Today, we will discuss an effective advertising platform – the Twitch streaming service. Famesters Twitch influencer marketing experts will share insights on who is suitable for advertising on the platform, what formats can be ordered, what subtleties should be learned before negotiations with a streamer, and, in general, is Twitch profitable?
Twitch is a video streaming platform for broadcasting online games, product and service reviews, travel or cooking videos, and many more. The streamers broadcast the progress of some games in real-time or “live on camera” and receive money for it.
A streamer’s income consists of two components:
Twitch is designed for gamers of all levels. Some play through different games on camera, while others watch. There are a lot of players and people who just like to relax in the evening at their PC in some shooting game. Therefore, the streaming platform gathers a massive audience around the world.
According to Twitch statistics, 15 million visitors spend an average of 95 minutes watching 2.2 million streams daily.
With one ad on Twitch, you can get an extensive reach – popular streamers gather 25-30 thousand viewers at a time. Successful broadcasts gain even more views. For example, the record with the highest number of peak concurrent viewers, with 3.44 million, belongs to streamer Ibai (real name: Ibai Llanos):
Many have already started advertising products on Twitch — for example, Coca-Cola, Mars, and Old Spice have launched large-scale advertising campaigns. Back in 2017, Amazon signed contracts totaling more than $1 billion.
But is Twitch profitable for brands? Consider the Paco Rabanne case. The brand for which the will to win is essentially decided to integrate into the EPIC League, the main e-sports tournament of the Dota 2 season.
As part of the international championship, the men’s fragrance Invictus was presented; the very name and shape of the bottle in the form of a trophy cup serves as a symbol of strength, pride, and victory. It was also decided to use branding at the tournament and stylized posts. It turned out stylish, and most importantly, the integration exceeded all expectations. Instead of the expected 2.5 million reach, the brand received 4 million.
The audience of the site is still primarily gamers. Therefore, advertisements for products related to games are placed there. For example, they advertise manufacturers of consoles, online stores of games, joysticks, and other gaming equipment, and so on:
Large fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands also come to Twitch: a striking example is the Old Spice advertising campaign, but more on that a little later.
The majority of advertisers on Twitch are gaming-related businesses and FMCG brands. But more often, you can see advertisements from other niches there. This is because the site is developing and opening new sections:
All advertising on the site can be divided into three large groups.
It is available to those willing to spend much money or effort. The campaign aims to sponsor an event like TwitchCon or create your channel and attract viewers with unique content.
Many market giants came from above. For example, in 2015, Old Spice created its channel with a real game. The broadcast was carried out from a man’s helmet in the forest, and users who entered the channel received real power over him – they could vote for the following action. For example, the hero managed to shoot from a huge slingshot and taste the stone. Seven hundred three thousand people watched the live broadcasts, and in total, the videos were watched by more than 2.65 million viewers.
[This “game” still has more than 700 followers, although the materials on Twitch have already been deleted, and the event itself was held in 2015.]
Another example is the HP Omen Challenge. HP, together with PUBG, launched their tournament between top Counter-Strike teams as part of the Gamescom festival in 2016. Spectators could influence the players – for example, shock, throw tomatoes at them, or let off stage steam. More than 1.5 million people watched this show through channels on Twitch and YouTube.
Direct advertising is expensive – you need to develop an idea, purchase equipment for broadcasting, and attract viewers.
Twitch offers direct advertising. The streaming platform provides two types of advertising: video and image.
Each video and image format has its geography. There are certain features and requirements. More details about them can be found in the description of promotional products.
The cost of advertising is calculated separately. The average price is $3.5 per 1,000 impressions.
The most common way to advertise products is to go directly to streamers. Even though they receive money from the site, some will agree to earn extra money. Streamers can promote a product in several ways:
Moreover, some streamers advertise products on other platforms – they write posts on social networks and publish links on the YouTube channel.
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Is Twitch profitable and worth brands’ attention? With advertising directly on the platform, everything is clear – it is effective, but only some have that much money and strength. Advertising through the platform is standard, although everything must be discussed individually. But interaction with streamers has its characteristics.
The platform broadcasts videos in real-time. Streamers do not record several takes for each episode, like YouTube creators, but live in the frame, spending most of the day on streams. They value the trust of their subscribers and try not to do anything unnecessary. For example, do not advertise dubious products. In addition, few agree in principle to sell advertising space, because streamers already have income from the platform.
Those who agree to advertise a product take a minimal part in preparing the campaign. Streamers do not develop strategies or draft reports, screenshots, and time codes. They also cannot guarantee any KPIs. The most they can promise is to publish the advertisement on time. Therefore, it is better to come to them with a ready-made technical specification so that they can fulfill the requirements.
If you want to launch an advertising campaign with a streamer on Twitch but want to be reassured, you can ask Famesters for help – with more than 7,000 advertising campaigns launched and over 40,000 Twitch influencers involved, we will organize your integration efficiently.
If you want to advertise your brand directly on the platform, get ready to rob the bank. You can sponsor some events in the gaming environment. Creating something on your own is much more complex and expensive, but it is also possible. Take the example of Coca-Cola: the brand organized a Game-a-Thon 1.0 tournament.
If you want to run ads through Twitch and wonder if Twitch is profitable, email the platform’s advertising department and agree on a campaign. You will be asked for promotional materials – order them in advance or make them yourself.
If you want to order advertising from a streamer, you have to work hard. To find the right one, watch several broadcasts. Please pay attention to how streamers interact with the audience, whether they advertise something or not, and what activity is observed in the chat. The more viewers, chat messages, and interaction with those watching, the better.
When you choose 2-3 streamers, contact them directly through social networks. Present your project, offer to run advertising, and specify the cost. If you receive a refusal, refrain from pressing. If the answer is positive, discuss the terms of the advertisement: what format is necessary, when will it be released, and will there be additional support in the form of posts on social networks and links to YouTube?
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A business can use streaming in its advertising strategy for the following purposes:
Make sure you are ready to promote your brand through streaming. So, is Twitch profitable? This promotion format is particular, not the simplest or cheapest, but with the right approach, it can bring good results. It all depends on what kind of audience you need, what your budgets are, and what goals you want to achieve.
If you need to start a quality advertising campaign with a streamer matching your target audience, contact Famesters via [email protected]. We will select the right influencers and make sure the collaboration will help boost your business.