Twitch sponsorships are a rising discussion amongst marketers, for good reason. Sponsoring streamers has become a staple for big brands like Redbull and Wendy’s.
Now, growth stage companies have tools to find the best twitch streamers to promote their brands, but many questions still remain.
We are here to guide you through the top questions asked by marketers about Twitch sponsorships. Before you know it, you’ll be doubling down on Twitch marketing and getting the best streamers for your buck in no time.
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What is Twitch?
Twitch is a video live-streaming platform. It mainly focuses on video game live streaming, including the fast growing eSports scene (Esports Marketing is also on the rise). Alongside gaming and esports, you can find loads of music, art, podcasts, talk shows and In real life content. The whole site is consumed either via video on demand or live.
What is a Twitch streamer?
Streamers ( the content creators of Twitch ) live stream video content. They personally engage with the audience through their stream. All of it happening live. Many streamers are streaming full time, spending an up to 10 hours per day 6 days a week. Often they even do 24 hour streaming marathons for special events or charity projects.
Many streamers have grown huge audiences of highly engaged viewers and are amongst the international superstars of the internet era. However, there is a huge number of with small, niche audiences. These audiences are very receptive to advertising on Twitch and harness huge buying power.
What audience can be reached with Twitch influencers?
The user base on twitch is 82% male. The average age of a twitch viewer is 21. They have over 100 million monthly active users and 2.2 million monthly streamers. For many marketers, this young adult male audience is very hard to reach. However, Twitch marketing is a strong choice for anyone looking to connect with this demographic.
Why branded Twitch Sponsorships?
Lack of saturation.
Twitch is still climbing its way into the mainstream. This is partly why marketers haven’t jumped scaled advertising on Twitch yet.
You do however see bigger brands working together with big streamers. There is still a lot of untapped potential working together with smaller creators and for small brands willing to do something different, it means huge reward.
Concentrated target audience
With such a concentrated number of young males with clear interests in the topics they follow, Twitch holds the key to an often elusive audience. It’s very difficult to reach.
Reddit with limited options in ad placements has a community fighting viciously against most branded content. Instagram reaching a female group, Tiktok and others jumping deeper into the teen and child category. Twitch is the perfect place to reach excitable young men with a lot of buying power.
Highly engaged audiences.
Twitch viewers are highly engaged with the platform. There is an incredible amount of interaction between viewers and streamers, discussions amongst viewers themselves and conversations that carry well into mainstream news and other social platforms. This is a huge benefit to brands, who hope to maximize their reach and potential for acquisitions.
The Anatomy of Twitch streams.
The chat box
One of the ways is by viewers interact with Twitch influencers is by simply writing them messages. Unlike Pre-recorded video, Twitch’s chat functions allow for real-time conversations between the streamer and their audiences. Each streamer can assign moderators to regulate the chat.
These moderators keep the chat clean from any negative insults and/or spam. Any regular viewer can become a moderator. Typically these are superfans who catch the attention of the streamer.
No other platform allows being upgraded in status quite like this. People go from viewers to fans, to paid subscribers, donors and eventually can even volunteer to moderate for the streamer. These are some of the most engaged audiences on social media.
Special subscriber tiers
You can also subscribe to each channel. Each subscription offers different benefits. It costs money to subscribe to Twitch. That means subscribers are highly committed to supporting the streamers they care about. You have already made an investment to watch that channel. So you are more likely to come back and watch it again.
Each tier will allow watching the broadcast without ads unless the ad is Twitch influencer marketing content (Native, non-programmatic).). Each extra tier gives the viewer to use special emoticons to use in the chat bar. In addition, they get their own special chat room.
For a streamer to be successful they must make highly engaging content. There are a couple of ways how streamers do this. Streamers allow viewers to vote on the type of music that is playing in the background, what games to play, the actions they take within a stream.
They make surveys about the certain aspects of their streams to gain insight and have the viewers participate. They also do streams where they play the games together with and or against their viewers. These types of things are always engaging and rewarding for the participants.
Another way is by making donations engaging. When someone donates money to a streamer. The streamer then reads out the donation text to the stream or has an automated bot read it out.
The donation does not go unnoticed. The guaranteed reaction from the streamer creates an initiative for people to engage more. Think of it as if you tweet something at Ronaldo and he decides to respond to your Tweet. The excitement of someone you follow and admire responding to you will make you want to keep the conversation going.
Because of all of these things that I mentioned above. The viewers have a unified identity within the Twitch community. People will know if viewers from a stream are in bulk watching another streamer.
Since all of these viewers have their unique set of emojis they can use within the chat. Emojis that are related to the person they are following. The individual identity creates also a certain reputation of the viewers on the platform. People love spreading their message and displaying their community. Viewers create engaging discussions within the streams and their own created content.
