Top Podcasts for The Oscars

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It’s that time of year…glamour, movie stars and cheering on your favorite films of the past year…the Oscars! Are you an armchair movie critic or just love checking out the stars’ style on the red carpet? Well, we have some podcasts you’ll love. They cover everything from the history of Hollywood and red carpet ceremonies to movie criticism and Oscar news.

Visit the Podbean app to find the topic “Oscars” where you can explore a wide array of podcasts to get all psyched up for the Oscars and keep the excitement going year round!

The Countdown: Movie and TV Reviews

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http://thecountdownpc.podbean.com

Epic Film Guys Podcast

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http://www.epicfilmguys.com

All This and the Oscars Too Podcast

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/9b6u4-54de8/All-This-and-the-Oscars-Too-Podcast

The Awardist

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/shqcj-6ce0c/The-Awardist-Podcast

Pop Culture Happy Hour

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/ay6if-11ddb/Pop-Culture-Happy-Hour-Podcast

The Reel

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/d5acf-72454/The-Reel-Podcast

Little Gold Men

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/c25nt-38a5a/Little-Gold-Men-Podcast

Fighting In The War Room: A Movies And Pop Culture Podcast

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/s3ia4-33845/Fighting-In-The-War-Room-A-Movies-And-Pop-Culture-Podcast

FilmWeek

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/5hk8s-1580a/FilmWeek-Podcast

Collider Factory

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/pn8yz-2f305/Collider-Factory-Podcast

The Frame

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/79yfd-2ef73/The-Frame-Podcast

The Hollywood Outsider

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/ndt4i-3487a/The-Hollywood-Outsider-Podcast

 

 

 

Podbean wants to buy you a ticket to Podfest 2019!

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We love podcasting conferences….they’re a great way to get out from behind the mic and interact with fellow PodPals, learn a lot, share your woes (and find solutions) and have some fun.

We’re headed back to Orlando for Podfest 2019. We’ve been supporting this event since the start and we want to cover your ticket so you can attend too ($297 value).

Podfest 2019 Details:

  • Dates: March 7-9, 2019
  • Location: Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida
    Tickets are $297, but we’re going to buy tickets for 20 Podbean podcasters.
  • Want to learn more? Check out the Podfest website and the conference schedule.

Here’s how you can win a free ticket to Podfest 2019:

Fill out our Google form with your information before Tuesday, February 19th.
We’ll give tickets to the 1st 20 podcasters who apply (you must have an active podcast hosted on Podbean and this cannot be applied to already purchased tickets). We will email you with the information to get your free ticket.

For everyone attending, make sure to stop by the Podbean booth to say hi to the Podbean team and meet some fellow members of the Podbean family (and get some free stuff)!

Podbean Supports Last Episode Only (Last1) Feed for Alexa Flash Briefings

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You can now easily get a properly-configured feed for an Alexa Flash Briefing using your Podbean account. There’s no need to do anything special or go to any extra efforts, we’ve set it all up for you!

Simply go to “Settings”–>”Feed/iTunes”–>”Advanced” in your Podbean account. Scroll down and you will see “Last1 Feed”. This feed has been configured to only contain your last (most recent) episode, as required for Alexa Flash Briefings (or any other need you may find).

This allows you to use your standard podcast feed with all episodes as usual for Apple Podcasts and all other podcasting distribution, but to also be properly set up for Alexa Flash Briefings. To understand more about Alexa Flash Briefings, read our guest expert’s article on what they are and why you might want to do one.

Podbean Unveils Enhanced Audio Recorder and Editing Features in its App

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The Podbean Podcasting App’s Audio Recorder Function Offers a Range of New Effects and Post-Production Tools

Wilmington, DE – January 24, 2019– The Podbean app features an audio recorder function, allowing podcasters to record and publish audio podcasts right from their iPhone or Android devices. The newly-released version of the app provides a robust suite of recording and editing features for the podcaster to create even better audio.

