Keep Your Internal Podcast Secure

Privacy is a major concern no matter who you are, but in the era of data leaks and bot accounts, people are getting more invested in how they secure their information online.  This includes private and internal podcasts. In order to privatize them, you need the necessary level of security to ensure that only the intended users can access your content.

There are different methods of securing your private podcast with varying degrees of privacy and security.  One trivial method of podcast privatizing is scrambling your Feed URL. By scrambling the URL of your episode, the likelihood of a non-intended user discovering and accessing your podcast greatly decreases.  However, while a scrambled URL makes your podcast difficult to discover, it should be noted a scrambled URL does not usually require a username and password to access, therefore making it accessible to anyone who has the link.  As an example, if someone emails and/or texts the scrambled URL to someone outside of the company or posts it online somewhere (forum, social media, etc.), anyone who clicks that link can now access that content.

Furthermore, scrambling the feed URL does not provide a digital footprint back to the person who shared it, so accountability is difficult to enforce. This needs to be a point to consider when thinking about how accessible you want your podcast to be.  

A more secure solution for protecting your private podcast is to have your feed URL accessible only by password and email.  Podbean’s private podcasting solution ensures that your private episodes are truly inaccessible via a public link and needs a username and password to access your content.  Once your private podcast is published, each episode file is moved to secure storage and will require a pair of email and password to access.   

Podbean’s private podcasting solution also allows you to integrate your company’s Single Sign On (SSO) login.  Users can use SSO login to access your private podcast on Podbean Podcast App, your white label App, or your Podbean podcast website.  Podbean’s intuitive interface and powerful admin tools make revoking access to your private podcast as easy as removing the user from your member list.  Once their access is revoked, they can no longer access your content.  

When it comes to private podcasts, you could be using them for a school group, internal communications for a company, or as a private community looking to share information without other people intruding on your content.  By understanding the security and privacy measures that are available to you, you can decide which one works best for your privacy needs.

Top Podbean True Crime Podcasts

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The Best True Crime Podcasts: A Selection of Podbean Podcasts for True Crime Fans

True crime fans rejoice! The unparalleled worldwide success of true crime podcast Serial has spurred a continued boom in true crime podcasts. Along with the overall growth in podcast listening, true crime podcasts lead the way as some of the most downloaded podcasts.

What makes true crime podcasts so popular?

True crime, like many other types of podcasts, really comes down to compelling storytelling. True crime brings in elements of suspense, mystery, psychology, law and more. The stories we hear in true crime may at times be horrific, but they are also stories of human nature in all its diversity. The stories cut across culture and time.

You can now find a huge range of true crime podcasts, from deep investigative journalism of unsolved cases to true crime comedy. Podcasters have created true crime podcasts specific to place (for example, our list below includes a couple of podcasts focused on Canadian crimes and one from the U.S. south), covering one type of crime, or an aspect of crime such as psychology and profiling. Others tie in movies or pop culture based on true crimes.

Whatever you like, there’s a true crime podcast out there for you. Even podcast listeners who don’t consider themselves true crime fans may just get hooked with all these options.

Check out Podbean’s pick of some of the best podcasts for true crime fans from our Podbean family of podcasts:

True Crime Garage

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Each week Nic & The Captain get in the garage and talk true crime and drink beer.

True Crime Guys

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True Crime Podcast with two Sin City smart-asses. We dissect compelling crimes, everything from small happenings to the worlds most notorious killers. Interesting conversation and speculation as well as the occasional of-the-wall theory, is sure to ensue.

Bloody Murder – A True Crime Podcast

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2019 Finalist Best Independent True Crime & 2019 Finalist Popular Vote – Aust. Podcast Awards. Barney Black and Tara Sariban discuss the dark details of lesser know true crime stories from Australia and around the world. As avid listeners of true crime podcasts they aim to add to the conversation by talking about murders that haven’t been done to death on other shows. Their humour comes from some rather unusual places but never at the expense of the victims or their families.

True Crime and Mysteries

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True Crime and Mysteries is a true crime podcast where we investigate missing persons cases and bring awareness to them.

36 Times- Canadian True Crime

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A podcast featuring all things criminally Canadian, as told by two ladies. New episodes biweekly!

True Crime Story Time

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True Crime Story Time Podcast, bringing you all things true crime. Because every story has a message…

Bless this Mess: A Southern True Crime Podcast

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Podcast covering murder, mystery, and mayhem with a southern twist!

Texas True Terrors Podcast

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Podcast comparing Texas movies and the true crimes they are based on.

Nordic True Crime

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Nordic True Crime is a bi-weekly podcast covering a wide range of real crimes from the dark and frozen countries of northern Europe.

Going West: True Crime

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Heath and Daphne discuss haunting details of different disappearance and murder cases week by week.

Profile Matters: True Crime, and Psychology

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Profile matters is a podcast that covers a wide range of things from true crimes and psychology, we interview doctors, criminal profilers, detectives, authors, and even killers, our podcast is for research and educational purposes.

Murderific True Crime Podcast

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A True Crime Podcast hosted by Bern from the state of Maine, USA. Topics include serial killers, mass murderers, unsolved cases and the missing. EXECUTING PODCASTS ONE CRIME AT A TIME.

Secrets True Crime

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True crime serial podcast about the disappearance of Susan Osborne and her 14 year old son, Evan Chartrand

Our True Crime Podcast

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Our True Crime Podcast focuses on bizzare, lesser known crime cases from around the globe delivered with respect, a bit of humor and a smidge of song. Everything you’ve come to love from Jen and Cam.

