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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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PP16: 5 Ways Patreon Could Be Better

Instead of an interview, this week I’m talking about the main focus and purpose of the podcast, an interesting Patreon case study, and the top five ways Patreon could be improved.

Patreon Case Study: SMBC WebComic

Patreon did a case study on the Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal webcomic’s success. Hear Jack Conte talk about it here:

5 Ways Patreon Could Be Better

5. Do a case study on building Patreon support without a built-in audience.

Gaining financial support on Patreon is one thing when you have a built-in audience, but what about people who have grown their audience through Patreon?

4. More visible website/social media links.

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3. More visible, intuitive downloads and creation links.

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2. Automatically import RSS feeds.

Patreon allows users to automatically import any new YouTube videos to their Patreon page… what about other RSS feeds for webcomics and podcasts, etc?

1. ONE account for multiple projects.

Many creative people have multiple projects happening at the same time, myself included. Currently, in order to create a separate Patreon page for each project, you must also create a separate account for each project, instead of managing all the different projects pages from a single account.

Got anything you would add to this list? Let me know!

Connect with Chris

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

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PP15: Adam Bash is creating SAYER

Get to know Adam Bash, who is creating a sci-fi horror comedy podcast called SAYER.

About Adam Bash

Adam was introduced to podcasting in 2008 and co-hosted a gaming podcast called Fall Damage. After the birth of his first child, he took a break from podcasting for a while.

When he was ready to return to podcasting, Adam knew he would have to switch formats to something that would fit better into his life, so he switched from an off-the-cuff talk format podcast with multiple co-hosts to a scripted drama podcast, primarily featuring his own voice. This has allowed him to produce the podcast around his busy schedule while also giving him the ability to perfect the dialogue.

About SAYER

SAYER is a dark comedy sci-fi podcast set on Earth’s man-made second moon, Typhon.  The eponymous SAYER is a highly advanced, self-aware AI created to help acclimate residents to their new lives, and their new employment with Ærolith Dynamics.

SAYER incorporates influences from video games like Portal and first person shooters, classic radio shows like War of the Worlds with a hint of Welcome to Night Vale in order to bring a uniquely immersive experience.

Adam’s favorite episode so far: Episode 6 – A Dreamless Sleep

SAYER Patreon Page

Highlights from the SAYER Patreon Page:

  • Incentives include PDF copies of episode scripts, thank you messages from SAYER himself, a thank you in the SAYER prequel comic, and more!
  • Milestones include a SAYER prequel comic (REACHED!), and a “resident of the month” program, where a different Patron will be celebrated each month!

 

Favorite Quote

“Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.” – Tom Stoppard

Connect with Adam

Patreon | @theadambash | iamsayer.com

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PP12: Breakroom Studios is creating Podcasts and Videos

Get to know Chris Quandt, Chris Cowan and Nate Henderson, who are creating comedy podcasts and videos from Breakroomstudios.

About Quandt, Cowan and Nate

Cowan and Quandt met when they both became engaged (and subsequently married) to two girls who happen to be sisters, and have been best friends since! With a mutual interest in acting and creative media, podcasting seemed like a natural outlet!

Quandt’s friend Nate joined later and fit in perfectly!

Podcasting

When podcasting took off in iTunes and Garageband, Cowan posted on MySpace, asking if anyone was interested in starting a podcast with him. Quandt and another friend, Brandon P. Turner both replied, and started creating a podcast called The MadCast. Brandon eventually moved away, later replaced by Nate Henderson.

The MadCast was eventually replaced by a similar podcast called No Show, which was later replaced by their current podcast, Pop Mockers.

A standard feature of their earlier podcasts was a comedy skit featuring two office co-workers, Hank and Hal, who often had zany conversations in the company’s break room. When Cowan, Quandt and Nate began doing more than just a single podcast, they adopted “Breakroom Studios” as the umbrella for their various projects.

Breakroom Studios

In addition to Pop Mockers, other podcasts include Hank and HalThe Truth About Special Needs, and, of course, Patreon Podcast.

Breakroom Studios has also created several videos, including The Hank and Hal Movie, parts One and Two, as well as an ambitious webseries, The Bible News Network.

Breakroom Studios’ Patreon Page

Highlights from Breakroom Studios’ Patreon Page:

  • Incentives include raffles, showtunes, and personalized songs!
  • Milestone goals include livestreams, making Hank and Hal part 3 and bringing back The Bible News Network!

Connect with Breakroom  Studios

Patreon | @breakroomstudio | Facebook | YouTube   BreakroomStudios.com

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PP06: Grant Baciocco is creating Saturday Morning Media

Meet Grant Baciocco, who is creating several kid-friendly internet audio and video shows that bring back the magic of saturday morning television!

About Grant Baciocco

Grant has been at the forefront of family-friendly new media for several years, with shows like The Radio Adventures of Doctor Floyd and the various shows under the Saturday Morning Media umbrella. He is also part of the Jim Henson company’s live improv puppet show, Puppet Up!

Kid-friendly content

Grant started podcasting in 2004 when he realized that there wasn’t very much kid-friendly content in the podcasting world. He had been creating shows for public access television and decided to make the switch to internet audio, followed eventually with videos and puppets!

Saturday Morning Media

Saturday Morning Media features multiple audio and video kid-friendly shows that both kids and parents will enjoy!

Two of Grants favorite episodes:

The Tales of Deputy Guppy #101 “First Day on the Job!” (audio)

Uncle Interloper Space Explorer #103 – The Trouble With Lil’ Buddy! (video)

Saturday Morning Media Patreon Page

Highlights from Grant’s Patreon Page:

  • Incentives include signed scripts, fan club cards, and live hangouts with Uncle Interloper!
  • Milestones include more frequent episodes and a larger studio!

Favorite Quote

(When asked whether people would get the show)

Connect with Saturday Morning Media

Patreon | @SaturdayMorningMedia | Facebook | YouTube   SaturdayMorningMedia.com

Connect with Grant Baciocco

@toasterboy | Facebook | MrGrant.com

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PP01: Chris Cowan is creating Patreon Podcast

I just wanted to take a moment and introduce myself! I’m the host of Patreon Podcast, a podcast featuring conversations with Creators on Patreon.

About Chris

I’m a family man and podcaster. Some of my other podcasts include The Truth About Special Needs, a podcast about raising special needs kids, and Pop Mockers, a comedy pop culture podcast. I thrive on creativity and love connecting with other creative people!

Patreon Podcast

I started Patreon Podcast because I think Patreon is a great place for creative people to get together, find out what each other are doing and get support for their projects. Through Patreon Podcast, I hope to get to know some of these people a bit better, build community, and introduce their projects to a new audience.

My Patreon Page

There are a number of milestones and incentives available on my Patreon page, and I invite you to check that out if you’re interested.

Connect with Chris

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

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