With the Twitch community continuously growing at a fast pace, it’s no surprise that there are a lot of newbie Twitch gamers who are also getting into the scene.
If you’re an aspiring streamer who wants to grow his or her audience, you have to know what exactly your audiencewants so that you can turn them into viewers and then followers. Here are a few tricks that can help you.
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1) Get All the Necessary Equipment
The first thing to do is get all the necessary equipment ready. Basically, you’ll need four things—headset, microphone, webcam, and controller. Make sure you get all the best quality equipment so that you can Twitch stream in high-quality to your potential audience.
2) Practice Your Performance
When it comes to Twitch streaming, it’s really all about putting on a show rather than playing the game. If you’re playing the game without performing, people won’t want to watch you live. They’ll just watch another streamer who’s more entertaining and can interact with them. So, before you start streaming, practice your gimmick so that you’re at performance level when you start.
3) Create a Gimmick
When we say gimmick, we’re referring to a specific type of act that will make you stand out from the rest. For example, there are some streamers who focus only on long RPG games while there are others that focus on MMORPGs with other streamers as their teammates. Some like to do comedy while streaming while others cosplay. The choice is up to you and your imagination.
4) Make a Schedule
Viewers like their Twitch gamers to have a routine so that they have something to look forward to. It’s like looking forward to afternoon cartoons after school. So, the key here is to always stick to a schedule and perform whenever it’s your time to go online. This is one good way of building anticipation among your audience. Plus, it makes you look like you’re really serious with what you’re doing so keep a steady pace.
5) Perform Even if there’s no Audience
Now, most novice streamers would shift their schedules or miss their timeslots whenever they see that there are not enough viewers. Don’t do this as this is detrimental to your Twitch follower count! You see, your followers will not necessarily tune in at exactly the time that your show starts. Sometimes, your viewers may tune in sometime during the middle or at the end. The important thing to do is make sure that there’s something for them to go to whenever they want to. So, even if you don’t have any viewers at the moment, just stick to the schedule and perform like there’s still an audience.
6) Look at How Others Do It
One of the most effective tricks to improving as a Twitch gamer would be to see how the other guys do it. Guys such as PewdiePie or Dr. Disrespect are great Twitch streamers that you can emulate. Take a look at how they own their persona and how they interact with their audience. By doing this, you will get an idea of how you yourself can improve.
7) Moderate Your Channel
When you’re handling a lot of viewers, you have to make sure to moderate them well otherwise some people in the channel might get out of control. For example, there are moderator tools that can filter out swear words and even ban those who overuse these words. These tools are known as moderator bots and they can help you maintain your channel without you having to do much.
8) Constantly Try to Find What the Audience Wants
In the course of your streaming, you’ll be receiving game suggestions, feedback, and sometimes even bashing. Take note of all these things so that you’ll know what your audience wants. You might have a hard time figuring out your niche during the first weeks (or even months) of playing, but constantly getting feedback from your viewers will allow you to know what parts of your performance or gaming you should change. As you go along, you’ll find out what your audience wants from you and you can start giving it to them.
9) Alternate Talking and Playing
As mentioned above, talking and interacting with the audience is a big part of Twitch gaming. Of course, it’s not easy to play and talk at the same time, especially if you can’t multitask. So, what you have to do is alternate playing and talking. You can play and talk at the same time but when you play, it’s better to just react (people love to see funny reactions). When you want to talk like tell a message to the audience, you can pause the game first then start talking.
10) Market Yourself Online
If you want to increase your Twitch follower count, then you have to market your account. There are various ways you can do that. You can do it through blogging (either your own or contribute to another technology blog), social media, or VloggingonYouTube. Sure, prepping up your channel and making it a channel that’s worth coming back to is very effective, but it’ll take too long if you’re going to rely on word of mouth only. That’s why you should also try digital marketing if you want to increase the number of viewers you have for your channel.
Growing your Twitch channel is actually like getting people to watch your very own TV show. It takes a lot of marketing, word of mouth, and preparation. With that said, it’s very important that you have to know how to appeal to your audience. You want to entertain your audience through your efforts, so it’s important that you give them exactly what they want.
These tips will not only help you prepare your Twitch channel for getting loyal followers, but it will also help you market your channel effectively so that you can get more followers for your videos. If you follow all these tips and tricks consistently, then you could have Twitch stardom in no time.
Larren Nicker is a content writer for Keepyy whose expertise is
focused on Twitch and IMDb Marketing. With his expertise, he understands the essence and importance of such.