This is Not a Dream: A True Crime Podcast

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True crime lovers Joy and Heather bring you stories of real life nightmares

Based on a True Crime

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BASED ON A TRUE CRIME is a podcast where Chelsea’s love of true crime and David’s love of horror movies intersect.

True Crime Girls

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Partners in True Crime

Murder, Myth & Mystery

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3 friends get together to talk about their favorite subjects: Murder, Myth & Mystery

Murder Was The Case

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Criminologist Lee Mellor discusses the darkest, most perverse, bestial crimes known to man. You can’t handle it. Tap out now.

This Is Murder Podcast

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Aphrodite Jones and Jessie Buttafuoco look death in the eye with a no-holds-barred attitude and a side of dark humor. Listener discretion is advised.

Yours in Murder

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Investigative true crime podcast: After 40 years of secrets, a celebrated Southern city is reckoning with its dark past.

See No, Hear No, Speak No: UFOs, Conspiracies, and Murder

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A show where two guys with absolutely zero authority to do so, talk about the unexplained, the very explained and the not quite totally explainable. In a way that will almost certainly convince you that you’re not listening to two dudes with far reaching interest in the occult, alien abductions, true crime and all the things crazy people want you to think is true but probably isn’t, speculating wildly.

Hometown Murder Tour Podcast

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Two Friends. One Car. True Crime.

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A podcast dedicated to giving you your weekly fix of Canadian true crimes. This podcast is hosted by two home-grown Canadian friends: Tay, and Nikki.

Submit Your Podcast To Podcast Directories

There are many podcast directories where people can listen, subscribe and interact with podcasts.  We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular podcast directories and instructions on how to submit your podcast to them.  Click on each header to view your specific submission instructions.

How To Submit Your Podcast To Apple Podcasts and iTunes

How To Submit Your Podcast To Spotify 

How To Submit Your Podcast To Google Play

How To Submit Your Podcast To Google Podcasts

How To Submit Your Podcast To Podbean App

How To Submit Your Podcast To iHeartRadio

How To Upload Your Podcast To YouTube

How To Submit Your Podcast To Pandora

How To Submit Your Podcast To Stitcher

How To Submit Your Podcast To TuneIn


How To Submit Your Podcast To Apple Podcasts or iTunes

1. Publish at least one episode with an iTunes supported file format.  You may check how to publish a podcast here and which file formats are supported in iTunes here.

2. Set your Podcast title, description , category and logo in your Podbean account “Settings” page.  Pay close attention to the title, description and author fields. The iTunes Store uses these fields for search.  Your Podbean channel logo will be used in iTunes as your podcast cover art. The logo image must meet the iTunes specifications: cover art must be in the JPEG or PNG file format with appropriate file extensions (.jpg, .png), and in the RGB color space with a minimum size of 1400 x 1400 pixels and a maximum size of 3000 x 3000 pixels, 72 dpi. Read more about specifications for podcasts on iTunes.

3. Get your podcast RSS feed by going to Settings->Feed/iTunes in your Podbean dashboard. At the top, you will see “Your RSS feed” (http://yourname.podbean.com/feed/). This is the information you need for iTunes.

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4. Go to the iTunes store (you will need to login or create an iTunes store account), go to “Podcasts” and on the right sidebar, you will see a list of items including “Submit a Podcast”. Click there and you will be redirected to Podcasts Connect (or go directly to https://podcastsconnect.apple.com) , Apple’s podcast management area. You will have to login with your Apple ID. You can view and manage all the podcasts you’ve submitted here.

Click on the “+” button the submit a new podcast feed. Validate and submit.You can check the status of your iTunes submission in Podcasts Connect.

Once you register your podcast with iTunes, you will get an iTunes feed ID which you can input back into your Feed/iTunes settings in Podbean. Your podcast will be automatically updated by iTunes afterwards.

*Please note that there are sometimes delays with iTunes updating, which we cannot control. If you have subscribers in iTunes, they will get your latest podcast but there may be slight delays in it showing up in iTunes.


How To Submit Your Podcast To Spotify 

1.  Log into your Podbean account and go to the ‘Settings’->’Social Share’ page. Then click the ‘Connect to Spotify’ button. This feature is available for all unlimited and above accounts.

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2. You should agree to Spotify terms and conditions before submission. Please select a primary country for your podcast (this is used by Spotify’s system; it should be the main country/where most of your listeners are located). 

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Once you agree to Spotify terms and conditions, your podcast gets submitted to Spotify’s system. When your podcast is up on Spotify, we will send you an email with the Spotify URL for your podcast.

*Currently, Spotify does not support video or mixed media podcast feed. Your podcast is eligible for automatic submission via Podbean if you have an unlimited or above hosting account, once you have at least five episodes published.


How To Submit Your Podcast To Google Play

You need to have at least 1 episode published and have the appropriate tags set up in Podbean: <title>, <itunes author> or <googleplay author>, and <itunes email> or <googleplay email> (Podbean supports the iTunes tags, which work for both iTunes and Google Play). Login to google and “add a podcast”. If you don’t know your RSS, simply go to Settings→Feed/iTunes in your Podbean dashboard. At the top you will see “Your RSS feed” (http://yourname.podbean.com/feed/).

After submitting your RSS feed, you will need to “confirm email” (via the email in the RSS feed). Check for the email from Google and click on the “verify ownership” button (or use the code provided if the direct link doesn’t work). You will then be brought to a page to review the information pulled from your RSS feed. Check your artwork, title, description, and episodes there to confirm and click “publish podcast”.

Your show is now submitted and will be reviewed. You will receive an approval or rejection notice to the associated email address. If you have any problems, contact Podbean support for additional help.


