Looking to connect with your fans? The best Patreon rewards are the ones that your fans will get excited about. Excitement = paying up. But what are those exciting rewards?
What are the best Patreon rewards?
There are several ideas that qualify as the best Patreon rewards for a wide range of creators. Those include: T-shirts, something with a signature, and bonus audio/video content.
Patrons should feel like they're part of an exclusive club -- one that gets them closer to the creator(s) they love.
But be warned! The best Patreon rewards can also take up the most amount of time on your end. Packing t-shirts, signing posters, or creating additional bonus content can take up hours and hours of time. And in some cases they will cost you extra money.
So how do you balance the additional income against the expenses you'll incur?
First, it's important to offer a range of both digital and physical rewards. In most cases, digital rewards won't cause you to incur additional expenses other than your time. But if being a little busier leads to a new income stream, why not? My Patreons have added several hours a week to my schedule, but the additional revenue is well worth it.
Physical rewards will take up both time and money. If you decide to offer a physical reward, I suggest not offering more than two at a time. Another very important tip: You must require Patrons to stay signed on to your Patreon for several months before you send them the physical item. This helps you earn the money it's costing you to purchase/mail the physical goods, and profit, before you send it to them.
The quickest and easiest Patreon rewards
There are several great reward options that'll please your supporters.
- A "Thank You" page on your website with their name listed
- Bonus audio or video every week
- Live streams of your recordings
- Google Hangout events in which hosts can hang out with supporters
- Signed album art
- A segment on your show that only Patrons can contribute to*
There are plenty more excellent reward ideas. My Patreon consultations include more ideas and will take you from the planning phase to launch. The most important part of launching a Patreon is knowing what your fans want from it, and I can help you find out.
*Benefits like this one will organically promote the show to fans who aren't yet Patrons. If they hear Patrons getting their feedback included into installments of your show/video/art, they may be tempted to pledge.
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