What Is Patreon And How Does It Work?

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Patreon Gives Creators Flexibility And Marketers Unparalleled Insight

As influencer marketing becomes more vital to capturing interest in a crowded online marketplace, influencers are finding new ways to capture audience interest and generate revenue. While brand partnerships remain a primary source of revenue for most influencers, some influencers and creators use Patreon to generate some or all of their income.

Patreon is vital for many creators because it allows them to engage directly and personally with fans and to support themselves and their work through fan payment. It’s easier than ever before for fans to find and support creators that speak to them, and Patreon is proof that the relationship between creators and fans is constantly evolving.

In the last year, Patreon’s seen incredible growth and is now home to over 1 million monthly active donors and 50,000 creatives. Patreon’s becoming a primary destination for creators to connect with their fans and supporters, but it’s also a valuable tool for brands and marketers. Through Patreon pages, advertisers can find the influencers who have the most loyal, engaged, and supportive followings.

What is Patreon?

Patreon is a platform that allows fans or “patrons” to pay creators for their work. Many of these creators are influencers — photographers on Instagram, comedians on YouTube, podcasters that tweet, and artists that Snap. Using Patreon, these creators establish perks and tiers for patrons, offering exclusive content and access to their work in exchange for financial support.

Like an ongoing Kickstarter, Patreon allows creators to crowdfund their work. Unlike Kickstarter, though, Patreon funding efforts don’t stop after a single project or deadline. Instead, Patreon lets donors become ongoing supporters of their favorite creators’ work. Some creators have been on Patreon for only a few months while others have been using the platform to connect with fans and receive direct support for years.

How Does Patreon Work?

Using Patreon is simple. Creators set up pages for subscription payments from patrons by offering certain perks or incentives, and donors can pledge certain sums of money based on those tiers and perks.

For example, YouTuber Simone Giertz’s Patreon has three tiers: A monthly $1 no reward tier that serves as small fan thank-you, a $3 monthly tier that unlocks citizenship to Simone’s “Shitty Robot Nation” and monthly mini vlogs and blogs, and a $5 monthly tier that gives donors access to the $3 tier perks plus monthly livestreams and raffle entries.

Creators can also choose to set up their pages for per project payments, rather than monthly payments. Typically used by creators who create less than 4 works per month, this option allows creators to get paid whenever they create content, eliminating the pressure that comes with keeping a monthly schedule.

Patreon allows creators to customize their pages and perks, allowing them to tailor the way they engage with their fans and supporters. Some creators might have just a few tiers that are relatively inexpensive while others may have a number of tiers that range from $5 per month to $10,000 per month. On average, though, donors pay about $12 per month.

Who Can Use Patreon?

While many influencers rely heavily on brand partnership and support, that model isn’t feasible for all influencers. Earlier this year, YouTube ran into trouble when advertisers discovered that their ads were being served before offensive content without their knowledge. Not pleased that they were in such close proximity to things like hate speech, advertisers pulled their ads from YouTube en masse.

Though many of these advertisers have since returned to the platform, YouTube placed tighter restrictions on what could be considered “advertiser friendly” and, as a result, many creators who swear or include crude humor have found their advertising revenues taking a major hit.

Patreon allows creators who struggle to find the right brand partnerships based on their content or who are still establishing followings large enough to entice brand partnerships to support themselves while staying in close contact with their most loyal fans. The platform’s used by large and notable creators like Philip DeFranco and Hank and John Green, as well as smaller creators who may only have a few dozen dedicated supporters.

The Patreon platform isn’t just a vital tool for creators and influencers, though. Brands and advertisers can use Patreon to find creators that are doing exciting work. Social media followings help marketers get an idea of an influencers value in reach, but it’s not the only important metric. Patreon is home to many creators who regularly interact with highly engaged supporters outside of social media, and finding creators on Patreon may lead brands to new and exciting partnership opportunities.

Is An “Influencer Marketing Bubble” Imminent?

