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More Customization for Your Podcast Player

Podbean has added even more customization options for your embeddable podcast player. Now, you can choose from a wide range of colors for your podcast player, to better match with the look and feel of your website.

In your dashboard, go to Settings->Player. For the embeddable multimedia player, click on “More Options” to see the colors available. Choose the color you desire and click “Preview & Get Code” for the corresponding coding to paste in to your site. 

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You can also change the color on the podcast player on your site. When you click on “audio player on site” or “video player on site”, you will see the range of colors. Click on the desired color and “save” to make the change on your site.

The Podbean interface helps you easily make your podcast look great! We welcome your feedback and questions at support@podbean.com and we hope you enjoy this new option.

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Podcast Stats Upgrade: Detailed Data Available for Export

Podcasters occasionally wish to view detailed information about their episode plays. For example, you may see something that seems unusual, such as a big increase or decrease in plays for a particular episode, and want to more closely analyze the data. With Podbean’s latest statistics upgrade, Business Plan users* now have this data right at their fingertips.

In your dashboard, go to Statistics->Trending and scroll down to “Episode Plays”. On the right side, you will see a button, “Export Full Data”; click to choose the month you desire (from the last three months) and the data will be exported to an Excel file. You can now see the details (file, country, IP, client/platform) of each episode play.

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Podbean’s enhanced statistics help your podcast succeed and grow! We welcome your feedback and questions at support@podbean.com.

*Full data export feature is only available for Business and Enterprise plans. To view plans/upgrade, visit http://www.podbean.com/podcast-hosting-pricing.

Podbean Releases New Podcast Layout Options

Podbean is excited to announce two great new layouts for our podcasters. Vivid 1.0 is a video podcast layout. It puts your videos front and center, with an attractive, graphic representation that shows off your video content. Pride 2.0 was designed with creative professionals in mind. Pride minimizes clutter through a simple, intuitive organization with a customizable podcast profile landing page.

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Podbean offers diverse layouts to make your podcast shine, highlighting your style and brand. Go to “layout” in your account dashboard to preview the different templates. With Podbean, podcasters don’t have to learn complex programming or spend a lot of time or money to make their sites look great.

You can also check out a video demo of how to change layouts in Podbean’s Support Center.

Five Key Statistics to Understand Your Podcast Audience

Statistics help you understand your podcast audience and guage how your podcast is performing. But, what do these stats mean? How can you use them to improve your podcast, grow your audience, and build your brand?

Here are five key statistics and the secrets they have to share with you. Podbean’s enhanced statistics platform, free with all paid accounts, shows you all of this data in an easy-to-read format.

1. Total plays 
  This is the “big picture” of the popularity of your podcast, as well as how it is growing or trending over time.

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2. Feed hits
Combined with play stats, feed hits give you a better idea of the size and interest of your listening audience. Podcasts are different than static web pages since users may click to play a podcast but then not listen to the episode and may fetch your feed in different ways. Feed hits and total plays together give you the most realistic picture. These are numbers that potential sponsors will want to know as well.

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3. Most popular episodes
Check out your top episodes for ideas about the type of content your listeners prefer. You can get new show ideas from this and offer similar content to potentially grow your podcast.

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4. Geography
It helps to know where your listeners are located. This can help you to include relevant information as it applies to those listeners, and build a sense of community by including/thanking listeners from different parts of the globe. Sponsors also need to know geo data to find out if your podcast is a good fit for who they wish to target (same goes for other potential enterprises you might do in relation to your podcast/brand).

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5. Client software/platform
As you make decisions about your podcast and ensure it is usable for the majority of your listeners, it helps to know what software and platforms they are using. If technical issues come up, you’ll have a better idea of who it’s affecting. Sponsors also sometimes want this information...if for example, they want to target iphone or Mac users only. If you podcast about technology, this is of course vital information as well.

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Simple is Best: Podcasting Account Updates

In our continued efforts to make Podbean the easiest, most functional podcasting platform for you, we’ve streamlined some more account features. We have removed the “users” menu. You can now find features such as admin, authors in the “my account” page and the “private members”page, if you’ve set up the private podcast, located under “account” in the upper right hand corner when you log in to Podbean.

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We’re always working to make Podbean the best podcasting tool for you. Your feedback helps us improve. We’d love to hear what you think! Email us with your comments.

Simplified Podcasting Platform

Podbean aims to make podcasting simple, helping you put out the best possible podcast with ease. We’re always finding ways to improve the tools for our users, to take away unnecessary complexities or awkward features. Here are the latest improvements we’ve been working on:

“Pages” functionality: You will now find “pages” under the “layout” tab (previously under “publish”). Pages function as a brief description of the podcast. Pages will now be text only. However, if you were using “pages” before and attaching audio and video files, your account will maintain those features. The toolbar and comments will also be removed from the bottom of the page.

