The Throughline of True Crime: Josh Hallmark on Empathy, Inverting Genre, and Making The Most of Podcast Advertising

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What does it mean to be human?

That’s not the question Josh Hallmark set out with when he first started his podcast Our Americana.  It probably wasn’t even the question brought up with his following podcasts Playlist or The Karen and Ellen Letters.  But it’s the question he answers in his true crime podcast, True Crime Bullsh**: The Story of Israel Keyes.

He describes it as a “serialized true crime story which looks at serial killer Israel Keyes, but also kind of deconstructs the genre of true crime, and how it affects listeners and people within the true crime community.”

“I was just so fascinated with Israel Keyes and the story of him,” Hallmark says, “and I think it’s a unique story because it kind of like true crime in reverse.  I think we’re used to a victim and a crime and then looking for a killer. And here we have a killer, but we don’t know who his victims were?   And he had this crazy thing with the FBI where they were not going to release his name to the press as long as he was cooperating with them. So it kind of already, as a story, spun the true-crime genre on its head a bit, so I immediately started devouring everything I could about Israel Keyes – which, because of this deal, there wasn’t a lot.”

This podcast is a culmination of three years’ worth of research, investigation, and expert-consulting – three years, he said, that needed to come to fruition.

“Our Americana was just a whim,” he says.  “It was something I was doing just to like, satisfy myself, and then it took off like, ‘Oh, this is great!’ With True Crime Bullsh**, I put so much work and money into it that I just could not let if fail.  So I had to be as proactive as possible.”

Hallmark’s gone down every road he can to raise funds for his show – advertising, merchandise, Patreon, even running booths at conventions to spread the word as much as possible before the show even launched.  But of all the tools at his disposal, he says PodAds helped him do more than raise money – it helped him save time.

“Because I’m one person and I can only do so much – especially producing four shows – is a lot of what I have to rely on is kind of ‘set it and forget it.’  Do as much as I can upfront so that whatever is happening will pay off on its own. And I think PodAds has been phenomenal for that because I get offers to do ad insertion to old episodes, and so I’ve just kind of been like doing my own thing.  And I’ll get notifications saying that someone wants to place an ad in episodes thirteen through seventeen. It’s like, ‘Awesome! All I have to do is click a button, and there’s a new monetization tool that I have done very little work to implement.’   And then the money just shows up and it’s a dream.”

But money isn’t the most important part of podcasting (though it can play a large role).   

“Empathy was really important to me in all of this,” he says, “And also to humanize them because while to us he’s a monster, he had a kid and girlfriends and family members, and great, deep friendships.  And by making him a monster, we’re not humanzing those people, and the experiences they had with him. I think that’s so critical in creating empathy for other criminals’ families.  

“And what happened to his family after his arrest is one of the most heart-breaking stories I’ve ever heard, and that to me became kind of the throughline for this whole story.  Just like, this is not just about the killer and his victims. It is equally as important, but it’s more than just that beat of crime, victim, criminal.”  

True Crime Bullsh** stands out from the other rising true crime podcasts not just because of the choice of topic, but because of the choice of direction.  It can be easy to forget that everyone – from the killers to the victims to family members and bystanders – has a life, has emotions, exists as a person beyond just being a name in a story.  Josh Hallmark makes you see that they’re just people, much like anyone else is, even if they’re surrounded by circumstances as bizarre and heart-breaking and these.  

What does it mean to be human?  Check out True Crime Bullsh** and discover the answer for yourself.  

About The Author
By day, a marketing writer for Podbean. By night, surrounded by eclectic projects like stop-motion puppets, half-knit sweaters, and a violin that won’t learn to play itself. Certified Fresh(c) by both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in English.

How To Review Your Spotify Podcast Statistics

Since Spotify began including podcasts on their platform, podcast listening has booomed there. With changes to their app to highlight podcasts, you can expect Spotify will continue to be an important player in podcasting. Podbean and most podcast hosting companies developed partnerships with Spotify, meaning you can submit your podcast to Spotify directly through your hosting company.

