After launching on Amazon’s Alexa last October, we have been working hard to expand the abilities available to listeners, making for an even more intuitive, enjoyable and involving user experience – all you need to do is sit back and enjoy some of the best podcasts around.
In case you aren’t already aware of what Amazon’s Alexa is, they are the new wireless, voice-activated ‘smart speakers’ by Amazon, which feature a personal assistant voice service named ‘Alexa’. These devices include Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot.
Get straight to the point, and straight to the podcasts. We’re adding a new feature that will have you listening to your favorite and most listened to podcasts in no time at all. Introducing the new Spreaker Podcast Radio home screen widget.
Your tried and true podcasts will be clearly laid out for you and each will be readily accessible with just a tap, right from your home screen. It’ll save you swipes and time, especially when you’re multitasking between your workout, emails, and instant messages. An improved and personalized listening experience lets you keep your flow as you go through all your to do’s, without missing a beat.
(Updated September 2019)
Velvet ropes are seductive. We all want to be in on the mystery, to be one of the few to enjoy what’s behind them. Their very appeal lies in their exclusivity; not everyone gets to go back there. And it’s an ingenious, while simple, marketing tactic that both rewards current fans and clients and draws new ones in.
But how can you apply exclusivity to your podcast when it’s public and accessible to everyone?
Spreaker is offering a solution that allows you to share your episodes with a few select listeners: introducing Private Episode Sharing (and from September 2019 also Private Show Sharing)!
And it’s a feature that can serve you both in front of and behind the scenes. Here’s how you can use private episode sharing to excite listeners and improve the podcasting process.
Let’s set the scene: you’re home, you’re sitting back and relaxing, and you’re pretty set on never getting up off the couch again. Putting on a great podcast would be the cherry on the cake.
Now you can fill your home with the sounds of your favorite podcast thanks to our new Spreaker Podcast Radio Chromecast/AirPlay compatibility! Using your smartphone or tablet as a remote control, you’ll be able to play all the true crimes, dramas, and news shows you love without having to do more than lifting a finger.
Listening just got even more hands-off. Spreaker is proud to introduce yet another way of engaging with its catalog of podcasts: a new Amazon Alexa skill!
Amazon Alexa devices are wireless, voice-activated “smart speakers” that feature a personal assistant voice service named “Alexa”. These devices include Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot. Similarly to Siri, Alexa will carry out the commands you say out loud to it.
Smart speakers have become a pretty big deal in the podcasting world as of late, and were the main topic of interest at this year’s RAIN Podcast Business Summit presented by NPR. Since Amazon Echo’s debut in 2014, they can now be found in over 20 million homes across the US. In fact, 42% of smart speaker owners claim they’re already essential to their everyday lives. Their ease of use alone is a persuasive selling point; there’s no searching for a remote control, not even the need to use access pins or swipe across the screen. With voice activation, smart speaker owners can ask for the weather report, access their favorite music, and, most importantly, tune in to podcasts.
Enthralling your listeners means nailing the details. Your word choice, split-second editing decisions, and the inclusion of chapters in each episode of your podcast can help pull together an expertly crafted story.
But it’s also in how you present your story. How you divvy up and mete out each episode is a way of leading listeners through the narrative thread. Listeners should always know exactly where they need to be when tuning in, and in particular where to begin. For example, if your content is serialized, it’s essential they start from the oldest episode (or rather, the first-ever made episode).
Dividing up your podcast in a smart way also makes your content more digestible. Working through seasons and clearly labeling your episodes helps listeners ease into your podcast without feeling overwhelmed.
Now, thanks to updates introduced with iOS 11, the presentation and production choices you make will be clearly displayed in Apple Podcasts. And to facilitate the matter, we at Spreaker have added new settings that, when applied from the CMS, will come through as tags in your RSS feed’s metadata. Your seasons, episode order, and episode labels will all appear to listeners tuning in through Apple Podcasts.
Approaching new podcasts to listen to is an exciting, though totally overwhelming endeavor. There are just so. Many. Podcasts. Thousands of them at your fingertips, to rummage through like an overflowing vintage sale that just received its last haul.
How about this one? Or that? Are you in the mood for a true crime podcast now? Maybe a personal coach later? Any tip or recommendation to guide that search is welcome, as is rethinking the way we look for new content (and old, too!) in the first place.
At Spreaker we’ve decided to give the entire process our own spin, and we’re thrilled to present Spreaker’s new home page. It’s your map to navigating that immense sea of audio content.
And podcast producers, you’ll be benefiting, too. Of course, you want your work to appear front and center to listeners likely to love it, but it’s easy to get drowned out when you’re competing with so many voices. You want to trust that your podcast will get the reach it deserves.
With featured podcasts, curated lists you’ll love, and content based on where you’re located, the new home page offers an effortless podcast-searching experience.
Easy, intuitive, and totally up to you. That’s exactly how you want your podcast listening experience to be: to find what you want easily, to not stumble through podcasts you’re uninterested in during your search, and to ultimately make the choices you want to make, even while you’re listening.
With Spreaker Podcast Radio, we’ve kept what you want in mind, every step of the way from the moment you open the app. A handy search bar and curated lists and channels pieced together with care get you to the podcasts you’re looking for quickly and painlessly—and things don’t stop when you press play. Even as you’re listening in you get to take charge of what flows through your ears.
Playback features allow you to listen to whatever you want, however way you want it. We’re happy to announce that you now have the ability to reverse any podcast’s episode order, as well as use the other great features already available on the app, like a playback speed toggle, a sleep timer, and notifications for your favorite episodes.