Yes, that’s the trick. We follow the accounts of people who might be into our show. We follow horror fans, other web series, indie filmmakers, actors and writers, anyone who might dig what we do. I make sure to follow people that are generally active (have tweeted within the last day or so). Using crowdfire, I unfollow small groups if they don’t follow back BUT I give them at least a week or two. Following someone and then unfollowing them the next day is lame.
Make stuff faster. Don’t hesitate so much. I wrote a script for Ben to direct years ago for 50K on weekends and people starting reading it and saying, this is good, you can get more money! So we went down the rabbit hole of financing and producers and ended up never getting anything made. it was a huge lesson, one we’ll never forget. If you can shoot it, shoot it. Don’t wait.
Adam Green released us through Ariescope and he uses Vimeo for his video embeds. Then later we branched to Seeka TV. We are on YouTube as well, it’s just not our “go-to” player of choice. YouTube is a great place to find original content but it’s not really where we find our audience.
I should note that Facebook has been GREAT for us as well, using their native player. Honestly, most of our audience is more likely to find us there than on YouTube.
We were just on Ariescope.com and their youtube page for a while. Now we have our own youtube page, but it’s pretty low-key at the moment. We actually got the most views on Facebook, and I still send people to both Ariescope and Seeka. At this point, I’m fine with being everywhere we can be. I just want people to see our show.
Aw man well I hope Facebook gets its video act together soon then- I really hate their interface.
I guess I already kinda know this answer but you suggest putting your content in as many places as possible? How do you decide which platform to promote when you’re promoting your show? So as not to confuse people/get the most returns?
Honestly, we made the show for ourselves. It’s our combined sensibilities. After we’d made three episodes, we started thinking about what to do with it. Then we made two more and we thought we were ready. Then we talked to Adam Green and he asked for two more. But we were first and foremost trying to make ourselves laugh.
Basically, we started with Ariescope and when our exclusive window with them ended, we just started putting it everywhere. So we kind of backed into that decision. When it comes to promoting the show, I sometimes do tweets with all 3 of our platforms listed, sometimes just Seeka and Ariescope. Or sometimes I’ll do just one direct link. Those links are for new followers so honestly, I don’t care where they first watch our show. When we finish our second season, we might focus a bit on where we want people to see it, but that remains to be seen.