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How To:

Use these videos and step-by-step instructions to help navigate Launchpad

Create Your Podcast

  1. Log in to your account or set up your account.
  2. Click the "Create a New Podcast" button to begin publishing new episodes or click "Import a Podcast" to transfer an existing podcast.
    • If you are importing a podcast:
      • Enter the podcast RSS feed URL on the next page and click the "Import" button.
      • Successful creation of the imported podcast will show you a green message that it has been successfully created and the number of episodes imported successfully.
      • Unsuccessful creation of the imported podcast will show you a red message notifying you of the error(s) preventing the import of your podcast or episode(s). Contact support for assistance.
    • If you are creating a new podcast:
      To create a new podcast, fill out the following on the Program Details Page.

      Program Details

      • Fill in the Title and Description
        • To enter a line break in the Description field, click the HTML option. Then, press Shift + Enter or click the "BR" button
        • To create a new paragraph in the Description field, click the HTML option. Then, press Enter to begin a new paragraph.
      • iTunes Show Type - select Episodic or Serial
        • Episodic (default) - Specify episodic for stand-alone episodes or when you want your episodes presented and recommended newest-to-oldest. This option also supports seasons, with the newest episode at the top. For new subscribers, Apple Podcasts adds the latest, most recent episode in their Library.
        • Serial - Specify serial when you want your episodes presented and recommended oldest to newest. This option supports narratives, storytelling, thematic, and multiple seasons. For new subscribers, Apple Podcasts adds the first episode to their Library, or the entire current season if using seasons.
      • Select an iTunes Category and any Subcategories from the dropdown to give your podcast the widest possible reach of subscribers.
      • Status - Leave the dropdown as Active.
        • This is set to "Active" by default.
        • Select "Inactive" to remove your podcast from public view.
      • Host - Type in the host name.
      • Rating - Select "Clean" or "Explicit" depending on the nature of your show or episode.
      • Podcast Author Name - Fill in the name you want to appear as the producer/publisher of the podcast.
      • Podcast Author Email - TFill in the email address that you want associated with any and all communication and accounts in connection with your podcast.

      Program Image

      • Drag your file into the Program Image box, or click the "Select a File" button to upload the artwork.
        • Artwork file must be in the JPEG or PNG file formats and in the RGB color space with a minimum size of 1400 x 1400 pixels and a maximum size of 3000 x 3000 pixels at 72 DPI.

      Publishing

      • Language - Select your language.
      • Add Podtrac Prefix - Enter your Podtrac prefix URL, if applicable.
      • Add Blubrry Prefix - If you have a Blubrry Prefix, select the box and enter your Blubrry prefix URL.
  3. Click the "Create Program" button near the bottom of the page.

Edit Podcast Details

  1. Click the Your Podcast tab to see your program details.
  2. Select and edit any field in the program details you want to edit.
  3. When the changes are finished, select "Update Program" to publish the update.

Review My Stats

  1. Click the Your Stats tab to see your show statistics.
  2. By default, statistics are shown for the last 30 days.
    • To edit the date range, click the dates in the top right and select a pre-filled range or a custom range.
  3. The dashboard shows the most recent or top five for each category - to see a complete breakout, click the three dot button in the top right of any category and select "View All" or "Download CSV."

Publish an Episode

Create Episode

  1. Click the "Create an Episode" button to publish your first episode.

Episode Details

  1. Fill out the following on the Episode Details page:
    • Title - Fill in the episode title. Make your title specific to attract subscribers.
    • Description - Include a few sentences to describe your episode.
      • To enter a line break in the episode Description, click the HTML option. Then, press Shift + Enter or click the "BR" button to add a line break.
      • To create a new paragraph in the episode Description, click the HTML option. Then, press Enter or click the "P" button to begin a new paragraph.
      • As far as what actually gets sent to iTunes for the Description, we send it both with HTML (if it contains any) and with all HTML stripped out. All podcatchers including iTunes typically strip out all HTML, which is why we send the stripped out version. However, starting with iOS 11, iTunes does now accept the HTML version as well, but it only renders the HTML in the Apple Podcasts app. Within iTunes itself, it strips out the HTML.

    Media

    • Audio - Drag the file you wish to upload into the gray "Drag file here to upload" box, or click the "Select a File" button to select the file to upload.
      • Upload an MP3 file. Your file must be in mp3 format.
      • Upon successful upload, the uploading progress bar changes to a waveform where you can preview the file.
      • Insert a mid-roll break using the "Insert Ad Spots" button or delete them by clicking the circle button on the right side of the listed ad spot. In order to publish, you must insert at least one mid-roll break.

    Publishing

    • iTunes Release Date - The date that will appear as the release date in iTunes.
    • Expire - When your episode should be removed from the website, app, and iTunes/podcatchers.
      • This is set to "Never Expire" by default.
      • Click "Set Date" to set a specific time/date for removal.

    Metadata

    • Duration - Type in the total runtime of the episode.
      • Add 2 minutes to the total runtime to account for digitally inserted ads.
    • Rating - Select "Clean" or "Explicit" depending on the nature of your episode.
  2. To publish right away, click "Publish Episode." If you wish to finish publishing it at a future time, click the Save As Draft" link to save the episode as a draft.
    • Successful creation of the episode will show you:
      • A new page with a message notifying you of its success and your episode listed in Recent Episodes.
      • A Final Episode Media player under your segment preview players in the Media section.
      • An episode ID in the Episode Summary box in the right column.
    • Unsuccessful creation of the episode will show you:
      • A red message at the top of the page, notifying you of the error(s) preventing successful episode creation.
      • A message at the top of the page notifying you if it was able to save the episode as a draft.
      • Highlights on any required fields that were not filled in.
    • If your error isn't an issue of unfilled elements or the red error message is not clear, contact customer service for assistance.
  3. To finish publishing at a later time, click the "Save As Draft" link to save the episode as a draft.

Edit an Episode

  1. Click the Your Episodes tab to see your list of episodes.
  2. Find the episode you want to edit under "Recent Episodes" and click the name of the episode.
  3. Select and edit any field in the episode details you want to edit.
  4. When the changes are finished, select "Update Episode" to publish the update.

Remove an Episode

  1. Click the Your Episodes tab to see your list of episodes.
  2. Find the episode you want to remove under "Recent Episodes" and click the name of the episode.
  3. Under the Publishing section, select "Options" to expand additional details.
  4. Change "Status" to "Inactive."
  5. Select "Update Episode" to finalize the removal.

Embedding an Episode Player

  1. Click the Your Episodes tab, and select the episode you'd like to embed under "Recent Episodes."
  2. In the "Sharing" Section, you will find HTML code for an embeddable player. You can modify the width and height of the player, and choose options on whether or not to display the show logo and episode duration in the player.
  3. Once you've made your selections, copy and paste the embed code into your website.

Leaving Launchpad

  1. Click the avatar icon in the top-right hand corner and then select "Close Your Account."
  2. On the account closure page, you will have the option to let us know why you're leaving and set up a redirect to a new hosting platform, so that you may keep all of your subscribers.
  3. Insert the new RSS feed into the provided field and click "Close My Account" to complete the redirect.
  4. Remember, creating a redirect is a permanent process that cannot be undone and your account with Launchpad will be closed upon redirecting.

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