Podcasts for Holiday Stress Relief

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While the holidays can be filled with joy and celebration, stress sometimes comes along with all the enjoyment. All the holiday merriment can also mean a packed schedule and feeling overwhelmed with obligations. And, the added pressure combined with family conflicts might mean you’re looking for some ways to relax and de-stress. We’ve got a podcast recommendation list that is just the thing. Happy holidays!

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Podcasts for Holiday Stress Relief

Meditation, Relaxation and Sleep

Happiness Spells

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Five minute lists of happy things — Increase your appreciation, positivity, gratitude and creativity. Fall asleep easily and peacefully.

Women’s Meditation Network

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Guided meditations created just for women that will inspire, calm and center you. Listen when you want to start your day with mindful intention, relieve stress or anxiety, fall asleep easier or simply tune into the wisdom of your inner voice. Each meditation is created with love to help you shine throughout all the seasons of your life. Hosted by Katie Krimitsos.

Nothing much happens; bedtime stories for grown-ups

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Bedtime stories for grownups, in which nothing much happens, you feel good and then you fall asleep.

Daily Meditation Podcast

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A Library of Meditations at Your Finger Tips. Be happy, healthy, more at peace, and sleep better as you’re greeted every morning with a daily guided meditation technique. Feel as though you’re seated next to your personal meditation teacher Mary Meckley as she takes you on a weekly journey to manage your emotions. New themes each week based on an emotion with different daily meditation techniques to manage stress triggers. You are so worth slowing down for.

Sleep With Me

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Insomnia? Mind racing at night? Worries keeping you up? Tune in for a bedtime story that lets you forget your problems and progressively gets more boring until you fall to sleep. So get in bed, press play, close your eyes, and drift off into dreamland.

The Meditation Podcast

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The Meditation Podcast creates an extraordinary meditation experience for people in their everyday lives. Founded in 2006 by husband-and-wife team Jesse & Jeane Stern, the podcast uses guided meditations, binaural beats, mindfulness, and 20+ years experience in Healing Arts. Please use headphones, and do not listen while driving or operating machinery. For our complete archive of meditations, please visit our web site or Patreon.com/theMeditationPodcast.

Guided Sleep Meditations

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Soothing guided meditations to help you relax and get to sleep at bedtime.

Holiday Fun

Tis the Podcast

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Tis the Podcast is determined to keep the Christmas Spirit alive 365 days a year! Join Anthony, Julia, and Thom as they embark on a magical journey debating and discussing different Christmas movies, specials, and television episodes each week. Please visit www.tisthepodcast.com for the running ranking of all the movies they review, in addition to episode show notes and contact information.

Dreamtime Hour Holiday Editions

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Holiday short stories for bedtime or while sipping hot cocoa during those cold winter nights.

Holiday Special Podcast

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Watching Holiday Specials and talking about them.

Christmas Tales

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Ghosts, lost love and what happens when the festive season is hijacked by the politically correct brigade… Christmas tales by some of the most cherished writers of our time.

Fun for the Family

The Saturday Morning Cereal bowl

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A weekly music show for the whole family.

Adventure of The Month – Kids and Children

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Every month a new adventure over few episodes

The Calm Kids Podcast

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Stories by kids, for kids to unwind and go to sleep relaxed and happy.

Reading Bug Adventures – Original Stories with Music for Kids

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Let’s Fly! Reading Bug Adventures is a story podcast for kids from The Reading Bug. Each episode is a new adventure with original songs — just hop into the Reading Bug’s magic book bag, and we’ll be transported to whatever time or place is in the books inside! Join us for action and adventure, and bring your crayons and paper so you can color your own illustrations. Reading Bug Adventures is created, written, and produced by The Reading Bug, an independent, family-owned children’s bookstore. Learn more at www.thereadingbug.com/adventures.

GOOD THINGS RADIO

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A lively show focusing on the good that life has to offer while going through the joys and challenges of parenthood, married life, culture, friendship and faith.

Bonus: Mindful Parenting and Family

Mindful Parenting in a Messy World with Michelle Gale

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Insightful parenting conversations with some of the leading voices in the mindfulness world.

