Fiverr sellers, you guys kick some serious butt! That’s right, I said it!
We wanted to put your awesomeness into writing. So, we specially designed Fiverr business cards and with some help from our friends at Moo, Level sellers will get a pack for free! All you cover is the shipping.
It’s an old and well known story. A bunch of friends meet in college or high school, they start a band and begin practicing in their parent’s garage. After playing gigs at local bars and clubs, they finally catch their big break. Flash forward a few years and you are watching their music video on your TV and computer screen, while scrambling to get tickets to their latest concert tour.
What can up-and-coming bands do when they haven’t quite got there yet? While most are recording their music in home studios (it’s amazing what you can do on a Mac), they are still faced with the challenge of getting their music out there.
Some artists such as Lana Del Rey, Ok Go and Justin Bieber famously found their spotlight through YouTube. The question is, how do you create an eye-catching YouTube music video, without breaking the bank? As we have seen time and time again, with a bit of creativity, anything is possible.
When we first saw Atlanta-based, indie rock band Penny Western’s YouTube music Video, we couldn’t help but shriek in excitement. Penny Western is made up of 4 very talented musicians, namely Randall Kirsch, Ian Groves, Lawton Zurn and Whit Lanier. The reason for all our excitement? Their YouTube music video is made up entirely of Fiverr Gigs!
When this cool, up-and-coming band decided to create their very first music video, they were overwhelmed by the costs that it entailed.
Using their out-the-box thinking and a whole bunch of Fiverr-tastic Gigs they created an awesome, inexpensive video. The results? We’ll let you see for yourself:
We immediately contacted this awesome band to find out more.
So… What was behind the making of this YouTube music video?
We made this album because we were proud of the music we had created and because Penny Western is a fun creative outlet for us. We brainstormed all the things we wanted to do in conjunction with the album, and making a music video was definitely an idea we toyed with. We had already discussed that “Heaven Seems Closer…” was the most “fun” song on the album and therefore it was likely the best candidate for a music video.
How much does a music video usually cost to produce?
I can’t say we knew the answer to this before we set out to make a video, just that it was likely more than we would care to spend. We did some research and found that $5,000 is a very modest budget.
How did you go about choosing Gigs for the video?
One of the most interesting and entertaining things was just browsing all of the available Gigs, and when we saw one we liked, we tried to imagine if we could weave it into a somewhat coherent complete concept. Once we had a skeleton of an idea for what types of things we wanted to include in the video, we wound up ordering literally every available Gig we could find that would fit within that theme.
How many videos did you use in the end and how much did you spend?
When we counted, we’re pretty sure that 20 Gigs wound up in the final version of the video. We know that at least 3-4 Gigs that we ordered didn’t make the cut for one reason or another. I also think we did order a few “extras” for the Gigs that we really liked and thought would make the biggest contribution to the video. The grand total was probably right around $200.
What was the best Gig you came across while making the video?
That’s a tough one – Fiverr is such a great source for true creativity. We would prefer to give a shout-out to an underdog here, but Professor Puppet was a true professional and really did a fantastic job with his parts. Even though he was lip syncing, he put a lot of personality into the clips (much of which was edited out in the final cut, unfortunately).
What has the response to the video been?
You know, it has been really great. Our hope was that it would be something that people really enjoyed and wanted to share with other people and we’ve had some success with that goal. The unanticipated side benefit is that we shared the finished product with all of the “stars” of the Gigs, and they all were very complimentary of the finished product and seemed flattered to be part of a bigger project. Who knows, there may be 20 more Gigs out there that could make up a second video someday.
There you have it. Take one cool band, add an awesome idea and you get this great result. There is hope for all up-and-coming bands out there after all!
For the next few weeks Penny Western will be selling their album on Fiverr at the discounted price of… you guessed it, $5! So click here now to purchase this incredible album.
For a chance to win the album on Fiverr, tell us how many of the Gigs used in the video do you recognize?
That’s right guys! We’re going to be showcasing exceptional Fiverr sellers who have been praised by their buyers, offer great services and are generally awesome … I mean Super … at doing what they do and growing their Gig Business.
These sellers will be asked to share their Fiverr experience and pass on some words of wisdom to the community about their super strengths.
Fiverr is packed with amazing sellers and we want you to help us identify the Fiverr Super Sellers among us. Someone who you look up to as a seller, someone whose service is beyond amazing when you order from them.
