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The whole world seems to be taking on content creation in some form or another, be it streaming via Twitch/Mixer or Youtube, podcasting and blogging or design and cosplay. It's a massive, emerging market and you want in. We completely understand! So we had our resident Hero - @TwistyShape - come up with some hints and tips to help you develop your brand, increase your footfall and get your foot in the door! 1. Social Media Networking Networking forms the very basis of creating your brand - and you need to learn how to do this! If you pick up anything from this article, this is it! Twitter is your strongest tool! Learn it, use it and network your socks off! Don't just post about "your stream". Let people into who you are as a person, as well as your content. Tell people about you, what you like to do - reach as many different people in as many different walks of life as you can. Instead of waiting for people to interact with you, go forth and interact with them! Shake a few nests and create positive energy and you'll find people drawn to check you out! Networking is key to growing your brand. 2. Failure to Prepare? Prepare to Fail! Have a plan, don't go into Twitter or discords with poll after poll after poll. Trust me I learned it myself the hard way. People may vote but won't watch, draw a venn diagram if you want, games you enjoy, games you want to play and games that aren't TOO saturated. Telling people who you're gonna "Get your grind on" in FortNite, will not draw an audience because there are already literally thousands of creators offering the same but, if you're doing this as a hobby and don't care, put it entirely into the "games you enjoy" circle. An ideal outcome would be a happy medium of at least 2 of the circles! Prepare your scenes ahead of time. Production value is everything! Take a few moments to check out other successful streamers. What is it that makes them successful, what is it that draws their particular audience in? What can you offer - what's your unique selling point? 3. Figure out why! Hobbyist? Career? For kek? Because it beats playing alone? Figure out your why and use that to work out how much effort you want to put in. If you're a hobbyist and put in an hour or so a week, on top of when you're actually live, don't get upset if your community and viewer base doesn't grow. If you want to develop a career, you can't treat it as a hobby. It's a business first and foremost, and requires all the effort running a business takes. Treat it like a hobby and you'll be in for an unpleasant surprise. Work out what you want to be! Ideally avoid falling asleep on camera... 4. Quit Yo Jibber-Jabber Learn to chat about everything. Make sure its a happy medium of the game you are playing and of you as a person. Too much chat on the personal side, and those people watching for gameplay will GTFO. On the other hand, too much game-related chat and you will lose those watching for the entertainer's value. Take League of Legends for example; I'm telling people why I picked this Champion in my game today, what items I'm building and why there's a funny anecdote that happened in the previous game a few days ago"! Always be ready to make a joke at your own expense and have a list of go-to topics. Food. News. Weather. Movies. Just avoid politics at all cost! People love those topics and will always get involved in them. Think about it. I bet you can chat for days about your favourite pizza, band, or horror film. Most importantly, make sure you enjoy what you do. If you're not enjoying it for whatever reason, your audience will notice straight away!! If you'd like to hear more from Twisty, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Twitch: https://twitter.com/twistyshape https://twitch.tv/twistyshape https://embergamingnetwork.com/communities/58-hall-of-heroes/
So. @wochinimen - tell me a bit about yourself! What do you do? My name is Alberto, Italian by birth but have been living in UK since 2011. I own a tabletop gaming shop in Chesterfield. In my spare time I mostly play MMOs, first person shooters, and card games, but my interests are vast & span across multiple genres (except horrors, I don’t like jump scares!) I try to stream every day at least once! At what point did you decide that you wanted to open a shop? I decided that I wanted to open a gaming shop when I was 11. I’m 38 now – so it was a long build up! What’s the story behind your brand? How did you come up with it? The name ‘Wochinimen’ comes from my first World of Warcraft character, a Tauren Shaman and it means “I eat you” in chinese (wo = I chi = eat nimen = you). The “chi” part pronounced the same of the “chee” of cheese! This then created the “Wochimonster” which is the mascot of my channel now! The Wochimonster! I like it. So how often does the Wochimonster come out to play IRL? Do online and IRL personas clash? Most of the people watching me are also my customers, so yeah – the two personas do come together quite often. Especially if I am playing ‘Magic the Gathering! So you stream? What