Sharing a Spiritual Message via Podcast: The Story of a Successful Daily Jewish Podcast

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The 5-Minute Daf Yomi podcast with Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld is a daily show that’s recently achieved 100,000 downloads. Rabbi Herzfeld has published more than 700 straight episodes of the podcast, which provides commentary and insight into a page of the Talmud in around five minutes. These concise spiritual lessons have been popular with listeners around the world. Rabbi Herzfeld’s podcast was recently featured in a Jewish community newspaper, which shared stories of the many ways the Rabbi has spread Jewish teachings over the years and how podcasting is extending that.

Rabbi Herzfeld took some time to share his thoughts on podcasting with us. Read on to learn how podcasting can be a simple and fruitful way to share a message.

Why did you decide to start a podcast?

I started to do a podcast because I found that not enough people in our congregation were able to attend my daily Talmud class. I originally started it so that I could share one short spiritual teaching with our congregation on a daily basis.

Was starting a podcast easy for you?

I am technologically inept so I was very skeptical about being able to do a podcast. I thought it would take me hours of extra work and that I wouldn’t have the resources to do it. I was shocked at how easy it was for me to record a podcast using the Podbean app. Basically I just use my smartphone and speak into it and then upload it. It’s so simple.

What have you discovered since having a podcast, or what’s surprised you?

When I started I was shocked at how many people listened. The Talmud is a very esoteric text and I use a lot of technical terms but clearly there are fans of the podcast. This gratifies me because I believe the message of the Talmud is a pure spiritual message worthy to share with people.

I am always surprised when strangers tell me that they hear my podcast. One time a lawyer actually cited one of my podcasts as part of a legal proceeding. I got a kick out of it.

But my favorite times are when my children listen to it and cite it back to me.

What tools have you used to promote your podcast?

The only promoting of the podcast that I have done is that I use it as my signature in my email and I post every episode on my Facebook account. (Podbean has auto share options that make social media easy!)

What’s in the future for your podcast?

There are over 2700 pages of the Talmud and it is my goal to do a show for each of the pages. I have less than 2000 episodes to go!

When I am recording the podcast I feel that I am not only making an episode for people today but also a teaching for my children’s children and future generations.

What one thing would you tell someone thinking about starting a podcast?

To all those who think they have a compelling message to share I suggest you don’t worry about how many listeners you will have, just be true to your message!

5-Minute Daf Yomi with Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld can be found on Podbean. Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue provides commentary and insight into the daily Daf (a page of Talmud studied around the world), offering spiritual lessons from the Torah and Jewish tradition.

Want to know about creating a podcast on Podbean? Read more and learn about recording a podcast right from your phone with the Podbean app.

Automatically Deliver Your Podcast to Your Mailing List with Podbean’s MailChimp App

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Podbean has a great new way for you to easily share new episodes with your subscribers. We’ve integrated with Mailchimp email marketing service for automated email marketing.

To get started, simply get the MailChimp app in the Podbean app marketplace (free for all unlimited accounts). Enable the notification email and configure it as you wish. Then, when you publish a new episode, the email will automatically go out to your MailChimp subscribers (in the mailing list you choose). You can opt not to send an episode by simply clicking the MailChimp option off when publishing.

Connecting Mailchimp with Podbean also allows you to import premium subscribers/private members (if applicable) to your Mailchimp lists.

It’s easy and free to set up a MailChimp account if you don’t have one yet. You can also add a MailChimp subscribe form to your Podbean site, to help build your email list.

Celebrate the Holidays with Free Recording Gear: Podbean-Samson Giveaway

The Podbean team wishes to share a huge thanks to all the hard-working podcasters who bring entertainment and education to so many listeners. Podbean and Samson have partnered up to provide a special holiday gift to one lucky podcaster.

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Samson and Podbean are committed to developing products that help you create, produce and distribute your podcasts easily and affordably. We want to make sure your unique voice and story are heard.

