Online streaming can trace its origins to YouTube, but the standard and the variety of topics that have been covered via streaming has seen an enormous uptick in the last few years. With themes like social eating (or Mukbang) also becoming popular, anyone with a good online presence while streaming and a large following can convert this gig into a well-paying side hustle, or even a full-time job.
If you have built and maintained a good fan base, you could be hopeful of earning some money off of it. We at Help Me Try have prepared a list of reward ideas that can potentially convert your fans into paying members.
Reward Ideas For Streamers
1. Community Access
A lot of viewers would like to have the opportunity to interact with you- the streamer, or other like-minded people. So providing them with an online group or a chat room where people can discuss and have conversations, particularly about what you stream would be a great opportunity for your fans. This access could be provided for any fan that is a member.
For those who might be paying a higher amount, you could consider giving them the chance to vote on a variety of things. For instance, if you are a gaming streamer, you could allow your fans to choose which game to stream about. Putting out this option is going to be dependent on the type of shows you produce.
2. Bonus Shows or Materials
Your channel has a lot of support due to the content you put out, so posting more of it would come in handy. For those fans that pledge a certain amount, you could provide uncut scenes of the streams, or give behind the scenes footage of the work that goes into your live stream.
3. Free or Discounted Merchandise
If you (or your brand) have merchandise that you sell on an online store, providing a discount for your fans would be a good option. Alternatively, you could gift a few of your higher rung supporters some free products. On the other hand, if you don’t have any merch, you could also design some digital treats based on the shows you do – it could be a wallpaper, or a book with cheat codes (if you are a gaming streamer). You could also choose to send a select few of your fans a handwritten letter – but you’d have to ensure that it doesn’t take up too much of your time.
4. Question and Answer Sessions
Most of your fans would be eagerly waiting for you to answer some of their queries. So incorporating this as a reward for their support is a win-win. You could arrange for an Ask Me Anything session on your community page or use any platform of your choosing. You can decide whether you would want to field questions that are personal or only about the work you do.
5. One-on-one teaching sessions or Hangouts
If you are an expert in your field, offering tutoring sessions for those fans who pay the highest amount can be a beneficial exchange for their backing. With your skills, you could give them feedback or help solve any doubts that they might harbour.
Alternatively, you could host a Skype talk with one or have a Hangouts session with a select number of fans. This would be something your fans would cherish for years to come.
6. Early Release
This might not usually work out as well as the other ideas listed above – since a majority of the creators stream their shows live. However, you could grant early access to your streams that are not live, or grant live access. This is applicable for those streamers that don’t normally offer live streams. But if your content is live streaming, then giving your paying fans a sneak peek into the topic to be covered, or the guests that would come on the show can be given as a preview.
7. Fan Appreciation
It might seem trivial to some, but for the fans that follow your show religiously, getting a shout-out from their favourite streamer would provide them with bragging rights. You could also display their names on the screen when you are streaming.
For those fans that follow you on other social media platforms, you could tag them in a post or put up a tweet. The fans that pay more, deserve more. If you have good writing skills, you could write their bio on the social media platform of their choosing.
8. Let Your Fans Participate
Depending on the theme of your shows, you could ask your fans to participate with you. For example, if you run a gaming stream, you could broadcast a stream with your supporter participating with you.
9. Do Something Together with Fans
One of the ideas that can be implemented as a community is to live stream a movie. You could get your fans to vote on a movie, and live stream it. Another novel idea you could try is to have a book club, where you could read a chapter and discuss the book with your fans.
So there you have it. Do keep in mind that the rewards that a certain streamer uses for his fans might not work for you, and vice versa.