Podbean Podfest Ticket Giveaway

PodFest 2020
PodFest 2020

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

About Podfest:  

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

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

Apply here for your free Creator Pass. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Podbean Live at DC PodFest!

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

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

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

Podbean Exclusive Collectable Stickers – Now Available at Conventions!

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

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

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


Sticker Roster (Last updated 10/30/2019)

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How To Monetize A Podcast – Four Effective Methods

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

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

Here are some options on how to monetize your podcast:

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

1. The Patron Program

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

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

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

2. Livestream with Podbean Live

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

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

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

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

3. Create Paid Premium Podcast Content

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

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

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

4. Advertising

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

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

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

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

Internal Communications Podcast: Five Tips For Maintaining An Employee Podcast

An internal communications podcast is the audio/video tool that offers more engagement opportunities for your employees.  Whether you use it for company wide training or to highlight employee success stories, we’ve got five tips that will help you optimize and integrate your podcast at every step.

Internal communications podcast being listened to by two employees.

1. Don’t be afraid to start recording your internal communications podcast, but assess your recording methods.

The first step to recording an engaging internal communications podcast is to actually record the podcast.  Zane Ewton, a communications consultant with Arizona Public Service, offers this advice, “Just get started. It won’t be good at first, but you will get better with each episode.”  

However, the decisions made before you record form the shape of your podcast.  This is where you decide what microphones and recording software to use, the organization of the content in your podcast (such as if you would want your podcast to be interview-based or just centered around one or more hosts), and how you’d like to set up your recording space or mobile recording setup.

If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve created a whole guide to help you record a quality podcast.  This guide breaks down hardware and software, and also gives you tips for editing, microphone etiquette, and recording remote guests and co-hosts. While there’s no need to be an audio expert, some basic setup can go a long way to making your internal communications podcast enjoyable to your listeners.

2. Pick the team to handle podcast production and decide on roles.

Your internal communications podcast will play a big role in educating and informing your people. But to make it work, it’s imperative that you have designated employees own aspects of producing the content. Consider how the content planning, recording, production and promotion will be managed, as well as how this will integrate with current roles. Podbean’s collaboration tools make it easy to assign different production roles. Look at how your podcast can build on current programming and goals. Make sure to involve key decision-makers so you don’t find the project floundering. 

Donna Papacosta from Ragan Communications recommends that you make sure to include your IT department in podcast talks.  She notes that they can give insight into the security of the content, as well as address ownership concerns for content production.  While they’re not in charge of your internal communications, it’s important to hear their concerns and address them. Podbean makes keeping your content secure easy and worry-free. You can learn more about our security measures and SSO login integration here.

3. Create engaging, targeted content that’s relevant to your employees.

Your company already has a lot to manage, and likely has multiple means of communications. Podcasting can be an engaging way of keeping employees informed and updated. Many companies specifically find them beneficial for efficiency, if done right. You’ll want to tailor your podcast to the needs of your employees, both in its formatting and its content.

Some questions you should ask yourself are:
• “How long do I want my employees to spend listening to each podcast episode?”
• “Will this be supplementing or replacing a communications channel?”
• “Do I already have content ready for podcast content creation?”
• “Which teams will need access to this content?”

By keeping your content targeted, you also keep your episodes concise and impactful. There’s no rule about how long podcasts should be, but employees don’t want to feel they’re wasting time. Long-winded content will cause employees to skip around or tune out, leading to them being more likely to miss important information. Brainstorm how to present information in an engaging way, so that employees immediately see the value of your podcast(s).

4. Promote your podcast internally.

How do you get buy-in from your employees to tune in to your internal communications podcast? You want them to utilize the podcast and return to it as an ongoing resource, which means building awareness and excitement about it.

Push notifications and email notifications work as reminders that your content is now live.  You can also take advantage of employee login pages or announcements on your company’s intranet homepage.  By displaying updates and clips to places that employees have to check every day, you increase visibility and make podcasts accessible with just a click.

Set the tone and vibe for your internal communications podcast by creating in-person events for it.  Throw a launch party for your first episode, and use signage around employee breakrooms to increase awareness in places that employees spend time.  You can even utilize employee involvement by including certain employees as ambassadors and spokespeople for the podcast.  

