YouTube Celebs Get Even More Famous With AppRats
AppRats, which demo’d at i/o Ventures Demo Day, has taken a gamble on the fact that the next iteration of celebrity will come from YouTube (“You need a different set of skill sets for the Internet” says founder Charlene Kuperstein) and has banked itself on engaging fans of those celebrities on Facebook platform, trying to provide individuals with over 25,000 YouTube subscribers with custom branded platforms in order to target their viewership market.
“There is a pattern that every time a new form of media is born, a completely different type of celebrity arises. Now it’s 2010, and as history repeats itself, there must exist celebrities who are perfectly adapted to thrive on the Internet.”
Except fans don’t usually spend a lot of time on YouTube, so Kuperstein and Moriarty build various popular YouTubers free apps so they can market their YouTube channels though Facebook, taking advantage of that platform’s huge user base and time spent ratio..
As an example of the market’s viability, Kuperstein and co-founder Ryan Moriarty bring up the example of MysteryGuitarMan (video above), a YouTube celebrity who gets over 500 million video views a year and brings in a calculated 1 million in revenue yearly.
Currently AppRats has signed up 50 of the the top 100 most trafficking YouTube celebrities, and makes money through ad revenue share, hoping to expand to other models and platforms soon.