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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GEO data for Canadian provinces

Now, in addition to U.S. states, you can see the breakdown of your Canada downloads by province.

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We hope these additions provide you valuable insights!

As always, if you have questions or would like to share your input on our stats platform, you can contact us at help.podbean.com.

 

Podcasts to Listen to While You Workout

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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.

Podbean.com Recognized For Global Diversity By The Latin Podcast Awards

Audio Dice Network awards Podbean.com for its unconditional support of the LatinX / Hispanic community with the Latin Podcast “Global Diversity” Award. This Award is a podcasting industry award recognizing ambassadors of diversity in podcasting.

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Audio Dice Network (ADN) bestowed the first Latin Podcast “Global Diversity” Award to the audio industry giant Podbean, for its tireless and disinterested support of the LatinX | Hispanic podcasting community.

Podbean, the world leader in podcasts hosting, has teamed up with ADN (an independent podcast network) and Bitextuales.com (a provider of editorial and translation services) to honor and recognize Hispanic-LatinX podcasts of all the world and the United States.

The Latin Podcast Awards (LPA) are the only podcast awards in the world that honor Ibero-American podcasts (Spanish and English). These podcasts are originated in the United States and around the world. the LPA is the first and only podcast competition in the bilingual world.

In this new edition, the LPAs will recognize podcast nominees from the United States, Spain, Colombia, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Switzerland and Puerto Rico.

About this accolade David Xu, CEO of Podbean said, “I am proud Podbean supports the Latin Podcast Awards. Once again, it is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate content creators and highlight the diversity of voices that the world of podcasting has to offer.”

About Podbean:

As an industry leader for more than ten years, Podbean has been providing innovative podcasting services. This platform offers an easy-to-use interface that integrates publishing tools, administration, distribution, monetization and user friendly analysis. Currently, the podbean community is composed of a base of more than 140 thousand podcasters. Podbean apps for Android and iOS have reached more than 1 million downloads, and have more than 300 thousand active monthly users. For more information, visit https://www.podbean.com .

For more information on the Latin Podcast Awards visit latinpodcastawards.com.

How Can Podcast Advertising Help Small, Local Businesses?

Podcast Advertising Help Small, Local Businesses

Local media can play an important role in promoting small, local businesses. It can be a great way to target a narrow market with relevant messages. Many small businesses put advertising dollars toward local radio and newspapers. They may try billboards, flyers, local community boards or websites.

Small business owners need to be smart about their marketing and advertising efforts. Typically, they’ll be looking for effective, low-cost solutions but it can be hard to find that perfect combination. Sometimes local media exceeds the budget of a new or growing business. And, many businesses are finding that what’s worked in the past is no longer so effective. In recent years, many have turned to online advertising that allows targeting and provides delivery analytics. Another benefit is the simplicity and ease of getting campaigns running quickly.

Few local business owners will have considered podcast advertising. But now, some platforms are offering programmatic podcast advertising that targets only listeners in certain areas. So, podcasts can be a new form of local media for your small business to tap into. Fortunately, podcast advertising also has the potential to deliver more for less cost too. A small company can “sound big” without spending a lot. It’s a lot like what websites have done for small businesses in leveling the playing field.

Your Potential Customers Are Listening to Podcasts

According to a report from Edison Research, 21 percent of Americans (age 12+) will have listened to a podcast in the last month. To put that into perspective, that’s the same number of Americans who use Twitter and 8% more than use Spotify.

Podcasts tend to have affluent, educated audiences. 85% of podcast listeners have a college education and 36% make more than $75K/year.

Podcast Advertising Effectiveness

Research shows 62% of podcast listeners report making a purchase as a result of an ad they heard on a podcast. A study on NPR podcasts showed even higher results, with 75% of listeners taking action on a sponsored message. Podcast listeners are highly engaged, with 88% of them subscribing and listening to most or all episodes. Because podcasts are not heavily saturated with ads, listeners have high brand recall (over 70%).

New Technologies Increase Targeting and Ease

Programmatic ad buying now makes the process of purchasing podcast advertising much easier. A small business can buy ads directly, without a lengthy process or large ad budget necessary to work with an agency. The process is similar to setting up Google or Facebook ads (maybe even easier).

