The Rise of Skywalker Release: Recommended Star Wars Podcasts

The Rise Of Skywalker Podcasts from Podbean
The Rise Of Skywalker Podcasts from Podbean

The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20th. Are you ready?

Star Wars fans might have mixed reviews of the different films, but it’s always exciting when a new one is on the horizon. Our favorite Star Wars podcasts are abuzz with news, commentary and analysis. So, whether you’re a die-hard fan or just have a casual interest, now’s the time to listen up and learn more. Get excited for The Rise of Skywalker and delve back into some Star Wars nostalgia and trivia with our recommended Podbean Star Wars podcasts.

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Recommended Star Wars Podcasts on Podbean

THE NERD ROOM – A STAR WARS, MARVEL, & DC PODCAST

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A weekly podcast bringing you the latest Star Wars, Marvel, and DC news and reviews!

Hyperspace Hangout: A Star Wars Podcast

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A podcast by Star Wars fans, for Star Wars fans!!! To be a part of the show, send your transmissions to HyperspaceHangout@gmail.com | Remember – “traveling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops”

BLUE HARVEST: A STAR WARS PODCAST

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Will and Hawes, two long time friends, unite every week to talk about all things Star Wars.

Rogue Won: A Star Wars Podcast for Winners

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ROGUE WON: A Star Wars podcast for Winners with Johnny Grasso, Hawes Burkhardt

 Tapcaf Transmissions – A Star Wars EU Bookclub

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Reading, discussing and breaking down the books of the Star Wars Legends Expanded Universe

The Bad Motivators: A Malfunctioning Star Wars Podcast

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Three guys with a unique approach to Star Wars news and discussion.

Blah Wars: A Star Wars Podcast

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A Star Wars podcast featuring news, speculation, audio commentaries, debate and banter. Hosted by John Galantini and Jude Gay, with occasional guest presenters Bradie Tippetts and Raj Rajendran.

The Wretched Hive: Star Wars Podcast

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Just five guys talking about Star Wars…and other stuff.

The Contingency Plan: A Star Wars Podcast

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Welcome to The Contingency Plan podcast, a Star Wars literary Podcast. In the coming episodes we will deep dive into the extended universe and discuss all fun rabbit holes along the way. Thanks for joining us, and may the Force be with you! 

Dex’s Diner

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So a Jedi, an Imperial & a smuggler walk into a bar…A new Star Wars podcast hosted by @ksherwood17 @bradtheSWchief & @justsaynotojoe. Follow us on Twitter @DexsDinerPod!!!

 Star Wars Spelt Out Podcast

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Josh Chapman wants to get better at Star Wars, so he is getting people he knows on the mic to podcast and their ideas and stories. Some people know more, some people know less but all that really matters is they have something to say, it’s STAR WARS SPELT OUT.

Knights of Vader – A Star Wars Podcast (for kids)

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Star Wars flavored NPR crossed with COAST TO COAST AM – Objective analysis, passionate debate & unpretentious speculation of all Star Wars media – Join Zack, Zenger and “Force Ghost” Jim as they discuss the many facets of Star Wars!

Children of the Force – a Star Wars podcast

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Children of the Force is a podcast about Star Wars by one adult and his two kids. We discuss news, do reviews, tell jokes and have discussions about all things Star Wars.

Scruffy Looking Podcasters: A Star Wars Podcast

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A stuck-up, half-witted, Star Wars Podcast. 4 scruffy dudes on a weekly podcast covering Star Wars news and speculation. Hosts and avid Star Wars fans James Hebert, Kev Garbett, Chris Hall, and Ed Bosshart discuss Star Wars movies, shows, news, books, and more from their perspectives and have loads of fun doing it. Mature Content.

Podbean Podfest Ticket Giveaway

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PodFest 2020

Podbean is excited to announce we’re giving away 50 tickets to join us at Podfest Expo 2020 in Orlando, Florida! Get a free Creator Pass to one of the hottest podcasting and multimedia events. Learn, get inspired, and grow better together with Podbean and Podfest.

About Podfest:  

Podfest Expo is a community of people who are interested in and passionate about sharing their voice and message with the world through the powerful mediums of audio and video. The conference provides content creators with world-class education, inspiration and ideas, and community and networking.

Podbean supports Podfest as a Gold sponsor and will be live streaming sessions from the conference, along with demonstrating Podbean Live and answering all your questions in the exhibit hall. If you attend, be sure to come by the Podbean table to say hi and pick up some exclusive Podbean conference stickers. They’re fast becoming a favorite podcaster collector’s item!

Apply here for your free Creator Pass. 

Podbean will select the first 50 eligible participants. By entering, you agree to attend Podfest Expo from March 6th-8th in Orlando, FL. Winners are responsible for their own transportation, accommodation, and personal expenses. Podbean will provide one Creator Pass ticket, valued at $299. Once selected, Podbean will email winners with a redemption code.

Follow Podbean on Facebook and Twitter for our latest updates, giveaways and more!

Tips for Live Stream Success

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We’ve gathered some of the best tips from our experiences over the past few months with Podbean Live. Whether you’re thinking about doing a live show or have already started live streaming, these can help you run successful live streams and build a larger, more engaged audience.

