How to Create a Private Podcast for your Remote Team (& Why you Should!)

Guest post from Colin Gray*

Have you had to move to remote working in recent months? If you’re anything like the rest of the world, there’s a good chance the answer is yes! And if so, you might share a lot of the same worries. 

  • How do I stay connected to my staff and my colleagues?
  • How do I maintain a human connection, when we’re all in separate places?
  • Zoom calls are fine, but it’s too granular. How can I engage more of my team?
  • Is my company culture going to suffer? How do I keep it going?

It’s true, we can try our best to stay connected, but there’s a definite drop in engagement, when we move to online work. How do we fix it? Enter, podcasting!

Podcasting is one of the “big 3” content types, and is, in my view, the highest engagement of the three. It works alongside blogging and video to form the top of the engagement stack, really building trust and fandom through the personal connection it forges with your listener. 

Put simply, podcasting is ‘intimate’. Listeners feel they are having a friendly conversation with the host. It’s one of the best simulations of a real conversation we have, the most scalable way to ‘speak’ to people on mass, while still keeping it personal.

This has a lot of power in a working situation. It means managers can ‘speak’ to a big team of people, maintaining a connection with them. It means CEOs can brief a whole company, and help people feel involved. It means colleagues can broadcast to colleagues, sharing skills, learnings or status updates in a way that’s very close to a watercooler conversation. 

Add to this the just-in-time element, and it’s really powerful. Instead of requiring all staff to be on a zoom call at a certain time, your team can listen in their own time, while washing the dishes or walking the dog. They can stay more engaged, because they choose when to interact, and have more control. 

If you can see the benefits, then the next step is figuring out how you use it. Let’s take a look at some examples.

How can you use podcasting inside a company?

Here are some great ways I’ve seen companies use podcasting:

  • All-staff update: the CEO records a short briefing, each week, to give staff a high level update on how the company’s doing, and current plans.
  • Small-team update: managers produce more detailed summaries of recent work, learnings and plans for the coming week. 
  • Staff training: regular lessons and learnings from managers or colleagues. Or, formal training in specific skill areas for particular staff. 
  • Repurposed meetings: allow staff to sit in on other meetings, if they’re interested, by posting board meetings, decision meetings or other important get togethers. 
  • Staff onboarding: instill culture in new staff by offering an onboarding series with introductions, training and informal talks from others in the company. 

Can I keep the audio private?

This is obviously one of the #1 concerns when podcasting for your team. Can you share internal info, or sensitive data, and keep it away from prying eyes?

Well, thanks to Podbean’s great private podcasting tools, yes you can!

With Podbean, you can run any number of private podcast feeds, or channels as they call them, in one Podbean business account. This means you can set up a CEO Update podcast, a staff training one and a community podcast, for example. All would be available to your entire team. 

Even better, you can also set up smaller team podcasts which are available to only certain staff. So, you could then have a ‘developer team’ podcast, or an ‘HR Team podcast’ to update those teams on info relevant only to them. 

Those teams can be managed really easily, too, via Podbean’s group feature. You can bulk upload users to Podbean’s platform, and assign them to staff groups as you do so. Or you can tie login to your own systems via a SSO link. It’s set up to make this really easy for you as a company. 

To see the whole thing in action, and get a tour of all the private podcasting options offered by Podbean, take a look at this tour:

Is it hard or time consuming to make a Podcast?

In a word, no! You can make the process really quick and simple. 

Some aspects can seem intimidating, such as choosing the gear, recording your audio, making that audio sound good, or publishing the file. But, with a bit of guidance, they’re no barrier at all. So, to the guidance!

Recording Equipment

Let’s keep this simple. Choose a good USB microphone that plugs right into your computer. The best value option, for me, is the Samson Q2U. It comes with a stand, or can be handheld, so it’s pretty versatile in how you use it. 

So, get yourself and Samson Q2U and think no more about the gear!

