Drag & drop team members on your podcast website and some advanced WordPress functionality for the geeks like us

Drag & drop team members on your podcast website and some advanced WordPress functionality for the geeks like us

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…

  • Drag & drop team member ordering on your Captivate podcast website: This is a nice one – you can now drag and drop your team members into your desired order for display on your Captivate podcast website. This makes it even easier to customize the display of your team online.
  • Single subscription link custom domain bug: In certain circumstances, the single subscription link wasn’t respecting your use of a custom domain name. It is now 🙂
  • Advanced WordPress options for Captivate Sync™: Users can now use a captivate.php file in their theme for a custom layout for the episode list page (for example, you can base this on the index.php page that comes with WordPress and then you can customize sections of it so it’s a different layout to the blog.) You can also, if you want to, edit single.php for single episodes by uploading a single_captivate_podcast.php page which you can edit. This is for advanced WordPress users only.

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

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Request your perfect Captivate feature, any time!

Request your perfect Captivate feature, any time!

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…

  • Request a Captivate feature!: We love working with you and we love making things that work for you. So, we’ve added a “request a feature” link to the Captivate dashboard footer so that all Captivate podcasters can let us know the features that they’d like to see released. This links directly to our project management platform and we’ll be able to let you know when your feature has been greenlit for build!
  • Even simpler cancellation process: Even though we hate to see you go, we understand that, for various reasons, you may want to cancel your Captivate account. It’s our job to make sure that you never need to, but that if you do, that the process should be clear and easy. So, we’ve redesigned the cancellation process from the ground up to make it even simpler! That’s nice, isn’t it!
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Listener Ethics & Privacy: Introducing “Full Transparency Mode” for Your Captivate Podcast

Listener Ethics & Privacy: Introducing “Full Transparency Mode” for Your Captivate Podcast

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…

  • Full transparency mode: The podcast industry is growing and with it, the technology in the space and the value of advertising dollars is also growing. Attribution of those ad dollars is pushing the industry to track more and more as the brands look to define their ROI. As such, several third-party tracking, sponsorship and advertising tools are popping up such as Chartable & Podcorn. The challenge for creators is maintaining ethical practices when it comes to your listeners, even if a creator isn’t aware that listener data may be being passed elsewhere – after all, it’s you that they’re trusting when they listen to your show and in turn, you trust Captivate as your host to do the best by you. There’s a lot being discussed about listener privacy right now in the podcasting space and in addition to our listener privacy policy, we are happy to announce that Captivate is the first podcast hosting platform in the world to provide a “Full Transparency Mode” for all podcasts and creators. Enabling this will append a short, nicely formatted statement to the end of each of your episode show notes that will disclose to the listener which third-party analysis tools are being used within your show, along with a link to each service’s privacy policy so that the listener can dig deeper into those services, should they have any questions. We believe in transparency and urge all podcast hosting companies to consider implementing Full Transparency Mode within their platforms, too.
  • Remove the Captivate branding from your podcast website: We know you love Captivate, and we love you, too. But from time to time, we also understand that you might want to remove the Captivate logo from the bottom of your auto-generated Captivate podcast website. So, from today you can! Thanks, McKane!
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EPIC new feature: single subscribe links for ALL podcasts

EPIC new feature: single subscribe links for ALL podcasts

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

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

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.

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

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

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!

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Free Download Threshold Increases for Everyone On All Plans!

Free Download Threshold Increases for Everyone On All Plans!

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!

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