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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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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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How To Keep Your Podcast Topic Sounding Fresh

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Exploring the different sides of your topic

How can you make sure that you never podfade or run out of things to talk about on your podcast? Most of the work you put into your podcast revolves around presenting your main topic in an entertaining and informative way – and it’s the core reason why your listeners tune in. It has to be multifaceted and provide numerous fresh angles.

While excellent storytelling skills can make anything sound interesting enough, bringing content that’s of value to your audience is what will keep them coming back. It’s all about drawing from the resources available to you, and finding those unique takes. You can refer to your listeners’ feedback and contributions, scrape show topic ideas from other media sources in your genre, subscribe to newsletters, set up google alerts, and run thorough keyword searches.

Learn about all the different ways you can make the most out of your podcast’s topic in this episode of the Spreaker Live Show.

Listen to “SLS99: How To Avoid Running Out of Show Topics” on Spreaker.

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How to Avoid Podfading

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Preventing Podfade

Podfading is when a podcast slows down and is (eventually) abandoned about seven or eight episodes in. No one ever starts a podcast intending to podfade. It’s always so exciting to start out with lots of ideas about who to interview and how to get it to sound right.

And yet, it’s a cycle we see again and again. While it can happen for a number of reasons, podcasting platforms that have tracked the phenomenon have picked up on a few recurring trends. For example, podcasters often get overwhelmed by all the work required, or simply run out of things to say.

However, there are plenty of ways to avoid it, from seriously streamlining the production process, to finding co-hosts and guests to help pick up the slack.

Get a full explanation of podfading as a phenomenon and find out how to take it on in this episode of the Spreaker Live Show.

Listen to “SLS98: How To Avoid The Podfading Fate” on Spreaker.

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Looking Good When You Auto-Share

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Podcasting doesn’t end when you hit “Publish.” Your content needs to get to your listeners’ ears, and effective distribution means sharing your content quickly and looking good while you do it. But when your podcasting to-do list is already inundated with different tasks – mixing, editing, uploading, describing, tagging – some of the process risks falling by the wayside.

That’s why we’ve been focusing so much on the new CMS, to offer you a dashboard full of quality tools and features to help you every step of the way. Today, we’re eager to show you the newest addition: the ability to auto-share “camera-ready” episodes to all your social networks.

Here’s what we mean:

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Our Content Management System Offers New Podcasting Features

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You’ve got it all under control – introducing Spreaker’s new Content Management System!

The Content Management System, or CMS, is a powerful new tool that makes general podcast and content management a cinch, so that you can make quick changes as needed. We’ve taken care of the tech so that podcasters can stick to what they do best: podcasting.

You’ll find it all there – the CMS is a full view of your operation and output at a glance. It’s chockfull of new features that allow you to do loads of things, like customize your embedded player, manage multiple episodes at once, adjust cover image sizes, and much more.

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Updated: Show and Tell with Spreaker’s New Embedded Player

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Don’t just tell listeners your story, show it to them, too!

Simply put, podcasting is storytelling via an audio medium. Not so simply put, podcasting is storytelling delivered via a number of various elements that also includes artwork, branding, and listening tools.

Now, with Spreaker’s newest embedded player, the marriage of all those elements comes together in one place, that’s efficient for you, as a producer, and convenient for your listeners. You can tell your story, and show it, too, with a full display of your episode or podcast artwork front and center, as well as a complete listing of your past podcast episodes. You’ll also be able to customize its size and color, and get to please your listeners’ eyes as well as their ears.

Why should I use the embedded player, again?

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How to Be a Great Podcast Host – Spreaker Live Show #79

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In episode #79 of the Spreaker Live Show, streamed on Wednesday, September 7th, we discussed three important podcasting topics with Spreaker Head of Content, Rob Greenlee:

  • How To Be A Great Podcast Host
  • The Benefits Of Transcribing Your Podcast’s Audio
  • The Newly Released IAB Podcast Ad Metric Guidelines

Read more to see show notes and links discussed in this 52 minute episode.

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Finding Podcasting’s Listening Simplicity

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carradioEvery time I step into a car with an AM/FM radio, I am reminded about the concept of simplicity and ease of use as key reasons why radio grew to have such a large listening audience.

When I contrast the current in-car radio experience with present podcast usability, the AM/FM radio experience is still winning the simplicity test and audiences today.

We have seen usability and simplicity gains of on demand audio and podcasting technology over the past 10 years. These usability improvements have started to erode the listener base of in-car radio and is causing a gradual increase in on demand audio podcasts usage.

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The Benefits Of Transcribing Your Podcast

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If you’re wondering why you should transcribe your podcast, start by considering that the easiest way to find something on the internet (any kind of media – audio, video, images) is through text. By providing a text version, or a transcript, of your podcast’s episodes you can improve its accessibility, shareability, and be able to repurpose that valuable content later on.  It also improves your listeners’ experience, giving them an alternative way to consume your content when tuning in isn’t possible.

“Text is the secret. Converting podcast recordings into a transcript makes it possible for podcast producers to give listeners a better experience.” (Observer.com)

Moreover, as mentioned before, since web searches are text based, a transcript will open up new opportunities; you’ll be able to easily redact your content into blog posts, articles, presentations, and even books. Even your listeners will be able to quickly quote and share what they find valuable from your episode. Let’s take a deeper look at how transcriptions can benefit your podcast:

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