But, if you’re a real gear geek like me, and desperate for all the options, by all means check out our guide to the best podcasting microphones here. 

How to Record Good Quality Audio

For this, I’m going to show you Alitu. Alitu is a podcast maker app that we run at ThePodcastHost.com. It’s designed to make podcasting super-easy for anyone.

For sure, there are other options, and if you want to explore a free one, check out Audacity. It’s totally free, but the downside is that it’s pretty clunky and old fashioned, and you need to learn how to do the audio cleanup, the levelling and the exporting by yourself. Not impossible, at all! Just time consuming. Whereas Alitu is a paid product, but it’s designed to do all that for you, automatically, saving a bunch of time and technical stress. 

So, here’s how to record in Alitu, and get your audio cleaned up automatically. 

By the way, I’ll include a full video walkthrough of the whole process below. That’ll show you recording, editing and publishing, all in one. So, if you want the full guide, just scroll down to the header: Video Walkthrough. 

First, in Alitu, create a new episode, and enter the episode details, as shown.

step1-create-episode

Next, you’ll see the ‘upload’ screen, where you add files to the episode. One option, as you’ll see, is to record, directly in.

step2-record-audio

Name your recording, hit record and speak! Keep it relatively short – 10 minutes is a good length, in my opinion, for this type of update. Plenty of time for some detail and engagement, but not too long to lose interest. 

Theme Music and Editing

Next, you’ll be taken to the episode builder. Here Alitu will add theme music to the recording, if you want it to (nice to have a little bit of audio branding to add polish and make the updates familiar) and you can edit the recording, if you need to. The episode builder is shown on the left, below, and the edit screen on the right. 

step3-build-and-edit

Don’t feel any pressure to edit your audio. The quickest and easiest way is to hit record, speak naturally, and just excuse any mistakes you make. If you trip over your words, it’s fine. It just makes you sound human, and it can actually help your listeners (your staff!) to connect even more with you.

You might need to remove any big issues though – such as a big sneeze in the middle – and you’ll normally have a bit of silence at the start and the end you can trim out, just to keep it tight. That’s what the Alitu edit tool is there for. 

How to Publish Your Private Podcast

Finally, it’s time to publish so that your team can hear it! You’ll see in the screenshots below that you can listen to a preview of the episode first, before you hit the publish button.

step4-publish

Alitu has a direct link to Podbean, so you can publish your episode without ever leaving the app. The first time you do it, you’ll need to authenticate your Podbean account. This will link Alitu to one of your podcast channels. From then on, you can publish directly to your private podcast channels, making the whole process really quick. 

You can also download the final episodes for use anywhere else, too. So if you want to post to many different channels, or put your audio into an intranet or elsewhere, you can do that really easily. 

Video Walkthrough: Creating a Podcast Episode for Your Team

Here’s the full video walkthrough of everything I covered above:

To learn more about Podbean’s private podcasting solution, join our free webinar.

*Colin Gray is a podcaster, speaker, PhD and founder of The Podcast Host and Alitu. The Podcast Host is a huge resource on running a successful show, including a full guide on How to start a Podcast. And, Alitu is a web app that helps you make your podcast,  automating cleanup and branding, and assisting with editing. It makes podcasting quick and easy!

Podbean Announces Unlisted Mode for Private Live Streaming and Remote Recording

Podbean Live, Podbean’s Free Audio Live Streaming Platform, Now Offers Unlisted Mode for Invitation-Only Streaming and Remote Recording with Co-hosts and Guests

Podbean has added an “unlisted mode” to its audio live streaming platform (Android, iOS, and web). Livestream hosts can now choose the visibility for their live show: public or unlisted. A public live show is listed in the Podbean app and available for anyone to join. An unlisted livestream will not be shown in the Podbean app and requires the host to share a link to invite guests, co-hosts, and listeners.

Livestreamers can use unlisted livestreams as an engaging, exclusive experience for their most dedicated listeners, members or patrons. They can also be used for teaching and discussion groups. For example, Podbean has had several churches run unlisted live streams for their bible studies and college professors lead discussion groups using Podbean Live. Book clubs and other groups around the world are meeting online with Podbean Live. 