Learn more about submitting your podcast to various directories and other best practices for promoting your podcast.

Podbean podcast hosting makes it easy to get your podcast out to the world. Start your podcast for free.

Spotify Download Statistics

If you submitted via your podcast hosting company, you will typically get some Spotify stats in your hosting dashboard.

Podbean was selected to be part of Spotify’s passthrough program, which means your content is fed to Spotify via your RSS feed much like most podcatchers. This offers a few benefits to podcasters, including Spotify statistics being measured and displayed in the same fashion as other downloads. Here’s more on viewing your Spotify Statistics in Podbean.

In Podbean stats, you can view sources of downloads, including Spotify, under “user agents”.

More Show Analytics in Spotify for Creators

Spotify also provides direct access to their Spotify-specific performance statistics. You will need to open a Spotify account if you don’t already have one (can be created for free on www.spotify.com/us/signup/) and follow the steps below to verify your show(s).

  1. Log into Spotify for Podcasters.
    This will be connected to a Spotify account, so please make sure you are logging in with the account you want to be associated with your podcast
  2. Click on the “Add Your Podcast” link on the side bar.
  3. Add the RSS feed for your podcast that is already on Spotify.
  4. Verify that you own the podcast.
    Spotify will send a verification code to the email address in the RSS feed so check that email for your code.
  5. Type in the verification code.
  6. ID additional metadata associated with your podcast (country, language, categories).
  7. Press Submit. You will then have access to the Spotify analytics for this podcast here, along with your download statistics in your hosting platform.

You will be able to gain access to multiple individual podcasts via this feature. Similarly, the rest of your podcast team can access the statistics for specific podcasts as well, as long as they have access to the email address in the RSS feed.

For questions about creator show verification or Spotify analytics, contact Spotify’s support team at podcasters-support@spotify.com. You can also visit Podbean’s Help Center for tutorials, FAQs and to reach our Support team.

Podcasts for All Elite Wrestling

Many professional wrestling fans have been pining for an alternative product. For many, All Elite Wrestling is shaping up to be that change. Following up their record breaking sell out crowd performances All In and Double or Nothing, their upcoming event Fight For The Fallen is free for United States viewers through Bleacher Report with a stacked card with names such as The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Cody and Dustin Rhodes and the recently debuting Jon Moxley.

In honor of the upcoming Fight For The Fallen event on July 13, 2019, Podbean has selected some podcasts that cover all walks of the professional wrestling landscape. The following podcasts cover the various weekly and monthly promotions such as WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), AEW (All Elite Wrestling), NJPW (New Japan Pro Wrestling), Impact Wrestling, ROH (Ring Of Honor) and others, as well as interview various talents in the wrestling community.

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.

Solomonster Sounds Off

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Established in November 2007, Solomonster Sounds Off is a weekly podcast talking all things pro wrestling. Hosted and produced by Jason Solomon, a fan of nearly 30 years, the show takes a humorous, no-nonsense approach to the biggest stories in wrestling with a mix of breaking news, recaps and analysis, listener Q&A and the popular BUY OR SELL segment. In addition, Jason has had the pleasure of interviewing WWE Hall of Famers and legendary performers, including John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Shawn Michaels, Kurt Angle, Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles, Bobby Roode, Rob Van Dam, “Diamond” Dallas Page, Booker T, Edge, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard, Demolition, Jim Ross, Mean Gene Okerlund, Tony Schiavone, Bill Apter, Billy Gunn, Bob Holly, ROH champion Jay Lethal, Lucha Underground’s Catrina and many more.
Post Wrestling
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John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE Raw, SmackDown, NJPW, ROH, UFC and discuss the latest in pro wrestling news. New shows Tuesdays, Wednesdays and usually more.
What’s Wrong With Wrestling? WWE Recap show
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Andrew, Joe, and Eric host a satirical show about all things wrestling. The guys recap Raw and SmackDown, cover breaking news, rumors, play trivia and answer fan questions. “What’s Wrong With Wrestling?” was also nominated for a Webby Award in 2017 for “Best Recap” in the podcast category. New episodes air every Wednesday morning.
The Major Wrestling Figure Podcast
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Join Matt Cardona (WWE Superstar Zack Ryder) and Brian Myers (WWE Superstar Curt Hawkins) as they talk about one of their favorite hobbies, collecting wrestling toys! Each week listen to two members of Mattel’s “Elite Squad” chat about the latest news, upcoming releases, toy history, vintage collecting and much more!
The Armchair Bookers Podcast
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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 (Marty The Moth, The Bullet Club’s Bad Luck Fale, Gino Gambino and Chase Owens , Ref Aubrey Edwards, Casanova Valentine, Rory Gulak and Noelle Foley to name a few) names and minds from all walks of the professional wrestling industry, as well as rebookings, wrestlers of the week and more. The Armchair Bookers Podcast also brings you the most current news and events in big league wrestling and wrestling in the tri-state area.

