If you are reading this, maybe you're considering hosting livestreams for your patrons. This can be a very powerful way to increase your patronage by giving your community a way to connect with you more directly. 

With Crowdcast, you can...

  • Host both patron-only and public livestreams

  • Go live in the browser for multi-party video hangouts with your patrons and talk-shows

  • Stream in HD from encoders like OBS and Wirecast for online concerts and livestreaming events

  • Simultaneously stream to Youtube, Facebook, and more

Let's walk through how to create your first Patreon event on Crowdcast.

Creating a Crowdcast and Connecting Your Patreon Account

Follow the steps here to create a new Crowdcast event that's limited to just your patrons:

  1. Click the New Event button in the left-hand navigation menu to create a new event

  2. Schedule your livestream and go ahead and customize any other settings

  3. Within the Basic Info section, scroll down to Access and click on Patreon

  4. Click on Connect my Patreon account button

Screenshot of the access options within the basic info of edit event with Patreon highlighted.

5. You'll then be prompted to login to Patreon in a new tab. Once you do, you'll see a message to connect your account. Click Allow.

Picture of the pop-up that asked for permissions around Patreon access.

6. You'll be redirected to the Crowdcast Settings page, but you can close that tab and return back to your event settings tab to select which patrons can access your stream.

Screenshot of the access options within edit event when a patreon account is integrated.

7. Finally, click Save to create your livestream!

That's it! You've connected your Patreon account to Crowdcast and created your first patron-only livestream. 🚀

How to Invite Your Audience

After you create your new Crowdcast, you'll be redirected to your event window.

We try keep things really simple in Crowdcast, so the Crowdcast URL is the only URL you need to know about or share with anyone. Feel free to copy it from the browser's URL bar, or click Share from within your event to copy your event URL from there.

Once you have the URL, follow these steps to share it on your Patreon page:

1. First create a new post, click Livestream, and select use Crowdcast.

Screenshot of create a new post on Patreon with arrow pointing to Livestream

2. Next paste your Crowdcast URL in the livestream input:

Screenshot of box to place livestreaming URL.

3. Give your post a title and description as usual.

4. In most cases, you will choose Public in the Who can see this post? section since we've already secured your Crowdcast event to just your patrons. Anyone who is not your patron and sees this post will be prompted to become a patron in order to watch your event. This will help increase your patronage by showing more people that you have a patron-only livestream happening.

Screenshot of permissions options within Patreon.

5. Finally, click Publish now. No need to schedule the post since you've already set this up in Crowdcast. This will allow your audience to register, invite others, and build excitement in your livestream long before you go live.

Congrats! You've shared your patron-only Crowdcast with your patrons!

You'll notice that there is a label next to the title of your Crowdcast letting you know this livestream is limited to just your Patrons.

Screenshot of the Patreon-only tag next to an event title.

Because of this, you can also share your Crowdcast link directly to places like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. When people click on it, they'll be prompted to login with Patreon. Here is what people will see when trying to join your event:

Screenshot of the attendee pop-up when they attempt to join a Patreon only crowdcast.

After they sign in with Patreon, if we detect that they're not on the correct membership level to access your Crowdcast, we'll direct them to upgrade at your Patreon memberships page 🙌🏾.

If you haven't already joined us, get a special discount for Patreon Creators by using the coupon: creator-love

Have questions or suggestions? Email us at [email protected]. Happy Crowdcasting! 🎥

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