Friday, June 29, 2012

Meet Woozybmx, June's YouTube Partner Success Story!

We have loads of partners across Europe that are taking advantage of the YouTube Partner Program, and becoming highly successful on YouTube. We've asked some of these partners to share their experience on YouTube and within the program, and shed light on how to best utilize the platform. This month featured partner is Woozybmx, please read on for their story and best practices!


Introduction:
Please tell us a bit about yourself. What is your name, your channel name? Where are you from, your fanbase?

 

Hello my name is Dominik Wrobel. I am an action sports filmmaker and I own and operate the online Bmx video magazine woozybmx.com & the associated channel: youtube.com/woozybmx. The channel features Bmx videos from all over the world.

 

History:
Please tell us how it all started. How and when did you start creating videos? When did you decide to be active on YouTube and become a partner? What was your first video on YouTube?

 


When I was in school, me and my friends started filming each other riding bikes. I always edited that footage into little videos. That was about 10 years ago. Back then, we published our videos on VHS tapes. Things kind of progressed naturally and over the years I had the opportunity to film & ride with some of the best Bmx riders in the world, using great camera equipment and travelling a lot. I am really thankful to the people that helped me out and worked with me in the last couple of years. YouTube has been a huge part of this the last couple of years, too. Putting my work online and working with YouTube was a no-brainer.


Channel:
Please explain your channel. What's the story behind your channel? How did you come up with your channel concept?

 

I have always been preparing the online Bmx video magazine - woozybmx.com - which features bmx videos, photos and news from all over the world. Over the years it has become one of the biggest Bmx websites in the world. Having the associated “woozybmx” YouTube channel is great. It features my work and also contributions from other filmers.  Quality is what really matters to us. The feedback we have been getting has been overwhelming lately. Thanks!

YouTube Partnership:
Please share your experience of being a YouTube partner. How has being a YouTube partner helped/changed your business and personal life? Were there any surprises? What are your plans for the future of your channel and YouTube partnership?

 

Being in a partnership with YouTube has helped me to understand the website way better. Getting advise and ideas from the YouTube staff is always a great thing, too - thanks for that YouTube! My plans for the channel? I have a bunch of film projects in the works. In general I want to produce more awesome content for the channel - focusing on the riders, road trips and interviews. But I am also trying to get some story telling and aesthetic work to the channel. Stuff that is fun and entertaining to watch. Hopefully I can make my dream come true this year and open a small ramp/street/skate park film studio. This idea has been in my head for quite some time and hopefully this can work out this year.... just wait and see!

Success:
How do you define success? How did you become successful on YouTube? What were your goals for your channel, and how did you achieve them? What would you recommend to newbie partners to be successful on YouTube?

 

Reading all those positive comments and getting feedback from the riders I film with, definitely makes me happy and motivates me to go on. Not too sure what I could recommend to newbie partners? Have fun and don’t be shy to try out whatever comes to your mind, I guess?

Creative inspiration:
Please tell us what inspires you. Do you have a particular creative aesthetic? Are there other YouTube channels you watch, creators you admire?

 

Inspiration definitely comes from the riders and locations/spots I work with. Being in a city you have never been before. Using the streets as a playground. That is one of the most fun aspects of filming to me.  As a counterpart to the urban locations I am also really into artificial setups. Like the film studio I mentioned earlier. Creating a spot, setting up lights, colors, props - building a setup exactly the way you want it to be.

Key Takeaways:
Anything you want the YouTube audience to know about you, your channel, or being a YouTube Partner?

 

I really appreciate all you guys commenting on the videos! Feel free to ask away. We will try to do our best to answer to each of you. Keep it coming!
 

WoozyBmx, YouTube Partner, recently watched "Bmx Street - Stefan Lantschner Carhartt Video"



 


 


 


 

 





 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Become a Lean Machine with June’s Rising Partner!


Since YouTube announced that we are giving more creators the opportunity to become partners, we have seen a flurry of creativity. We’ve asked some of our new partners to share their experiences of using our platform and resources to grow their audience, increase views and take their channel to new heights!

This month, we look at John & Leon, two creative personal trainers from Norwich, England who really have fun with fitness. Their channel,
TheLeanMachines, is all about getting you in shape, while putting a smile on your face.
 
                                    

“We wanted to do something we love & that is changing peoples lives for the better.”

It all started with a creative concept for each video, which they used to create their series of fitness videos. They then took their videos to the next level, using selected tools from our set of partner resources to optimize them for viewing.

First, they always make sure to regularly upload new videos, so you know you can enjoy a regular dose of health motivation and humor courtesy of them. With all of their videos in one handy Playlist, you can also watch all their fitness videos in the correct order, in order to maximize your workout. And to make sure you never miss a session, they use Annotations to let you get more information while you watch, and to subscribe to their channel.

They encourage you to give feedback on videos, suggest new ideas, and interact with other viewers as well. With nearly 12,000 subscribers and tens of thousands of views, they have really created a fitness community, dedicated to helping users achieve their fitness goals.

When we spoke to
TheLeanMachines about their YouTube partner experience, they shared some handy tips. First, they say you shouldn’t be worried about making videos if you think there are other videos out there which are devoted to the area you are interested in - just create videos you enjoy making, and put your own spin on it!  

“There are so many fitness channels out there, but what we want to do is be more approachable and a bit more informal - like you are talking to a friend. we wanted everyone else to see you can get your results while having fun and a laugh!”

They also recommend having a unique focus for each video, so you can create a series of videos which complement each other, and give your channel an inviting and professional feel.

“Each of our videos is normally aimed at a certain issue, like fat burning, so we give you a workout we ourselves would use and know that works. We like to have fun, but we will make sure we smash your fitness goals while laughing on the way!”

To become a YouTube Partner now, visit: www.youtube.com/partners, and get ready to take your channel to the next step! For more information on optimizing, visit: youtube.com/creators.

The YouTube Team

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Virtual meetup on YouTube Analytics and Google +

Dear Partners, please join us for our virtual meetup on YouTube Analytics and Google +!

This will be a live event on the YouTube channel.  Many of you have requested information about the new features of YouTube Analytics and Google+ functions - we want to answer your questions and hear all of your feedback.

Our own Ted Hamilton will be leading a discussion on the new functionalities of YouTube Analytics and Google+. You have the opportunity to ask your questions right now here. This is a unique opportunity to discover everything about YouTube Analytics. Please submit your questions by Monday 11th of June, and then make sure to tune in to see what Ted Hamilton has to say during the live event.

Date: Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Time: 3 PM GMT (London) 

Web address: Live streaming at youtube.com/YouTube


 We look forward to seeing you on June 12th!  

YouTube Partnerships Team
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