Podbean Livestream Show Schedule – 09/20-09/30

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Podbean Live, our new livestream platform, has just been beta released for our pre-registered podcasters! Our live streaming podcast service aims to help podcasters easily expand their podcast with live audio shows to further audience interaction and add a new form of monetization.  Best of all, Podbean Live is available to any podcaster for free.

Every Monday, we will be releasing a blog post highlighting this week’s scheduled live podcasts in various categories.

Here’s your week of Livestream podcasts for the week of September 23, 2019.  
*Note: All times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST). After this blog, these highlights will be posted on Mondays and will highlight episodes scheduled from Monday-Sunday of a given week. Scroll to the bottom of this post to learn how to submit your livestream podcast episode. 


Food

  • The Hop Heads Guide Podcast
    Date/Time: Friday September 20, 2019; 9:00 PM
    About the Podcast: The Hop Head’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast isn’t just a craft beer podcast. It’s an insight into all things craft culture. Craft distilleries, cigars, and food. The Hop Heads discussions about sports, pop culture, and travel will entertain and expand your mind. So sit back, get ready to laugh and let the Hop Head’s Guide your way through the galaxy.

Comedy

  • Radio Underland Live
    Date/Time: Monday September 23, 2019; 11:00 PM
    About the Podcast: After 2 years underground the Boys (and Missie) are coming out of the internet closet to make the show public. After being sued, kicked off Youtube, and Soundcloud against their Attorneys advice they are going public. To be apart of the circus and watch it unfold live go to our link and tune in Tuesday nights at 8pm PST.
  • MJ And The Boys
    Date/Time: Monday September 30, 2019; 6:30 PM
    About the Podcast: A free weekly comedic podcast featuring discussions on music, movies, TV, weird news, pop culture, and life.

Management 

  • Trent 365
    Date/Time: Sunday September 22, 2019; 7:00 AM
    About the Podcast: Daily Thoughts and Insights on the world of spa, wellness, hotels, business and life.

Health

  • Aimee Cabo on The Cure
    Date/Time: Friday September 20, 2019; 3:00 PM
    About the Podcast: The Cure is a place for healing, support and to join survivors and health professionals that can help and give advice. Visit https://godisthecure.com

News & Politics

  • Relentless Daring
    Date/Time: Sunday September 22, 2019; 11:00 PM
    About the Podcast: Irreverent breakdown on the news and body politic, from a right leaning perspective.

  • The Bob and Bob Show
    Date/Time: Saturday September 21, 2019; 12:00 PM
    About the Podcast: Podcast that attempts to bring people back to reality, with commentary on political and real world issues.

Religion and Spirituality 

  • Catholic Chat with Fr. Cody
    Date/Time: Thursday September 26, 2019; 9:00 PM
    About the Podcast: A podcast about Catholic topics to help you grow in your faith.

  • Shiloh Baptist Church New Site
    Date/Time: Sunday September 22, 2019; 10:30 AM
    About the Podcast: Welcome to the Shiloh New Site podcast. Our church is located at 525 Princess Anne Street Fredericksburg, Virginia 22404. We hope that you enjoy the messages provided here. Please visit our website for more information about our Ministries. www.shilohnewsite.com
  • 5iveminutesofInspiration
    Date/Time: Saturday September 21, 2019; 5:00 PM
    About the Podcast: Our mission at 5iveMinutes is a commitment to bringing uplifting and encouraging inspiration to God’s Beautiful people through the Gospel of Christ

Society & Culture

  • TheGrindLeague
    Date/Time: Friday September 20, 2019; 4:20 PM
    About the Podcast: A little politics, a little religion, a little sports, a little music, and a lot of fun all on top of some serious self examination.

  • The Jason and Mindy Podcast
    Date/Time: Friday September 20, 2019; 7:00 PM
    About the Podcast: An informative and entertaining break from life’s daily grind.

  • Unapologetic Poetic Show
    Date/Time: Sunday September 22, 2019; 8:00 PM
    About the Podcast: The Unapologetic Poetic Show discusses different topics related to the Black Culture and society. A weekly show is uploaded to keep the Black community abreast and striving towards success.

