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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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3 Simple Ways Podcasters Can Reach Listeners and Get Them Engaged

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What would your podcast be if your listeners weren’t there? It would just be a one-way conversation, a full-on monologue shared with no one but yourself. There’s almost no point in producing a podcast if there’s no one there to dialogue with.

And so, once you’ve found the right words to say and have used the best tools at your disposal to do so, the next step is to really focus on getting those words to open ears – and get them wanting more.

There are three components to reaching listeners and getting them hooked: distribution, engagement, and getting them loyal. Here’s how to approach each using Spreaker’s professional podcasting tools:

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Top 3 Tips for Make Your Podcast Picture Perfect

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3 Essential Steps to Get Your Podcast Looking Great

They say a picture tells a thousand words. Podcasters pride themselves on their ability to paint a compelling and detailed image of a topic with their voices. Podcasts are a powerful canvas for spoken word. But choosing images for your podcast does not pose a dilemma of visual vs. audio. On the contrary, a picture exemplifies the richness of your content and those thousands of words. Here’s how to start embracing image use in your podcast.

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How to Save Time and Money With the Right Home for Your Podcast

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Podcasting has been around for longer than you think (over 10 years now!), but the ways it has enticed people to tell their stories, as well as connect with others in a very intimate way, has never felt fresher. Yet, while there are lots of potential podcasters out there ready to try it out for themselves, many get lost along the way. It’s easy to see why – the onslaught of “necessary” gear, like microphones, filters, and mixers and the time commitment involved, are intimidating distractions.

However, you don’t have to sweat it – not that much, anyway. With even the most basic tools, getting into podcasting is simpler than you think.

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Don’t Sell Your Brand. Tell It In a Podcast

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Advertisers Have Found a Secret Weapon and it’s Called Podcasts

Audiences and advertising are finding common ground: a passion for audio.

Already last year a study by Bridge Ratings predicted that as marketers gain more and more confidence in podcasts, the market spend for the platform will grow at a consistent 25% a year through to 2020. Similarly, Advertising Age predicts that advertisers will push for their content marketing strategies to produce audience-oriented content that aligns with their brand’s purpose and values.

All this culminates into an undeniable reality: podcasting advertising is the way to go.

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