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The podcast for podcasters, by podcasters. Real life stories from podcasters: how they got started, podcasting challenges and tips. Inspiration and advice from the wonderful world of podcasting.
May 25, 2021
How To Use Music In Your Podcast!
On this episode of Podcasting Smarter, our Head of Marketing John Kiernan speak with Evan Buist of Melodie. We discuss how podcasters and content creators can legally use music in their podcasts. We also discuss the do's and dont's of fair use, as well as Melodie's great solution to using exclusive royalty free music using their platform. Enjoy the episode! Chapters: 1:28 - Who is Melodie? 2:18 - Why does Melodie focus on royalty free music? 4:22 - What does "in perpetuity" mean? 5:04 - Why royalty free music can save you years down the line. 8:13 - Fair use: what is it? 9:28 - What is royalty free music? How can it be used? 11:21 - Different kinds of licenses. 13:04 - How Melodie is changing the game for podcasters. 17:12 - How and why to use multiple versions and stems of the songs! 19:53 - Advice for using music in your podcast. 25:00 - Find our more about Melodie Check out Melodie today at melod.ie ! Learn how to start a podcast with our easy step by step guide: Learn how to promote your podcast:
April 22, 2021
Promote Your Podcast - Four Effective Tips and Tools!
Maybe you just started your podcast or you're a veteran podcaster. But one thing is for sure: you want to have your podcast reaching as many eyes and ears as possible. In today's episode, our Head of Marketing John highlights four effective ways to promote your podcast and get more listeners for your podcast! Check out our video version of this episode here: Podbean is an easy and powerful way to start podcasting. Podcast Hosting with No Limits, Built with Everything You Need for Podcasting Success. Check out our website at
April 21, 2021
How Jostens Used Podcasting To Boost Morale and Connect Their Employees
Check out our latest interview with Mark Bussell, Scholastic Director of Growth and Development at Jostens! John and Mark speak about why Jostens decided to begin using podcasting during COVID-19 to connect with their employees. They speak about how podcasting allowed Jostens team to empower each other, offer support during COVID-19 for each other, and deliver important and entertaining content in ways they never before thought possible. Enjoy the episode!
March 30, 2021
How To Start an Internal Communications Podcast with Signature Performance!
Check out our latest interview with Mark Mathia, Chief Experience Officer at Signature Performance! Our Head of Marketing John and Mark speak about why Signature Performance brought private podcasting into their company. They also discuss how to have a successful rollout across your employees, as well as how Signature Performance created awareness and highly positive feedback around their podcast. Enjoy the episode! Chapters: 0:27 - Who is Signature Performance? 1:47 - When did Signature Performance decide to start an internal podcast? 5:17 - What was the catalyst that made Signature Performance decide to start a private podcast? 9:04 - The power of voice and how to leverage your management team as ambassadors. 13:21 - How podcasting has fostered communication across the organization. 14:15 - The importance of creating curated content that's secure and not public facing. 17:58 - Who's responsibility is it to create, produce, and release the podcast content? 20:15 - How you can create a high quality podcast on a small budget and with minimal gear. 22:29 - How to create awareness and high engagement about new content 25:35- How to reduce noice and raise engagement 27:55 - What has the feedback been from the private podcast? 29:03 - Advice for businesses looking to bring podcasting into their workplace? Podbean is an easy and powerful way to start podcasting. Podcast Hosting with No Limits, Built with Everything You Need for Podcasting Success. Check out our website at
March 22, 2021
How to Build a Pro Podcasting Studio with Andrew from Gator!
In this episode of Podcasting Smarter, our Head of Marketing John Kiernan speaks with Andrew Abrams, Marketing Manager of Gator Cases and Gator Frameworks, to discuss how any podcaster can create the most effective, ergonomic, and aesthetically pleasing studio using a combination of great studio gear for any podcast recording situation. Enjoy the episode! Find out more about Gator Cases and Gator Frameworks:• Website: • Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Podbean is the easiest way to start a podcast in only a few clicks. Start a podcast today at www.podbean.com .
March 15, 2021
How To Select The Best Podcast Microphone with Laura Davidson of Shure Mics!
Listen to Laura Davidson of Shure and John Kiernan of Podbean discuss how you can choose the best microphone for your podcasting and recording needs! This clip is taken from our Podcasting Smarter podcast episode "Recording Tips and Choosing The Best Podcast Microphone with Laura Davidson from Shure ". Check out the full episode here ( or listen to the episode on any podcasting app!