“People are looking for easy, free ways to stay connected and continue pursuing their interests. Audio live streaming often suits those needs well and this unlisted option gives groups the ability to run their own discussion or class, with just a few clicks, “ says David Xu, CEO. “We also see this as a simple solution for podcasters to record with co-hosts and guests remotely. For anyone thinking of starting a podcast, it is one of the simplest ways to get started.”

Podbean Live’s Unlisted Mode offers an easy remote recording solution for podcast hosts and their guests. Podbean provides a recording of the live stream when it is completed. The host can automatically publish it as an episode if they host a podcast on Podbean. Or, they can download the recording to edit and repurpose as a podcast episode on any platform. Podbean Live is free and open to everyone, so podcasters can use this tool no matter where they host their podcast.

About Podbean Live

Podbean Live is a free tool for audio live streaming. Users simply need to create a login (no hosting account required) and can livestream from any computer or their phone. Listeners can join via the free Podbean app. More information can be found at https://www.podbean.com/live-stream. Podbean offers free webinars for anyone who wants to learn how to successfully run a live stream.

About Podbean 

Podbean has been providing innovative podcasting services as an industry leader since 2006. Podbean offers a user-friendly interface that integrates publishing, management, syndication, live streaming, 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 reached over 1 million active monthly users.

To learn more about Podbean, visit www.podbean.com.

Submit Your Podcast To Podcast Directories

There are many podcast directories where people can listen, subscribe and interact with podcasts.  We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular podcast directories and instructions on how to submit your podcast to them.  Click on each header to view your specific submission instructions.

How To Submit Your Podcast To Apple Podcasts and iTunes

How To Submit Your Podcast To Spotify 

How To Submit Your Podcast To Google Play

How To Submit Your Podcast To Google Podcasts

How To Submit Your Podcast To Podbean App

How To Submit Your Podcast To iHeartRadio

How To Upload Your Podcast To YouTube

How To Submit Your Podcast To Pandora

How To Submit Your Podcast To Stitcher

How To Submit Your Podcast To TuneIn


How To Submit Your Podcast To Apple Podcasts or iTunes

1. Publish at least one episode with an iTunes supported file format.  You may check how to publish a podcast here and which file formats are supported in iTunes here.

2. Set your Podcast title, description , category and logo in your Podbean account “Settings” page.  Pay close attention to the title, description and author fields. The iTunes Store uses these fields for search.  Your Podbean channel logo will be used in iTunes as your podcast cover art. The logo image must meet the iTunes specifications: cover art must be in the JPEG or PNG file format with appropriate file extensions (.jpg, .png), and in the RGB color space with a minimum size of 1400 x 1400 pixels and a maximum size of 3000 x 3000 pixels, 72 dpi. Read more about specifications for podcasts on iTunes.

3. Get your podcast RSS feed by going to Settings->Feed/iTunes in your Podbean dashboard. At the top, you will see “Your RSS feed” (http://yourname.podbean.com/feed/). This is the information you need for iTunes.

Podbean Podcast Feed Settings

4. Go to the iTunes store (you will need to login or create an iTunes store account), go to “Podcasts” and on the right sidebar, you will see a list of items including “Submit a Podcast”. Click there and you will be redirected to Podcasts Connect (or go directly to https://podcastsconnect.apple.com) , Apple’s podcast management area. You will have to login with your Apple ID. You can view and manage all the podcasts you’ve submitted here.

Click on the “+” button the submit a new podcast feed. Validate and submit.You can check the status of your iTunes submission in Podcasts Connect.

Once you register your podcast with iTunes, you will get an iTunes feed ID which you can input back into your Feed/iTunes settings in Podbean. Your podcast will be automatically updated by iTunes afterwards.