DC Podfest 2019 : Learning About Podcasting through Podcasting Smarter’s First Clip Show

DC Podfest 2019 : Learning About Podcasting through Podcasting Smarter’s First Clip Show

In the years that it’s been running, DC Podfest has prided itself on fostering a community for podcasters of any level or creed to come and find a place amongst like-minded people.  This year’s conference proved no different, with guests ranging from first-time “I might want to start a podcast” thinkers and plotters to folks like Josh Hallmark, creator of True Crime Bullshit, Our Americana, and much more.  While the event only lasted two days, it brought forth a font of passion and dedication to the craft of podcasting.  

We at Podbean sat down with four different podcasters to talk about their journey through the medium, and put their interviews together as a clip show to highlight the positivity, creativeness, and dedication to their work.
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Our first guest, JJ, produces and cohosts RED, BLUE, AND BRADY from Brady, a nonprofit focused on reducing gun violence.  

“We are the podcast arm of the nonprofit Brady, and Brady is one of the oldest gun violence prevention nonprofits in the United States.  We work in three areas: we work in Congress, courts, and communities to help prevent this epidemic of gun violence that continues to harm the US.  What Red, Blue, and Brady does specifically is we bring on survivors, activists, educators, researchers, staff members, politicians, sometimes people who occupy all of those identities at once, which is really interesting, and have them come on and talk about their work and what’s happening.”

Like many of the other attendees, they’re local to the DC area, but their work is spread out across the country.

“We have a physical office here in DC, but we also have satellite groups all across the US in almost every state.  So even if we don’t have physical office spaces – so for example, we have what are generally called like, our Brady field offices, so we have people who are calling in to the podcast that work in a really niche community that it’s in California that’s maybe dealing with urban gun violence, and then we’ll have a really niche community that’s in Massachusetts that’s dealing with a rash of suicide deaths.  And so we try to cover all areas of the US and all areas of gun violence simultaneously.”

To learn more about Brady and their podcast, you can check out their site and their Twitter.

Our next guest, Eric Snader, pulled up to the booth with his podcast WILD MESSY INFINITE LOVE.

“My podcast is sort of aimed at when you look at someone, or when you look at a community, when you strip down all those layers and you strip down definers such as living location, when you strip down definers such as jobs – you know, all those kinds of things that we’re told about ourselves, whether from our own minds or from society – when you strip it all down, we all have this spirit of love that rests at the deepest core of our being.  And my podcast really is about exploring how we tap into that, exploring how we sort of dip our toes into that flow, so to speak.  

“So that can look like self-discovery, learning about your true self, learning about what sort of person you are, what your purpose is in life.  It can look like being involved with the community, getting out into the world, doing really interesting stuff with other people. It can also be about going out into nature and seeing a really cool sunset and being, “Wow, that is something so crazy,” and it’s almost a feeling of, “I’m connected with something that’s way bigger than myself.”  It’s that point of connection I’m making.”

Eric came to DC Podfest in search of a local community to call his own, and to find the joy he had podcasting in other like-minded people.

“It’s really great.  I’m learning a lot, and meeting a lot of really great people!”

To learn more about Eric and his podcast, check out his Twitter.

Chris Griffin came to our table sporting some really sweet socks and his show TALES FROM THE ROUND WORLD, which pulls double duty as both a podcast and a way to benefit others.

“We tell stories around a theme.  We do our shows live, and the liveshows are interspersed with variety acts.  They’re interspersed with burlesques, sideshows, side-shows, circuses, and live music.  The live shows are also fundraisers, and we usually try to tie what the theme is for the show with the nonprofit that we’re benefiting.”  

Much like our other guests, Chris is local to the DC area, but the driving force behind his attendance to DC Podfest is the chance to learn more about podcasting as a medium.  

“I came from this ‘live show/production’ standpoint, and not really a podcast standpoint.  This has been great, a lot of cool new ways to apply everything through my lens. It gets to be, ‘Okay, how does this work with what I’m doing’.”

His advice for live show podcasters?  Don’t be afraid to push the envelope.

“If you’re doing a live show, just spice it up.  In our past, besides doing the storytelling, we have a full range of sound effects we do live.  And I’m a huge Rocky Horror fan so we have audience participation, we have signs that are like, ‘scream this thing now!’”

His next live event will be on November 22nd at the Eaton Workshop in DC, with TraRon as their partnered nonprofit.  To learn more about the even, Chris, and his podcast, check out his Twitter!

