Tuesday, 30 June 2020

THIS is how you disrupt. GORDON LAING: GREAT BRITISH YOUTUBERS with Neil Mossey 002



Gordon Laing has 160k subscribers and incredibly been uploading to YouTube since 2006.
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THIS is how you disrupt. GORDON LAING: GREAT BRITISH YOUTUBERS with Neil Mossey 002



This is part 2 of this episode, PART 1 IS HERE: https://youtu.be/WVwvyVI6YBk
0:00 Great British YouTubers podcast with Neil Mossey and Gordon Laing from CameraLabs.
0:48 Gordon Laing was one of the first channels to review products, let alone cameras.
1:28 How to get more YouTube views and revenue.
3:11 Why start a YouTube photography channel?
4:05 Why YouTube starting in 2006 was completely revolutionary.
6:18 How to cope with competition on YouTube.
8:53 Coming up on the next episode of Great British YouTubers podcast.

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If you wanted to post a video, it was going to cost you tens of thousands of pounds or dollars and if you're-- who's gonna pay that?!
Not even a corporation is gonna pay that, and then in 2006 YouTube comes along and says "oh we'll we'll host your videos free of charge."
It was completely revolutionary.
Completely revolutionary as a content creator to suddenly have a platform which let you publish videos and embed them on your own web pages if you wanted, free of charge.

THIS IS THE TRANSCRIPT - CLICK PLAY ON THE VIDEO ABOVE!

How did you know that your channel is a thing?

It was a-- it was a thing because no one else had that thing when I started.

I started on YouTube in 2006 and was one of the first channels to review anything let alone cameras.

Today, reviews are absolutely everywhere and it's great because it's caused-- it forces everyone to raise their game.

It can be very disheartening and demoralizing big-- especially if you're reviewing something that's popular, because everyone else will be reviewing it and you're going to be trying to get attention for something about a thousand other people - probably more than a thousand other people, who have got-- a lot of them all have way bigger followings than you may have, or we may have, and you're trying to compete against these people which is very hard.

Which is again - just before I answer your question Neil, top tip number two:
Talk about stuff that no one else is talking about.

Some of my most successful reviews and videos have not been because they were any good, or useful or incisive, it's simply because no one else had reviewed them.
And you can't guess what that's gonna be.

You know a new camera comes out and you're like "is everyone going to do this" because time is of the essence.
You've got to be one of the first as well.

So you don't know if anyone else is doing it, but typically when I attend like a camera launch as a journalist, there's rarely just one piece of news or one product.
There's typically lots of different things.

There'll be the one main product though, that's the thing which you came along for and that's the thing which everyone's going to be talking about - but there'll be some crappy accessory that you'll be like "yeah whatever".

Film it.

Talk about it.

Review it, because no one else will and you could end up getting way more views and revenue based on that than the main thing which you're invited for.

So the unfortunate thing is to cover everything - but how did I know I had become a channel?
It's because again when I started no one else was doing this, so when I put out a review it kind of... it was such a refreshing... it was such a nice world to be part of because there was no competition.

So everything you did, did really well because there was nothing else!

There were no other camera reviews.
You want a review of the Canon whatever?
"Oh it's that bald British guy again" because no one else has done it, so let's listen to him and look at his terrible technique.
Sorry again to interrupt, but you started in 2009...
Six.
Oh sorry 2006.
Yeah.

So did you know quite early in the late noughties then that this is a thing that actually is gonna be quite big.
No not at all.

I'll tell you why I started doing it, so I come from written well-- I have done some broadcast or TV or radio, but most of what I do is written.
So when you're writing a review or something you have to describe it with words right?
And if you're paid by the word which are-- anyway forget that!

You've got to describe how something looks.
How something moves.
How something sounds.

And when you're reviewing a camera and you want to describe in words how the lens extends... the kind of noise it makes... when it extends or zooms... the clicking sound it makes for some reason under certain circumstances...

It's really difficult to write that in a sensible way.
The best way of doing it is to point a camera and it film it and say "Look, look this is what it does. Listen, this is what it sounds like."

But here's the rub.

I've been publishing on the internet since the late 90s and back then in web 1.0 video was out of reach for pretty much everyone: even major corporations.

It was so expensive to serve video because you would have web hosting for your webpages but then you need separate hosting for audio or video, and they would charge you per view, and it was like something stupid like a pound per view or something right?
And the quality was rubbish as well.