*Please note that there are sometimes delays with iTunes updating, which we cannot control. If you have subscribers in iTunes, they will get your latest podcast but there may be slight delays in it showing up in iTunes.


How To Submit Your Podcast To Spotify 

1.  Log into your Podbean account and go to the ‘Settings’->’Social Share’ page. Then click the ‘Connect to Spotify’ button. This feature is available for all unlimited and above accounts.

Podbean Social Share Menu - Connect to Spotify

2. You should agree to Spotify terms and conditions before submission. Please select a primary country for your podcast (this is used by Spotify’s system; it should be the main country/where most of your listeners are located). 

Podbean Spotify Agree to Terms and conditions.

Once you agree to Spotify terms and conditions, your podcast gets submitted to Spotify’s system. When your podcast is up on Spotify, we will send you an email with the Spotify URL for your podcast.

*Currently, Spotify does not support video or mixed media podcast feed. Your podcast is eligible for automatic submission via Podbean if you have an unlimited or above hosting account, once you have at least five episodes published.


How To Submit Your Podcast To Google Play

Google is beginning to transition Google Play Music podcasts to Google Podcasts. Please see our “How To Submit Your Podcast To Google Podcasts” header.

From Google: “We know many listeners have spent a lot of time creating their perfect music and podcast libraries in Google Play Music, so we’ve made it simple to move both to their new homes. All Google Play Music users will soon receive an email with detailed instructions on how to begin transferring your full Google Play Music history and content, as well as podcasts, to their new homes.” See link for more info.


How To Submit Your Podcast To Google Podcasts

If you have a podcast and website (which you automatically do if you’re hosted with Podbean!), you can likely already be found there. If you’ve never submitted your Podbean site to Google search indexing before, you can submit it here

Once Google has added your site into the search index,  you can visit here to generate a direct link to your podcast in the Google app or preview how your podcast will look in Google search results.

Here’s more information on Google’s requirements, plus tools and information on how you can make sure your feed is indexed or register it, if it is not showing up currently.

Fortunately, we’ve made things easy by taking care of the requirements for you if you host with Podbean! We’ve made updates to all Podbean sites so they meet the requirements. If you host with Podbean and use the Podbean podcast site, your podcast will meet all the necessary requirements.

If you run your own web site, please follow Google’s instructions (read more in the link above) to add a “link” tag to your site’s home page. And, go to “Settngs”→”Feed/iTunes”->”Advanced Feed Settings” in your Podbean account to set your site url into the “Link URL in RSS2” field.

If you run your own web site, please follow Google’s instructions (read more in the link above) to add a “link” tag to your site’s home page. And, go to “Settngs”→”Feed/iTunes”->”Advanced Feed Settings” in your Podbean account to set your site url into the “Link URL in RSS2” field.


How To Submit Your Podcast To Podbean App

Podbean users with Podbean paid plans are automatically in the directory after 24 hours. For Podbean free accounts, you must verify your account first to be included in the directory. The verification steps will appear in your Podbean account’s dashboard 15 days after your account is created. Your podcast will appear in the Podbean Directory within 24 to 48 hours. Here are the detailed instructions to submit your podcast manually:

1. Go to http://www.podbean.com. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Click on “Submit your podcast”.

2. You’ll be directed to the login page. Log into or sign up for a Podbean account (no cost for a free account).

3. Fill in your podcast feed and click on “Submit”. Follow the steps as instructed.

If you are already in the Podbean directory but have not yet claimed your listing, simply go to the listing page and click “claim listing” on the left. This will ensure you are notified of comments and other opportunities.


How To Submit Your Podcast To iHeartRadio

  1. Log into your Podbean account.
  2. On the left hand column, go to Settings: Feed – iTunes. 
  3. Take down your RSS Feed.  You’ll need this to submit to iHeartRadio.
  4. Go to https://www.iheart.com/content/submit-your-podcast/ in your browser. 
  5. Fill in all of the required information here, then press submit.  
  6. Your podcast has now been submitted to iHeartRadio.  You should recieve an e mail when your podcast is available on iHeartRadio or with any further feedback.  