February 22, 2021
How to Explode Your Listenership and Grow Your Podcast with Ben Leavitt
On today's interview, our Head of Marketing John Kiernan speaks with Ben Leavitt, social media strategist of Bunnymedia.co. Ben's podcast and social media growth strategies and tips will help any podcaster explode their podcast listener base and help grow their podcast to brand new eyes and ears! Ben and John discuss how to get your podcast into the top 100 charts, how to maximize you podcast's SEO, and so much more! You can also watch the full video interview over on Podbean's YouTube channel! Check out Ben's podcast: Timestamps 1:09 - Who is Ben Leavitt? 1:58 - What is the most common misconception about growing a podcast in the podcasting space? 3:24 - Tips for creating content that's specific for each platform.6:23 - How important is it for a podcaster to use social media? 10:58 - How to get podcast guests. 18:02 - How to make it into Apple Podcast's Top 100 chart with a three episode strategy. 22:45 - How important is it to ask a listener to subscribe to your podcast during your episode? 26:22 - How to use Instagram's tools to grow your podcast audience. 30:11 - Tips for maximizing your podcast's SEO. 36:09 - What's Ben's best piece of advice for a podcaster? 39:09 - Find our more about Ben!
February 3, 2021
How To Start a Private Podcast and the Impact of Corporate Storytelling - Vimal Parker of Slalom
On this episode, we'll be speaking with Vimal Parker, Marketing Manager with Slalom’s global Marketing team and the orchestrator of Slalom’s internal podcast Slalom On Air. We’ll be speaking about how Slalom has implemented podcasting into their organization, as well as how they have cultivated a culture around their company’s podcast. Enjoy the show! Starting a podcast is easier than ever! Learn more at www.podbean.com to start a podcast in only a few clicks.
February 1, 2021
Now Playing - Growing Your Podcast Fanbase Organically and Creating Consistent Income with Podbean Patron
On this episode of Podcasting Smarter, I'll be speaking with Arnie, producer and co-host of the Now Playing Podcast. We talk about how Now Paying organically grew their expansive fanbase, as well as how they've used Podbean's Patron program to create consistent monthly income for their podcast. Enjoy the show! Check out Now Playing at www.nowplayingpodcast.com . Listen to Now Playing on the Podbean App and on any podcast directory! About Now Playing: Now Playing is a movie review podcast that traverses the stream of Hollywood sequels, reboots, and franchises by reviewing every installment in a series, start to finish.Podbean is an easy and powerful way to start podcasting. Podcast Hosting with No Limits, Built with Everything You Need for Podcasting Success. Check out our website at
June 15, 2020
Podcast Monetization and SEO with Amy Whitney (Real English Conversations)
Podcasting doesn’t just end with recording and posting content. Being a podcaster and a content creator often includes crafting the brand, managing social media, and maximizing your podcast SEO. During this, it’s important to ask yourself, “Is podcasting part of my brand, or is my brand podcasting?” Do you use your podcast as another medium to spread information about a topic, or do you aim your other platforms towards your podcast? Amy Whitney of Real English Conversations and John speak about the importance of SEO development for your podcast, reverse engineer other podcast's SEO to maximize your visibility, and various methods to effectively monetizing your podcast.
May 12, 2020
Leadership and Livestreaming with Lorenzo of Hacking Your Leadership
On today's episode, John Kiernan of Podbean and Podcasting Smarter speaks with Lorenzo of the Hacking Your Leadership Podcast about how his podcast highlights and helps aspiring and current leaders in the workplace, as well as how they've integrated life streaming to develop community and build a deeper engagement with their listenership. Enjoy the show and happy podcasting!
April 16, 2020
Podcasting Legal Tips with Gordon Firemark
On today's episode, John from Podbean had the opportunity to speak with Gordon P. Firemark, entertainment lawyer and podcaster. Gordon gives his legal advice on many common pitfalls of podcasters such as obtaining releases for interviews, understanding who truly owns the name of your podcast and so much more. Enjoy our interview with Gordon! You can find Gordon at:Podcast - - www.Gordonfiremark.comThe Podcast Lawyer Facebook Group -
February 10, 2020
Niche Marketing and Recording On The Go with Mark Sterling (The Major Wrestling Figure Podcast)
If you’ve heard of The Major Wrestling Figure Podcast, you know what they’re about. Hosts Brian Myers and Matt Cardona talk about wrestling figures, memorabilia, and news in the wrestling figure industry, and more. You might be more familiar with their work names: Curt Hawkins and Zach Ryder, the professional wrestling tag team Major Bros from World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). We got to sit down and chat with MWF Podcast’s producer, videographer and fellow professional wrestler Mark Sterling. Sitting down with Mark, one thing stands true: in 2020, you can truly build a loyal fanbase from anywhere in the world.
