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The Libsyn Facebook App is a Hit!

We recently released our libsyn App for Facebook as well as some awesome customization to have your own podcast player app within your Facebook page.

It seems like you guys are liking it!

We love your feedback

We've been asking you for feedback and we will continue to do so, for in order to continue to develop this app we need your help!

Below are the answers to some questions/comments that we have received regarding the app. We hope to offer some insight as well as inspire you to share your experiences as well.

1. The libsyn Facebook App can only be installed on Facebook Pages- no profile pages, nor groups.

2. The libsyn Facebook App supports only those podcasts that publish episodes to the Libsyn Feed destination.

For most accounts to see what content you currently have on this feed you can go to: http://ACCOUNTSLUG.libsyn.com/rss - for example - http://wtfpod.libsyn.com/rss

If you are just using libsyn as a media host - but would like to use the libsyn Facebook app - you will need to publish your media files along with a title (mandatory) and description (recommended) to your feed destination.

Please let us know if you have any questions on how to get your content into the libsyn Facebook App.

3. For some the Edit Page Tab Settings option has disappeared once the App has been installed. This fails if third party cookies are disabled in your browser. 

4. You will be able to tell the stats for those that consume your podcasts from the libsyn Facebook App from within your libsyn stats via the user agent.

Building Podcasting Consumption on Facebook

We feel that having your podcast accessible straight from Facebook has the potential to create a larger fanbase for your podcast.

We are actively building the libsyn Podcast App Page to promote podcasts and producers and our aim is to create a page full of raving podcast fans. It will be the place to discover new podcast as well as build community around podcasting.

Please share the libsyn Facebook Page with your audience and ask them to like it!


Easy App Promotion Idea - Advertising Your App in Your Past Episodes


Sales of apps soar pre and post-holiday due the number of new devices and iTunes gift cards given as holiday gifts.  Now is the time to prepare your audiences and to promote your app.

Here is a super easy way to spread the word about your app - Using the same technology that Wizzard uses for major brand advertisers like Coca-Cola, you can run a campaign for your app in your entire catalog of shows!

With our ad stitching system we can attach a very short producer read promo in the pre-roll position of your content for a time frame decided by you. 

TWO Steps to Start Your Advertising Campaign:

1.  RECORD Your Ad for Your App

  • Keep it short and sweet - 10 seconds max.  See the sample ads below. 
  • Record your ad in the same format that you use to record your show.
  • If you produce video you can use your show artwork as a plate (visual still).

***FYI if you happen to record your ad in GarageBand, please make sure to remove the 5 sec of dead air! 

2. SEND US Your Ad

  • Email your ad to Paul.Bruns@wizzard.tv and we will take it from there!

Sample Ads

Spot 1 Individual iPhone App - "For exclusive content, extras and more get the <ShowName> App today in the iTunes App Store."

Spot 2  Individual iPhone App & Google Android App- "For exclusive content, extras and more get the <ShowName> App in the iTunes App Store or Android Google Market."

Spot 3 Individual iPhone, Google Android App and Amazon Android App- "For exclusive content, extras and more get the <ShowName> App today in the iTunes App Store, the Google Android Market and the Amazon Android Market"

Spot 4 Podcast Box and Android- "For exclusive content, extras and more get the <ShowName> App today in the Adroid Marketplace or the Podcast Box available in the iTunes App Store."

A ten second spot is an awesome way to remind your audience about your app. Having this ad in your voice maintains and cultivates engagement with your audience. Who best to sell your app than you? 

Check out these fantastic ads produced by podcasters promoting their own app for inspiration! Click and listen :) 

Brain Burps About Books Ad

GamerTag Radio Ad

Craftlit Ad

Looking for an Android App or iOS App of your own? 

The Android version of the Podcast Companion App is now available as well as the iOS Podcast Box app! Check out the tour of both apps HERE 

To get your Android or iOS Podcast Box app submitted you just need a $20+/mo libsyn account.

You can easily upgrade to this level or if you are a new producer simply sign up for a new account HERE.

Once that is done click on the APPS button when you log-in to your account and provide and submit the information needed to build your app. If you have questions you can email appops@wizzard.tv. We'd love to hear from you!


