This is our final post in the Sketchfab Rockstar series which focuses on how to reach a larger audience for your work on Sketchfab.
In this post, our we’re talking about some ‘growth hacking’ techniques to help you increase your audience.
Don’t forget to check out the other articles in the series too:
- Be an awesome artist
- Tell a great story
- Share some downloadable models
- Engage with the community
- Connect with the Press
- Audience hacking
A simple strategy can help you build an audience on Sketchfab and increase your number of followers, views and likes. Improve your “street cred” with other artists and potential recruiters. It’s all about optimization and marketing. Get ready to hack your audience and become a 3D Rockstar!
Part 1: Optimize your model for discovery
Make sure your models are searchable
Visitors use keywords, tags and categories to find content on Sketchfab. You want to make sure that all 3 let as many users as possible find your content. For example, if you design a printable model of the Eiffel Tower, you can use smart keywords, tags and categories as shown below:
Separate yourself from the crowd
Your models have to catch the eye. You can play with materials and our “Instagram-like” filters to make them look beautiful. The “Take Screenshot” button in 3D settings allows you to edit the thumbnail of your models that will appear in search results. An image is worth a thousand words, so make sure they look perfect. Here is a good example:
You can use annotations to increase engagement and the time visitors spend on your model. It’s a perfect way to give a “tour” to your audience! Here is the perfect example:
Part 2: Share your creations everywhere
We have an extensive list of platforms where you can embed your interactive 3D models. By sharing your models on those platforms you will find new fans and multiply your views. In addition, artists who like your work will be encouraged to join Sketchfab and follow you. They want to be inspired by your next creations and won’t miss this opportunity.
Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are great platforms to increase your audience.
Facebook and LinkedIn: You can post your creations on related groups:
- 3D modeling / game design:
– LinkedIn: 3D modelers and designers
- 3D scanning
– Facebook: 3D Scanning Users Group
– LinkedIn: 3D scanning group
- 3D printing:
– Facebook: 3D printing Club
- Don’t forget to add your twitter handle in your Sketchfab profile settings. An @ mention will be automatically added to anyone sharing your work on Twitter.
- Simply share your work on Twitter, we’ll retweet the best
- An easy way to get attention is to add mentions and hashtags. For examples mentioning a tool you have used. People will be able to find your content by searching for hashtags, and you may have the chance to be retweeted by a big brand you mention. Here is a good example:
— Corentin Metgy (@cmetgy)
14 Janvier 2015
- If you share on Sketchfab a concept inspired by an existing game, or a scan of something or someone famous, check if they are on Twitter and share it with them: This is how Konami spotted the Chibi Gear solid diorama and shared it to their audience. It resulted in more than 70,000 views for the artist. Here is the Tweet:
— Konami (@Konami)
November 4, 2014
Collaboration and cross-promotion
Exactly as YouTube artists do, you can develop cross-promotion partnerships with other artists. If you both have a similar audience, why not combine your efforts? You can promote each other’s work and grow your mutual fan base. It’s a win-win situation, as you will both increase your visibility. Why not start today? You can find artists on Sketchfab, 3D art forums and in the social network groups above. You can also find Sketchfab users on Twitter by searching for “skfb”.
Pro tip: Add a custom background to make your models even more catchy. You can receive a free PRO account to do so, simply by inviting 5 friends on Sketchfab.