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.

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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.

Top Podbean True Crime Podcasts

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A Selection of Podbean Podcasts for True Crime Fans

True crime fans rejoice! The unparalleled worldwide success of true crime podcast Serial has spurred a continued boom in similar podcasts. Along with the overall growth in podcast listening, true crime podcasts lead the way as some of the most downloaded podcasts.

What makes true crime podcasts so popular?

True crime, like many other types of podcasts, really comes down to compelling storytelling. True crime brings in elements of suspense, mystery, psychology, law and more. The stories we hear in true crime may at times be horrific, but they are also stories of human nature in all its diversity. The stories cut across culture and time.

You can now find a huge range of crime podcasts, from deep investigative journalism of unsolved cases to true crime comedy. Podcasters have created some specific to place (for example, our list below includes a couple of podcasts focused on Canadian crimes and one from the U.S. south), covering one type of crime, or an aspect of crime such as psychology and profiling. Others tie in movies or pop culture based on true crimes.

Whatever you like, there’s a podcast out there for you. Even podcast listeners who don’t consider themselves true crime fans may just get hooked with all these options.

Check out Podbean’s pick of some of the best podcasts for true crime fans from our Podbean family of podcasts:

True Crime Garage

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Each week Nic & The Captain get in the garage and talk true crime and drink beer.

True Crime Guys

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True crime with two Sin City smart-asses. We dissect compelling crimes, everything from small happenings to the worlds most notorious killers. Interesting conversation and speculation as well as the occasional of-the-wall theory, is sure to ensue.

Bloody Murder – A True Crime Podcast

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2019 Finalist Best Independent True Crime & 2019 Finalist Popular Vote – Australian Podcast Awards. Barney Black and Tara Sariban discuss the dark details of lesser know true crime stories from Australia and around the world. As avid listeners of true crime podcasts they aim to add to the conversation by talking about murders that haven’t been done to death on other shows. Their humor comes from some rather unusual places but never at the expense of the victims or their families.

True Crime and Mysteries

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True Crime and Mysteries is a podcast investigating missing persons cases and bringing awareness to them.

36 Times- Canadian True Crime

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A podcast featuring all things criminally Canadian, as told by two ladies. New episodes biweekly!

True Crime Story Time

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True Crime Story Time Podcast, bringing you all things true crime. Because every story has a message…

Bless this Mess: A Southern True Crime Podcast

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Podcast covering murder, mystery, and mayhem with a southern twist!

Texas True Terrors Podcast

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Podcast comparing Texas movies and the true crimes they are based on.

Nordic True Crime

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Nordic True Crime is a bi-weekly podcast covering a wide range of real crimes from the dark and frozen countries of northern Europe.

Going West: True Crime

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Heath and Daphne discuss haunting details of different disappearance and murder cases week by week.

Profile Matters: True Crime, and Psychology

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Profile matters is a podcast that covers a wide range of things from crimes and psychology, we interview doctors, criminal profilers, detectives, authors, and even killers, our podcast is for research and educational purposes.

Murderific True Crime Podcast

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Hosted by Bern from the state of Maine, USA, topics include serial killers, mass murderers, unsolved cases and the missing. EXECUTING PODCASTS ONE CRIME AT A TIME.

Secrets True Crime

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Serial podcast about the disappearance of Susan Osborne and her 14-year-old son, Evan Chartrand.

Our True Crime Podcast

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This podcast focuses on bizzare, lesser known crime cases from around the globe delivered with respect, a bit of humor and a smidge of song. Everything you’ve come to love from Jen and Cam.

This is Not a Dream: A True Crime Podcast

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True crime lovers Joy and Heather bring you stories of real life nightmares

Based on a True Crime

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BASED ON A TRUE CRIME is a podcast where Chelsea’s love of true crime and David’s love of horror movies intersect.

True Crime Girls

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Partners in True Crime

Murder, Myth & Mystery

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3 friends get together to talk about their favorite subjects: Murder, Myth & Mystery.

Murder Was The Case

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Criminologist Lee Mellor discusses the darkest, most perverse, bestial crimes known to man. You can’t handle it. Tap out now.

This Is Murder Podcast

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Aphrodite Jones and Jessie Buttafuoco look death in the eye with a no-holds-barred attitude and a side of dark humor. Listener discretion is advised.

