Listener Support by Anchor

Now you can get paid to podcast 🎙️

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Starting today, any podcaster, regardless of audience size or experience level, can collect recurring monthly payments directly from their listeners. There’s never been an easier way to start generating revenue from your podcast.

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Reviews

  • Randi Barry
    Randi BarryCo-Founder drophook App & Nautic Nomad
    Pros: 

    So simple to set up

    Cons: 

    none yet!

    Got set up pretty quickly through stripe, just needed a phone number to text the code to and voila. Now to get podcasting! anchor.fm/nauticnomad/

    Randi Barry has used this product for one day.
  • Phil 'dm' Campbell
    Phil 'dm' Campbellhead of geekery
    Pros: 

    a little bit of extra cash would be excellent from the time we put in.

    Cons: 

    we are probably not big enough yet! :)

    we host our podcast over on anchor.fm

    Phil 'dm' Campbell has never used this product.

Discussion

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Mike Mignano
Mike MignanoMakerHiring@mignano · co-founder, @anchor
Hi! I'm Mike, CEO and Co-Founder of Anchor. At Anchor, our mission has always meant more than just making it easy for people to make podcasts. We’ve also always had aspirations to help people make money from their work, too. Previously, this was a real challenge for most creators: Unless your show became big enough for podcast network who could sell your show to advertisers, your options for getting paid were very limited. For independent podcasters, there was no straight forward way to get paid for your work. Today we're making that way easier with Listener Support, which lets your listeners opt into automatic monthly payments to support your hard work. Any creator in the US can activate it to start receiving these contributions from their listeners. Once you activate it, a Listener Support button will be added to your public Anchor profile. Best of all, it will also add a link in your show notes on every app or website where your podcast is available, so your listeners can sign up to support you from anywhere (like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify), even if they don’t have an Anchor account. I'm happy to answer any questions here about Listener Support or Anchor in general. Thanks!
Riley Walz
Riley Walz@w · High schooler who ships 💯
@mignano Hey Mike! This looks really cool. I'm wondering if you will roll out a premium podcast feature, where listeners have to pay to access the podcast from the start. Cheers!
PratipRaj
PratipRaj@pratiptalks · Sales Executive, Medical Mine
@mignano Hey Mike. This is really cool. I must say Anchor enabled me to start my own Podcast and I'm really happy that with this step Anchor is reaching new heights with Podcasting. Only sad part for me is that "Listener Support" is only for US but not for India. Please do make it available for many other countries which will be of great help. Cheers and All the best.
Mike Mignano
Mike MignanoMakerHiring@mignano · co-founder, @anchor
@w Hey Riley, thanks! Great question. We're considering all of the ways we can help creators generate revenue from their podcast, and the one you mentioned is definitely one of them. We felt it were best to start by making it as easy as possible for creators and by not introducing additional work for them (e.g. making exclusive content to put behind a paywall). Our learnings from Listener Support will absolutely inform our monetization decisions in the future!
Mike Mignano
Mike MignanoMakerHiring@mignano · co-founder, @anchor
@pratiptalks Thanks! I'm very happy to hear that Anchor made it easy for yor to make a podcast, and appreciate all of your kind words. We're absolutely doing our best to bring Listener Support to creators all over the world. I don't have a concrete timeline for this year but I assure you it that we'd love to bring the feature to India as soon as possible. Thanks again!
PratipRaj
PratipRaj@pratiptalks · Sales Executive, Medical Mine
@mignano Thank you very much. That's so kind of you.
Phil 'dm' Campbell
Phil 'dm' Campbell@philcampbell · head of geekery
talk about perfect timing, absolutely love this! nice work guys. could not find the activate button in my anchor account. when will it go live? -- this is awesome.
Phil 'dm' Campbell
Phil 'dm' Campbell@philcampbell · head of geekery
