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.

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.

PodAds Affiliate Program Offers up to $100 Free Ad Credit to New Podcast Advertisers

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Podbean releases new PodAds affiliate program, with commissions for referring podcast advertisers and up to $100 credit to referred advertisers.

Wilmington, DE – December 10, 2018– Podbean has released a new affiliate program for their PodAds podcast advertising program. Affiliates can now earn commissions for referring potential advertisers to the PodAds program. And, Podbean will provide up to $100 of ad credit for the referred advertisers to spend on podcast advertising.

Current Podbean affiliates automatically qualify for the program. They can visit their affiliate page to get a referral link and promotional resources. New affiliates can sign up at https://www.podbean.com/affiliate. Potential advertisers should sign up via an affiliate’s link to get started with podcast advertising and receive ad credits.

PodAds is Podbean’s smart podcast advertising platform, using sophisticated technology to automatically match podcasts with advertising campaigns per the advertiser’s specifications. Campaigns can be targeted to interests and geographies (down to the city level). The ads will be dynamically served to listeners who meet the targeting criteria.

With PodAds, business owners, brands and media buyers can effortlessly start a podcast advertising campaign targeted to their ideal audience. The platform brings greater efficiency to podcast advertising as advertisers can purchase programmatically, obtaining slots in multiple podcasts to meet their goals and fit their budgets. PodAds provides detailed delivery statistics to help advertisers analyze their campaigns’ success.

Contact the Podbean Team for press inquiries or more information.

New, Improved Podbean Podcast Player

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We’ve made some listener and podcaster-friendly upgrades to our Podbean podcast player. These improvements include:

1.Added quick skip forward and back buttons (i.e. fast forward and rewind). Listeners can go back or skip forward 30 seconds.

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2.Play speed options. Listen at 0.75 speed, normal speed, 1.25, 1.5 or 2x.

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3.More share options. In addition to buttons to share to social networks, listeners can click “subscribe” and will be brought to the podcast’s subscribe page (where they can subscribe via the Podbean app or via RSS feed).

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They can also click the link icon to copy the link, or the embed icon to get the embed code.

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New, Enhanced Free Podcast Hosting Plan

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Free Podcast Hosting for Starting a Podcast

Podbean has launched a new free podcast hosting plan, which is perfect for anyone starting a podcast. Now, Podbean’s enhanced free podcast hosting plan offers even more than before to make it easy for anyone thinking of starting a podcast.

“We want to make podcasting as accessible as possible,” shares David Xu, Podbean’s CEO. “People are searching for the easiest ways to start a podcast without investing a lot up front. This new free podcast hosting plan offers everything they need without restricting their creative control. And, Podbean can help as their podcasts grow, with unlimited plans featuring top-of-the-line promotional and monetization tools.”

Podbean Free Podcast Hosting Plan: Features

  • RSS feed fully compatible with Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and full podcast distribution
  • A podcast website with free, standard themes
  • Basic podcast stats
  • Listing in Podbean’s directory, iPhone and Android apps
  • Embeddable podcast players
  • 5 hours of audio storage space
  • 100 GB of bandwidth/month

For the details of all Podbean’s podcast hosting plans, visit Podbean’s pricing page.

The Podbean App: Easily Record Right from Your Phone

In addition to offering a powerful free podcast hosting plan, Podbean’s app makes it easy to record podcasts on the go. The Podbean app for Android and iPhone offers built in recording and publishing, so podcasters can create podcasts from their phones. Podcasters can add background music and edit out mistakes before publishing directly from the app with their Podbean hosting account.

Podbean has seen increasing numbers of podcasters using the app to record some or all of their podcast episodes. Some examples include churches recording sermons and uploading them so parishioners can immediately access the content from home or anywhere. Similarly, teachers have been using the app to record classroom lectures or share bonus learning content. Even podcasters who record in a studio sometimes use the Podbean app for special on-site episodes. And, recently, Podbean is hosting many new podcasts created for Alexa flash briefings, with the app providing a simple way to manage daily recordings.

SIGN UP TODAY for a free podcast hosting account with Podbean and give podcasting a try!

Engaging Your Audience: Viewing and Managing Podcast Comments

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Podbean offers various audience engagement tools in the Podbean app. One of the primary tools is listener comments. Podcasters can read comments, reply, add their own comments and delete inappropriate comments.

We have now added these comments to your Podbean podcast site. If you click on an episode, any comments you have will be listed there. You will also be able to see recent comments on the home page of your Podbean dashboard. This gives you a quick view of the latest feedback from listeners. You can then go into the Podbean app to manage your podcast comments.

Engaging with your listeners via Podbean app comments is great for building rapport with the audience. It also gives listeners one of the easiest ways to leave you feedback right when they’re listening. This is often a much more likely way to receive feedback and engagement than other methods separate from where they listen. And, an additional benefit is that engagement helps our app algorithms to better tailor suggestions to listeners. In other words, if your show demonstrates high engagement in comments the app is more likely to recommend your podcast to listeners of similar shows.

If you have any questions, contact us anytime at help.podbean.com or via live chat.

Podbean Statistics Upgrades: More Insights and Comparison Views

You may have noticed some cool new options in your Podbean stats. We’re bringing you more data and easier comparison tools to help you better understand your podcast’s performance.

The initial period after a podcast is released is a key indicator for both you and sponsors, so we’ve added views of your first 60 day downloads and a chart with first week and month’s download numbers (along with all time). This is also useful when you do promotional activities around new episodes, to see what’s working, which guests or topics get the best response and more. With an easier way to compare episodes over different periods of time, you can see which episodes hold value and continue gaining traction. And, you can quickly view top episodes for any time period as well.

We’re excited to announce these enhancements to the statistics platform:

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  1. Compare episode downloads trends for up to 5 episodes in any date range.
  2. First 60 days downloads trend: see how episodes perform in the critical first 60 days (by episode, all episodes or comparing up to 5 at a time).

Episode downloads quick comparison table

Easily compare key download statistics for the 1st week, 1st month and all time for your episodes

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Top 10 Episodes

You can view your Top 10 episodes in any selected date range.

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GEO data for Canadian provinces

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

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We hope these additions provide you valuable insights!

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