Patreon is a great place to cut your teeth as a creative entrepreneur.
But, after a while, well…you outgrow it.
You begin to feel like your income potential is crashing against a glass ceiling. You’ve gone as far as you can go, but you’re still nowhere near the big players.
If so, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I’m going to introduce you to a Patreon alternative that will help your business find the space to grow and mature.
Hi, I’m James. I work for Uscreen!
We’ve built an out-of-the-box platform that lets you build a stunning video website, monetize your videos, and grow a complete video business. (More on that later.)
Among our 11,000+ happy customers are…
- Visual artists
- Deep-sea divers
- Fitness instructors
- Yoga teachers
- Martial artists
…whom we’ve helped to mature their video business, offer a premium service, and reach six-to-seven figures of income.
You can meet some of them right here:
In the rest of this article, I’ll show you what Uscreen can do for your creative business, and how it can set you apart from your peers who choose to stick with Patreon.
Who Is This Comparison For?
I want to make clear who this Patroen alternative is for. Why?
Because we know we’re not a direct alternative to Patreon. Only a handful of Patreon creators will find exactly what they need in Uscreen. But, the right creators stand to gain a lot from it!
Uscreen is the ideal Patreon alternative for you if you are:
- a video-focused creative, e.g. a YouTuber,
- who has been using Patreon to monetize their videos,
- and wants to increase their income and offer a more professional service
In the rest of this article, I’ll show you exactly what Uscreen can offer you, and how it can transform the way you run your business.
Let’s take a closer look.
Build A Branded Subscription Video Website
Branding is key to running a successful video business.
You need to craft a specific “look”. One that makes a statement about you; what you do, who you are, why you’re different from the competition.
This is pretty hard to do on Patreon.
You can have your own landing page with some customizations. But, it’s still unmistakably a Patreon page:
This is because you piggyback on Patreon’s brand. While this may be a great way to build trust when you first start out, it’s not an effective long-term strategy.
Uscreen, on the other hand, lets you create and host your own stunning video website.
Using one of our 11+ easy-to-edit templates, you can build your own fully-branded video website, without needing a degree in design. It’s simple, easy, and the end-product is stunning.
For instance, these sites were both built on Uscreen, but look incredibly different:
You can find more examples of video websites built with Uscreen right here:
Keep 100% Of Your Profits
Patreon runs on what’s called a revenue share model.
They take 10% of every sale you make, meaning you get $0.90 of every $1.00 you earn.
When you first start out, this is a pressure-free way to start earning. It lets you keep costs right down. But, as you start to grow, revenue share becomes a pretty raw deal.
See for yourself:
|Revenue||Rev share model at 15%||Rev share model at 30%|
The more you earn, the more you stand to lose. You could be racking up between $2400 and $7680 in fees! That money would be much better off invested back into your business.
This is a forgiving model for new creators.
If you have little money to invest and no real audience, revenue share is an easy way to start. But when you find an audience that’s hungry for more content, it’s time to move on.
At Uscreen, we believe you should keep every penny you earn.
We charge a flat fee for the package you use. It’s the same every month (unless you choose to upgrade) and there are no hidden fees. You pay for what you use, the rest is yours to keep!
That’s how business should be, right?
(You can learn more over on our pricing page!)
Cultivate Your Community
Your community drives your business.
Patreon does a great job of helping you grow your early community. It’s given you the tools you need to communicate, connect, and create with people who care about what you do.
Now, it’s time to take it to the next level.
Uscreen has a wide range of community tools to help you lead a unique, engaged tribe who can’t wait to devour your next piece of content.
- Video commenting
- Live stream commenting
- Dedicated forums
- Custom profiles and avatars
- Members-only log-in
And, because this is your own private space, it will feel more like an exclusive community than ever before!
Share Your Videos, Your Way
Patreon is restrictive in how it lets you share content.
Their timeline format works like a social media feed, letting users scroll from your latest updates down to your earliest:
This makes sharing your premium content difficult.
