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The podcast hosting company Captivate.fm has just unveiled a new guest booking and interview management system for users. It allows creators to book and manage their guest interviews from one central location that is connected to their podcast hosting. It also allows hosts to capture all of the relevant guest data for use across their podcast’s workflow, including in the measurement of download uplift based on specific guests and in the automation of episode show notes.

“Since I started podcasting in 2011 I’ve been using calendar-booking links for my guests that were provided by third parties. That works, but it’s not as effective as it should be for the serious modern podcaster; there is no simple link to the other pieces of my workflow which means that I can’t, for example, pass my guest’s bio and social links automatically to my episode show notes, nor could I easily overlay the results of any given guest’s audience onto my own download numbers,” says Captivate CEO Mark Asquith. “Captivate has made that easy for the busy creator and in addition to saving podcasters huge amounts of time, it also reduces the cost of podcasting by removing one extra paid service from the podcasting stack.” 

In a blog post, Asquith said the new feature will be available for free. Other than supporting the system, he says it doesn’t cost Captivate anything on an ongoing basis to give it to its users.

The new booking platform will be integrated with the remote recording platform SquadCast, by automatically creating SquadCast recording sessions when a guest books an interview slot. 

“We’re really keen at SquadCast on making sure that podcasters have the most effective and efficient technology available to them so when Mark, Kieran and the Captivate team spoke to us about being the launch partner for the guest booking and interview management platform, it was something that we got excited about and said ‘yes’ to really quickly,” said SquadCast CEO Zachariah Moreno.

The Captivate team is due to integrate this new guest booking and interview management service with the Podcasting 2.0 initiative and Podchaser in its next follow-up release.