Here are some brand new Podiant features that’ll help you become a more productive podcaster.

Add discussion topics via email

Alex runs a podcast about Android. Every week, they gathers up the latest news and add topics to the podcast’s Topics list. Sometimes these stories come through RSS, sometimes they come through Twitter, so one simple way Alex can add a story from their phone to the topics list is by email. With the email address listed int he Tools section of their podcast, Alex can send any plain text, along with links, and have a topic be created.

Add discussion topics from Feedly

I use Feedly for reading news in various areas of interest. Now when I find a podcast-related story I think might be interesting to talk about on Bitrate, I can add it to a “Bitrate” board (by clicking the little star and selecting “Bitrate”), and it’ll automatically show up in the topic list, from which Brendan and I can pull when we’re putting an episode together.

It all starts with our new Zapier integration, which is in the Apps & Integrations section of your podcast dashboard.

Post episodes of your podcast to WordPress and more

I often get asked if we have a WordPress plugin. Right now we don’t - but that’s likely to change - however, you can now post to a WordPress blog whenever a new podcast episode is published. You get all the info you need about the episode, and even the code to embed the player, so you can create a customised post on your blog.

Thanks Zapier!

These last two scenarios are made possible because of Zapier. If you’ve never used it, it’s a wonderful tool for building custom workflows based on triggers. Podiant has three triggers: episode, blog post and topic, so you can perform different actions based on those triggers, like posting a message to your Slack team when a new episode drops, or even backing up your MP3s to Amazon S3!

You’ll find Zapier in the Apps & Integrations section of your Podiant dashboard.

This is just the beginning

In Apps & Integrations, you’ll see references to Pull and Push Keys, which are strong passwords automatically generated for you, when you create a new podcast or invite another admin. They’re independently assigned to each admin of a podcast, and the permissions you define for each user determine what these keys can do (although a Pull Key can only ever read data).

To reiterate: each Pull and Push Key is unique to you and your podcast, and the keys identify your user account within each podcast, so only pass them along to tools you trust (and never send them to any human, as that’s a bit like sending your username and password).

Pull and Push Keys form part of our Automation API, which is a small set of tools designed to make it easier for enthusiastic non-techies to do more with their podcasts and streamline their productivity. It’s part of a larger strategy at Podiant, to make working with podcast data easier. Next we’ll be working on our integrations platform, to allow developers to build software that interacts directly with Podiant. If that sounds interesting, watch out for our Integrations API and documentation coming soon.

But for now, please check out our burgeoning set of automation tools, which you’ll find both in the Tools section, and in Apps & Integrations. Our Zapier app is in beta now so we’re looking for people to play around with it. You’ll need to accept our invitation to use the app first, but you’ll find all the instructions you need in Apps & Integration.

Happy podcasting!