Podbean for Christian Podcasts: One Pastor Shares the Benefits and Process

Today’s guest post is written by Rev. Jason B. Harrison, M.A. He shares his weekly sermons on his podcast, Let Your Light So Shine. He’s also using Podbean’s Patron Program as a fundraising tool for his ministry.

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For those of you who may be thinking about starting a podcast:

Allow me to begin by suggesting that you choose podbean.com as your host site.  I have not been disappointed in the least.

Some may wonder why I personally chose to create a podcast.  The reason is fairly simple.  As a Pastor from Southern Illinois, I am always looking for new ways to reach people with the Good News.  I record the audio of my sermons and upload them as episodes for my podcast.

Our church is a small one.  I can preach all year in our small church and reach a small amount of people. I can preach the same way, and upload the audio file to Podbean, and reach people worldwide.  Since I began the podcast, it has reached nearly 1,300 downloads.  That may not impress some podcasters who see those numbers in a couple days, but for a small church Pastor – it’s very encouraging.

I share every new sermon/episode on Facebook.  That helps to let my people know that the sermon is available in case they missed the service that week.  It also opens another door for spreading the word about the podcast itself.  The same can be said for all social media.

The actual process of creating and maintaining my podcast is quite simple.  Step one was to sign up on podbean.com.  I then decided between the free service or unlimited service.  I decided on the unlimited deal.  It was quite affordable.

A great deal of my podcasting involves my phone.  I have a smart phone – and I downloaded Voice Record Pro from the App Store for free.  Before I begin my sermon, I open the app and begin recording.  Later in the day, I open the app and edit that sermon.  I have the options of trimming it and converting it to a mp3 file, and I typically do both.

I then email the file to myself and download it to my computer.  The files all go into one certain folder created just for episodes.  I log on to Podbean.  I follow the instructions to upload the latest sermon, and it is ready to go.  There are a few steps involved when it comes to putting my podcast together – but they are simple.  It all becomes second nature after a couple podcasts.

Podbean.com has made podcasting simple and enjoyable.  Check them out if you haven’t already. Happy Podcasting!

*You can also record and publish via Podbean’s app directly.

Employee Development: How to Create a Podcast for Employee Training

Audio and video podcasts are a highly effective tool for employee development. Using podcasts to deploy employee training works especially well for large organizations or those with mobile employees.

Organizations can create audio or video training on specific skills, continuing education, product launches and more. You can even record live trainings for later viewing. Employees can easily access the content on their phones or computers.

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How to Create an Employee Development Podcast

  1. Set up media hosting. Podbean handles all your media storage so that content is reliably and securely served up to your employees. With our turnkey enterprise solution, you can create private podcasts that are only available to those with permission (by email login or SSO). You can set up groups for department-specific training and have different account roles for management. Contact our Enterprise Team for a custom quote.
  2. Plan and record your content. The hardest part is planning and creating your training content…we make the rest easy. Recording can be done using the Podbean app for Android and iPhone. The trainer can even use his/her earbuds to record. Or, we can help with suggestions for recording equipment and editing tools.
  3. Publish and share. There’s no learning curve with Podbean’s blog-like platform. Upload your files and create a post (or publish right from the app). Permitted employees can access the content by logging in to the site, or via the app. We can also set up a custom email notification option.
  4. Analyze how your content is performing. Want to evaluate the effectiveness of your employee development podcast? Podbean stats show you how often your podcasts are being downloaded/streamed. We also offer user behavior intel, to see precisely who is accessing what content when.

Take your employee development to the next level—EFFICIENT and EFFECTIVE. Increase engagement; diversify to meet more needs and learning styles; make it convenient. Learn more about Podbean’s private podcast solution.

Why and How to Create a Church Podcast

Benefits of Starting a Church Podcast

As a pastor, it makes me feel good to know that I’m creating something of value to our church family that makes a daily investment in their walk with Christ.

Many have told me it has been a help in their spiritual growth to be able to listen to the Bible/prayer. Quite a few have young children and they feel like their devotional lives have suffered because it’s a challenge to sit down and read. Having an audio recording to listen to has been a big help. Several have told me that the podcast is the first thing they listen to when they wake up in the morning. –Pastor John Stange, The Chapter-A-Day Audiobible

There are so many benefits to creating a church podcast. It is a convenient way to provide inspiration to your followers. A church podcast offers members who cannot attend services the chance to stay connected to your community. You can offer enhanced bible study, devotionals, or more in-depth teachings. A church podcast brings your message into followers’ regular lives. It offers a sense of connection throughout the week.

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How to Start a Church Podcast

  1. Choose your content. You may record your weekly sermons, or create a special message. You could read key passages or create a special bible study. You could even repurpose old content. Many churches have recordings/CDs of old sermons or events. They can easily be converted for your podcast. *If your audio is already in MP3 format, you can upload it to your podcast site as is. If not, there are many programs to easily convert different files. You can contact our Support team for recommendations.
  2. Set up media hosting for your church podcast. Podbean handles all your media storage (audio and video available). This ensures your files are easily served up to your followers. Our affordable hosting accounts provide all the tools you need, including a blog-like site for your podcast and inclusion in our apps. Your followers can enjoy your content anywhere, via phone or computer. Here’s a quick start podcasting guide.
  3. Record your content. Check out our guide to turning sermons into a podcast in three steps, to record using your phone. Or, you can use the recording equipment you already have on hand. If you’re new to recording, the Podbean app is an easy solution and you can join our Podcasting Smarter Facebook group if you’d like equipment recommendations and tips.
  4. Publish and share. You can record and publish your church podcast directly from the Podbean app. Or, simply upload your files to your Podbean account and create a post. You can add show notes, additional text, pictures and more if desired. Podbean offers automatic social sharing so it’s easy to get the word out about your content. You can also integrate your podcast with your existing church website with embeddable players or directly linking the sites.