Our last guest, Zoe Collis, came bearing not one, not two, but THREE political podcasts.

“The two that I produce – one is a news-driven show called The News Next Week, that previews what is going to happen in foreign policy/international relations world next week.  The second’s called The President’s Inbox, and it is hosted by CFR’s VP and Director of Studies, and he interviews experts each week talking about pressing foreign policy issues facing the United States.  And our third and newest podcast we’re really excited about is called Why It Matters. Again, it is a foreign policy story-driven podcast that takes a look at different issues that are posed to the United States.”

Her advice to podcasters?  Stories are where it’s at.

“I think that people like to hear stories.  There’s one thing that I felt with both the pre- and post-production of two of our shows, and what I find in the pre-production phase that I really enjoy is learning about what is going on in the world and being able to write all of that down, give our hosts notes, plan it out.  But then when I’m editing it, it’s more fun to just edit someone who’s telling an authentic story about what’s going on around the world, or something that’s happened to themselves. At least to me, that’s more entertaining than just rattling of facts about something.”

To learn more about the CFR, check out their site (especially their podcasts page)!

DC Podfest 2019 provided us just a brief glimpse into the podcasting careers of locals in the industry.  But these small looks were enough to broadcast the passion that these podcasters have for their craft, and the desire to help and inspire those around them.  While this post hopefully brought some of that into view, we also hope that it inspires you to bring some of the same energy into your life (and some of your energy to DC Podfest 2020)!

Internal Communication Podcasts Pitfalls (And 3 Ways To Avoid Them!)

Your internal communications podcast can be one of your most effective tools to deliver key company information, highlight employees, and distribute internal training across your company. However, you may find that your employees’ engagement with your podcast is not what you’d hoped. Here are three potential challenges as to why your internal podcast may not be reaching your goals. We also provide three solutions that can help get employees to tune into your podcast. 

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1. Are Your Employees Listening To Your Podcast?

Challenge: While you may have some employee engagement and listener retention, you’re finding the podcast’s listenership still falling short.

Solution: Your podcast needs an internal marketing plan. How are you getting the word out and creating excitement about the podcast? In what ways is the podcast being promoted as part of your overall communications strategy? Are employees aware and shown how simple it is to get the content? Do they know why the podcast will be useful to them and save them time?

Here are some methods companies have used to be sure the podcast is promoted and accessible to employees: 

Ensure that push notifications are enabled on your employees’ mobile devices. This will alert your employees when a new episode is published. Many internal podcasts are also shared via internal emails with a link to the podcast episode(s). Also, take advantage of scannable QR codes that will take employees right to the latest podcast episode.

Your podcast also has a place within your meetings. Refer to your podcast or to topics mentioned in the podcast during meetings or in emails. Make a point of showing positive affirmation to employees who bring up your podcast without prompting. Offer incentives based around listening and sharing news about your internal communications podcast.

Frequently advertise your podcast in places where your employees tend to congregate, such as physical signage in break rooms and around the office. Don’t be afraid to get creative! Host employee get-togethers to celebrate episodes being launched. Utilize your current listeners by inviting them to be podcast ambassadors to spread the word. 

By bringing more attention to the episodes you’re publishing, more employees will tune in and listen. Once word gets around, your podcast will often become your most popular communications channel.

2. Is Your Content Engaging Enough To Foster Listener Retention?

Challenge: Your employees are accessing the episodes, but your analytics indicate that their engagement with your content is low.  

Solution: In order to gain and retain listeners, you have to design and cultivate your content with your employees’ workflow and focuses in mind.  We discussed in a previous article that when creating a successful internal communications podcast, it’s important to consider various points, including:

  • Is our podcast replacing or supplementing an existing communications channel?
  • Is our podcast revisiting previously shared information?
  • How does the podcast make work life easier for the employee or provide something unique?
  • Are our podcasts being segmented to the proper teams in our company?
  • How concise and focused is the content delivery in our episodes?

Always review your content and ensure that it stays relevant and concise. Consider getting feedback from employees who are listening. Ask teams what they need and how they prefer the podcast content to be delivered. Look at your listener engagement intel to analyze patterns and make adjustments. Perhaps listeners are skipping certain segments or dropping off at a certain time. This can tell you a lot about how to make content more appealing. Remember that you can always create more content around a specific topic, so shorter targeted episodes speaking about a bigger topic may lead to deeper podcast engagement.  

