Facebook announced to show even less content from publishers and brands

A couple of days ago Facebook announced that the News Feed will show even less content from publishers and brands while it will push content from your friends, family and groups due to the News Feed being overflown with promotional content published by Pages.

That’s all cool, we all hate advertisements, right?

Well, guess what…

These changes will not be affecting Facebook’s advertising system, they will be affecting Pages that you actually liked. These are not forced on to you. You chose to follow them and to see the content they publish. While marketers will be paying, you’ll still be bombarded with their ads.

So how will this then actually help us, the Facebook users?

It will not! It will only make us more exposed to advertisements as there will be less noise by the Pages posts. Even as it is, Facebook is showing an advertisement after every 4th post!

So, on my News Feed, out of 20 posts I see, 4 are an advertisement, but there’s no space on the timeline to show posts from Pages I liked?

I call Bull****.

At least by “liking” the Pages, you have the control to see what you want.

And what about the advertisements?

You can’t control these, Facebook simply pushes them in the News Feed and you only have a choice to hide the advertisement after you already saw it. However, that will not stop other advertisements from showing. Sure you can use adblockers but that’s not the point. The point is what Facebook actually is…

You can expect to see less posts from Pages you like and more posts from your friends and family and the same amount of annoying commercials.

How does that make any sense?

The way I see it, Facebook came up with one of the biggest hoaxes in the history of the Internet.

Facebook has used all those Pages to grow the number of people using Facebook and now, when it has enough users, it’s time to scam the Pages and force them into paying to be seen.

It only wants to make sure that your precious focus doesn’t get ‘wasted’ on posts from Pages that reach you organically for free, so that you can notice those advertisements that Facebook is making money with easier.

Of course, most probably they would never admit this and after all I am only speculating. But I think that it’s quite obvious what is happening.

If they would have an honest intent to make the user experience better, they would not be showing an advertisement after every 4th post and I would not be fed with posts like “John commented on this post by XYZ” from a year ago  on a content that I don’t even give a crap about, like football or politics or another vegan post making me feel like garbage for eating meat.

Anyway…

What does this mean for many small longboard businesses who are already struggling to get noticed in an ever more busy Facebook News Feed and what will happen to the big ones? What about all those longboarding related pages that share your videos, and what about your pro-rider fan page?

Let me tell you a joke…

A little girl asked her mother to give her some chocolate. The mother then told her to first wash her hands and then she can have the chocolate. The girl then said; But mum, I don’t have hands. Well…No hands, no chocolate, the mother said.

So, you wonder how does this sick joke relate to Facebook?

Consider this…

It’s known that Facebook will push the posts users are engaging with more, meaning that the post will have a good reach if the users like it, share it and comment on it.

Because space in News Feed is limited, showing more posts from friends and family and updates that spark conversation means we’ll show less public content, including videos and other posts from publishers or businesses. ~ Adam Mosseri, Head of News Feed

As I mentioned earlier, many small brands, like core longboarding brands you love, will actually not even get a chance to get noticed. If their Pages will not be receiving enough engagement during the next few months when Facebook will be ranking them, they might even be ignored and eventually abandoned and forgotten. Big media feeding you with bullshit has money to pay for advertising, so you’ll be seeing them for sure.

In Facebook’s scenario, the Pages should be producing content that the users will engage with; discuss about it. While that’s all right, you should know that this is extremely hard to achieve unless you post something that triggers user’s emotions, like a post about an animal being abused or Trump tweeting from his shithole.

You can actually expect to see more of the stuff that you hate, just because you’ll be responding to it and interacting with that type of content. You can for sure expect to see less from your fellows board makers, event organisers and longboarding media hubs just because they’re not posting much stuff that will shock you, so you will not be commenting, sharing and liking.

Facebook has been doing this noticeably for more than a year now. It’s nothing new, but their latest announcement points out that they will be cutting the Pages’ reach even more.