Sports and Recreation

  • The Armchair Bookers Podcast
    Date/Time: Tuesday September 24, 2019; 10:30 PM
    About the Podcast: The Armchair Bookers Podcast brings to you a weekly episodic wrestling analysis by five avid wrestling fans. The Armchair Bookers Podcast brings you hot button topics, interviews with your favorite (or our favorite, really) names and minds from all walks of the wrestling landscape.
  • Sports Kings NFL Weekly Countdown Show
    Date/Time: Saturday September 28, 2019; 9:00 PM
    About the Podcast: The Sports Kings Podcast with David Ramon, MeanGene “The Sports Machine” and the Sports Queen Dolores Lozano
  • SRB Media Podcasts
    Date/Time: Monday September 23, 2019; 2:50 PM
    About the Podcast: All new podcasts recorded on srbradio.com.
  • JetUp Bleeding Green Podcast
    Date/Time: Wednesday September 25, 2019; 7:00 PM
    About the Podcast: Michael Pallas will bring you the latest news and opinions on the New York Jets every Thursday.The Armchair Bookers Podcast brings to you a weekly episodic wrestling analysis by five avid wrestling fans. The Armchair Bookers Podcast brings you hot button topics, interviews with your favorite (or our favorite, really) names and minds from all walks of the The Armchair Bookers Podcast
    Date/Time: Tuesday September 24, 2019; 10:30 PM
    About the Podcast: The Sports Kings Podcast with David Ramon, MeanGene “The Sports Machine” and the Sports Queen Dolores Lozano
  • Sports Kings NFL Weekly Countdown Show
    Date/Time: Saturday September 28, 2019; 9:00 PM
    About the Podcast: The Sports Kings Podcast with David Ramon, MeanGene “The Sports Machine” and the Sports Queen Dolores Lozano
  • SRB Media Podcasts
    Date/Time: Monday September 23, 2019; 2:50 PM
    About the Podcast: All new podcasts recorded on srbradio.com.
  • JetUp Bleeding Green Podcast
    Date/Time: Wednesday September 25, 2019; 7:00 PM
    About the Podcast: Michael Pallas will bring you the latest news and opinions on the New York Jets every Thursday.

Want your podcast to be featured?  Please send us an e mail to podbeanlive@podbean.com with the following:

• Name of your podcast;
• The link to your scheduled Live podcast;
• Date and Time;
• Clean or Explicit tag;
• A short blurb about your podcast (what is your podcast about?) 

**Please note that with the high volume of podcasts, only podcasts that e-mail us about their live podcast will be featured in this blog.  Deadline for submission each week: 5:00 PM EST Friday.**


Also, please use the hashtag #PodbeanLive when you launch a live podcast and we’ll be sure to retweet it. 

Promote Your LiveStream With Podbean!

Podbean recently announced the release of Podbean Live, our new livestream platform.

Podbean Live, our new livestream platform, has just been beta released for our pre-registered podcasters! Our live streaming podcast service aims to help podcasters easily expand their podcast with live audio shows to further audience interaction and add a new form of monetization.  Best of all, Podbean Live is available to any podcaster for free.  

We would like to announce our Monday livestream podcast highlights!  Every Monday, we will be releasing a blog post highlighting this week’s scheduled live podcasts.  


Want your podcast to be featured?  Please send us an e mail to podbeanlive@podbean.com with the following:
• Name of your podcast;
• The link to your scheduled Live podcast;
• Date and Time of LiveStream;
• Clean or Explicit tag;
• A short blurb about your podcast (what is your podcast about?)
**Please note that with the high volume of podcasts, only podcasts that e-mail us about their live podcast will be featured in this blog.  Deadline for submission each week: 5:00 PM EST Friday.**


We are excited to begin showcasing our Podbean Live users and their upcoming podcasts!  Also, please use the hashtag #PodbeanLive when you launch a live podcast and we’ll be sure to retweet it.

Click here to learn more about Podbean Live.

Effectively Grow Your Community with Wolf 359’s Gabriel Urbina

Click here to listen to “Effectively Grow Your Community with Wolf 359’s Gabriel Urbina”

You can have the most state-of-the-art equipment, the most professional audio processing software, and the best podcast host in the game, but that doesn’t mean anything if your podcast doesn’t get listened to.  You should always create for yourself, make something that you’re proud to go back and listen to at the end of the day, but the biggest draw of podcasting as a medium is the idea that you can share the stories you want to tell with the people around you and interact with them as they experience your content.

