For long-term success, you need to start building a strong and positive relationship with the people that watch your vlogs on YouTube. In this post, we go over three basic tips to help you establish a strong relationship with your YouTube viewers and supporters. You do not need a huge amount of experience, just a willingness to put the time and effort in. Are you ready?
Making an Effort to Engage with Your Audience
Now, you may be laughing at this one! “Who doesn’t put any effort in?” But actually, there are many of us – and we have all been there – who find that it is quite an effort to make these connections on a consistent basis. However, that does not mean that it is actually difficult.
To achieve the best relationships with your YouTube audience, you need to make an effort to get to know them, and to show an interest in their views and opinions. You can engage with your vlog audience by asking questions, setting up polls, responding to their questions, and by giving shout outs to your supporters. There are plenty of ways to engage with your YouTube viewers as people, and that is exactly what you should be doing for long-term success, and to build a community.
Asking Your YouTube Viewers for Feedback
There is no better way to make a viewer feel as though they are contributing to your vlog channel than asking them to give their feedback on your YouTube videos. You may have to decide early on that you are simply not going to respond to people that are purposefully rude and offensive, but when people make constructive criticism that helps you think about your YouTube vlogs in a new or exciting different way, then you should always tell them that.
A few examples of feedback you could request:
- What topics would viewers like to see you vlog about next?
- Who would viewers like to see you collaborate with?
- How can you improve your vlogs?
- Would viewers like to see similar types of topics/formats etc.?
And much more in regards to the type of feedback you could generate from your vlog audience.
Making your audience feel valued just takes your thanks and gratitude. Tell your audience how thankful you are that they have given you their feedback.
Dedicating Time to Building Your Community
There is nothing so valuable as time, and if you give people this, they will very quickly realise that you are valuing them too. That is why it is so vital and important to spend a little portion of your day, consistently, making sure that you reply to comments, or engaging with your fans and viewers.
Set aside time each day to go through the interaction, comments, and mentions that you have received up until then. You can then ask your audience more questions for them to respond to. When you consistently dedicate time to interact with your community, people will make sure that they go online as well, so that they can interact with you!
A few examples of different ways to engage with your awesome YouTube community:
- Host a Google Hangout
- YouTube Live Stream
- Question & Answer Videos
- Host a Twitter Chat
- Run a Contest/Giveaway on Facebook
Most importantly, it’s okay if you miss a day or can’t be online everyday! The important part is to make an effort to engage with your viewers and subscribers on a consistent basis through the long-run.
As you can see, building a strong relationship with your YouTube audience is not complicated, but it does take dedication, and effort. However, the rewards of having an engaged community that really enjoy your vlogs are huge. Building a community will help you get more views, gain more subscribers, and reach more YouTube milestones.
So: are you ready to establish a strong relationship with your YouTube audience?
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