Yours in Murder

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Investigative podcast: After 40 years of secrets, a celebrated Southern city is reckoning with its dark past.

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

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

Hometown Murder Tour Podcast

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Two Friends. One Car. True Crime.

Murder She Taped

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A podcast dedicated to giving you your weekly fix of Canadian true crimes. This podcast is hosted by two home-grown Canadian friends: Tay, and Nikki.

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Podcasts for Summer

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What does summer bring to mind? Perhaps you think of school holidays, lazy days by the pool or beach, road trips and adventure. Your summer may not be all ice cream and sunshine, but we’ve put together a sampling of podcasts to enjoy whether you’re relaxing on the beach or fantasizing about it while commuting to work. Hopefully, these podcasts will transport you to another place or serve as a “beach read” for your ears.

These podcasts aren’t necessarily safe for little ears, so check out our Family-Friendly Podcasts for Road Trips if you want something for the whole family. We’ve included a few different categories so you can explore new genres and find something you’ll love.

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.

Travel and Adventure

Zero To Travel Podcast

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Hear More Amazing Travel Stories at zerototravel.com | Travel On Your Terms

The Dish Food Travel Show

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The Food Travel Podcast Uncovering The Stories Behind The World’s Most Famous (& Best!) Dishes. Join us & expert guests for tasty facts, foodie secrets and more! Your hosts are Tommo & Megsy from foodfuntravel.com

The Amateur Traveler

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Amateur Traveler is an award winning audio travel show that focuses primarily on the question: “where should you go next and what should you see, do and eat there?”. Amateur Traveler won its creator Chris Christensen a Travel&Leisure SMITTY award as the best independent travel journalist and a Society of American Travel Writers Lowell Thomas Award. It is also used to teach English at Oxford University.

Be Our Guest WDW Podcast

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This award-winning podcast features Monday, Wednesday, and Friday shows that focus on Disney resorts, theme parks, attractions, restaurants, dining, runDisney, vacation tips and much more. Join hosts Mike Rahlmann, Rikki Niblett, and Pam Forrester and take a fun and family-friendly dive into the world of Disney vacation planning.

Switchbacks: Our Year in the National Parks

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We spent last year exploring, hiking through, and tent camping inside all 59 U.S. national parks. Now we’re here to share our experiences, insights, and advice about our year in the national parks.

She Explores

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Stories of women who are inspired by time spent outside take the shape of interviews, in-the-field recordings, and listener submissions. These make up a tapestry of episodes covering themes such as solo hiking and camping; entrepreneurship; aging; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); conservation; motherhood; chronic illness; and feminism as they intersect with outdoor experiences. Hosted by Gale Straub.

True Crime and Horror

True Crime Garage

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Each week Nic & The Captain get in the garage and talk true crime and drink beer.

True Crime Bullsh**

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True Crime Bullsh** is a serialized, investigative podcast exploring meticulous and enigmatic serial killer Israel Keyes. Join me on this strange, terrifying, and emotional journey, as I attempt to find the missing, understand a killer, explore the impacts of crime, and reconcile with those left behind.

Dirty John

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Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.

Wine & Crime

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Wine & Crime is a true crime/comedy podcast. Join three friends as they chug wine, chat true crime, and unleash their worst Minnesotan accents!

Campfire Radio Theater

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A Modern Audio Drama Horror Anthology… Hear the Fear!

Tacos & Tales

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A deliciously scary podcast for the taco enthusiast.

Storytelling and Conversations

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1A is home to the national conversation. Joshua Johnson hosts with great guests and frames the best debate in ways to make you think, share and engage.

Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People

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1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. Thats the premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard (the Chris Gethard Show, Broad City, This American Life, and one of Time Outs 10 best comedians of 2015). Every week, Chris opens the phone line to one anonymous caller, and he cant hang up first, no matter what. From shocking confessions and family secrets to philosophical discussions and shameless self-promotion, anything can and will happen! Theme song by Shellshag.

Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books

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Writer Zibby Owens, an NYC-based mom of four, interviews and chats with other writers about their work.

The Memory Motel

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Created and hosted by Moth storyteller, Terence Mickey, Memory Motel finds the drama in what we want to remember or forget.

