Last night I recorded my first live video broadcast and I can say I enjoyed it even more than I expected! In total I had 34 viewers with a maximum of 17 viewing at the same time. While these are small numbers I only announced the show two hours in advance and just through a blog post and a few tweets. At one point in the show I welcomed people to call-in and actually took a live call on the show!
I also had an epiphany – live video is a whole different beast than pre-recorded video. What’s the big difference – interaction! With a live broadcast I can actually respond to questions that my viewers have, talk to them over the phone, or even add them to the broadcast video. I think this format allows people to connect unlike anyone on broadcast television has before (outside of interaction with a live studio audience) and I think we’re just seeing the beginning of what will be the next big online video craze.
Here’s a cool example about how live video broadcasts are a game-changer. Imagine if I am trying to fix my bathroom sink, now I know almost nothing about home repair so I go on You Tube and look for “fixing bathroom sink.” Then I sort through videos hoping to find one that covers specifically what I’m looking for. Now, imagine that there is a daily live video show online by a handyman who helps people fix anything. I could tune-into the show, ask my question and get a response and possibly video demo of exactly how to do what I’m looking for.
This is just one example of what I think will be a growing trend in the online video space.
Now for those who know me – you know I’ve always wanted to have a live TV show and now that I see that this is possible – right now – I’m going to do it! My travel schedule is a bit hectic so I can’t say it will be everyday – but it will be as often as I can and I’ll publish the schedule weekly. I’m still putting-together the site so you’ll have to check-back to the upcoming schedule.
The show is going to mirror my blog so will cover Domain Investing, Domain Development, SEO, Affiliate Marketing, as well as my occasional wacky travel adventure, conference exclusive, and more! Everyone is encouraged to interact and if you’re not camera-shy you could end-up on the show as well!