Announcements

New updates and improvements to podinbox.

  1. Monetization is Here!

    New Feature
    Announcement

    Hey PodInbox community! We are SUPER excited for this announcement...as this is our BIGGEST new feature released since our launch!

    We're proud to announce that starting today, you can now receive monetary support from your podcast fans on your PodInbox show page! Whether you're already using another platform to collect support, or have been thinking about it...you can now monetization on PodInbox!

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    Why This Matters

    When we launched PodInbox, we knew from day 1 we wanted to support fan monetization. But we first launched with was fan messages. We did this cause we believe that fan engagement comes first...then fan support follows. When you, as a podcaster, engage with your fans...then your fans will be compelled to support you monetarily.

    That's our ethos, and that's how we designed our monetization feature. We're different from other fan monetization platforms, in that fans come to your PodInbox show page to engage with you, as well as to give!

    It's a nuanced difference, but a huge one. This, along with a handful of other subtle differences, like donation gamification, leaderboards, custom thank you emails, etc...is what will help you be successful in the new creator economy using PodInbox.

    How It Works

    To activate monetization on your PodInbox show page:

    1. Create & Connect Your Stripe Account
    2. Customize Your Settings
    3. Activate Monetization Feature

    That's it!

    Click here for a more detailed overview of our new monetization feature.

    How Much it Costs

    Now, you're might be wondering, how much does this monetization feature cost?

    Well, if you have a paid PodInbox subscription, we charge ZERO fees to activate and use this feature! Yes, to reiterate, we charge $0 fees for podcasts on PodInbox Pro and Business plans.

    But, Stripe, your connected payment processor, will charge you a standard fee of 2.9% + 30ยข per transaction. This is a pretty typical and unavoidable fee to payment processors to support credit cards transactions.

    The Future

    Over the course of the next few months, we're dedicated to making our monetization feature even better, as our mission is to help podcasters engage with fans, grow their show, and make money.

    On our roadmap, we have features like message tipping, reward levels, and a smattering of upgrades big and small to make our monetization experience great for both you and your superfans!

  2. Some Quick Updates

    Improvement
    Bug Fixes

    While we've been busy working on our new Monetization feature, we've also been able to release some improvements and updates to existing features.

    Here are some of the new highlights...

    New YouTube Link

    • You can now add a new "Watch On YouTube" link under your show page links, and share the URL to your YouTube channel.
    • As more podcasters are sharing their publishing their podcasts to YouTube, this might become an important link for your fans to know about.

    Case Agnostic URLs

    • For those of you who have mixed case URLs, like podinbox.com/MyShow...now your audience will be able to reach your show page even if they type it in all lowercase.
    • This is a very important improvement, cause if you mention your URL on your show, and your fans type in your PodInbox URL all lower case (which is the most common), they'll now be able to see your show page. Sorry, although there were no reported "errors", this is something we should have done a while back!

  3. New Private Inboxes!

    Announcement
    New Feature

    Well, for all you podcasters looking for a bit more privacy with your fan messages, we now have a feature you'd appreciate...private inboxes!

    This feature is actually pretty simple. Just go to any inbox, click edit, and now...there's an option to click a checkbox to make that inbox private.

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    What this checkbox does, is it basically hides all the messages for that inbox on your show page.

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    Although we love, and still recommend, fully public inboxes for the majority of podcasts. We recognize there are certain needs for some podcasters who require a more private fan engagement.

    Hope you enjoy the new feature!

  4. New Business Tier Accounts!

    New Feature
    Announcement

    We've been working hard on this feature...and we're finally proud to announce our new Business Plan tier!

    Don't worry, for all our current Pro Plan users, your account works exactly the same as it did before, under your current Pro Plan.

    But, if you now want to run PodInbox for more of your podcasts, our new Business Tier supports up to 3 podcasts with 3 PodInbox show pages...all under 1 account, 1 login.

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    Our new Business Plan is just $19 per month, perfect for those who run multiple podcasts. To upgrade to this plan, all you need to do is go to your dashboard > Account > Plan tab...then select PodInbox Business...and checkout!

    Once you have the new plan, you click on the Shows tab to add up to 3 shows!

    Along with this new feature, we've revamped our "team members" feature so that you can add a separate set of team members based on each show. This gives much more flexibility for podcast networks to create different teams for different shows.

    We invested a lot of time into this new feature, knowing that business-level podcasters are now relying on PodInbox to run their fan engagement practices!

  5. We just launched a new feature that enhances the profiles of your fans! This makes leaving and sharing audio messages on your PodInbox show page a bit more fun and social.

    Just click on a fan's display name, and it'll open a little popup with some fan details...like their display name, bio, website, and social links.

    Here's how it looks:

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    When your fans engage with you on your PodInbox show page, you and other fans can learn a bit more about them in a social way. It's just a subtle way of giving back to your fans, by promoting them when they take the time to engage with you and your show!

  6. This has probably been our single most requested feature since we launched...the ability to embed a PodInbox widget on your website. The reason some of you wanted this is to give your fans the ability to leave audio messages directly on your website.

    Well, you asked...and we listened!

    Today, we're launching our new widget embed feature, where you can simply make our audio recording widget appear right in your website. Here's a peak at how the widget looks!

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    Let us brag about this widget a bit!

    1. Our widget integrates with your dashboard inbox.

    - Messages received from your widget will be captured in your PodInbox dashboard.

