Collab videos have been popular on YouTube for years and years. There’s just something about content creators coming together that makes viewers even more excited to watch a new video. Creators also know that collab videos can be as fun to make as they are to watch, too. However, before you can start filming collab videos, you need to find other YouTubers to work with.
Here are a few ways that you can connect with potential collab partners.
1. Send a proposal to the creator’s business email.
Many YouTubers have business email addresses where potential sponsors and collaborators can connect with them. Check the about page on your favorite channels to find their business emails. You may also find their emails in their social media bios or on their personal websites.
Once you have a potential collaborator’s business email, you need to send a proposal. Be personal and specific. Start by introducing yourself and describing the kind of content you make. Then, talk a little bit about his or her channel. Say what videos you like, how long you’ve been subscribed, etc. Then, describe the kind of collab video you’d like to make together.
Don’t copy and paste the same message to multiple creators. Rather, choose the few who you think would be the best match and send them each a short, personal message. Be patient as you wait for a reply. If they don’t get back to you, simply move onto another creator and try again.
2. Connect with other vloggers on social media.
You probably follow all of your favorite creators on social media. That makes it one of the best places to connect with them, too. Even if a channel is ten times bigger than yours, the creator can still see your replies, comments, and likes.
Leave meaningful replies on your favorite content creators’ social media posts. For example, when a beauty vlogger you love posts his or her latest look on Instagram, you can leave a comment about the kind of products you’d use to achieve the same look.
You can also use social media to connect with other vloggers in your area. Find creators who have a number of followers close to yours and send them a message. With these creators, you should focus more on starting a friendship than just filming a video together. Then, you’ll be better able to help each other grow over time.
3. Ask your followers who they want to see you work with.
There are so many potential collab partners to connect with that you may not know where to start. You want to find other vloggers your current audience already loves or whose audience will love you. Social media is, once again, the best way to do this.
You can find potential collab partners by asking your followers who they’d like to see you work with. Have them tag their favorite vloggers in the replies to your tweet. You can also get specific with the area you’re in or the kind of creators you’re looking for.
If several of your followers tag the same creator, then that creator will be likely to see that you’re looking to collaborate. Reach out to the creators that your followers seem most excited about.
What YouTubers can I shamelessly shoehorn into my content to continue my feigning relevance into 2018? I mean… Who wants to collab? ????????????????
— Thomas "TomSka" Ridgewell (@thetomska) December 28, 2017
Collab videos are fun to create, but you need to find someone to film with first. Follow these tips to connect with content creators who are looking for new vlogging friends.
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Kristen Harris enjoys listening to a wide range of music, from Taylor Swift to, on occasion, Celtic instrumental. She also spends her time writing, reading, and baking.