How To Submit Your Podcast To Google Podcasts

If you have a podcast and website (which you automatically do if you’re hosted with Podbean!), you can likely already be found there. If you’ve never submitted your Podbean site to Google search indexing before, you can submit it here

Once Google has added your site into the search index,  you can visit here to generate a direct link to your podcast in the Google app or preview how your podcast will look in Google search results.

Here’s more information on Google’s requirements, plus tools and information on how you can make sure your feed is indexed or register it, if it is not showing up currently.

Fortunately, we’ve made things easy by taking care of the requirements for you if you host with Podbean! We’ve made updates to all Podbean sites so they meet the requirements. If you host with Podbean and use the Podbean podcast site, your podcast will meet all the necessary requirements.

If you run your own web site, please follow Google’s instructions (read more in the link above) to add a “link” tag to your site’s home page. And, go to “Settngs”→”Feed/iTunes”->”Advanced Feed Settings” in your Podbean account to set your site url into the “Link URL in RSS2” field.

If you run your own web site, please follow Google’s instructions (read more in the link above) to add a “link” tag to your site’s home page. And, go to “Settngs”→”Feed/iTunes”->”Advanced Feed Settings” in your Podbean account to set your site url into the “Link URL in RSS2” field.


How To Submit Your Podcast To Podbean App

Podbean users with Podbean paid plans are automatically in the directory after 24 hours. For Podbean free accounts, you must verify your account first to be included in the directory. The verification steps will appear in your Podbean account’s dashboard 15 days after your account is created. Your podcast will appear in the Podbean Directory within 24 to 48 hours. Here are the detailed instructions to submit your podcast manually:

1. Go to http://www.podbean.com. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Click on “Submit your podcast”.

2. You’ll be directed to the login page. Log into or sign up for a Podbean account (no cost for a free account).

3. Fill in your podcast feed and click on “Submit”. Follow the steps as instructed.

If you are already in the Podbean directory but have not yet claimed your listing, simply go to the listing page and click “claim listing” on the left. This will ensure you are notified of comments and other opportunities.


How To Submit Your Podcast To iHeartRadio

  1. Log into your Podbean account.
  2. On the left hand column, go to Settings: Feed – iTunes. 
  3. Take down your RSS Feed.  You’ll need this to submit to iHeartRadio.
  4. Go to https://www.iheart.com/content/submit-your-podcast/ in your browser. 
  5. Fill in all of the required information here, then press submit.  
  6. Your podcast has now been submitted to iHeartRadio.  You should recieve an e mail when your podcast is available on iHeartRadio or with any further feedback.  

How To Upload Your Podcast To YouTube

1. Go to “Social Share” in your Podbean dashboard and connect to YouTube. A pop up window will ask you to log in to your account and give permission to YouTube; click “allow”.

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2. When you publish a podcast episode, you will now have YouTube included in the “share” section. Your episode will be shared to the networks you have connected, including YouTube. You can click any of these to turn them off if you do not wish that episode to be shared to a particular social network. Episodes will typically take about 10 minutes to display on YouTube.

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The YouTube video title will be your Podbean episode title. Your show logo will be the static image for audio files. You can see all your videos, including any shared podcast episodes, under “My Channel” in YouTube.

*Please note, for content over 15 minutes in length, YouTube requires verification. You will see a note in your Podbean account; simply click the link and follow YouTube’s steps. If you have previously published the file to YouTube, they will block it from being published again (and you will get an email to this effect).


How To Submit Your Podcast To Pandora

  1. Log into your Podbean account.
  2. On the left hand column, go to Settings: Feed – iTunes. 
  3. Take down your RSS Feed.  You’ll need this to submit to Pandora.
  4. In your browser, go to https://www.ampplaybook.com/podcasts/
  5. Fill in all of the required information here, then press submit.  Note that Pandora asks for many extra bits of information, such as social media links, amounts of episodes, and various information about your podcasts file type, so it will be helpful to have this information handy before submitting.  
  6. Your podcast has now been submitted to Pandora.  Independent podcast submissions are reviewed and approved individually.  Once your podcast feed has been on-boarded, subsequent episodes Pandora receive will be automatically added to Pandora.

How To Submit Your Podcast To Stitcher

Stitcher is an on-demand Internet radio service that focuses on news and information radio and podcasts.   In this video, we’ll go over how to submit your podcast to Stitcher.  

Log into your Podbean account.

1. On the left hand column, go to Settings: Feed – iTunes. 

2. Take down your RSS Feed.  You’ll need this to submit to Stitcher.

3. Go to https://www.stitcher.com/content-providers.  You’ll need to create an account with Stitcher as a Content Provider, so fill out the provider name, e mail, and password fields here.  Then click continue.  

4. Type in your information here, agree to Stitcher’s Terms and conditions, then click agree.  

5. Fill in the fields required fields here.  Type in your RSS feed URL from Podbean in the RSS Feed URL text box.  Stitcher asks for information such as your Twitter handle, Facebook, average listener count, and keywords that will help Stitcher listeners find your podcast, so it’ll be important to have this information ready.  

6. Click the checkbox, then press Continue.  If everything looks correct, click Submit Podcast.  Your Podcast has now been submitted to Stitcher. You should receive an e mail shortly that your podcast has been received for review.  Please note that Stitcher states that it can take up to five days to approve or decline your podcast. You should receive a second e mail once your podcast has been approved.  


