Patreon’s integration with Acast ensures that your exclusive, bonus content is only shared with the ones who want it most – your loyal listeners and patrons.
Why use Acast:
Deliver secure, patron-only podcast feeds
With the Acast integration, patrons receive a highly secure and unique RSS feed, so that your exclusive content stays exclusive
Access advanced analytics
Acast’s analytics give you clear and detailed insights into how many listens your patron-only content is getting, and how listeners are engaging with it
Enable your patrons to listen wherever they want
Your patrons can enjoy their exclusive Patreon content wherever they listen to their podcasts. If an app supports secure RSS feeds, it’s covered: Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Downcast, Podcast Addict, Acast and dozens more
Easily convert listeners to patrons
When you link to your Patreon membership directly from your public episode notes, your new patrons are seamlessly guided back into their listening experience once they’ve joined
In this article, we’ll cover the following:
- How to set up Acast (with an existing Patreon RSS feed)
- How to set up Acast (no existing Patreon RSS feed)
- Adding episodes to Patreon tiers
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Acast Resources
How to set up Acast (with an existing Patreon RSS feed)
To get started, visit your RSS settings. Click the “Setup your free Acast account” button. This will automatically take you to Acast and set up a free account for you.
If you have existing, patron-only episodes on Patreon, these will automatically be imported to Acast and will create your show. A show houses the episodes for your podcast
Once your episodes have been imported, you can assign tiers to your episodes. You can do this in bulk by selecting which episodes you would like to assign to the tier, and then clicking into the select access tiers dropdown menu on the right:
Once you’ve finished assigning your tiers, turn on the integration at the show level. Click back over to Shows and click on the show you created. Click the Integrations tab. Enable the switch for Patreon.
Lastly, head back to Patreon and to your RSS Settings
Now that your Acast account is set up, select Acast RSS audio feed and save changes. This option will enable your new Acast feed and seamlessly migrate existing patrons over to their individual Acast feeds. They’ll continue receiving their content with no interruption.
At this point, we recommend sharing a post for patrons who aren’t already subscribed to your content or for new patrons to notify them of the changes. We’ve compiled suggested messaging for you to use below:
- When you release new episodes, upload them directly on Acast. This will automatically push them to the feeds of your patrons on the tiers they’re assigned to. Please note that this will not automatically post the same episode on Patreon. Depending on your desired patron experience, you can simply deliver your episodes through the Acast feed, or you can make posts on Patreon with the audio files and episode details. Either way, patrons will receive the new Acast episodes in their RSS feed.
How to set up Acast (with no existing Patreon RSS feed)
- If you’ve never used the Patreon RSS feed or you’re new to Patreon, you can enable the Acast integration in your RSS settings by doing the following:
a. Check the box Enable RSS audio feed
b. Under Acast RSS audio feed, click the button “Set up your free Acast account”. Clicking this link will automatically take you to Acast and set up a free account for you. The email address you use for your account setup does not need to match your Patreon account
- Once your account is set up, you’ll be presented with the option to either Create New Show if you’re planning on providing a brand-new private feed for patrons, or Import Existing Show if you already have episodes elsewhere that you want to make available to your patrons.
When creating a new show, you’ll be prompted to add all the usual details for a podcast, like a title and description.
If you are importing an existing show, you’ll need a valid RSS feed for the show, which you can get from your podcast hosting provider. If you have set your show up as a podcast using Patreon’s RSS feature and the feed is not imported, you can access your RSS feed URL from the patreon.com/edit/settings page by right-clicking on “test link” in the RSS section of the page, then selecting "Copy Link Address."
At this point, you will have a completed show that is not yet connected to Patreon, and does not yet have any episodes. Click into Integrations from your Acast dashboard and enable the “Patreon” toggle to connect to Patreon
- NOTE: The integration will be enabled by default if you import an existing Patreon RSS feed as part of setting up your Acast account.
- Lastly, turn on the integration at the show level. To do this, click back over to Shows and click on the show you created. Click the Integrations tab. Enable the toggle for Patreon
Next, you can choose whether you want Acast to include a link for listeners to pledge to your Patreon, for example, if a patron is telling a friend about the patron-only content you offer. This is controlled by the Include membership link in show notes switch. You can specify what the Link Text should say, and whether you want the link to go to your overall tiers page, or directly to the checkout page for a specific tier
- When you release new episodes, upload them on Acast. This will automatically push them to the feeds of your patrons on the tiers they’re assigned to. Please note that this will not automatically post the same episode on Patreon. Depending on how you want your patron experience to be, you can deliver your episodes through the Acast feed, or choose to make posts on Patreon with the audio files and episode details. Either way, patrons will receive the new Acast episodes in their RSS feed
Adding episodes to Patreon tiers
Creating a new episode
- Click on New Episode
Fill out details about your episode (title, description, audio files, etc.)
- Choose which tiers can access this episode.
- Click Publish now
- For existing patrons. They’ll continue to receive their patron-only content in the same way they always have, there’s no need for them to resubscribe.
- For new patrons. Any new patrons will receive the new feed through the same spots on Patreon: their pledge confirmation page, their confirmation email, and the My Membership tab. All the areas on Patreon where your old Patreon RSS was available will be updated to feature your new Acast feed
Q: Should I keep making posts on Patreon with my new episodes?
You can turn off Acast RSS audio feeds from your creator page settings. Here, you can switch to the Patreon RSS feed by selecting "Enable Patreon RSS audio feed." You can also completely turn off RSS feeds by de-selecting the button next to "Enable RSS audio feed. Make sure to click Save changes at the top of the settings page to confirm the change!