So, back to the chocolate…

New pages and pages with a small amount of followers will basically have no chance of growing, unless they have something revolutionary to show and their post goes viral. Even then, the Page Likes are not guaranteed, and even if they were, what’s the use of them, when Facebook is heavily limiting its reach, showing the content to only less than 10% of those followers. When starting, they will have no followers, no engagement, no comments and likes… They are doomed right from the start. This way it will not make sense creating one except for the purpose of posting paid adverts.

So, there you have it…No hands, no chocolate.

What can longboard brands, media and community pages do about it?

If you’re running a Facebook page, it’s time to reconsider how you’re spending your time. Is Facebook bringing in new customers or are you in the bubble, constantly showing your content to the same people? How many new followers does your page get every month? Is it between at least 200 – 500 new followers every month? No? Then forget about it, you’re not reaching enough people and you’re doing “Sisyphus work”.

It’s time for you to wake up. Some brands have already adopted new practices, basically almost completely quitting Facebook and actually making progress with their business.

Many brand owners will feel as if they may have to start from scratch, but considering what Facebook is doing, they will soon be left with no other options than paying for advertising or ending their business.

You can still take action.

Here are some of the options you’re left with…

Buy comments, likes and shares (not recommended)

Well of course, a businesses will be able to buy comments, likes and shares as usual. When used smart, this services can help their content go viral, especially when it’s something really interesting to see. That’s how it’s often done. However, this will only work for content that the general public will be interested in, for example, a crazy driver doing crazy stuff on the road…We can all relate to that, because most of us are drivers ourselves and seeing this makes us angry or shocked so we’ll respond to it and share it.

For a longboard brand this method will not help unless they publish a video of their team rider getting almost hit by a car, which would shock everyone and they’ll be sharing like “Look at this crazy bastard”. So nothing really good would come out of that for the brand. And if they will post a standard raw run video as they usually do, this will not resonate with the general public’s interests.

Just to make it clear, I do not recommend buying followers or likes…

Continue to grow the number of your flow team riders which you can exploit as your personal “share army”…business as usual

One thing that longboarding brands can do is to continue growing their flow team and build their personal “share army”. More team riders means more people who will share and comment on their posts.

It already feels like everyone “skates for some brand”, basically working and providing promotional services illegally. There’s almost no skate videos without some brand being tagged. And that’s how together with Facebook, the longboarders unintentionally actually killed the longboarding media sites and forums.

Instead of those having a role of providing a platform for the community, news sharing, rider features, brand promotions, the users have taken over the role of promotors.

That’s all still good…but now the time has come when Facebook will make an end to it and make the bubble we are in even stronger, meaning that we will be promoting to each other (limited to our friends and family) until your sponsors realises that you’re not reaching new people who will become their buyers.

Because, for example, you have 300 friends on Facebook and you’ll be limited to that group of people and their posts, unaware of many other things that are in your interest, not reaching new people as fast as your sponsors need you too.

Facebook Pages like Longboard Magazine are meant to be social media hubs where you can learn about new riders, gear, events and other longboarding related things, which are outside of your bubble (those 300 friends) and you’re not connected with.

We never charge for that, we do it for free so that the community would grow, businesses would be able to get new customers and the events would have riders. We are not selling anything… So, community builders like us, who spent almost a decade working on our Facebook pages serving others and mostly helping Facebook (in the beginning) to get people on it, can now shove it up their arse.

It’s our own fault. For many years we knew that this is coming, but we were all too hungry for attention, likes and shares… So instead of building our websites, we started wasting our time on building Facebook, which now has the agenda to put us out of “business”.

Think about how the longboard makers and event organisers feel when they’ve spent so much time and money on building their presence on Facebook, but now they will simply loose that, because Facebook betrayed them for the sake of their own profit.

We do recommend having team riders and making them aware of this problem and telling them to share your posts. But if that’s your primary reason for getting the riders, you’re doing it wrong. There’s plenty of those who are doing it and they look huge on Facebook while at the end of the day, their business doesn’t grow leading them to falsely conclude that there’s not enough consumers for their products.

