Episode 14

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21st Jan 2020

9:00am

EPIC new feature: single subscribe links for ALL podcasts

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It's weekly update time!! As always, we've worked hard to listen to what you'd love to see in Captivate and have put together the latest release as follows...

  • WOW! Single subscribe pages for all podcasts: Asking people to subscribe to your podcast can be a real pain - where do you send them? To what link?! We have your back... now, all podcasts hosted on Captivate include a very special "/listen" link for their Captivate podcast that works on any device and includes one-click subscribe links to all major podcast listening apps, at no extra cost. Promoting your podcast just got way, way easier and there's more to come! Check out this Spark of Rebellion example or Mark's Podcast Accelerator example.
  • Podcast website "hero" section options: Some fine folks wanted the ability to be able to turn off the "hero" section at the top of their Captivate podcast website. Now you can, so that's good :) 

Episode 13

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17th Jan 2020

9:00am

Changing podcast prefixes, figuring out a team member bug and making Evo smile

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It's weekly update time!! As always, we've worked hard to listen to what you'd love to see in Captivate and have put together the latest release as follows...

  • Episode URL added to publishing screen: We've popped in a lovely little field within the episode publishing screen for you to add the URL for your episode if you aren't using Captivate Sync™ or Captivate Sites. Useful for people using Wix, Squarespace or some other web platform. Remember GeoCities? Awww. Also, thanks Evo!
  • Quashed a minor team member bug: In some really specific edge cases, owners of shows were able to remove themselves from their own show. It took some jiggery-pokery to actually do it, but one or two peeps had the issue so we took a lightsaber to it and got it sorted.
  • External prefix interface changes: In preparation for next week's release, which is a powerful one, we've made it easier to chain together podcast prefixes like those from Chartable, Podtrac and Podcorn. Captivate's interface now lets you choose the prefix provider and we'll do some checking to make sure your prefix looks a-ok for you.

All relevant help articles have been updated to reflect these changes.

Episode 12

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Published on:

12th Dec 2019

9:00am

Podcast Episode Page SEO Updates, Holiday Support Hours and more...

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It's weekly update time!!

This week it's all been about SEO, whoop!

As always, we've worked hard to listen to what you'd love to see in Captivate and have put together the latest release as follows...

  • Episode page SEO: Whether you're a Podcast Websites user or you're using Captivate Sync™ on your own WordPress website, you're going to love the addition of episode page SEO tools. You can now set a custom SEO meta title and meta description, as well as customize the permalink/slug of your episode for your WordPress website. This feature is available in the WordPress Captivate Sync™ interface and in the episode editor within Captivate proper, if you're using Sync.
  • Internal coupon stuff: Our goal is to be a platform that can be as agile and responsive as possible. There are some podcast hosts that still do things like affiliate programmes using paper (I know!) and from day one, we didn't want to be that company. So, we spent some time this week working on a custom interface to extend the way that we can add coupon behaviours to our pricing system. This means that for events, quick spin-up online summits and so on, we can respond quickly with custom plans/trial extensions for them - it's great for organizers to get answers quickly. Boring for you, super useful for us!

All relevant help articles have been updated to reflect these changes.

Heads up, too - it's holiday season so there'll be no feature releases during the weeks commencing 23rd December and 30th December.

Holiday support hours.

During the holidays, we'll be around as usual with exceptions on these days:

  • 24th December, Christmas Eve - reduced support hours, but still around.
  • 25th December, Christmas Day - closed.
  • 26th December, Boxing Day (UK) - reduced support hours, but still around.
  • 31st December, New Years Eve - reduced support hours, but still around.
  • 1st January 2020 - closed.
  • 2nd January 2020 - normal service.

Happy holidays!

Episode 11

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Published on:

3rd Dec 2019

9:00am

Free Download Threshold Increases for Everyone On All Plans!

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Well, today is another good day for Captivate podcasters.

We've built every product and business we have here at Rebel Base Media on one simple ethos: helping people.

Sure, we have to pay the mortgage but it's not all about money, it's about what we can do to be the very best for the podcasters that we serve.

Recently, we made some upgrades to our CDN (content delivery network) and reduced our costs as a business for that CDN usage.

Rather than keep the money to ourselves, perhaps in a Scrooge McDuck style vault in a tower on the top of a hill, we decided to pass some of the savings on to podcasters using Captivate and so, from Monday 9th December ALL of our plans will receive big increases in the number of downloads included per month with that plan.

Those plans with 10,000 downloads now receive 12,000; those plans with 50,000 downloads now receive 60,000 and those plans with 120,000 downloads now enjoy 150,000 included each and every month.

Remember, Captivate doesn't force you to upgrade to access "advanced" analytics (they're included on every plan) nor do we force you to pay more to add extra team members or upload more hours of audio, for example.

We'll keep doing our very best for you as a podcaster and also, we released a few other tweaks to the platform as well today including an easier way to check image specifications for your podcast's website on Captivate and changing the time that our platform notifications stick around for, from two seconds to four seconds.

What a lovely day to podcast!

Episode 10

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26th Nov 2019

9:00am

WordPress Updates, Podcast Websites Tweaks and Sync Sync Sync!

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It's weekly update time again, whoop!

This one is a bit of a boring one, sorry - it's "bug smashing" as much less cool companies would write.

So, during our Captivate Sync™ rollout we did what all good tech peeps do and "shut up to listen". We spoke to a lot of users of the plugin and many of the users of our managed WordPress platform, Podcast Websites to learn what they wanted tweaking.

We've pushed out some updates to permalink settings, diagnosed a weird little bug that would duplicate certain episodes only in WordPress and added some functionality to the Podcast Websites interface that we removed during the initial rollout to allow players to be embedded in certain Builder modules.

It's one of those "boring to talk about but important to get out" updates, argh.

Still not using Captivate for your podcast hosting? Check it out, now for 7-days free.

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Captivate Insider from Captivate.fm
News, feature release round-ups and behind-the-scenes of the Captivate.fm podcast hosting, analytics & marketing platform.
Captivate Insider is brought to you by Rebel Base Media, the creators of Captivate.fm, the world's only growth-oriented podcast host™.

Featuring news, feature release round-ups and behind-the-scenes insights into the creation, evolution and development of the Captivate.fm podcast hosting, analytics and marketing platform, Captivate Insider is the perfect place to stay up-to-date with what you can expect from Rebel Base Media's hosting & analytics team.

About your hosts

Kieran McKeefery

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Kieran is the co-founder and chief technology officer for Rebel Base Media, the creators of Captivate.fm, Podcast Websites, Podcast Success Academy, Poductivity. A recognised expert in podcast analytics & technology, Kieran works closely with the IAB and is currently working new initiatives to make podcast analytics more open and accessible. You’ll find Kieran with his headphones on listening to Star Wars podcasts and Googling how to get better at golf.

Mark Asquith

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Mark is CEO & co-founder of Rebel Base Media, a podcast tech and strategy company that owns Captivate.fm, Poductivity, Podcast Websites, Podcast Success Academy & Rebel Base Studios. He's a wildly approachable Brit and Star Wars/DC Comics geek.