You can get a lot of eyes on your latest stuff, but after a couple of weeks, that video is going to find itself buried beneath a pile of new content. Less than ideal!
It’s a user experience nightmare for your new subscribers, and a great waste of your content. This is why you need a platform that lets you create content catalogs.
Uscreen gives you the ability to tag, categorize, and make your videos easily searchable, so your premium content is only ever a few clicks away.
This is part of what makes platforms like Netflix and Amazon so popular, and it will have a direct impact on how people view your video business too. Namely, making it far more professional.
Here’s a video walkthrough of how content catalogs can help you:
Host Live Streams For Your Community
Video-loving audiences are crying out for live streams.
The reason for this is simple…
Your community loves having a date in their diary where they can engage with you. It’s an emotional experience that makes them feel active in what you do.
Patreon doesn’t currently offer on-platform live streaming. You can share a link to a private live stream, but this requires your streams to be hosted elsewhere.
Uscreen, however, allows you to broadcast live streams directly to the members area of your website. Take a look for yourself:
Once your live stream is finished, you can archive it and add it to your content library. Giving the members who can’t attend the actual live stream even more value for money!
Market Your Business
An important part of growth is finding new customers.
Patreon focuses on letting you monetize your existing audience. It’s a way to offer a little something extra for people already in your ecosystem.
Patreon lets you take payments, but doesn’t help you find new people to make them.
Uscreen understands the need to connect with new customers. That’s why it comes armed-to-the-teeth with marketing tools to help promote your business.
With our internal tools you can:
- Make informed decisions with in-depth analytics
- Recapture lost leads with abandoned cart campaigns
- Retain 35% more customers with the reduce churn tool
- Provide discounts by offering coupons
- Recoup lost subscribers with the try again for free tool
You can then integrate with over 1000 external marketing apps, like:
And this is just the start! We’re always adding new tools to our marketing tool kit, to help you make more money and grow your business.
So you can rest assured you will have ultimate flexibility in finding and engaging potential new customers.
Launch Your Own Standalone Apps
The future of content is apps.
People want to stream content on their phones, tablets, and Smart TVs.
So, being able to create and launch your own apps is a way to future proof your business, and show that you’re serious about creating your content long term.
Patreon allows your patrons to access your content through a smartphone app:
While this is great for Patreon as a platform, it does little for your video business. You’re just one part of a larger app, and no more likely to reap the benefits of an app than you currently are.
Uscreen, however, lets you access the technology to create your own OTT app:
You can lease a fully branded app that your paying subscribers can use to access your content anywhere, anytime, on any device.
Here’s how SarahBeth’s Yoga App helped her upgrade her business from amateur to professional, and feel the freedom of life outside of YouTube:
Be Like Boho Beautiful
Boho Beautiful is a YouTube health and wellness channel. They focus on teaching yoga, veganism, and other soul-enriching practices to their 1.6 million subscribers.
They originally monetized their content using Patreon, using the typical tier system:
But when they wanted to launch a 7-day online yoga retreat, they knew Patreon just wasn’t going to cut it. So, they created their own Uscreen site:
This allowed them to create a full membership platform where they could earn more money, reach more people, and cultivate an even stronger online community.
They were able to build their platform while still earning an income from Patreon. They had nothing to lose, and everything to gain!
You can even see in their content that they’re now choosing to promote their standalone video platform, instead of their Patreon page:
Making the jump can be this simple, and it may be the best decision you ever make for your online video business.
Uscreen: The Perfect Patreon Alternative For Video Entrepreneurs
If you feel that your business is stifled by Patreon. If you want to earn more money, reach more people, and cultivate a community around your own professional website. Then…
Uscreen is the perfect Patreon alternative for you. Using Uscreen’s platform, you can:
- Build a professional, branded video website
- Keep 100% of your profits
- Cultivate an engaged community
- Share your videos, your way
- Host live streams for your members
- Market your business
- Launch your own OTT apps