so parishioners can immediately access the content from home or anywhere. Similarly, teachers have been using the app to record classroom lectures or share bonus learning content. Even podcasters who record in a studio sometimes use the Podbean app for special on-site episodes. And, recently, Podbean is hosting many new podcasts created for Alexa flash briefings, with the app providing a simple way to manage daily recordings.

SIGN UP TODAY for a free podcast hosting account with Podbean and give podcasting a try!

Engaging Your Audience: Viewing and Managing Podcast Comments

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Podbean offers various audience engagement tools in the Podbean app. One of the primary tools is listener comments. Podcasters can read comments, reply, add their own comments and delete inappropriate comments.

We have now added these comments to your Podbean podcast site. If you click on an episode, any comments you have will be listed there. You will also be able to see recent comments on the home page of your Podbean dashboard. This gives you a quick view of the latest feedback from listeners. You can then go into the Podbean app to manage your podcast comments.

Engaging with your listeners via Podbean app comments is great for building rapport with the audience. It also gives listeners one of the easiest ways to leave you feedback right when they’re listening. This is often a much more likely way to receive feedback and engagement than other methods separate from where they listen. And, an additional benefit is that engagement helps our app algorithms to better tailor suggestions to listeners. In other words, if your show demonstrates high engagement in comments the app is more likely to recommend your podcast to listeners of similar shows.

If you have any questions, contact us anytime at help.podbean.com or via live chat.

Get New Listeners And Engage Them Everyday With Alexa Flash Briefings

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Podcasts are on fire!

Everybody’s talking about podcasts these days. But along with that excitement comes a lot of competition. There are now over 500,000 podcasts on iTunes. Think about that…over a half-million other podcasts are competing with you for new listeners.

So how are you going to stand out from the crowd? How do you make sure your podcast is the one they listen to and then click the “Subscribe” button in their app?

One way might be Alexa Flash Briefings.

What the heck is an Alexa Flash Briefing?

A Flash Briefing is like a “mini-podcast.” It’s a daily, 1-minute informative “briefing” for owners of Alexa devices, like the Amazon Echo. Listeners hear Flash Briefings whenever they say, “Alexa, give me the news.” or “Alexa, give me my Flash Briefings.”

When prompted, Alexa will provide a 1-minute package from Reuters of the top headlines and local weather. She will then begin introducing each Flash Briefing, such as:

“From Pete Blank, this is Pete’s Points – Leadership Strategies”

Then that day’s episode will play. Here’s an example of what one of the episodes from Pete’s Points sounds like:

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In my experience working with my clients, we’ve found the formula for the perfect Alexa Flash Briefing to be:

  • Minute long,
  • Time per day,
  • Valuable piece of content,
  • Call to action,
  • Person asked each day for a review.

Why should this matter to a podcaster?

There are four reasons every podcaster should add an Alexa Flash Briefing to their existing production schedule.

So Many Listeners

As of September 2018, there are over 50 million Alexa devices in homes. It’s the fastest any device has ever reached an installed base of over 50 million…even faster than the iPhone. Imagine how much that number will jump by Christmas 2018. Many analysts over 10 million new Echoes will be under the Christmas tree this year.

Very Little Competition

While there is a huge audience out there, as of the time of this writing, there are only about 6,000 Flash Briefings. That imbalance can create a flood of new listeners for each new Flash Briefing.

The averages I see with my clients’ Flash Briefing launches are about 100-200 downloads the first few days and about 1,000 the first month, although one client saw over 10,000 downloads his first month!

Less Friction & Easier Subscribing

Last week, I was talking to a podcaster who’s had a popular show for about 4 years. He said, “Getting a new listener has become a huge challenge. Then it’s just as much of challenge to get them to subscribe or listen again if they like the show.”

Flash Briefings make that easier for your listener because must subscribe to your Flash Briefing before they can listen. But that’s not perceived as a huge requirement because you’re only asking for a minute of their time, instead of an hour. Then instead of needing to take action to subscriber after listening to your show, they have to take action to stop hearing you. The fact that Alexa turns that subscription/listen dynamic around is a much bigger deal than it might seem.

