Dynamic podcast episodes

In this article, we will show you how to share exclusive podcast episodes with your members, triggered by key events related to their subscriptions. Listeners can enjoy these special episodes alongside regular content, allowing you to build a deeper connection with them and re-engage those members who may have lapsed in the past.

In this help doc:

Create episodes

Navigate to Media → Podcasts, select a podcast, and scroll down to the dynamic episodes section.

Dynamic episodes

The welcome message allows you to onboard new members, while the expiration message helps explain why a feed may have stopped updating and how to take action to fix it.

Toggle on Serve Welcome episode to title your welcome episode and write an episode description.

Dynamic podcast episodes

Then upload an mp3 file or AAC file.

Write a title and description

Once uploaded, you can click the play button to preview your episode.

Add audio file

Repeat the steps for the Serve Subscription Expired episode.

Personalized episodes can be assigned on a per-show basis or to all podcasts across an entire site. This feed-level personalization allows you to create personalized episodes for each show, which is handy if you have different shows with different hosts.

Manage episodes

After uploading an audio file, you will see a link to manage audio files on the podcasts index page.

Manage audio files

Click the link to access your episodes library where you can delete or update your files.

Episode library

You can also access the library when you add or edit a podcast.

Replace episode

Deliver episodes

To give a sense of ownership and a soft deterrent to publicly sharing the feed, the member's name will be appended to the title of their private feed.

Maren's feed

Then once episodes are published, we will include the dynamic episodes in the member RSS feeds based on certain subscription-related events (more below).

Welcome episode

The welcome episode is delivered as soon as the member subscribes to the feed, and will be removed after 30 days. It’s shown at the top of the feed, so it’s not easily missed.

This episode can be used for many things, like explaining how a membership program works, announcing seasonal benefits for new members, and creating a deeper connection with the member.

Welcome episode

Subscription expired episode

If you have published a subscription-expired episode, the entire feed will be replaced by this episode until the subscription is re-activated.

This episode can be used to explain why a member's feed stopped working and how to restore access. For some membership businesses, the podcast is the only channel of communication with members, so this is a valuable tool to reduce involuntary churn.

Expired episode

We only show this episode when a member had access to a private feed but lost it when their subscription expired. We will not show this episode if you delete a member's subscription or remove the benefit from your plan.

How dynamic episodes behave across apps

Numerous podcast players exist, each with their own set of rules. Some of them will adhere to our protocol to stop showing dynamic episodes, while others will keep episodes if they have been downloaded, and others will keep them forever. Although we don’t have control over these variations, all the main podcast apps except for Spotify (more below) will add and remove our dynamic episodes as described in this help doc.

Dynamic episodes will not work within Spotify. Spotify hosts their audio for private podcasts in a centralized way, and we can’t render feeds on a per-member basis.

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