As storytellers and storyworld strategists, we keep our eyes and ears open for newer storytelling tools, platforms, and social networks on the rise. A recent one that has got us quite excited is Vidme.
Basically Vidme is a social networking platform for hosting your video content, as well as watching and engaging with the content of others – much like YouTube and Vimeo. It’s defining characteristics are that it also includes elements of Reddit and Twitch in it’s design. By sharing user engagement history, as well upvotes on both user videos and comments, it encourages users to engage with one another. Unlike Reddit, however, there is no down voting of content, and as such it is fostering a positive and supportive community of content creators.
Currently, Vidme is getting the attention of many newer video content creators, as a great platform to grow on and share their video content. After spending the last couple of weeks experimenting on the platform and getting to know the community, we’d have to agree. This is a social networking and video hosting platform with a lot of potential. Also as a newer video content creator on Vidme there is a lot of opportunity to get noticed. Case in point, if you look at the photo below, that is one of our videos trending on Vidme in just our second week on the platform.
Guide to Getting Started and Verified on Vidme
For those of you interested in learning more about Vidme and how to be successful with your Vidme channel, here is our Guide to Getting Started and Verified on Vidme:
To review my 3 main tips were to:
Engage, Engage, Engage!!!
Engagement is what we should be doing on all our social media platforms as that is after all what ‘social’ media was designed for, but all too often we neglect to do this and just use our social media feeds to broadcast. Vidme has been designed to remind people of the importance of engagement and as such many users (ourselves included) are discovering the magic that happens on social media when you become a part of an engaged, supportive community.
Wait to Apply for Verification Until You Check-Off Everything on the Verification Checklist.
On Vidme the golden goose for many Vidme content creators is getting their channel verified. Why? As it gives their channel additional privileges, including the possibility of showing up under the trending videos, being able to monetize their channel, and adding their channel to different categories.
To get verified you need to: gain 50 followers, add an avatar and cover image to your channel, upload one video of your own, and adhere to the community rules. The process to doing this, helps to get you exploring, engaging and building a community on Vidme, which is a very good thing.
However, as is too often the case, we carry ego with us, thinking that rules don’t apply to us, so many people try to apply for verification early, before they have met the rules. This usually results in two things: 1) you are turned down and feel resentful, or 2) you get verified (usually as you have really great quality video content or have a big audience on YouTube) and the community resents you for jumping the cue. In other words: wait to apply for verification, until you have checked off everything on the verification checklist. If you do what I have suggested in the video above, it won’t take you that long and you will be better off for it.
Participate in the Vidme Subreddits – both official and unofficial.
Whether you have had good or bad experiences with Reddit in the past, the Vidme official and unofficial subreddits are positive spaces to engage with other Vidme content creators and share content on Vidme. A few subreddits I recommend checking out are the official Vidme subreddit, Vidmeos for sharing your Vidme videos, and Vidmelove for connecting with positive Vidme creators and content.
Just remember: read and follow the rules of the respective subreddits, and follow the Reddit 10% Rule. For those unaware, the Reddit 10% Rule is that for every 1 thing of your own that you share, you comment and engage with 10 other people’s posts on Reddit.
Advice from other Vidme content creators:
Having discovered the #vidmelove community, thanks to taking the time to explore Vidme and to engaging with other Vidme content creators on both Vidme and Reddit, I asked the #Vidmelove community for their advice on getting started on Vidme.
Hashtags work and are used on Vidme as a way of cataloging and searching for content on Vidme. To catalogue your content with hashtags on Vidme, simply add the appropriate hashtags to the description below your video.
Steer Clear of the Drama.
Vidme is a newer platform that is gaining a fair bit of attention at the moment. As such, Vidme is working on defining itself and the direction it wishes to take, as is the community using Vidme. This attracts a certain amount of unnecessary drama. My advice? Avoid this and don’t fuel it. Life has enough real problems, without creating manufactured drama.
Share Your Vidmeos (aka Vidme Videos) on Other Social Networking Platforms.
While engaging on other social media platforms, like Twitter, Facebook, Stumbleupon, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+ … etc share links to your vidmeos in a engaging and meaningful manner, so that you aren’t simply broadcasting and spamming your audience. If unsure if you are sharing in a meaningful and engaging manner, look at your social media feed and answer these questions:
- Do you provide an interesting / engaging teaser to the vidmeo, before sharing the vidmeo link? Your answer should be ‘yes’ here. If it’s not, then it is time you start doing this.
- Are all your posts on your feed sharing vidmeos and other posts that lead people to content you have created? Hopefully your answer is ‘no’ here. If it is ‘yes’, then you are likely spamming your audience and might be looking a little self involved.
Be sure to checkout Trinding.com, as a new social networking site, designed specifically to share links to your online video content.
Another great tip, shared with me by @Hoshi-Hana is to create content that you are passionate about. Don’t create something just because others are doing it or you think it might be popular. To have staying power and be invested in creating new video content long term, you need to like what you are doing.
Other Vidme Tips?
If you have other tips to being successful on Vidme, we’d love to hear them in the comments below.
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