Smart Wrestling Fan
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Smart Wrestling Fan was created by Joe Negron back in 2005. That’s all. Go have fun. Please.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents
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A lively discussion about the world of pro wrestling, hosted by Pro Wrestling Illustrated Senior Writers Al Castle and Dan Murphy

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Pro Wrestling LookBack Podcast is an opinion based pro wrestling talk show on YouTube. At The Pro Wrestling LookBack, we LookBack, breakdown & discuss Pro Wrestling events from the past. In addition to looking back at old wrestling events. We also cover most major events in current day pro wrestling. As stated PWLB is an opinion based show, our goal to deliver the perspective of Canadian fans that love professional wrestling.

Working Smart As Well As Hard: Dr. Scott Cooper on Local Sponsors, History as a Story, and His Experience with PodAds

When Dr. Scott Cooper sits to record his podcast, he’s surrounded by an eclectic collection of odds and ends in his office-turned-recording studio.  Such items include: a 1980s bathroom condom machine he restored, skeletons (though he assured us they’re not human), smoking memorabilia (including packs of cigarettes from the 1940s), and – one of the strangest things yet – a saw he almost cut his leg off with.

“It still has blood on it,” he says.  “I engraved it with the date and the time, and I hung it on the wall.”

Not every item in his office has such a morbid history to it, but that doesn’t mean they have no history altogether.  Quite the contrary. Every item has an era attached to it, a memory or a meaning that brings his collection to a new light.  You definitely don’t have to be a history buff like Scott to appreciate the antiquity on his shelves. But if there’s one thing that’ll get you on track to being one, it’s his podcast.

Every-Day History

Cooper records multiple episodes of his podcast History of Every Day at a time.  He has to, really – when he’s not working on his podcast, quite a bit of his time is devoted to teaching people about history.

“I actually work with several different schools.  I’m an adjunct professor for three different universities, and during the day I’m a full-time high school history teacher.  I’m a busy guy! I don’t sleep much, and I get a lot done. Let’s put it that way. And the nice thing about being able to record and not sleep is I can record an entire month’s worth of daily podcasts in one evening and then schedule them out.”

His podcast started small, in the same desire that sees him in all these teaching positions: to share his knowledge and love of history with the people around him.

“I’ve always wanted to do a podcast.  It just seemed second-nature to me, to get in and say, ‘You know what?  I talk about history every day, I teach history every day, and to be able to talk about what happened on this day in history?’  Because people always asked me before, “Hey, what’s the special date today? Is it National Frankfurter Day?”  And I was able to come up with that off the top of my head, so it just kinda fit hand-in-hand to be able to do that in a podcast format.”

Not only is he sharing his podcast around town, it’s been implemented by other schools and other teachers as a learning aid.  Classrooms coast-to-coast use his daily podcast as a way to introduce the day’s topic and kickstart their students’ ability to get into the subject.

“I get emails from time to time from schools around the country that listen to my podcast as a bellringer, so they start the day off with that in history class.  They say, ‘Let’s talk about what happened on this day in history,’ and since it’s so short, it really gives the students an overview. There’s a lot of schools out there that will use this as a two-minute ‘Let’s warm up, this is what I’m gonna play’, just to get you in the mode of ‘let’s talk about history now”.”  

