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Jan092013

Changes for 2013 - More types of videos and hopefully more of them.

There are a couple of changes that I'm making and I want to explain to you what they are and why I'm doing them.

Irrelevant, shoddy, off-topic videos.

Whenever I upload a new video to YouTube all 16,000+ of the subscribers to my channel get an update.  This has resulted in me being rather concerned that if I ever want to upload a niche interest video I risk annoying a large proportion of this audience who are expecting more of my usual output.

A good example of this was the video I shot of the talented Finger Painter chap I saw whilst on holiday. This was something that I wanted to share - but it really didn't fit into the technology pigeonhole.

I have come up with a solution. From time to time I will upload less-polished, off-topic, niche-interest videos but list them as 'private'. This means that they won't generate a youtube subscriber update message. The only place you will be able to view these is by watching them here - on Techmoan.com. They won't show up in the YouTube channel. I'll call these Techmoan Minis (probably). These videos are intended to be quick and simple  I may only do a few videos like this each year, but I just wanted to give myself the freedom to do this without winding people up. Remember that you can always subscribe to site updates using the RSS feed at the top right.

Videos - when is a Review not a Review? - When it's a Product Demonstration.

Now that my YouTube channel is starting to generate a bit of attention I'm getting a few manufacturers offering to send me products to review. I have an issue with this -  I can't be truly impartial about a product that I've been given free. If I find fault with these free products I may have a tendency to sugarcoat the review, and even if I'm not, some people will assume that I am. You'll see the problem I'm having when I upload my next review of an iPad mini case sent to me from A-Case. For me it's design doesn't fit any need I have so I'd never have bought one myself, but some people may like it. So does that make it a bad product? I don't really feel qualified to say.

Now it's not always financially viable for me to buy everything I review…but people do like to see new videos, and I also like to try out new gadgets.  Getting free products is therefore very helpful as it means I can make more videos  Rather than turn down the review samples, I've decided to take a different approach and split my product videos into two distinct types.

Whenever I buy a product with my own money these will be Reviews, however when I make a video about something that I got for free - these will be Product Demonstrations. Both types of video will be clearly identified at the beginning and in the title. 

A Product Demonstration video will be, as it suggests, a demonstration all the features of the product. I'll show what you get, how it works and how well it performs. In the case of a camera, there would be the usual sample footage you would expect, however I won't endorse the product or pick holes in it's performance, you'll have to make your own mind up based on the evidence presented as to whether it's suitable for you. These videos will hopefully be a little bit easier for me to make and therefore I can get them out a bit more quickly.

When a product comes straight from the manufacture - it's unlikely that I'll go into detail about the price and reseller information. Omitting this makes it easier for a manufacturer to embed the video in their website (as one company has already requested). I will still put useful additional information in the comments on youtube and here on Techmoan.com.

A Review video will be the typical Techmoan video you've come to expect. Since I've paid for the product I can happily explain where it came from, how much it costs, and whether I think it's actually worth buying. I'm just a customer, with an opinion and a video camera. It's pretty unlikely that any manufacturer would want to embed these videos because I've yet to find a product that didn't have some room for improvement.

Some manufactures like Liquid Image who manufacture the Ego Camera actually got in touch to thank me for my fair review and then set about improving their IOS application based on my feedback (the new improved app is in the Apple App Store now).  Philips are another company who also got in touch after seeing my review of their In.Sight IP Cam. They have updated their IOS app and everything now works properly. (This is the kind of topic that I'll likely make a Techmoan Mini video about).

Now please don't panic. All these changes mean are that I can now make a wider variety of videos as I'm no longer restricted to just keeping within my existing formula. I have two Product Demo videos lined up (if the products are actually sent to me), but I've also got many more Review Videos lined up.  The ratio of Review to Demo videos will always remain heavily biased towards reviews of products I've bought. 

I also intend to get the site tidied up a bit and finally get an index to all the reviews sorted.....soon. In the meantime, the easiest way to find all my videos organised into categories is to just go to view the playlists on my YouTube Channel. All the more popular categories of my reviews are there. You can go straight to the videos by clicking on these links..... Car Cameras, Mini/Spy Cameras & Action Cameras.

While I'm writing I'll answer the most common request I get, and that's to list my top 5 or my favourite camera in a particular category.  I do not have a recommendation in any of these categories - and especially not when it comes to Car Cameras. There isn't a Car DVR on the market today that I've tested that I'd recommend you buy. I also don't know of a good action camera under £50. If I ever find either of these things,  I'll be sure to let everyone know. I'm not saying they don't exist.....it's just I haven't tested them yet.