From November 15th to December 15th podcasters (and future podcasters) can enter to win a Samson “Streaming Studio”. The Streaming Studio includes 1 x Q7 x Dynamic Microphone, 1 x MD5 Desktop Stand, 1 x MXP124FX USB Mixer, 1 x Z45 Headphones, and 1 x TM10 XLR Cable.

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Visit Podbean.com/samsongiveaway to enter the holiday podcast giveaway. A winner will be chosen on December 16th and notified by email.

Happy podcasting and happy holidays!

What Podbean’s Listener Community Means to You, the Podcaster

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In addition to providing innovative podcast hosting services, Podbean has a strong listener community. With over 1.5 million installs of the Podbean app and 350,000+ active weekly users, Podbean is increasingly where podcast fans go for their podcasts.

The Podbean app offers many listener-friendly features. It’s also beneficial for podcasters, who can interact with listeners and get exposure. (You can also record and publish using the app!) To improve podcast discovery, the app organizes podcasts in categories and unique topics (like “Scary Stories” for Halloween). Podbean also prominently displays featured and recommended podcasts. The system analyzes users’ behavior to suggest podcasts they might like as well.

The Secret Room Podcast Case Study

Being Featured=An Explosion of Downloads and Subscribers

We always hear from podcasts about their growth in downloads and subscribers after being featured. Today, we’re going to share a case study with specific numbers. The Secret Room podcast was featured in the Podbean recommended banner for a little over a week. Here is what Ben Hamm, co-host of The Secret Room, had to say:

Podcast discovery is an issue that’s been vexing our nascent industry since day one.  Aside from word of mouth, which is perhaps the most accessible and powerful marketing tool podcasters have, getting the attention of media is a powerful audience driver.  The Secret Room has enjoyed its greatest subscriber bumps when we were featured on iTunes and the Canadian Broadcasting Company….and Podbean. 

I’ve been so lucky to receive advice and support from other podcasters.  In return to the community I’m delighted to pull back the curtain on the impact being featured on Podbean had on Secret Room downloads.  People should note that while being featured is a key part of the puzzle, you also have to have compelling artwork to get those click throughs to your show, and great content to retain ears.

Statistics

Average release day downloads: increased 80%

Average daily downloads: increased 200%

Podbean subscribers: growth of almost 400%

Podbean plays: 130% increase

*based on the higher #s of the range before and during the Podbean feature

The Secret Room: a podcast about the stories no one ever tells, can be found on Podbean and on the Podbean app.

 

Samson and Podbean Podcast Recording Solutions Giveaway: Press Release

Podbean is excited to partner with Samson for this exciting podcast studio giveaway. Check out the press release with more detail below and enter to win on the Podbean/Samson entry page.

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Samson, an industry pioneer in professional audio solutions, today announces its partnership with podcasting platform Podbean at Podcast Movement 2017 for a series of monthly giveaways over the next three months. Kicking off this month’s giveaway at Podcast Movement 2017 entrants will have the chance to win Samson’s Podcast Pro Studio System, a full suite of gear worth over $1,000 that would give any podcaster, especially one just getting their work off the ground, the ability to produce high-quality audio content.

From August 20–September 20, podcasters worldwide can enter by registering on the Podbean website as follows: GIVEAWAY CONTEST LINK. This will be followed by a drawing from which the winner will be selected. Only entries from this date range will be eligible for this giveaway package. Samson and Podbean will be offering a new giveaway package each month for the next three months (separate entries required).

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The Podcast Pro Studio System that will be given away after the first month’s drawing is comprised of the following products that aspiring podcasters need to produce professional-quality broadcasts:

