Livestream Learn Recap: How to Measure Live Video Success Across Channels

Streaming your events and marketing content live is a great way to connect with your audiences. Even better? Streaming to Facebook, YouTube, or other platforms at the same time to increase your reach. But how do you measure the success of your live video across channels?

This week on Livestream Learn, Product Manager Matt Newberg demonstrated how to compare analytics across multiple social channels. We opened our show with a brief refresher on how to stream to multiple social channels with Livestream. Read the recap from our earlier show to learn how to stream to multiple social channels.

Streaming to multiple social channels is a great way to grow your audience and improve your live video strategy. According to Facebook’s own research, audiences watch Facebook Live videos three times longer than regular video posts. Research from industry leader Hubspot tells us that “48% of marketers plan to add YouTube to their content strategy in the next year.” Simulcast from Livestream makes it easy for you to stream to Facebook Live, YouTube Live, and other social channels from a single source.

Tracking Livestream Analytics Across Social Channels

Tracking your data across multiple destinations can feel like a scavenger hunt. But with our Analytics dashboard, you can gather real viewership metrics from your other streaming platforms in a single location.

Livestream Analytics offers viewership numbers, average watch time, and geographical location on an event-by-event basis. Comparing your viewers on one platform or another is easy with our dashboard, which provides a bird’s-eye view of your content across channels.

Measuring Streaming Success

Streaming to multiple social destinations is a great way to reach your audience where they already are. Once you know your metrics, how do you decide if your event was “successful”?

Two indicators of success are “viewership” and “average watch time,” which are measured differently depending on the platform. Facebook Live counts a view as “three seconds or longer,” so if anyone watching your Facebook Live stream for longer than three seconds is considered a “viewer.” On YouTube, which is a dedicated video platform, that number jumps to 30 seconds or longer. The longer the average watch time, the better. We strive for five to ten minutes at Livestream Learn.

Livestream makes it easy for you to grow your audience while streaming to your viewers’ favorite destinations. Tools like our chat feature or lead capture forms let you engage your audience or learn more about them during your stream. With our live player embed, you can direct viewers from your social streams back to your own website.

Now that you know how to stream to multiple destinations and how to interpret your analytics, consider these tips for success before you go live:

  • Streaming for 20 minutes or longer gives viewers more opportunity to engage with your content.
  • Scheduling broadcasts on Facebook and YouTube automatically notifies your followers when you go live.
  • Promoting your event on other channels, or a targeted email campaign, reminds your viewers to tune in and watch.

Thanks for watching! If you missed our live show, you can watch the full video below:

[Case Study] How ISC Sports Network blends live streaming with video subscriptions

When Greg Maish, President of ISC Sports Network, began using Vimeo Livestream, his goal was to live stream sports from around Indiana into the homes of surrounding communities. “We had this vision of a single place where people can come and see local sports,” he said. “We wanted it to be accessible and readily available, for all of our sports fans.”

In just four years, ISC Sports has grown from strictly live streaming games into a full-fledged online channel, using Vimeo OTT to offer live and on-demand sports content. Learn more about how Maish used Vimeo to scale his local sports business, grow his audience, and monetize video content in our interview below.

Growing from live streams to on-demand video

Working in telecommunications for most of his career, Maish understood the trajectory of cord-cutting behavior, especially those who opt into OTT content, or services that go “over the top” of traditional cable providers. “At the end of the day, we all are TV consumers — but we are also very much OTT consumers, whether it’s Roku, Amazon, Chromecast, or even on our mobile devices,” he said.

After digging into his viewers’ behavior in Vimeo Livestream’s analytics, Maish made an interesting discovery. Despite the in-the-moment experience of live sports, there was a surge in broadcast views after the events ended. “It’s an interesting dynamic. We’ll get maybe the same number of views that we get during the game itself,” he said.

With this intel, Maish saw an opportunity to grow his audience with OTT. “Vimeo OTT was the piece that was missing,” he said. “We wanted a ready-to-go, fully developed solution. It’s been a real easy way in [to the OTT industry],” he said, referring to the simple content management tools and branded apps available in the platform.

Generating and growing ad revenue with Vimeo

For many broadcasters, advertising is a critical source of revenue. Admittedly, “local sports is not always that easy to sell,” Maish said (ISC Sports competes with 10 Division I NCAA colleges in the Hoosier state). Using Vimeo OTT’s analytics, Maish was able to pinpoint the number of viewers his productions brought in, where those views came from, their watch time, and more.

“[The analytics] give us great feedback on stuff we would normally guess on,” he said, and unlike other television measurement models, the data is precise. “It’s not a guess, it’s not an estimation — it’s really what’s happening.” Providing quantitative data to advertisers, and subsequently guaranteeing that their product or service will be seen, makes for a straightforward transaction.

Tips to live stream sports

ISC Sports is a prime example of starting scrappy and scaling quickly. How did they achieve their success with building a local sports network in just four years?

1. Know your vision. “You’ve really got to have a vision when you get started,” he said, while acknowledging that it can (and likely will) change. “Ours has evolved over time.

2. Top-notch, reliable distribution. Your business won’t gain traction unless you’re broadcasting quality content to bring in and maintain viewership. “That’s where having a partner like Vimeo plays into our business strategy,” he said. “With Vimeo, we know that when we’re out streaming, it will work. It’s always just worked, and that’s been a key ingredient in our success.”

In the end, Maish remains invested in and reliant on Vimeo to support ISC because of the team behind the platforms. “One thing we’ve learned as both a community-facing service provider and from dealing with vendors, is that loyalty is everything to us,” he said. “If we feel secure in that relationship, we will preach it from the rooftops.”

“When a vendor does what they say they will do and they do it well, we will be vocal to say, ‘These are the guys you want.’ Looking at what we have with Vimeo, we will share the good news with anyone who needs to hear.”

Engaged audiences spark business growth

Through their highly-engaged audience and growing advertising base, ISC Sports now broadcasts all over Indiana. “Our production team continues to grow,” Maish said. “Even for a local game, we may have 10 guys there doing things. We’ve had to evolve into multiple crews, trying to cover as much as we can.”

Fortunately, as demand grows, so does ISC Sports’ bottom line. “What we’re spending is very manageable,” he said, referring to Vimeo’s Livestream and OTT price points. “[It’s] something we can not only pay for, but it makes it a profitable endeavor for us.”

Learn more about how to grow your business — and audience — with on-demand video in our guidebook, The 2018 OTT Revolution. By analyzing 1.3B consumer data points, we took the guesswork out of how viewers consume and subscribe to video content, empowering you to focus on expanding your reach and maintaining subscribers.