You may have come across the "Intro/Outro" section under your show's Settings, and wondered "what is this feature?" But most importantly, is it required? The short answer is no, it's not required to add these files to set up your show. We'll explain though why it may be valuable below.
How it Works
Let's start with the "what is this feature?". This section will allow you to add short audio snippets to all of your existing and future episodes, by adding them to the beginning of your episodes via the Intro audio section, or at the end of your episodes via the Outro audio section. This means the intro will be added to your episode before it's distributed to all platforms. NOTE: you can choose to add an intro, an outro, or both.
This is not required for the creation of your show, but can be utilized for several of different use cases. Let's say you always end your episodes by mentioning all the different social media accounts you are available on and where to subscribe. This can instead be turned into its own MP3 file, and uploaded as an outro here at Acast. We will then add it automatically to all of your episodes. This saves you the hassle of having to remember to say this at the end of each episode.
Another use case can be audio logos. If you are running multiple shows under one brand, it would be a great idea to add the same intro to every episode for all your shows in order to create a coherent experience for your listeners.
Yet another use case might be promoting your Patreon feed, or another one of your shows at the end of each episode. You can upload the audio file to your outro and this snippet will automatically be included in all existing and future episodes.
Lastly, you can reserve the intro and/or outro for your theme music. (Just be wary of using commercial music in your show!).