How To Upload Your Podcast To YouTube

1. Go to “Social Share” in your Podbean dashboard and connect to YouTube. A pop up window will ask you to log in to your account and give permission to YouTube; click “allow”.

Allow Social Share to Youtube

2. When you publish a podcast episode, you will now have YouTube included in the “share” section. Your episode will be shared to the networks you have connected, including YouTube. You can click any of these to turn them off if you do not wish that episode to be shared to a particular social network. Episodes will typically take about 10 minutes to display on YouTube.

Social Share in Episode Editor

The YouTube video title will be your Podbean episode title. Your show logo will be the static image for audio files. You can see all your videos, including any shared podcast episodes, under “My Channel” in YouTube.

*Please note, for content over 15 minutes in length, YouTube requires verification. You will see a note in your Podbean account; simply click the link and follow YouTube’s steps. If you have previously published the file to YouTube, they will block it from being published again (and you will get an email to this effect).


How To Submit Your Podcast To Pandora

Last updated : August 16, 2019

  1. Log into your Podbean account.
  2. On the left hand column, go to Settings: Feed – iTunes. 
  3. Take down your RSS Feed.  You’ll need this to submit to Pandora.
  4. In your browser, go to https://www.ampplaybook.com/podcasts/ and click “Get Started”.
  5. Log in with your Pandora account.  If you don’t have one yet, click Register For Free” to make one.  
  6. Type your RSS Feed link, then click next. You should receive a mini preview of your podcast’s RSS feed.  Fill out the required information, then click Next.  
  7. Note that Pandora asks for many extra bits of information, such as social media links, amounts of episodes, and various information about your podcasts file type, so it will be helpful to have this information handy before submitting.  
  8. Your podcast has now been submitted to Pandora.  Independent podcast submissions are reviewed and approved individually.  Please allow 4-6 weeks for Pandora to review your podcast.

How To Submit Your Podcast To Stitcher

Stitcher is an on-demand Internet radio service that focuses on news and information radio and podcasts.   In this video, we’ll go over how to submit your podcast to Stitcher.  

Log into your Podbean account.

1. On the left hand column, go to Settings: Feed – iTunes. 

2. Take down your RSS Feed.  You’ll need this to submit to Stitcher.

3. Go to https://www.stitcher.com/content-providers.  You’ll need to create an account with Stitcher as a Content Provider, so fill out the provider name, e mail, and password fields here.  Then click continue.  

4. Type in your information here, agree to Stitcher’s Terms and conditions, then click agree.  

5. Fill in the fields required fields here.  Type in your RSS feed URL from Podbean in the RSS Feed URL text box.  Stitcher asks for information such as your Twitter handle, Facebook, average listener count, and keywords that will help Stitcher listeners find your podcast, so it’ll be important to have this information ready.  

6. Click the checkbox, then press Continue.  If everything looks correct, click Submit Podcast.  Your Podcast has now been submitted to Stitcher. You should receive an e mail shortly that your podcast has been received for review.  Please note that Stitcher states that it can take up to five days to approve or decline your podcast. You should receive a second e mail once your podcast has been approved.  


How To Submit Your Podcast To TuneIn

  1. Log into your Podbean account.
  2.  On the left hand column, go to Settings: Feed – iTunes. 
  3. Take down your RSS Feed.  You’ll need this to submit to TuneIn.
  4. Go to https://help.tunein.com/contact/add-podcast-S19TR3Sdf
  5. Fill out the required information in this submission form.  Type in your RSS feed from Podbean in the XML/RSS Feed URL text box. 
  6. Once you’ve filled in all of the fields, click the Agree to Terms and Conditions checkbox, then click Send e mail.  TuneIn moderates each podcast submission, which can take one to ten days to approve or decline. You should receive an e mail from TuneIn when your podcast has been approved. 

