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 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.
• 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!
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