Manage Every Detail: Add iOS 11’s New Season and Episode Tags to Your Podcast

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.

Sort your episodes into numbered seasons

Working in seasons is just one way of organizing your content and production schedule in a way that can be more conducive to your overall story. As Daniel J. Lewis of The Audacity to Podcast has said, doing so can benefit both you, as a producer, and your listener. For one, it’s a process that offers built-in breaks in production, giving you lengthy hiatuses to recharge and come up with new ideas. This also gives listeners the chance to consume and catch up on episodes with plenty of time to spare, without falling behind.

Now you can quickly sort and structure your podcast to follow a season schedule through Spreaker. To do so, from the CMS, go into your podcast’s settings. From there, click on EDIT.

Choose Sort Episodes from the left-side menu.

Start creating seasons by clicking on Add Season.

To add episodes to those seasons, select all the episodes you’d like to include from the Unknown section. Once you’re done, click on Move To on the banner that appears at the bottom of the page, and then choose which season you’d like to place the episodes in. Do note that these changes will only come through as tags in your RSS feed and only be visible in Apple Podcasts.

Set the order your episodes should be played

Just last month we gave listeners the ability to control their listening experience and reorder episodes from oldest to newest and vice versa. This was to help them more easily get through serialized podcasts dependent on having their stories listened to in chronological order.

Now we’ve brought this power back into your own hands. You can set the order of your podcast’s episodes according to how you know they should be listened to. So, if your story needs to be told from the oldest episode first, you can set it so that that’s the first episode that comes up in the playlist.

To set the order of your episodes correctly, from the CMS, go into your podcast’s settings. From there, click on EDIT.

Choose Sort Episodes from the left-side menu.

At the top of the page, choose Episodic (to sort from newest to oldest), or Serial (to sort from oldest to newest).

With this feature, you have the added bonus of applying these changes to your podcast on Spreaker as well as Apple Podcasts. That means your preferred episode order will appear on the Spreaker website, Spreaker Podcast Radio, any embedded players added to external websites, and elsewhere.

Let them know your type

The final tag available is the ability to label episodes according to the content they hold. There are three different labels to choose from: full, trailer, and bonus.

Adding these labels is a simple way to make sure there’s no confusion about the type of content you’ve just published. Listeners will know, right from the get-go, whether they’re tuning into bonus material or a teaser, or a regular full episode.

To label your episodes, go into your podcast’s settings from the CMS. From there, click on EDIT.

Choose Sort Episodes from the left-side menu.

To the right of each episode listed, you’ll see a drop-down menu. Click on the menu and choose whether it’s a full, trailer, or bonus episode.

Again, changes made to these settings will only be applied to and visible in Apple Podcasts.

Every detail counts when you want to tell a story and want to tell it well. With iOS 11’s new tags, you can fine tune your podcast and set it to the way you want it to look and be listened to.

Add seasons, reorder your episodes, and label your content through Spreaker’s CMS now.

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    1. Hello there. Yes, of course. We’ll provide them until they will be fully supported by the most used RSS podcatching apps and used by our podcasters, like any other function.

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