So you want to start streaming live video online? Congratulations! This is an exciting time for your business. But before you make your big debut, there are a few things you need to do in order to ensure that your live stream runs smoothly. Here’s a list of 10 items you should check off before going live online — and one thing you definitely don’t need.
1- Make sure your internet connection is fast enough. This may sound obvious, but it’s incredibly important. If your internet connection isn’t fast enough, then your video won’t stream properly and viewers will get frustrated and leave. Test out the speed of your connection with one of the many online tools available for this purpose.
2- Get all the right equipment. Investing in good equipment is essential if you want to produce quality videos. You’ll want a good microphone, camera, lighting setup, and plenty of memory cards or hard drives for storing footage.
3- Check out the competition. It’s always a good idea to take a look at what other people are doing in the same space as you before launching your own channel or website. That way, you can differentiate yourself from the competition and offer something unique that viewers haven’t seen before.
4- Have a plan in place for responding to comments and feedback during the broadcast. This can be as simple as setting up an email account dedicated solely for feedback about the show or having someone on hand who can respond quickly and accurately to comments and questions from viewers during the live stream itself.
5- Create artwork for promotional materials like posters, flyers etc., so that people have something attractive to look at when they are considering whether or not they should watch your show/website.
6- Have backups ready – Not only should you have backups of all of your equipment in case something goes wrong during filming but also backups of any files associated with broadcasts such as graphics etc., so that if anything were ever to go wrong while broadcasting it can be rectified quickly without disruption of service or delay in broadcasting times.
7- Get familiar with basic editing software – Even if you’re not planning on doing any editing yourself, it’s still worth getting familiar with some basic editing software so that if ever needed someone else can work on them easily without too much difficulty or instruction needed from yourself especially if it’s an emergency situation where edits need making quickly and efficiently due to unforeseen circumstances beyond anyone’s control.
8- Have scripts written ahead of time – Having scripts written ahead of time makes running through broadcasts easier because everything has been thought through properly beforehand rather than trying to think on feet which could be difficult especially when being put on spot by viewers questions.
9- Learn how to use social media platforms like Twitter & YouTube – Knowing how these platforms work allows quick & efficient communication between yourself & potential viewers/listeners as well as engaging them with content which interests them most & encourages them further towards watching/listening more often than not.
10 – Promote your show – Promoting shows prior to broadcast is essential because this allows more people become aware & potentially interested in watching/listening which ultimately leads onto more views/listens overall thus increasing popularity etc…
And finally… One thing You Don’t Need…. A Cat!! (Or any other pet) As cute as cats are (& let’s face it we all love cats), having them around during broadcast isn’t usually ideal unless they’re part of the actual show itself otherwise it becomes distracting & pulls focus away from important points being made during broadcast (which isn’t ideal).
There is no denying that going live online can be daunting but with proper preparation—and by following this list—you’ll be well on your way towards creating successful streams that will captivate audiences far and wide! And remember: no cats allowed! 😉