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Review of Fusebox: Turning Websites into Podcasting Powerhouses

Review of Fusebox: Turning Websites Into Podcasting Powerhouses
Review of Fusebox: Turning Websites Into Podcasting Powerhouses

“Transform your website into a podcasting powerhouse.”

That’s the promise of Fusebox, a toolbox of podcast solutions designed to help you grow and engage your audience online.

And if you’re serious about podcasting, you should give Fusebox more than just a passing glance.

In this Fusebox podcasting review, I’ll go over the product’s features. I’ll also cover its pricing structure so you know what you’ll need to invest.

Floating Sticky Player

In this part of the Fusebox review, I’ll cover the product’s sticky player.

The sticky player is a floating bar that you can attach to your website. It resembles a standard audio player that people are used to seeing on their PCs or on other sites.

Visitors who click the “Play” button will start listening to your podcast. It’s that simple.

The player also includes other options that you’ll find helpful.

For example, users can advance or rewind the playback by 30 and 15 seconds, respectively.

Additionally, people have the option to share your podcast on various social media channels. All they have to do is click the universal “share” icon on the player and select the icon of the platform they’d like to share it on.

The player also includes an RSS “Subscribe” button so folks can easily subscribe to your podcast.

Speaking of buttons, you can also put a call to action (CTA) button on the player. That’s useful if you’re using the podcast to promote a product or service.

Users can also download your podcast from the player if they’d rather listen to it at another time.

And the player is also mobile-friendly. It will look great and display the same user-friendly interface on any platform.

By the way: the player is called “sticky” because it doesn’t move when the user scrolls up and down on your web page. It always stays right at the bottom.

But it’s non-intrusive. It won’t prevent visitors from reading whatever awesome content you put on your site.

Finally, you can change the color of the pipeline to match your brand color.

Fusebox Review of Floating Sticky Bar
Fusebox Review of Floating Sticky Player

Archive Player Tool

In this part of the Fusebox review, I’ll cover the toolset’s archive player.

How would you like to transform your website into your visitors’ favorite podcasting app? If so, then check out Fusebox’s archive player.

For starters, it works on any platform. That means no matter what CMS or website software you use, you can insert the player on your page.

And like the previous player, it also includes a CTA button.

Unlike the previous player, though, visitors can view the archive player in full-screen mode. That will give them a more immersive listening experience.

Visitors can also browse through your entire catalog of podcasts right from within the player. That’s a great way to reel in more listeners who might have missed previous episodes.

It’s also an awesome way to encourage binge listening.

Fusebox Review of Archive Player
Fusebox Review of Archive Player

Track Player Tool

In this part of the Fusebox review, I’ll cover the track player.

Simply put, the track player is a simple player that plays just one episode of your podcast.

It’s a great choice if you’re referencing a podcast in a blog post and want to give visitors the ability to listen to it right there.

The track player doesn’t take up much space, either. So visitors who don’t want to listen can just scroll past it quite easily.

It’s got the same kinds of features I’ve described in the previous two players. So there’s no need to rehash them here.

Fusebox Review of Single Track Player
Fusebox Review of Single Track Player

Fusebox Review: Transcripts

In this part of the Fusebox podcast review, I’ll explain the toolset’s transcript feature.

For starters, it only works with WordPress. So if you’re using some other content management system (CMS), you’re out of luck on this one and you might as well skip on to the next section.

However, if you are using WordPress, you’ve got access to a powerful feature.

Why is it so powerful? For a couple of reasons.

First of all, some people would rather read your podcast than listen to it. That’s especially the case if they’re speed-readers or they just want to scan its contents for something valuable.

Further, your podcast might include commercials. Transcripts don’t include commercials.

So folks can mentally digest the content faster when they’re reading it versus when they’re listening to it. And since everybody is in a hurry these days, it’s important to give your visitors an opportunity to save time.

But there’s another reason why transcripts are so valuable: SEO.

Search engines can crawl your web page and much more easily parse written content than audio content.

Then, they’ll index those pages with the keywords that you sprinkle throughout your podcast. And the pages will likely get a better rank.

The Fusebox toolset integrates with Rev and Temi: two of the most popular transcription services for podcasts.

All you need to do is choose your transcript from a dropdown menu. The tool will display the transcript seamlessly on the page.

Another thing: Fusebox will give users the option to opt-in to your email distribution list as they’re reading your transcript. So you get a freebie with this feature: the possibility to build your email list.

Finally, the transcript itself displays in a compact, scrollable window. That keeps your page length reasonable.

Transcript Tool from Fusebox
Transcript Tool from Fusebox

Fusebox Review: Integrations

Very rarely does any digital marketing tool operate in isolation any more. You’ll likely need to integrate whatever tool you’re using with some other tool.

A podcasting solution is no exception.

Fortunately, Fusebox integrates with the following services:

  • libsyn
  • PodBean
  • Buzzsprout
  • Apple Podcasts
  • Stitcher
  • Spotify
  • Google Podcasts
  • ConvertKit
  • MailChimp
  • ActiveCampaign
  • WordPress

I suspect more integrations are on the way.

Pricing

You can get started with Fusebox for free. But you’re limited to three shows with a maximum of 10,000 monthly views.

But if you’re serious about podcasting, you’ll have to fork over some cash.

If you opt for an annual plan, you’ll spend $15.83 per month.

If you’d prefer to go month-by-month, that will cost you $19 per month.

Still, that’s a pretty good deal considering all the features you’re getting.

Additionally, the folks at Fusebox offer free webinar training and email support.

Review of Fusebox Pricing
Review of Fusebox Pricing

Wrapping It Up

There you have it: a complete review of Fusebox.

If you’re looking for a way to add podcasting tech to your website, you should absolutely include Fusebox on your shortlist.

And then give it a spin with the free-to-try option.

If you like what you see, sign on with the service.

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