inspired you to take it up? Yes I stream! Mostly as relaxation therapy and to entertain my wife and friends! I started with the inbuilt Facebook go-live for Diablo 3, back in December 2017. People enjoyed it so I decided to invest in a second monitor and opened an account on Twitch. I reached affiliate in March 2018 and have basically streamed every day since then! Do you have any advice for people looking to take up streaming? If anyone want to make streaming as a full time job, they shouldn’t expect to become the next big thing with the snap of a finger. There is a lot of hard work, networking, media managing and money investment involved. It is a serious thing even if is just “playing video games”, but everything in the long run pays off. Do not try to imitate other streamers, be yourself! What are your goals? What do you hope to achieve - IRL or online? Growth and a bigger audience are the main goals, Partner status is way out of reach (at the moment) so I settle for goals I can achieve What’s the thing you enjoy most about what you do - IRL or online? My IRL is my day to day work in my shop, I love it but the escape in the video game world is what relaxes me! What do you do for fun? Boardgames and Roleplaying Games in my shop in addition to the video gaming I do at home! So as a self-confessed board game fanatic and shop owner, you must have seen thousands of different games. But which are your favourites? - Pandemic Legacy Season 1 - Carcassonne - Gloomhaven A wild Wochinimen in his natural habitat.... Rapid fire time - don’t think just answer! What is your all-time favourite: - Movie? Matrix - TV Show? Scorpion - Game? World of Warcraft - Book? The Lord of the Rings - Food? Fried Chicken Are you part of any teams/networks you’d like to give a shout out to? I am part of the admin team at #TheForge - a great place to talk about geek stuff, and meet likeminded geeks! We also have a sizeable The Division 2 clan, so if anyone wants to join in - give me a shout! What’s next for you? A stack of decks of Magic The Gathering I have just built! Promo time - if you have an online presence, where can you be found?? You can find me at https://twitch.tv/wochinimen, and my twitter handle is @wochinimen!
Tell us a bit about yourself! Well I'm @geekforgamingdk, I'm 42 yrs old and father to a beautiful 15 year old girl. Going to get married to my long term girlfriend some day, we hope. I like to think of myself as a gamer extraordinare. You get gaming, streaming, fun...but, with years of hard-earned experience! I also hope to get out with that personal experience to teach others that there´s more to life than just what they see. You're a streamer? Who/What inspired you to start doing it? What do you enjoy most about doing it? Lady [my fiancée] did actually. I love gaming and she had just found out about streaming, and watched it virtually 24/7...so she encouraged me to try it! I enjoy talking and having fun with others - especially with the chance to make people laugh and smile! That, and the fact you get to meet so many new people! What's the story behind your brand? How did you come up with it? I have always been called a geek/nerd and what ever. In the last few years, I've started taking it to heart and decided to incorporate that into my gaming and branding. I love games in all shapes and sizes. Oh. And I'm Danish! What are your goals? What would you like to achieve? My goal? Well I've already hit my first goal. Being a part of a streamer/gamer community. I LOVE to make people laugh and smile. So given the chance to entertain - on a bigger stage. As in seeing 50+ on my stream having a good time...just once. That would mean the world to me. IRL - I have two things I would love to do: 1) Go to a convention. Comic-con, Twitch-con; it doesn't matter which - I just want to meet like minded people and have fun! 2) To watch Tottenham Hotspur play live! Aside from Content Creation - what do you do for fun? How do you wind down? I cook and bake. I LOVE standing in the kitchen. Just having fun trying out new stuff with some good music in the background...Best feeling for me. I love trying out new recipes - whether it´s a pie, cake, dinner or dessert, it does not matter. As long as i know that people will enjoy it. It’s a classic desert island scenario - you can take only three items. What do you take? Lighter. Knife. Spotify. You mentioned earlier that you were part of a Community - would you like to give a shout out? I'm part of the Forge and TeamBeanie! Rapid fire time - don’t think just answer! What is your all time favourite movie: Stand By Me Favourite TV Show: Supernatural Favourite Game: Cards Against Humanity Favourite Book: 'My Father's Glory and My Mother's Castle' by Marcel Pagnol Favourite Food: Burgers. Denmark style! Promo time - if you have an online presence, where can you be found? Twitter: https://twitter.com/geekforgamingdk Facebook: https://facebook.com/GeekForGamingDK Twitch: https://twitch.tv/geekforgamingdk Youtube: https://youtube.com/viksfar [Gonna start up a Geekforgamingdk there also, but haven't got that far yet]