Support of esports
Twitch’s extreme popularity is driven in part by the esports industry. Since Twitch and esports go hand in hand, they amplify each others growth. Esports has grown from a 130 million dollar industry in 2012 to a 1.1 billion dollar industry in 2019.
This number is expected to grow to 1.8 billion by 2022. Esports is breaking more and more into the mainstream, with the potential of being an Olympic sport one day. They have reached a point where they are selling out massive stadiums, soon adding the 25,000 seat Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City to the list.
Building an influencer marketing Campaign for Twitch sponsorships .
Building influencer marketing campaigns on Twitch can be daunting. While it is a world dominated by nuanced terms and tight-knit communities, breaking in could work wonders for your brand. Little as it is known, Twitch viewers seem to be much more responsive to branded content than you might expect
Setting Twitch sponsorship goals.
We will continue to repeat that there is no sense in running a marketing campaign without a goal. You will never ever know what is working without understanding what you’re trying to accomplish.
While we spoke about influencer marketing and goal setting at length in our book Influencer Marketing Sprint, here’s a brief rundown of how to set clear goals for influence:
Take a business goal:
Sell more makeup than any other European Company.
Understand marketing goals associated with this goal:
Improve awareness of online store measured by an increase of 50,000 new visitors by February.
Improve recurring online purchases by 15% by improving community engagement and share of voice on social.
Drive 10,000 new monthly purchases by increasing web conversions by 10%
One of your goals should be addressable using influencer marketing. If not, you have no reason to put in the resources required to do this correctly. Make sure you understand what goal you are contributing to when you start with influencer marketing. This is what drives the success of fast growing brands building influencer marketing campaigns. Otherwise, how will you know if influencer marketing is right for you?
Understanding the Twitch community.
Venturing into Twitch influencer marketing could leave you doing work in a community you don’t fully understand. If possible, take the time to view some streams, become familiar with streamers in your niche and learn how the community works. This will give you a massive advantage in how you communicate about your brand and products to the Twitch audience.
Take advantage of your new found relationships with streamers as well. Ask them what their audience wants to hear about, what brand collaborations seem to have worked in the past and how you can stand out with their community. Heed their advice and treat them well, it will shine through in your upcoming collaborations.
Understanding who to partner with.
On Twitch, it’s best to assume the majority of the audience you reach will be 20-30 year old males.
The rest is all about understanding the context of the viewers. For accurate and efficient influencer selection, use a tool to find Twitch influencers.
Take a look at the content the streamer has posted, the language of the audience and the amount of activity on the streamer’s profile. There are other metrics you can explore using tools like Modash.
The simple, ideal situation looks kind of like this:
You, the Twitch sponsor, sell a music related app.
You want to drive acquisitions in Germany. You partner with streamers related to music that speak German while streaming.
They are willing to work on an acquisition based payment model for equal to or less than your best performing marketing channel.
Every month, you pay them based on the number of customers who used their unique code/link .
Over time, you add more and more streamers. You now have a customer aquisition army, built on Twitch sponsorships.
What kind of content to make?
Part of the beauty of Twitch is ad placement options. Twitch sponsorship marketing isn’t limited in variety that’s for sure. In stream, out of a stream and a lot of layers in between leaving the door wide open for creative material and super measurable campaigns.
When your product is complicated and it needs an explanation to educate the customer, consider an ad read. These reads are typically 1-3 minutes and happen in the pauses between the climatic parts of the stream.
Twitch audiences live in chat. A perfect place to have chatbot ads. These typically work best when displayed every 5-10 minutes, are very concise and include a trackable link.
In-stream banner ad.
In stream ads are pretty simple and straightforward. Your image/message displayed for some period of time during the stream, or throughout its entirety. The video structure of the stream typically includes the streamers face cam, the gameplay and additional overlays. It’s important your banners are well designed to fit the screen. These are great for displaying a link to a discount offer.
On profile banner ad.
Below the stream, and in the placeholder area when a streamer is offline there’s more real estate for banners. These areas are typically packed with all of the streamers information. This is where all eyeballs land while streams are turned off.
A title is the largest most standout piece of text that isn’t overlayed in the stream. Grabbing it in a way that doesn’t feel to interruptive is a great way to catch eyeballs.
Test many, combine what works.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Combining different types of ad placements will guarantee visibility and drive more engagement than anyone ad could. Consider shoutouts in stream that drive the audience to the link in a chatbot or a banner below the stream, for example.
The next step in building Twitch Sponsorship in your marketing mix
Now you know what Twitch is, how to identify streamers and think about launching your Twitch influencer marketing program. If you’re ready, you can start finding Twitch influencers for free. If you need more info or have questions, write to Avery@modash.io.