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?

Podcasts to Get You in the Halloween Mood

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Do you love Halloween? Have you already planned out an imaginative costume and started putting up spooky decorations? Or, are you more interested in the candy? Whether you’re passionate about all things spooky or just want to get into the spirit (pun intended), we have lots of podcasts that are perfect for Halloween. Last year we shared some of our favorite scary podcasts and you can find these plus our new picks in the “Scary Stories” topic featuring in the Podbean app right now.

You can find this topic featured in the Podbean app to listen on the go. If you don’t already have the Podbean app, download it for free in the App Store or Google Play store. It’s the best way to listen and discover new podcasts you’ll love, with recommendations of hot topics plus personalized recommendations based on what you listen to most. You can also listen to these podcasts online here.

Here’s our roundup of Podbean-hosted podcasts that we think are ideal for Halloween (or anytime you’re in the mood for the creepy, paranormal or downright terrifying).

1. OK Talk – Paranormal Tales of Mysterious Travels

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‘Legend Tripping’ the Unknown. So Good, It’s Scary! Voted a ‘Top 10 Mystery Podcast’ Telling weird stories and taking you to strange places.

2. Castle of Spirits Audio Ghost Stories

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Audio ghost stories from the renowned paranormal website www.castleofspirits.com

3. Ghost Stories of Canada

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Ghost Stories of Canada is a 13-episode mini-series focusing on the best ghost stories from every province and territory in Canada. It is run by Discover the Past Ghostly Walks in Victoria, BC.

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

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

5. Para-talk Podcast with East TN Ghost Seekers

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Para-talk is a podcast with the members of East Tn Ghost Seekers. Listen as they discuss paranormal/supernatural events from all around the world. Also, you can leave them a message with your experiences or even your favorite ghost story. So join them as they dive into the paranormal world and touch on all the things you have questioned yourself!To contact and leave your experiences/ghost story/questions call (865)264-0448

6. Ghost Train Podcast

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Welcome on board the Ghost Train! Recorded all over the globe. Lead singer of rock band Reverse Grip Dru Broda is taking on the paranormal podcast world! Strap yourself in and join Dru as he gives people a platform to share their best paranormal encounters!

7.The Brohio Podcast

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Two Bros cover all of the mysteries of the universe. Paranormal, Aliens, Conspiracies, Cryptozoology, Famous Murders, Urban Legends, Monsters, Demons, Occult and Strange Occurrences. Nothing is off limits. The Bros are driven by crude humor and the ability to laugh at everything. If you flirt with the dark side of humor and lack maturity, this podcast could potentially change your life. Instagram: @brohiopodcast Twitter: @Brohiopodcast Email: BrohioPodcast@gmail.com

8. The Paranormal Patriot

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Talk surrounding all things paranormal, mysterious and the unexplained….with some politics thrown in too

9. The Odd To Newfoundland Paranormal Podcast

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Your monthly paranormal variety show! Featuring bizarre news, odd but true facts about our strange world and a special guest every month.

10. Paranormal Almanac

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Each week we will talk about Paranormal news and tell our favorite paranormal stories, its informative, fun, and freaky.

11. Paranormal Underground Radio

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12. The Ectoplasm Show

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Your Paranormal News source. All Odd, Strange, Weird, Unexplained and Fun Stories!

13. Paranormal UK Radio Network

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Paranormal UK Radio Network offers a variety of paranormal talk radio shows that cover all aspects of the strange and paranormal in the United Kingdom and beyond!

14. THE PARANORMAL PULSE

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I’m Lance Philip and this my paranormal/ghost hunting podcast. I’m the founder of EKG – East Koast Ghost. Each week my co-host Jennifer and I will discuss all things from the paranormal world.

15. Military Paranormal Investigations Podcast

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MPIP is dedicated to advancing our and the publics understanding of uncharacteristic and mysterious paranormal events and activity. MPI and MPIR is not affiliated to any branch of the military.

16. Paranormal Into The Night

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PARANORMAL INTO THE NIGHT FOR ALL THINGS PARANORMAL

17. The Lost Gypsy – Stories of UFO encounters, Bigfoot, Paranormal and Myths

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The Lost Gypsy is a story telling podcast, Eric and Ricky are not experts nor claim to fully understand the paranormal. We love talking about it and hope to share these conversations with you guys, the listener.

