Ideas for keeping your Twitch audience engaged

Twelve ideas to get the conversation going.

Ideas for keeping your Twitch audience engaged

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Gaming is fun, but if you want to start streaming on Twitch, you’ve gotta keep the people engaged, committed and hooked. Here are some ideas you could use to keep the conversation started (and how to keep it going). 

Host Q&A sessions

One way of engaging with the audience is to host Q&A sessions. Set up a designated time during your stream to answer questions from your viewers or prepare and answer questions during the quieter moments. You can use a chatbot to collect questions and answer them live on the stream so you can keep focusing on what you’re doing.

Get viewers to play along

Consider playing multiplayer games with your viewers or hosting game nights where your viewers can join in and play with you. With something like Instructbot or Crowd Control, you can also give people in the chat actual controls over your game, which can lead to a lot of chaos and fun. 

Giveaways

Hold periodic giveaways to reward your viewers for their support. You can give away game keys, in-game items, or other prizes that are relevant to your stream. Make it fun – embody the spirit of a game show host. There are lots of widgets out there to help you create this kind of atmosphere, like a wheel of fortune spinning wheel.

Polls and voting

Give power to the people! Use polls or voting systems to let your audience make decisions about what you should do next on the stream, such as what game to play or which topic to discuss. 

Collaborations with other streamers

Teaming up with other streamers who have a similar audience to yours can help you reach new viewers and create more engaging content. It can also be nice to have someone to talk to, instead of having to do everything on your own. 

Chat games

Play party games with your audience, like ‘would you rather’ or trivia games. These can be a fun way to interact with your audience and keep them engaged during lulls in gameplay – plus: they might get to know a little bit more about you, which might help create more of a connection.

Interactive overlays and chat commands

Use interactive overlays on your stream that allow viewers to trigger sound effects or animations by typing specific commands in chat. This can create an interactive experience for your audience, especially if you customize them to your personality and make them fun to react with. 

Creative streams

If you're a creative streamer, consider hosting ‘paint-alongs’ or other interactive workshops where viewers can follow along with your creative process and ask questions or involve them in your decision-making process. 

Stream events

Host special events on your stream, such as charity streams or holiday-themed streams. These can create a sense of excitement and community among your viewers. You can create games or talking points around the event or theme, to switch things up.

Behind-the-scenes content

Share behind-the-scenes content with your audience, such as sneak peeks of upcoming streams or a day in the life of a Twitch streamer. This can help create a deeper connection with your viewers and make them feel more invested in your content.

Talk about current events, pop culture, etc

You can always talk about which music you’ve discovered, shows you’ve watched or books you’ve read. If there are people with similar interests, this can create a dialogue or at the very least make the audience feel more connected. 

Invite guests or stream with a friend

It can be difficult to be constantly entertaining and fill the dead air all by yourself, especially in the beginning when there are probably not that many people watching. If you’re not one for talking to yourself for hours, it might be better to invite someone over or set up a streaming double act or group. Remember, you do have to be entertaining, so try to find someone that you have a nice rapport with so that you can bounce off of eachother and have fun.

Finding more inspiration 

Look at other streams to see what people are doing. Besides your favorite ones, try and dabble in streams you normally wouldn’t look at, maybe there’s something you can copy and make your own. Try to look at more traditional media as well – think game shows, interviews, even stand-up shows – what are they doing to keep the audience engaged, what lessons can you learn to implement into your own stream? Inspiration can come from anywhere, you just need to pay attention. 

Remember, the key to engaging with your Twitch audience is to create a welcoming, inclusive community that encourages participation and fosters a sense of belonging. Listen to your viewers, respond to their feedback, be creative and experiment with different ideas to see what works best for your audience. Engaging with your viewers is an ongoing process, so always be open to new ideas. 

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