December 23, 2019
The Many Phases and Faces of Fans: The Gravity Beard Podcast on Community
As a content creator, it’s an accepted fact that a podcast is nothing without its fan following. Whether your fans are the quiet sort that bring it up for recommendations, or loudly and meticulously buying merch, liveshow tickets, and behind-the-scenes patron-program access, all fans are good fans and welcome to be part of your show. One podcast, The Gravity Beard, as a community that takes it one step further. If you haven’t heard of them, The Gravity Beard Podcast is a comedy podcast that’s got a little bit of everything for everyone. Hear the hosts of The Gravity. Beard Podcast speak about how as their podcast grew, so did their fanbase, how their fans interacted with the show, and how they inserted themselves into the GravityBeard narrative.
November 20, 2019
DC Podfest 2019: Learning About Podcasting Through Our First Clip Show!
In the years that it’s been running, DC Podfest has prided itself on fostering a community for podcasters of any level or creed to come and find a place amongst like-minded people. This year’s conference proved no different, with guests ranging from first-time “I might want to start a podcast” thinkers and plotters to folks like Josh Hallmark, creator of True Crime Bullsh**, Our Americana, and much more. While the event only lasted two days, it brought forth a font of passion and dedication to the craft of podcasting. We at Podbean sat down with four different podcasters to talk about their journey through the medium, and put their interviews together as a clip show to highlight the positivity, creativeness, and dedication to their work.
October 28, 2019
Podcasts in Education – Talking Teaching with Danny Hauger
In an ever-evolving world, we are always looking for new ways to learn and new ways to teach. Even outside of the education sphere of school and universities, people are hungry for knowledge and new ways to consume it. But it’s within those schools and universities that we find those who are hungry to share knowledge as well, like Danny Hauger does using podcasts in education. Join us as educator Danny Hauger shows us how he uses podcasts in education, his classroom, and the impact that podcasting has on student learning and engagement.
September 24, 2019
Monetizing Your Podcast And Using PodAds - Just Shoot It Podcast
More work goes into making movies, television, and commercials than people realize. Even beyond considering the work that lies behind the acting talent, like the professionals that handle props and costuming. A large onus of a movie or film’s tone and direction lies on its director, to a point where a good director can turn a bad movie into a good movie, and a good movie into a great one. Matt Enlow and Oren Kaplan, cohosts of the podcast JUST SHOOT IT, know this sentiment well. And they sat down with us at Podcasting Smarter to talk to us about podcasting, directing, how to combine the two, and how monetization and PodAds helped make it all work.
August 26, 2019
Effectively Grow Your Community with Wolf 359's Gabriel Urbina (Time Bombs, No Bad Ideas)
You can have the most state-of-the-art equipment, the most professional audio processing software, and the best podcast host in the game, but that doesn’t mean anything if your podcast doesn’t get listened to. You should always create for yourself, make something that you’re proud to go back and listen to at the end of the day, but the biggest draw of podcasting as a medium is the idea that you can share the stories you want to tell with the people around you and interact with them as they experience your content. No one knows more about the power of listenership and community than Gabriel Urbina, creator and head writer of Wolf 359, Time Bombs, and No Bad Ideas. During Podcast Movement in Orlando, Florida, we got the chance to sit down and chat about effective growing your community of listenership.
July 22, 2019
Using Private Podcasts For Training and Internal Communication - VMware
While there’s nothing wrong with newsletters, emails, and group conference calls, some companies like VMWare haven taken a step further and have implemented internal podcasts for communication and training purposes. According to Marty Boyzuck, Director of Enablement Technology Architecture & Design of VMWare, it’s not a new concept. Out of all the careers he’s had and places he’s worked, several things led him to use podcasting for internal communications through audio and video podcasting. Listen to Marty's interview and find out how VMware uses private podcasts for training and internal communication across VMware to keep his employees engaged and informed!
June 26, 2019
The Throughline of True Crime: Josh Hallmark on Empathy, Inverting Genre, and Making The Most of Podcast Advertising
What does it mean to be human? That’s not the question Josh Hallmark set out with when he first started his podcast Our Americana. It probably wasn’t even the question brought up with his following podcasts Playlist or The Karen and Ellen Letters. But it’s the question he answers in his true crime podcast, True Crime Bullsh**: The Story of Israel Keyes. Of all the tools at his disposal, he says PodAds helped him do more than raise money - it helped him save time. Enjoy the interview!Check out Josh's network of podcasts at True Crime Bullsh** at