18. The Paranormal Guide

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Three paranormal investigators and researchers tackle questions and topics about the weird, strange, bizarre and unknown

19. Stay Scary

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Stay Scary is a horror movie podcast hosted by Yinh Kiefer and Lisa McColgan. A rotating cast of artists and geeks join on to discuss themes and tropes in horror movies past and present.

20. 31 days of Horror Movies for Halloween

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PODCAST NETWORK FOR EVERY FAN

21. The Pod and the Pendulum

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The Pod and The Pendulum is a new horror movie podcast covering every movie in every franchise. From heavy hitters like Friday the 13th, to the direct-to-video titles like Subspecies, we’ve got you covered.Tweet us at @podandpendulumEmail us at podandthependulum@gmail.com

22. Scary podcasts

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New podcast of some scary stories

23. Scary Tales & Cocktails

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This is a creepy AF podcast. Listen and be terrified like I am, or not. PS there is some swearing, Listener discretion is advised.

24. Pam and Teri, Drunk and Scary

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Grab a drink, take a shot, and pull up a chair. We’re diving into some horror favorites.

25. The Barely Scary Podcast

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People have been obsessed with tales of horror since the dawn of time. Every Tuesday, you can indulge in this trend with Destinee Romero as she talks through a variety of these stories including, but not limited to, True Crime, Paranormal Occurrences and Creepy Pastas with some comedic undertones. If you like all things scary, mysterious or just plain weird, this is the place for you.

26. Scary Stories from Camp Roanoke

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Like telling ghost stories around a fire with your best friends, Katy Wiggins and Morgan Drisko are your warm and hilarious hosts and camp counselors. Tired of hearing about the same famous ghost stories? With laughter and joy they tell some of the strangest and most obscure stories from paranormal television shows. So join them at Camp! Wrap yourself in a warm blanket with some hot coffee as leaves rustle around you and spook yourself silly.

27. Dreamtime Hour Halloween Editions

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Halloween short stories for bedtime or those scary autumn nights.

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.

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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:

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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!

Monetize Your Podcast with PodAds – Just Shoot It Podcast

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Matt Enlow and Oren Kaplan, cohosts of the podcast JUST SHOOT IT sat down with us to talk about their show, directing, how to combine the two, and some strategies to monetize your podcast.


More work goes into making movies, television, and commercials than people realize.  Even beyond considering the work that lies behind the acting talent, like the professionals that handle props and costuming.  A large onus of a movie or film’s tone and direction lies on its director, to a point where a good director can turn a bad movie into a good movie, and a good movie into a great one.

“One of the interesting things about being a director on a film set is that there’s almost always only one of you, and we don’t really get to talk to each other.  The other interesting thing about directing is that there’s a lot of non-famous directors that making a living as directors that people don’t know about. And so we kind of wanted to make a podcast about people like us, and to talk to other people like us because we don’t usually get to do it.”

The practice that has lead to the high quality of their podcast is how they record their interviews.  By allowing extra time for everyone to get comfortable, they can explore and expand on the topic at hand.

“We get together more or less once a week.  We like to have more intimate-style conversations so we record around 8:30, kind of into the night with our guests.  And so it kind of creates a more intimate setting for people to hang out and talk, and really get into the *leads* on directing.  So we want to give ourselves as much time as we need in case, you know, the conversation needs to find itself a little bit.  

“We usually record for about an hour and a half, and usually the last hour is by far the best of what we record.  We find that when we’re all sitting together in one room, it takes a little while to warm up, and no one is distracted by phones or computer screens or anything else next to them during the recording.”

Monetization – specifically PodAds – has played a big role in how effectively they run their show.  Not only do they use it as a tool to monetize, but insert advertisements for their own live events in their back episodes.

“We use PodAds in two different ways that are both really helpful.  One way is the obvious way, if we have a sponsor, we can add pre-roll and mid-roll ads to every single episode of our back catalogue.  And because our show’s an interview show, sometimes an episode from four months ago might get a spike of listens because the person we had on the episode has done something in the news.  So knowing we can put ads on our entire catalogue is really helpful.

“The other thing we use it for is more of a fun trick is if we want to do something personal for our own podcast.  So for instance, we’re doing a live show on July 24th, and we want anyone to listen to any episode for this entire month to know about the live show, and once the live show happens we don’t want ANYONE to know about it anymore.  So it’s a way for us to easily let people know during a certain time no matter what episode they’re listening to that we have a live show coming up.”

To learn more about Matt, Oren, and JUST SHOOT IT, check out their website.  And to find out more about how to use PodAds to monetize your podcast, check out our step-by-step guide.