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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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PP14: Dominick Brascia is creating Dominick on the Air

Get to know Dominick Brascia, who is creating Dominick on the Air, a daily live internet radio show and podcast. One of his co-hosts, Chris Quandt (who joins Dominick every Friday), also joins us for this episode.

About Dominick

Dominick is an actor, director and radio personality, who has made appearances with big-wigs like Jim Carrey and David Hasselhoff, and been on Night Court, Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories, and Knight Rider. As a young man, he realized he really likes to perform, and through acting, directing and making movies, he found he could get some great ideas out there.

Radio

Dominick got started in radio by pointing out everything that a local radio personality was doing wrong. He was eventually offered an opportunity to fill in, and he has since been in radio for the past 14+ years, on stations in Texas, New York and California.

About Dominick on the Air

Dominick on the Air is a daily talk radio show; a perfect mix of commentary on the latest news of the day and stream of consciousness. While Dominick was co-producing the popular West Coast radio show, Armstrong and Gettyhe joined forces with some of the other supporting staff to start another radio show called The After Show, which was a show about the Armstrong and Getty Show. After months of not getting paid for doing The After Show, Dominick and his co-producer dropped that show. Dominick started Dominick on the Air as a podcast and internet radio show to replace The After Show, with the goal of receiving sponsorships through his Patreon page. Unfortunately, Dominick’s new solo show resulted in the loss of his job as co-producer of Armstrong and Getty. Dominick is now hoping to transform Dominick on the Air into a sustainable income.

Dominick’s Patreon Page

Highlights from Dominick’s Patreon Page:

  • Patron incentives include commercial spots and sponsorship spots.
  • Milestone goals include $2,000 to help keep Dominick on the Air.

 

Favorite Quote

Links mentioned on this episode

Dominick guest-hosted on another BreakroomStudios podcast; Pop Mockers! Dominick talks on his podcast about being fired from Armstrong and Getty. Dominick tells Casey Anthony‘s lawyer he’s going to burn in Hell!

Connect with Dominick

Patreon | @DominickBrasciaFacebook | YouTube www.DominickOnTheAir.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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PP10: M. Alice LeGrow is creating Stories About Being A Birthday Party Princess (FIXED)

Get to know Marty, who is creating a blog, illustrations and videos about being a party princess!

About Marty

Marty is a comic book cartoonist, cosplayer, and all-around geek from Texas!

Her favorite blog post/illustration so far:

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Being a Princess

Marty got started in the Party Princess business when her friend mentioned it to her. Since she was already a cosplayer, the job made sense. One day, she got the idea to start an Ask a Party Princess post in the forums at SomethingAwful.com [membership required], and started sharing stories, complete with illustrations! The post quickly went viral and started showing up in major media outlets like HuffPost.

She has since moved the discussion to her blog, How Wonderful!, where she posts stories, illustrations and videos!

Marty’s Patreon Page

Highlights from the Party Princess’ Patreon Page:

  • Incentives include answering viewer questions, exclusive video messages, and free customized princess videos!
  • Milestone goals include “Story With A Princess” videos, Fish Puppet fan mail, and Princess Music Video!
  • Supporting Marty will also allow her to make more unpaid appearances at charity events such as children’s hospitals and Walk for Wishes.

Favorite Quote

Connect with Marty

Patreon | @AssassinSparkle | Facebook | Instagram  birthdaypartyprincess.tumblr.com | bizenghast.com

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PP07: Kurt Sasso is creating Two Geeks Talking

Meet Kurt Sasso, who is creating entertainment interviews in comics, film, tv, music and video games under the banner of Two Geeks Talking!

About Kurt

Kurt got into podcasting while he was working a day job in tech support.  He started saving up his vacation days to attend conventions like C2E2 for extended periods of times, working the circuits and conducting interviews.

Finally, he decided to pursue his creative passions further and is now a university student with a double major in visual arts, communication media and film!

In addition to producing his podcast and web series, he is also currently working on a documentary!

Two Geeks Talking

Kurt started the podcast in 2008, when he and a friend decided to start a podcast featuring interviews within the webcomics industry, originally called “Two Guys Talking” under the moniker “TGT Webcomics.” The podcast started as an audio-only show, but eventually branched out into video interviews, and grew beyond webcomics to cover all varieties of entertainment and geek culture. The show was eventually rebranded as “Two Geeks Talking,” keeping the TGT initials.

All though the show has expanded beyond comics, Kurt says that webcomics are still his first love when it comes to topics of geek culture!

Kurt has a tough time choosing his favorite episodes, but here are a few:

100-Ryan Sohmer

126-Lar deSouza

338-Comfort and Adam

Kurt’s Patreon Page

Highlights from the TGT Patreon Page:

  • Incentives include a spiral-bound cookbook created by webcomic creators and an opportunity to join Kurt as a guest co-host for an episode!
  • Milestone goals include covering the costs of hosting and producing the show, as well as upgrading production equipment

 

Favorite Quote

Other Links Mentioned in the Show

 

The Flash TV Show Trailer

Gotham TV Show Trailer

Connect with Kurt

Patreon | @KurtSassoFacebook | YouTube
TGTMedia.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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PP04: Meister Lehnsherr is creating Get Germanized!

Dominik (Meister Lehnsherr) is creating Get Germanized, a YouTube video series dedicated to sharing about the German language and culture!

About Dominik

Dominik is 27, graduated with a bachelors in American and British Studies in Sociology, and now spends his time making YouTube videos!

Videos

Dominik has been making videos for fun for several years, including Anime Music Videos & Star Wars fan films, having started publishing on YouTube in 2006.

Get Germanized!

In 2013, he started focusing on publishing videos about Germany and German culture, mainly as a way of improving his English skills, but it has since turned into a means by which his thousands of subscribers have been able to learn about his culture and language!

Dominik’s favorite videos he’s done so far:

Least favorite: Some of his earlier episodes.

We mentioned this video, which talks about whether Germans today are guilty for WWII:

Get Germanized Patreon Page

Highlights from the Get Germanized Patreon Page:

  • Incentives include shout-outs on videos, covering a topic of your choice, a free t-shirt, and meet-ups and hangouts!
  • Milestone goals include a new camera and videos traveling around Germany

Favorite Quote

Connect with Dominik

Patreon | @vuko | Facebook | YouTube

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