The latest version of the Podbean audio recorder provides a rich library of free background music in various styles and moods that podcasters can use in their recordings. It also offers special effect sounds, tone adjustment, and echo effects to mimic different surroundings. After recording, podcasters can use the editing features to cut the audio, merge two recordings or split recordings. Podcasters can also import background music and other audio files, as well as export their recorded audio to easily use other professional editing tools or repurpose content.

“As we all do more on our mobile phones, we’re encountering more podcasters who want to be able to record and publish on the go,” said David Xu, Podbean’s CEO. “We released the audio recorder in the app in 2016 and have continued working to make it more functional for podcasters producing mobile audio. This is the first in a series of upgrades to the recording and post-production features in the Podbean app.”

For an overview of features, visit Podbean’s audio recorder page. You can download the Podbean app free from the App Store or Google Play. Podbean is seeking feedback to continue improving and enhancing the audio recorder for podcasters. Contact Podbean Support to provide feedback or get help.

Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

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New year new goals. 2019 is here and no matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, it is crucial to keep yourself improving. We’ve selected some high-quality podcasts for entrepreneurs to help you get more productive and creative. You can listen while having a break, commuting to work or anytime you need inspiration.

Entrepreneurs, it’s not A, but B strategy.

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This strategy podcast gives crystal clear advice for marketing, growth strategy, and business development.

Forex Q&A

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The “only Forex podcast in the world that gives you an unfair advantage over the competition”. This podcast gives you answers to all the questions you’ve ever wanted to know, answered by a professional prop trader. You won’t get conventional answers here, but “no nonsense” advice that will help you make money.

The Introvert Entrepreneur

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The Introvert Entrepreneur Podcast is a lively space for conversation, learning and sharing. Through interviews and discussions, it talks about business and life from an introvert’s perspective, providing resources, advice and inspiration. Show topics fall into four general categories: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Relationships and Personal Growth.

The 7 Minute Mentor

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Build and grow your business with seven minutes a day.

Mixergy Startup Stories

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Business tips for startups from entrepreneurs with proven success.

The Tim Ferriss Show

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Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him “the world’s best human guinea pig,” and The New York Times calls him “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.” In this show, he deconstructs the secrets behind world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and hacks that listeners can use.

This Week in Startups

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The most interesting and illuminating stories from the world of entrepreneurship and innovation.

The MFCEO Project

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Do you really want to fulfill your own true potential? Learn how to build a real business with Andy Frisella on The MFCEO Project. Andy is an entrepreneur, CEO, author, and public speaker. He’s built a $100+ million empire from nothing; and on the MFCEO Project he shares how you can achieve such success. His podcast covers entrepreneur basics like money, marketing, and management. But it goes further with information on goal setting, productivity, the success mindset and more. Learn what it takes to truly live the “100-0 Lifestyle”. Don’t just learn to win. Let Andy teach you how to run the score up on your competition and dominate in your business.

The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

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The School of Greatness is a podcast hosted by Lewis Howes, New York Times bestselling author, lifestyle entrepreneur, former pro athlete and fellow Entrepreneur contributor. He offers five-minute episodes about inspireation, businesss, entrepreneurship, health and relationship every Friday.

The Podbean Podcast App’s Top Podcasts of 2018

 

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2018 was another exciting year for podcasting. The popular Podbean app for Android and iOS continued seeing growth in podcasts, listeners and engagement. We’re excited to announce the top podcasts from 2018 in a number of categories. Certain topics, such as true crime and investigative shows, continue to be popular but it’s also exciting to see a diverse range of types and styles of shows doing well.

Most Popular

The top 10 podcasts by listens/plays in the Podbean app. Podbean’s top 10 most popular podcasts of 2018 were: The Joe Rogan Experience, Critical Role, Stuff You Should Know, My Favorite Murder, True Crime Garage, The Ben Shapiro Show, Serial, Last Podcast on the Left, The Adventure Zone and The Daily.

