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Planning Your Podcast Script

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The big question is whether you should or shouldn’t plan your podcast script and there are people who sit in both camps. Some believe that scripted podcasts make speech feel stiff and rehearsed, others believe it’s the key to being confident, concise and keeping the content flowing.

The answer is to plan, but to plan right, as it is nigh on impossible to create great content without some sort of planning, even the podcasts which sound ad-libbed are scripted and rehearsed to some level. However, don’t think that you need to produce a rigid script which you follow word for word, you can create a guide which gives you pointers and leads you through your topics. The power of planning is that it ensures captivating content which hooks listeners and keeps you focused.

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It’s Just One Step to Podcast Listening with the New Spreaker Podcast Radio Widget

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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.

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How to Find the Right Tone of Voice for your Podcast

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Whether you listen to Common Sense with Dan Carlin, PBS NewsHour, or The New Yorker to get your podcast news fix you’re aware of the big difference in how the presenters communicate their message; not just in the language they use but also their tone of voice. Tone can convey a thousand things to a listener and is key in getting what you want to say across correctly, how you use it will affect everything from how you’re interpreted as a person to the sincerity of the message you’re broadcasting. The Guardian says tone will “affect how we’re seen in terms of our personality, our emotional state, and even our professional competence”. Let’s take a look at some of the different podcast genres out there and see how you can use tone to create impact for yours!   

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Listen to Your Favorite Podcasts on Any Chromecast or Airplay Compatible Device

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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.

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New! Spreaker’s 50,000+ Show Catalog Is Now on Amazon Alexa Devices

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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.

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Keep Your Embedded Player Cleaner with the Custom New Feature

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Attention to detail. We know you’re into it. Especially when it comes to how your podcast is portrayed and played. After the recording itself, your website look is probably what you fuss over the most. And rightly so – brand consistency is key to appearing professional, and your embedded player is no exception.

So here’s the good news: Spreaker’s updated embedded player now slips in even better with your own branding – discrete, minimal, and powerful.

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Reverse Any Podcast’s Episode Order, Plus 3 Other Ways to Control Your Listening Experience

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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.

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Podcast, and They Will Follow: Spreaker Introduces Follower Tracking!

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Statistics are vital to podcasting. They help you track your growth and (indirectly) guide your podcasting process and content. The more specific the stats, the better, and whenever new kinds of statistical data become available to podcasters, it’s like striking gold.

Which is where Spreaker has set its focus. We’re thrilled to launch a new data point that’s sure to make your mouth water: follower tracking!

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The Perfect Marriage: Podcasting and Storytelling

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We have an innate need to tell stories. Stories provide a way to express our thoughts and ideas and to hopefully arrive at common ground with our audience while doing so, despite physical or metaphorical barriers.

Good storytelling can be particularly powerful in getting our message across. If anything, it renders information more memorable: we’re way more likely to take in and remember a story than a list of bullet points. Once we’ve been caught in a web of personalities and emotions, that message lodges itself more easily into our brains.

Even more importantly, we’re more likely to get behind and promote the message of a story that compels us. We become more understanding and sympathetic to its particular point of view.

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Podcast Suicide: 5 Errors to Avoid

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Here’s what NOT to do for your podcast’s success

Do you ever look back to when you were starting out podcasting and kick yourself over things you wish you had done differently? Stuff that you later figured out were making it hard for your podcast take off? Setting up a podcast is a learning process, but there are some slip-ups that you REALLY do not want to make!

Working at Spreaker, I’ve observed 5 mistakes in particular that inevitably damage a podcast’s potential to thrive. But once you’ve identified them, they’re actually pretty simple to avoid!

So if you are about to schedule your next episode, make sure you stay savvy and keep well away from these errors. Let your podcast soar, not sink!  

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