Podbean Unveils Enhanced Audio Recorder and Editing Features in its App

audio recorder app

The Podbean Podcasting App’s Audio Recorder Function Offers a Range of New Effects and Post-Production Tools

Wilmington, DE – January 24, 2019– The Podbean app features an audio recorder function, allowing podcasters to record and publish audio podcasts right from their iPhone or Android devices. The newly-released version of the app provides a robust suite of recording and editing features for the podcaster to create even better audio.

The latest version of the Podbean audio recorder provides a rich library of free background music in various styles and moods that podcasters can use in their recordings. It also offers special effect sounds, tone adjustment, and echo effects to mimic different surroundings. After recording, podcasters can use the editing features to cut the audio, merge two recordings or split recordings. Podcasters can also import background music and other audio files, as well as export their recorded audio to easily use other professional editing tools or repurpose content.

“As we all do more on our mobile phones, we’re encountering more podcasters who want to be able to record and publish on the go,” said David Xu, Podbean’s CEO. “We released the audio recorder in the app in 2016 and have continued working to make it more functional for podcasters producing mobile audio. This is the first in a series of upgrades to the recording and post-production features in the Podbean app.”

For an overview of features, visit Podbean’s audio recorder page. You can download the Podbean app free from the App Store or Google Play. Podbean is seeking feedback to continue improving and enhancing the audio recorder for podcasters. Contact Podbean Support to provide feedback or get help.

Save Time! Import Files Directly from Dropbox to Podbean

Dropbox is one of the most popular services to store your files in the cloud. By connecting Dropbox with your Podbean account, it’s now quick and easy for you to import media files stored in Dropbox to your Podbean Media Manager.

The traditional way to upload the files stored in Dropbox to your Podbean Media Manager is downloading files from Dropbox to your local computer and then re-uploading them again to your Podbean Media Manager. Now, you can import the files directly from Dropbox to your Podbean Media Manager to save time.

To try it out, go to apps.podbean.com to set up the free “Import files from Dropbox” app.

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1. Click “Get App” (You will be sent to the Podbean login page if not already logged in; select a podcast channel if you have multiple channels.)

dropbox Get app

2. In your Podbean admin, navigate to “Settings”–>”Apps”. (You will be redirected to this page when installing the app.)

dropbox in dashboard

3. Find the app and click the “Settings” icon.

dropbox settings

4. In the pop-up window, click the “Select files from Dropbox” button to connect your Dropbox account and choose files to import.

choose files from dropbox

choose files to import in dropbox

5. Go to your Podbean Media Manager to view your imported files.

imported dropbox files

Organization Podcasting: Educating a Wider Audience

CIA

The Culinary Institute of America is widely known as the premier culinary college. John Barkley is their Director of Strategic Initiatives, Digital Media. He shared his thoughts on why the organization uses podcasting and how it’s contributed to their objectives.

Why did your organization decide to start podcasting?

As the world’s premier culinary college, a non-profit educational institution, one of our core initiatives is documenting and preserving world cuisines.  We started this free video podcast, “Video from The Culinary Institute of America”, as a way to extend our documentaries on global cuisines to a larger audience outside of the CIA classrooms.

What is your primary objective with podcasting?

To share knowledge about food and cooking with future generations of chefs and food enthusiasts.

What benefits have you seen?

It’s great having the exposure we get through Podbean and iTunes. We are reaching an audience that we might never connect with via our traditional e-learning channels.

Have there been any particular features of Podbean that have made it easy for you to implement?

The interface and scheduling aspects of Podbean are easy to use and make podcast publishing simple.

Any challenges you’ve found in podcasting? What future changes or goals do you anticipate?

One of the challenges with maintaining a huge library of video podcast content, is the data storage requirements. In addition, scaling up for the future of 4K video podcasting will bring added data storage requirements and require flexible and affordable cloud-based systems like Podbean.