i dm'd the team and it was if you had the account in the US, i'll wait for global rollout, i'm sure once they have onboarded the US they will roll it out because STRIPE is global so i think it's purely a timescale, staggered roll out!
Mike Mignano
Mike MignanoMakerHiring@mignano · co-founder, @anchor
@philcampbell Thank you, Phil! Sorry that we don't yet have the feature available outside of the US, but we're doing everything we can to launch it in more countries as soon as possible!
Ildi Xhaholli
Ildi Xhaholli@madebyildi · Creative Artist
I didn’t see any mention of when this would roll out to creators outside of the US. I’m sure many people will be asking about this...
Phil 'dm' Campbell
Phil 'dm' Campbell@philcampbell · head of geekery
ah so it's only US right now -- what if one of us in the UK and one in the US, can we get the account upgraded seeing as she is stateside? :) -- hmmm, i was so excited about this, surely STRIPE is a global worldwide product no?
Ildi Xhaholli
Ildi Xhaholli@madebyildi · Creative Artist
@philcampbell i'm wondering the same and am a bit surprised at how unclear this announcement was regarding creators outside of the US.
Phil 'dm' Campbell
Phil 'dm' Campbell@philcampbell · head of geekery
@madebyildi i would'nt be surprised. it's normal for a US startup to push to a US audience first of all because of financial assets and time scale for roll out, also you don't want to roll out to the world first that's inviting a ton of work for customer support etc, you do a soft roll out first :)
Ildi Xhaholli
Ildi Xhaholli@madebyildi · Creative Artist
@philcampbell I was mostly referring to the ambiguity and lack of clarity in informing creators outside of the US when this feature would be available for their regions. The description of this announcement reads "Starting today, any podcaster..." which is kind of misleading imo. Even their medium post fails to provide any insight about availability of Listener Support in regions outside of the US.
Hereripene Baker
Hereripene Baker@hereripenebaker · I need a Financed Project Manager
@madebyildi @philcampbell OHHH!!! hey there!!!
Guillaume Bardet
Guillaume BardetPro@guillaumebardet · Working on Qlearly.com
This is quite interesting considering what competitors have been up to. Any plans to allow sponsors to easily buy ad spots as well? It would likely require an approval process but I have a feeling many would prefer to charge sponsors instead of their listeners. They just seem to struggle to find the right sponsors. Obviously that doesn't apply to everyone but I think marketers would find it interesting too.
Mike Mignano
Mike MignanoMakerHiring@mignano · co-founder, @anchor
@guillaumebardet Hey Guillaume, thanks! We're definitely considering all of the different ways we might be able to bring monetization to our large, global network of creators. Ads have certainly been a successful options for many podcasters, however, they often only work for creators with very large audiences. We're working on finding ways to introduce revenue generating tools that any podcaster can leverage. Stay tuned as we learn from this release and ship more monetization features in the near future!
Ryan Belisle 👨🏻‍💻
Ryan Belisle 👨🏻‍💻@_ryebell · Tech+Teams @ Nexcess | CEO @ Forge
Hey Mike, After also just recently seeing Breaker Upstream (https://www.producthunt.com/post...), what would you say makes Anchor's product different/"better"?
Mike Mignano
Mike MignanoMakerHiring@mignano · co-founder, @anchor
@_ryebell Hey Ryan! I haven't had a chance to take a close look at Breaker's Upstream feature yet, but I'd say that any new, innovative monetization feature from any company in the space sounds like a good thing to me! We want to see creators getting paid for their hard work, and if this helps them do that, I'm all for it. What I can tell you about Listener Support is that it works in any listening experience. So no matter where your listeners get their podcasts, they can support you directly from the show notes and pay with a single tap using Apple Pay or Google Pay (depending on their device). We also wanted to make Listener Support as easy to use for creators as possible, so there's no notion of creating extra episodes or any form of exclusive content. It's simple: if your listeners love your podcast, they can choose to support you to help you keep it going! This is a model that has proven successful in public radio for many, many years, and we're excited to now introduce it to podcasting.
Ryan Belisle 👨🏻‍💻
Ryan Belisle 👨🏻‍💻@_ryebell · Tech+Teams @ Nexcess | CEO @ Forge
@mignano right on, thanks! awesome to see this space developing!