3. Is Your Content Organized and Unified?

Challenge: You find that your content is not unified or formatted the same way throughout your episodes, creating a disorganized listening experience for your employees.  Also, every piece of content is being shared with every employee, which may be overwhelming to your listeners.  

Solution: Do you have a team allotted to podcast production and a plan for producing and distributing your podcasts? It is vital to allocate tasks for the podcast and have an overall plan for the consistency of the content. The podcast plan should stem from the goals…the reason(s) your company wanted to do a podcast. This helps form the structure for your podcast(s), as well as timing, content segmentation (who needs to get which podcasts) and more.

By designating your teams and time allotment for production, you can regulate the presentation of your episodes. Consistency in how your internal communications podcast is presented (as well as the release time) sets expectations for your listeners. This, in turn, will lead to your employees coming back for new episodes and making the podcast part of their routine. By having content targeted to the right listeners and complementary to other communication tools, you demonstrate this is something worth employees’ time.

You’ve put a lot of work into your internal communications podcast. By taking these steps, you can ensure that your internal podcast reaches the most ears, keeps them engaged, and has them returning for the next bit of your company’s content.

Learn more about Podbean’s internal podcasts solutions by clicking here.

Internal Podcast – How to Track Your Podcast’s Success

Whether you’re delivering training to various branches or sharing your monthly newsletter, communicating information across your teams is essential to the success of your company.  By hosting internal podcasts for training and internal communications, your employees are receiving your internal content in a way that meshes with their busy lifestyle. Meanwhile, you can utilize Podbean’s many solutions to track the success and engagement of your internal podcast to track key performance indicators, completion rates and more.

According to Gallup’s 2017 report State of the Global Workplace, “only 15 percent of employees are engaged in the workplace.”  However, you can rectify this by taking advantage of one of the most engaging, modern solutions: podcasting, especially internal podcasts.  Nielsen’s Q3 2017 Podcast Insights state 50% of all US homes are podcast fans and 62 million listen to podcasts weekly.  

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Internal Podcast Strategy and Measurement

When thinking about tracking success, it will be important for your team to first determine the goals for your podcast to set benchmarks and key performance indicators. What is the purpose of the podcast? How do you plan to use it as a communications tool and what need(s) do you want it to fulfill? Are you hoping to increase employee engagement or get a certain completion rate on learning modules or employee development? What would success look like? 

How often will you measure benchmarks and report progress? What affects your results (type of content, promotional activities, etc.)?  Who will be responsible for reporting and reviewing how the project is going and making changes? How will the analysis fit into your overall measurement of various employee communication channels?

Now that you’ve considered your strategy and what you need to measure, here’s an overview of the tools Podbean provides to help you track the success of your internal podcast.

User Engagement Intel

User Engagement Intel reveals insights into your user’s behavior via your white label app, the Podbean app and players. User engagement intel allows your company to gain deeper knowledge of how your employees respond to each episode.  Your company will easily be able to review user playthrough of each episode, as well as stop points and skip points. These analytic tools can help you develop and adjust your content to suit the needs of your employees, as well as create media that best suits the content.   

Internal podcasts: user engagement intel tool from Podbean.

Podcast Statistics Overview

Podbean’s enhanced statistics give you an in-depth picture of your audience, episodes and trends for you internal podcast. You can review your data and download the information to an Excel spreadsheet for further analysis. Podbean’s powerful analytic tools are available to all Unlimited and Business/Enterprise plans at no extra cost. Our statistics dashboard gives you insight into the top ten listened to episodes, listener retention (through Podbean App listens), and even downloads by time of day.  Using these tools, you can continue to create and release content that motivates your employees to tune in on a schedule that will yield the best engagement results.  

Podcasting for internal communications and training is an effective, modern medium for businesses that is quickly becoming a communications standard.  With the two tools outlined above, your team has direct access to understand how employees are engaging with your content to be sure your podcast achieves the results you want.

Check out these articles for even more tips and strategies on running and recording a successful internal podcast:

Find out more about Podbean’s Enterprise Solutions for internal communications podcasts and contact us to get a demo.