Tell your followers to mark your page with “See first”

This option is available from the menu next to the “Like” button under the cover photo. People who want to make sure that they see the content published by your page can simply activate this and you should suggest them to do it because not everyone is aware of this feature.

Most important; focus more on your own websites, newsletters and do good SEO

Instead of feeding  Facebook by publishing all of your content on it, you should focus more on building your own website, have unique and great content published there, build a newsletter list etc… and connect with other media sites in order to get relevant quality backlinks and expand your audience. Tell you riders to give some high quality unique content to media sites instead of posting it straight to Facebook. That’s how the content will reach new people, outside of the rider’s personal bubble, it will enable your business to expand its audience and grow.

So, don’t dump your content’s value by throwing it on Facebook as if it’s worth nothing. It will get some views and by the next day it will be forgotten. Make something special with it, write a blog post for the video, add some photos, put it on your website in the video section, make it easy for people to find it in one place…Don’t be yet another post in the timeline that got thousands of 3-seconds views.

Create good content on your website, provide value to the readers and they’ll stick around. If not, you’re obviously not having anything special to show and Facebook is probably right when it wants less of you in the News Feed. It may sound cruel but that’s how it is.

Make sure to do good Search Engine Optimisation, so that people can find your website in Google when they are actually searching for something like “buy longboard” and similar (you’ll need the backlinks for that which I mentioned earlier). This will actually help your business, not showing your videos to the same people over and over again who are not on Facebook to buy something, but just to spend time and see what’s up.

There… I have to stop somewhere, otherwise I could go on for ages.

What will you do about it?

How to get new Instagram followers

The appreciation for the content we create is always a great payoff for our hard work, receiving feedback on how sick a slide was or how beautiful that picture is of you standing in front of some picturesque scene.

The following tips aren’t guaranteed to result in more followers but will allow your content to reach a broader audience.

Community Instagram pages

Certain community Instagram pages are there to share your content such as your very own “@longboardmagazine.eu“.

You submit your photos to these pages and most of the time they’ll be stoked to repost your photo, tag your sponsors or supporters and include your desired hashtags. I’ve found this is the best way to increase your reach of audience.

Let’s say your photo gets reposted by a page that hasn’t reposted your content before and even if it doesn’t get many likes, you’re reaching a whole new audience that hasn’t seen your content before, increasing your reach.

I’ll leave some other community Instagram pages at the end of this article for you to get in touch with.

Mentions and hashtags

Mentions and hashtags are one of the more important aspects of reaching an audience.

What hashtags you implement into your posts determines what sort of people you reach, popping up in their “explore” tab as a suggested profile to visit.

It should be noted that you can only put 5 mentions and 30 hashtags within one post/comment. If you attempt to put more than allowed your caption won’t be posted with your photo.

Longboard companies typically have unique hashtags that they use, which I’d suggest that you’d prioritize to show your support to those companies that support you.

I’ve also provided following hashtags which are the most recently popular “skate” and “action sport” hashtags on Instagram’s SEO which will benefit your posts as well.

#skate #skateboarding #skatelife #sk8 #longboard #skater #skatepark #skateeverydamnday #skating #longboarding #extreme #gopro #photooftheday #actionsports

Engagement

How you engage with your followers is extremely important. Rather than just posting once about the event that you went to over the weekend, post on your Instagram story.

When taking a break from a run or a session, film one of your friends and @mention them in your story. Creating that vibe that you’re more than just a skater and that you’re engaging with your community.

This is also a very easy way to consistently stay in touch with your followers who will see you as more of a friend than just another longboard profile.

What catches a viewers eye?

What I’ve found that people like to see are photos that are very fun and lighthearted, this comes especially easy with event photos that includes you and a bunch of people.

How to: Get Instagram Followers with Parker Schmidt

Lots and smiles and good vibes makes a very engaging photo, as well as bright colours with contrasting tones to make the subject of the photo pop just that much more.

Consistency

Following with the theme of consistency, you should always be developing and creating your own style. People appreciate those who let them feel involved and allow their feedback to be heard by you.