The irony of it all?

“I hated history in high school!  Hated it, as most people did.  Just, truly disliked history.  I cannot stand the old-school history teachers (there’s still some out there!) that will talk for two hours, and then have you regurgitate exactly what they talked about.  I was actually in the corporate world for a while before I got into education. And just kinda fell in love with history when I started to realize that I have the gift for gab and I have a story-telling ability.  So when I talk about history . . . I tell all my classes this: history is not something you memorize, it’s a story.”

Advertising

With a big, wide-spread podcast like History of Every Day, there’s got to be some options for monetization – right?  

“I have received a few advertisements, some things from different organizations that recorded their own [ads] and threw them in there.  It’s not much money, but it’s interesting to see what people want to advertise. Some of them were pretty local. One of them was very local – they only wanted to pay if it was in like, a one square mile area of where they were at . . .  One of them was the university, which was kind of nice.”

The university being, of course, Indiana University, in his home town of Bloomington.  Cooper describes it as an oasis in the corn-filled state of Indiana, a place to slide on some Birkenstocks and those 80’s knit ponchos and just enjoy the scenery.  (This also happens to be a university famed for quite a few alumni, including the best-selling author Suzanne Collins, but that’s a whole different talk for another time.)  

As of the time of the interview Cooper currently runs his intro through PodAds, using the dynamic ad-insertion service as a way to introduce his episodes.  Not only does it give him more time to focus on teaching and recording, it also gives him an example of how he’d insert his ads to show future sponsors.

“What I do is I have an intro that I put in there that I use for my pre-podcast, a fifteen to twenty-second spot that I recorded.  I will use that also when I do go out and get some advertisements for people to listen to, I always point them to my intro, which is just where I talk about what I do and all that.  You gotta be creative.”

History of Every Day currently has 364 episodes (almost the full year!), with over a hundred-thousand downloads.  It exists as a reminder that every day has a chunk of history attached to it, and that there’s always a little time to learn something new.  So if you’re looking for some cool history to impress your family and friends, Dr. Cooper’s podcast is one of the best ways to go.

Check out The History Of Every Day on Social Media
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HistoryHereNow
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/historyofeveryday

About The Author
By day, a marketing writer for Podbean. By night, surrounded by eclectic projects like stop-motion puppets, half-knit sweaters, and a violin that won’t learn to play itself. Certified Fresh(c) by both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in English.

Internal Communication Podcast – Keeping Your Team In The Know

Information moves quicker than ever, and so does your workforce.  More and more people are working remotely, or traveling city to city and state to state for conferences and conventions – which means they can’t just jog over to the boss’s office and ask a question.  While phone calls and emails can get the job done, it’s time-consuming to make call after call or CC everyone in an email.

What if there was a way to keep your team informed while cutting down on time spent on phone calls and emails?  What if there was a way to lead your team, no matter how far away they were?

Podcasts for internal communication through Podbean mean that the most up-to-date info is in the palm of your workforce’s hands at all times.  Not only is it a time-saving way to provide corporate training materials and internal communication, it remains accessible in ways that phone calls and emails might not be.  Your information can be paused and replayed, and works as a resource your team can turn to whenever they need help, have questions, or need to refresh their memory on company data.

Internal communication podcasts also allow you to know who’s listening to your corporate training materials.  The analytical tools show you who’s playing what episode and if they pause, replay, or skip any parts of the podcast.  Making sure your team is trained and knowledgeable is one of your top priorities. Now you can pinpoint what skills a team member might have an opportunity to develop, or if they’re receiving the training they’re supposed to be getting.  

Security is another one of your top priorities.  From the Single Sign-On (SSO) service that allows your team to sign in with the secure login they already use to private podcasts protected with encryption software, you get to decide who has access to your internal communications and corporate training materials.  Add and sort employees as your company grows to make sure they get access to the correct internal communication podcast.