How To Submit Your Podcast To TuneIn

  1. Log into your Podbean account.
  2.  On the left hand column, go to Settings: Feed – iTunes. 
  3. Take down your RSS Feed.  You’ll need this to submit to TuneIn.
  4. Go to https://help.tunein.com/contact/add-podcast-S19TR3Sdf
  5. Fill out the required information in this submission form.  Type in your RSS feed from Podbean in the XML/RSS Feed URL text box. 
  6. Once you’ve filled in all of the fields, click the Agree to Terms and Conditions checkbox, then click Send e mail.  TuneIn moderates each podcast submission, which can take one to ten days to approve or decline. You should receive an e mail from TuneIn when your podcast has been approved. 

5 Ways An Enterprise Podcast Solution Can Help Improve Your Internal Communications

Communication is the beating heart of any company.  Whether it’s the company-wide newsletter informing everyone about new policy changes, or it’s the new product release briefing, communication is how your employees learn new information, form bonds, and align around company goals.

Podcasts can do more than entertain – they can inform and educate in a medium built to be mobile and accessible.   They offer a way to organize your communications into channels with specific accesses and provide opportunities for your employees to share their knowledge (with approval from admins appointed by you, of course).  

How?  

1. Mobility

According to BlogIn, out of the 80% of the workforce that’s not bound to a desk in the office, only 13% of them feel engaged at work.  Of the 2.7 million people working away from a desk, 84% of them don’t feel as though they’re receiving attention and engagement from top management, and 75% feel they don’t get informed about new policies and company goals.

With so many roles in your company, some of your workers might not always be at their desk.  Some might work from home, some might work remotely from other cities, and some might travel frequently.  Podcasting combines the portability and group-focused nature of email while combining the personability and hands-on take of a phone call.

By using podcasts for internal communications, your employees have the same level of access across the board, no matter where they’re working.  And it’s in a format that allows them to get informed while doing things like traveling, commuting, or working from home.  

2. Group Content 

There are occasions that call for company-wide communication, but you’ve also got department-specific information that would clog up the feeds of all your other employees.  Instead of getting straight to the information they need, they’ll have to search for it through your memo or newsletter.

Podbean’s Enterprise Podcasting Solution for internal communication lets you organize your employees into groups, and grant access to certain podcast channels created specifically for their role.  Got information just for the Marketing team? Give them access to only the Marketing podcasts. Do your Sales and Marketing teams need to understand the same content? Give them access to both the Sales channel and Marketing channels.  

Your employees won’t have to sort through a whole newsletter to find the information that is pertinent to them and their situation.  They get the right information in a timely manner, and in a way that lets them access the most up-to-date info available.  

3. Detailed Analytics Tools

One of the biggest concerns with dispensing information within your company is that people aren’t going to read it or access it.  There could be multiple reasons for this, but at the end of it all you won’t know unless they tell you, or an occasion arises that’s negatively impacted by their lack of information.  

Analytic tools offer you the chance to know how your employees engage with the podcast, if they’re stopping or skipping parts, and opportunities to expand on knowledge they might have difficulty with.  

Podbean’s analytic tools, such as User Engagement Intel, gives you insight into your podcast’s plays and replays, where someone stops or skips, and how they listened – all while providing optimum privacy and anonymity.  

4. Collaborative Team Tools

Regardless of the size of your company, it can be difficult for a single person to create all of the internal communication while balancing their other responsibilities to your business.  Collaborative efforts for your internal communications podcasts can create unique opportunities, such as marketing information straight from the marketing team.

Using tiered admin roles, your employees can submit content for review.  Admins appointed by you can edit and approve this content for publication.  This gives your employees a chance to take on responsibilities and leadership roles that prove their knowledge of the company and their role.  It also lets you delegate roles and responsibilities in a way that lets you stay in the loop while letting you focus on other tasks.

5. Audio and Video Podcasts

Having options to dispense information to your employees means that you can offer communication in different formats suited to the information.  Depending on the information and the environment that your employees are in, it might be more suitable to offer video in place of audio.  

With audio and video formats available for your podcast channels, you can offer information in the format that best suit the needs of your employees and the information.  Unlimited storage combined unmetered downloads and bandwidth means that there’s plenty of space for all your internal communication no matter the format.  

While there’s plenty of places to post videos online, keeping them both private and accessible to your employees can be an unnecessary struggle.  By opting to publish video content as an internal communications podcast, you can ensure that all employees – but just the employees – can access your content.

Communication is the bedrock of every company, and if it’s unstable or damaged then the rest of the structure will soon come down.  There are numerous ways to improve upon it, but using podcasts for internal communication has added benefits that lend to mobility, accessibility, and contributing and leadership opportunities.

Podcasts for Summer

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What does summer bring to mind? Perhaps you think of school holidays, lazy days by the pool or beach, road trips and adventure. Your summer may not be all ice cream and sunshine, but we’ve put together a sampling of podcasts to enjoy whether you’re relaxing on the beach or fantasizing about it while commuting to work. Hopefully, these podcasts will transport you to another place or serve as a “beach read” for your ears.

These podcasts aren’t necessarily safe for little ears, so check out our Family-Friendly Podcasts for Road Trips if you want something for the whole family. We’ve included a few different categories so you can explore new genres and find something you’ll love.

You can find this topic featured in the Podbean app to listen on the go. If you don’t already have the Podbean app, download it for free in the App Store or Google Play store. It’s the best way to listen and discover new podcasts you’ll love, with recommendations of hot topics plus personalized recommendations based on what you listen to most. You can also listen to these podcasts online here.

