Periscope, Twitch and most other platforms are okay for streamers who are not serious about their events. If you’re just doing for fun for some of your friends. (In fact, they probably work better than Slipmat for that as many already have accounts/apps for these services.) But as soon as you need something a bit more professional, the downsides become obvious.
If you’re serious about your live shows and growing your audience you need data and tools that just are not there in most streaming platforms. Here’s some stuff Slipmat gives for you:
- Detailed statistics about your audience (how many listeners total, how many new listeners, what percentage of listeners were patrons, your social media following growth between the shows, etc. etc. tens of datapoints)
- Superb chat that works well for large (100+) audiences. (Chat is the key for building the community spirit. If it’s hard to follow or encourages just short text or emoji responses, there’s never going to be deep conversations nor proper bonding in the chat. It’s also important that the chat stays sane if there are 500 ppl talking, that’s where private rooms and powerful and automatic crowd controls help.)
- Tools for aftermarketing. Almost all streaming platforms ignore the important aspect of online content: the long tail effect. On Slipmat your event pages are useful to you and your listeners after your events as well and if you tag them with correct metadata you’re building yourself ever growing presence on search engines like Google with every single event you play. The more events you play, the more content there will be promoting you and your shows, forever. Other platforms either totally ignore this or they block your content inside a walled garden (that is almost never visited by anyone after your event has ended).
- Dedicated tools for DJs like request system and playlist publishing. Our request system allows you to use content from your DJ software as a library for your listeners to request from. You’ll never find this kind of integrations from generic streaming sites.
- Finally, something that’s not very often pointed out but everything on Slipmat is 100% focused on audio and sound quality. This platform is built for music and audio, video (and everything else) is secondary to that. Things like low latency and high video bitrates are not important on Slipmat, gapless audio streams and uncompromised sound quality for all devices are. The fact is that almost all streaming platforms compromise audio quality over other features and while nowadays even the not-great quality is acceptable, it most definitely isn’t good.
What’s currently missing (but planned)
- Tools for groups. Many shows are run by groups instead of individuals and current Slipmat workflows don’t offer any additional tools (like audit details of who edited what etc) for this. There are lots planned relating to this (for example group-focused task lists, show models that enable groupwork, group-chats etc.)
- Chat-tools like voting, raffles etc. Voting is an example of very common thing many live shows do and we should have a built-in tool for arranging this automatically (handle voting itself, vote counting, collecting details from the winner(s) etc)
- Native mobile app. This is important for two things: notifications and onboarding. I currently have an experimental version of a native iOS app running on my phone but this is still quite far away from beta phase I’m afraid.
Slipmat is definitely not the best platform for everyone, but for anyone even mildly serious about streaming and for those that fit this niche, haven’t heard of anything that comes even close