From marketing to sales to accounting to administration, you’ve got a lot of information to share across your company.  Using the Groups feature, sort your information, training, and other internal communication with different podcast channels.  Set group access to just one or two channels, or to every channel, to ensure that everyone is getting the proper, laser-targeted training they need.  

Information is always moving, always changing.  By using podcasts for internal communication, not only can you keep up, you can make sure your team can, too.  

Click here for a free trial of Podbean’s services and learn more about corporate podcasting and internal communications solutions.

Corporate Training Podcast- 5 Ways To Make It Work For You

You’ve got a fantastic tool – a podcast for corporate training. Even with this modern medium, there are ways to pump up your training materials and make sure they’re heard by everyone who needs to hear it. Here are five ways to make your podcast work harder for you.

1. Use what you’ve got on hand.

Training isn’t new in the corporate setting.  There’s always a seminar to attend, a conference to fly to, internal panels or forums to participate in.  And with the way life goes, you’re always going to have a team member that gets sick, or can’t go, or has an appointment that means they can’t attend or participate.  

That doesn’t mean your information and corporate training have to go from a full-tilt to a screeching halt.

Podcasts are ready-made for consumption on the go and on-demand, and it takes no work at all to turn recordings of corporate training, seminars, and internal panels/forms into podcast episodes.  So not only will the information you need to spread exist in a form the attendees can access and check, it allows your traveling team members to access corporate training materials they wouldn’t have been able to before.

2. Use a secure log-in feature.

Security should always be your first major concern.  You’re using a media format that is widely accessible, but the last thing you want is Joe Somebody listening to your company’s podcast.  But you’ve already got a trusted security company handling your log-ins and technology – how can that work with your podcast?

With SSO (Single Sign-On) login service, incorporate the sign-in service you already use into your corporate training podcast.  Let your team members use the same email and password they use for work, and know that your content sits secure and accessible while cutting down on password-juggling.  

3. Let your team members submit content.

As much as you want to do everything yourself, sometimes a little help from the group can go a long way – especially when it comes to something as expansive as a communications podcast.  Why not let a few members of your team submit content to your corporate training podcast?

With the tiered admins, delegate roles to your podcast team.  Let your contributors submit their content while channel admins approve it for publication or dole out some edits.  Let your admin oversee and manage all your channels (second only to you as the corporate admin). With everyone chipping in and making it a group effort, your corporate training podcast functions as more than just a training tool: it’s a collaborative effort that has your team working together to improve how everyone learns.

4. Set groups and organize podcast access.

You’ve got a large team with multiple branches.  The training that applies to your design team won’t benefit your marketing team.  And trying to sort accessibility by individual names can be arduous and is just asking for a mix-up to happen.

Look no further than the handy Groups feature!  Sort your team members into groups, and set access to your corporate training podcast in batches instead of by name.  Want your head of marketing to have access to both the marketing podcast and the design podcast? Members can be part of multiple groups as easily as they’re part of one – no extra hassle to put their names in multiple places or have multiple points of access.  

5. Use engagement intel to analyze participation with your content.

So you’ve made you podcast, you’ve got your team members securely signed in and listening to their selected podcasts, you’ve got them submitting content for your approval (or the approval of someone you’ve chosen to approve these sorts of things!), and now you’re wondering what to do next.  Your podcast is out in the world – what do you do?

Monitor how your team members engage with it, that’s what!

With the comprehensive engagement analytics, see how your team members interact with your corporate training podcast.  Where they pause, where they rewind, what section they replay. Get an insight as to who’s listening for how long, and what material gets more attention.  This is your chance to fine-tune your podcast, to make targeted changes and improvements, and cater to the attention and learning style of your team members.

Your corporate training podcast is already the best tool in your shop when it comes to long-distance and on-the-go learning.  But with this list, you can fine-tune and sharpen that tool to make it even better. To learn more about Podbean’s corporate training tools, check out our corporate training solution website here.

Podcast Advertising – How It Works In 2019

Mack Weldon, a company that specializes in men’s socks, underwear, and shirts, spends 25% of their monthly ad budget on podcast advertising.  Why?