So that's it for now. Thanks for reading.  

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Reader Comments (24)

Matt just be careful - you are trusted right now by "us lot" but if u lose that trust, well u know wot willl happen!
Not sure about the product demo thing - people wanna hear an honest review and thats what u do best - dont water down wot u do cos then ull be no better than the rest! I mean all this in a nice way cos u got a big fan base but u know how fickle us lot are when u mess with a working solution we all have come to like! (even cocacola had to learn the hard way)

why not have another youtube account - that can generate its own followers and they can love you for wot u do there!

anyways not tryin to be negative - just tryin to warn of the pit falls - All the best !

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermatt

I really appreciate your work! Keep the honest videos up! Honesty is what we love you for!

Regards

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhank

@Matt My choices are to either turn down the offers of free products to review...as I've often done over the last few months...or do this. I thought people would prefer to see a product demo rather than see nothing at all.

January 10, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Techmoan - I feel ya frustration - u wanna go bigger and better - its a normal desire - BUT I dont think people relaly wanna see a product demo - they wanna know if its any good or not. Trusted opinions matter - why do u think ur gettin sent free stuff - cos them manufactures can see u have a huge trust with ur viewers and well, frankly, they wanna expolit that to their gains. I know u feel if u say no to freebies u feel ur losing out somehow - but better to lose out than to sell out i reckon.

but like u say in your vids - hey, wot do I know!!!

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermatt

@TM - just to add - why not say to the freebee manf'rs - by all means send ya stuff - BUT I am gonna be honest WORTS N ALL - if they think their stuff is great they wont mind u being honest - ull keep ya integrity and if free stuff stops flowing so be it - Philips liked yr critical video and on the back of it sorted the issues. So everyone wins!

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermatt

I thought this would be a more honest approach than the youtube channels who 'review' free stuff and say its great just so they can get more free stuff. Seems like I'm in a minority.

January 10, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I think it is the right move. It means everyone will know where they stand.

Personally I would still be critical of 'free stuff' but at least those that send it to you should know your modus operandi.

Anyway, looking forward to seeing what you do next!

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Doesn't my last suggestion offer the solution? If u just want free stuff then do whatever ya need to - just so long as u can see the bigger picture. Free stuff wont come if u dont get viewers and stuff goes out of fashion fast as u know.

I feel like I am on your shoulder dressed in red whispering - dont do it!! LOL

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermatt

Well, if You're saying that You're intending to be honest even in your product demos, I think we can trust You on this one when we look at the past videos that You have done.
Don't lose You're hope just yet and see what comes out of it.

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikk36

Let me clarify.....because this seems to be causing an unexpected level of confusion.

Demos are free things - probably half a dozen Demo videos will be released a year.

Reviews are things I've paid for.

If anyone doesn't like the idea of Demo videos then don't watch the Demo videos. They will be clearly identifiable.

The demo videos are additional videos that I wouldn't currently make as I've currently been turning down free products because I don't feel these fit into my review criteria.

I've recently been offered two very interesting products for free that I can't afford to buy. A lot of people will want to see how these things work....myself included. It's either demos or nothing. These products are not eligible to get a normal review due to being free.

Just think, you buy a car for £30,000 by committing to pay £500 a month for the next few years. Someone asks you what you think of it...you'll likely be very honest and lay out the good and bad points.
However if you instead win the same £30,000 car in a raffle...if someone asks you what you think of it.....you'll probably just say its brilliant.

Price has a big effect on the perception of a product's true worth.

January 10, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Well, You could also say the exact opposite. Some people tend to overlook the bad sides of the bought items and only see the good points to justify the money spent on the item.

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikk36

I don't think you have to pull punches if someone gives you free things to test. There are two caveats: 1) honesty and integrity dictates that you say whether you bought the product or got it free, and 2) negative reviews are likely to result in a supplier no longer giving you things to test. But by the sounds of it so far they have been receptive to criticism.

The only time I think you should resort to a "demonstration" is if it's a product category that you're not confident in offering a qualified opinion on.

Keep up the good work!

January 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt K

Hi Matt, I thinks that it is the right call for you to separate the videos in different categories, we love your videos and like you said, if someone doesn't want to see a demo video, they can simply skip it and stick to review videos. I understand that making this videos and expecting you to buy everything is not fair, since it can get real expensive real quick. Keep up the good work. Greetings from Costa Rica, Andrey.

