Hello everyone. Welcome to BlueStacks Streamer Academy. My name is Koopatroopa797, and today we’re going to talk about maintaining engagement with your audience.
Let’s start this video off with a question. What makes Twitch so special? What makes live streaming so special? It’s the fact that it’s live that you can stream with the chat. The chat is everyone that’s watching with the ability to communicate with you in real time, and you have the opportunity to get to know your viewers and chat with them simultaneously while playing a video game.
This is very special. This makes it very different from Twitch’s biggest competitor YouTube, that when you leave a comment on YouTube, the person who created the video, it’s a good chance they may never get a chance to read it. Even if they do, you might not even see that to see that reply, so you don’t really get that interaction, that real-time interaction. On a Twitch stream, you physically get to talk to someone and get to know them.
Now, there are some streams where there’s tens of thousands of people watching and they’re not going to say your name or they’re not going to give you a shout out. Maybe if you subscribe or donate, which is sometimes why people subscribe or donate, it’s crazy phenomenon. But sometimes if you have a smaller stream of maybe under a hundred viewers or a couple hundred viewers and if someone does a good enough job and they’ve developed this really good attention to detail and they can develop relationships with a ton of people on chat, you might actually get to interact with someone.
Sometimes you have extremely crazy active chats like MOONMOON from the Overwatch community. There’s not really any way where he can keep up with every single comment going on in the chat or all emoticons. He can kind of get an idea what everyone else is talking about, and he has an idea of the relationships that he builds with subscribers individually, but it’s not going to be nearly as well as someone that has a few hundred people or a lot less things going on into the chat.
It’s almost it’s a phenomenon to watch, though, all these people interacting with each other. It almost in such a way where the streamer barely has to do anything. The streamer says one word, and the entire memento of the entire conversation of the chat will change with that. Sometimes you just have to do your best to get some interaction, whether it’s with few select messages that stand out or just try and pick up what the consensus of what’s going on in your chat and build off of that.
Nicholesalera is a really good example of a chat that’s a lot more manageable. When someone subscribes or when someone does something amazing for the stream, you’re going to get hype, and you’re going to get a lot of extra messages. But with the amount of people that are chatting, she can easily interact with everyone on an individual basis. This is a good time for me to actually capture and record what’s going on in her chat. You see that when someone subscribes, she’s got all the hyper modes and everything else, and that’s healthy for a chat. It’s good to see everyone cheering someone on to get support. That also just makes engaging just that much easier. We enjoy seeing positivity, it helps the streamers stay positive, and it makes it easier for them to stay engaged with you.
One of the big things as a streamer, especially with Nicole is that she will talk to you everywhere. She will get to know them, she will ask questions, try to engage in conversation to where it gets you to talk back, it gets you to open up with someone which is exactly what I wanted to talk about next.
As a streamer, it is your job to interact with your viewers. It is your job to ask questions, it’s your job to figure out how do I create conversation with everyone that’s talking right now? Do I talk about that something that’s going on in the game that’s really interesting? Should I talk about what my thoughts are in the game? If you’re having this kind of involved conversation with your viewers and you’re talking about the game, ask them. What do you guys think about the game, what would be a good addition of this game? What do you think about the future of it? What are other games that you enjoy playing, because you never know, they might actually have a really good game that’s a lot of fun to suggest to you, then if you play that, if you play a game that your viewer suggest to you, they’re yours for life.
So interact with them, get to know. This is Twitch, this is what makes it so special is because of that Twitch chat.
Whatever you do, just don’t sit there and not say anything the entire time and just looks like you’re reading the messages and then you ignore them. Read them out loud if you have to. Say their name, interact, talk, speak. That’s when you’re going to find success, that’s when you’re going to realize you actually have people coming back to your streams and you have a healthy chat. When you just sit there and you’re playing the game and you’re not talking and you got people watching? It’s kind of weird. Prevent that from happening and I promise that one day you’ll have a healthy community all happy and chatty about the games that you’re playing. Some, they’re just going to be there for you wondering how you are.
Thanks for watching a BlueStacks Streamer Academy video, my name is Koopa, we’ll see you on the next one.