Podbean Live at DC PodFest!

Still curious about Podbean Live?  Making your way to DC Podfest?  Now’s the perfect chance to try it out for yourself!

Come visit Podbean’s booth to talk with our podcast specialist, demo our live-streaming service, and sit for a 5-minute interview broadcasted live on our app!  Not only will you get first-hand experience with Podbean Live’s interface, you’ll have the chance to promote yourself and your podcast in a brand new way.  Check out the LiveStreams on the Podbean App!

We’re excited to have you stop by – and don’t forget to grab one of our con-exclusive stickers before they disappear for good!

Podbean Exclusive Collectable Stickers – Now Available at Conventions!

Ready to rep your favorite podcast host? We are excited to announce that we’ll be launching convention exclusive collectable stickers for our Podbean family at upcoming conventions!

These stickers will be printed in limited quantities and only given out at podcast conferences, so be sure to stop by our booth at your upcoming podcast conventions.  Use the hashtag #PodbeanFamily on social media, upload a photo of your limited edition sticker(s) and we’ll retweet the photos and your podcast!

UPDATE: Be sure to stop by our booth at DC PodFest 2019 on November 1-2, 2019 to learn about our podcast hosting platform, Podbean Livestream, public and private podcasting solutions and for our DC PodFest 2019 stickers!


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Podcasts in Education – Talking Teaching with Danny Hauger

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In an ever-evolving world, we are always looking for new ways to learn and new ways to teach.  Even outside of the education sphere of school and universities, people are hungry for knowledge and new ways to consume it.  But it’s within those schools and universities that we find those who are hungry to share knowledge as well, like Danny Hauger does using podcasts in education.

Hauger’s been in the podcasting game for a long time.  Even in his college days, he was broadcasting and operating radio stations, all preparing him for a life behind a mic.

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“What’s really cool is that I’ve had a relationship now with Podbean for over a decade, starting back when I was the general manager of Titan Radio, at CalState Fullerton, which is the second-biggest university in California.  California kid born and raised, I’ve been writing music for a decade and I’ve been podcasting since my college radio days, so I started out in comedy sketch writing – because everyone in college thinks they’re so funny, and that was a fun time.  Started posting episodes and encouraging other students to podcast, and we were kind of amongst the early adopters of the medium, posting other shows from other Djs that were also students. So it was always tied into this sense of education. I was a radio/TV/film major, and I just love the idea of keeping these episodes archived for posterity.”

As he’s moved into the classroom, so has his podcasting expertise.  And he’s found that not only do the students learn from his podcasts in education, they learn from the act of podcasting as well.

“My students and I will sit together on microphones in the classroom, which is a phenomenal way to back up the sense of bringing learning home by teaching.  It’s a wonderful way to reinforce your own learning. When they find out they have to come record with me, they’ll come in prepared. They’re not going to want to walk in and stutter on the microphone, so it’s a great way to practice, like, oral communication skills.  

“I generally will do this before every unit test, and I’ll sit down – I talk pretty quick, I don’t know if that’s becoming apparent – but I talk really fast, and I know, like, there’s no chance that that you’re going to catch everything I said.  So if I sit down for seven to ten minutes, recap what was key before an assessment . . . I did my masters’ on this very subject, and found that student scored eight percent better when I provide a podcast as opposed to when I didn’t. And they go home and they listen to it – it’s not homework, it’s not required, but they know that it helps.  And I can see that it helps now because I’ve conducted the data.”

Of course, his podcasting audience has grown to be more than just his students.  He and his cohost, Tavis Beem, have taken podcasts in education one step further. Their podcast together, Inspiring Teachers, aims to inspire, celebrate, and educate other teachers out in the world.  

“We are always talking teaching.  Our wives are both educators as well, and I asked one day, “Why aren’t we recording these conversations?  We’re talking about it so often, I bet other people would find a lot of common ground here.” And what we started with two of us became inviting people at our school, and then it became inviting nationwide acclaimed educators and award-winners and authors, and exploring this “why” of teaching.  Why do we do this, where there are so many other careers that we have come from and could have chosen and could also engage in?  