Because they doubled their sales with a singular ad on the comedy podcast Comedy, Bang! Bang!  

That’s right.  Doubled.

The ad itself is a live read during one of their shows, and featured Collin Willardson (Mack Weldon’s marketing manager) playing as an underwear model while comedian Paul F. Tompkins pretended to be a Mack Weldon executive and poked fun and teased him.  The live read is over seven minutes long, but despite its length, it sent listeners in droves to the Mack Weldon website.

So now a quarter of their monthly budget goes to podcast advertising.  They still use visual ads, of course, but there’s an added facet that drives them to continue to use it – including the lack of competition for attention during the ad slot itself.

“We paid for native and display ads on online publications before, but we found that readers could easily get distracted by 48 things on the homepage,” says Willardson.

But monetization has more effects than just hyping up the person who is sponsoring you.  Take a look at the popular sci-fi radio-drama podcast Wolf 359.  At its height, it was pulling in $3,500 a month (enough to pay its voice-acting crew and pay for the studio space), but by monetizing their podcast they were also able to grow as a people beyond their podcast.  “I’ve gotten some of my best paid voiceover gigs because someone knew my name,” says Zach Valenti, one of the main voice actors for the show.  Even Welcome to Night Vale, one of the longest-running sci-fi podcasts, started as three guys recording with Audacity in someone’s apartment and grew to a show that tours internationally through the power of podcast advertising and monetization.

There are millions of reasons to monetize your podcast, but that should never be the question.  Your question should be, “What can I do to make sure my advertising is as beneficial as possible?”

At A Glance

In its current state, podcast advertising is a market that can only grow.  According to a study done by WARC data, spending is expected to increase to 1.6 billion dollars by 2022 if it keeps track with its yearly 4.5% growth from 2018 to 2019.  Compared to 2017-2018’s growth of a mere 1.9%, it’s clear that it is profitable enough to have advertisers and sponsors make more room for it in their budget.

Podcast advertising adspend and share of audio, US millions, current prices

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But what are the listener’s opinions?  1 out of 3 people listen to podcasts worldwide, with varying degrees of the same stat across generational lines.  And most listeners have stated that they’ve taken some form of action after hearing podcast advertising, from purchasing or investigating a product to reaching and following a brand on social media.  The podcast as a medium is changing how people consume and interact with content, and that extends out to how they consume and interact with the advertising.

As stated before, it should never be a question as to why you should consider this – monetization is its own reward, after all – but what is the best way to do it?  It is, after all, another level of responsibility beyond just producing your podcast, and you’d hate to put in a whole lot of work just to find out that there might’ve been a different path to take.

Thankfully, that’s where this article comes in.

Finding an advertiser

One of the first steps to advertising is to find someone to advertise on your podcast.  There are two main routes to go for when it comes to podcast advertising: you can either find a sponsor on your own, or you can have your hosting website help you find advertising.

The one that’s easiest for newcomers would be to have your host site help you find the advertising.  Hosting sites like Podbean offer something akin to an ads marketplace, where you can opt in to the service and have the ads inserted at points in your audio preselected by you.  There is a cost, but it’s usually just a cut of the generated ad revenue, so at no point will you be in the negative for running podcast advertising.

The next option would be to search for sponsors on your own.  This is generally more intensive than joining ad marketplaces through your podcast hosting site, but it allows you more freedom in how you want to run your ads.  The best way to go about this is to take a look at podcasts that discuss the same topics you do and see who’s advertising with them. Chances are, they’d be ready and willing to sponsor your show as well.  

With your own sponsor, you’ll have to figure out how you’d like to insert your ads.  You can either read them organically during your recording of your audio, or you can dynamically insert them after the recording.  Dynamic insertion is discussed later in the article.

How does podcast advertising work?

Podcast advertising can run in three different spots in your content: preroll (before your audio plays), postroll (after your audio plays), and midroll (a set point during your content).

