10 Great Podcasts for The Spiritually Curious

10 Great Podcasts for The Spiritually Curious

If you’ve always wanted to explore the world’s great religious traditions, but can’t find time to read in-depth books, attend different worship services or take a spiritual retreat, podcasts are the perfect place to start.

There’s a huge range of faith and spirituality themed podcasts to choose from on Podbean. These podcasts represent a wide range of beliefs (and skepticism) to satisfy your spiritual curiosity. They might challenge you or help you grow, no matter where you are in your faith journey. And, they can be the perfect antidote to modern chaos, bringing some peace and perspective to your commute or daily tasks. Here are some top examples of spirituality podcasts hosted on Podbean.

Buddhist Society of Western Australia

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Dharma talks from the tradition of Buddhist meditation master Ajahn Brahm and Australian Forest Sangha, from various monks and nuns. Presented by the Buddhist Society of Western Australia, serving the world with free inspirational dharma teachings. From the huge library of episodes, you will acquire more information about Buddhism and tools for a more serene life.

Audio Bible | Bible Reading | Daily Devotions | Bible Study | Chapter a Day Audio Bible

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The Bible is widely considered to be the most influential and best-selling book of all time. What better way to explore this collection of sacred texts/scriptures considered by many religious traditions to be a product of divine inspiration and a record of the relationship between God and humans? Useful whether for continued study, daily reminders, or a first exploration into this famous text.

Ascend Podcast

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A weekly episode of thoughts about spiritualty, philosophy, consciousness and more. The hosts always have new questions, concepts, and tools that you can explore along with them.

The RobCast

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Robert Holmes “Rob” Bell Jr. is an American author, speaker and former pastor. Bell was the founder of Christian megachurch, Mars Hill Bible Church. He was named one of 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2011 and has recently been interviewed by Oprah for her Super Soul Conversations. He focuses on “practical spirituality” using a warm, conversational approach to address the shared struggles of humanity.

5-Minute Daf Yomi with Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

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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.

The Liturgists Podcast

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This podcast makes room at the table for the “spiritually homeless and frustrated”. Michael Gungor, Science Mike, Lissa Paino, and various guests take on topics through the perspectives of science, art, and faith.

Ask Science Mike

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A weekly podcast where Mike McHargue answers questions about science, faith, and life.

WWUTT

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Many of the Bible stories and verses we think we know, we don’t! WWUTT is a daily Bible commentary, committed to teaching sound doctrine and exposing the faulty.

Life & Faith

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Life & Faith is the weekly podcast from the Centre for Public Christianity in Sydney, Australia. Simon Smart, Natasha Moore and Justine Toh interview guests from all over the world. They cover everything from current affairs and social justice to science, philosophy, the good life, TV/film and books, and the place of religion in society.

This Good Word with Steve Wiens

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This podcast created by Steve Wiens reclaims “what’s holy about our humanity” weekly. He interviews writers, pastors and thinkers from a variety of traditions and backgrounds.

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.

Get New Listeners And Engage Them Everyday With Alexa Flash Briefings

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Podcasts are on fire!

Everybody’s talking about podcasts these days. But along with that excitement comes a lot of competition. There are now over 500,000 podcasts on iTunes. Think about that…over a half-million other podcasts are competing with you for new listeners.

So how are you going to stand out from the crowd? How do you make sure your podcast is the one they listen to and then click the “Subscribe” button in their app?

One way might be Alexa Flash Briefings.

What the heck is an Alexa Flash Briefing?

A Flash Briefing is like a “mini-podcast.” It’s a daily, 1-minute informative “briefing” for owners of Alexa devices, like the Amazon Echo. Listeners hear Flash Briefings whenever they say, “Alexa, give me the news.” or “Alexa, give me my Flash Briefings.”

When prompted, Alexa will provide a 1-minute package from Reuters of the top headlines and local weather. She will then begin introducing each Flash Briefing, such as:

“From Pete Blank, this is Pete’s Points – Leadership Strategies”

Then that day’s episode will play. Here’s an example of what one of the episodes from Pete’s Points sounds like:

Listen to Pete’s Points

In my experience working with my clients, we’ve found the formula for the perfect Alexa Flash Briefing to be:

  • Minute long,
  • Time per day,
  • Valuable piece of content,
  • Call to action,
  • Person asked each day for a review.

Why should this matter to a podcaster?

There are four reasons every podcaster should add an Alexa Flash Briefing to their existing production schedule.

So Many Listeners

As of September 2018, there are over 50 million Alexa devices in homes. It’s the fastest any device has ever reached an installed base of over 50 million…even faster than the iPhone. Imagine how much that number will jump by Christmas 2018. Many analysts over 10 million new Echoes will be under the Christmas tree this year.

Very Little Competition

While there is a huge audience out there, as of the time of this writing, there are only about 6,000 Flash Briefings. That imbalance can create a flood of new listeners for each new Flash Briefing.

The averages I see with my clients’ Flash Briefing launches are about 100-200 downloads the first few days and about 1,000 the first month, although one client saw over 10,000 downloads his first month!

Less Friction & Easier Subscribing

Last week, I was talking to a podcaster who’s had a popular show for about 4 years. He said, “Getting a new listener has become a huge challenge. Then it’s just as much of challenge to get them to subscribe or listen again if they like the show.”

Flash Briefings make that easier for your listener because must subscribe to your Flash Briefing before they can listen. But that’s not perceived as a huge requirement because you’re only asking for a minute of their time, instead of an hour. Then instead of needing to take action to subscriber after listening to your show, they have to take action to stop hearing you. The fact that Alexa turns that subscription/listen dynamic around is a much bigger deal than it might seem.

And remember the “call to action” I mentioned in the formula for a perfect Flash Briefing? This is the time you would direct your listeners to your long-form podcast. They’ve heard you, they like you and they might want to hear more. But you now have the opportunity to engage them daily and ease them into giving you an hour of their time.

Easy To Add To Your Existing Production Workflow

You record Flash Briefings with the same equipment you currently use, and store the files on Podbean, just like you do now. Flash Briefings also work on iTunes, Google, Spotify, and the rest, giving you additional audience opportunities.

But since they’re only a minute long, you can batch record and schedule them in Podbean for publication. It only takes about 2-3 hours to record, upload and schedule 30 episodes. Then you don’t have to worry about it again for a month.

How to add a Flash Briefing via Podbean

So, if you’d like to try this, you’ll need to set up a new account with Podbean (or a new channel, if you’re on the Unlimited Plus plan) so that you have an additional RSS feed. You can use this link to sign up and get 30 days free. You can also see all Podbean’s plans on the pricing page. Just as with iTunes, the RSS feed is what makes all the magic happen.

Once you have an RSS feed, creating a Flash Briefing requires an Amazon Developers’ Account and a time commitment of a few hours to a few days to learn to set it up and configure it (depending on your level of tech skills). You can also hire someone to build it for you and spend your time focused on your business. My company, Alexa Guy, does this type of work full-time and there are other companies out there that do the same.

Whether you prefer the DIY route or hire someone to create your Flash Briefing for you, it’s an amazing new tool to build and engage a new audience while also driving new traffic to your existing podcast.

Podbean also offers the ability to record directly from their app, so you can easily produce your daily briefings right from your phone.

About the author

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Jeff Smith is the Alexa Guy. His company helps podcasters, companies, entrepreneurs and speakers build and engage large audiences quickly through Alexa Flash Briefings. He’s offering 15% off his services with the promo code PODBEAN. You can connect with him at:

Website | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook | Email

The Top Celebrity Podcasts

The Top Celebrity Podcasts

Celebrities are always looking for platforms to help them reach their audience in a different way. Podcasts are an ideal solution. In podcasts, celebrities can speak directly to their fans. They can explore issues that matter to them in depth. They’re likely to reveal a more personal side of themselves, with stories and personality that might not come out in normal press interviews. For many celebs, their podcast is a passion project and a more intimate way to connect. Here are some top examples of celebrity-hosted podcasts.

Anna Faris: Anna Faris Is Unqualified

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American actress and producer Anna Faris and co-host Sim Sarna, address relationship issues along with their guests. Expect relationship wisdom, marriage advice and interviews with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Jillian Michaels: The Jillian Michaels Show

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Jillian Michaels, the queen of health and wellness, started podcasting back in 2011. The podcast is informative, while also entertaining and inspirational. You’ll find tools for health and happiness.

Marc Maron: WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

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Comedian Marc Maron has one of the most well-respected interview podcasts around. Maron is skilled at making his interviewees comfortable and getting them to reveal aspects of themselves and their lives/work in an intimate, real way. A must listen for enjoyable insights from high profile guests, but also as an example of excellent interviewing. He’s even interviewed President Obama right in his garage!

Chelsea Peretti: Call Chelsea Peretti

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Comedian and star of Brooklyn Nine-Nine Chelsea Peretti hosted this fun…and a bit wild…podcast. She takes calls on her weekly themed episodes and you never know what turn things will take. Though the podcast isn’t active anymore, there are a lot of back episodes for your enjoyment.

Bill Burr: Monday Morning Podcast

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Most known for Date Night, Walk of Shame, The Heat, and Daddy’s Home, Bill Burr shares his thoughts podcast on wide ranging topics in his podcast. He talks, sometimes rants, about sports, relationships, current events and everyday life. Occasionally, he sits down for an interview with a special guest.

Katie Couric: Katie Couric

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Katie Couric, American journalist and TV host, seamlessly transitions to podcast hosting. She sits down for unscripted, honest conversations with the biggest names in politics, news, and pop culture.

Jonathan Van Ness: Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness

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Getting Curious is a weekly exploration of topics that interest the host and are sure to interest you too. Jonathan Van Ness, of Queer Eye and Gay of Thrones, has conversations with experts about anything from abortion rights to suicide to social media. You’ll also find some deep dives and fascinating conversations with his Queer Eye co-workers.

Kumail Nanjiani : Kumail Nanjiani’s The X-Files Files

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If you saw his film The Big Sick, you know that Kumail Nanjiani is a big fan of The X-Files. He’s such a fan that he hosted a 57-episode companion podcast to the show. His devotion even landed him an appearance on the revival. If you’re already a fan of X-Files or giving it a try for the first time, you’ll definitely want to listen to this podcast.

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.

 

Podcasts to Listen to While You Workout

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Listening to podcasts while working out means learning things (or being entertained) while making your body healthier. The time goes by more quickly with podcasts in your earbuds. What’s more, podcasts can give you more motivation to get into or continue an exercise routine.

Here are 10 podcasts for inspiration as you work towards a healthier you:

Podrunner: Workout Music

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If you need the right music to energize your workouts, Podrunner: Workout Music does the work of creating exciting exercise playlists. Whether you’re doing high impact exercises or taking an easy jog, this podcast will help improve your energy.

20 Minute Fitness

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The all-in-one fitness podcast with news and advice on health, weight loss, nutrition and more. This 20-minute podcast is full of information about the latest fitness trends and news.

The Jillian Michaels Show

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Jillian Michaels, “America’s health and wellness guru”, leads an entertaining, inspirational, and informative podcast to help you find health and happiness. Ranked a top US health podcast, Jillian and her team join with top health experts to cover a range of topics.

Beginner: The Guardian Guide to Running

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Want to become a runner but need some guidance and motivation? This is an 8-week long podcast training program to get you mentally and physically on track. Each week you will tackle a new challenge to build stamina, fitness and well-being.

Shredded by Science Radio

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This podcast shares interviews about everything from industry insider knowledge to health science, which are hosted by fitness pros. The podcast presents real-world fitness problems and evidence-based approaches with a unique sense of humor.