“And it became a study of why teachers teach, what they want students to learn from them, besides just the lessons of the classroom, and why it is that we all share in this community, which is now more connected than ever through social media and the internet, where we’re not isolated islands anymore.  The ideas that we share and develop can become classroom-changing across the nation and possibly around the world. So we’ve had some really fantastic guests – over fifty in the year now – and it’s been a really cool study of how many really passionate good-hearted people there are out there that are choosing to teach professionally.”

Whether it’s for class, for teachers and students, or for his love of music and spreading knowledge, Danny Hauger doesn’t see a future in which he’s not podcasting.

“It’s been a focus on education, it’s been on music, it’s been on sharing, it’s been on giving gifts to the world.  And I wanna thank Podbean because they’ve been rock-steady beside me this whole time, so I’ve never thought about going to a different venue.  They really supported my creativity.”

Podcasts in education provide opportunities for new learning and teaching methods, enabling both students and teachers to improve how knowledge is shared and learned.  

To learn more about Danny’s music, podcasts, and love of teaching, check out his website and various weblinks here:


How To Monetize A Podcast – Four Effective Methods

No matter what brought you to podcasting, a question always arises: “Is there a way to make money with podcasting?”  The answer to that is always a resounding yes, but that then leads to the next question of, “How?” Take a look at four of the most effective ways to monetize a podcast.  With these tips, you’ll be able to find the right monetization method(s) for your podcast.

How To Monetize A Podcast and how to get listeners to support your podcast.

Here are some options on how to monetize your podcast:

  1. The Patron Program
  2. LiveStream With Podbean Live
  3. Create Paid Premium Podcast Content
  4. Advertising

1. The Patron Program

Patron programs have become a viable stream of income for content creators.  One of many examples is Now Playing – The Movie Review Podcast, who earn over $11,000/month using Podbean’s patron program (click here to check out their Podbean patron program). By offering pledge tiers from $1/mo. to $750/mo., Now Playing’s fans are able to show their support at a pledge level that’s comfortable for them.  Another example, according to an article on CREATORHYPE, is political comedy podcast Chapo Trap House.  One of the highest-earning podcasts using a patron program, they earn around $95,000 a month.  So there’s something to be said about patron-based programs.  

Podbean’s patron program is built into your user dashboard and made specifically for your podcast episodes.  You can set donor tiers for your patrons to pledge monthly, with specific gifts for each tier.   Give your donors exclusive sneak-previews of new episodes, hand-written postcards and letters, podcast swag like stickers and pins, the ability to vote to decide your next podcast topic – the list is as endless as your time and imagination.  

Customize it even further by creating goal-based donation tiers.  Need $150 to invest in a sound mixer or update your equipment? Set the total as the goal.  Your donors help you achieve your goal by investing in your podcast. This also helps them know what their financial support is going towards and to feel a part of the process.  

2. Livestream with Podbean Live

What’s the first thing you think when you hear the word livestream?  Some might think of Twitch, the popular platform for gamers.  Some might think Picarto, the platform for artists to stream their creative process.  With Podbean Live, now it’s the podcaster’s turn.

Podbean Live is a new way to share your content with your followers.  Host a streaming live podcast audio show and your followers can listen, interact with you in the live chat, or even call in to your livestream.  Podbean Live has room for up to four co-hosts or interviewees, so all your friends (or all the cool people you want to talk to) can pop in and speak with you. Podbean Live also allows you to earn money through Live Show admissions, as well as by receiving virtual gifts from your listeners.  

When a listener joins the stream, they can donate to you using Podbean’s gifting system called Golden Beans.  The podcast host can cash out points earned from the virtual gifts for real-world currency. Not only does it give your listeners a way to support you, but it adds a level of fun and interaction to the live stream and a new way to monetize.

The other thing we love the most?  Podbean Live is open to every podcaster for free.  No matter your hosting platform, you can use Podbean Live to host a livestream and earn money.  

3. Create Paid Premium Podcast Content

Say you’ve got extra audio that you worked really hard on – a podcast episode that dives deeper and is longer than usual, an unedited podcast script PDF, or some special educational or valuable content for listeners.

This is where the premium content feature comes into play.  This lets you give listeners content at set prices for single episodes or for a series of bonus content during a period of time like a month or a year.  On your quest for how to monetize a podcast, use this option as a way to provide special content like lessons, a bonus series, exclusive interviews and more. Utilize the exclusivity to keep your podcast gated, yet accessible.    