Preroll and postroll audio sort of run the same route, and tend to run 15-30 seconds on average.  Midroll ads, on the other hand, run 30-90 seconds on average, and have the added benefit of letting control how the ad flows in your content.  Not to imply that you can’t control the flow of your preroll or postroll ads, or that the flow is automatically there if you choose to to insert your ads at the midroll point, but there are unique opportunities that make the midroll ad a more desirable slot for advertisers and sponsors.

In fact, that spot is so desirable that the industry standard pay for a midroll slot is about $25-$50 per CPM, while the standard industry pay for preroll and postroll ads runs about $18-$25.  Not solely because it’s longer, but because it has the chance to be more smoothly inserted in your content to explain its story and invite a call-to-action that’s less rushed than the preroll and postroll slots.  

Quick sidenote: what’s CPM?  CPM is basically advertising slang for 1000 downloads or impressions.  So when a sponsor offers a 40-second midroll slot for $35 per CPM, that’s $35 paid to you for every 1000 downloads or plays of the content that the ad plays in.  So if your podcast episode gets a solid 2000 plays and has just the one ad, that’s $70 for that ad for that episode.

This could also include if your content is downloaded and only partially played through.  Studies show that the majority of people finish a podcast episode they start, so it might not be something to worry about, but if for any reason they episode only partially plays it still counts towards that CPM.  

How to manage your ad campaign and insert your ads

Your advertisers will pay for campaigns that run a specific length – say, for eight episodes, or for all the episodes of a two-month period.  There are different ways to insert your ads, but the two main ways to do it would either be dynamic insertion or host-read.

Host-read advertising is recorded inside the content at the same time as the podcast.  It’s incorporated into the script to match the same tone and flow as the episode, and works in the same way as Mack Weldon’s ad in Comedy, Bang! Bang!  The downfall is that the content is permanently part of the content, and can’t be switched out or removed as the episode ages.  This could lead to confusion with listeners over deals, promos, or discount codes offered.

Dynamically-inserted ads can be read/recorded by the host, but they differ in that you can insert them after they’ve already been uploaded to your host website.  You preset specific times for the ads to be inserted, or even insert the ads as you upload the episode. This allows you to change the ads as the episode ages, or even monetize your back episodes.  This option works best for those who have their own sponsors found outside of the ad marketplaces within hosting sites, or for podcast networks that wish to cross-promote across multiple channels.

There is also a chance that your chosen hosting site might charge a fee for dynamically inserting the ads, but they’re usually minimal and take from the money per CPM the ad is paying.  (Podbean, for example, only asks for $1 per CPM for the dynamic ad insertion.)

Preparing your podcast for ads

Even if you don’t plan on monetizing your podcast tomorrow, it bodes well to plan on doing it at some point in the future.  Not only does it give you the chance to practice how you want to prepare for your episodes, it gives you the option to monetize your back episodes.  You will already have done the footwork of making sure there’s a specific spot to insert the ad, so when the time comes all you have to do is opt it in for dynamic insertion, or manually insert the ad.

The best way to prepare your podcast for advertising is to keep in mind where the natural breaks of your content lie, and to make sure you’re not cutting your content in a way to make it sound disjointed upon playback with the podcast ads.  By giving yourself that clear break, and making sure it’s clean and doesn’t cut off any speech in your audio, you make that episode a good candidate for monetization in the future.

Ten years ago, five years ago, even one year ago, podcast advertising was a mere shadow of what it is now.  It’s ever-growing, ever-increasing in leaps and bounds. Willardson of Mack Weldon even said that this 25% they now spend each month on podcast advertising is 100 times what they spent this time last year.  It’s changing the way people think of advertising and marketing, and how they tell the story behind their services and products. And it can change the way you think about your podcast.

With podcast advertising and monetization, you can turn your podcast into something that supports itself and in time, supports you – in more ways than one.  

Podcasts to Celebrate Pride Month 2019

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Pride Month is celebrated each year in June. All over the world, various events are held during the month as a way of recognizing the influence LGBTQ+ people have had around the world. June was chosen to mark the historic Stonewall Riots that happened in 1969. These riots were prompted by a raid that took place during the early morning, at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. The LGBT community held a series of demonstrations to protest the raid and calling for the establishment of places that gays and lesbians could go and safely be open about their sexual orientation.