The Bodybuilding.com Podcast

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This podcast is about insightful opinions about body building, training, and enhancement. You’ll also hear in-depth interviews with experts on different workout styles and approaches.

Dear Sugar

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An advice show for today’s world. Listeners write in to hosts Cheryl Strayed (author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Wild) and Steve Almond for advice about their most personal problems. No topic is off limits and the stories and advice will enlighten and inspire you.

Invisibilia

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Hosts Lulu Miller and and Alix Spiegel investigate some of the invisible forces–ideas, beliefs, assumptions, emotions–that control human behavior. Using narrative storytelling to present science, Invisibilia will educate, without boring you, throughout your workouts.

Brute Strength

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This podcast is about being your strongest self. Michael Cazayoux interviews a number of fitness experts, getting their input on best practices and achieving physical goals.

Radiolab

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Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich are “investigating a strange world” in this podcast. Each episode digs into a topic, combining scientific details with compelling storytelling and a sense of wonder. Pretty fascinating stuff to make the time tick away while you’re exercising.

Podbean.com Recognized For Global Diversity By The Latin Podcast Awards

Audio Dice Network awards Podbean.com for its unconditional support of the LatinX / Hispanic community with the Latin Podcast “Global Diversity” Award. This Award is a podcasting industry award recognizing ambassadors of diversity in podcasting.

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Audio Dice Network (ADN) bestowed the first Latin Podcast “Global Diversity” Award to the audio industry giant Podbean, for its tireless and disinterested support of the LatinX | Hispanic podcasting community.

Podbean, the world leader in podcasts hosting, has teamed up with ADN (an independent podcast network) and Bitextuales.com (a provider of editorial and translation services) to honor and recognize Hispanic-LatinX podcasts of all the world and the United States.

The Latin Podcast Awards (LPA) are the only podcast awards in the world that honor Ibero-American podcasts (Spanish and English). These podcasts are originated in the United States and around the world. the LPA is the first and only podcast competition in the bilingual world.

In this new edition, the LPAs will recognize podcast nominees from the United States, Spain, Colombia, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Switzerland and Puerto Rico.

About this accolade David Xu, CEO of Podbean said, “I am proud Podbean supports the Latin Podcast Awards. Once again, it is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate content creators and highlight the diversity of voices that the world of podcasting has to offer.”

About Podbean:

As an industry leader for more than ten years, Podbean has been providing innovative podcasting services. This platform offers an easy-to-use interface that integrates publishing tools, administration, distribution, monetization and user friendly analysis. Currently, the podbean community is composed of a base of more than 140 thousand podcasters. Podbean apps for Android and iOS have reached more than 1 million downloads, and have more than 300 thousand active monthly users. For more information, visit https://www.podbean.com .

For more information on the Latin Podcast Awards visit latinpodcastawards.com.

How Can Podcast Advertising Help Small, Local Businesses?

Podcast Advertising Help Small, Local Businesses

Local media can play an important role in promoting small, local businesses. It can be a great way to target a narrow market with relevant messages. Many small businesses put advertising dollars toward local radio and newspapers. They may try billboards, flyers, local community boards or websites.

Small business owners need to be smart about their marketing and advertising efforts. Typically, they’ll be looking for effective, low-cost solutions but it can be hard to find that perfect combination. Sometimes local media exceeds the budget of a new or growing business. And, many businesses are finding that what’s worked in the past is no longer so effective. In recent years, many have turned to online advertising that allows targeting and provides delivery analytics. Another benefit is the simplicity and ease of getting campaigns running quickly.

Few local business owners will have considered podcast advertising. But now, some platforms are offering programmatic podcast advertising that targets only listeners in certain areas. So, podcasts can be a new form of local media for your small business to tap into. Fortunately, podcast advertising also has the potential to deliver more for less cost too. A small company can “sound big” without spending a lot. It’s a lot like what websites have done for small businesses in leveling the playing field.