So if you wanted to post a video it was going to cost you tens of thousands of pounds or dollars, and if you're-- who's gonna pay that?!
Not even a corporation is gonna pay that.
And then in 2006 YouTube comes along and says "Oh we will host your videos, free of charge."

It was completely revolutionary.

Completely revolutionary as a content creator to suddenly have a platform which let you publish videos and embed them on your own web pages if you wanted, free of charge.

And then shortly after that they allowed you to monetize it.
Now as anyone knows who tries to monetize on YouTube you don't get paid a lot, but you can see that it's scalable, and if you get enough views, it can actually bring in some money.

So it was you know a truly revolutionary platform back then, but so I got into it as a way - because it was the most affordable way to demonstrate something on video, and I had no intention of... it wasn't in my mind to see it as a platform which would grow by itself and where people would go to YouTube.
I thought people would use it the way I was using it, which is to host video that you then put on another page, and people would view it there - and I think they did initially with my content.

And in the meantime while you're doing that, you're getting all these comments on this other platform - this YouTube platform - you're like "who are these people" that were actually watching on YouTube.

So once that started to come in, and once you were getting really massive views at the time because there was no alternative - that's when I thought "this is a thing" and I should actually produce content specifically for YouTube and for people who are consuming on YouTube.
What year roughly was that?
I would say a couple years in.

This was approximately at the time that other people really began to catch on, and suddenly I was getting-- I went from having no competition to loads of competition, and it was... it was really hard for me because imagine-- (LAUGHS) imagine thinking you're the most popular person on the block, but sadly is actually only because you're the only person on the block.

And these other people were coming along who were better in every way.

They were more entertaining, they were way better presenters.
Some of them... "Grrrr!"... I thought "well the one thing I've got is experience and technical knowledge" but people come along with that as well, and people most crucially of all - and this is how you disrupt it as a creator - people who are coming at it, not with a journalistic perspective you know, like sometimes I think I should put on a dinner suit and do everything like the early days of the BBC and "speak in a voice like this."
You know, maybe we should go back to that?

But no!

These other people come along saying "I have no idea how to present this guys but here it is!"
And you'd look at it and you go "what's this rubbish" and then you'd look at the views, you'd be like "crikey, people really like this!" and actually I like it too because it's entertaining and it's fun and it's a bit like when you...

I encourage anybody to do a quick experiment which is to play any episode of the first season of Friends where everyone speaks in a kind of monotone voice and they deliver like this.

Go forward a few seasons and everyone's up and down they're doing comedy voices...
"I'm now speaking like this!"
When did that happen?!

And the same thing happened with YouTube, except it took ages for me to catch up.
For years, up until-- like about only a couple of weeks ago, I was still speaking "like this"
"Hello."

I didn't even say hello!
No, it was worse.

I would actually read out the URL.
I think I actually said "Hello I'm Gordon Laing. Editor of HTTP - colon - forward slash - forward slash - dot..."
And if you still have viewer retention after that, you've nailed it.
They love you.

But of course they all go "who's this guy?" compared to the guy who goes:
"Hi guys! I'm going to be looking at the new whatever..."
Who would you prefer to watch?

And that's what happened and I got really disheartened because everyone started watching them.

My views went from literally-- everything I posted got hundreds of thousands of views. Half a million views was not unusual for me.

Now... half a million views? I've only had like one video in the past two years that has had that number of views and that's the long exposure tutorial, because it did everything right.

Everything else - to these days I'm delighted with ten, twenty thousand views because there's so much competition.

And there's more of my chats with Gordon Laing from Cameralabs...
And post this amazing video that you put in so much work into.

You try so hard, and you tick all the boxes this-- They're, you know your subscriber base is gonna love this. It's perfect. It's you! It's the definition of your channel and you post it.
But what if YouTube is punishing you for the previous deviation and that video doesn't do well - and I have seen that.
Is it because they are punishing you or is it because it just coincidentally didn't do very well.
And I don't know - but again it does kind of put you off.
It's like the day you, you know, you're in the school yard and you stand there you say "Hey everyone, why are we doing this?!" - WHACK! - and then you're like "I'm not gonna stick my head up again in that environment!"

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I'm Neil Mossey and I'll see you on the very next episode of Great British YouTubers.
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