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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.

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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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Migrating to Podbean from Blubrry

You can move your Blubrry podcast over to Podbean in one step.

After you create a Podbean account,  simply go to “Publish” in your Podbean dashboard and click on “Import RSS”. You will enter your old feed url there and the tool will automatically begin migrating your podcasts (titles and text will migrate immediately, audio and video files will take about 15-30 minutes to load).

Moreover, submit your Podbean feed to iTunes and make an announcement on your previous podcast site to notify your subscribers of your move to Podbean, with the new feed url so that they can re-subscribe to your Podbean podcast feed on your Podbean site or in iTunes. If possible, you should leave your old account active and for at least a month, to help ensure the information gets to most of your users.

 

 

Podbean Releases Enhanced Statistics System

Get the Best Insight into your Podcast’s Performance with Podbean’s Robust Reporting

Podbean just launched our revamped statistics system to give podcasters better insight in to their podcast’s performance and audience. With Podbean’s enhanced statistics system, podcasters can now get information about their podcast audience to understand who the listeners are, how they found the podcast, when and how they play the podcast, where they’re located, their favorite episodes and more!

Podbean: Helping Your Podcast Succeed

The new Podcast Statistics System is FREE to all Podbean users with a paid account. The enhanced reporting provides podcasters an easy-to-understand interface featuring:

  • Trending statistics to stay on top of how your podcast is performing
  • Geo-location data: see where your listeners are on the map
  • Platform (Windows, Linux, Mac, iPhone, Android, etc.) and client software (iTunes, podcast apps, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, etc.) data to understand how your audience consumes your podcast
  • Episode popularity: get detailed information on each episode and track your 10 most played episodes
  • Downloadable data for easy export in Excel format

The Podbean Statistics System provides graphical views of key statistics, so you can tap into the important information you need to help your podcast succeed and grow. And, unlike other systems, Podbean includes all of this with your account*, so there’s no extra cost for the information you need!

Check out your new stats today and let us know what you think!

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* All paid accounts include the Podbean statistics system. Professional plan users get additional reporting capability. You will see more detail in your statistics system, with the option to upgrade if desired. We removed site visits and feed hits as they are not the most accurate representation of popularity due to the prevalence of social share and mobile visits. You can consider professional Google analytics for more detailed data.

Moving Your Podcast from Personal Web Hosting to Podbean

If you’re ready for the convenience of hosting your Podcast on Podbean, you can  migrate your self-hosted podcast to Podbean in one step.  First, set up your account in Podbean and choose the plan you like.

After you create a Podbean account,  simply go to “Publish” in your Podbean dashboard and click on “Import RSS”. You will enter your PodOmatic feed url there and the tool will automatically begin migrating your podcasts (titles and text will migrate immediately, audio and video files will take about 15-30 minutes to load).

Moreover, submit your Podbean feed to iTunes and make an announcement on your old podcast site to notify your subscribers of your move to Podbean, with the new feed url so that they can re-subscribe to your Podbean podcast feed on your Podbean site or in iTunes. If possible, you should leave your old account active and for at least a month, to help ensure the information gets to most of your users.

Moving from PodOmatic to Podbean

You can move your PodOmatic podcast over to Podbean in one step.

After you create a Podbean account,  simply go to “Publish” in your Podbean dashboard and click on “Import RSS”. You will enter your PodOmatic feed url there and the tool will automatically begin migrating your podcasts (titles and text will migrate immediately, audio and video files will take about 15-30 minutes to load).

Moreover, submit your Podbean feed to iTunes and make an announcement on your PodOmatic podcast site to notify your subscribers of your move to Podbean, with the new feed url so that they can re-subscribe to your Podbean podcast feed on your Podbean site or in iTunes. If possible, you should leave your PodOmatic account active and for at least a month, to help ensure the information gets to most of your users.

Moving from Libsyn to Podbean

We make it really easy for you to move your Libsyn podcast over to Podbean. First, set up your account in Podbean and choose the plan you like.

Now you can import your old podcasts on Libsyn in to Podbean with just a couple steps.

Step 1: Simply go to “Publish” in your Podbean dashboard and click on “Import RSS”. You will enter your Libsyn feed url there and the tool will automatically begin migrating your podcast episodes (titles and text will migrate immediately, audio and video files will take about 15-30 minutes to load).

Step 2: Set up a redirect in your libsyn account to automatically redirect users to the new feed in iTunes. Libsyn allows you to set up a redirect in “advance options” (in “destinations”, click the “edit” button next to “Libsyn Classic Feed”). Scroll to “Redirect feed to this web address” and enter the url of your new Podbean feed (http://username.podbean.com/feed, please enter your true Podbean username instead of the “username”). Do a quick test by typing in your Libsyn feed address in a browser to ensure it redirects you now to your Podbean url.

Finally, we recommend that you make an announcement on your Libsyn podcast site to notify your subscribers of your move to Podbean. If possible, you should leave your Libsyn account active and for at least a month, to help ensure the information gets to most of your users.