How to take advantage of the YouTube Community Tab!

If you’ve been around YouTube in the past few months then you would have heard of the Community tab. Today we have started to roll it out to all of our creators and we’re going to give you some top tips on the best ways to use it!

To give a brief overview of the tab, it’s a fun and new way to share your creativity all while interacting with your audience on YouTube. The tab can be used for things such as asking your subscribers for input on your next video with a poll as well as teasing the best moment from a recently uploaded video by sharing a GIF!

Have a video idea but want to get feedback from your audience first? Well now you can! The quick and easy process of making a post asking your audience's opinion is a smart idea. Your audience can comment their opinions on your post in the community tab, leaving you with great feedback! You can even heart comments from viewers or reply to them with images and GIFs.

Increasing engagement is key! With the Community Tab you can make use of it to highlight livestreams, promote events you’re attending and even cross-promote between channels. This helps to keep your subscribers up to date and informed with what you are doing. The Community tab provides a great opportunity to keep your channel organised as well as keeping your audience in the know.

Use the Poll feature to get your subscribers input on something! Maybe you are stuck between the idea of a Video or Livestream? Ask your audience to vote on the poll and see which one comes out on top. This is a great way to increase engagement for the channel as well as see what your audience are looking for.

Make sure to inform your audience about the Community tab! As the feature is new, most viewers will not be aware of it straight away. It can help to inform subscribers on what it is and where they can find it. You can explain to them that they’ll start seeing new pictures, polls, GIFs and much more in their subscription feed.

Having a posting schedule for the community tab can also help to increase returning traffic to the page. Aligning your video or livestream schedule with the community tab can go a long way to increasing engagement.

Kickstart your Community tab! Give your audience exclusive access to some of your behind the scenes areas that aren’t normally shown on the channel. Consider posting pictures of what videos you have been working on as well as featuring exclusive content that your audience can't find anywhere else. If you can offer unique experiences in your Community tab then it will go a long way to making subscribers return for more.

What do you think about this new feature? Will it improve your YouTube experience and help to build more of a community element on the platform? Let us know what you think!