Follow-up strategies also increase your employees’ engagement with your podcast.  Ask for feedback or include information mentioned in the podcast during meetings to emphasize and integrate the content. The podcast shouldn’t be an island in itself, but an important part of your company’s communications strategy.

Mobility also increases the likelihood of awareness and interaction with your podcast.  Podbean gives you the chance to build a custom white-label app just for your company and your private podcasts, letting your employees access the podcast while on-the-go but making sure it’s as secure as possible.  

5. Get your employees involved as both contributors and guests of your podcast.

We’ve spoken before about the benefits of including employees in creating internal communications podcasts.  By involving employees, you let them take on leadership roles and responsibilities so you can accomplish more while moderating their progress and content.

Zane Ewton found success in taking advantage of the widespread nature of his company’s internal podcast to highlight employees around the state.  Ewton, who helps run his company’s internal communications podcast, says that one of his favorite episodes is one they did with an employee whose parents had been with the company before him.  “His love for his work and his community just jumped out,” he says, and points to this as why their podcast is so engaging.  James Ellis, a speaker and podcaster, notes the same thing: “If you tell the stories of employees and what they are doing and how they are changing things, that creates a connection that increases the likelihood someone will listen.”

By using your internal communications podcast in this manner, you put the focus on employees and further inspire them to exceed expectations and put their best work forward. 

Your internal communications podcast can be one of your most engaging communications tools. These tips will help you build it up into the tool everyone in your company looks forward to using.  Check out our use case interview with Marty from VMWare and learn how their team implements internal communications podcasts in the workplace.  

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

Behavioral Grooves: Live Event and Podbean Live Stream

Podbean is excited to be sponsoring the live stream of the Behavioral Grooves 100th Episode Celebration. The live event will be streamed on the Podbean app and recorded for playback as a Behavioral Grooves podcast episode.

About the Behavioral Grooves Podcast

Behavioral Grooves is building a community of people who are positively applying behavioral science to life and work. The hosts, Tim and Kurt, talk with interesting guests and explore “why we do what we do!” The podcast, celebrating its 100th episode, gets over 5000 downloads per month from listeners in over 100 countries.

About Podbean Live

Podbean Live is an innovative new podcast live streaming service. It aims to help podcasters easily expand their podcast with live audio shows to grow audience engagement and add a new form of monetization with virtual ticket sales and listener gifts. Learn more about Podbean Live Streaming

Behavioral Grooves Live Event

October 17, 2019
Doors open at 6:00 PM, Live Broadcast 7:00-8:30 PM (Eastern Time Zone)
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts – The Hamilton Auditorium

Guests

Annie Duke, author of “Thinking in Bets” 
Lila Gleitman, PhD, the woman who introduced the word “fuck” to the dictionary
Jeff Kreisler, author of “Dollars & Sense” and managing director of PeopleScience
Michael Hallsworth, PhD, head of the Behavioural Insights Team’s North American operations

Live Stream Details

Click here to join the Behavioral Grooves Live Stream.

How to listen: Download the free Podbean app from the Apple App Store or Google Play to listen to the Behavioral Grooves live show and other interesting podcasts and live streams. For more detail, check out Podbean’s Guide to Live Streaming.

Podbean Launches Free Livestream Service for Podcasters

Podcast-live

Podbean Live provides opportunities for podcasts of all sizes to build audience engagement and monetize

NEW YORK, NY (Oct 9) – Podbean announces the full release of Podbean Live, their new podcast Livestream platform. The live streaming service aims to help podcasters easily expand their podcast with live audio shows to further audience interaction and add a new form of monetization.

“Podbean Live addresses some of the primary needs podcasters have shared with us. First, it is a tool to enhance the connection with the audience. Along with that comes a new opportunity to earn revenue,” shares David Xu, CEO of Podbean LLC. “We envisioned it as a virtual version of live podcast shows, which have really taken off in recent years. With Podbean Live, podcasters can set up such a virtual show without any cost and easily offer something special to their fans.”

