Product Update: May 2020

Our latest product update includes new video highlights, private feeds now available on all paid plans and improvements to our IAB Certified analytics.

Noor Hammad • Tue 12 May, 2020

We’ve been hard at work building a raft of new features and improvements since our last update.

There’s so much to get through, let’s jump right in.

Video Highlights

We’ve added Video Highlights to Semi-Pro, Pro and Business plans.

Video Highlights allow you to create short, shareable videos from your episodes in a few simple steps.

Start by creating an audio highlight from one of your episodes.

When your audio highlight is created, choose Video Highlights from the action menu.

Follow the steps to choose a suitable aspect ratio:

  • 1:1 (Square) is best for Instagram and Twitter.
  • 16:9 (Widescreen) is best for YouTube, Facebook and other social media.

Then select from a range of templates.

Some templates include live transcript playback which is particularly useful when sharing to sites like Twitter where videos may autoplay, but audio will often be switched off by default.

If your template choice includes transcript playback we’ll automatically transcribe your highlight for you.

Click “Create”.

Your video highlight will be created and you’ll be able to download it to share wherever you want.

Here’s an example featuring the legends at Shameless podcast, be sure to check them out!

Private Feeds On Semi-Pro

We released Private Feeds on our Pro and Business plans in March and they’ve proven so popular we’ve decided to make them available on our Semi-Pro plan too.

Some ways Private Feeds are currently being used:

  • Subscriber only podcasts
  • Early access to episodes
  • Bonus content for email list subscribers
  • AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) episodes for paying supporters
  • Private podcasts for employees

Semi-Pro now includes 10 private feeds, allowing you to add 10 private subscribers to your shows.

As your private subscriber list grows you can purchase additional private feeds on the Plans and Billing page in your Whooshkaa Dashboard.

Insights Improvements

We have made some improvements to Advanced Insights, available on Pro and Business plans.

Unique Listeners

Reports now include unique listener counts.

Spotify Metrics

There are a number of Spotify metrics now available for episodes that are published to Spotify through Whooshkaa including:

  • Total Starts
  • Total Listens
  • Total Listeners
  • Total Followers

New Filters

You can now filter by all private feeds, individual private feeds and we’ve added an advanced show search to make configuring Insights reports even easier.

Other improvements

We’re always looking for ways to make Insights faster and more accurate, here’s some other improvements we’ve made:

  • Speed improvements when filtering by geolocation
  • More precise device, application and operating system detection
  • More precise listener location matching

Spotify and Deezer now…faster

When you publish an episode it will now show up on Spotify and Deezer in under an hour.

Transcription Updates

Whooshkaa Highlights Transcription

In addition to episodes, you can now transcribe your audio and video highlights.

Whooshkaa Transcript Download

Transcripts can now be downloaded in Word format with or without timecodes included.

Web Player Updates

We’ve made two updates to the web player.

  • Ability to display the season and episode number in the playlist.
  • Dynamic height option, to allow embedding of playlists without vertical scrollbars.

Increased Upload Sizes

You can now upload files up to 1GB in size to your episodes or the Media Library.

How are we doing?

As always we’d love to hear your feedback on these or any other part of the Whooshkaa platform. What can we do to improve your experience and help you deliver the best podcasts you can to your subscribers?

Got some feedback? Drop us a line.

Until our next update, stay safe and happy podcasting.

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