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

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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.

Podbean Livestream Show Schedule – Week of 09/30/2019

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

Here’s your week of Livestream podcasts for the week of September 30, 2019.  
*Note: All times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).


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

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

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

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


Comedy

  • MJ And The Boys
    Date/Time: Monday September 30, 2019; 6:30 PM
    About the Podcast: A free weekly comedic podcast featuring discussions on music, movies, TV, weird news, pop culture, and life.

Sports and Recreation

  • The Armchair Bookers Podcast
    Date/Time: Tuesday October 1, 2019; 10:30 PM
    About the Podcast: The Armchair Bookers Podcast brings to you a weekly episodic wrestling analysis by five avid wrestling fans. The Armchair Bookers Podcast brings you hot button topics, interviews with your favorite (or our favorite, really) names and minds from all walks of the wrestling landscape.

Livestream Your Podcast – Five Reasons To Use Podbean Live

Livestream via platforms such as YouTube and Twitch has presented new opportunities for creators to engage and interact with their followers and vice versa. Podbean now brings these engagement opportunities to podcasters with Podbean Live, a new feature built specifically for you to livestream your podcast.  

Here are five reasons live streaming can be a valuable tool for your podcast:

Livestream your podcast from desktop

1. Engage with Your Listeners in a New Way

Your listeners already enjoy listening to your podcast.  With Podbean Live, your listeners can now interact with you and your show in real time.  They can send you messages via the chat function, interact with your fellow livestream listeners, and ask questions for you and your guests to answer during the livestream.  Your listeners can even call in to your livestream and can also give you gifts in real time (more to come on this later in the article).  

Get to know your listeners better and engage with them to build community and connections. This can also help you tailor your show for your audience and make it even better.

2. Invite Remote Co-hosts and Interviewees with Ease 

Co-hosting a show or recording a remote interview can be a challenge due to technology, distance and other factors.  Podbean Live removes that roadblock and allows your guests and co-hosts (up to five co-hosts/callers) to call into the show using the Podbean App from iOS and Android devices.  You can also easily send an invitation to them beforehand to join the livestream. All they need is to download the free Podbean app, if they don’t already have it, and sign up for a free account. You can effortlessly livestream interviews and have guest-hosted episodes without having to investigate and learn different call software, as all of these call features are built into the intuitive Podbean Live interface.  

You and your guests/co-hosts can use your external outboard gear (mics, headphones, interfaces) to make your audio quality even better.  Podbean strongly recommends hosts and guests use a headset or headphones and a mic to reduce echoes and background noise.

3. Monetize Your Podcast with Live Show Tickets and Virtual Gifts

Livestreaming offers a new option for monetizing your podcast, regardless of your listenership size.  By turning your podcast into a live show, you can sell virtual tickets and receive virtual gifts from your listeners.  Even with a few hundred listeners purchasing your live show tickets or giving gifts during the livestream, you have an opportunity to earn decent revenue.  If you have loyal fans, Podbean Live is a great way for your fans to support you financially while getting something new and exciting. And…it’s a smart way to earn revenue as it has multiple benefits and the content can be repurposed. So, you gain the revenue potential without a lot of wasted effort.

4. Use Your Live Shows To Host Special Events 

What if you’re planning a special event?  Perhaps an anniversary special or an exclusive guest spot that you want to celebrate beyond just an interview?

Podbean Live allows you to schedule your streams for future dates.  Blast the date and time of your livestream to your followers to ensure the maximum amount of participants.  This also allows your listeners to plan ahead and schedule time into their calendar. You can create buzz for your upcoming event and get listeners excited and sharing it too.

You may even consider livestreaming at conventions or ticketed live shows.  Your followers who can’t be with you in person don’t have to miss out. It’s a great way to extend your participation in conventions or conferences.

5. Turn Your Livestream into a Podcast Episode with a Few Simple Clicks

Along with all these benefits, Podbean Live lets you repurpose your content. When you’re done your livestream, it can become evergreen content for current and future listeners to enjoy.

Once you’ve ended your livestream, Podbean Live’s interface allows you to publish your livestream as an episode directly to your podcast, or download the audio so you can edit the audio and insert transitions.  

You can publish your livestream immediately as a new podcast episode in Podbean, cutting down your turnaround time for new content.  You can also download it, back it up to an external hard drive and keep it for your records. You can then do any post-production work you’d like and upload it to whatever podcasting platform you use. This also allows you to stay in control of your content and make the edits necessary for the most professional sounding podcast.  Either option can be worked into your podcasting plan, both expanding the range of what you provide your listeners and continuing to build your podcast catalogue.

Podcast livestreams are a new frontier.  Podbean Live gives you the tools you need to delve in and succeed with this opportunity. By adding podcast livestreaming to your plan, you can grow and interact with your podcast in ways you never could before.  

Learn more about Podbean Live and its monetization system here!

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

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

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

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


Places and Travel

  • Geopats Podcast
    Date/Time: Thursday September 26, 2019; 7:00 AM
    About the Podcast: Geopats podcast aims to scratch your cultural curiosity itch with many themed shows. In this first live we are talking to American Expat Nicole Palazzo of the Expat Cast Podcast about podcasting abroad, her live plans for International Podcast Day and so much more. Geopats.podbean.com

Food

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

Comedy

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

Management 

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

Health

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

News & Politics

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

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

Religion and Spirituality 

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

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

Society & Culture

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

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

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

Sports and Recreation

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

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

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

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


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

Promote Your LiveStream With Podbean!

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

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

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


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


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

Click here to learn more about Podbean Live.

Effectively Grow Your Community with Wolf 359’s Gabriel Urbina

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Members Only Private Podcast – Enhance Your Memberships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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