Hang Time is a creator-first live stream hosted by Patreon CEO Jack Conte and our own Taryn Arnold. Tune in every month for sneak peeks, interviews with the Patreon team (and special guests), and juicy tips for running your creator page.
In case you missed it, here’s what happened on Hang Time in April...
Wondering what Patreon updates are coming down the pipeline?
Ben Domanico, our Head of Design, dropped by Hang Time to chat with Jack about Open Studio, an exciting, new collaboration between Patreon’s design team and you.
Here’s how Open Studio works: Every Monday (or so), in the Patreon community forum, a special guest from our design team will drop in and give y’all a look-see at a future Patreon feature. They’re excited to share their creations with you, but they also want to know what you think about them. After all, they’re creating them for you!
Check out their full conversation at around the 7:00 minute mark of Hang Time.
If you’ve never used Discord before, it’s an awesome, free chat application that allows you to talk-it-up with other communities, or start one of your own.
Philip James, our Senior Software Engineer on the Platform Team, stopped in to give Jack some big news: we started a Discord server that’s just for you. Hundreds of creators have already joined to share Patreon tips, to provide each other emotional and creative support — also, they’re just hanging out.
Check out their full conversation at around the 15:00 minute mark of Hang Time.
Do you want to create a deeper connection with your patrons?
Alicia Fore, Patreon’s Partnerships Manager, joined Jack on Hang Time to share three partner apps that Patreon Pro creators can use to foster community with their patrons:
Not to be confused with the free chat application Discord, Discourse is a sweet Q&A forum that integrates with your creator page. Make a space that is for your patrons, and for them only.
If you’d like to learn more about what Discourse can do for your patrons, check out this article we wrote about Kevin Morris, a motorcycle instructor who used Discourse to give his 2000+ patrons a place to gather.
Setting up Discourse with Patreon can be a little tricky, so before you try it out, be sure to read the support article, “How do I set up the Discourse integration with Patreon?” However, once you get it set up, it's a great tool for building community that requires minimal effort for your patrons to join.
We want you and your patrons to hang out wherever you’d like. If you or your patrons prefer Reddit over other Q&A forums, we’ve got you covered.
With the Reddit + Patreon integration, you can create a subreddit that is perfect for your patrons. Reward your patrons with special Reddit flair, and entice new ones with the Patreon widget, which drives fans from Reddit to your creator page.
To learn more about the Reddit + Patreon integration, check out this blog post.
We already dug into Discord earlier in this post. But did you know that you can create a Discord server (server is Discord’s word for chat room) that is only available to your patrons?
With the Discord + Patreon integration, you can foster community, and get valuable feedback from your patrons. Head over to our support page and set up Discord for your patrons today.
Also, if you want to check out Alicia and Jack's full conversation, you can find that at around the 20:00 minute mark of Hang Time.
Do you use Crowdcast with your patrons?
If you haven’t discovered it yet, Crowdcast is a website that allows you to create live video streams that are just between you and your patrons. In fact, we use Crowdcast to host our monthly Hang Time live streams.
Sai Hossain, the CEO of Crowdcast, called into Hang Time to give us exciting updates to the Patreon + Crowdcast integration, which make setting up Crowdcast with your patrons easier than ever.
If you want to hear Sai and Jack's full conversation, it comes in around the 32:00 minute mark of Hang Time.
To watch past episodes of Hang Time, and stay in the loop for future episodes, head over to our Crowdcast site. Until then, see you next month!