Price customization is under your complete control.  There are no upfront fees or costs to participate. Podbean only takes a small percentage (Podbean handles all the technical, billing and customer support needs for a simple 15% share of revenue earned), ensuring that your podcast receives the maximum profit from your premium content purchases.

4. Advertising

If you remember the last big article we wrote on podcast advertising, you know how much it’s booming.  After Mack Weldon doubled their sales with a host-read ad on Comedy Bang Bang, businesses quickly became aware of the power of podcast advertising.  Today’s podcast advertising landscape is getting more sophisticated with the use of matching services and dynamic ad insertion. In fact, according to an article on The Verge, dynamically inserted ads now account for 48.8 percent of podcast ads business.   Marsha Silver’s Digital Music News article on podcast advertising even goes as far as to say “In total, the audio ad marketplace in the United States is valued in excess of $16 billion, and podcast advertising represents only 3% of this.  By 2022, this share will more than double to 8.2%, according to the projection.”  

New tools are making podcast advertising more accessible for all podcasters. For example, Podbean’s Ads Marketplace helps podcasts of all sizes connect with advertisers. The PodAds ad management and dynamic insertion platform gives podcasters tools to more efficiently manage their ads and increase revenue.  

Statistics have shown that podcast listeners are less likely to skip ads and are highly likely to take action on ads they hear on a podcast.  This makes podcast ads an extremely powerful tool for sponsors. It’s an ever-growing method to monetize your podcast.

Utilizing the patron program, premium content, Podbean Live, and advertising will allow you to create an engaging experience for your listeners while creating multiple streams of income from your podcast.  As you cultivate your relationship with your fans, you can give them various ways to invest in your growth. Most of all, the tools available let you customize what fits best for you and your audience…and help you continue creating. And isn’t that what podcasting is all about?

Podcasts to Get You in the Halloween Mood

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Do you love Halloween? Have you already planned out an imaginative costume and started putting up spooky decorations? Or, are you more interested in the candy? Whether you’re passionate about all things spooky or just want to get into the spirit (pun intended), we have lots of podcasts that are perfect for Halloween. Last year we shared some of our favorite scary podcasts and you can find these plus our new picks in the “Scary Stories” topic featuring in the Podbean app right now.

You can find this topic featured in the Podbean app to listen on the go. If you don’t already have the Podbean app, download it for free in the App Store or Google Play store. It’s the best way to listen and discover new podcasts you’ll love, with recommendations of hot topics plus personalized recommendations based on what you listen to most. You can also listen to these podcasts online here.

Here’s our roundup of Podbean-hosted podcasts that we think are ideal for Halloween (or anytime you’re in the mood for the creepy, paranormal or downright terrifying).

1. OK Talk – Paranormal Tales of Mysterious Travels

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‘Legend Tripping’ the Unknown. So Good, It’s Scary! Voted a ‘Top 10 Mystery Podcast’ Telling weird stories and taking you to strange places.

2. Castle of Spirits Audio Ghost Stories

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Audio ghost stories from the renowned paranormal website www.castleofspirits.com

3. Ghost Stories of Canada

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Ghost Stories of Canada is a 13-episode mini-series focusing on the best ghost stories from every province and territory in Canada. It is run by Discover the Past Ghostly Walks in Victoria, BC.

4. See No, Hear No, Speak No: UFOs, Conspiracies, and Murder

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A show where two guys with absolutely zero authority to do so, talk about the unexplained, the very explained and the not quite totally explainable. In a way that will almost certainly convince you that you’re not listening to two dudes with far reaching interest in the occult, alien abductions, true crime and all the things crazy people want you to think is true but probably isn’t, speculating wildly.

5. Para-talk Podcast with East TN Ghost Seekers

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Para-talk is a podcast with the members of East Tn Ghost Seekers. Listen as they discuss paranormal/supernatural events from all around the world. Also, you can leave them a message with your experiences or even your favorite ghost story. So join them as they dive into the paranormal world and touch on all the things you have questioned yourself!To contact and leave your experiences/ghost story/questions call (865)264-0448

6. Ghost Train Podcast

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Welcome on board the Ghost Train! Recorded all over the globe. Lead singer of rock band Reverse Grip Dru Broda is taking on the paranormal podcast world! Strap yourself in and join Dru as he gives people a platform to share their best paranormal encounters!