I try my best to post at least twice a week so that followers will hear from me periodically and consistently throughout the week. There’s apps such as “OnlyPult” that allow you to schedule posts and allow you to stay consistent with your posting which your audience will appreciate.

Voice and tone

How you project yourself to your audience is what I believe to be one of the most important aspects of your online image. Giving your posts a certain voice is what can set you apart from others, whether that’s outgoing and excited or humorous and witty.

How to: Get Instagram Followers with Parker Schmidt

Whatever it may be, I’d say to stay true to yourself. You never want somebody at an event to say “you’re a lot funnier online”, don’t put on a show online, your audience will appreciate you being yourself more than anything.

Niche

What sets you apart and makes you, you is what I believe to be the most important piece to your style. A wise man once told me that “there’s already a James Kelly and a Matt K, there’s no need to have another”.

Copying somebody’s style won’t get you anywhere if there’s already somebody much more popular doing it. Finding that niche to what sets you apart from the others will be your driving force to be different from the rest.

How to: Get Instagram Followers with Parker Schmidt

Most of the time it’ll happen organically like Birkenstocks, Martinelli’s and quirky socks without you realising that it’s an actual “thing”.

Some words to leave you with are to just always be true to yourself, there’s no need to create a fake online persona that isn’t really who you are. Always use social media as a tool to engage with others in order to build the community that you support and love.

I’d love if you guys would give me a follow on Instagram “@parker_schmidt”. Leave your thoughts about this article by commenting below, go out and #ridehard.

Instagram community pages to check out:
@longboardmagazine.eu
@primelinesmagazine
@_longboardstyle
@native_boarders
@world_longboard

Longboard Magazine Instagram account @longboardmagazine.eu

How to grow your Instagram following smarter and faster with scheduling

In April 2017 Instagram reached 700 million users and it feels like almost everyone we know is using it. Doesn’t it? Most probably you use it as well…

Some people use it just to share photos and videos with friends and family, sponsored riders to grow their personal brand and promote their sponsors, companies to promote their products and raise brand awareness as well as event organisers to promote the events and so on…

In this article, I will share with you how we manage our Instagram account @longboardmagazine.eu and which tool we use to optimise the workflow.

Interested? OK, let’s go!

Over 4k new followers in 4 months

We started our Instagram account in 2013 but we haven’t really been posting much and the number of people who followed us was quite low.

The situation changed in March this year when we decided to post more regularly and started using some cool tools to make the workflow easier, faster and more efficient.

Since then, the number of people who follow us on Instagram grew by 4000.

That’s a 1000 new followers each month. 

@longboardmagazin.eu Instagram statistics
Longboard Magazine Europe Instagram account following growth stats via Onlypult.

Believe it or not, those numbers are not even that impressive. While we peaked at around +350 new followers per week, some Instagram accounts go up to +500 new followers per week or more…Some a lot more.

How we utilise our Instagram

With our Instagram page, we aim to provide a place where longboard enthusiasts can discover new riders, connect with them, catch up with the ones they already know, get inspired by their adventures and see what’s up on the scene.

Everyone is welcome to tag our @longboardmagazine.eu Instagram account and let us know about their new great photo. We check who tagged us every day and hand-pick 4 to 6 which are then scheduled for reposting on our Instagram page.

In case if you’re wondering, we don’t make any money by posting or reposting on our Instagram account. So far running our Instagram account only cost time and money, but we keep running it because it keeps us connected with the scene and it helps with the exposure for Longboard Magazine Europe.

That’s all there is to it right now…

Our Instagram posting schedule

We implemented a content submission system which seamlessly connects via the link in our bio and we use our Instagram account to feature other people’s photos or videos, as well as our own when we have something to post, most often to promote the best content published on our website.

One thing we had to establish right at the beginning was how often we should post photos on Instagram in order to maximise the engagement or how many posts per day is too many.

After two weeks of testing, we learned that we could post round the clock all day long and as long as we published the posts 3 to 4 hours apart, they all had the same outreach and engagement regardless of what time they were published.

