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PP17: Six Patreon Misconceptions

Introducing Patreon Podcast 2.0

  • MORE Patreon-focused
  • Interviews will be replaced with a “Creator Spotlight” segment
  • No more talking head videos
  • MORE tips, tricks and Patreon news
  • No longer weekly episodes. Episodes will be driven by content rather than a schedule.

Creator Spotlight: Patreon is creating Patreon

Patreon has started their OWN Patreon page… so you can be a Patreon Patron on Patreon. 

Their Patreon page is essentially their new blog, so all official Patreon news comes from there.

The money you pledge to the Patreon Patreon page goes toward OTHER Patreon Creators. So…

You can Be a Patron of Patreon Creators on Patreon by being a Patreon Patreon Patron!

Patreon News

Patreon released a new Study!
In a nutshell, the biggest source of income is pledges between 5 and 10 dollars
-Not surprisingly, the biggest volume of pledges (but lowest source of earnings) are in the lowest reported pledge bracket: $1.

What’s missing from this report is how many of these pledges are on a per creation basis versus a per month basis. $5 per month might equal less than $1 per creation, so it makes a big difference.

Six Patreon misconceptions

1. If you build it, they will come.
Patreon is not an ideal place to find new people to hand over their money. It’s a platform for people who already know what you’re doing to easily support you.

2. Pledges must start at $1.
Not a big deal, but if someone is particularly limited, it’s good to know that you can give less than $1 if you’d like to.

3. You HAVE to have great incentives/bonus/premium content.
As mentioned previously, your supporters are primarily supporting you because they want you to keep doing what you’re already doing. Don’t let your desire to thank them keep you from giving your all to the whole reason these people are supporting you in the first place!

4. Your creations should only be visible to Patrons.
Again, Patreon is a place for people who already love what someone is giving away for free to support the Creators they love! When Creators post creations and make them only visible to the patrons, they’re limiting their discoverability by new Patrons.

5. The Content has to be hosted ON Patreon.
Just because Patreon has an upload option when posting a new creation doesn’t mean Creators have to use it! I’ve known podcasters who try to upload each episode to Patreon, in addition to the fact that they’re already uploading it to their podcast website/RSS feed. This is unnecessarily time-consuming and can cause problems if you try to upload an audio file that is longer than an hour or any other file that exceeds the 100 MB limit.

If you are already posting your creations somewhere else, you can simply post the link to Patreon as a new creation, and allow your patrons to visit the creation in it’s natural context. Instead, consider using the upload function ONLY when sending out Patron-only content that is not available anywhere else.

6. Patreon’s pronunciation! 🙂
“Puh-TREE-awn?” “Pat-ree-AWN?” “PAY-tron?”

It’s just “PAY-tree-awn.”

What other misconceptions have you or others had about Patreon? Let me know or comment about it below.

Connect with Patreon Podcast

Patreon | @bovineright | Facebook | YouTube   BreakroomStudios.com | MadCowan.com

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PP13: Patreon News, Updates and Quick Tips!

In lieue of an interview this week, I’m talking about some exciting Patreon news, changes to the Patreon website, and some quick tips on building your Creator page on Patreon!

Patreon News

Patreon held a town hall meeting last week, where they shared some news and answered questions. They have made all 3 hours of this meeting available as a YouTube video, and as the first episode of the Official Patreon Podcast.

Highlights:

Patreon has raised 15 million dollars, which will be going towards developing feature requests, improving the platform and hiring more staff.

The Patreon website has improved: The homepage has less emphasis on featured creators, and more emphasis on exploring new creations! The search function also works much better!

• As mentioned above, Patreon announced an official Patreon Podcast. All though their only episode so far is from the townhall meeting, they plan to release future episodes with Creator interviews, news and more helpful information!

The Unofficial Patreon Podcast

Meanwhile, this podcast will most likely see some spill-over from the built-in audience that the official Patreon Podcast has, and that’s okay with me!

Also worth noting: This podcast has made it to the #4 spot on iTunes New & Noteworthy under the “Visual Arts” category, and the #12 spot in N&N for “Hobbies & Culture”!

So I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

Patreon Quick Tips

Here are some of the best practices I’ve been learning about creating a Patreon Page:

• Make videos!
Videos are fun, personal, and help the Patrons to feel like they’re supporting a person, not just a product!

• Set attainable incentives!
It’s great to give back, but remember the main reason people are supporting you is not to get something more from you, but to support what you’re already doing!

• Start with small milestones!
It’s good to have big goals, but having more attainable milestones will motivate you and your Patrons to reach those goals.

• Consider milestones that benefit the patrons!
It’s good to have milestones for things like new equipment or webhosting costs, but consider ways you can give back even more at the same time. For example, Ethan Nicolle distributes a PDF copy of a graphic novel to each of his Patrons for every milestone achieved on his Patreon page!

Links mentioned

Patreon Townhall Video

The Official Patreon Podcast

Revamped Patreon Website

The Unofficial Patreon Podcast on Patreon

Breakroom Studios on Patreon

Bearmageddon on Patreon

A Creator’s Guide to Patreon (PDF)

Connect with Patreon Podcast

Patreon | @PatreonPod | Facebook | YouTube   BreakroomStudios.com

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