And, the technology now supports more targeting. So, for example, you can run ads to be served up only to listeners in your state or metro area. This effectively makes podcast advertising a new form of local media, but available on a smaller budget. For example, one recent campaign run via Podbean’s PodAds system resulted in 100,000 targeted impressions for the business for $300.

To learn more about podcast advertising for your local business, read more. You can set up a campaign in minutes and give it a try! You set budget caps, and can modify or stop a campaign any time so it’s low risk with potential for high reward.

Get a high return on investment for your small business: get started with PodAds today

The Best Way to Promote Your Podcast

The Best Way to Promote Your Podcast

There are a million ways to promote your podcast. Some are effective, while others might be a waste of time (and money). And, of course, what works is dependent on “where your audience is”. This is why promoting on other podcasts might just be the best way to grow your audience.

Why is podcast cross-promotion one of the most effective podcast marketing strategies?

  • Podcast listeners already know how to listen to podcasts, which removes one big hurdle you may encounter when you promote elsewhere.
  • Listeners love content suggestions. This type of marketing comes across as helpful information and listeners pay attention.
  • You can target listeners who already like similar categories of shows. This solution brings you right to where your potential audience is.
  • They can subscribe/download your show right away. They’re in the midst of listening, so it’s not something they have to remember to do later.

Why use PodAds to promote a podcast?

Cross-promotion is effective. A lot of podcasters are already doing it. We see many discussions about it in Facebook groups and hear the promo spots often. However, it takes a lot of time to set this up (networking, contacting podcasters, sending your promo, discussing details..and typically, arranging and running the other podcaster’s promo on your show). With PodAds, you can have promo spots running within minutes. Yes, you’ll need to spend some money. But, you’ll save valuable time. You can also reach a broader range of listeners than it might be possible to get via personal connections.

Fortunately, you can set a daily budget cap so you don’t have to spend a lot. You can view your analytics to see just how your ads are delivering. And, you can modify, pause or stop your campaigns at any time.

If you’re spending any money on Facebook ads or other promotions (or considering it), take a look at PodAds first. Podcasters tend to get a much higher return on investment (ROI) from these campaigns.

How to Use PodAds: Three Simple Steps

  • Sign up as an advertiser: https://sponsorship.podbean.com/. If you’re already signed up to receive ads on your podcast, you’ll need to create an account with a different email address.
  • Create your campaign. Provide basic information (contact info, website, description, copy), set your budget and start date. Select categories (and geographies, if desired). Pick ad slots and set pricing. Upload your audio file. Add your payment method.
  • Run and manage your campaign. Once approved, your ads till begin running within 24 hours of your start date. You can review the list of podcasts and remove any of them at any time. Check your campaign’s results as it progresses: see impressions and amount spent. Pause or cancel campaigns whenever you want.

Sign up for PodAds today and give it a try! You can set a daily budget cap of as little as $10 (that’s the cap, often the actual spending will be less depending on your specs). Check out our Advertiser FAQs here or contact us if you have questions.

You can also sign up your podcast to receive ad revenue. Learn more here.

What Are Some Best Practices When Starting a Podcast?

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Podcasts continue to explode in popularity. 124 million Americans have listened to a podcast, and 28% (or 73 million) listen monthly. The number of weekly podcast listeners is up by 6 million from 2017. There’s a low barrier to starting a podcast and getting it distributed. But, that doesn’t mean podcasting doesn’t require effort. Along with the explosion in podcast popularity, listeners now have thousands of choices. Your podcast needs to deliver quality content and value. Here are seven best practices to consider if you’re starting a podcast.

1. Think about what you want to say and why.

There’s a lot of content for people to consume, in all forms. What makes your podcast unique? Who do you imagine listening to it? Is there a gap you’ve found or a niche you want to fill? Do a little homework. Check out similar or related shows (bookmark them for the future, there might be some ways to collaborate). What’s missing? What special perspective will you bring that people can’t find elsewhere? What tone do you want for your show?

2. Make every second count.

Listeners’ time is valuable. Keep content concise. This doesn’t mean there’s a magic number. Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History is one of the most popular podcasts, and it sometimes runs more than four hours. But, that’s a rare exception. And, he packs his episodes with high quality, engaging content. The nature of your podcast might lend itself to some “chit chat”, but think about the value the listener is getting for the time they’re spending.