Travel and Adventure

Zero To Travel Podcast

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Hear More Amazing Travel Stories at zerototravel.com | Travel On Your Terms

The Dish Food Travel Show

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The Food Travel Podcast Uncovering The Stories Behind The World’s Most Famous (& Best!) Dishes. Join us & expert guests for tasty facts, foodie secrets and more! Your hosts are Tommo & Megsy from foodfuntravel.com

The Amateur Traveler

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Amateur Traveler is an award winning audio travel show that focuses primarily on the question: “where should you go next and what should you see, do and eat there?”. Amateur Traveler won its creator Chris Christensen a Travel&Leisure SMITTY award as the best independent travel journalist and a Society of American Travel Writers Lowell Thomas Award. It is also used to teach English at Oxford University.

Be Our Guest WDW Podcast

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This award-winning podcast features Monday, Wednesday, and Friday shows that focus on Disney resorts, theme parks, attractions, restaurants, dining, runDisney, vacation tips and much more. Join hosts Mike Rahlmann, Rikki Niblett, and Pam Forrester and take a fun and family-friendly dive into the world of Disney vacation planning.

Switchbacks: Our Year in the National Parks

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We spent last year exploring, hiking through, and tent camping inside all 59 U.S. national parks. Now we’re here to share our experiences, insights, and advice about our year in the national parks.

She Explores

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Stories of women who are inspired by time spent outside take the shape of interviews, in-the-field recordings, and listener submissions. These make up a tapestry of episodes covering themes such as solo hiking and camping; entrepreneurship; aging; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); conservation; motherhood; chronic illness; and feminism as they intersect with outdoor experiences. Hosted by Gale Straub.

True Crime and Horror

True Crime Garage

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Each week Nic & The Captain get in the garage and talk true crime and drink beer.

True Crime Bullsh**

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True Crime Bullsh** is a serialized, investigative podcast exploring meticulous and enigmatic serial killer Israel Keyes. Join me on this strange, terrifying, and emotional journey, as I attempt to find the missing, understand a killer, explore the impacts of crime, and reconcile with those left behind.

Dirty John

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Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.

Wine & Crime

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Wine & Crime is a true crime/comedy podcast. Join three friends as they chug wine, chat true crime, and unleash their worst Minnesotan accents!

Campfire Radio Theater

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A Modern Audio Drama Horror Anthology… Hear the Fear!

Tacos & Tales

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A deliciously scary podcast for the taco enthusiast.

Storytelling and Conversations

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1A is home to the national conversation. Joshua Johnson hosts with great guests and frames the best debate in ways to make you think, share and engage.

Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People

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1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. Thats the premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard (the Chris Gethard Show, Broad City, This American Life, and one of Time Outs 10 best comedians of 2015). Every week, Chris opens the phone line to one anonymous caller, and he cant hang up first, no matter what. From shocking confessions and family secrets to philosophical discussions and shameless self-promotion, anything can and will happen! Theme song by Shellshag.

Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books

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Writer Zibby Owens, an NYC-based mom of four, interviews and chats with other writers about their work.

The Memory Motel

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Created and hosted by Moth storyteller, Terence Mickey, Memory Motel finds the drama in what we want to remember or forget.

Lauren Conrad: Asking for a Friend

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In today’s social media culture, it’s easy to look around and believe that everyone else has life figured out. But things aren’t always as they appear! Each week, fashion designer, NYT bestselling author and lifestyle expert, Lauren Conrad will host a variety of experts for candid conversations on everything from life, love, and business! Whether it’s the ideal seven-minute morning beauty regimen, how to snap that perfect IG-worthy flat lay or tips for tricking party guests into believing you’re a gourmet chef, Conrad’s guests will offer listeners tips for quickly navigating a Pinterest-obsessed world, as well as offering a healthy dose of reality. Because life isn’t always about knowing how to do everything perfectly yourself; it’s about knowing the people who do!

Conversations with People Who Hate Me

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The show where negative online interactions become positive offline phone calls. Host Dylan Marron reaches out to people who have sent him negativity online and moderates calls between strangers who have gotten into it with each other. Sometimes awkward, often political, and always fascinating, Conversations with People Who Hate Me reminds us that there’s a human on the other side of the screen. Webby Winner, Best of 2018 (Apple Podcasts), “The Timeliest Podcast” (Fast Company), Podcast Pick (USA Today & The Guardian)

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Why Didn’t They Laugh?

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An examination of Comedy, how it works, and why it sometimes doesn’t. Created and Hosted by Comedian/Pianist Owen Benjamin

Sloss and Humphries On The Road

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Two touring buffoons tell you about their thoughts and then insult you for being a muggle.

Quick Question with Soren and Daniel

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Quick Question with Soren and Daniel is a comedy podcast from the former editors of Cracked.com Soren Bowie and Daniel O’Brien. With new episodes, every week, join Soren and Daniel in answering life’s deep and also probably shallow questions.

The Absolute Peach

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Stupidly sublime comedy podcast. Blending snark and silliness, since 2007.

Pop Culture

The Countdown: Movie and TV Reviews

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A weekly comedic podcast in which two massive film buffs countdown a topic from 10-1 while throwing shade at the other’s list.

Epic Film Guys

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In-depth film discussion w/ a heap of comedy since 2014. Proud member of the indie podcasting community & working hard to make a difference. Tune in, don’t be shy. #PodernFamily

Pop Culture Cosmos

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It’s our look at the latest news and trends in pop culture with our Discover Pods Awards nominated two weekly shows and bonus podcasts!

Pop Culture Connoisseurs: A Gal & A Gay

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We are two friends who can’t stop talking about all things Pop Culture. We are in the media, so TV is basically our life and we love to chat about it. Join us!

The Throughline of True Crime: Josh Hallmark on Empathy, Inverting Genre, and Making The Most of Podcast Advertising

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What does it mean to be human?

