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There are a number of ways Spotify improves the podcast listening and discovery experience. Here’s how you can use them to your advantage.

Our goal at Anchor isn’t just to empower everyone to share their voice by starting a podcast; we want your show to reach as many people as possible, and for it to altogether thrive. With over 1 million show launches on Anchor in 2020 alone (which is great news!)–not to mention content outside of podcasts vying for people’s attention–it can be difficult to organically find an audience and keep them engaged. Likewise, it’s becoming tougher for listeners to discover their new favorites. …


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Anchor creators helped us feel connected during a year no one will forget, while podcasting itself expanded like never before.

As 2020 draws to a close and we tiptoe into 2021, it’s time to focus on something that was actually good about this year.

Obviously, we couldn’t be talking about anything other than podcasts.

What would 2020 have sounded like without you, podcasters of the world? We don’t want to know, but yes, 2020, in fact, could’ve been worse. Podcasts were a bright spot, and podcast creators were more than a bright spot: You were difference makers. And there were more than a million of you new to podcasting this year.

Your willingness to share stories and ideas and narratives, in all their glorious forms, helped so many listeners maintain a sense of connection, even when they were very much isolated. Which happened to be pretty important, since in 2020, connection became one of the human senses. …


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See how your unique stories kept us company and brought people together during a challenging year.

While 2020 certainly hasn’t been easy, creators around the world have continued to do what they do best: share their voices and help listeners feel more connected through their stories. We’re excited to help podcasters celebrate what they’ve been able to achieve amid a difficult year–it’s time for your 2020 Spotify Wrapped for Podcasters.

This year, for the first time, Anchor creators can access their Podcaster Wrapped directly through Anchor. Once you’re logged in, just click the banner at the top of your dashboard and you’ll be directed straight to your Wrapped experience. You can also tap the modal in your Anchor mobile app. …


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Anchor is backed by the industry standard in podcast analytics, so you can measure your show’s performance and monetize your content with confidence.

We’re excited to announce that Anchor is backed by the industry standard in advertising for podcast analytics: IAB Podcast Measurement 2.0 certification. Whether you’re an experienced podcaster or just starting out, now you can make strategic decisions about your show knowing that Anchor’s metrics and definitions are verified to follow the guidelines most widely accepted by hosting platforms, media companies, brands, and creators alike.

We know how important it is for podcasters to earn money from their work, and with Anchor’s IAB certification, monetizing your show just got a little easier. IAB certification ensures standardized tracking, providing a common language for podcast measurement that’s trusted by advertisers. So if you decide to seek out sponsors on your own, you can take your analytics at face value and quantify your reach without any caveats. …


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Here’s an insiders guide to mixing up your audio format

To help creators add more dimension to audio shows, Spotify and Anchor recently launched a new feature wrapping together talk and music. By combining your voice and unique commentary with entire songs from Spotify into one shareable mixed-media playlist, the possibilities for documenting the past, or envisioning a new audio future, are endless. This new tool is instrumental for storytellers of all backgrounds, genres, and at different levels of experience.

As the entrypoint for conversation, a memory time capsule, or artistic expression, music provides such rich context for story. …


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Now, create audio shows in Anchor using full-length songs from Spotify’s entire music catalog. Combine songs with your own talk segments and share episodes directly to Spotify.

Today, Spotify and Anchor are helping all creators unlock the full potential of audio — and unleash their full creativity — by bringing the worlds of music and talk together. Now you can create a new kind of audio show by combining your own talk segments and full-length songs from Spotify.

The use of music has been a long-time challenge for audio creators. Starting today you can express yourself freely with Anchor’s all-inclusive platform and the entire Spotify music catalog at your fingertips. Adding songs to your show is quick, easy, and free. …


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US Election 2020 Soundcheck Toolkit

Created by Anchor, Spotify, and First Draft

As a podcaster, your voice is very influential.

That’s why the people who try to spread disinformation want to use it. You have the audience and the voice they lack — so you’re an ideal host for them to piggyback onto.

Ideally they want creators like you to repeat their rumors. Even if you don’t believe the rumor, but still discuss it, that still works for them as you are acting as a megaphone for their misinformation.

Unfortunately the more a rumor is discussed and repeated — no matter how false it is — the more likely people are to believe it. So if you do need to address an issue or story, rather than simply repeating the rumor, focus instead on the proven facts. …


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Anchor is rolling out the opportunity for creators in the U.S. to help increase voter registration by recording ads with Anchor Sponsorships.

In 2016, only 55% of voting-age citizens cast their ballots in the U.S. elections.

In 2020, your podcast can make a difference.

Starting today through November 3, Anchor is rolling out the opportunity for creators in the U.S. to help increase voter registration and strengthen participation in the 2020 election by recording ads with Anchor Sponsorships. By raising your voice and donating a few minutes to democracy, you can empower your listeners to do the same.

We’re teaming up with three nonprofit and nonpartisan organizations who are making the voting process easier, more informed, and more effective:

BallotReady

Democracy…


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We’re talking with podcasters from all walks of life about their creative process, best practices, and why audio is one of the coolest ways to tell a story.

Podcasting lends itself to vulnerability. You can create wherever and whenever you feel most comfortable, with friends or by yourself, protected from the pressure of a live audience. It’s this freedom of expression that makes the medium a safe space for creators and listeners alike. Your podcast can be a place for unfiltered discussions about whatever you’re going through, because odds are, someone else is going through it too.

That’s the inspiration behind Teenager Therapy, a weekly podcast of candid conversations led by high schooler Gael and his classmates Isaac, Kayla, Thomas, and Mark.


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New editing tools and waveform visuals make it easy to split, cut, and insert audio at exactly the right moments, so you can polish up your show with quick precision.

Editing your podcast audio just got easier with Anchor’s new waveform editor, now available on web. Split and trim your audio with precision and quickly remove unwanted noises and segments to create the perfect episode. The new editor allows you to visualize audio at a high level and zoom into granular moments — so, whether you’re splitting your audio into multiple segments or just adding the finishing touches, you can intuitively edit your podcast exactly the way you want.

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