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Forget The Influencer Marketing Bubble — The Industry Is Evolving

Influencer marketing today doesn’t look like it did a few years ago. It’s an industry that moves and changes quickly, which has stirred up discussions of a possible “influencer marketing bubble” and an accompanying burst.

However, talking about the influencer marketing industry as a bubble ready to burst is misleading. On Instagram alone, influencer marketing is a $1 billion industry. A study in 2015 showed that 84% of marketers use influencer marketing tactics. Influencer marketing is a massive industry that sees participation from a wide variety of brands and creators, and it isn’t going to disappear anytime soon.

Without a doubt, the influencer marketing industry will evolve and will be refined as it grows. The industry may not look the same five to ten years from now, but it isn’t going anywhere.

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The 8 Messaging App Statistics Advertisers Need To Consider

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The 8 Messaging App Statistics Every CMO Should Know

If you have a smartphone, there is a 3 in 4 chance that you have a messaging app on it. Messaging apps have completely changed the way that people communicate by enabling people with different devices to connect on one platform through text and multimedia.

With messaging apps, families are able to text relatives across continents without paying high overseas calling rates and friends can send videos and music from their favorite content creators to their friends instantly. Most importantly for businesses, customers can interface with chatbots to obtain information and basic customer service quickly and seamlessly.

Messaging apps are ubiquitous in today’s world. As consumers demand a more personal and efficient buying experiences, marketers will need to view theses apps as advertising opportunities. We’ve compiled the most telling statistics on messaging apps to help advertisers grasp the size of the messaging app market. 

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How Augmented Reality Is Changing Social Media

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Social Media Is Changing Augmented Reality One Filter At A Time

Excitement about virtual reality and augmented reality has swirled around new social media apps (like Snapchat) and hardware products for years. While products like Google Glass have fallen dramatically short of expectations, AR is being implemented in apps and social media more frequently and more seamlessly than ever before. As technology and mainstream acceptance improve, we’re inching closer to a reality where AR is commonplace.

The largest companies in the world, from Apple to Facebook, are working on making AR a part of our everyday online experiences, and social media is at the forefront of AR’s widespread adoption.

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Snapchat Q1 Earnings: 5 Things Advertisers Need To Know

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The 5 Key Things Advertisers Must Know About Snapchat’s Q1 Earnings Report

Snapchat’s parent company, Snap Inc., is set to release its Q1 earnings report this week. This will be the first earnings report since Snap’s IPO and will be telling where its future as a company is concerned. Facing stiff competition from Facebook and Instagram, Snap is approaching a pivotal moment for its survival.

In the year prior to its IPO, Snap saw a total revenue of $404.5 million and a $514.6 million net loss. It wasn’t profitable at the time of its IPO and its profitability isn’t likely to change soon. In fact, a senior equity analyst estimates that in Q1 2017, Snap may have pulled in $142 million in revenue and lost $2.2 billion. It’s worth noting, however, that going public can be a costly endeavor and that Facebook and Twitter posted net losses of $157 million and $511 million respectively in the quarter after their IPOs.

We’ll be watching closely to see what Snap’s Q1 earnings report can tell us about what’s next for Snap, but there are a few key factors affecting Snap’s stock prices and business that marketers should pay attention to as we approach the critical report.

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The Top 4 Influencer Marketing Campaign Mistakes To Avoid

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Avoiding These 4 Influencer Marketing Campaign Mistakes Will Set Brands Up For Success

Influencer marketing efforts are getting bigger, more effective, and more sophisticated all the time. Influencer marketing is a $1 billion industry on Instagram alone. From Coachella to Walmart’s social good campaign to brands partnering with influencers on Facebook Live, advertisers of all types are using influencer marketing to spread the word about products, brand values, events, promotions, and more.

By partnering with influencers for product placements, endorsements, sponsorships, giveaways, collaborations, or other types of influencer marketing campaigns, brands can reach audiences with authentic and trusted voices. Influencer marketing campaigns take a variety of shapes, but involve marketers setting goals, aligning messaging, selecting influencers, creating timelines, outlining deliverables, and structuring influencer agreements and contracts among many other steps and processes.

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