3. Plan your episodes.

Listen to some top quality shows. For every minute you hear, they likely spent hours researching and preparing. Not all shows take the investigative journalism of a Serial. But, sometimes podcasters forget about the importance of planning since it can feel like having a casual conversation. Planning might include determining show topics, contacting guests (and preparing them), thinking about your questions or a rough outline (or script) of what you want to cover, and doing any research.

4. Set things up for searchability.

In podcast apps, your podcast and episode titles are they key to being found (along with the author tag in some), and helps listeners easily identify what your content is about. So, think about keywords your audience might search for when coming up with titles.

This is also where show notes and transcripts come in handy. Search engines crawl text, so your episode descriptions and show notes should be search-friendly. Descriptions and show notes (think a blog post that accompanies a podcast) also serve as a place for listeners (or someone who finds your show online) to see a summary and get more information, links, etc.

5. Distribute, share, promote!

Set up your podcast with a reliable podcast host and get an RSS feed…and you’re set to distribute to the many places people listen. Apple Podcasts (formerly known as iTunes) is the biggest directory so that should be a top priority. You can also make sure your show is set up properly for Google and that they index your show for Google Podcasts. Many podcast apps will pick your show up from iTunes, but there are also many directories where you can submit. Here’s a good list of podcast directories to check out. The good news is that due to the magic of RSS feeds, you just submit your feed and then your episodes will automatically update in various directories and apps.

Some podcast hosts make social sharing easy with automated tools in their platforms. You also want to have an online “home” for your podcast, whether that be within an existing website, a new WordPress or Squarespace site or a podcast site provided by your hosting company. This is the place where people can read your show notes* and get more information…and there are many other ways you can use this space, especially as your podcast grows and evolves. There are different ways you can integrate your RSS feed with different types of websites, depending on where you host your podcast and what you want to do. You can embed podcast episodes easily with a player so people can also listen online.

Getting listed in directories and set up online is the first step, but you’ll need to do most of the heavy lifting to promote your show. Think about where your potential listeners “hang out” online. Are they on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram? Can you draw people in from Youtube (some podcast hosting companies autopost an “audiogram” there for you or you can get tools to do this)? Are there specific forums or blogs where you can share information and generate interest? You might also want to consider promoting on other podcasts. It can be one of the most effective ways to gain new listeners.
6.Get a handle on audio production.

If your podcast sounds bad, people will tune out. Learn some basic audio tools, such as audio editing software. There are free tools like Audacity that can work fine for podcast editing. You also don’t have to spend a lot on microphones. But, check out suggestions from other podcasters and podcast experts (Facebook groups like Podcasting Smarter are one good source).

There are even options to record right from your phone and there are some decent sounding podcasts out there just using their earbuds (check out the Podbean app for recording and publishing, for example). Reducing background noise makes a big difference, so be sure you have a quiet space or add some soundproofing (egg crating foam, carpeting and blankets all do the trick on the cheap).

Another option to consider is hiring pros for certain aspects of production. There are tons of resources out there, from professional sound studios to editors, guest bookers, show note writers and full production teams.

7. Measure your success by your own benchmarks. And, make changes as needed.

Your podcast hosting company will provide download statistics and various data you can track. It can be hard to know what good numbers are. It is not the same for a highly produced true crime show as a podcast about a specific type of knitting. Don’t only use numbers to measure your success. Think beforehand about your goals and measure your success against that. Perhaps you want to use podcasting to showcase your expertise and build trust with potential clients. Maybe you only get 100 downloads/episode, but you have loyal client listeners and have had several inquiries. That’d be a success for you!

Don’t be afraid to make changes. If you feel something isn’t working or get feedback from listeners, you can adapt. Most podcasts evolve in some way over time. Some do a complete rebrand, change formats or end and start a completely new show. Always go back to your goals (even if the goal is for you and your best friend to get together and chat every week…if that’s happening and you’re enjoying it, podcasting has worked for you). Evaluate how things are working and change what’s not.

Most importantly, don’t get bogged down in the details or halted by perfection. With these best practices, you can prioritize what you need to do when starting a podcast. Get started and take advantage of the growing podcasting wave. Check out all that Podbean has to offer and try it out with a free month at Podbean.com.

What Are the Best Brazilian Podcasts?

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The Most Popular Brazilian Podcasts

Brazil may not have been tops in the World Cup this year, but they’re becoming tops in the podcast world. Since we have so many loyal listeners in Brazil and a growing number of podcasts produced in Brazil, we have put together a list of the 8 most listened to podcasts in Brazil. Check them out if you’re a Brazilian listener, or you want to get to know Brazilian culture, history, current events or practice your Portuguese.