And remember the “call to action” I mentioned in the formula for a perfect Flash Briefing? This is the time you would direct your listeners to your long-form podcast. They’ve heard you, they like you and they might want to hear more. But you now have the opportunity to engage them daily and ease them into giving you an hour of their time.

Easy To Add To Your Existing Production Workflow

You record Flash Briefings with the same equipment you currently use, and store the files on Podbean, just like you do now. Flash Briefings also work on iTunes, Google, Spotify, and the rest, giving you additional audience opportunities.

But since they’re only a minute long, you can batch record and schedule them in Podbean for publication. It only takes about 2-3 hours to record, upload and schedule 30 episodes. Then you don’t have to worry about it again for a month.

How to add a Flash Briefing via Podbean

So, if you’d like to try this, you’ll need to set up a new account with Podbean (or a new channel, if you’re on the Unlimited Plus plan) so that you have an additional RSS feed. You can use this link to sign up and get 30 days free. You can also see all Podbean’s plans on the pricing page. Just as with iTunes, the RSS feed is what makes all the magic happen.

Once you have an RSS feed, creating a Flash Briefing requires an Amazon Developers’ Account and a time commitment of a few hours to a few days to learn to set it up and configure it (depending on your level of tech skills). You can also hire someone to build it for you and spend your time focused on your business. My company, Alexa Guy, does this type of work full-time and there are other companies out there that do the same.

Whether you prefer the DIY route or hire someone to create your Flash Briefing for you, it’s an amazing new tool to build and engage a new audience while also driving new traffic to your existing podcast.

Podbean also offers the ability to record directly from their app, so you can easily produce your daily briefings right from your phone.

About the author

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Jeff Smith is the Alexa Guy. His company helps podcasters, companies, entrepreneurs and speakers build and engage large audiences quickly through Alexa Flash Briefings. He’s offering 15% off his services with the promo code PODBEAN. You can connect with him at:

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The Top Celebrity Podcasts

The Top Celebrity Podcasts

Celebrities are always looking for platforms to help them reach their audience in a different way. Podcasts are an ideal solution. In podcasts, celebrities can speak directly to their fans. They can explore issues that matter to them in depth. They’re likely to reveal a more personal side of themselves, with stories and personality that might not come out in normal press interviews. For many celebs, their podcast is a passion project and a more intimate way to connect. Here are some top examples of celebrity-hosted podcasts.

Anna Faris: Anna Faris Is Unqualified

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American actress and producer Anna Faris and co-host Sim Sarna, address relationship issues along with their guests. Expect relationship wisdom, marriage advice and interviews with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Jillian Michaels: The Jillian Michaels Show

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Jillian Michaels, the queen of health and wellness, started podcasting back in 2011. The podcast is informative, while also entertaining and inspirational. You’ll find tools for health and happiness.

Marc Maron: WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

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Comedian Marc Maron has one of the most well-respected interview podcasts around. Maron is skilled at making his interviewees comfortable and getting them to reveal aspects of themselves and their lives/work in an intimate, real way. A must listen for enjoyable insights from high profile guests, but also as an example of excellent interviewing. He’s even interviewed President Obama right in his garage!

Chelsea Peretti: Call Chelsea Peretti

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Comedian and star of Brooklyn Nine-Nine Chelsea Peretti hosted this fun…and a bit wild…podcast. She takes calls on her weekly themed episodes and you never know what turn things will take. Though the podcast isn’t active anymore, there are a lot of back episodes for your enjoyment.

Bill Burr: Monday Morning Podcast

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Most known for Date Night, Walk of Shame, The Heat, and Daddy’s Home, Bill Burr shares his thoughts podcast on wide ranging topics in his podcast. He talks, sometimes rants, about sports, relationships, current events and everyday life. Occasionally, he sits down for an interview with a special guest.

Katie Couric: Katie Couric

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Katie Couric, American journalist and TV host, seamlessly transitions to podcast hosting. She sits down for unscripted, honest conversations with the biggest names in politics, news, and pop culture.