That’s how we decided to post 6 times a day and the result of more frequent posting was a much faster following growth.

So, you might be wondering if we hang out on Instagram all day long?

Of course, we don’t…

Scheduling Instagram with Onlypult

We use Onlypult, an online Instagram scheduling SAAS (software as a service), to prepare and schedule the posts on a computer one day ahead which saves us a ton of time.

So, instead of logging into our Instagram and posting 6 times a day, we spend approx. 2 hours every morning to prepare the schedule and Onlypult publishes the posts automatically for us.

Here’s how the admin looks like…

Longboard Magazine's Onlypult account
Longboard Magazine’s Onlypult account.

Onlypult is not a free service

Onlypult is not a free service and that’s actually a good thing.

Free services often disappear over the nigh since they thend to run out of resources because nobody is paying for their work. No money, no honey. Right?

While paid online services are being funded by their customers, people behind them are highly motivated to provide a good product in order to keep the existing customers and get the new ones. This means that the service is regularly maintained and upgraded.

Another good thing that comes with paid services is a constant and fast support.

In case you need help or if something doesn’t work as expected, you can send an email and expect almost immediate response.

The basic Onlypult account costs 12 $ if paid from month to month, but you will get a solid discount if you decide to pay for 6 months (15% discount) or 12 months (30% discount) in advance.

Onlypult pricing

Please note that the pricing can change, so it’s best to check on their website.

Of course, before purchasing we wanted to save some money or at least make sure that the money we were about to spend was well invested, so we tried out few other free and paid solutions.

None of them came close to Onlypult and at the end we decided to give it a try for 6 months which costed us exactly 57,54 Euros. So far we’re nothing but impressed.

In contrast to many other free or paid services, Onlypult is compliant with Instagram’s rules, so you can rest assured that your Instagram account is safe.

You would be surprised how easy it is to get your account blocked or “shadow banned” when using apps and services like Instagress, Followliker or Mass Planner, or services like Boostly, Social Envy or Socially Rich…

Some of those are already out of business which makes a lot of sense since they were only able to help you to get a bunch of “fake” followers your to get your Instagram account banned.

Control everything

Publishing the scheduled posts is not the only thing that makes Onlypult our favourite.

The biggest difference between Onlypult and similar free services is that Onlypult actually publishes the posts for your and it enables you the completely control of your Instagram publishing.

You can edit everything just like you can edit in the official Instagram app, except much easier and straight from a web browser on your computer.

Here’s how the editing of a scheduled post looks like…

Editing a scheduled post in Onlypult

I could write another thousand words about what functionalities Onlypult has, but I will sum it up by saying that Onlypult is the most complete solution to handle your Instagram from a computer.

It really does everything: You can post a single image, video or gallery. You can tag others on the photo, you can search for the users and @mention them, you can edit the post, comment and whatnot. We don’t miss anything in there.

Instagram reposting with ease!

With Onlypult you can also repost other people’s Instagram posts. What I like the most about it is that it feels a lot like sharing on Facebook.

Here’s how that looks like…

To repost an Instagram post in Onlypult, you just navigate to “Favourites” tab where you can choose to search by #hashtag or by @username.

The app will list the post and all you have to do to is to click “Repost”. You will be presented with an editing form already filled in with all the information. Change the text to add some personal touch to it and schedule or publish immediately.

Onlypult also enables you to save other Instagram user for tracking which is especially useful for companies, brands and team riders. This will create a special feed under the “Users for tracking” tab with the posts from users you chose to track.

Click “Repost” again and you’re good to go in a second.

Your team managers will love this…be sure to show it to him 🙂

For example, a company can track their team riders from a single place and repost their posts much faster and much easier.

The basic account comes with a limit of 10 users for tracking…fair enough.

Statistics – grow your following smarter and faster

If you’re a bit more serious about growing your Social following, you must know how your activity performs. The statistics will help you to determine what kind of content brings new followers, what people like the most, when you will receive the most interactions and so on…

Unfortunately, a personal Instagram account doesn’t provide with any statistics. You can only look at the number of people who follow you and the number of likes and comments your posts received.