No one knows more about the power of listenership and community than Gabriel Urbina, creator and head writer of Wolf 359, Time Bombs, and No Bad Ideas.  During Podcast Movement in Orlando, Florida, we got the chance to sit down and chat about his experience in growing listenership and community.

Best known for Wolf 359 (an audio drama about the dysfunctional crew aboard a space station orbiting the star Wolf 359), Gabriel wasn’t afraid to try new things with his show.  Which meant he wasn’t afraid when those new things fell a little flat.

“It was really completely organic, to the point that we were surprised when it happened, kind of.  Me and Zach Valenti and Sarah Shachat and the other people that worked on Wolf 359, when the show first started, we tried a couple hair-brained experiments.  Like, Oh, we’re gonna do guerilla marketing, we’re gonna get people listening, and it’s gonna be awesome!  And none of it worked.  People left. If anything, people were curious to listen to the show, but now?  No, I’ve been annoyed, I want to leave.

Despite the initial audience of Wolf 359 being on the smaller side, he kept putting his all into his creative team, and his writing.  And when his show finally blew up, it was on the same site that boosted Welcome to Night Vale: the micro-blogging platform Tumblr.

“Kind of in parallel to that, a really amazing, really dedicated, really really attentive and creative and insightful kind of fan community grew up on the Tumblr-sphere . . . and on the Twitter-sphere.  But it all kind of happened around us, and one day somebody told us, “What do you guys think about this conversation that is happening, and we were like, There’s a conversation?” 

Over the course of its four-season run, the show amassed over six million downloads.  At its height, it earned over $3000 per episode via Patreon, and inspired countless artistic exploits including animated trailers, comics, and 3D art.  But no matter how big it grew – or maybe because of how big it grew – Gabriel and the team he’d built to back Wolf 359 kept the heart of the show the same.

“We did a podcast for a year and a half, and we tried our best to make it good.  And everything that happened around that grew out of that. We were making it with this ethos of, “We are doing exactly the show we want to make,” which means we are putting in all the weird things we love, all the quirkiness, all the oddity, and all the wild swings from comedy to heartbreak.  And we really made it with a little bit of this attitude of, well it’s what WE love, you know, it’s made so niche and so tailored for the cast that who knows if anyone else will really jive with it.  It may be too specific to find an audience. But no, it absolutely did find its audience.”

You can check out his site here, where you can learn more about Wolf 359, No Bad Ideas, and his other creative endeavors.  And don’t forget to check out the full interview (recorded at Podcast Movement!) to learn more about what sort of impact community and collaboration can have on your podcast!

Members Only Private Podcast – Enhance Your Memberships

You can further enhance their memberships by creating exclusive a member-only private podcast for your members.  This allows you to continue monetizing your content while you give members even more of what they love. As a new medium to turn to, it can also let your members listen offline, and let you keep track of how your members engage with your content.

1.  How Can I Use Private Podcasting For My Extra Content?

People who consume content love to see extra, behind-the-scenes content  and exclusive content that non-membership having fans don’t have access to.  By offering access to an exclusive members only private podcast, you’re giving your fans more ways to become immersed in your content.  Having members-only exclusive content is also a great way to attract new members.  

You might already have some of this content on hand.  Did you do an interview and write an article that only covered part of it?  Release the entire recording as a podcast episode. Have extra content on a certain topic, or dive deeper on a topic that you’ve covered?  Release it as a podcast episode. Utilize the content that you have on hand and might have cut before, allowing you to make the most of the work that you’ve already done while providing your members with more of the content they enjoy.

2. How Can I Integrate This With My Current Subscriptions?

Your current membership options may have various pricing tiers and rewards (different amounts per month, or tiers for specific time lengths) to choose from, so your members can decide their level of contribution.  With the addition of a members only private podcast, you can give access to different channels for different tiers, with each tier producing its own audio and video content.  

Build your membership podcasts into your existing tiers at certain price points, or have it as its own tier.  By offering it as part of your paid memberships, your members will be willing to pay for a higher tier to access this exclusive content.  

