Podcast/Live Show Statistics

Limits

I’d like to start by saying that TPOK Radio has the highest broadcasting account offered by Spreaker. This affords us unlimited daily sessions (we could stream live 24/7 if we chose to) and unlimited bandwidth. Since we are not streaming 24/7 (doing this won’t create archives of the shows), we do have a 5 hour limit per session. However, we can immediately start up another 5 hours session. This would only be applicable if we were broadcasting live from an event, such as MBE. (When we did MBE, we were streaming over their feed, our recordings were offline).

What this means is we can host the archives for any number of podcasts and have as many live shows as the 24-hour/7-day a week reality allows. Oh, and we would need more producers! A lot more producers. Camille needs to sleep at some point.

Analytics

Your statistics are important to you. I know they are to me (though I haven’t been checking them as often as I used to). Spreaker has a page that details the analytics they provide for us. Naturally, we have their full package. The screenshots shown below are actual stats from Stereo-Typed.

Show Statistics

Some of the stats are available on a per episode basis. I’ll provide a screen cap of those at the end of this post.

Customizable Date Range

Customizable Date Range Reports – All of my screen caps were based on the Last 30 Days

Show Plays and Downloads

Summary of the show’s plays and total listening hours. Note: these are only the stats through the Spreaker website, mobile app and embedded players (including iHeart Radio). They do not include downloads and third party listening apps (such as iTunes).

Plays and Downloads Graph

Types of Plays – Live, Play (streaming) or download. The live number is usually quite low (for all of our shows). This wouldn’t be applicable to podcasters unless you do a special live episode.

Geolocation

Map view: Where are your listeners tuning in from? Which country or city? Get the breakdown of your listener geographics with the Geolocation section. Geolocation information is available for all plays made through the website, as well as downloads.

Top countries and cities view

Demographics

To be honest, this is useless. This only captures the demographics for listeners who are signed into Spreaker when they listen. So, if they stream the episode from an app or listen to an embedded player, they are not recorded. I imagine that this is the same limitation for all podcast hosting sites. The listener would need to be connected for it to register their demographic information. Apparently, only 25-34 year old females log in to listen to my show. LOL

Source

Source – Graph You can select different options (up to four sources). The top three sources for my show are iTunes, Andriod apps (presumably this includes Google Play since it isn’t otherwise listed) and the Spreaker website

Embedded players will show the source as the website that played the show. For example, I have each episode embedded on my show’s site.

Devices

I’m not really sure what “Other” is … tin foil hats?

Episode Specific

For each episode, you can view the plays & downloads, sources and devices. The output is similar to the show level stats.

Episode Listing

Episode plays and downloads per episode. Clicking the episode title will show you the graphs for that episode.

Summary

Spreaker does give a lot of statistics on the plays and listening habits of your audience. All of the reports can be downloaded as a .cvs file.

As a show or podcast host (or more likely, the producer), you will have access to these statistics because you’ll have the login credentials for the TPOK Radio account. You sort of need them in order to broadcast and/or post your files.

As some future date, I will screencast a live broadcast and the different options for direct uploading (an offline file). The console is pretty easy to work out. The most difficult thing (I found) was connecting to Skype (only needs to be done once) and remembering to change my output in my Skype settings when I switch from regular calls and broadcasts/interviews. The Spreaker console can be used to record your podcast interviews, but I prefer to use a Skype add-on (such as Ecamm Call Recorder for Mac) so that I have a backup copy of the discussion with my guest(s) on a separate channel. The only equipment you need to produce a live show is a compatible computer, microphone and headphones. Software requirements: Spreaker Console (and Skype if your guests need to call in remotely).


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