1. Mamilos

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Mamilos is a weekly podcast that searches social media for hot debates and controversies. They choose a topic of the week from this research and engage in a deeper discussion on it. Hopefully this allows listeners to form an opinion for themselves based on a more solid foundation than the typical online argument.

2. Scicast

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Scicast is a highly entertaining science podcast from Brazil. Weekly information with a dose of Brazilian culture.

3. Reprograme Seu Cérebro Cast

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Reprograme Seu Cérebro Cast is hosted by André Buric, founder of BrainPower. The podcast teaches listeners how to stay in control of their emotions and actions. Listeners can learn how to get rid of lack of focus and energy, stop procrastinating and see things in a new light.

4. Café Brasil Podcast

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Café Brasil Podcast, hosted by Luciano Pires, offers an unfiltered perspective on Brazil. He discusses culture, citizenship, politics and more.

5. 99Vidas

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99Vidas is a fun and fascinating podcast all about video games. It covers popular games, classics, unique video games, new releases and hot news.

6. Nerd Cast

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NerdCast is one of the leading podcast series in Brazil, with about one million downloads per episode. This long-running series covers a huge range of topics including pop culture, history, science, cinema, technology, and literature.

7. Não Ouvo

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A humor and entertainment podcast running since 2015, hosted by Maurício Cid with Luide, Braian, and Igor. A variety of weekly themes from one of the biggest blogs in Brazil.

8. Dragões de Garagem

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The title of this podcast translates to “garage dragons”, from a chapter in Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World, which presents an analogy between the existence of God and a hypothetical insistence that there is a dragon living in someone’s garage. This podcast covers anything and everything in science, from physics to biology to linguistics, and highlights science in all areas of our lives. The topics might come from recent news events, like the Zika virus, or cover timeless information that will fascinate you even if you aren’t sure a science podcast is for you. You should be able to follow along even if your Portuguese isn’t perfect, as the speakers talk slowly and don’t use a lot of slang or jargon.

Top 10 True Crime Podcasts

Top 10 True Crime Podcasts

True crime podcasts have exploded in popularity. Listeners seem to love the variety of intrigue, suspense, legal thrills, murder and more. If you’re looking for another great true crime podcast, you’ll find high quality options among our top true crime podcasts.

NO.1 In the Dark

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This podcast explores an old case in depth, including all the implications for our justice system and society. Season One covered the abduction of Justin Wetterling, in which there were no answers for 27 years. The case fueled parents’ anxieties about strangers and led to the establishment of the sex offender registry. Season 2 covers Curtis Flowers, who has been tried 6 times for the same crime and continually maintains his innocence.

NO.2 Detective

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The hit podcast from Investigation Discovery goes behind the scenes of detective work, crossing from the professional side of things to the interesting personal lives of the investigators.

NO.3 Crimetown

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A series by Gimlet Media and the creators of HBO’s The Jinx. Every season, they investigate crime in a different American city.

NO.4 Someone Knows Something

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Cold case investigation at its finest with host David Ridgen. He’s joined by victims’ families and others involved in the cases. He talks to suspects and tracks down new and old leads.

NO.5 Atlanta Monster

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From the producers of Up and Vanished and HowStuffWorks, this podcast covers a horrific 40-year old case that will bring you to the edge of your seat with host Payne Lindsay.

No 6 Up and Vanished

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Another great investigative podcast hosted by Payne Lindsay. His work on the unsolved disappearance of Georgia beauty queen and teacher, Tara Grinstead, captured the attention of many, with over 150 million downloads, and helped break the 12-year old case wide open.

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Host Kelly McEvers delves deep into a story from the news to understand all the issues at play and give you a more in-depth view. That’s included digging into the Trump administration’s past and covering a town ravaged by the opioid epidemic.

No 8 48 Hours

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Presented by the award-winning team from CBS News’ “48 Hours”, the podcast covers intriguing crime and justice cases of all types.

No 9 Once Upon A Crime | True Crime

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Unraveling true crime stories in a chapter-by-chapter format. The podcast covers everything from kidnapping to murder and celebrity crimes.

No 10 True Crime Historian

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Combining history and true crime, this podcast looks back at the infamous, the notorious, and the big scandals of the past via newspaper accounts.