Podbean Livestreaming is a truly interactive experience, bringing podcast listeners an opportunity to engage with their favorite podcasts and deepen the sense of community. Listeners can call in and send real-time messages during the show. The livestream host can invite multiple co-hosts and guests to join them, creating a dynamic show with ease.

Podbean Live introduces a new way for podcasters to monetize their content by allowing listeners to donate to their favorite content creators. Listeners have the option to send virtual gifts to livestream hosts, purchased with the in-app currency called “Golden Beans.” Podcasters can cash out points earned from gifts and live show ticket sales, creating a new revenue stream.

Podbean Live is now available with no added fee to all Podbean podcasters with paid hosting accounts. Other podcasters can request approval for access. After the live show, the host can publish the recording as a podcast directly in Podbean or download it for editing and post-production. To learn more about how live streaming works, check out the how-to guide.

ShePodcasts LIVE – LiveStream Event Line Up

She Podcasts Live is a women’s conference that caters to all types of women podcasters, from the woman at her company’s desk to the woman under a sheet in her closet, and every woman in between.  This conference isn’t just going to focus on how to start, grow and monetize. She Podcasts was born with a desire to support this community in every way possible, and our conference is going to be an enormous extension of that.

She Podcasts will be hosting She Podcasts LIVE – Podcast Conference in Atlanta, GA from October 10-13th.  She Podcasts will be LiveStreaming selected sessions on the Podbean app.  Click on each link below to access the LiveStream of your choice!

How to listen: Download the free Podbean app from the Apple App Store or Google Play to listen to She Podcasts Live sessions. For more detail, check out Podbean’s Guide to Live Streaming.

About She Podcasts

She Podcasts began in 2014 as a small Facebook group, built so that their women podcaster friends could have a place online to get quick podcasting answers, tips and resources from one another. However, as soon as the group started, it grew enormously. Friends were adding friends and before long it had been built to over 11,000 women in some phase of building and PRODUCING a podcast. Learn more about She Podcasts Live.

About Podbean Live

Podbean Live is an innovative new podcast live streaming service. It aims to help podcasters easily expand their podcast with live audio shows to grow audience engagement and add a new form of monetization with virtual ticket sales and listener gifts. Learn more about Podbean Live Streaming

Friday, Oct 11 Schedule

Your Voice Is A Gift Sponsored By Warner Media
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

PodConfident
11:00 – 11:45 AM

Women Supporting Women
12:00 – 12:45 PM

The Podcasting Wage Gap: And What We Can Do About It
2:30 – 3:15 PM

No More Money Drama!
3:30 – 4:15 PM

Crafting A Content Strategy That Grows Your Business
4:30 – 5:15 PM


Saturday, Oct 12 Schedule

SheListens: Insights On Women Podcast Listeners + Bingo!
9:00 – 9:45 AM

Podcast Rules Were Meant For Breaking
10:00 – 10:45 AM

How To Grow A Thriving Community With Your Podcast
11:00 – 11:45 AM

Influence And Authority: Insider Media Tips
12:00 – 12:45 PM

MasterClass: How To Grow Your Podcast Brand Online
2:30 – 3:15 PM

From Podcast To Book
3:30 – 4:15 PM

Fierce Grace: Unleash Your Power, Presence and Purpose
4:30 – 5:15 PM

Namaste, Beautiful: Creating Your Own Version Of Podcast Success
5:30 – 6:15 PM


Sunday, Oct 13 Schedule

Storytelling Fundamentals For Riveting Content
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Creativity and Dreams
12:00 – 12:45 PM

Narrative Editing For Independent Podcasters
1:00 – 1:45 PM

My Co-Host Is My Bestie: What Could Go Wrong?
2:00 – 2:45 PM

Sell Out Your Products, Programs and Services
3:00 – 3:45 PM

About Podbean

Podbean has been providing podcasting services as an industry leader for more than twelve years. Podbean offers a user-friendly interface that integrates publishing, management, syndication, monetization and analysis tools into an easy-to-use podcasting platform. The Podbean community consists of over 300,000 podcasts and a rapidly expanding app-user base. Podbean’s apps for Android and iOS have over 1 million active users.

To learn more about Podbean podcast hosting and monetization, visit www.podbean.com.