Google Podcasts goes to provide podcasters a greater thought of how their episodes carry out. The Google Podcasts Supervisor instrument will present extra knowledge on listeners, doubtlessly serving to podcasters promote adverts, determine what their audiences wish to hear, and assist them construction their reveals extra successfully. It’s a characteristic that podcasters have been pushing to entry. The data contains metrics round how their reveals do on the platform, together with retention knowledge, like the place folks dropped off in an episode, how lengthy they listened, and the full period of time folks listened.
Google can even inform podcasters what sorts of units individuals are utilizing to entry their present throughout telephones, tablets, desktop computer systems, and sensible audio system. Google Podcasts is offered as an iOS and Android app, in addition to on Google search, Google Assistant, Android Auto, and thru podcasts.google.com on the net.
Google mechanically indexes any present with an RSS feed on the net, so podcasters don’t want to make use of the Google Podcasts Supervisor to get their present on Google Podcasts. If, nonetheless, they need entry to this new knowledge, they’ll should confirm possession of their RSS feed. Once they log into Podcasts Supervisor for the primary time, they’ll be guided by means of the verification course of, which incorporates Podcasts Supervisor emailing a verification code to the proprietor listed within the <googleplay:proprietor> or <itunes:proprietor> tag of the feed. They then should enter the verification code within the feed verification web page in Podcasts Manger.
Notably lacking from these new analytics is listener demographic knowledge, which Spotify, one among Google Podcasts’ primary opponents, has marketed as one among its main promoting factors for podcasters on its platform. Apple doesn’t provide demographic knowledge, however that additionally strains up with the corporate’s broader stance on defending person privateness. Google tells The Verge it received’t present demographic data “at the moment.”
Podcasters solely not too long ago gained entry to extra listener knowledge. Apple launched its analytics characteristic in 2017, and Spotify took its dashboard out of beta final 12 months.
Earlier than this knowledge was simply accessible, podcasters needed to find out about their present’s viewers by means of their very own outreach, like on-line surveys. Though Spotify, Apple, and now Google have begun providing their very own platform analytics, podcasts nonetheless should do a little bit of guide work on their finish to collate every little thing in a single place in an try to put collectively a fuller thought of how a present performs.
Demographic knowledge, like the place listeners are primarily based and the way previous they’re, continues to be missing. However Google actually has entry to that data and will assist podcasts study extra about their viewers. In change, nonetheless, listeners have to just accept that they forfeit their knowledge every time they entry a present, which could make some folks uncomfortable, particularly as a result of podcasts can cowl extra delicate and telling matters than music or different audio media.