Despite the huge surge of content specifically being developed for the web–and for sites like YouTube–making that content profitable and sustainable continues to be an issue for content creators. To try to figure out a better model to support great content, Los Angeles-based Tubestart (www.tubestart.com) recently launched a crowdfunding site, specifically aimed at digital video and YouTube creators. We spoke with co-founder Josef Holm, to understand the problem for video creators, the economics of YouTube, and why the company thinks it might have a solution to support video over the long term. Read more.
Tubestart Campaign Tracking Now Powered by Google Analytics
We’ve just added Google Analytics capabilities to Tubestart with makes it possible for campaign owners to use the power of GA to analyze their campaign traffic. See the blog post here.
My interview with Lee Schneider on Tubestart in this edition of the TechSmart Podcast. The discussion centers around crowdfunding, creating an effective campaign, and the way to make your best video. https://soundcloud.com/docucinema/techsmart-podcast-josef-holm
Devin Thorpe asks exactly why Tubestart is better for YouTubers than Kickstarter.
Tubestart Becomes Exclusive Crowdfunding Platform for Leading YouTube Network Fullscreen to Increase Revenue and Reach for Content Creators
Tubestart, the First and Only Crowdfunding Platform for YouTube Content Creators, Is Among Select Group of Third-Party Service Providers for Fullscreen’s “Sign In With Fullscreen” Feature. Read more.
Check out my Crowdfunding Intelligence interview by Mike Hayes:
I got certified by YouTube for Audience Growth
YouTube doesn’t just give these away, I had to do a 2 day training course at the YouTube office in Venice, CA followed by a 2 hour certification.
Find out more about the certification program here.
SEC’s Recent Proposed Crowdfunding Rule Could Mean Better Access For Minority Online Video Content Creators
In late October 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed a crowdfunding rule that could boost access to capital for U.S. startup entrepreneurs. The SEC voted unanimously to have the public comment on whether investors would be able to make a profit on investments on crowdfunding campaigns. Read more.
Why YouTube’s CPM Has Only One Way To Go…Down
Despite a staggering $5 billion dollars that advertisers are estimated to spend on YouTube this year, monetization is and will remain a problem for the world’s largest video platform. Since Adsense was made available to anyone with an account in good standing, there are a lot of new mouths to feed. Check out my guest blog post on ReelSEO
Check out my blog post on PBS: 6 Tips for Crowdfunding Your Project on YouTube
Welcome to crowdfunding.biz!
This is my latest project and a fun one at that! crowdfunding.biz is going to help solve a problem I encountered when researching the crowdfunding industry. There is no one single place like LinkedIn but without all noise, where crowdfunding professionals can connect, share, collaborate and grow their business.
crowdfunding.biz aims at solving this problem by providing an integrated platform that’s easy and fun to use. The platform has a lot of cool features like listing of businesses, events and videos or posting blogs, groups or classifieds.
Visit crowdfunding.biz and see for yourself!
TubeStart Wants To Fund Your Low-Budget Hollywood Dreams
Most people have, at one time or other, dreamed of being famous. Some people want to be sports stars and Olympic athletes. Others want to be rockstars and rule the stage (or the garage ) with their musical talents. Some want to be big-time movie producers and spend $561 million turning. Read more.
Want crowd funding? Be realistic, persistent, use video
Do you need money to fund your great business idea, your latest invention, your breast implants? Do not fear, crowd funding is here. Asking people for money is an idea as old as time, but since appearing on the Web in 2008, crowd funding as we now know it has fueled a financial revolution. Read more.
This was a great panel I had the pleasure of moderating at the Social Media Week LA in Santa Monica with Joy Schoffler, Chris Camillo and Evan Asano.
Read my guest blog post on Wired.com: 6 Ways to Direct YouTube Traffic to a Crowdfunding Campaign
A MILLION YOUTUBE VIEWS WON’T PAY YOUR RENT, BUT TUBESTART COULD HELp
Josef Holm learned the hard way that YouTube doesn’t necessarily make you rich. Mostly, it barely helps creators cover costs. So he set out to find a new way to fund tomorrow’s online Web video creators. Read more.
TubeStart Announces Royalty Crowdfunding for Digital Video Content Creators
Online Video Producers Turn Focus on Super Fans
Creators on YouTube often rely on their fans to provide the enthusiasm – and the cash – to fuel a production. Read more.
Crowdfunding Your Next Video with TubeStart
If you’re not running a multi-million dollar celebrity campaign it’s hard to get crowdsourced funding for a video project. That’s what nearly 17,000 video entrepreneurs have learned first-hand with Kickstarter campaigns at the time of this writing. Proving traditional crowdfunding platforms aren’t necessarily ideal for all funding projects. Read more.
TubeStart: New crowdfunding platform caters to YouTubers
While Kickstarter is a fantastic platform, one downside is that many smaller, niche projects can get lost in the shuffle. Read more.
TubeStart Launches Crowdfunded Channels for YouTube Creators
TubeStart (www.tubestart.com) announced today that its proprietary crowdfunding platform has officially launched and is open to the public, following a tremendous response to their pre-launch period of recruiting YouTube content creators to launch campaigns on their site.
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TubeStart Launches Crowdfunding Platform for YouTube Video Content Creators
TubeStart.com Will Help Digital Media Content Creators in the U.S., Canada and Europe to Further Monetize Their Web Video Content. Read more.
TubeStart opened up its new YouTube-based crowdfunding platform to the public on August 20. It will be available in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Subscription-based & pledge-based crowdfunding models could provide a new & exciting means of monetizing video content for YouTubers. Read more.
Journos, Meet TubeStart: Subscription Based Crowdfunding
SXSW V2V in Vegas baby! I had the pleasure of being on a panel with crowdfunding industry experts Rodney Sampson, Alon Goren and Joy Schoffler
YouTube-focused crowdfunding site opening soon: TubeStart, which describes itself as a crowdfunding platform for YouTube content creators, is set to begin collecting funds soon.