Lauren Conrad: Asking for a Friend

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In today’s social media culture, it’s easy to look around and believe that everyone else has life figured out. But things aren’t always as they appear! Each week, fashion designer, NYT bestselling author and lifestyle expert, Lauren Conrad will host a variety of experts for candid conversations on everything from life, love, and business! Whether it’s the ideal seven-minute morning beauty regimen, how to snap that perfect IG-worthy flat lay or tips for tricking party guests into believing you’re a gourmet chef, Conrad’s guests will offer listeners tips for quickly navigating a Pinterest-obsessed world, as well as offering a healthy dose of reality. Because life isn’t always about knowing how to do everything perfectly yourself; it’s about knowing the people who do!

Conversations with People Who Hate Me

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The show where negative online interactions become positive offline phone calls. Host Dylan Marron reaches out to people who have sent him negativity online and moderates calls between strangers who have gotten into it with each other. Sometimes awkward, often political, and always fascinating, Conversations with People Who Hate Me reminds us that there’s a human on the other side of the screen. Webby Winner, Best of 2018 (Apple Podcasts), “The Timeliest Podcast” (Fast Company), Podcast Pick (USA Today & The Guardian)

Laughs

Why Didn’t They Laugh?

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An examination of Comedy, how it works, and why it sometimes doesn’t. Created and Hosted by Comedian/Pianist Owen Benjamin

Sloss and Humphries On The Road

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Two touring buffoons tell you about their thoughts and then insult you for being a muggle.

Quick Question with Soren and Daniel

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Quick Question with Soren and Daniel is a comedy podcast from the former editors of Cracked.com Soren Bowie and Daniel O’Brien. With new episodes, every week, join Soren and Daniel in answering life’s deep and also probably shallow questions.

The Absolute Peach

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Stupidly sublime comedy podcast. Blending snark and silliness, since 2007.

Pop Culture

The Countdown: Movie and TV Reviews

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A weekly comedic podcast in which two massive film buffs countdown a topic from 10-1 while throwing shade at the other’s list.

Epic Film Guys

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In-depth film discussion w/ a heap of comedy since 2014. Proud member of the indie podcasting community & working hard to make a difference. Tune in, don’t be shy. #PodernFamily

Pop Culture Cosmos

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It’s our look at the latest news and trends in pop culture with our Discover Pods Awards nominated two weekly shows and bonus podcasts!

Pop Culture Connoisseurs: A Gal & A Gay

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We are two friends who can’t stop talking about all things Pop Culture. We are in the media, so TV is basically our life and we love to chat about it. Join us!

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.

 

 

Podbean Launches PodAds — The SaaS for Podcast Advertising

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Podbean makes dynamic ad insertion and an advanced advertising management system available to podcasters without cutting ads revenue

NEW YORK, NY (MAY 30, 2019) – Podbean, one of the leading podcast hosting sites, is excited to unveil PodAds, their new SaaS (Software as a Service) for podcast advertising. PodAds simplifies advertising management. Podcasters simply set the start and end date for their ad campaigns, select ad placements (setting which podcasts, episodes, slots and timestamps for ads to run), and upload their ads. PodAds will take care of the rest, saving podcasters time and increasing earning potential. PodAds can even be used to run geo-targeted ads.

PodAds disrupts the traditional podcast advertising service model by offering podcast advertising technology as a Software as a Service (SaaS). Instead of taking a cut of ad revenue, Podbean provides an advanced podcast advertising platform with a flat service fee for use. Podbean will only charge a flat $1 CPM rate for the use of the service, with no setup fees.  Podcasters simply pay as they go, letting them focus on creating great content while PodAds helps automate their ad campaigns.

PodAds is available to Podbean Unlimited Plus and Business plan users immediately, and Podbean plans to expand services to more podcasts in the future. It will be a boon for any podcasters in search of a way to step up their advertising.  To learn more about how the PodAds system works, check out the how-to guide.

Watch the video “how to create a dynamic ad insertion podcast advertising campaign in PodAds“.

Podcasts for the NBA Playoffs

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The NBA playoffs are underway! Are you cheering on the Toronto Raptors or are you Golden State Warriors all the way? Watching the games is one thing, but true fans love digging into the analysis and extending the fun beyond gametime. Podcasts let you listen to your favorite color commentators, get excited or share your woes with fellow fans, and be in the know throughout the playoffs.

