Want to win a free year of podcast hosting? Libsyn is holding a contest called the “Thanks, Podcasting Project”. Submit an entry before November 29, 2015, and make sure you use the hashtag #ThanksPodcasting when you share your entry on Twitter. This contest is for new and current Libsyn customers.
To enter the contest, you must create a clean piece of audio that is between 2 and 10 minutes long. Tell Libsyn a story about the impact of podcasting in your life. There is a specific script that they would like you to open with.
“Welcome to Thanks, Podcasting where you’ll get to hear stories of inspiration, transformation and impact because of podcasting. My name is (your name) from (your podcast) over at (website).”
From there, it is up to you. You can make your submission entirely about you, or about your audience, or about a specific incident, piece of feedback, or experience that was inspired by podcasting. You can make your submission about your general experience of podcasting. You are allowed to add audio to your submission, but you cannot use any kind of material that might be infringing on anyone’s copyright.
There are details on the Libsyn website about the specific intro and outro you must use in your submission. (Each is downloadable). There is also information about the encoding and ID3 tags they want you to use.
After that, upload your audio to your cloud service/store of choice, and then share it on Twitter using the #ThanksPodcasting hashtag. You must share it on Twitter in order to enter the contest, but are free to share your entry on other forms of social media if you would like to. Each person can have only one entry – so make it a good one!
Three winners will be randomly chosen. New Libsyn customers who win the contest will get a $40 level account for free for a full year. Existing Libsyn customers who win the contest, and that already have a $40 or greater account, will be awarded a free year at their current account level. Existing Libsyn customers who win the contest and have account levels below $40 can choose to upgrade to the $40 level for a full year for free.
Libsyn has launched a new service offering that is called Private Premium. It was announced at Content Marketing World earlier this month.
Private Premium is for businesses and other organizations who require secure distribution of the content that they want to distribute to their mobile workforce. The content could be in the form of audio, video, blog posts, or PDFs. The Private Premium service provides businesses with a simple method to safely and quickly send critical information and alerts directly to their employees via custom apps for iOS and Android devices.
Private Premium securely delivers content to end users who are specifically authorized by the company. Businesses have immediate access via the LibsynPro interface to make additions, modifications and deletions to the approved user list. Content can instantly be published to the secure smartphone apps with corresponding push notifications to alert users of new information. LibsynPro provides administrator and publisher rights’ management to maintain security and user management.
The smartphone apps make the consumption of the content easy and convenient for end users. The apps include a car play mode for audio content playback and downloads to the app for playback in airplane mode.
The addition of Private Premium to Libsyn Pro allows companies to strengthen their content marketing for both external customers and internal teams. The same technology solution can distribute sales, marketing and educational content publicly or through restricted access.
It seems like podcasters deal with a lot of anxiety when it comes to media and website hosting. It’s understandable, as those two things are highly important when it comes to podcasting.
I tried to answer the question, “Will your hosting company be here forever?” If you’re dealing with your own angst over this issue, I hope my findings will help to put your mind at ease.
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Media host and podcasting services provider Liberated Syndication (LibSyn) has a special Black Friday offer for its standalone podcast app service. From the LibSyn blog:
WHAT YOU GET: a $60 savings for your standalone app…
This standalone app will be in Amazon, Google Play and iOS Markets branded for your show
Your App will support audio, video, PDF & blog posts of your content…
Normally we charge a $50 set-up fee and an additional $10 a month on top of a $20 or more a month Libsyn hosting plan but just for 2 weeks, starting black Friday we are waiving the $50 fee plus the $10 a month charge for the first month!
This offer is available starting today and runs thru December 12th. In order to take advantage of the offer and get your podcast apps into the Amazon, Google Play, and iOS stores, you’ll need to subscribe to LibSyn’s $20/month (or higher) hosting plan and you’ll need to have your own Apple and Google developer accounts. Once you have all of these requirements taken care of, you’ll need to fill out the “app destinations” form that will become active in your LibSyn dashboard.
For full instructions on how to set up your developer accounts and get your LibSyn-powered app created, follow the LibSyn offer link at the top of this blog entry. As the LibSyn offer points out, now is a great time to get your own app as there will be a surge of mobile devices entering the market during the holiday season and the owners of those devices may just be looking for your app!
If you want to publish a podcast, media hosting is a big deal. You need a reliable place to store your audio/video files. And preferably, that storage system won’t cause you go to go broke due to high bandwidth costs. Over the years, a number of companies have moved into this field but most of them haven’t stuck around. Spend any amount of time in a public forum devoted to podcasting, and the question of, “Which media host should I use?” will come up. And a flurry of responses will follow. Perennial favorites in the media hosting game like LibSyn and Blubrry come up often during these discussions. But another company seems to be entering the conversation more and more as of late: SoundCloud.
SoundCloud was first conceived by its founders as an online collaboration tool for musicians. It eventually morphed into an upload-and-share service for audio. Thanks to its ease of use and social sharing features, the service took off with musicians. Its growing popularity caused some to dub it “the YouTube of audio.” Soon, podcasters began asking SoundCloud how they too could take advantage of the service. SoundCloud’s base offerings aren’t really good for podcasters, as they’re really designed for musicians. In response, SoundCloud created a program for podcasters which has never officially left the beta phase of development.
Continue reading SoundCloud For Podcasting: A Skeptic’s Point Of View
The upcoming release of Windows Phone 8.1 looks to be a major rework of the OS that runs Windows-enabled mobile phones. While the release date for Windows Phone 8.1 has not yet been announced, developer previews of the operating system have been available for a couple months. Those with access to this preview version of Windows Phone 8.1 have noted that the OS comes with a podcast aggregator app as a standard feature. This is good news for podcast listeners and producers, as it’ll create an easy way for Windows Phone users to subscribe to podcasts. If you want to ensure that your podcast will be easy to add to this new aggregator, you’ll need to follow one simple guideline: Be sure your podcast’s RSS feed is discoverable by Microsoft’s search engine, Bing.
The new Windows Phone 8.1 Podcasts app won’t be powered by a built-in directory like most other podcast aggregators. Instead, when a user wants to add a new show, they’ll enter either a show title or a subject of interest into the Windows Phone Podcasts app’s search box. From there, the app will do a Bing search for the show title or subject. And from those results, it’ll help the user get subscribed to new shows. For this reason, the search engine must be able to easily locate your podcast’s RSS feed. And while it may seem like an obvious requirement to have your show’s RSS feed linked from your main podcast website, there are still a lot of podcasters who (for whatever reason) don’t do this.
Continue reading Be Ready For The New Windows Phone 8.1 Podcasts App