Why You Should Absolutely Integrate Live Streaming Into Your Festival

For some festival promoters, the idea of trying to build an audience in living rooms around the world will seem like the antithesis of what they’re trying to do. Why throw a festival when people can experience it from bed, right? But others will understand that live streaming is an incredible marketing tool, one that can offer the power to induce serious FOMO, which is perhaps the most desirable marketing phenomenon achievable. Live Streams present an optimal funneling experience in introducing new customers to the unique wonders of your event. 

Live streaming has become one of the most successfully integrated tech developments in the event industry. A mixture of improving internet speeds, affordable equipment, dispersed audiences and powerful platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Periscope has brought the festival into living rooms around the world. But if you weren’t an early adopter of this, or a Coachella or Electric Daisy Carnival, you might feel like you’ve been left behind by the pace of development. That is not the case. 

Here are some reasons why it’s still a great idea to consider live streaming your event…

It Can Be Cheaper Than You Think

 

When you consider the relatively meager start up costs associated with streaming (at the low end, you can use your smartphone or a GoPro), it’s absolutely worth getting in on the game. While investing in pro gear and the crew to operate it is certainly an investment worth considering, just giving your audience at home a real-time glimpse of what they’re missing out on is better than toiling away in offline obscurity. 

Facebook Live is Still Going Strong

 

After rolling out their live streaming platform with a celebrity fanfare in August 2015, Facebook has continued to gobble up the market for both high production and fan-generated live streaming for festivals and events. The platform’s videos are viewed, on average, three times longer than non-live videos, while their total video views are set to surpass 64 billion views per day.

With your own engaged audience already built in, ease of sharing, tagging and commenting and a straightforward ad spending (though this can only be done after the livestream has ceased). Facebook Live is still performing strong in terms of engagement as the company is clearly looking to quash competition from Periscope, YouTube and Twitter, who recently muscled into the space by inking a deal with Live Nation, the world’s largest concert promoter.

Keep in mind: Facebook has a reliable track record for getting you hooked on its platform and then restricting access to your audience, so be wary about building your business model around “free” access to your audience.

Live Streaming Platforms Make Good Partners

 

Given that the streaming industry is expected to be worth $70 billion by 2021, there are a multitude of companies in the space offering solutions to all your streaming needs. It is important to determine whether you want to push it out via your social channels, or to work with a media company with a built-in audience.

Boiler Room, Mixmag and Be-At TV are all leading the charge in the electronic music space, bringing not only a high quality stream but a portal to their very engaged audiences. All of these do deals with festivals and clubs to both facilitate and broadcast live streaming to their audiences. Boiler Room for instance has over 450m views and 1.3m subscribers on YouTube. Although those are the big name brands in that niche, there are specialized streaming outfits in every genre and region. 

You Can Access a Massive Audience

 

In 2016, Coachella registered around 100,000 people each day on site, but their stream was viewed by 21 million people. Dreamforce Conference registered some 165,000 people through the gates, but their livestream touched over 12 million peopleThe numbers are hugely compelling, and it doesn’t matter what perspective you view it from: more people paying attention to you brand can only be beneficial to your profile year on year.

Extra Advertising Dollars!

 

As well as generating ROI the following year in ticket sales—Digitell found that 30% of people that watch a livestream event or festival buy a ticket for it the following year—live streams can be a great source of extra revenue. In 2015, Ad views on live streaming were up 113 percent, while festivals like Coachella partnered with T-Mobile to bring the full branded streaming experience–the “brandcast.” Even if you can’t quite snag a major global telecom brand to pony up some cash, partnering with a more modest brand to cover the cost of the live stream is a great way to save money and maximize reach.

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