We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite NBA podcasts to celebrate the playoffs. You can listen easily by opening up the Podbean podcast app to find the topic “NBA 2019 Playoffs” throughout the playoffs.

If you don’t already have the Podbean app, download it for free in the app store or the 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.

NBA 2019 Playoffs: Recommended Podcasts

The Ringer NBA Show

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A daily breakdown of the latest story lines, trends, and important developments in the NBA. We promise to keep the Sixers and Celtics discussion to a reasonable amount … or to at least try.

The Bill Simmons Podcast

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HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons hosts the most downloaded sports podcast of all time, with a rotating crew of celebrities, athletes, and media staples, as well as mainstays like Cousin Sal, Joe House, and a slew of other friends and family members who always happen to be suspiciously available.

The Starters

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The Starters is a daily NBA podcast hosted by J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas that breaks down the league’s biggest games, story lines, and off-court antics.

The Lowe Post

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ESPN’s Zach Lowe talks to various basketball people about various basketball things.

The Woj Pod

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Adrian Wojnarowski, the most dominant force in NBA reporting, brings you inside the league with The Woj Pod. Woj is probing the biggest newsmakers in the sport – from the commissioner, to general managers, coaches and star players – to bring listeners inside the processes, personas and stories that impact the NBA. Beyond longer sit-down interviews in our New York studios, Woj will deliver real-time podcasts with league personnel built around breaking news.

Open Floor: SI’s NBA Show

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Hosted by Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver, SI’s Open Floor podcast brings you breakdowns of the biggest news, moves and more from around the NBA.

Dunc’d On Basketball NBA Podcast

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Nate Duncan hosts the most in-depth NBA basketball podcast, featuring detailed game breakdowns, salary cap analysis, and scouting.

HORSE

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On HORSE, we don’t analyze NBA wins and losses. We talk beefs, dig into Internet drama, and have fun. The NBA is now a 365-day league and it’s never been more present in pop culture. From Kevin Durant’s burner accounts to LeBron taking his talents anywhere to trusting the Process, the NBA is becoming a pop culture requirement. At the same time, sports can have gatekeepers that make it insular and frustrating for people who aren’t die hard fans. We’re here to prove that basketball is entertaining to follow for all fans, whether you’re actively watching the games or not. New episodes every other Monday.

The Jump

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Rachel Nichols and a rotating cast of ESPN NBA Insiders and analysts keep tabs on everything around the league.

NBA Hang Time

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Veteran NBA writers Sekou Smith and John Schuhmann analyze the latest NBA news, storylines, and more with guests from around the NBA world.

Locked On NBA

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Your daily NBA podcast giving you all the news, updates and analysis in 30 minutes from the hosts of the Locked on Podcast Network. Highlighted by the guest Ben Golliver of the Washington Post, Sam Amick of the Athletic, plus Josh Lloyd’s Monday show of local experts on the biggest stories with the hosts of the Locked on Podcast Network.

The Crossover NBA Show with Chris Mannix

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Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix provides a weekly window into the world of basketball, from breakdowns of the biggest news and trends to conversations with players and personnel.

 

Podcasts for Mental Health Awareness Month

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month (also known as Mental Health Month), celebrated in the U.S. since 1949. One in five people will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime. Each year this designated month serves as a special way to educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

This year, Mental Health Month continues to focus on the previous year’s theme of #4Mind4Body, but expands to explore the topics of animal companionship, spirituality, humor, work-life balance, recreation and social connections as ways to boost mental health and general wellness. Some of the key messages are:

  • Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and wellbeing, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.
  • A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It can also help people recover from these conditions.
  • Humor, spirituality, recreation, animal companionship, and work-life balance are important for everyone but may be of special importance to people also living with chronic health conditions and those who care for them.

Podcasts offer insightful stories about mental illness, resources for mental health, and outlets for humor, meditation and balance. Many Podbean listeners (and podcasters) share how much podcasts have helped them with mental health struggles. They might use podcasts to help relax before bed or calm anxiety. Hearing others’ stories helps people dealing with mental illness feel less alone. Podcasters have often found an outlet for creativity and a sense of community through podcasting as well.

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ve put together a special topic in the Podbean app and have listed some of our top choices below.

If you don’t already have the Podbean app, download it for free in the app store or the 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.