There are so many benefits to starting a church podcast. And, it doesn’t have to be hard to do. It’s one of the easiest ways to broaden your outreach to church members and beyond. Learn more and start your free podcast hosting trial today.

Corporate Communication Podcasting

More and more corporations are using podcasts. Corporate communication, both external and internal, can benefit from the podcasting medium.

How can a podcast help with corporate communication?

Internal corporate communication:

  • Easy communication with large groups of employees (including mobile and worldwide employees)
  • Efficient way for employees to get training and education
  • More impactful messaging via audio and video
  • Effective cross-department and organization-wide communication tool

External corporate communication:

  • Enhanced branding via storytelling
  • A more intimate communication vehicle, builds trust & engagement
  • Diversify your communication strategy
  • Strengthen collaboration with stakeholder/partner interviews

A Corporate Communication Success Story

Podbean has allowed us to reach an audience in a way that we’ve never been able to do before. Newsletters and email used to be the only way to get just-in-time content to our distributed sales organization. But with secure podcasts through Podbean, we’re able to push out a constant stream of updates to each of our targeted geographies and roles. We’ve gone from 0 subscribers to over 1200 internal users in just 6 weeks. — Director Enablement Technology, Global 2000 Software Company

A Customized, Turnkey Solution for Corporate Communication

Podbean developed our turnkey enterprise podcasting solution in response to the needs of our corporate customers. We’ve worked with corporations spanning the globe and in many industries. Podbean removes the hassle of developing and managing the necessary technology. Everything is in place for reliable, secure audio and video hosting and distribution.

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Learn more about Podbean’s enterprise podcasting for corporate communication.
Contact our Enterprise Team for a custom quote.

Turn Your Sermons into a Podcast in Three Steps

Want to put your sermons online for church members (and others) to access anytime? Podcasting is a great way to share church sermons, teachings, and daily devotionals. This gives your followers a regular dose of inspiration that they can easily incorporate into their busy lives.

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It doesn’t have to be overwhelming to turn your sermons into a podcast. Creating a church podcast is easier than ever with Podbean’s mobile app. Here’s how you can turn your sermons into a podcast in three steps:

  1. Record your sermons (or other teachings, devotionals, etc.) using the Podbean app on your phone. First, download the free Podbean app (for iPhone and Android) and sign up for your Podbean account. You can simply put the phone near your pulpit to record, or use a headset (even the iPhone earbuds produce good quality audio) to record yourself sharing your message. You can edit the recording later also.
  2. Publish your sermon podcast. Create a title (and optional description) for this recording and hit “publish” when you’re ready to go. That quickly, your message can be accessed by your followers, via iTunes, Google Play, the Podbean app, on their computers, and in many other podcast apps.
  3. Share your new church podcast! You can easily share to social networks and embed your podcast on your church website and other sites. You can even share to Facebook and Twitter directly from the app when you publish. Now, your church members and others can hear your message even if they can’t make it to church. And, they can continue to reflect and deepen their understanding and connection in daily life.

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Here’s a little more information about recording and publishing church sermons in the Podbean app:

Step-by-step instructions for the Podbean Android app

How to record and publish with the Podbean iPhone app

Now, you know how to turn your sermons into a podcast with your phone! We’ll also be sharing more about how churches are using podcasts, different options for recording, and various features that can help make your church podcast even better. Click “follow” in the sidebar to get our latest posts.

If you have any questions as you turn your sermons into a podcast, you can contact our Support team.

How to Schedule Podcast Episodes in Podbean

Scheduling a podcast allows you to set the time and day for your podcasts or blog posts to be published. The scheduling feature conveniently helps you plan ahead and/or ensure consistent timing of episodes. Here’s how to set up podcast scheduling:

Step 1: After you have written your post, click the triangle icon on the right of the “Publish” tab for the dropdown menu and choose “Publish on…”. Enter the date and time you wish to publish the post and click the “Schedule post” tab.

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You can always go to the “Publish”-> “Episodes” page to re-schedule your posts by clicking the pencil icon of each post and then changing the date/time. You can also edit the content of a scheduled post.

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Your post is now scheduled for publication and will appear on your site at the time and date you’ve arranged. This is great for planning around times when you’ll be away or just batching your work to make things more efficient!

 

How to Create a Podcast for Internal Communications (Protected/Private Content)

Creating Protected Audio/Video Content for Your Members or Employees

Podbean offers “private podcasting” to limit content access to permitted members (see plan pricing for the number of private members included with each plan; enterprise plans are also available for larger organizations and customized options).

With this feature, you can create content that is available only to members (“private content”). You can add members manually to your account, or batch add them by uploading a .txt file of multiple email addresses. You can also delete members individually or by uploading a .txt file. SSO and other authorization methods are available for enterprise users.

When you create private content, only these permitted members (such as your internal team members) will be able to access it. When those members login, they will be able to access the content online or by listening with the Podbean iOS app or Android app.