3. What Benefits Are There To Using Audio and Video Formats?

Whether it’s through Apple CarPlay or through the Podbean app on any mobile device, podcasts are mobile by nature and travel in ways that other media can’t.  Your exclusive content can now be experienced and consumed without binding your member to just one task at a time. Choose from audio and video podcasts to ensure that your content is explored and covered in the medium that best suits the topic.  

Podcasting also allows for offline listening.  It’s frustrating to have unreliable internet connections disrupting the engagement of your content, but by allowing your members the option to download and listen offline means that they can access it anywhere without worrying about interruption.  

4. What Podcasting Tools Can I Use To Enhance My Memberships?

With a members only exclusive podcast, you want to ensure that you’re giving them content they’re the most interested in.  With our Engagement Intel tools, see what content your members listen to the most and tailor your content to increase their level of engagement.  This also allows you to see opportunities to improve on content that’s not getting as much interaction as other content.  

You can also set expiration dates on time-sensitive content utilizing tools like Podbean’s Time Bomb service, which allows you to content just for your members for certain periods.  No longer do you have to worry about someone trying to use a coupon or discount code that’s expired – once you’ve set it to expire, the content gets removed.

5. How Can I Keep This Content Members-Only?

Security is a prime concern when it comes to any of your content, let alone your exclusive private podcast.  You want to ensure that only your members get access to your exclusive content in your private podcast – but how do you ensure that access is granted to only them?

SSO (Single Sign On) allows your members to use the same login credentials they use for your other content, so there’s no need to create new passwords or seperate emails.  This ensures that only members you’ve approved can access your exclusive content.

Your members enjoy your content on its own, but there are always ways to increase its impact.  By including an exclusive private podcast for your members, give them something extra to look forward to while giving yourself another way to monetize the content you’ve worked so hard on.

Learn more about creating and publishing your member-exclusive private podcast here!

Podcast Network – Why Should I Start One?

Running many shows involves a lot of moving parts, especially when you’ve decided to turn your collection of shows into a podcast network.  There are added benefits to starting a podcast network – especially when it comes to keeping your content organized and accessible.    

Why You Should Starting a Podcast Network

1. Multiple Channels

With all the shows that are part of your podcast network, you want to make sure that your shows organized in their own place.  Even if you’re very specific on the topics you offer in your network, you still want a way to organize your content so listeners can choose to listen to one particular topic over another.

Utilize different channels for your shows in your podcast network. You allow yourself another schema by which you can keep your shows in line.  This also allows your listeners to tune it to the show they’re looking for. Your listeners won’t have to sort through other topics to find just the episodes they want.  Even if your content is uniform in topic, you can still benefit from organizational tools.

2. Unlimited Storage and Unmetered Bandwidth

You’ve got a lot of content, and you want to make sure that it’s accessible to anyone and everyone.  But that can’t happen with caps on how much storage you have and how much bandwidth you have access to.

Podbean offers unlimited storage and unmetered bandwidth for starting a podcast network. Use as much as you need without worrying about overage fees. Your content won’t get deleted or lose quality as the month progresses.  

3. Dynamic Ad Insertion Tools

With a network, you have sponsors and advertising – you sometimes even run ads for one show on another show for the cross-promotional angle.  But manually going into each episode and inserting your ads can get tedious, and there may be other, more pressing matters at hand that you and your employees need to take care of.

Utilize dynamic ad insertion tools. You can upload your ad, set the time stamp, and have it inserted in all your uploaded episodes.  Or have it set to upload into any episodes as you post them. With something like Podbean’s PodAds service, you can set a start and end date to your advertising campaigns. You can also have different campaigns running alongside each other, monetize your back episodes, and so much more.

4. Find New Sponsors

Sponsorships for your podcast can be extremely beneficial. They can help you monetize (and even cross promote in many cases) your podcasts.  There are elements to finding sponsors that are time-consuming and take your attention away from other elements of producing content.  Often times, sponsorships are negotiated via communication (email, web form submissions, etc). However, there are ways that you can ease this process and be paired with sponsors to help your show.  

By taking advantage of a tool such as Podbean’s Ad Marketplace your podcast network shows are placed at the attention of dozens of different sponsors.  It’s a free, simple way to earn money using Podbean’s platform. Best of all, you can join Podbean’s Ads Marketplace for free.  You are notified when your podcast has been selected for a campaign, but you can also opt out at any time. 

