Podbean | Migrating Your Podcast from Spreaker to Podbean

Podbean offers so many great features and benefits for podcasters, so you may be thinking of moving your podcast from Spreaker to Podbean. Many podcasters hesitate because they think it could be complicated or costly to migrate their podcast. But, we make it super simple for you to move your Spreaker podcast over to Podbean. And, there’s no cost to migrate unlimited media to Podbean.

Importing Your Podcasts:

After you create a Podbean account, simply go to “Publish” in your Podbean dashboard and click on “Import RSS”. You will enter your Spreaker feed url there and the tool will automatically begin migrating your podcasts*.

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*Titles and text will migrate immediately, audio and video files will take about 15-30 minutes to load.

Redirecting your Spreaker feed to Podbean:

  1. Log into Spreaker and click “Settings”
  2. Select “RSS Feed Customization”
  3. Select “Redirect” in the drop-down box under “RSS FEED”
  4. Paste your RSS feed URL into the “New Feed URL” box
  5. Click “Save”

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Spreaker will then add the entered iTunes redirect tag to your feed for you. You can log into your iTunes Podcast Connect page and refresh your feed. If not, iTunes will pick up the change within a few days. We recommend keeping your old Spreaker feed in place for a few weeks to ensure all subscribers have moved across.

Update your feed in iTunes:

Here is the Podcasts Connect Help article on updating your RSS.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact the Podbean Support team at http://support.podbean.com/.

Podbean | Migrating to Podbean from a Self-Hosted Podcast

If you’re ready for the convenience of hosting your Podcast on Podbean, you can migrate your self-hosted podcast to Podbean in one step.

After you open your account, simply go to “Publish” in your Podbean dashboard and click on “Import RSS”. You will enter your old feed url there and the tool will automatically begin migrating your podcasts (titles and text will migrate immediately, audio and video files will usually take about 15-30 minutes to load).

You can change your podcast feed in iTunes by following the steps here . Moreover, we recommend that you make an announcement on your old podcast site to notify your subscribers of your move to Podbean, with the new feed url.  If possible, you should leave your old account active for at least a month, to help ensure the information gets to most of your users.

How to Listen to Podcasts with Alexa

You can play podcasts with the skill “Podbean Podcast Player” in Alexa for Echo and other devices.

Here’s how you play podcasts via Alexa:

1. Search for “Podbean” in Alexa and enable the skill “Podbean Podcast Player”.

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2. Play podcasts with the following commands:

A. Listeners can play select top podcasts by title, such as “Alexa, ask Pod Bean to play the podcast Podcasting Smarter”. These can be played with or without a linked Podbean account.

B. Link your Podbean account to Alexa. Then, you can play the podcasts you’ve followed in Podbean using a shortcut command, such as “Alexa, ask Pod Bean to play followed podcast number one” or “Alexa, ask Pod Bean to play my podcast number one”. You can replace “one” with whichever podcast you want to play from your sequential followed list in Podbean. Any podcast that’s in MP3 format can be played this way.

If you’re a podcaster and want to know more, read our FAQ.

Podbean Podcast Player Now Available on Amazon Alexa

Great news! The Podbean Podcast Player has been added to Amazon Alexa. Listeners can now play podcasts with voice commands to Alexa for Echo and other devices. Podcasts must be in MP3 format to be played via Alexa.

How it works:

Search for “Podbean” in Alexa and enable the skill “Podbean Podcast Player”.

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Listeners can play select top podcasts by title, such as “Alexa, ask Pod Bean to play the podcast Podcasting Smarter”. All Podbean business level podcasts can be played by title, as well as any Podbean podcast with an average of 1,000 downloads/episode in the last six months. These can be played with or without a linked Podbean account.

With a linked Podbean account, you can play the podcasts you’ve followed in Podbean using a shortcut command, such as “Alexa, ask Pod Bean to play followed podcast number one” or “Alexa, ask Pod Bean to play my podcast number one”. You can replace “one” with whichever podcast you want to play from your sequential followed list in Podbean. Any podcast can be played this way as long as it’s in the required MP3 format.

