Your series of questions was JUST what I needed. It’s sort of tough to decide precisely what my goals are because in some ways I am trying a series of new things to see what sticks. Mainly, I have started a quarterly live show where I perform and invite special guests. Part of the goal here is to get in front of people and build my fan base – as well as to make myself accountable to write new material and musical arrangements more regularly.
The most important goals with the livestream is to:
- Another benefit for patrons, access to the livestream and a sense of exclusivity.
- It gives me a way to mention Patreon during the show that isn’t too “sales-y” feeling.
I had a friend run the livestream for my show last week, and we used crowdcast on his phone. Using the free version of crowdcast only allows a 30 minute stream, but I alerted my patrons that it was a trial run and they would only get to see that much of the show.
So, 4 people viewed the stream – a small percentage of my 130ish patrons, but that was actually more than I expected. Two people engaged with me and there was a cool (?) moment where I had a major technical glitch during the show and had to take an unplanned intermission. I made a point of talking directly to the folks in the livestream and telling them how freaked out I was, so they got a cool behind the scenes moment until the show resumed.
Good lord, this is long.
SO crowdcast worked great, but it is expensive! I may go ahead and pay for it when I do my next show in December. One of the cool things with the show is that admission is by suggested donation to the arts program at Judson Church, and I am offering free food so people who don’t have access to food can come and eat and see free entertainment. I keep going back to my patrons re-emphasizing that they make it possible to do this show for others because their monthly pledges cover my expenses for doing the show. I think that’s the main reason I want them to have access to this livestream.
So I think the moral of the story is that I am going to stick with Crowdcast for now and my next goal will be to stream the entire show and also find a way to vastly improve the audio. It was pretty dreadful coming from a phone mic!
Thanks for all the feedback everyone and I’ll keep on experimenting with this!