Music Video Premieres: YouTube vs. Fb
Within the spirit of “why not?” I examined the characteristic out on each platforms to find out the premiére premiere-er.
The winner, in my thoughts, was cliére (I’ll cease).
What’s a video premiere on Fb and YouTube?
The concept is for you and your followers to expertise the video collectively, all on the identical time. Like a Spotify pre-save, a premiere is a automobile to construct momentum on your launch. It offers one other angle from which to advertise your track, together with a second set of notifications on your followers — or extra, should you play your playing cards proper!
Don’t have any movies? Neither do I, however that doesn’t cease me. My track movies are merely the music slapped over the quilt artwork in iMovie. Websites like Editframe and TunesToTube can do it for you in a jiffy.
The right way to Promote Your YouTube Premiere
I really premiered two movies on YouTube. I pulled out all of the stops the first time round, however didn’t suppose to seize any screenshots. I half-assed the most up-to-date one however at the very least had the foresight to doc my mediocrity.
Fairly than merely rehash my expertise, I’ll current my ideas as a to-do record:
Resolve when to premiere your video. I opted for 11 a.m. PST on a Thursday, the day earlier than the official launch on streaming companies. It’s not a super time of day within the US, however half of my followers are in Europe, so it strikes me as an affordable compromise.
Schedule the premiere. Right here’s how if it’s not instantly apparent. I gave myself two weeks of lead time, although one week might be sufficient.
Announce on social media. Share a hyperlink to the premiere’s watch web page and pin the publish/tweet, asking followers to click on by to set a reminder. Solely point out the date, not the time! They’ll see the premiere time adjusted for his or her time zone on YouTube.
Ship out an e mail blast. For those who keep an e mail record — and it is best to — ship out an e mail with the identical name to motion, one week out.
Submit in your YouTube channel’s group web page. See screenshot above. Engagement isn’t nice, however in need of a video announcement, how else do you attain your YouTube subscribers?
Create a Fb occasion. I created an occasion from my Shade Concept web page, and invited everybody Fb instructed. I hit the restrict (500 invitations, if reminiscence serves) on the primary day, then found I used to be in a position to invite extra folks the following day.
Countdown on social media. x days till, x hours till, x minutes till. I additionally despatched out an e mail reminder to my tremendous followers thirty minutes earlier than.
Livestream up till the ultimate minutes. Okay, I didn’t really do that, however I ought to have! Inform everybody why you’re so excited in regards to the launch, thank them for coming, ask them to pre-save the track, and help with any technical difficulties.
Present as much as stay chat a couple of minutes early. Welcome everybody who confirmed up, reply any questions, ask folks the place they’re tuning in from, speak in regards to the track, and so on.
When the allotted time on your premiere lastly arrives, YouTube robotically launches a two-minute countdown to construct anticipation:
Then your video will play, folks will say good issues, you’ll encourage them to love, subscribe, and pre-save, and finally, when issues begin to really feel awkward, say your goodbyes.
The premiere chat will optionally replay for future viewers until you disable the choice in YouTube Studio (underneath Particulars ➤ Superior).
And that’s it for YouTube! The video will completely reside on the identical URL you’ve been sharing this complete time. It’s now functionally an identical to any of the opposite movies in your channel.
The right way to Promote Your Fb Premiere
I felt like my preliminary YouTube premiere was profitable, so why reinvent the wheel on Fb?
My thought was, between my private profile and artist web page, I’ve obtained far more attain on Fb. And by internet hosting the occasion on the identical platform because the premiere, I had the potential to draw a a lot bigger viewers.
I figured that even when I simply flipped the “premiere” swap, there could be sufficient ambient site visitors on Fb that the “premiere is stay” notification alone would garner extra viewers than YouTube. Mistaken!
My to-do record is identical, however I hit just a few snags:
First off, the video web page isn’t intuitive and acquainted like YouTube’s, although you possibly can nonetheless set a reminder:
So far as I can inform, there’s no strategy to invite folks to the premiere instantly. As a substitute, I needed to invite them to the occasion, with a hyperlink to the video web page within the description. If there’s any benefit to internet hosting the video and occasion on the identical platform, it’s misplaced on me.
The premiere itself didn’t go off as easily because it did on YouTube. Right here’s the way it seemed on my finish:
Past the inexperienced notification bubbles when somebody joined, it’s basically only a backyard selection Fb publish, missing the strong chat controls on YouTube.
That’s not even factoring in YouTube’s Tremendous Chat, the place folks can spotlight their chat messages by tipping you money in actual time. Not that anybody’s ever completed that for me, however they might. I imply, it’s turned on.
Worst of all, the video performed again robotically for some, however others needed to hit the play button. I needed to reload the web page, then hit the play button! We had been clearly out of sync, which diminished the expertise. You may examine a few of the different weirdness within the feedback on the screenshot above.
If I needed to summarize my Fb premiere in a single phrase, I’d go along with subpar.
Outcomes and Conclusions
I stated my preliminary YouTube premiere was profitable, however that’s solely true in a relative sense. Absolutely the numbers are lower than staggering:
I might’ve sworn there have been 41, however I suppose analytics don’t lie.
In distinction, my huge Fb attain netted 10 peak stay viewers:
Let’s be actual — I ought to be honored that anybody would add an occasion to their calendar simply to listen to my track a day early.
For those who’ve obtained an precise video to premiere, and may tease participating snippets of it on social media, you’re probably to usher in way more viewers than I did.
Come to consider it, that issue alone could clarify the dropoff in attendance from YouTube to Fb. The followers that attended the primary YouTube premiere knew I might be debuting the identical type of cowl artwork plus music non-video. Not that I didn’t make that clear up entrance!
Regardless of the low turnout, selling the premieres on each platforms helped to lift consciousness of the releases. So there’s that.
If I do one other premiere, it’ll undoubtedly be on YouTube.
Why wouldn’t I exploit Fb for the premiere? Clearly the overwhelming majority of my followers aren’t . I’d reasonably make investments my restricted social capital in one thing that higher resonates with my viewers.
Have you ever tried premiering your video on YouTube or Fb? One other website? A music weblog?
Share your expertise and recommendation within the feedback!
[This text initially appeared on Brian Hazard’s weblog Passive Promotion.]