Live streaming video is taking over the Internet right now. It all started with apps like Periscope that let you create your own live episodes where you could engage with fans in real time, but it’s quickly spread to Facebook and other services, as well. Now, with YouNow, a lot of YouTubers are going live with their communities, too.
Without signing in, users can watch hundreds of live broadcasts and interact with the video creators in real time. As a creator, if you want to use YouNow.com, you just need to sign in with one of your social media accounts. Then you can start following other vloggers using YouNow and creating live broadcasts for your YouTube channel’s audience, as well.
There’s no better way to engage with your viewers than a live broadcast video. Add some audience involvement features to that, and you have the perfect platform to engage with your YouTube channel’s community. Here are three great ways for vloggers to use YouNow as an awesome engagement medium for their viewership:
Q&A YouNow Broadcasts
Q&A YouTube videos have always been a great way to get involved with your audience. Before, though, you would have to plan ahead, reminding viewers in your videos, video descriptions, and on social media to leave their questions for your upcoming Q&A video in the comments section. Now, instead of doing all that, you can just remind them to watch your live broadcast on YouNow and ask their questions while they watch.
You’ll still have to plan ahead just a bit to let your audience know when they should tune in, but you won’t have to compile all of your Q&A material ahead of time. Of course, you will have to be prepared to answer questions off the top of your head, so you may want to practice with a friend before you go live when providing expertise or feedback on a specific subject area.
Host a Chat for Your YouTube Audience on YouNow
Of course, your live stream doesn’t have to be a strict Q&A session. Why not host a live chat on YouNow with your YouTube channel’s community? You can ask your viewers questions, and they can respond in real time in the comments. Then you can continue chatting about all kinds of things related to your niche and your YouTube channel.
With a YouNow chat, you can get the chat started by talking about something that’s been trending in your niche or something you’re working on for a new video. It might take a few minutes to get people talking, but you’re a vlogger – you have lots of experience talking to a camera, so just be patient and keep the conversation going.
Collaborate With Other YouTube Vloggers on YouNow
Getting together with another YouTube vlogger for a collaboration on YouNow is always a good way to get more exposure with a new audience. Some collaborations don’t require you to be in the same place at the same time (e.g., Google Hangouts On Air), but to collaborate on YouNow, you’re going to have to be in the same room with the person you’re collaborating with so that you can both be on camera.
That might be inconvenient for some vloggers, but YouTube conventions and conferences are always a good time to get together for an in-person collaboration. Hosting chats or Q&A sessions together on things relevant to your channels and inviting people from both of your communities is a very effective way to partner on YouNow to grow your YouTube reach.
We definitely love the engagement opportunity that YouNow presents to YouTube creators so that they can build a stronger bond with their viewership.
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