This pandemic (Covid-19) has definitely caused me to be even more creative and engaged with social media in order to continue my art business. Well before now, I was looking into ways of teaching online courses or recording tutorials, but I never really had much time to invest. I tried to get started at least twice before, but the time it took me to edit things after recording was just too much, and I never followed through.
First, I posted a couple short videos to YouTube, but it was hard keeping up with storage on my computer to maintain it. Next, I was considering Teachable, which gives course creators a lot of support and freedom with the way online courses can be designed, but again, it's still a lot of behind the scenes work necessary to record, edit, save, and then upload. I recently discovered Crowdcast and it has literally changed the entire game for me. Here are 5 reasons why I love Crowdcast.io and why all artists and creatives right now should definitely be using it.
1.) It is the most engaging and easy-to-use live streaming experience
This is not an exaggeration. You can literally set up an account and go live in minutes in such a clear-cut way. The system makes it easy to practice beforehand (you can do test livestreams without them ever posting). As far as engagement, you have the ability to invite live event attendees on screen (similar to instagram live), talk with people through a chat box, post Q&As, polls, and even share your screen. It's like Instagram, Facebook, Zoom , and YouTube all in one, but with MORE.
2.) Storage is included and sessions are automatically recorded for you
This was a big feature for me. Everything is literally recorded live, saved within the Crowdcast system, with the replay being available in seconds. I love that I don't have to worry about downloading the video to my computer, or waiting an hour for it to transfer to YouTube. You do have the option to download your videos and post them wherever you choose, but I really don't have the need to since I can share through Crowdcast. I also love that my entire library can be in one place.
3.) You can use it for different types of live events
Users have chosen Crowdcast for a number of different event types: interactive webinars, live Q&As, workshops, online summits, online classes, etc. I've been using mine for live virtual paint parties, but I'm definitely considering it for these other uses as well.
4.) Easy registration for live event attendees
Setting up an online event can take SO much prep work already, I love that Crowdcast deals with registration for you. All you do is share your event link wherever you like, and once people register by email, Crowdcast notifies you, AND sends out reminders and confirmation emails for you. You also have the option to accept tips (contributions) and even hide attendees names from the public during the event.
5.) You can offer free or ticketed livestream events
Crowdcast currently has 4 different ways for you to allow people to access your events.
Ya'll, Crowdcast is definitely a force to be reckoned with. If you've been considering making more consistent livestreams, and also getting paid for them, this is a platform I highly recommended. It is also fairly new, so I'd encourage you to get in now before the pricing skyrockets. Have any questions? Feel free to drop them below.
Interested in starting your own Crowdcast page? You can get more info and sign up here: Crowdcast.io