That’s not the question Josh Hallmark set out with when he first started his podcast Our Americana.  It probably wasn’t even the question brought up with his following podcasts Playlist or The Karen and Ellen Letters.  But it’s the question he answers in his true crime podcast, True Crime Bullsh**: The Story of Israel Keyes.

He describes it as a “serialized true crime story which looks at serial killer Israel Keyes, but also kind of deconstructs the genre of true crime, and how it affects listeners and people within the true crime community.”

“I was just so fascinated with Israel Keyes and the story of him,” Hallmark says, “and I think it’s a unique story because it kind of like true crime in reverse.  I think we’re used to a victim and a crime and then looking for a killer. And here we have a killer, but we don’t know who his victims were?   And he had this crazy thing with the FBI where they were not going to release his name to the press as long as he was cooperating with them. So it kind of already, as a story, spun the true-crime genre on its head a bit, so I immediately started devouring everything I could about Israel Keyes – which, because of this deal, there wasn’t a lot.”

This podcast is a culmination of three years’ worth of research, investigation, and expert-consulting – three years, he said, that needed to come to fruition.

“Our Americana was just a whim,” he says.  “It was something I was doing just to like, satisfy myself, and then it took off like, ‘Oh, this is great!’ With True Crime Bullsh**, I put so much work and money into it that I just could not let if fail.  So I had to be as proactive as possible.”

Hallmark’s gone down every road he can to raise funds for his show – advertising, merchandise, Patreon, even running booths at conventions to spread the word as much as possible before the show even launched.  But of all the tools at his disposal, he says PodAds helped him do more than raise money – it helped him save time.

“Because I’m one person and I can only do so much – especially producing four shows – is a lot of what I have to rely on is kind of ‘set it and forget it.’  Do as much as I can upfront so that whatever is happening will pay off on its own. And I think PodAds has been phenomenal for that because I get offers to do ad insertion to old episodes, and so I’ve just kind of been like doing my own thing.  And I’ll get notifications saying that someone wants to place an ad in episodes thirteen through seventeen. It’s like, ‘Awesome! All I have to do is click a button, and there’s a new monetization tool that I have done very little work to implement.’   And then the money just shows up and it’s a dream.”

But money isn’t the most important part of podcasting (though it can play a large role).   

“Empathy was really important to me in all of this,” he says, “And also to humanize them because while to us he’s a monster, he had a kid and girlfriends and family members, and great, deep friendships.  And by making him a monster, we’re not humanzing those people, and the experiences they had with him. I think that’s so critical in creating empathy for other criminals’ families.  

“And what happened to his family after his arrest is one of the most heart-breaking stories I’ve ever heard, and that to me became kind of the throughline for this whole story.  Just like, this is not just about the killer and his victims. It is equally as important, but it’s more than just that beat of crime, victim, criminal.”  

True Crime Bullsh** stands out from the other rising true crime podcasts not just because of the choice of topic, but because of the choice of direction.  It can be easy to forget that everyone – from the killers to the victims to family members and bystanders – has a life, has emotions, exists as a person beyond just being a name in a story.  Josh Hallmark makes you see that they’re just people, much like anyone else is, even if they’re surrounded by circumstances as bizarre and heart-breaking and these.  

What does it mean to be human?  Check out True Crime Bullsh** and discover the answer for yourself.  

About The Author
By day, a marketing writer for Podbean. By night, surrounded by eclectic projects like stop-motion puppets, half-knit sweaters, and a violin that won’t learn to play itself. Certified Fresh(c) by both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in English.

How To Review Your Spotify Podcast Statistics

Since Spotify began including podcasts on their platform, podcast listening has booomed there. With changes to their app to highlight podcasts, you can expect Spotify will continue to be an important player in podcasting. Podbean and most podcast hosting companies developed partnerships with Spotify, meaning you can submit your podcast to Spotify directly through your hosting company.

Learn more about submitting your podcast to various directories and other best practices for promoting your podcast.

Podbean podcast hosting makes it easy to get your podcast out to the world. Start your podcast for free.

Spotify Download Statistics

If you submitted via your podcast hosting company, you will typically get some Spotify stats in your hosting dashboard.

Podbean was selected to be part of Spotify’s passthrough program, which means your content is fed to Spotify via your RSS feed much like most podcatchers. This offers a few benefits to podcasters, including Spotify statistics being measured and displayed in the same fashion as other downloads. Here’s more on viewing your Spotify Statistics in Podbean.

In Podbean stats, you can view sources of downloads, including Spotify, under “user agents”.

More Show Analytics in Spotify for Creators

Spotify also provides direct access to their Spotify-specific performance statistics. You will need to open a Spotify account if you don’t already have one (can be created for free on www.spotify.com/us/signup/) and follow the steps below to verify your show(s).

  1. Log into Spotify for Podcasters.
    This will be connected to a Spotify account, so please make sure you are logging in with the account you want to be associated with your podcast
  2. Click on the “Add Your Podcast” link on the side bar.
  3. Add the RSS feed for your podcast that is already on Spotify.
  4. Verify that you own the podcast.
    Spotify will send a verification code to the email address in the RSS feed so check that email for your code.
  5. Type in the verification code.
  6. ID additional metadata associated with your podcast (country, language, categories).
  7. Press Submit. You will then have access to the Spotify analytics for this podcast here, along with your download statistics in your hosting platform.

You will be able to gain access to multiple individual podcasts via this feature. Similarly, the rest of your podcast team can access the statistics for specific podcasts as well, as long as they have access to the email address in the RSS feed.