Jonathan Van Ness: Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness

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Getting Curious is a weekly exploration of topics that interest the host and are sure to interest you too. Jonathan Van Ness, of Queer Eye and Gay of Thrones, has conversations with experts about anything from abortion rights to suicide to social media. You’ll also find some deep dives and fascinating conversations with his Queer Eye co-workers.

Kumail Nanjiani : Kumail Nanjiani’s The X-Files Files

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If you saw his film The Big Sick, you know that Kumail Nanjiani is a big fan of The X-Files. He’s such a fan that he hosted a 57-episode companion podcast to the show. His devotion even landed him an appearance on the revival. If you’re already a fan of X-Files or giving it a try for the first time, you’ll definitely want to listen to this podcast.

Podbean Statistics Upgrades: More Insights and Comparison Views

You may have noticed some cool new options in your Podbean stats. We’re bringing you more data and easier comparison tools to help you better understand your podcast’s performance.

The initial period after a podcast is released is a key indicator for both you and sponsors, so we’ve added views of your first 60 day downloads and a chart with first week and month’s download numbers (along with all time). This is also useful when you do promotional activities around new episodes, to see what’s working, which guests or topics get the best response and more. With an easier way to compare episodes over different periods of time, you can see which episodes hold value and continue gaining traction. And, you can quickly view top episodes for any time period as well.

We’re excited to announce these enhancements to the statistics platform:

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  1. Compare episode downloads trends for up to 5 episodes in any date range.
  2. First 60 days downloads trend: see how episodes perform in the critical first 60 days (by episode, all episodes or comparing up to 5 at a time).

Episode downloads quick comparison table

Easily compare key download statistics for the 1st week, 1st month and all time for your episodes

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Top 10 Episodes

You can view your Top 10 episodes in any selected date range.

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Podcasts to Listen to While You Workout

Podbean workout podcasts

Listening to podcasts while working out means learning things (or being entertained) while making your body healthier. The time goes by more quickly with podcasts in your earbuds. What’s more, podcasts can give you more motivation to get into or continue an exercise routine.

Here are 10 podcasts for inspiration as you work towards a healthier you:

Podrunner: Workout Music

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If you need the right music to energize your workouts, Podrunner: Workout Music does the work of creating exciting exercise playlists. Whether you’re doing high impact exercises or taking an easy jog, this podcast will help improve your energy.

20 Minute Fitness

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The all-in-one fitness podcast with news and advice on health, weight loss, nutrition and more. This 20-minute podcast is jam-packed with information about the latest fitness trends and news.

The Jillian Michaels Show

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Jillian Michaels, “America’s health and wellness guru”, leads an entertaining, inspirational, and informative podcast to help you find health and happiness. Ranked a top US health podcast, Jillian and her team join with top health experts to cover a range of topics.

Beginner: The Guardian Guide to Running

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Want to become a runner but need some guidance and motivation? This is an 8-week long podcast training program to get you mentally and physically on track. Each week you will tackle a new challenge to build stamina, fitness and well-being.

Shredded by Science Radio

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Listen to fascinating interviews where fitness pros interview fellow fitness pros about everything from industry insider knowledge to health science. The podcast presents real world fitness problems and evidence-based approaches with a unique sense of humor.

The Bodybuilding.com Podcast

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This podcast shares insights on body building, enhancement, and training. You’ll also hear in-depth interviews with experts on different workout styles and approaches.

Dear Sugar

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An advice show for today’s world. Listeners write in to hosts Cheryl Strayed (author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Wild) and Steve Almond for advice about their most personal problems. No topic is off limits and the stories and advice will enlighten and inspire you.

Invisibilia

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Hosts Lulu Miller and and Alix Spiegel investigate some of the invisible forces–ideas, beliefs, assumptions, emotions–that control human behavior. Using narrative storytelling to present science, Invisibilia will educate, without boring you, throughout your workouts.

Brute Strength

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This podcast is about being your strongest self. Michael Cazayoux interviews a number of fitness experts, getting their input on best practices and achieving physical goals.

Radiolab

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Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich are “investigating a strange world” in this podcast. Each episode digs into a topic, combining scientific details with compelling storytelling and a sense of wonder. Pretty fascinating stuff to make the time tick away while you’re exercising.