You’ve put a lot of work into your shows, and making the decision to create a podcast network.  By utilizing the tools and services offered, you can take advantage of the benefits and keep your content organized and accessible.

Learn more about podcast networks, and get started on creating your own here!

5 Ways Podcasts In Education Can Enhance Your Learning Environment

By using podcasts for education, you can offer a new learning system that benefits mobile and non-traditional students, while providing long-distance learning opportunities to those that wouldn’t otherwise have them.  It can also provide room for extra content, teaching aids for traveling or otherwise absent teachers, and a new learning style that benefits all learning styles.

People crave knowledge the way they crave a good meal or a warm bed.  From questioning “why the sky is blue?” to “how does centrifugal force work?”, we’re constantly questioning and learning about everything.  Education is a cornerstone of our society, and with the leaps and bounds we’ve made with modern technology, we can rework the way it fits into our lives.

1. Mobility

It’s easy to picture the average college student as someone who goes to campus, attends class all day, and then returns home to study or go to work.  However, According to statistics from the AASCU, nontraditional students were practically the norm – hitting as high as 86% in 2010.  In the past decade, the numbers have shown that older students with careers and families are a huge college campus demographic. 

Even beyond the classroom, people desire knowledge.  In the last ten years, modern mediums such as YouTube channels have highlighted a desire for a mobile, audiovisual solution that can often be devoted to educating everyone on a wide range of topics from sewing and changing tires to astrophysics and complex mathematical theories.  

People aren’t bound to classrooms, so their access to knowledge shouldn’t be either.  By introducing podcasts in education, you provide a mobile way for people to learn, no matter the topic or skill level.  With just a few clicks, they can play and pause at their leisure and let the podcast work with their schedule, instead of trying to work their learning around it.  Options are available for iOS and Android, and allow integration with Alexa devices and Apple Carplay, meaning that your podcast is reachable no matter where your listeners are at.

2. Audio and Video Podcasts

Certain areas of study my benefit from either an audio or video explanation.  There are also people who learn better being shown over just hearing the explanation.  While you try to adapt a teaching style that benefits everyone, there’s always a chance that someone is going to get confused or not properly understand the material.

With video and audio podcast hosting, you can create podcasts for education in the format that best fits the content you’re teaching.  Create content to approach topics from another direction to add nuance and additional material to ensure that any and all students understand the subject.  

3. Philanthropy Opportunities 

Universities, schools, and other educational programs often offer philanthropy and crowd-funding opportunities as a way for their community to give back to a program that provided them with a valuable education.  

Built-in crowdfunding tools such as Podbean’s Patron Program and Premium Podcasts allow listeners to donate to your podcast.  Using these built in crowdfunding tools, you can create a platform to crowdfund special projects that couldn’t be otherwise accomplished.  

4. Cost-Effective Tools 

Educators often find themselves in the situation of wanting to provide the best education with the best tools, but not having the funds to provide for said tools.  Some teachers have even been known to crowdfund for necessary tools like paper, glue, and markers.  

There are various price options for budgets of all shapes and sizes.  No surprise fees means that predictable pricing and works well into cost planning for the school semester or year.  With the added benefit of being able to record straight from the Podbean app, anyone – no matter the time, place, or monetary constraints – can easily record and publish a podcast.   

5. Keeping Track With Private Podcast Options

If you want to make your educational podcasts available only to your students, as well as keep your content sorted and your classes organized, you may want to consider our private podcast solution.  

With our private podcasting solution, you can easily sort students into groups and set access to one channel or multiple according to what classes your students are enrolled in.  Have a student that’s in two of your classes at the same time? Grant them access to both podcast channels at the same time.

Our User Engagement intel can help you gain insight into how your students interact with the content.  You can review your student’s engagement with your podcasts such as plays, replays and where they’re pausing.  With this, see who’s accessing the material and opportunities to expand on topics the class or course may be having trouble with.

Education and knowledge are highly valued, but sometimes there are roadblocks when it comes to going through the educational system in a world full of variables like jobs and families.  But using podcasts for education, you can help ease the roadblocks and let everyone – no matter what they do at home – access the knowledge to move forward in life.