Set up your live stream for success

  1. Think of hot topics to cover in your live stream. What topics have you covered on your podcast that most interested listeners (highest # of downloads or most feedback)? What topics have listeners asked for? Is there a hot topic in your industry/niche right now, or a big event, product release, etc.? What’s everyone buzzing about? Is there a popular expert/guest you could have on the live stream? You can also use the live stream to make a big announcement or share some “behind the scenes” or more in-depth information.
  2. Come up with a catchy title. Once you come up with a topic that will be interesting, you need to grab listeners’ attention. Make sure the topic is clear (and easily searchable). Come up with something catchy, but not so clever that listeners won’t understand it or be able to find the live stream if they’re interested in the topic. Speaking of titles, make sure to make your nickname in Podbean Live something recognizable for your podcast, name or brand. On your home page in Podbean, you’ll see your nickname at the top left. Click the edit icon to change it.
  3. Two (or more) voices are better than one. Co-hosts or guests can make the live stream more interesting, and even encourage listeners to tune in. It’s easy for co-hosts, guests, and even listeners to call in using Podbean Live.
  4. Write an outline and prepare. Just because a live stream is a bit more spontaneous doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be well thought out. Don’t waste listeners’ time. Come up with a flow for the live show and come prepared with what you hope to cover. You might want to have extra material and ideas since you are live and things might not go as planned. Be prepared, but adaptable.
  5. Use a microphone and headphones or headset and test your audio equipment. To avoid echoing, ask all callers to use a headset as well. Here’s a video about how to use a USB mic or interface with Mac. Subscribe to the Podbean Youtube channelfor more video tutorials. Podbean also offers webinars to learn more.
  6. Be sure you have a good environment and internet connection. Try to live stream from a quiet environment where you won’t be interrupted. Test your internet connection.

Getting listeners to your live stream

  1. Schedule your live show in advance. Consider what time(s) will be best for listeners (you may even want to ask them/take a survey).
  2. Think about live streaming at a regularly scheduled time. This provides consistency and gets your listeners used to tuning in.
  3. Share your scheduled live stream on all your social media and communication channels. Under “actions” for the live show, you’ll find the share button so you can easily share to social media, via email, etc. And, don’t forget to promote your live shows in your podcast episodes! Ask listeners to follow you in the Podbean app so they will always be notified of new live shows.
  4. Encourage your followers to share too. Podbean’s live stream “engagement score” shows you a measure of how listeners are engaging with the show, and offers listeners ways to support you. One of the ways they can support you is by sharing your shows. Don’t forget to ask them to do so.
  5. Build excitement for your live streams. Don’t just share a link once and be done. Give potential listeners a hint about what will be happening or why they’d want to join. You can even build in suspense, by teasing a special announcement or guest. Ask questions and solicit listener feedback for the live stream in your social media posts.

Make your live stream awesome

  1. Consider integrating music. Podbean Live has built-in music you can use for background, intros, and interludes. Music adds atmosphere and can help with the flow of the live stream.
  2. Interact with your listeners. Thank new listeners for joining. Solicit listener comments and calls. Ask a specific question or for listeners to share an opinion on a topic you’re covering. Do a live listener “poll” or “vote”.
  3. Make it a conversation. Make sure you respond to listener comments (or assign a co-host to do so). Get a few callers on the live stream at once for a group call. Do a Q&A (respond to listener questions, ask listeners to submit questions for your guest).
  4. Minimize use of ads or promotional time in live streams. Especially while you’re building an audience, you may want to leave ads out of the live show. You can always edit ads in if you publish your live show as a podcast episode, or start adding them as you build a larger audience.
  5. Keep up a good pace. Don’t have dead air or bore listeners. This might take some time to hone, but have plenty of backup ideas and keep things moving along. Your live stream does not need to be a particular length, so if you find you don’t have enough content to keep it lively, shorten the time.
  6. Have fun with it. Podcasting is already an intimate medium. Live streaming adds another level to that intimacy and interaction. It’s a wonderful chance to have fun, try out new or more in-depth topics, experiment and create a community atmosphere. You’ll need to be adaptable, as things can change no matter how much you prepare. Have ideas in mind and don’t get stressed out. Listeners do not expect the same level of polish as they would from a podcast episode, but they like seeing your human side. Live shows can make a great blooper reel for a bonus podcast episode!
  7. Gamify it. You can even run contests or little competitions around live streams. Podbean shows listeners the level of support they’re giving to your show, including commenting, sharing, listening and sending gifts. From these actions, you see an engagement score. Take advantage of this gamification and encourage listeners to support you in the ways they prefer. This can make listening even more fun. And, you can also consider doing something such as sending top supporters podcast merch, like a sticker or pin. Or, just give them shout outs on the show.

After you’re done, analyze what worked and what didn’t. Use any listener feedback to improve. Even better, analyze results from a few live streams to test out different variables. Specifically ask listeners if they liked certain things, or if you should try something else.

Think about how you want to use live streaming in conjunction with what you’re doing with your podcast. Live streaming offers a great opportunity for listener engagement and doing new things. Think about how it might further your goals and fit into why you’re doing your podcast.

Learn more about Podbean Live and get started. It’s free and open to all podcasters!

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.

Podcasts in Education - Talking Teaching with Danny Hauger

“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: