In this guide, we’ll show you why using Streamloots for your Subathons is a great idea, provide inspiration from successful streamers, and help you plan your own Thon with free and easy-to-use tools.
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Why Should I Run A Thon or Subathon?
Thons are powerful community-building events that can drive engagement, growth, and excitement around your streaming channel. For example, Ludwig’s subathon in April 2021 drew him headlines due to how successful it was, allowing him to even go past Ninja’s all-time sub record.
- Thons rally your community towards specific objectives, boosting your channel’s performance.
- They offer a unique type of content that viewers eagerly anticipate.
- Thons allow viewers to influence the stream’s outcome more than ever, creating an interactive experience.
Types of Subathon
Understanding the various types of Thons is crucial for planning your event. Here are some common types:
- Sub-a-thon: Based on the number of new subs during the event.
- Follow-a-thon: Focused on gaining new followers.
- Loots-a-thon: Involves actions based on cards played or packs purchased (using Streamloots).
Some streamers even experiment with “Goal-a-thons,” which unlock events when specific milestones are reached.
Using Streamloots To Run Your First Subathon!
Streamloots offers a unique opportunity to enhance your Thons. Here’s how it can benefit your channel:
- Streamloots provides a 90% revenue share for partners, the highest in the industry.
- It boosts viewer interaction and support, making your Thon more impactful.
Learn From The Best: BehavingBeardly’s Fiesta Beard-A-Thon
BehavingBeardly, a partnered Sea Of Thieves and Twitch streamer, had never run a Thon before because he didn’t find the concept rewarding or interactive enough for his community.
However, with Streamloots, he had an idea: what if he used the cards and packs to add time to his stream and promoted giveaways for the additional hours he would be live? That would give viewers a solid reason to contribute to the Thon and great rewards for those actively participating.
So that’s what he did. BehavingBeardly created a unique collection for the event and made those cards the only active ones during that stream. These cards had a particular function: when viewers played them, they would add minutes to the stream. And for each extra two hours of streaming, he would add a new giveaway.
As a result, BehavingBeardly ended up streaming for more than 20 hours due to viewers adding time from these cards. In just one day, his activity earned him as much as his monthly Streamloots income and created a stream that his viewers are still talking about.
Learn From The Best: Paulie Esther’s Streamloots Stream-A-Thon
Paulie Esther, Dead By Daylight streamer and part of the Fog Whisperers Program, decided to incorporate Streamloots cards into a traditional capped Sub-A-Thon model for his first Stream-A-Thon.
He set a fixed time for his stream – 20 hours – but with goals clearly defined and shared with his community ahead of the event. Then, for every set number of Streamloots packs purchased by his viewers, he would perform the corresponding action.
Differently from Beardly’s Thon, he didn’t create a specific collection just for the event. Still, by making exciting and fun goals for his community, he provided a huge incentive for his users to get new packs. As a result, he managed to beat his final goal of 5000 packs sold, and his viewers achieved all rewards listed.
Running Your Own Subathon with Streamloots
Now, let’s dive into organizing your own successful Subathon using Streamloots. Follow these three simple steps:
- Decide Your Subathon Goal Ideas: Determine what objectives will benefit your channel the most. Is it gaining followers, viewer support, or new subs? Check out our article for 30 Subathon Goal Ideas to get inspired.
- Choose the Thon Format: Decide whether your stream will have a fixed duration with set goals or if your community will dictate the stream’s length. You can even experiment with a combination of both formats.
- Decide the Collection You’ll Use: Select the Streamloots interactions that will be playable for your viewers during the event. Consider using existing favorites or creating new, unique cards to keep it fresh.
Get Started With Some Free Subathon/Stream-A-Thon Templates
To make your Loots-a-Thon unforgettable, we’ve prepared some tools to assist you:
- Follow our tutorial to connect your Streamloots Cards to an overlay timer automatically.
- Download the Streamloots-A-Thon Design Pack for free to create a special atmosphere for your event and effectively communicate your goals to viewers
Share It With The Community
We’re excited to hear about your ideas and experiences with Loots-a-Thons! Share your insights on Twitter using the hashtag #streamlootsathon or reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll showcase the best ideas in future blog posts to help promote your stream and demonstrate how Streamloots can fuel your growth.