1. Anxiety Slayer with Shann and Ananga

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2. Anxiety is Real

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3.  The Depression Files

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4. Biblical Counseling Today

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5. Working Out The Inside: The Myths, Truths, and Essential Work of Psychotherapy

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https://workingouttheinside.podbean.com/

6. Through the Eyes of a Therapist

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https://throughtheeyesofatherapist.podbean.com/

7.The Radical Therapist

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https://chrishoffmft.podbean.com/

8. MQ Open Mind

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https://mqopenmind.podbean.com/

9. The Addictionary Podcast

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http://www.theaddictionarypodcast.com/

10. The Angry Therapist Podcast

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https://theangrytherapist.podbean.com/

11. The Blemished Brain

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https://mattiekk.podbean.com/

12. Happiness Spells 

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https://happinessspells.podbean.com/

13. Bryony Gordon’s Mad World

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https://bryonysmadworld.telegraph.co.uk

14. The Daily Do

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https://thedailydo.podbean.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loved Avengers: Endgame? Recommended Podcasts for Marvel Fans

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Were you first in line to see Avengers: Endgame? Love all things Marvel Comics and never missed a film by Marvel Studios?

As the highest grossing movie of 2019, Avengers: Endgame has many fans…but if you are a true Marvel/Avengers fan, you probably want to continue the fun and fandom. Well, if you can’t get enough of the Avengers and want to know what other fans are thinking or hear the latest Marvel news, we have some awesome podcasts for you.

You’ll find a banner with the full list of Podcasts for Marvel fans in the Podbean app. If you don’t already have the Podbean app, download it for free in the app store or the 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.

Recommended Podcasts for Marvel Comics Fans and Anyone Who Loved Avengers: Endgame

The Nerd Room – A Star Wars, Marvel, & DC Podcast

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https://thenerdroom.podbean.com/

This Week in Marvel

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/yqitv-3e80f/This-Week-in-Marvel-Podcast

Marvel Movie News

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/92e3f-2f30b/Marvel-Movie-News-Podcast

Legends of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/ebfsw-4f746/Legends-of-S.H.I.E.L.D.-An-Unofficial-Marvel-Agents-Of-S.H.I.E.L.D.-Fan-Podcast

Inside Marvel: An MCU Podcast

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/i8383-8dba0/Inside-Marvel-An-MCU-Podcast

Level 7 Access: A Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and MCU Podcast

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/xu6j8-4f742/Level-7-Access-A-Marvel%27s-Agents-of-S.H.I.E.L.D.-and-MCU-Podcast

MCU Rewatch

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/n8eaj-82b36/MCU-Rewatch-Podcast

Pop Culture Leftovers

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/xcdji-27b73/Pop-Culture-Leftovers-Podcast

Marvel Cinematic Universe Podcast

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/267ct-3a993/Marvel-Cinematic-Universe-Podcast

That Might Be Cool: The Road to Endgame

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https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/b8cwa-4dfac/That-Might-Be-Cool-The-Road-to-Endgame-Podcast

 

Podcast Marketing Plan: 5 Tips to Grow Your Podcast

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Rise Above the Noise With These 5 Techniques

Let’s face it: Maybe nobody’s heard of your podcast.

It’s not entirely your fault.

With over 660,000 active shows and 28 million episodes, it can be difficult to cut through all of that noise, both literally and figuratively.

Besides, up until this point you were probably preoccupied with more important matters—that is, making a great podcast, finding your niche, and working out the kinks.

But now it’s time to introduce your baby to the world, and see if it will sink or swim.  

Fortunately, we’ve got some tips to make sure your podcast not only swims but climbs its way to the top of the podcast rankings.

Tip 1: Podcast SEO is Critical. Here’s How to Do It.

SEO stands for “Search Engine Optimization,” or as I like to call it: The art of making Google love you.

Basically, Google indexes every webpage on the internet—including your podcast website—and ranks them based on how well they answer user search queries (also known as “keywords”). And rankings matter – the top ranking post on Google gets 36.4% of SEO traffic.

Your goal: Tinker with every page on your website so that Google recognizes it as a worthwhile result for the keywords you want to rank for.

This is a multi-step process, with the first step being figuring out which keywords you wish to rank for. Based this on keywords with high monthly search volume and low competition.

