Statistics - what are your percentages of watches/views between subscribers V non subscribers

Drakhen99

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I've made a joke of asking people to subscribe in some of my videos,, in order to piss off Maikeli7. He and his buddy Moose mentioned in a vid or two that they don't ask for subs... so I parody that.

I usually just use a graphic overlay. Sometimes I remember to do it, sometimes I don't, but I have zero consistency with it.

-John
 
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R-Rated

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I've made a joke of asking people to subscribe in some of my videos,, in order to piss off Maikeli7. He and his buddy Moose mentioned in a vid or two that they don't ask for subs... so I parody that.

I usually just use a graphic overlay. Sometimes I remember to do it, sometimes I don't, but I have zero consistency with it.

-John
Nice.

I have always found some folks really break down how to sub thing way too far and it comes across like they are talking down to the audience.

I have always wanted to spoof that method something like using the tone of voice I have heard adults do with young children.
 
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Drakhen99

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Nice.

I have always found some folks really break down how to sub thing way too far and it comes across like they are talking down to the audience.

I have always wanted to spoof that method something like using the tone of voice I have heard adults do with young children.

Yeah, that's when I skip ahead in their videos... like seriously, if I wanted to sub, I would've done it already. This is not most peoples' first day on YouTube, so they've seen that big, fat, rectangular SUBSCRIBE button. If I do any talking about it, it's a real quick "like, comment, share & subscribe" and I like to point somewhere in frame [or off frame, depending on how dumb I am that day] and then throw a text overlay, showing I put work into it :D

Also, if you're reading this, then you're awesome, and only awesome people subscribe to my channel, so click on the link in my signature and make sure to subscribe! Click the bell icon so you don't miss a thing!

-John
 
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Yeah, that's when I skip ahead in their videos... like seriously, if I wanted to sub, I would've done ...
Also, if you're reading this, then you're awesome, and only awesome people subscribe to my channel, so click on the link in my signature and make sure to subscribe! Click the bell icon so you don't miss a thing!

-John
John, I can't read so I just clicked all over the screen and wound up with the porn link. ;)
 

Adrian

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Yeah, that's when I skip ahead in their videos... like seriously, if I wanted to sub, I would've done it already. This is not most peoples' first day on YouTube, so they've seen that big, fat, rectangular SUBSCRIBE button. If I do any talking about it, it's a real quick "like, comment, share & subscribe" and I like to point somewhere in frame [or off frame, depending on how dumb I am that day] and then throw a text overlay, showing I put work into it :D

Also, if you're reading this, then you're awesome, and only awesome people subscribe to my channel, so click on the link in my signature and make sure to subscribe! Click the bell icon so you don't miss a thing!

-John
Signatures don't show on mobile so I can't lol
 
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Adrian

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Over the last year, I'm 97% unsubb'd views. Though more of my content is specific stuff that probably comes up in searches. I've never done the whole nagging viewers to subscribe in my videos though, be it specifically telling people to 'subscribe down below' or click on the subscribe button type animations, dunno if I should. Anyone found these actually work much?
Yes but its a part of the recipe, unless you have the other ingredients it won't do anything on its own.

In my younger days I used to be guilty of just taking cold medicine and continuing to work 60+ hours a week, have a crazy sleep schedule, and not eat well enough. I would end up sick for weeks or months instead of days. I didn't have the rest, fluids, and nutrition part down so the medicine alone was useless.

Asking people to subscribe if your content is missing things is like me taking cold medicine and then working two shifts for two different jobs in one day and wondering why I feel like crap. You need the rest of the good stuff to get results.

Assume people don't give a shit about you, because you're a stranger to them, and one of a million YouTube motovloggers, and you need to win them over. You should be able to provide value usually in the form of either information and or entertainment, to the point where when you suggest people subscribe, they're immediate reaction is "hey good idea!"

If you haven't been asking people to subscribe and you're wondering if they will think it's a good idea or not, look at your video retention time, see if you can filter by new visitors, ignore what the returning visitors are doing because those guys are already your loyalists, and if you're a small Channel that will skew the data so focus on the new visitors retention. I think YouTube calls it average view duration.

I can tell you from experience that when I have had garbage videos (hindsight is 20-20) asking people to subscribe, it did nothing for me. I didn't have the other ingredients, I wasn't providing good value.

When I had a good video that didn't ask people to subscribe I didn't get a lot from it.

But when I I started experimenting with making good videos that also asked people to subscribe, that's what I can see a slow but steady increase, so I started asking towards the end of my videos.

Motovlogging is interesting because it's a bit of a creative thing and I guess like any hobby you can do it for fun and/or do it for financial success. Unfortunately there's this kind of in between where doing it for fun will really slow down the potential growth, and doing it for growth and money can come at a cost to the fun side, until you're big enough that you can just do whatever you want and people will watch because they like you.

Anyway to answer your question long story short yes I've seen good results from asking, but I only ask on videos that I know are good stuff.

Case in point, my video going live tomorrow I don't even ask for likes or subscribes. It's just a quickie 3.5 minute video and a little off niche.
 

Dewey316

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I haven't been asking people to subscribe. I'm not the fastest growing by any means, bit I think I get really good views and interaction for the size. I want people to subscribe, but I want them to subscribe because they want to watch all my vids. Same with posting on social media groups. When I have done it I see a bump on views, but the AVD drops a bit. I think adding value is the key, like you said.
 

Adrian

@YouMotorcycle Everywhere
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I haven't been asking people to subscribe. I'm not the fastest growing by any means, bit I think I get really good views and interaction for the size. I want people to subscribe, but I want them to subscribe because they want to watch all my vids. Same with posting on social media groups. When I have done it I see a bump on views, but the AVD drops a bit. I think adding value is the key, like you said.
I subscribed to a guy who just went around doing magic tricks on people on the street and filming the reactions. I think for him he used it as a tool of getting event gig bookings.

No story arc, no character development, no detailed plan for helping me to become a magician. Just a guy showing up doing some cool shit, and leaving. He got a bunch of subs. with very few videos because of the entertainment value.
 
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Drakhen99

The Forrest Gump of Motovloggers
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John, I can't read so I just clicked all over the screen and wound up with the porn link. ;)

Just so you know - that link came from here, not me, so I can't be blamed for this one :D

As to Adrian's comments about good vids + sub ask = growth, I think you're right - the two work in concert together. If I do something while riding & recording that I think stands out, whether it was funny, insightful, or something else... I'll ask then, like, "Hey, that was really funny! Want to see more funny stuff? Check out my other videos and like this video or even consider subscribing" or something to that effect.

I think that gets a reaction :D

-John
 

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