As always, I’ll preface with the fact that I like the people at Patreon and I think they’re doing their best, etc, etc.
BUT… there are a BUNCH of tools that Patreon could easily give creators to make our experience better and easier, which would in turn let us do more to market our page, which in turn would make Patreon more money – and make all of Patreon’s many, many investors happier!
Everyone’s list is different, but here is my current WISH LIST:
- The ability to change the order of things on my landing page.
I don’t like having the “give me money!” part up front. The “how I am and what I’m doing here” should always come first. I don’t care if the testing showed 6% more earnings by just telling people, “Show me the money!” Which was the reasoning for the change.
I know your theory is, no one comes to a Patreon page without already being a HUGE FAN of the creator, but that thinking means we cannot use our Patreon page as a way to “sell ourselves” to newer fans, etc. I cannot promote my page the way I used to because telling brand new people “HEY, GIVE ME MONEY!” is not an effective sales pitch.
I was nearly to the “quit the day job” level of earnings before this change (not that I’m going to do that), but since the change I’ve seen a STEEP drop in new sign-ups, which makes me even more unsure of my future on Patreon.
Many creators want to be able to introduce themselves first. This is an easy change if you turn the page into a set of blocks that can be rearranged. Once you change the coding on the backend to allow for this, you add a menu where the creator assigns an order to the blocks – or leaves them on the default order if desired.
- The ability to “copy or clone” a previous post to use it as a starting point for a new post. Essentially creating a template for your new post.
For example, each month I might post a “Rewards Update” that uses the same graphic, same tags, and same basic structure to the update… I just update the text as needed. (“This shirt is coming next month” becomes “This shirt is coming this month.”)
THIS FUNCTION SAVES AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF TIME. Maybe 90% of your creators don’t know how much they’ll love this function, but they will! We’ve had it on WordPress for more than a decade. It has to be easy to add.
- Add a “SAVE AS DRAFT” button next to “PUBLISH NOW” instead of hiding it in pulldown menu.
Super easy change to make, and it would make life easier for a ton of your creators who want to take a break before proofreading their content or get pulled away while writing an update, etc.
- RELATED: Preview button for posts.
I’d love to confirm what the posts are going to look like for my readers before I post them, just to be sure.
I’m sure there are other things that I’m forgetting right now, and all them are probably covered in the PAIN POINT thread: What's your biggest Patreon pain point?
Please use the $90 million to hire a web designer who knows how to do ALL of these things.