39 Totally Creative Ideas To Add Instant Value To Your Podcast- Add iPhone App Bonus Content


Looking for some ideas to offer some freakin’ awesome bonus content to your audience through your new iPhone App? We decided to compile a list to help inspire you. A lot of the following list is absolutely inspired by your fellow podcast app producers.

We’ve grouped them to help you locate ideas for your particular show! Check it out :)

GENERAL

1. Downloadable Wallpaper

2. PDF of your show notes or transcripts of episodes.

3. Coupon codes for products/services/software.

4. Contests/giveaways for app owners.

5. Audio extras (extended episodes/classes/messages)

  •  Extended uncut episodes

6. Listener submitted extra content

  •  A review of a product for your show
  •  Artwork created specifically for your show.
  • Voice feedback from your listeners.
    •  Filmspotting plays some of their listeners feedback, plus an array of other bonus content ranging from five to ten minutes.
  •  Pictures that listeners have taken promoting your podcast, wearing your swag, or listening to your content.

EDUCATION

7. Supplementary mini tutorials

  •  The uLearn Chinese Podcast offers up mini supporting videos or key element documentation for some of their classes.

8. Extra Classes

9. Essential Reading lists

10. Short Quizzes

11. Answers to Quizzes

ENTERTAINMENT

12. Bloopers/outtakes/extra stuff

13. Extra movie/tv/book reviews (video, audio or PDF)

GAMING

14. In depth reviews or additional footage.

15. Game specific tips and hints.

16. Game or consul unboxing (video or pictures)

HEALTH AND FITNESS

17. App Specific On the Go Classes/Workouts

18. Mini Video Fitness Tips

19. Healthful Recipe Card

20. List of Healthiest choices for eating out

21. 5 Minute audio stress relief

22. Inspirational quote(s)

23. Mini guided audio or PDF meditation

BUSINESS

24. App specific eBooks

25. App specific coupons for your products

26. Extended interviews

27. Productivity tools reviews

RELIGIOUS

28. Scripture readings

29. Prayers

30. Inspirational wallpaper

31. Spiritual images (there are so many public domain images, a simple google search will give you a handful)

TECHNOLOGY

32. In depth product reviews or magazines (PDF)

33. Mini video software/hardware reviews

34. Sponsor coupon codes

35. Your Analysis

HOLIDAY AND SEASONAL EXTRAS

You can develop a wealth of bonus content simply by focusing on upcoming holidays or seasons. Obviously with the end of the year coming up you can offer so much to entertain, inspire, and inform your audience depending on the type of podcast that you have. You can create content aimed solely to entertain such as creating funny holiday videos or silly top ten lists, or you can prepare your audience for upcoming seasonal transitions, such as a checklist for preparing your 2011 tax appointment.

USE YOUR GUESTS TO INSPIRE EXTRA CONTENT

37. Say you have a guest on your show, why not publish their bio? Or even ask them one or two extra questions after you’re done with the interview and publish that as your bonus MP3 content.

COLLABORATE WITH OTHER PRODUCERS

38. Develop relationships with other content producers in your field and ask them to donate a little something as your app bonus content. It could be as easy as publishing one of their blog posts or videos on the app. It’s a win/win for everybody.

NICHE TOP 10 LISTS!

39. Share with your audience the things you have spent time learning in lists that are quick and easy to reference.

  •  Top ten yoga must haves for the stay at home Mom.
  •  Top ten best movies for the family this holiday season.
  •  Top ten ways to educate yourself for the upcoming elections.
  •  Top ten iphone app for the iphone newbie.
  •  Top ten must have gadgets from CES 2011.
  •  Top ten religious books to help connect you back to God.
  •  Top ten albums to get your girlfriend for Valentine’s Day.
  •  Top ten must listen episodes of the (insertyourshownamehere) podcast.

Don’t Forget! Let your audience know about your bonus content

Don't let your audience miss out on the great work that you do! Make sure that you tell your audience about it in your podcast, show notes or blog posts. A simple "App users check out the coupon in the extras for this week's episode," will do the trick. If you don't there's a chance your work will go unnoticed. That would not be cool.

We hope this was helpful to you! If you are struggling with the time involved in creating this extra content read our case study by a fellow producer who not only found the time but also value in producing some extra content.

For more information on how to add any of the extras above read this blog post that goes through it in more detail.

If you have any totally creative ideas, send leave them in the comments! We’d love to hear what you come up with to enhance the value of your app   - Elsie