To see some basic statistics, you have to switch from personal Instagram account to its business account. This might not make much sense to you if you’re not running a business, for example, if you’re a sponsored rider. Although that is or at least it should be some form of a business.

Onlypult provides with useful statistics that enable you to see how the number of your followers is changing, how many interactions are your posts receiving, at what time the posts received the most interactions and similar.

Of course, you will not benefit from it by just looking at the charts and numbers without taking any action. You will have to be able to recognise what kind of photos or videos work best and focus on creating more of them in a similar fashion.

That’s a wrap!

I have to stop somewhere, otherwise this post could go on forever. Hopefully you’ll get something smart out of it or it might give you an idea about how to grow your Instagram following.

The bare essence of this post is that in order to grow your Instagram account faster, you need to post more frequently.

How much? Well, I guess a good starting point would be to post at least once every day. Yes, that is 30 posts a month and it’s a lot of photos to collect, but don’t worry…

Soon I’ll share some tip about how to get your Instagram covered even if you don’t have 30 photos of yourself, which you will be able to start practicing right out of the box.

If you have any questions or if you want to share your own experience with Instagram, leave a comment below and we’ll continue the conversation there…

To learn more about Onlypult, check out their website.

Peace out!

How to make money with your longboarding video

Wouldn’t it be great if you could make money doing what you love the most and to be able to keep doing if full time instead of your boring 9-5 job? In this post, you will learn how to cash-in your longboarding videos and live a life of a pro rider without even having a sponsor.

But wait…Isn’t skating for money a bad thing?

Some time ago, if you wanted to cash-in your skateboarding activities, people would quickly get very judgmental and often you could hear some saying “He’s in it just for the money!” as if that’s a crime or a very wrong thing to do…

You know, as if that person who’s trying to make money with skateboarding actually hates skateboarding but he or she does it just to get some money out of it. So much BS.

However, nowadays there are more and more riders who want to get paid for the footage they capture in order to be able to travel even more, attend more events and heck, why not try to make a living out of it as a pro skater.

To get out on the mountain, skate and film it, you had to spend time and money. So why wouldn’t you get at least some of the money back and refill your wallet for another trip or an event registration fee?

There’s a bunch of riders who already make money with their longboarding videos, you probably know them in person as well…

There are more ways to turn your video into cash but in this post, you will learn how to make money with your longboarding videos by licensing them to companies that specialise in distributing a user-generated content.

If you are a sponsored rider, I will also give you some hints about how to promote your sponsors in those videos and make it work out great for everyone.

Meet Jukin Media

Jukin Media is a company that specialises in distributing a user-generated content and it is a company behind some of the world’s most popular channels like People Are Awesome, Fail Army, JukinVideo and The Pet Collective.

If you have a cool video they will distribute it, monetize it and share the profits with you.

Jukin Media @ jukinmedia.com

To get started with Jukin Media all you have to do is create an account on their website and submit your video. If they like it, your video will be added to their online library where it will be available for licencing to media professionals who are searching for great videos.

Jukin Media will not buy your video. You remain the owner of the video and you only give Jukin Media the rights to represent and manage your video on your behalf.

So, how will your video actually make money?

Jukin Media will try to turn your video into cash by licensing, syndication and YouTube monetization:

  1. Licencing – Your video could be licensed and used in TV shows, advertisements or websites. The companies using your video will pay a fat sack of money for it.
  2. Syndication – If someone is using your video on YouTube,  it will be claimed and monetized by pre-roll commercials or banners ads. In addition to YouTube, Jukin Media will send your video to other major websites like Huffington Post, AOL, and Yahoo.
  3. Production – As I mentioned earlier, Jukin Media also produces their own shows like “People Are Awesome” and “Fail Army”. If they use your video, they they promise to pay you.

How much will you earn with your video?

