We review our earnings and reach after one year of using Amazon Video Direct. We were very satisfied with the platform as an alternative to YouTube for free distribution... then in August of 2017 we were hit with a big surprise that made the experience even more amazing.
Do you have any experiences using Amazon Video Direct? Let us know in the comments.
Having your movie show up as a Amazon Prime Movie is easier than you might think. Watch our in-depth, step by step guide on how to start making money with Amazon Video Direct (and how to score great captions or subtitles) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-7y_zw3VU0
Our feature film on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Leaves-Imani-Khiry/dp/B01M4IZBU7/
It's not enough to have your own blog anymore. Professional marketers will go back and forth over how important guest posting (and backlinking) is to your search engine optimization.
I'm here to tell you that it IS IMPORTANT, regardless of the effect on SEO.
In 2016, we released our first feature film and tried everything to get the word out. Local press was the best draw for the independent theater screenings. Our social media was working, but it was nearly impossible to stand out in the crowd of other films coming out.
Then we started submitting guest posts to other websites and going on podcasts to be interviewed. This strategy started to spark interest in the film community about our project.
One caveat that we learned from Blood on the Leaves is that the filmmaking crowd is great to earn respect among your peers and grow your network of potential collaborators. It is not great at driving sales of your film.
Look. Most filmmakers aren't rolling in cash and already love movies. Getting them to spend money on your film is tough. How many films (honestly) do you buy just because you read a behind the scenes article or follow the filmmakers on Twitter? If you do this a lot, then pat yourself on the back, you're awesome.
The average filmmaker doesn't do this. THE POINT here is: You should try to get in front of movie lovers more than movie makers. Reviews, Film Festivals, Local Screenings, Podcasts, etc. can be a great option for that.
Below are the main guest content we produced for Blood on the Leaves and the outcome of each: