The Collections feature within Captivate is the perfect way to make your back catalogue more accessible and to increase listenership of your podcast through curation and collection of related episodes.

Great examples of creative and really powerful ways to use Collections:

  • End of year round-ups

  • ‘Best of’ content

  • Modules or course content

  • Your most popular episodes and guest interviews (great for sponsor kits!)

As with all Captivate features, creating a Collection of your podcast episodes is super easy to do. Yay! 😃

How to Create Your Collection

You can create as many Collections as you wish, as well as edit an existing Collection, by following these simple steps.

  • Log in to your Captivate dashboard

  • Click on the Collections tab in the left hand menu, in your Promotion section

  • Click Create New Collection

  • Enter a Collection name and description for your Collection

  • Edit your Collection RSS feed if you wish to, or leave the default Captivate one

  • Drag and drop episodes from the Available Episodes box into the Collected Episodes box

  • Rearrange the order you wish the episodes to appear by dragging and dropping in the Collected Episodes box

  • Click Create Collection

And that's it - done! Now you have an awesome Collection you can share with your listeners. Here's how you do that.

How to Share Your Collection

Once you've created your Collection, you'll want to share it with your audience. Whether that's a premium course audience, or using on your website as a "Start Here" playlist, sharing your Collection is super easy!

  • Log in to your Captivate dashboard.

  • Click on Collections.

  • Click the sharing icon for the Collection you've just created.

  • Choose between sharing on a social media, or embedding on your website.

If you use the social media sharing link, you can post your Collection on the various social media apps. If you use the embed option, you can embed on a website landing page or blog post. This will result in a playlist player like the one below.

If you ever want to change up a Collection by adding or removing episodes, simply click the Collection title on your dashboard, and drag the episodes you wish to add/remove, and then click Update Collection - simple!

Recommended reading: Use Captivate's Curated collections to Entertain, Educate and Expand Your Audience

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