If you want to build a really successful vlogging brand on YouTube, the key is audience engagement. And there’s no better way to engage your audience than to start a conversation with them. So, how can you have conversations to grow your YouTube channel’s community? Here are a few of our favorite ways to do just that!
Grow Your YouTube Community with Q&A Vlogs
After you’ve been uploading YouTube vlogs for a while and you’ve built an audience, a scheduled Q&A video is a great idea. Post about it on social media and remind your viewers in your YouTube vlogs leading up to it that they can get all of their most burning questions answered in your upcoming Q&A video.
Encourage your YouTube viewers to leave their questions in the comments, and then you can curate a list of those questions and make a Q&A video based around them. Be sure to highlight your viewers’ usernames when you answer their questions so that they get a little bit of recognition for their contribution to the conversation.
Then, when you’re done, don’t forget to encourage your viewers to continue asking questions and leaving comments for future Q&A sessions. This is easily one of the best ways to grow your YouTube channel’s community!
Google Hangouts and Hangouts on Air
As a vlogger, you can also schedule some face-time with your YouTube viewers using Google Hangouts, a free and easy way to video chat with multiple people at once. This is a fun way to get more engaged with your supporters and to give them the ability to engage with you, tell you what they think, make suggestions, and ask you questions, too.
If you want to take your Google Hangouts session to the next level, you can also record it and post it as a video to YouTube, as well, with Hangouts On Air.
Host Twitter Chats for Your YouTube Channel
A Twitter chat is basically just a really genius way to use a custom hashtag. Tell your vlog audience that you’re going to schedule a Twitter chat set for a specific time on a specific day and give them the hashtag you’re going to use.
So, on the day of the Twitter chat, when your viewers search for #TheCoolestVloggerTwitterChat, they’ll get all of the tweets that have been made related to your chat. Then they can add to the chat by using the same hashtag.
Check out our post on how to setup and run a Twitter chat for your YouTube channel.
Live Stream on Periscope to Interact with Viewers
Another way to grow your YouTube channel’s community is to make use of the many popular live broadcasting apps. Periscope is a great app that allows you to live stream a video straight to the Internet. Essentially, it allows you to have the same kind of conversation you can have with your audience over a Twitter chat, but with an added live video component.
While you’re streaming, your viewers can write comments and questions that appear instantly on your screen, so you can have a live Q&A session that your fans can watch while you record or that they can come back to later (for a limited time), if they weren’t online for the live feed.
Start Conversations in Your YouTube Comments
And, of course, there’s always the YouTube comments section to help grow your YouTube channel’s community. This is possibly the easiest way to have a conversation with your vlogging channel’s audience, and it’s very effective. Sometimes people need a little push to get started in a conversation. So, go ahead and start your own!
Ask your viewers what they thought of the vlog. Talk about a particular aspect of the vlog’s topic that really interested you. Ask if your audience has any tips or tricks that they’d like to add. All of these are great conversation starters, and before you know it you’ll have one reply…and then another and another after that.
After you start the conversation, though, don’t abandon it. Reply to your commenters’ responses. Find out what your viewers have to add to the conversation and then keep engaging with them. The more you do this, the more approachable you will seem to your audience, and the bigger your YouTube channel’s community will grow!
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