Click here to learn more about integrating podcasts into your educational institutions and programs!

2020 Presidential Candidates’ Podcasts

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Podcasting has made it all the way to the top…the president! Both former and current presidents and presidential candidates are sharing their messages and stories in podcast format.

As the 2020 presidential race heats up, Podbean has put together a list of podcasts from the current presidential candidates. We pulled what we could find from the notable declared candidates, but if you know of others we invite you to contact us to add them to the list. Not all the podcasts are current, so we’ve listed the last episode date for those. We also included a few non-official podcasts covering the specific candidates.

We hope to see more presidential candidates share their messages via podcast, and updating their podcasts from the campaign trail. Of course, you can also find the presidential candidates being interviewed regularly on a wide range of podcasts and tune into podcasts covering the campaigns and elections. We’ll share a future topic with some of those podcast recommendations.

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.

Bernie Sanders

Hear the Bern

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The current podcast by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and campaign press secretary Briahna Joy Gray “about the people, stories, and ideas that are driving this political revolution”.

The Bernie Sanders Show

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Bernie Sanders’ previous podcast, designed to help people “stay informed on the political revolution, our focus in the fight for a progressive agenda and how Bernie and others are fighting back against the Trump administration”.

Donald J. Trump

Donald J Trump Podcast

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The new official podcast of President Donald J. Trump, with commentaries, news insights, interviews, news updates and live recordings from Trump campaign rallies.

Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Biden’s Briefing

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Former Vice President and 2020 Presidential candidate Joe Biden looks to the news across the nation that’s sparking conversation, sharing the articles and opinions that he’s reading and might be of interest to you. Last episode: October 2018.

Cory Booker

Lift Every Voice

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U.S. Senator and 2020 Presidential candidate Cory Booker talks with grassroots activists, stakeholders, and organizers who are overcoming injustices and making positive change in their communities. Lift Every Voice is dedicated to shining a light on overlooked issues of injustice and inequality and sharing inspiring stories of change. Last episode: February 2019.

Podcasts about the Candidates

Pete Buttigieg

Good Guy Pete Buttigieg

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A relatively new podcast following South Bend, Indiana mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on his journey across the nation, from the “South Bend perspective”.

2020 Election: Meet The Candidates

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British host Paul Duddridge wants to talk to every candidate in the 2020 Presidential race. The show features interviews with the candidates and key players, columnists and data analysts.

Trump Watch

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Hosted by Jon Wiener, contributing editor at The Nation, this podcast explores what is happening in Trump’s White House and various opposition perspectives.

The Trump Report Podcast

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A whole show dedicated to focusing on the presidency and the Trump Administration. Join host Christian Bladt for weekly news, announcements and possible scandals surrounding President (and 2020 incumbent candidate) Trump, including news from the campaign trail.

New Apple Podcasts Categories: Updated in Podbean

As you may have heard, Apple Podcasts has announced new podcast categories. You can view the detailed list of updated categories and information from Apple here. Apple will be rolling these out in the coming weeks. Therefore, Podbean has updated the available category options in the Podbean dashboard to reflect these changes in Apple Podcasts.

What do I need to do to update my categories for Apple Podcasts?

Go into your Podbean settings to review your channel category and the full list of options. Log into your Podbean account and go to Settings→”Channel Category”. To change your category, select your preferred category and click the “Update Options” button at the bottom. This will make the appropriate changes to your feed, which will be picked up by Apple and implemented as they do their roll out later.

If you’re starting a new podcast, you can now submit feeds in Podcasts Connect with the updated category values. So, simply follow the normal steps for setting up your podcast and submitting to Apple Podcasts.

Additional categories: You can also go to Settings–>Feed/iTunes and find iTunes: Categories to choose a 2nd and 3rd Apple Podcasts category. Please note as per Apple’s documentation: “Although you can specify more than one category and subcategory in your RSS feed, Apple Podcasts only recognizes the first category and subcategory.”

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Podbean Support team.

Using Private Podcasts For Training and Internal Communication – VMware

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While there’s nothing wrong with newsletters, emails, and group conference calls, some companies like VMWare have taken a step further and implemented internal podcasts for communication and training purposes.  

