How to set up a private podcast using Castos and Zapier

Say you have a podcast, but you only want your members to get access to the feed after they join one of your Member Plans (and lose access if they cancel their plan).

Normally this would be a pain and require manually inviting/removing people via your podcast host.

Thanks to our integration with Zapier, you can easily accomplish this automatically by connecting your membership site with your private podcast on Castos!

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IN THIS ARTICLE
Why create a podcast? Create a podcast
Add a new episode Update podcast details
Set podcast to private Connect Castos and MemberSpace
Remove canceled members

Why Create a Private Podcast?

A podcast is a great way to share your message, build an audience, and grow your business. So why would anyone want to create a private podcast? There are a few scenarios where creating a private podcast makes sense:

  • You run a membership site and want to create a private podcast with special content exclusively for your members.
  • You have a podcast and want to create a private advertising-free version of the podcast for your paying subscribers.
  • You want to improve internal communication in your company and use a private podcast to share company-wide messages or audio training.

Step 1: Create a podcast in Castos

  1. Sign up for Castos (or log in if you have an existing account).
  2. Click "New Podcast":
  3. Give your podcast a title and click "Continue":

Step 2: Add your first episode to your podcast

  1. Click "New Episode" to upload your first podcast episode:
  2. Complete the episode details (i.e. title, description, etc.) > upload your podcast episode > determine when you would like to publish the episode > then click the "Publish Episode" button at the bottom:

Step 3: Update your podcast details

Follow the steps under the "Getting Started Checklist" on the right to finish setting up your new podcast:

Step 4: Set your podcast to private

Click "Distribution" > "Visibility" > "Private":

Step 5: Connect MemberSpace and Castos using Zapier

You'll need a Zapier account to set up this integration.

Once you create a new Zapier account or log in to an existing one, click the "Create Zap" button:

From there, you'll need to create a "Trigger."

  1. Search for MemberSpace and select it as the "Trigger."
  2. Select "New Membership" as the "Trigger Event":Set upv New Membership as the Trigger Event
  3. Next, click the "Continue" button.
  4. Connect your MemberSpace account > choose your website > click "Allow Access":Then, click "Continue":
  5. Select the Member Plans that can access the private podcast:
  6. Click "Continue" > "Test Trigger" to make sure it's working.

Next, you'll be asked to set up the "Action" event, i.e., what should Zapier do when a new member joins one of the plans you just selected in the "Trigger" event?

  1. Search for Castos and select it as the "Action."
  2. Select "Create Private Subscriber" as the "Action Event":
  3. Click "Continue" and sign in to your Castos account.  You can find the API Key in Castos under Integrations > API (on the left):
  4. After, click "Continue" > add your podcast details > click "Continue" again:
  5.  Then, click "Test & continue" to make sure it's working

If it all looks good, you can publish the zap.

Step 6: Setup a Zap for Member Cancellations

When a member cancels, you want to make sure that their access to the private podcast in Castos is also revoked.

To do this, click the "Create Zap" button again:

From there, you'll need to create a "Trigger."

  1. Search for MemberSpace and select it as the "Trigger."
  2. Select "Canceled Membership" as the "Trigger Event":Cancel Membership Trigger in Zapier
  3. Click "Continue" and complete the "Trigger" setup.

Next, you'll be asked to set up the "Action" event again, i.e., what should Zapier do when a member cancels one of the plans you just selected in the "Trigger" event?

  1. Search for Castos and select it as the "Action."
  2. Select "Revoke Private Subscriber" as the "Action Event":
  3. Click "Continue" > choose your account > click "Continue" again.
  4. Add your podcast details and click "Continue": 
  5. Finally, click "Test & continue" to make sure it's working.

Now, when a new member joins one of your selected MemberSpace Member Plans, they'll automatically receive an invite email from Castos with information on how to access your private podcast feed.

When a member cancels their membership, they will automatically lose access to the private podcast feed from Castos.

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