January 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrey

Price is independent of quality, as the economist Thorstein Veblen demonstrated. A high price doesn't make an item any better or worse than a low price.

My own £0.02 is that all you need to do is indicate, quite clearly, "I paid for this" or "I got it for free" or possibly even "this is on loan and I have to return it". Beyond that, the rest is your opinion. The quality (objective) of a given item won't change because of its price but your opinion (subjective) of it might, and as long as you make clear what financial investment you have in any given item then your conscience should be clear and you should trust your audience to draw the correct conclusions.

Personally, I'd have no problem in anyone saying, "I got this for free, and it's so awful that I'd never pay money for it" or even "I paid good money for this, and I got ripped off", as long as that was accompanied by an explanation of what's wrong (or, admittedly rarely, right) with it.

January 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

I don't understand what all the fuss is about. I have no problem whatsoever with your Demo idea and I think your approach to it is logical. People's needs and perceptions of products vary, so one persons recommendation wouldn't make me rush out and buy it, even if it's from you. If a person can't make up their own mind about a product after you have demoed it, then that's their problem. Keep up the good work and please keep the reviews (and demos) coming, as I'm sure 99% of your viewers are very happy and appreciative of all your hard work.

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob from Oz

Rob - I appreciate your input. There always seems to be a common sense, no nonsense, logical approach exhibited by Australian viewers/readers. It's a breath of fresh air.

January 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Judging by your brand new product demo and taking into account that you'll be doing such demos only a few per year, it doesn't ruin your credibility at all.
Keep the reviews and other news coming and thank you for all the past ones.

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikk36

Personally I think your planned approach is a good one. I suggest taking a look at say DCRainmaker, BackPackearGest and BackpackingLight, which are all respected individuals/organisations in their respective fields of gear testing and review.

DCRainmaker gets free gear but is still clearly upfront and honest about it. The review of the Garmin Edge 810 is one example. Note his conclusions and his upfront statements.

I think you need to chill out about this a bit and not overreact to one or two individuals ... 16,000 subscribers should be telling your something. Furthermore give you readers some credit ... I for one am quite capable of making an informed assessment of a review, more so if you are honest about it upfront. I suspect a significant number of your subscribers and blog readers can to.

Andrew

January 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Priest (Aushiker)

Hi Mat,
I really like the sound of your proposed approach. You won't please everyone, but I'm sure you already know that and probably better than me. A demonstration by someone like you who knows what he's doing can really help fill the gaps in the product literature and would go quite some way to filling the void that is created by not being to handled products instore, a phenomenon that we now have to deal with as it seems most of the good 'stuff' is either only online or only affordable if purchased online.

Please keep making your videos. A Techmoan video, no matter the content, always brightens my day. :)
Cheers from Oz,
b.

January 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbiggles1024

Hi Matt,

I really enjoyed your videos over time as they are both informative and educational.

With your proposed approach to the coming matters at hand, it will be a delight to see how you approach the topic of free vs paid for items. You may not garner the support of everyone who watches your channel but I believe you know what is exactly going on

Like biggles1024 said, your voice in the video brings a smile to us followers.

Rgds,
Pat
Singapore

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Errrr bit concerned about the not recommending any car DVRs you have reviewed remark, I've just ordered a V1000gs on the strength of what I thought a quite a positive review from November 2011. I wanted it as a "black box", so considered having no display as a size advantage. Wondering what made it "not recommended"?

January 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Well I was happy with my V1000gs, but then people who bought it commented on this site that it killed their memory card and it also now seems to be discontinued as well.

January 26, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Matt
I see your problem with donated devices, but you could just be factual and say if the product is a good one, or crap, don't be bothered about hurting an importer or manufacturers feelings, you are known for a good honest review and anybody with a poor product would probably not send them to you.
You could also point out to participating manufacturers where their product needs improvement, and after the redesign and follow up review you could take a small consultation fee, which would help for site maintenance. :-).

March 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

Car cameras are now days important. But, as mentioned I also never ever came across a camera that is good having price below $50. So, we have to search for a good one that suits us and also its price. WE first have to check the camera before purchasing it but our problem is almost settled as Techmoan specifies that if such item is available after testing we will be informed so it is going to reduce our headache a bit. Also, we have to maintain our car for its all features to work properly.

October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge Bush

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