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So from Friday to Sunday I went to the first VidCon London .. and it was also my first VidCon too.
I am still recovering!
In case you don't know what VidCon is .. in their words: "VidCon US, VidCon AU, and VidCon LDN are the world’s largest events for fans, creators, executives, and brands who are passionate about online video and building diverse communities."
Pictured below ... my fans waiting for my autograph and a selfie. (Ok that's a joke!)
There were 3 tracks .. Community (fans), Creator and Industry. I went for the Creator option since Industry seemed more focussed on big brands and also the tickets were way cheaper :) £145 vs around £700 (without early bird)
The speakers were a mix of experts .. I heard from Facebook & Instagram staff, creators and more.
Downside .. You had to choose between one of three simultaneous sessions .. a little tricky to decide.
Overall it was great .. What was lacking? .. not much reference to building an email list with...
So time for a catch up ..
At the recent VidCon event, YouTube made some announcements .. I'll keep it brief:
1. Premieres - A landing page you can build in anticipation of a new Video release, then watch the video with your audience (the Premiere can be monetized via Superchat donations)
Is it useful? Is it mainly for Premieres of Music Videos, Film trailers or for famous Influencers? Good questions.
Maybe .. but how about using it for a peak at your new course or upcoming event or new behind the scenes of your business Video series? We'll wait and see.
Since the Video showcased is edited and polished .. there is none of the pressure of Live. You can focus on the interaction.
2. Channel memberships (100k subs required) - Eligible Creators can offer paid for ($4.99/mo) subscriptions right inside of YouTube for their tribe to access exclusive content, like posts, live streams, videos and emojis.
This comes hot on the heels of Facebook enabling select FB Groups to...