  • Q8x Professional Dynamic Vocal Microphone (2): Provides the ultimate in sound reproduction for live and studio vocal and instrumental performances. This high output mic faithfully captures a wide dynamic range with exceptional mid-range clarity. Its supercardioid pickup pattern provides maximum gain before feedback, while an updated body design and pneumatic capsule shockmount minimize handling noise.
  • MXP144FX 14-Input Analog Stereo Mixer with Effects and USB (1): Features Samson’s premium MDR (Maximum Dynamic Range) mic preamps to provide wide frequency range and natural response. The single-knob compressors keep your recorded audio levels even, minimizing post-production work. The built-in USB interface makes recording your podcast to a computer easy.
  • Z55 Professional Reference Headphones (2): Offer exceptional detail and clarity with an immersive soundstage and frequency response that’s impeccably balanced. The Z55s deliver all the subtle elements of a mix. No hype, just the ultimate in sound reproduction, comfort and convenience.
  • QH4 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier (1): A 4-channel headphone amplifier designed to distribute your audio to up to four individual headphones, each with its own volume control. Its compact design is perfect for use with any studio or desktop workstation, as well as with your laptop or smartphone when you’re recording on the go.
  • MBA28 Microphone Boom Arm (2): The perfect microphone accessories for any radio, podcast or home studio setup. Its articulating design provides a maximum horizontal/vertical arm reach of 28″. The MBA28 features internal springs that allow for silent and effortless positioning, which is ideal while recording or during live broadcasts.
  • Tourtek TM10 10′ Microphone Cable (2): Features two 24-gauge, multi-strand inner conductors wrapped in a braided copper shield with 96% coverage, protected by a 6mm PVC outer jacket. The result is a premium cable providing excellent rejection of RF and electromagnetic interference.
  • Tourtek TI10 10′ Instrument Cable (2): Features inner stranded copper conductors covered by a PVC insulator, which is wrapped in a second carbon insulator, then wrapped in a braided copper shield with 96% coverage. This is protected by a 6mm PVC outer jacket. The low capacitance cable provides excellent rejection of RFI/EMI interference and superior sound quality.

“Podbean is committed to developing tools that help podcasters create, distribute and promote their podcasts easily and affordably. We’re excited about this opportunity to partner with Samson to bring some lucky podcasters such high-quality equipment,” says David Xu, CEO of Podbean.

“We are thrilled to offer the podcasting community a chance to win our innovative new Podcast Pro Studio setup,” said Sean Meagher, Director of Marketing at Samson. “Samson’s partnership with Podbean further strengthens our commitment to making high-quality and affordable equipment available to podcasters around the world.”

The podcasting space has seen exponential growth in recent years. Today, more than 57 million Americans listen to podcasts monthly (up 23%, year on year) and podcast advertising is forecasted to grow in the US about 25% a year through 2020. The number of podcasters is expected to grow consistently over the next few years as the industry continues to expand in reach and lucrativeness. And with giveaways like this, Samson and Podbean strive to be at the forefront of this expanding industry.

 

Maximize Your Ad Revenue Using Podbean’s Dynamic Ads Insertion

Podbean’s just released an awesome new tool to help you optimize advertising opportunities. The Podbean Dynamic Ads Insertion platform helps you maximize your ad revenue and minimize the work by automatically inserting your ads for you. You control everything…you bring the ads, decide on the slots, duration and more.

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You benefit by being able to:

  • monetize back episodes with fresh ads
  • use GEO targeting to run multiple ads simultaneously for different listeners
  • run time-limited campaigns for increased ad opportunities
  • set ad positions to maintain the integrity of your show
  • easily manage campaigns (no manual editing!) and get detailed statistics

Do all this for only a flat rate fee of $99/campaign. Try it FREE; your first THREE campaigns are on us!

How Podbean Dynamic Ads Insertion Works

  • You bring the ads you want on your show (you just need the audio MP3 file, can be host-read or a prerecorded message, jingle, etc.).
  • You determine times for potential ads in your podcast episodes (you can individually choose times in each episode or batch add a set time stamp on all episodes).
  • Set up a campaign for a desired timeframe, choosing ad slots (preroll, multiple midrolls, and postroll, which will be placed according to the times you’ve designated), and episodes.
  • Podbean’s technology will dynamically insert the ads according to your specs. You can edit or cancel a pending campaign.
  • Once your campaign is running, you can review the comprehensive reports on ad delivery.

Check it out and get your first campaign up and running today!