This should already be fairly obvious, as your keywords are related to whatever your podcast is about. So if you have a podcast where you review Game of Thrones, you’ll want to rank for terms like “Game of Thrones review,” and “History of Westeros,” and “Winter is Coming” and “Jon Snow knows nothing” (okay, maybe not that last one):

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Another great strategy is to figure out keywords your competitors are ranking for, and go after those keywords. This way, users will go to your website before your competitors. You can do this using a service like SpyFu, which not only gives you your competitors’ most profitable keywords…

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…but also where they get backlinks from (i.e. other websites that link to their site).

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Armed with this information, you can campaign to those websites to get more backlinks to your site—another important part of SEO.

You can use a free website builder or a podcast host site to build posts around the keywords you wish to rank for. This can be done in a few different ways, including adding the keyword to your podcast episode titles and descriptions, using it in well-crafted blog posts promoting your podcast, and using it in the meta description for your webpages.

With the SEO Meta Tags PodBean app, this can be done in seconds without any coding knowledge:

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One of the best examples of this is from Copy Weekly, a marketing podcast that not only lists their audio on their site but accompanies said audio with a long-form blog post transcription:

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Boom, now that’s podcast SEO.

Another important approach to improve SEO is enhancing your website’s behavior metrics. This includes things like the amount of time a user spends on your website, and the number of pages they view each time they visit.

An easy way to improve behavior metrics is by adding a knowledge base to your site.

What’s that? It’s defined as:

“A knowledge base software helps you document tutorials, DIY guides, and answers to frequently asked questions in one place. A well-indexed Knowledge Base empowers customers to discover answers and fix easy problems by themselves allowing your business to focus on the tough problems.”

Knowledge base software providers like FreshDesk allow you to build an area on your site where you can house FAQs, guides, and tutorials that give users a better on-site experience.

Plus, knowledge bases are indexed by Google, meaning users Googling questions related to your field can discover you and your podcast.

Win-win.

Tip 2: Get Social

SEO is the foundation of any good podcast marketing campaign. All your other tactics should build upon it—including your social media strategy.

Creating social media posts consistently builds your brand and gets the word out about new episodes.

It helps your brand awareness, reach, and social footprint.

The first step in creating a social media strategy for your podcast is to know which networks to leverage. If you’re a business podcast, you’ll want to use LinkedIn, whereas comedy podcasts are probably better off sticking to Twitter and Facebook.

Depending on what podcast type you are, you’ll want to tailor your messaging strategy to that, too. For example, serious business podcasts will probably want polished grammar and a formal tone. Meanwhile, comedy podcasts can be more relaxed and informal.

Always be sure to schedule your social posts in advance and post whenever you publish new episodes—and don’t just do it on your main social media account. Everyone who participated in the podcast should share it on their account. If you had a special guest, be sure to include their handle in the post (and encourage them to share it too!):

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As for the content of your social media posts, interesting quotes from episodes are always a good way to draw a reader’s attention. Those who leverage PodBean’s video podcasting platform should post video clips, as video posts get 48% more views than regular posts.

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Finally, stick to the tried and true social media tactics: Use hashtags to promote your content, and be sure to follow other accounts related to your brand. Plus, you can use Facebook Messenger and other live chat tools to talk with your listeners quickly.

If you host your podcast with PodBean, you can leverage the built-in sharing tools to post your podcasts automatically to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Tumblr and more.

Tip 3: Slide Into Your Listener’s Inbox

Social media is a key tool for promoting your podcast, but email is still the most direct route to a majority of people.

Email marketing has the highest ROI of any marketing channel, is cost-effective, and is not beholden to algorithms like most social media networks.

As far as what to put in your emails, it’s important to consider your audience and what might be valuable to them. Ask yourself what questions your customers might have, or what you can do to enhance your relationship with them. They’re allowing you into their inbox, which is more personal than their social media feed, so reward them with special promotions and early access to events:

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Emails are an especially good space to distribute your blog content, too.

As for frequency, there is no right or wrong answer to how many emails you should send out. What matters more is that you do it consistently. So if you send an email every time you publish a new podcast, stick to it.

One great podcast I listen to is the Side Hustle Podcast by Ryan Robinson. In Ryan’s personalized emails about his podcast episodes, he provides links to his website, a link to his podcast episode, and a preview of what the listener should expect.