Organizations like CIA are using podcasts to find new audiences and further their outreach. There are so many creative ways your organization can use podcasting. Podcasting is one of the most accessible mediums, and Podbean makes it easy and affordable. Podcasting can help you reach a wider audience, tell your story in a new way, and reach (and exceed) your goals.

You can find your foodie inspiration on their beautiful podcast at http://cia.podbean.com/. Don’t watch it if you’re hungry!

video from CIA

Podbean for Christian Podcasts: One Pastor Shares the Benefits and Process

Today’s guest post is written by Rev. Jason B. Harrison, M.A. He shares his weekly sermons on his podcast, Let Your Light So Shine. He’s also using Podbean’s Patron Program as a fundraising tool for his ministry.

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For those of you who may be thinking about starting a podcast:

Allow me to begin by suggesting that you choose podbean.com as your host site.  I have not been disappointed in the least.

Some may wonder why I personally chose to create a podcast.  The reason is fairly simple.  As a Pastor from Southern Illinois, I am always looking for new ways to reach people with the Good News.  I record the audio of my sermons and upload them as episodes for my podcast.

Our church is a small one.  I can preach all year in our small church and reach a small amount of people. I can preach the same way, and upload the audio file to Podbean, and reach people worldwide.  Since I began the podcast, it has reached nearly 1,300 downloads.  That may not impress some podcasters who see those numbers in a couple days, but for a small church Pastor – it’s very encouraging.

I share every new sermon/episode on Facebook.  That helps to let my people know that the sermon is available in case they missed the service that week.  It also opens another door for spreading the word about the podcast itself.  The same can be said for all social media.

The actual process of creating and maintaining my podcast is quite simple.  Step one was to sign up on podbean.com.  I then decided between the free service or unlimited service.  I decided on the unlimited deal.  It was quite affordable.

A great deal of my podcasting involves my phone.  I have a smart phone – and I downloaded Voice Record Pro from the App Store for free.  Before I begin my sermon, I open the app and begin recording.  Later in the day, I open the app and edit that sermon.  I have the options of trimming it and converting it to a mp3 file, and I typically do both.

I then email the file to myself and download it to my computer.  The files all go into one certain folder created just for episodes.  I log on to Podbean.  I follow the instructions to upload the latest sermon, and it is ready to go.  There are a few steps involved when it comes to putting my podcast together – but they are simple.  It all becomes second nature after a couple podcasts.

Podbean.com has made podcasting simple and enjoyable.  Check them out if you haven’t already. Happy Podcasting!

*You can also record and publish via Podbean’s app directly.

Employee Development: How to Create a Podcast for Employee Training

Audio and video podcasts are a highly effective tool for employee development. Using podcasts to deploy employee training works especially well for large organizations or those with mobile employees.

Organizations can create audio or video training on specific skills, continuing education, product launches and more. You can even record live trainings for later viewing. Employees can easily access the content on their phones or computers.

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How to Create an Employee Development Podcast

  1. Set up media hosting. Podbean handles all your media storage so that content is reliably and securely served up to your employees. With our turnkey enterprise solution, you can create private podcasts that are only available to those with permission (by email login or SSO). You can set up groups for department-specific training and have different account roles for management. Contact our Enterprise Team for a custom quote.
  2. Plan and record your content. The hardest part is planning and creating your training content…we make the rest easy. Recording can be done using the Podbean app for Android and iPhone. The trainer can even use his/her earbuds to record. Or, we can help with suggestions for recording equipment and editing tools.
  3. Publish and share. There’s no learning curve with Podbean’s blog-like platform. Upload your files and create a post (or publish right from the app). Permitted employees can access the content by logging in to the site, or via the app. We can also set up a custom email notification option.
  4. Analyze how your content is performing. Want to evaluate the effectiveness of your employee development podcast? Podbean stats show you how often your podcasts are being downloaded/streamed. We also offer user behavior intel, to see precisely who is accessing what content when.

Take your employee development to the next level—EFFICIENT and EFFECTIVE. Increase engagement; diversify to meet more needs and learning styles; make it convenient. Learn more about Podbean’s private podcast solution.