Your Potential Customers Are Listening to Podcasts

According to a report from Edison Research, 21 percent of Americans (age 12+) will have listened to a podcast in the last month. To put that into perspective, that’s the same number of Americans who use Twitter and 8% more than use Spotify.

Podcasts tend to have affluent, educated audiences. 85% of podcast listeners have a college education and 36% make more than $75K/year.

Podcast Advertising Effectiveness

Research shows 62% of podcast listeners report making a purchase as a result of an ad they heard on a podcast. A study on NPR podcasts showed even higher results, with 75% of listeners taking action on a sponsored message. Podcast listeners are highly engaged, with 88% of them subscribing and listening to most or all episodes. Because podcasts are not heavily saturated with ads, listeners have high brand recall (over 70%).

New Technologies Increase Targeting and Ease

Programmatic ad buying now makes the process of purchasing podcast advertising much easier. A small business can buy ads directly, without a lengthy process or large ad budget necessary to work with an agency. The process is similar to setting up Google or Facebook ads (maybe even easier).

And, the technology now supports more targeting. So, for example, you can run ads to be served up only to listeners in your state or metro area. This effectively makes podcast advertising a new form of local media, but available on a smaller budget. For example, one recent campaign run via Podbean’s PodAds system resulted in 100,000 targeted impressions for the business for $300.

To learn more about podcast advertising for your local business, read more. You can set up a campaign in minutes and give it a try! You set budget caps, and can modify or stop a campaign any time so it’s low risk with potential for high reward.

Get a high return on investment for your small business: get started with PodAds today

The Best Way to Promote Your Podcast

The Best Way to Promote Your Podcast

There are a million ways to promote your podcast. Some are effective, while others might be a waste of time (and money). And, of course, what works is dependent on “where your audience is”. This is why promoting on other podcasts might just be the best way to grow your audience.

Why is podcast cross-promotion one of the most effective podcast marketing strategies?

  • Podcast listeners already know how to listen to podcasts, which removes one big hurdle you may encounter when you promote elsewhere.
  • Listeners love content suggestions. This type of marketing comes across as helpful information and listeners pay attention.
  • You can target listeners who already like similar categories of shows. This solution brings you right to where your potential audience is.
  • They can subscribe/download your show right away. They’re in the midst of listening, so it’s not something they have to remember to do later.

Why use PodAds to promote a podcast?

Cross-promotion is effective. A lot of podcasters are already doing it. We see many discussions about it in Facebook groups and hear the promo spots often. However, it takes a lot of time to set this up (networking, contacting podcasters, sending your promo, discussing details..and typically, arranging and running the other podcaster’s promo on your show). With PodAds, you can have promo spots running within minutes. Yes, you’ll need to spend some money. But, you’ll save valuable time. You can also reach a broader range of listeners than it might be possible to get via personal connections.

Fortunately, you can set a daily budget cap so you don’t have to spend a lot. You can view your analytics to see just how your ads are delivering. And, you can modify, pause or stop your campaigns at any time.

If you’re spending any money on Facebook ads or other promotions (or considering it), take a look at PodAds first. Podcasters tend to get a much higher return on investment (ROI) from these campaigns.

How to Use PodAds: Three Simple Steps

  • Sign up as an advertiser: https://sponsorship.podbean.com/. If you’re already signed up to receive ads on your podcast, you’ll need to create an account with a different email address.
  • Create your campaign. Provide basic information (contact info, website, description, copy), set your budget and start date. Select categories (and geographies, if desired). Pick ad slots and set pricing. Upload your audio file. Add your payment method.
  • Run and manage your campaign. Once approved, your ads till begin running within 24 hours of your start date. You can review the list of podcasts and remove any of them at any time. Check your campaign’s results as it progresses: see impressions and amount spent. Pause or cancel campaigns whenever you want.

Sign up for PodAds today and give it a try! You can set a daily budget cap of as little as $10 (that’s the cap, often the actual spending will be less depending on your specs). Check out our Advertiser FAQs here or contact us if you have questions.

You can also sign up your podcast to receive ad revenue. Learn more here.