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In terms of best practices, set expectations when a user signs up for your email. Tell them how often they’ll get your email and what to expect in it. Also, A/B test all of your emails: Send out two different versions of your email to a small portion of your audience with different subject lines. Track which subject line readers open more, as this can give you valuable insight into how to craft future subject lines.

Fortunately, email marketing services like MailChimp have A/B testing built into their platform:

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What’s more, MailChimp integrates with PodBean, allowing you to automate email marketing for your podcast episodes.

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Tip 4: Don’t Forget About Youtube

Google is the most popular search engine, but Youtube is the second most popular.

That means you need to be posting your podcasts on Youtube and optimizing them so they rank highly.

If you’re already using PodBean’s video platform, you have podcasts ready to upload to Youtube. You can also turn your audio files into video files by uploading them to iMovie or Final Cut Pro.

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Once your video is live on Youtube, add a description to it using keywords you want to rank for. It’s also a good idea to include timestamps, allowing users to jump to specific sections in the video. Another technique is to use what are known as “Cards”—clickable elements you can pepper throughout a Youtube video to increase engagement. This is a good way to add relevant links to your website and other calls-to-action during the video.

Tip 5: Add Your Podcast to Directories

SEO is extremely important, but arguably more important is adding your podcast to directories where people go to find podcasts.

We all know these places: iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and TuneIn. In fact, over half of all podcast listeners get their podcasts through Apple Podcasts (iTunes’ podcast app).

Getting your podcast on these platforms is an absolute MUST if you want to have any level of distribution.

Fortunately this comes built in with PodBean: The platform provides your fully functional RSS feed for distribution on all the major podcast platforms, ensuring listeners will be able to find your podcast wherever they prefer:

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Conclusion

The podcast market is exploding and competition is fierce. If you want to rise above the crowd, you need a dynamite podcast marketing strategy that encompasses:

  • Choose the best podcast hosting and follow SEO best-practices, including keywords, backlinks, and a great user experience.
  • A consistent social media strategy that is engaging and matches the tone and style of your brand.
  • An email marketing campaign with content that will resonate with your target audience.
  • An active Youtube channel where listeners can come to “watch” all your podcasts.
  • Distribution of all your podcasts on major podcast directories

Guest Author Byline

Adam Enfroy is the Sr. Digital Marketing Manager at BigCommerce and a blogger. He lives in Austin, TX and writes about blogging like a startup at adamenfroy.com.

You can connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Upgraded Podcast Matching System for Podcast Advertising Marketplace

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Podbean’s podcast advertising marketplace has been given an upgrade to better meet the needs of advertisers and help podcasts bring in more revenue. Advertisers now have increased targeting options and a better review process for starting campaigns.

About Podbean’s Ads Marketplace

Podbean’s Ads Marketplace is a programmatic ads marketplace, where advertisers of all sizes can reach their ideal audience with the power of podcast advertising. By matching advertisers to listeners over a range of podcasts, Podbean’s Ads Marketplace makes podcast advertising more efficient and opens revenue opportunities to smaller podcasts. Podbean’s Ads Marketplace also allows advertisers to target appropriate listeners by geography, thus making podcast advertising more effective for regional and even local businesses.

The Simple Steps to Set Up a Podcast Advertising Campaign

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Podbean’s Ads Marketplace takes all the hassle and wasted time out of the podcast advertising process. Advertisers can have a campaign ready in minutes, and running within a day or two. Here are the simple steps with the recent upgrades:

1. Fill in the basic information for the campaign. Here, the advertiser can target their ideal listeners by setting preferred podcast categories, targeted geographies (down to the city level), and keywords (newly added, input 3-10 keywords). Advertisers can set a daily budget cap, CPM (cost per mille, i.e. advertising rate), and campaign start and end date (end date is optional, newly added in this upgrade; campaigns can also be paused or stopped at any time).

2. Next, the advertiser will select the podcasts for their campaign. Podcasts that best match to the keywords, category, and geo will be listed on the top and marked as “Recommended”. The list may contain additional podcasts for them to review and invite as well.

3. The advertiser then clicks on “Save and Continue” and the campaign will be created. They will need to authorize their payment method. After authorizing, the campaign will be “under review” by the Podbean team. Typically, your campaign will be up and running within 24 hours.

Advertisers can “manage campaigns” to add more podcasts, pause/stop the campaign, and view the detailed results of ad impressions served.

Learn more about Ads Marketplace and start running a campaign.