For questions about creator show verification or Spotify analytics, contact Spotify’s support team at podcasters-support@spotify.com. You can also visit Podbean’s Help Center for tutorials, FAQs and to reach our Support team.

Podcasts for All Elite Wrestling

Many professional wrestling fans have been pining for an alternative product. For many, All Elite Wrestling is shaping up to be that change. Following up their record breaking sell out crowd performances All In and Double or Nothing, their upcoming event Fight For The Fallen is free for United States viewers through Bleacher Report with a stacked card with names such as The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Cody and Dustin Rhodes and the recently debuting Jon Moxley.

In honor of the upcoming Fight For The Fallen event on July 13, 2019, Podbean has selected some podcasts that cover all walks of the professional wrestling landscape. The following podcasts cover the various weekly and monthly promotions such as WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), AEW (All Elite Wrestling), NJPW (New Japan Pro Wrestling), Impact Wrestling, ROH (Ring Of Honor) and others, as well as interview various talents in the wrestling community.

You can find this topic featured in the Podbean app to listen on the go. If you don’t already have the Podbean app, download it for free in the App Store or Google Play store. It’s the best way to listen and discover new podcasts you’ll love, with recommendations of hot topics plus personalized recommendations based on what you listen to most. You can also listen to these podcasts online here.

Solomonster Sounds Off

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Established in November 2007, Solomonster Sounds Off is a weekly podcast talking all things pro wrestling. Hosted and produced by Jason Solomon, a fan of nearly 30 years, the show takes a humorous, no-nonsense approach to the biggest stories in wrestling with a mix of breaking news, recaps and analysis, listener Q&A and the popular BUY OR SELL segment. In addition, Jason has had the pleasure of interviewing WWE Hall of Famers and legendary performers, including John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Shawn Michaels, Kurt Angle, Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles, Bobby Roode, Rob Van Dam, “Diamond” Dallas Page, Booker T, Edge, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard, Demolition, Jim Ross, Mean Gene Okerlund, Tony Schiavone, Bill Apter, Billy Gunn, Bob Holly, ROH champion Jay Lethal, Lucha Underground’s Catrina and many more.
Post Wrestling
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John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE Raw, SmackDown, NJPW, ROH, UFC and discuss the latest in pro wrestling news. New shows Tuesdays, Wednesdays and usually more.
What’s Wrong With Wrestling? WWE Recap show
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Andrew, Joe, and Eric host a satirical show about all things wrestling. The guys recap Raw and SmackDown, cover breaking news, rumors, play trivia and answer fan questions. “What’s Wrong With Wrestling?” was also nominated for a Webby Award in 2017 for “Best Recap” in the podcast category. New episodes air every Wednesday morning.
The Major Wrestling Figure Podcast
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Join Matt Cardona (WWE Superstar Zack Ryder) and Brian Myers (WWE Superstar Curt Hawkins) as they talk about one of their favorite hobbies, collecting wrestling toys! Each week listen to two members of Mattel’s “Elite Squad” chat about the latest news, upcoming releases, toy history, vintage collecting and much more!
The Armchair Bookers Podcast
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The Armchair Bookers Podcast brings to you a weekly episodic wrestling analysis by five avid wrestling fans. The Armchair Bookers Podcast brings you hot button topics, interviews with your favorite (Marty The Moth, The Bullet Club’s Bad Luck Fale, Gino Gambino and Chase Owens , Ref Aubrey Edwards, Casanova Valentine, Rory Gulak and Noelle Foley to name a few) names and minds from all walks of the professional wrestling industry, as well as rebookings, wrestlers of the week and more. The Armchair Bookers Podcast also brings you the most current news and events in big league wrestling and wrestling in the tri-state area.

Smart Wrestling Fan
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Smart Wrestling Fan was created by Joe Negron back in 2005. That’s all. Go have fun. Please.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents
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A lively discussion about the world of pro wrestling, hosted by Pro Wrestling Illustrated Senior Writers Al Castle and Dan Murphy

Pro Wrestling Lookback
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Pro Wrestling LookBack Podcast is an opinion based pro wrestling talk show on YouTube. At The Pro Wrestling LookBack, we LookBack, breakdown & discuss Pro Wrestling events from the past. In addition to looking back at old wrestling events. We also cover most major events in current day pro wrestling. As stated PWLB is an opinion based show, our goal to deliver the perspective of Canadian fans that love professional wrestling.

Working Smart As Well As Hard: Dr. Scott Cooper on Local Sponsors, History as a Story, and His Experience with PodAds

When Dr. Scott Cooper sits to record his podcast, he’s surrounded by an eclectic collection of odds and ends in his office-turned-recording studio.  Such items include: a 1980s bathroom condom machine he restored, skeletons (though he assured us they’re not human), smoking memorabilia (including packs of cigarettes from the 1940s), and – one of the strangest things yet – a saw he almost cut his leg off with.

“It still has blood on it,” he says.  “I engraved it with the date and the time, and I hung it on the wall.”

Not every item in his office has such a morbid history to it, but that doesn’t mean they have no history altogether.  Quite the contrary. Every item has an era attached to it, a memory or a meaning that brings his collection to a new light.  You definitely don’t have to be a history buff like Scott to appreciate the antiquity on his shelves. But if there’s one thing that’ll get you on track to being one, it’s his podcast.

Every-Day History

Cooper records multiple episodes of his podcast History of Every Day at a time.  He has to, really – when he’s not working on his podcast, quite a bit of his time is devoted to teaching people about history.

“I actually work with several different schools.  I’m an adjunct professor for three different universities, and during the day I’m a full-time high school history teacher.  I’m a busy guy! I don’t sleep much, and I get a lot done. Let’s put it that way. And the nice thing about being able to record and not sleep is I can record an entire month’s worth of daily podcasts in one evening and then schedule them out.”

His podcast started small, in the same desire that sees him in all these teaching positions: to share his knowledge and love of history with the people around him.

“I’ve always wanted to do a podcast.  It just seemed second-nature to me, to get in and say, ‘You know what?  I talk about history every day, I teach history every day, and to be able to talk about what happened on this day in history?’  Because people always asked me before, “Hey, what’s the special date today? Is it National Frankfurter Day?”  And I was able to come up with that off the top of my head, so it just kinda fit hand-in-hand to be able to do that in a podcast format.”

Not only is he sharing his podcast around town, it’s been implemented by other schools and other teachers as a learning aid.  Classrooms coast-to-coast use his daily podcast as a way to introduce the day’s topic and kickstart their students’ ability to get into the subject.

“I get emails from time to time from schools around the country that listen to my podcast as a bellringer, so they start the day off with that in history class.  They say, ‘Let’s talk about what happened on this day in history,’ and since it’s so short, it really gives the students an overview. There’s a lot of schools out there that will use this as a two-minute ‘Let’s warm up, this is what I’m gonna play’, just to get you in the mode of ‘let’s talk about history now”.”  

The irony of it all?

“I hated history in high school!  Hated it, as most people did.  Just, truly disliked history.  I cannot stand the old-school history teachers (there’s still some out there!) that will talk for two hours, and then have you regurgitate exactly what they talked about.  I was actually in the corporate world for a while before I got into education. And just kinda fell in love with history when I started to realize that I have the gift for gab and I have a story-telling ability.  So when I talk about history . . . I tell all my classes this: history is not something you memorize, it’s a story.”

Advertising

With a big, wide-spread podcast like History of Every Day, there’s got to be some options for monetization – right?  

“I have received a few advertisements, some things from different organizations that recorded their own [ads] and threw them in there.  It’s not much money, but it’s interesting to see what people want to advertise. Some of them were pretty local. One of them was very local – they only wanted to pay if it was in like, a one square mile area of where they were at . . .  One of them was the university, which was kind of nice.”

The university being, of course, Indiana University, in his home town of Bloomington.  Cooper describes it as an oasis in the corn-filled state of Indiana, a place to slide on some Birkenstocks and those 80’s knit ponchos and just enjoy the scenery.  (This also happens to be a university famed for quite a few alumni, including the best-selling author Suzanne Collins, but that’s a whole different talk for another time.)  

As of the time of the interview Cooper currently runs his intro through PodAds, using the dynamic ad-insertion service as a way to introduce his episodes.  Not only does it give him more time to focus on teaching and recording, it also gives him an example of how he’d insert his ads to show future sponsors.

“What I do is I have an intro that I put in there that I use for my pre-podcast, a fifteen to twenty-second spot that I recorded.  I will use that also when I do go out and get some advertisements for people to listen to, I always point them to my intro, which is just where I talk about what I do and all that.  You gotta be creative.”

History of Every Day currently has 364 episodes (almost the full year!), with over a hundred-thousand downloads.  It exists as a reminder that every day has a chunk of history attached to it, and that there’s always a little time to learn something new.  So if you’re looking for some cool history to impress your family and friends, Dr. Cooper’s podcast is one of the best ways to go.

Check out The History Of Every Day on Social Media
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HistoryHereNow
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/historyofeveryday

About The Author
By day, a marketing writer for Podbean. By night, surrounded by eclectic projects like stop-motion puppets, half-knit sweaters, and a violin that won’t learn to play itself. Certified Fresh(c) by both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in English.

Internal Communication Podcast – Keeping Your Team In The Know

Information moves quicker than ever, and so does your workforce.  More and more people are working remotely, or traveling city to city and state to state for conferences and conventions – which means they can’t just jog over to the boss’s office and ask a question.  While phone calls and emails can get the job done, it’s time-consuming to make call after call or CC everyone in an email.

What if there was a way to keep your team informed while cutting down on time spent on phone calls and emails?  What if there was a way to lead your team, no matter how far away they were?

Podcasts for internal communication through Podbean mean that the most up-to-date info is in the palm of your workforce’s hands at all times.  Not only is it a time-saving way to provide corporate training materials and internal communication, it remains accessible in ways that phone calls and emails might not be.  Your information can be paused and replayed, and works as a resource your team can turn to whenever they need help, have questions, or need to refresh their memory on company data.

Internal communication podcasts also allow you to know who’s listening to your corporate training materials.  The analytical tools show you who’s playing what episode and if they pause, replay, or skip any parts of the podcast.  Making sure your team is trained and knowledgeable is one of your top priorities. Now you can pinpoint what skills a team member might have an opportunity to develop, or if they’re receiving the training they’re supposed to be getting.  

Security is another one of your top priorities.  From the Single Sign-On (SSO) service that allows your team to sign in with the secure login they already use to private podcasts protected with encryption software, you get to decide who has access to your internal communications and corporate training materials.  Add and sort employees as your company grows to make sure they get access to the correct internal communication podcast.

From marketing to sales to accounting to administration, you’ve got a lot of information to share across your company.  Using the Groups feature, sort your information, training, and other internal communication with different podcast channels.  Set group access to just one or two channels, or to every channel, to ensure that everyone is getting the proper, laser-targeted training they need.  

Information is always moving, always changing.  By using podcasts for internal communication, not only can you keep up, you can make sure your team can, too.  

Click here for a free trial of Podbean’s services and learn more about corporate podcasting and internal communications solutions.