Embeddable players: Podbean now supports an embeddable player for https sites, with options for a single-track or multi-track player and customization. Learn how to embed a player on your own website, blog or social site.

Creating categories: We’ve simplified the process for creating a category. Rather than having a category menu under the “publish” tab, you can now simply create, edit or delete a category directly when you are publishing an episode.

Easier Layout Features:

1. Easily choose your header and background images. You can now adjust the header image and background image when you select a theme (rather than having to go under a separate tab for header image/background image).

2. We have streamlined by removing some of the less-used/relevant widgets. However, if you have been using a particular widget, that widget will remain available in your account.

3. Sidebar links are now easier than ever to configure! Simply drag and drop the link widget into the sidebar. Click the configure button to create, edit or delete the links directly.

We’re always working to make Podbean the best podcasting tool for you. Your feedback helps us improve. We’d love to hear what you think! Email us with your comments.

Exclusive Podbean Priority Support

Podbean now offers priority support for our users! With your Podbean Business account, you get exclusive access to Podbean priority support. With this feature, your emails get highest priority for our tech team to review and assist in the most timely manner.
 
You can send us a message directly in your Podbean account in the dashboard (no need to go to the support center); simply enter a subject and message. We hope this great feature makes things easier for you when you need to reach out for help!

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We Hear You

It’s been a couple weeks since we released the new, enhanced Podbean statistics platform and we’ve been hearing from users who have been trying it out and enjoying better insight into their audience. We’ve also been getting a lot of suggestions for improvement and questions about particular features.We thank you, as this user feedback is vital so we can continue to offer the best platform for podcasters.

Our tech team has addressed the following key issues that users shared with us:

FEED HITS
Our new platform had removed feed hits in favor of other data, but users commented that they wanted to be able to continue viewing feed hits. We have already reinstated this feature under the “feed hits” tab. Feed hits shows how many times your feed is fetched.

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SITE VISITS

We have heard from some users about the removal of site visits in the new platform and we understand the value of analyzing your site’s popularity. In order to bring you the best functionality, we determined it was best to allow users to link their site with google analytics. Visit the “google analytics” tab in your stats to add your google analytics account ID. This will give you the richest insight into your podcast site traffic and marketing effectiveness.

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LATEST 50 PLAYS

The most recent plays stats were initially removed from the new tool, but can now be found again under your “trending” and “Feed Hits” report. Scroll down and you will see “Episode Player Data (Latest 50)”. Here you will find data on the latest 50 plays including: time, ip, country and client.

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We encourage your continued feedback as you try out the new tools. Podbean strives to offer the best features while maintaining simplicity for our users. We want to make it easy for you to have the best podcast possible, so let us know what you think.

Podbean Unveils Unlimited Audio and Video Plans for Podcasters!

The Podbean team is excited to offer two new podcast hosting plans that allow podcasters to publish an unlimited amount of audio and video each month.

Podbean now offers two great new storage plans: an unlimited audio plan for as little as $8 a month and an unlimited video plan for as little as $18 a month (when purchased annually).

The plans, which are part of Podbean’s new “No Limit Podcasting” campaign, are a significant upgrade over storage maximums set for most podcast hosting. Until now, storage offered by podcast hosting service providers at the $8 a month rate was typically 300MB of space.

“Needless to say, our new unlimited plans are a real game-changer when it comes to podcast hosting,” shares David Xu, CEO of Podbean. “With an unlimited storage and unmetered bandwidth plan offered at $8 per month, this is going to dramatically lower the entry level for individuals and businesses who want to start a podcast. And, because Podbean users get unmetered bandwidth, they don’t have to worry about increased costs for a popular podcast.”

The new unlimited audio and video plans still include all the features that make Podbean the ultimate choice for podcast hosting, including:

  • Professionally designed, customizable templates that can be presented across desktop, iPad, iPhone, Android and other mobile devices and that allow podcasters to quickly and easily develop their own unique style.
  • A user-friendly interface that integrates widgets and publishing, management, syndication and analysis tools into an easy-to-use podcasting package.
  • A point and click environment that allows users to publish, manage and promote podcasts without any technical knowledge.
  • Embeddable code that makes it easy for publishers to integrate podcasts into their own websites, blogs and social networks around the web, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Blogger and more.
  • Comprehensive statistics that reveal, among other things, how many times each episode is played, a feed is fetched and a site is visited; plus, when and who played a podcast.

If purchased on an annual basis, the unlimited audio plan costs $8/month and the unlimited video plan costs $18/month. Customers who wish to pay monthly rather than purchase an annual plan can receive unlimited audio for $10/month and unlimited video for $25/month.

Podbean Releases a Video Tutorial on How to Publish a Podcast

You can also watch the tutorial at Youtube.

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