7.The Brohio Podcast

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Two Bros cover all of the mysteries of the universe. Paranormal, Aliens, Conspiracies, Cryptozoology, Famous Murders, Urban Legends, Monsters, Demons, Occult and Strange Occurrences. Nothing is off limits. The Bros are driven by crude humor and the ability to laugh at everything. If you flirt with the dark side of humor and lack maturity, this podcast could potentially change your life. Instagram: @brohiopodcast Twitter: @Brohiopodcast Email: BrohioPodcast@gmail.com

8. The Paranormal Patriot

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Talk surrounding all things paranormal, mysterious and the unexplained….with some politics thrown in too

9. The Odd To Newfoundland Paranormal Podcast

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Your monthly paranormal variety show! Featuring bizarre news, odd but true facts about our strange world and a special guest every month.

10. Paranormal Almanac

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Each week we will talk about Paranormal news and tell our favorite paranormal stories, its informative, fun, and freaky.

11. Paranormal Underground Radio

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Explore the Unexplained

12. The Ectoplasm Show

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Your Paranormal News source. All Odd, Strange, Weird, Unexplained and Fun Stories!

13. Paranormal UK Radio Network

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Paranormal UK Radio Network offers a variety of paranormal talk radio shows that cover all aspects of the strange and paranormal in the United Kingdom and beyond!

14. THE PARANORMAL PULSE

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I’m Lance Philip and this my paranormal/ghost hunting podcast. I’m the founder of EKG – East Koast Ghost. Each week my co-host Jennifer and I will discuss all things from the paranormal world.

15. Military Paranormal Investigations Podcast

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MPIP is dedicated to advancing our and the publics understanding of uncharacteristic and mysterious paranormal events and activity. MPI and MPIR is not affiliated to any branch of the military.

16. Paranormal Into The Night

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PARANORMAL INTO THE NIGHT FOR ALL THINGS PARANORMAL

17. The Lost Gypsy – Stories of UFO encounters, Bigfoot, Paranormal and Myths

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The Lost Gypsy is a story telling podcast, Eric and Ricky are not experts nor claim to fully understand the paranormal. We love talking about it and hope to share these conversations with you guys, the listener.

18. The Paranormal Guide

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Three paranormal investigators and researchers tackle questions and topics about the weird, strange, bizarre and unknown

19. Stay Scary

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Stay Scary is a horror movie podcast hosted by Yinh Kiefer and Lisa McColgan. A rotating cast of artists and geeks join on to discuss themes and tropes in horror movies past and present.

20. 31 days of Horror Movies for Halloween

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PODCAST NETWORK FOR EVERY FAN

21. The Pod and the Pendulum

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The Pod and The Pendulum is a new horror movie podcast covering every movie in every franchise. From heavy hitters like Friday the 13th, to the direct-to-video titles like Subspecies, we’ve got you covered.Tweet us at @podandpendulumEmail us at podandthependulum@gmail.com

22. Scary podcasts

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New podcast of some scary stories

23. Scary Tales & Cocktails

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This is a creepy AF podcast. Listen and be terrified like I am, or not. PS there is some swearing, Listener discretion is advised.

24. Pam and Teri, Drunk and Scary

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Grab a drink, take a shot, and pull up a chair. We’re diving into some horror favorites.

25. The Barely Scary Podcast

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People have been obsessed with tales of horror since the dawn of time. Every Tuesday, you can indulge in this trend with Destinee Romero as she talks through a variety of these stories including, but not limited to, True Crime, Paranormal Occurrences and Creepy Pastas with some comedic undertones. If you like all things scary, mysterious or just plain weird, this is the place for you.

26. Scary Stories from Camp Roanoke

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Like telling ghost stories around a fire with your best friends, Katy Wiggins and Morgan Drisko are your warm and hilarious hosts and camp counselors. Tired of hearing about the same famous ghost stories? With laughter and joy they tell some of the strangest and most obscure stories from paranormal television shows. So join them at Camp! Wrap yourself in a warm blanket with some hot coffee as leaves rustle around you and spook yourself silly.

27. Dreamtime Hour Halloween Editions

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Halloween short stories for bedtime or those scary autumn nights.