    2. Our widget comes in 2 flavors right out-of-the-box.

    - As an inline widget or a popup widget.

    3. Our widget requires the fan to create an account or login.

    - This helps you collect fans' contact info and helps minimize spam.

    4. Our widget supports our multi-inbox.

    - If you have more than 1 inbox for your show, your fans can toggle through your inboxes right in the widget.

    To Use The Widget

    To Use The Widget, login to your Dashboard > Show Page, and click the new "Embed" tab.

    There, you'll see 2 options: the inline widget and the popup widget. These 2 options let you be creative with how you want to integrate PodInbox into your site.

    The inline widget lets you put our widget directly onto your page, wherever you want the widget to appear. Just copy our embed code, and paste it directly into your HTML. Once you load the page, our widget will appear where you added our embed code.

    The popup widget lets you use our widget as a popup modal. This means that you can set up a link or button on your website to activate our recording widget as a popup. This is a great option if you have a lot going on in your page already, and just want to use a link to open our recording interface. Simply add our custom HTML attribute to your button or link, include our script code in that page...and viola, our recording widget should now appear on your page when a visitor clicks that link.

    Well, we hope you enjoy this feature, and we can't wait to see the creative ways you might integrate it into your website!

  7. A lot of our users tell us that they're driving their fans to their PodInbox page than to any other website they own. That's awesome! Since PodInbox is becoming a primary landing page for fans, we wanted to make sure fans know where else to find and follow you.

    With this new feature, you can now showcase your outbound links on your PodInbox show page. This gives your fans quick links to your email, podcast website, social media profiles, and to your podcast on the popular podcast players.

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    To get started, simply go to your dashboard, then to your show page, and under the "links" tab, you can click on the various link icons to add them to your show page. After you enter the actual URLs in the fields and press save, the corresponding icons will appear on your show page.

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    Hope you enjoy this new feature! Just another way we're trying to help make it easier for you to connect with your fans!

  8. Now, whenever someone interacts with your PodInbox page, you'll receive in-app notifications in our new notifications widget.

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    This new notifications widget lives on the top bar in the dashboard, and the bell icon will light up when there's a new notification. Some examples of notifications you'll see in there are when fans leave you messages and when fans like messages.

    Once you click into the new notifications widget, the new messages will be highlighted, and all your new messages will be marked as read when you exit the popup.

    As we continue to build out PodInbox, we'll add more useful notification messages in there that will help you stay updated will all your PodInbox activity!

  9. This is a huge update! We now support multiple inboxes per show page!!

    We learned that many of our customers want to have separate inboxes on their PodInbox show page to collect different types of audience voice messages.

    For example, a podcaster might want to create separate inboxes for listener questions, stories, feedback, and rants...and have separate prompts for each. Another podcaster might even create a new inbox for a new episode topic every week.

    With our new multi-inbox feature, you can get creative on unique ways to engage your audience using PodInbox!

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    How It Works

    Every pro account comes with our new multi-inbox feature. If you want create more inboxes, all you need to do is:

    1. Log in to your PodInbox dashboard
    2. Click "show page" to manage your show page
    3. Click the "inboxes" tab
    4. Click the "add an inbox" button (this creates a "draft")
    5. Fill out all the required fields
    6. Save your new inbox
    7. Toggle the new inbox "on" to make it public on your show page

    It's that easy.

    You can add as many inboxes as you want, and delete them if you no longer need them. Just be careful with deleting inboxes, as that will also delete all the audio messages belonging to that inbox. Alternatively, you can also just toggle inboxes "off" to hide them on your PodInbox show page.

    Multiple Inboxes on Your Show Page

    Now on your show page, your fans can swipe or click through to your other inboxes if you have more than one. The inbox in the center of your show page is the active inbox. We display all the audio messages of an inbox under the active inbox in the center.

    To change the order of your inboxes, just go to your dashboard > show page > inboxes tab, and drag the inbox up or down to rearrange the order. This will change the order of your inboxes on your public show page.

    Managing Inbox Messages

    To view and manage the audio messages of a specific inbox, just go to your dashboard > inbox, and in the dropdown menu, select to view all messages or just messages from a specific inbox.

  10. We just released some features to help you organize and display your audio messages better! You'll find all these new changes in your dashboard inbox.

    Here's a brief summary of the new updates!

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    Pinned Messages

    When you "pin" a message, the message will be displayed at the very top of your show page. This is a great way to show your fans some featured fan messages, and give a good example of the types of messages you appreciate from fans. To find your pinned message in your inbox, just click the "Tagged" tab and filter for your "pinned" messages

    Private Messages

    You can toggle any message to "private" if you want to hide it on your show page. This comes in handy if you don't want a message to be public, but you also don't want to delete it. To find messages you set as "private" in your inbox, just click the "Tagged" tab and filter your "private" messages.

    Tag Messages

    To give you a versatile way of organizing your messages, we introduced the concept of "tags". Just go to any message, and you can now tag that message using any tag you want. Just click on "manage tags" to add, edit, and delete tags you use for your show. We start you off with 2 useful tags you can use: Follow Up and Add to Episode. You can always edit these tags to whatever you find is helpful. To find messages you've tagged, just click the "Tagged" tab and filter your messages by the name of your tag.

    Hope this helps makes PodInbox messages a bit more useful and manageable!