How to build your audience before selling
We see time and time again that publishers who build their audiences early are the most successful. You don’t have to wait until your film is released to get started with outreach and promotion! Here are some early steps for building your audience:
Make the most of social media
Use your social feeds wisely! Link social channels like Twitter and Facebook back to your site, so you can build up a list of
. This will come in handy when you launch pre-orders or want to offer a coupon discount for loyal fans. Also, pay attention to the site traffic in your VHX dashboard — this data can help you decide where to put your marketing budget if you’re considering
to spread the word.
Another tip for integrating social media: Make your
visible on your site! That way your fans can easily follow you, and then give you all kinds of likes/reblogs/faves!
Utilize your site forums
Did you know that your VHX site includes forums? They are a great way to connect with your fans even before you release your content. You can start threads around production updates, promotions, or fun topics related to your content and engage with your fans in conversations. You can look
for tips on making the most out of forums.
Release trailers on YouTube
Just like any other social channel,
is a great way to drive traffic back to your site. It’s all about easy discovery! Use
annotations and cards
to link interested fans back to your site.
are a tool for
and are a great way to generate buzz around your content and also
gauge your audience
. The best window is typically 1–3 months before releasing your work for sale. You can entice customers to order early by offering a discount on pre-orders or including early access to bonus content to customers who purchase early.