We hope you enjoy the convenience of listening to your podcasts with Alexa. Our team continues to work hard to develop cutting edge features and benefits on the Podbean platform.

How to Make a Podcast on an iPhone

For a simple podcasting setup on your iPhone, the free Podbean podcast app is a great tool. Get the free Podbean app from the app store now. You can make a podcast on an iPhone in a few minutes by following these simple steps.

1.Sign up with your Facebook account or an email address.

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2. Enter the recording page by clicking the red “Record” button on the home page.

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Or, click the person icon on the top right to enter your personal profile page and then click the red “Record” button.

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3. Click on the red Record button (microphone icon) to start recording. You can tap to pause and resume at any time. You can also hit the play icon on the screen to listen to what you’ve recorded so far or hit the trash icon to delete.

If you make a mistake or have audio you wish to cut, simply tap stop at any point and hit “edit” (the scissors icon). You will see the audio file and can drag back to the point you wish to cut and hit “trim”. Then, continue recording and when done, hit “Save”.

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(Optional) Importing audio: You can also import audio recorded using other apps. On the record page, tap on the three dots on the top right and choose “import audio”. This will bring up a screen where you can choose from the audio files on your phone. Select the audio you wish to use and hit “Done”. From here, follow the steps below.

recording page menu  import audio

4. After hitting save, you will be taken to the “My Drafts” page. Tap the upload icon and you will go to the episode publishing screen, where you will need to add an episode title (five characters minimum), and can add an episode description and optional image. You can also choose to share the episode to Facebook and Twitter when it publishes. Click “Publish” when you’re ready, or “Save Draft” (top corner)*. Click the edit icon by a draft to continue publishing it.

*Please note that if you log out of the app, drafts won’t be saved.

save recording  upload in the ios app

publish episode  new episode

Congratulations, you’ve just made a podcast on your iPhone! Your podcast is online now.

If this is a new account (or you wish to edit your information), click the three dots next to your podcast title to edit your podcast title, logo, category or description.

home page person icon  edit button  edit podcast information

Recording Tips: To record, you can use the iPhone’s speaker, but be aware of background noise and audio quality. A good headset or even iPhone earbuds often produce decent sound quality. Or, you can get an external microphone. There’s a wide selection of external mic options for podcasting, depending on your budget and audio needs.

It’s just that easy to make a podcast on an iPhone using the Podbean app! Some podcasters use their iPhone to record all their episodes, while others use the Podbean app occasionally when recording on location, doing live shows, and on-site interviews.

When you sign up, you’re given a free Podbean hosting account. See Podbean prices and features for hosting options. You may wish to upgrade to get all Podbean’s great podcasting features. If you need to make changes or otherwise manage the podcasts made on your iPhone, you can manage all published episodes on Podbean.com in your dashboard.

How to Make a Podcast on Android

For a simple podcasting setup on your Android phone, the free Podbean podcast app is a great tool. Get the free Podbean app from the Play Store now. You can make a podcast on Android few minutes by following these simple steps.

Steps to Make a Podcast on Android

1. Sign up with your Facebook account or an email address.

Android app starting page

2. Enter the recording page by clicking the red “Record” button on the home page.

microphone icon in the home page

Or, click the person icon on the top right to enter your personal profile page and then click the red “Record” button .

person icon in the home page  microphone in the personal center android

3. Click on the red Record button (microphone icon) to start recording. You can tap to pause and resume at any time. You can also hit the play icon on the screen to listen to what you’ve recorded so far or hit the trash icon to delete.