It’s hard to say exactly how much you will get paid because that depends on the variety of factors, like how long will it be used, where it will be used, how it will be used and so on…

To see how much Longboard Magazine would have to pay for one of the downhill skateboarding raw runs available in their library, I sent them an email asking for the price.

They replied the same day and wanted me to further explain where and for how long I will use the video…I explained that the video would be uploaded to our YouTube channel, Facebook page and get featured on our website and remain there indefinitely.

This is how video distribution usually works in longboard industry, right? A sponsored rider creates a video and then sends it to his sponsor who then posts the video on Facebook, their YouTube channel and maybe their website/blog.

The next day I received their reply and they offered to license me the video for 1.600,00 Euros.

So, considering that Jukin Media will share 50% of that revenue with the owner of the video, he would make 800,00 Euros.

I wonder if your sponsor would pay you that kind of money 🙂

But this is only one scenario…Your video could be licensed to a TV show featuring action sports videos and it would, for example, be used only once for a short period of time.

In that case, I guess the price would be much lower. According to what some riders have made, my rough estimate is that the price in this case could be around 300-500 Euros. The owner of the video would again make 50% of if, somewhere around 150-250 Euros.

* Please note that this is just what I think your video could make. It could be less, it could be more.

Will anyone be interested in watching your video?

Of course, if your video is low quality or boring, nobody will be interested in watching it.

You will have to make sure that your video stands out by showcasing some kind of funny,  dangerous or outstanding performance, high speeds, beautiful scenery, awesome tricks and dance moves.

The general population is intrigued by crazy downhill skateboarding videos these days. Big media companies know that and they want to include this kind of content in their program in order to get the views, followers and to provide a popular content to their audience.

How to promote your sponsor in your licensed video?

We are used to putting sponsor logos at the beginning of the video, which is a bad idea anyway…If you want your video to be licensed, you should avoid any logos in it.

Think about it; Not everyone is an idiot like we are at Longboard Magazine and the broadcasters will not promote your sponsors for free like we do.

So, make sure that you upload a version of your video without the sponsor logos.

The same goes for the music. As usual, riders just steal some popular music and put it in their video. This is of course not allowed and you should upload your video to Jukin Media including copyrights free music or no music at all.

So, how do you promote your sponsor in a licensed video if you can’t put a logo in it…

That’s easy…Wear a t-shirt or a sticker on your helmet. Get creative and have your sponsor showcased in a different way. Maybe your video footage can include a closeup of the product (boards, wheels, helmet, gloves etc). You’ll figure it out, I’m sure.

Who is already doing it?

Some of the popular names are already on it. Here are some of them…

Seismic team rider Javier Tato recently uploaded his video from Nueno freeride and in a matter of days, it was featured on People Are Awesome.

A Loaded Boards ambassador LoTfi Lamaali – WoodWalker is also a regular uploader and recently a young ripper from US, Josh Neuman, bragged on Facebook about making a nice amount of money via Jukin Media as his Bails video got aired on TV.

Among others, like Andrei Churakov, there’s also a fast and tight run by Ambroise Trt which we also featured on Longboard Magazine.

These are just some examples, but you can sign up and see the rest at www.jukinmedia.com.

How will your sponsors profit from your licensed video?

They will not. The thing is that these videos are mostly shown to a large audience which actually doesn’t care about longboarding brands or about you for that matter.

Your sponsor’s Facebook page will not get millions of new likes and their business will not skyrocket. As the matter the fact, hundreds of thousand fake Facebook views will get them maybe a couple of new followers.

However, who knows…You just might be discovered by the next talent hunter and get featured on a television or perhaps even score a trip overseas…

That’s it! This post stretched out far enough to give you an idea how to cash-in your videos.

As mentioned earlier, this is just one of the ways of making money with your videos and I will share some more as soon as I find the time to write them down. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter or follow our Facebook page.

So, will you give it a try and upload your video to Jukin Media?

Peace out brothers and sisters!

Cover photo by Mihael Zadravec (Longboard Magazine)
Riders on the cover photo: Ruben Loosmore & Arthur Friedrich Schmidt