More Top Navigation Options on Podbean Layouts

We’re always working to help you make your Podbean site beautiful and functional. Podbean offers a wide array of modern themes, with many customizations.

We’ve just made an exciting new option available for many themes. You can customize your navigation menu with links to various pages. The navigation menu helps you present a site structure to your visitors, allowing them to easily find information. The menu can include any of the pages you’ve created in Podbean, and even outside websites/URLs!

To activate and manage this option, simply go to “Layouts”->”Themes”. Your theme will be at the top or you can preview/activate a new theme.

Click on “Custom” for the theme you’re using and click the settings icon on “Top Navigation”.topnavigation22Click “Add a Navigation”. Choose “Type”->”Pages” to select from your pages in Podbean and click on the check mark (make sure to save). Choose “Other” to add other URLs. Type in a name (the title that shows on your home page in the menu) and enter any URL. You might use this, for example, to link to your general website or another podcast you host. Click the check mark and save.

topnavigationimgYou can reorder the navigation with the arrows or delete something from the menu with the trashcan icon.

Now, this podcast site appears as pictured below.

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Learn more about How to Customize Your Top Navigation Menu.

User Engagement Intel: Insight into Your Audience’s Actual Listening Behavior

Podcasters always wonder if users actually play their podcasts after they’re downloaded. Do users listen to the whole episode or drop off at some point? At what point do most people stop listening, or do they skip certain content? Now with Podbean’s “User Engagement Intel”, you get the answers to all these questions.

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User Engagement Intelligence reveals insights into the behavior of your users on the Podbean app and players. Podcasters can easily see what portions users play over and over, what they skip, when they stop listening and more. This allows a podcaster to gain deeper knowledge of how their audience is responding to content. In-depth user intel can help in attracting and managing sponsorships and listener support, as well as improving marketing strategy and content development.

How does it work?

  1. Visit the Podbean app market and purchase “User Engagement Intel” (click on “Get App” and select the channel if you have multiple channels).
  2. In your Podbean admin, go to “Settings→Apps”. Click on the “View” icon for “User Engagement Intel” to see your data. Data is actively tracked for the 10 most recent episodes (contact us if you would like to track more episodes).
  3. Select an episode to view data. You can see: average user engagement % (total user play time divided by the # of users times length of the episode) and average play time. You can scroll over the graph and zoom in for more detail, by the second. For private podcasts, you can also view data on who is listening and their individual listening patterns.

With a deeper understanding of your users and their behavior, you can act based on data instead of guessing. You can spot possible trends and better achieve desired outcomes for your podcast.

Save Time! Import Files Directly from Dropbox to Podbean

Dropbox is one of the most popular services to store your files in the cloud. By connecting Dropbox with your Podbean account, it’s now quick and easy for you to import media files stored in Dropbox to your Podbean Media Manager.

The traditional way to upload the files stored in Dropbox to your Podbean Media Manager is downloading files from Dropbox to your local computer and then re-uploading them again to your Podbean Media Manager. Now, you can import the files directly from Dropbox to your Podbean Media Manager to save time.

To try it out, go to apps.podbean.com to set up the free “Import files from Dropbox” app.

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1. Click “Get App” (You will be sent to the Podbean login page if not already logged in; select a podcast channel if you have multiple channels.)

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2. In your Podbean admin, navigate to “Settings”–>”Apps”. (You will be redirected to this page when installing the app.)

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3. Find the app and click the “Settings” icon.

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4. In the pop-up window, click the “Select files from Dropbox” button to connect your Dropbox account and choose files to import.

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5. Go to your Podbean Media Manager to view your imported files.

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New Podbean App Market: Powerful features, services and plugins for your podcast

We’re excited to announce the release of the Podbean app market, where you can find an array of features to enhance your podcasting experience. You’ll find apps here to connect services like Dropbox and Google analytics with your account. Additionally, you’ll be able to add customizations like a static home page, a popular episodes widget, and SEO meta tags.

Podbean App Market

Simply visit apps.podbean.com to browse the available apps.

We’re just getting started! We will continue to expand the available apps; developers can connect their services easily using Podbean’s open API. If you have a service you’d like to see connected to Podbean, click below to submit a suggestion.

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New Right-to-Left Language Option in Podbean’s Customizable Podcast Player

The Podbean embeddable podcast player offers a wide range of customizations to get the look and feel you want. From different sized players to a range of colors and features, you can easily come up with a player you’ll love in a couple clicks. Now, we’ve also added a right-to-left text option for languages such as Hebrew and Arabic.

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To customize your embeddable podcast player:

1. Go to Publish–>Episodes.
2. Click “Share and Embed” by the episode.
3. Choose whether you want the rectangular or square player.

For the rectangular player, click “More options” to see the “Right-to-left text” option along with options for font, auto play and show/hide download and share.

For the square player, you will see all the custom options when you click on it.

4. Make the customizations you desire, view the preview, and copy the embed code.

If you have any questions, you can open a Support ticket or live chat with our team.

Organization Podcasting: Educating a Wider Audience

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The Culinary Institute of America is widely known as the premier culinary college. John Barkley is their Director of Strategic Initiatives, Digital Media. He shared his thoughts on why the organization uses podcasting and how it’s contributed to their objectives.

Why did your organization decide to start podcasting?

As the world’s premier culinary college, a non-profit educational institution, one of our core initiatives is documenting and preserving world cuisines.  We started this free video podcast, “Video from The Culinary Institute of America”, as a way to extend our documentaries on global cuisines to a larger audience outside of the CIA classrooms.

What is your primary objective with podcasting?

To share knowledge about food and cooking with future generations of chefs and food enthusiasts.

What benefits have you seen?

It’s great having the exposure we get through Podbean and iTunes. We are reaching an audience that we might never connect with via our traditional e-learning channels.

Have there been any particular features of Podbean that have made it easy for you to implement?

The interface and scheduling aspects of Podbean are easy to use and make podcast publishing simple.

Any challenges you’ve found in podcasting? What future changes or goals do you anticipate?

One of the challenges with maintaining a huge library of video podcast content, is the data storage requirements. In addition, scaling up for the future of 4K video podcasting will bring added data storage requirements and require flexible and affordable cloud-based systems like Podbean.

Organizations like CIA are using podcasts to find new audiences and further their outreach. There are so many creative ways your organization can use podcasting. Podcasting is one of the most accessible mediums, and Podbean makes it easy and affordable. Podcasting can help you reach a wider audience, tell your story in a new way, and reach (and exceed) your goals.

You can find your foodie inspiration on their beautiful podcast at http://cia.podbean.com/. Don’t watch it if you’re hungry!

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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/.