Why and How to Create a Church Podcast

Benefits of Starting a Church Podcast

As a pastor, it makes me feel good to know that I’m creating something of value to our church family that makes a daily investment in their walk with Christ.

Many have told me it has been a help in their spiritual growth to be able to listen to the Bible/prayer. Quite a few have young children and they feel like their devotional lives have suffered because it’s a challenge to sit down and read. Having an audio recording to listen to has been a big help. Several have told me that the podcast is the first thing they listen to when they wake up in the morning. –Pastor John Stange, The Chapter-A-Day Audiobible

There are so many benefits to creating a church podcast. It is a convenient way to provide inspiration to your followers. A church podcast offers members who cannot attend services the chance to stay connected to your community. You can offer enhanced bible study, devotionals, or more in-depth teachings. A church podcast brings your message into followers’ regular lives. It offers a sense of connection throughout the week.

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How to Start a Church Podcast

  1. Choose your content. You may record your weekly sermons, or create a special message. You could read key passages or create a special bible study. You could even repurpose old content. Many churches have recordings/CDs of old sermons or events. They can easily be converted for your podcast. *If your audio is already in MP3 format, you can upload it to your podcast site as is. If not, there are many programs to easily convert different files. You can contact our Support team for recommendations.
  2. Set up media hosting for your church podcast. Podbean handles all your media storage (audio and video available). This ensures your files are easily served up to your followers. Our affordable hosting accounts provide all the tools you need, including a blog-like site for your podcast and inclusion in our apps. Your followers can enjoy your content anywhere, via phone or computer. Here’s a quick start podcasting guide.
  3. Record your content. Check out our guide to turning sermons into a podcast in three steps, to record using your phone. Or, you can use the recording equipment you already have on hand. If you’re new to recording, the Podbean app is an easy solution and you can join our Podcasting Smarter Facebook group if you’d like equipment recommendations and tips.
  4. Publish and share. You can record and publish your church podcast directly from the Podbean app. Or, simply upload your files to your Podbean account and create a post. You can add show notes, additional text, pictures and more if desired. Podbean offers automatic social sharing so it’s easy to get the word out about your content. You can also integrate your podcast with your existing church website with embeddable players or directly linking the sites.

There are so many benefits to starting a church podcast. And, it doesn’t have to be hard to do. It’s one of the easiest ways to broaden your outreach to church members and beyond. Learn more and start your free podcast hosting trial today.

Corporate Communication Podcasting

More and more corporations are using podcasts. Corporate communication, both external and internal, can benefit from the podcasting medium.

How can a podcast help with corporate communication?

Internal corporate communication:

  • Easy communication with large groups of employees (including mobile and worldwide employees)
  • Efficient way for employees to get training and education
  • More impactful messaging via audio and video
  • Effective cross-department and organization-wide communication tool

External corporate communication:

  • Enhanced branding via storytelling
  • A more intimate communication vehicle, builds trust & engagement
  • Diversify your communication strategy
  • Strengthen collaboration with stakeholder/partner interviews

A Corporate Communication Success Story

Podbean has allowed us to reach an audience in a way that we’ve never been able to do before. Newsletters and email used to be the only way to get just-in-time content to our distributed sales organization. But with secure podcasts through Podbean, we’re able to push out a constant stream of updates to each of our targeted geographies and roles. We’ve gone from 0 subscribers to over 1200 internal users in just 6 weeks. — Director Enablement Technology, Global 2000 Software Company

A Customized, Turnkey Solution for Corporate Communication

Podbean developed our turnkey enterprise podcasting solution in response to the needs of our corporate customers. We’ve worked with corporations spanning the globe and in many industries. Podbean removes the hassle of developing and managing the necessary technology. Everything is in place for reliable, secure audio and video hosting and distribution.

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Learn more about Podbean’s enterprise podcasting for corporate communication.
Contact our Enterprise Team for a custom quote.