Hottest New Podcasts

These podcasts, new to the Podbean app in 2018, hit the scene with a bang, bringing in top listen to stats among new shows. The Teacher’s Pet was top on this list.

Global Influencers

These podcasts demonstrate global listener popularity. They hit the top 100 for the most number of countries. For example, the #1 Global Influencer, Stuff You Should Know, is in the top 100 for 134 different countries. The #10 Global Influencer, Welcome to Nightvale, made the top 100 for 112 countries.

Most Comments

Actively-engaged audiences help podcasts grow. We see evidence of this, as podcasts actively engaging with listeners via comments in the Podbean app show solid growth and many also show up on the most popular list. Any podcast can submit/claim their listing in the Podbean app to engage with listeners and manage comments. It’s a great way to extend the podcast into a conversation.

Highest Retention Rate

These podcasts achieved the highest four-week listener retention rate. Their retention rates are around 70%. This reflects podcasts attracting and maintaining loyal fans. Coming soon, all podcasts (hosted on Podbean or not) will be able to check out their listener retention rate on the Podbean app for free.

Top 10 in Each Category

We’ve also listed out the most popular podcasts (listens/plays in the Podbean app) for each podcast category. Check out top podcasts in “Arts”, “Business”, “Comedy”, “Education”, “Games & Hobbies”, “Government & Organizations”, “Health”, “Kids & Family”, “Music”, “News & Politics”, “Religion & Spirituality”, “Science & Medicine”, “Society & Culture”, “Sports & Recreation”, “Technology”, and “TV & Film”.

Congratulations to these podcasts and to all the podcasters who put out quality content in 2018! The Podbean team wishes you happy podcasting in 2019 and beyond.

Check out the entire list of The Podbean Podcast App’s Top Podcasts of 2018. To learn more about Podbean visit www.podbean.com. Get the Podbean podcast app in the Apple app store or Google Play store and try out all its great features for both listeners and podcasters.

Podbean Stats Upgrades: Improved Dashboard, New Stats Data for User Retention and Downloads By Time of Day, and More

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Podbean has made some exciting upgrades to our statistics platform. We’ve added some new statistics to help podcasters gain more insight into their audience and improved the user experience. Here’s a tour of all the improvements and the new dashboard:

Overview Tab

The statistics have been reorganized and simplified, to make it easy to get a quick view of the podcast’s performance and easily drill down with fewer clicks. All key stats are available under this tab now, instead of under separate tabs.

  1. User retention chart: gives a snapshot of the number of listeners from week to week. This helps you gain insight into listener loyalty (i.e. are new listeners sticking with your show, are there drop off trends?).

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2.  Trending chart: download trends for all episodes during the time period. Scroll over and click on any date to get details and examine downloads by episode on that date.

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3. Where your audience comes from: geographic stats for the time period. Map and list show the top five (worldwide countries, U.S. states and Canadian provinces). Click “view more” to view all.

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4. Downloads by time of day: a 24-hour chart by day showing your download trends. You’ll be able to get a quick view of popular download times.

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5. User agents: sources of your downloads such as Apple Podcasts, browsers, or specific podcast apps (click “view more” to see all).

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Downloads Tab

This tab provides more detail and comparisons for downloads. You can now choose a custom date range. You can look at all episodes, a specific episode, or compare episodes for the date range you choose. When looking at all episodes, you’ll also see a list of your top 10 episodes below.

Spotify Trending

If your podcast is on Spotify via Podbean’s partnership program, Spotify’s statistics can be viewed here as before.

We hope these improvements help you more easily gain better insights into your audience behavior and podcast performance. If you have any questions, contact us here or via live chat anytime.