Know anyone who fits the bill? Nominate them by tweeting us their username with #FiverrSuperSeller.
Stay tuned to discover the identity of our first Super Seller ….
A team of elite Fiverr hackers have been on a top secret mission to bring you an amazing new feature. Ladies and Gentlemen, we’re proud to present to you – Live Portfolio™.
Now you can see seller portfolios directly on the site. Gig pages have a cool new and bigger viewer (600 x 370) so that you can easily browse photos and videos that are posted on Fiverr.
Sellers, you can host samples of your graphic and video works directly on your Live Portfolio. The best part is you can keep growing your portfolio by adding work that you deliver. No need to worry about space – the sky’s the limit.
With each delivery, you’ll have the option to select one file to appear in your portfolio – so if you upload multiple images, you’ll need to choose one of them as a sample for your Live Portfolio™.
Buyers, when rating your experience with a seller, an image of your order will be displayed alongside your feedback. This is a great way to help the seller show other buyers what to expect when ordering that Gig. We know that some Gigs are personal and meant for private eyes only – you don’t have to share those. Be sure to share when you can – it’s good Karma! You’ll also notice the stylish new feedback buttons :)
Pretty sweet, right? And there’s more…
All sellers can now upload up to 10 files totalling 150MB in a single delivery! That’s right, no more delivering multiple files 1 by 1. Plus, your buyers will be able to see all delivered photos and videos directly in the delivery box. Whoaaa!
And if that wasn’t enough…
Sellers, I hope you’re sitting for this one. Gig descriptions have been extended for all sellers to 1,200 characters! You have much more space now to describe your services and lay out your price lists.
Please go to the category list and browse through all the new subcategories to see the Gigs in a new light. That’s an order!
Sellers, if you haven’t assigned a subcategory to your Gigs, it’s too late now…. ok no it’s not … but you really need to get on it! Now that we’re live your Gigs will be harder to find if they are not subcategorized.
Anytime I buy a Gig from a Level Seller on Fiverr, the first thing I do is check out their Gig Extras. I love to see what additional services are offered and often end up buying at least one of them.
Next, I check out the delivery date so I know when I’ll get the Gig. Sometimes I get an idea for a gift or a project and I’m so excited that I want to get the Gigs faster than it takes. Many of our accommodating sellers offer to speed things up by using Gig Extras to offer faster delivery.
The thing is, as a seller, this means you lose a Gig Extra which you could be using to offer additional services and expand your Gig business.
Our newest feature, Extra Fast Delivery, lets you have it all! Now, you can offer your buyers a much faster delivery and you won’t lose that Gig Extra. When you buy a Gig with this option, the countdown will go according to the agreed, faster delivery date.
Here’s how it works:
In the Gig’s Edit page, you’ll see a new box where you can setup the Extra Fast Delivery option.
When you’re shopping for Gigs, the Extra Fast Delivery option will show up with the Gig Extras – it’s the one with the big yellow letters that says “ExtraFast”.
Once you make an Extra Fast order, the adjusted countdown begins.
There you have it. An easy new way to buy and sell Gigs with faster delivery. Sellers, head over to Fiverr and edit your Gigs to add this option. Buyers, keep your eyes peeled for the the Extra Fast logo.
In the coming days we will be introducing two new awesome features: subcategories and category search. This means that the existing categories will have a much better structure. For buyers – you will find the services you are interested in a lot quicker and easier. For sellers – you will be able to list your gigs in a much more relevant classification instead of just broad categories.
The new search will support the ability to search the entire site, a specific category or a subcategory. This will improve the user experience significantly.
So, if you are a seller, here’s how it works:
Go to your ‘My Gigs’ page and edit each of your gigs to assign them in the right subcategory. For example; put your logo design gig in the subcategory ‘Logo Design’ under the category ‘Graphics’.
We recommend that you do this as soon as possible because we will be opening the subcategories feature in a matter of days.
“Yeah, but what if I don’t…?” you ask. Well, your gigs will still be there, but they will only appear if someone clicked on the parent category. Your gigs will also have a much lower rank in search results and will not appear when buyers search in subcategories. In other words, not assigning your gigs to the right subcategory will hurt your chances of being found by potential buyers.
So what are you waiting for? Get ready to see your gigs thrive.
The Fiverr Team
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