Since that time, much has changed. Yet, along with the celebration, Pride month is an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise awareness of the continued/current issues facing the community.

In honor of Pride Month 2019, Podbean has selected some podcasts representing diverse voices. Some of these podcasts explore intimate coming-out stories and may discuss topics like commitment and relationships, talking to family members, and dealing with bias. Others address viewpoints on gender equality and gay marriage, while a few of the podcasts just have fun and laugh at the latest pop culture trends or explore life.

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.

Podcasts Celebrating Pride Month 2019: Diverse Voices and Views

LeGaL LGBT Podcast

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Featuring lively discussion of the latest legal news affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community here and abroad. Interviews with LGBTQ lawyers, policy wonks and activists. Our monthly LGBT Law Notes episode with Professor Art Leonard digs into three of the most important new LGBT civil rights rulings. Eric Lesh, executive director of the LGBT Bar of NY hosts.

Gayish Podcast

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Nominated for Best LGBT Podcast, we break down one gay stereotype in each episode.

Your Queer Story: An LGBT Podcast

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Learn about queer history and the stories of the LGBT community with your hosts Evan Jones & Paul Hobbs.

Out Loud: LGBT Stories of Faith

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LGBTQIA+ individuals tell their stories about faith, community, and the divine, hosted by Greg Thompson.

Lez Represent Podcast

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Hello everyone, welcome to the Lez Represent Podcast. A podcast about all things lady loving queer, LGBT representation, and everyday stories from the queer community. Because who best represents you than you. Follow us on Twitter!

Making Gay History

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Intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history brought to you from rare archival interviews.

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BFF Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are super queer, super fun and ready to take over your podcast feed. Join them for provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today. Because everyone’s a little bit gay. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Snap Judgment, On the Media, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin and many others. © WNYC Studios

LGBTQ&A

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LGBTQ&A (recommended by The New York Times) documents modern queer and trans history. This weekly interview podcast from The Advocate gets beyond transition and coming out stories in order to get to know each person’s defining moments, their accomplishments, and how they got to where they are today. LGBTQ&A is hosted and created by Jeffrey Masters. This show is moving to Luminary! For more, go to LuminaryPodcasts.com.

Homophilia

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Hosts Dave Holmes and Matt McConkey grill LGBT celebrities on what they’re loving, and who they’re loving. This queer comedy party celebrates pop culture obsessions and interrogates guests on their personal experiences with dating, sex and love.

Throwing Shade

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Throwing Shade is the political comedy podcast hosted by Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi who deliver their fresh takes on pop culture, women’s rights, and LGBT rights with hilarity and vulgarity. Spend your Thursdays with the podcast called “the perfect combination of silly, intelligent, cynical and charming” by Entertainment Weekly and “Oprah’s #1 pick” by an iTunes reviewer who is not Oprah.

The Sewers of Paris

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Revealing stories about the books, movies, tv, music and more that have changed the lives of gay men. Each week, a guest plucks a piece of entertainment from their past, and answers the question: how did it change your life?

RuPaul: What’s The Tee with Michelle Visage

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In this podcast RuPaul and his cohost Michelle Visage discuss pop culture, advice, beauty advice and behind the scenes of their hit show, RuPaul’s Drag Race.

HOMOGROUND – queer music radio (LGBTQ)

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Your ultimate source for queer music, spotlighting queer (LGBTQIA) musicians and bands. The podcast was created to bring exposure & access to non-mainstream bands, especially those in isolated communities. We are building a network of queer musicians & music lovers. www.homoground.com

QUEERY with Cameron Esposito

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Sit in on an hour long-conversation between host and standup comic, Cameron Esposito, and some of the brightest luminaries in the LGBTQ+ family. QUEERY explores individual stories of identity, personality and the shifting cultural matrix around gender, sexuality and civil rights.