Diverse Voices: Recommended LGBTQ podcasts

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Podcasting offers diverse voices a chance to shine and there are numerous podcasts sharing people’s conversations on gender, sexuality, politics, and many important topics for LGBTQ+ listeners and their friends and loved ones. Some podcasts explore intimate coming-out stories and may discuss topics like commitment and relationships, talking to family members, and dealing with bias. Some address viewpoints on gender equality and gay marriage, while others just have fun and laugh at the latest pop culture trends or explore life. We’ve selected some LGBTQ podcasts (both with LGBTQ+ hosts or characters and/or covering relevant topics) worth listening to, in different styles and from a variety of voices.

Pop Culture Connoisseurs: A Gal & A Gay

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Kitty and Mick are friends who love talking about pop culture. The worked together in media and instantly bonded over their love of TV, movies and more. They started this entertaining show in 2014, so you can find a big archive of fun chats about all things pop culture. The hosts especially love the way pop culture can bring people from all walks of life together.

HOMOGROUND – queer music radio (LGBTQ)

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This podcast spotlights queer (LGBTQIA) musicians and bands. It was created to bring exposure and access to non-mainstream bands, especially those in more isolated communities.

LGBTQ&A

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LGBTQ&A is a weekly interview podcast that gets beyond transition and coming out stories in order to get to know each person’s defining moments and how they got to where they are today. Hosted and created by Jeffrey Masters and produced by The Advocate.

The Bright Sessions

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Directed and written by Lauren Shippen, The Bright Sessions is a narrative sci-fi podcast. It follows a group of therapy patients and their interactions with their mysterious therapist (Dr. Bright). Each has a supernatural ability and is dealing with personal struggles. The storyline showcases mental health and the challenges of being different or considered different by others/society.

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Best friends Kathy Tu and Tobin Low share provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today. The hosts are fun and have a great time together so you may find yourself laughing over and over while crying over the many touching moments.

QUEERY with Cameron Esposito

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Sit in on an hour long conversation between host and standup comic, Cameron Esposito, and an array of great guests from the LGBTQ+ community. QUEERY explores stories of identity, personality and the shifting culture around gender, sexuality and civil rights.

A Gay and a NonGay

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A Gay and a NonGay challenges many of our differences head on and promises that no matter who you are or what you’re into, love is love. Covering a large span of topics, these two prove sexuality doesn’t need to determine friendship.

History is Gay

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History is Gay delves into the underappreciated and rarely talked about queer ladies, gents, and people of all sexualities in the unexplored corners of history.

Throwing Shade

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Throwing Shade is a political comedy podcast hosted by Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi. They deliver their own brand of hilarious fresh takes on pop culture, women’s rights, and LGBT rights.

Psychobabble with Tyler Oakley & Korey Kuhl

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Psychobabble is the official free audio podcast from YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley. Each week, he and his best friend Korey Kuhl bring you a half hour of unfiltered gossip sessions, pop culture analysis, and new stories.

Strange Fruit

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Strange Fruit is a weekly podcast produced by 89.3 WFPL in Louisville, KY. The hosts, community activist Jaison Gardner and University of Louisville Professor Dr. Kaila Story, examine politics and pop culture from a black gay perspective.

Podcasts for Christmas 2018

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The holiday season is upon us. It’s time to rest and relax with your family. You can sit down together, grab some eggnog and watch your favorite family movie (or, even better, listen to some holiday podcasts!). We’ve selected some Christmas-themed podcasts to help you get in the spirit.

Christmas Creeps

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Christmas Creeps is year-round Christmas madness. Join hosts Joseph Wade, Johnny-5 and Mr. Bradford twice a month as they “destroy holiday movies and TV shows in search of the true meaning of Christmas”.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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This is an audiobook of the classic A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens. In case you’ve somehow missed it, A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a kinder, gentler man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Many podcast apps now offer classic audiobooks too!

Tis the Podcast

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Join self-professed super Christmas nerds Anthony, Julia, and Thom as they debate and discuss an array of holiday entertainment. Every week they share their reviews, insights and witty banter about a different Christmas movie, special, or TV episode.

Advent Calendar House

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This is a salute to all holiday specials, with a special focus on Christmas specials. Every December, host Mike Westfall and friends discuss their favorite holiday TV specials and commercials.

Christmas Past

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Christmas Past is a podcast and website that celebrates Christmas nostalgia and tells the stories behind holiday traditions. Episodes are produced in a style inspired by traditional radio news pieces and include guest interviews, Christmas memories from listeners, and fascinating stories. Check out their website for even more Christmas goodies!

The Professional Santa Claus’ Podcast

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Hosted by Johnathan Burton, one of Santa’s premier helpers, the podcast is inspired by Santas throughout the world that work hard to make a difference in the lives of those they visit. Learn about their stories of how they got started, highlights of the season and the many facets of being a Santa.

Can’t Wait for Christmas

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With episodes on the 25th of each month (and an occasional bonus), you’ll enjoy the anticipation of Christmas throughout the year. Covering holiday entertainment, classics, traditions and more, always with a good laugh.

Christmas Songs, Music and Carols

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A podcast full of acoustic Christmas songs, music and carols. Perfect to set the mood while you bake cookies or on route to family get-togethers at the holidays.

Christmas Stories

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Delight in the fun and heartwarming memories of the holidays with Christmas Stories brought to you by Focus on the Family.

A Very Hallmark Christmas

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Pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate and cozy up in front of the tree (or TV)! It’s time for Season two of “A Very Hallmark Christmas.” Hosts Loree and Rob present to you 37 brand-new, original Hallmark holiday movies.

How to Promote Your Podcast

How to Promote Your Podcast

1. Submit your podcast to various platforms (directories and apps).

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The more places your show can be heard, the better, as you want to make it as easy as possible for listeners to find your podcast wherever they go. Start with Apple Podcasts (iTunes), Google Play and Spotify. From there, you can check out numerous other directories and apps, though many podcast apps pull from Apple Podcasts.

2. Create a website for your podcast.

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You should have a podcast website, whether one provided by your podcast host or one you create on your own. This serves as the hub for your podcast and you can provide additional information and ways to connect with listeners. By building content here, you can practice search engine optimization to be found easily.

3. Make good episode descriptions.

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Focus on making good episode descriptions with keywords that will help potential listeners find you. Think about podcast/episode titles as well (Apple podcasts are monitoring for the keyword “stuffing” so don’t artificially do this, but make titles clear and appropriate for what they’re about/what people might search).

4. Promote/share on social media.

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Create social media accounts (if you haven’t already) and build your social media community. Focus on creating community and sharing, not just posting your own things/self-promoting. Find like-minded people/communities on social media, follow them and engage. Share your episodes on social media.

5. Convert to video to share on YouTube.

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Instead of just recording the audio version, record a video or turn it into an “audiogram”. This could attract new attention from people who prefer videos or primarily use sites like YouTube. You can make this even easier by choosing a podcast hosting platform that already has an auto-share to YouTube function (such as Podbean).

6. Leverage the influence of guests.

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Inviting guests on your podcast can help broaden your audience since the fans of the guest will often listen to the podcast and may turn into regular listeners. Influential guests help build awareness for your podcast. Seek out guests and create a solid pitch for why they should come on the show. Also, make it convenient for them, treat them with respect and make it easy for them to share the show.

You can also be a guest on other podcasts. It’s a great way for new listeners to get to know you and to build a network with other podcasters.

7. Advertise on popular podcast apps.

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Podcast apps can help you grow your podcast audience by reaching passionate podcast listeners right in their favorite podcast app so that they can subscribe/download your show right away. Podbean app has banner ad spots so that people see your ads on front and center right after opening the app.

8. Cross-promote.

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Cross-promotion within other podcasts is effective. You’ll likely hear such promo spots in most of your favorite podcasts including the big ones like NPR. However, it takes a lot of time to find and contact podcasts and set this up. A more efficient method might be using one of the podcast advertising platforms such as PodAds. You’ll need to spend some money but you’ll save valuable time. You can also reach a broader range of listeners than via personal connections.