According to Marty Boyzuck, Director of Enablement Technology Architecture & Design of VMWare, it’s not a new concept.  Out of all the careers he’s had and places he’s worked, several things led him to use private podcasting through audio and video podcasting.

“One was a great experience I had in a past life working, actually, with a group in HP Software, where we had done – and this was many years ago – we had done kind of an internal version of podcasting . . . very manual, very difficult, we weren’t able to leverage ease of publishing and the simplicity that you get on a podcasting platform like Podbean, you had to do it all manually.  We had great success in the field with our audience.  

“And as I moved into the world here at VMWare, we’d been pushing this agenda for many years and finally got the right combination of people who believed in the need for greater and better communication, as well as a little extra budget available for one quarter.  We got to try the pilot and, as expected, it was as successful with the field as we want it to be, and it’s just kind of grown from there.”

VMware creates their podcasts on a quarterly system, according to Marty, to allow for the fact that not everyone can sit down at the same time to listen, especially when employees are traveling or out of the office.  

“Our learning management system and our other communications tools really didn’t have a good offline playback experience available within them.  So as people, especially this technical audience that does a lot of traveling, you know, they’re not able to sit down and take their training or review information when they’re on a plane.  Whereas everyone else loads up some podcasts to have available for their plane ride, you get to enjoy episodes while you’re logging miles. So it was really the fact that we couldn’t deliver the training they were asking for in any other way, other than the podcast-type solution.”

As a leading tech company, one of their biggest concerns was with privacy – after all, they work with enterprise-level operating systems, and even a small leak could be devastating to their entire company.

“Of course this content had to be secure.  So that was the big piece that really drove us to Podbean is that ability to have a SSO-authenticated verification before people are able to download and consume this content.  So it was really driven by the audience themselves.”

His advice for companies that are considering starting their own internal podcasts?

“In my opinion, the key is finding the passionate amateur, the prosumer in the audience that wants to take it to the next level, and give them enough budget to get the Adobe studio, to get a decent microphone and a mixer if you need to, and just show them how to use it.  I think that’s the key to really building up podcast culture and keeping it going, is finding people that really want to take it on, and give them what they need to make it happen.” 

Podcasts are another tool at your disposal to enhance training and communications in your company.  Check out our interview with Marty on Podcasting Smarter. Click here to learn more about utilizing podcasts for corporate training and internal communications.

Keep Your Internal Podcast Secure

Privacy is a major concern no matter who you are, but in the era of data leaks and bot accounts, people are getting more invested in how they secure their information online.  This includes private and internal podcasts. In order to privatize them, you need the necessary level of security to ensure that only the intended users can access your content.

There are different methods of securing your private podcast with varying degrees of privacy and security.  One trivial method of podcast privatizing is scrambling your Feed URL. By scrambling the URL of your episode, the likelihood of a non-intended user discovering and accessing your podcast greatly decreases.  However, while a scrambled URL makes your podcast difficult to discover, it should be noted a scrambled URL does not usually require a username and password to access, therefore making it accessible to anyone who has the link.  As an example, if someone emails and/or texts the scrambled URL to someone outside of the company or posts it online somewhere (forum, social media, etc.), anyone who clicks that link can now access that content.

Furthermore, scrambling the feed URL does not provide a digital footprint back to the person who shared it, so accountability is difficult to enforce. This needs to be a point to consider when thinking about how accessible you want your podcast to be.  

A more secure solution for protecting your private podcast is to have your feed URL accessible only by password and email.  Podbean’s private podcasting solution ensures that your private episodes are truly inaccessible via a public link and needs a username and password to access your content.  Once your private podcast is published, each episode file is moved to secure storage and will require a pair of email and password to access.   

Podbean’s private podcasting solution also allows you to integrate your company’s Single Sign On (SSO) login.  Users can use SSO login to access your private podcast on Podbean Podcast App, your white label App, or your Podbean podcast website.  Podbean’s intuitive interface and powerful admin tools make revoking access to your private podcast as easy as removing the user from your member list.  Once their access is revoked, they can no longer access your content.  

When it comes to private podcasts, you could be using them for a school group, internal communications for a company, or as a private community looking to share information without other people intruding on your content.  By understanding the security and privacy measures that are available to you, you can decide which one works best for your privacy needs.