If you make a mistake or have audio you wish to cut, simply tap stop at any point and hit “edit” (the scissors icon). You will see the audio file and can drag back to the point you wish to cut and hit “trim”. Then, continue recording and when done, hit “Save”.

start recording android app  save recording

(Optional) Importing audio: You can also import audio recorded using other apps. On the record page, tap on the three dots on the top right and choose “import audio”. This will bring up a screen where you can choose from the audio files on your phone. Select the audio you wish to use and hit “Done”. From here, follow the steps below.

recording page menu android  import audio android

4. After hitting save, you will be taken to the “My Drafts” page. Tap the upload icon and you will go to the episode publishing screen, where you will need to add an episode title (five characters minimum), and can add an episode description and optional image. You can also choose to share the episode to Facebook and Twitter when it publishes. Click “Publish” when you’re ready, or “Save Draft” (top corner). Click the edit icon by a draft to continue publishing it.

save recording  upload recording

publish podcast android app  new episode android app

Congratulations, you’ve just made a podcast on Android! Your podcast is online now.

If this is a new account (or you wish to edit your information), click the three dots next to your podcast title to edit your podcast title, logo, category or description.

person icon in the home page  podcast menu

Edit button.png  publish podcast android app

Recording Tips: To record, you can use the Android speaker, but be aware of background noise and audio quality. A good headset or earbuds often produce decent sound quality. Or, you can get an external microphone. There are many good options, depending on your budget and audio needs.

That’s all it takes to make a podcast on Android! Some podcasters make a podcast on Android exclusively, while others use this process for occasional episodes when on the road, recording lectures or sermons, or doing live interviews.

When you sign up, you’re given a free Podbean hosting account. See Podbean prices and features for hosting options. You may wish to upgrade to get all Podbean’s great podcasting features. If you need to make changes or otherwise manage the podcasts made on your Android, you can manage all published episodes on Podbean.com website in your dashboard.

 

Non-Profit Podcasting: Benefits for Advocacy Organizations

In our continuing series about non-profit podcasting, we hear from Peterson Toscano, host of Citizens’ Climate Radio. The podcast is a combination of training and encouragement/information for the advocacy work of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

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Case Study in Non-Profit Podcasting: Connecting Advocates

1. Why did your non-profit organization decide to start podcasting? Were you familiar with other advocacy organizations producing podcasts?

Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) realized that in addition to the training audio and video we offered, people needed something different in order to encourage them in the hard work of climate advocacy. We have members all over North America and around the world. Some feel isolated and discouraged. The purpose of the show is to give them a shot in the arm while also reinforcing our organizational identity. We also know there are new members coming in all the time, so we wanted them to understand the tone and the approach of the organization. We felt the podcast would be a helpful tool to do this on a regular basis.

I think up until we tried it, we did not know of organization podcasts, just personal ones or podcasts around topics. I had been a volunteer with the organization and was producing and hosting another podcast, Climate Stew. Some of the leaders at CCL heard my show and approached me if I would do one like it for the organization.

2. What is your primary objective with podcasting?

To encourage climate advocates while also educating them on communication tactics. We also wish to reinforce the organization’s personality and approach and highlight successes.

3. What benefits have you seen?

This is hard to say. Anecdotally many people come up to me at our regional and the international meetings to say how helpful the podcast is for them. They get fresh ideas and are encouraged in their work. The podcast also serves as an outreach tool for perspective volunteers. People who have nothing to do with CCL are finding the podcast on social media and in searches and have started listening.

4. Are there any features of Podbean that have made it easy for you to implement?

I use the embed feature a lot, and I like the new format of the embed. Nice and clean. I like also that I can format a lot of text with links when I post an episode. This gives people a chance to dig deeper. I also like the download counter.

5. Any challenges you’ve found in podcasting, or future changes/goals?

Since our channel is a hybrid of both teaching audio and the podcast, I am sure there are people who subscribe to the podcast but don’t want to hear all that other audio. We might look at ways to be able to keep it on the channel while being able to have people subscribe just to the podcast.

Advocacy organizations thrive by educating and empowering their members/consumers. Non-profit podcasting is a great way to get messaging out to consumers efficiently. Advocacy organizations may offer news/updates, advocacy training, and an array of educational content in their podcasts. As demonstrated by Citizen’s Climate Lobby, a podcast can be a great rallying tool for advocates and way to keep members connected.