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US Music Festivals and Live Streaming: “The 23%”

Few industries in the US reach as many people as music festivals. In fact, 1 in 10 Americans attend at least one festival every year. That means that 32 million people attend at least one of the 800 festivals spread across the country, and many attend multiple events. The under-40 crowd is willing to go to greater lengths than ever to see a litany of their favorite artists in one place, traveling 903 miles on average to go to a festival. With VIP ticket prices for major festivals in the thousands, general admission can be as high as $400-$500.

So how do music festivals and live streaming relate?

Social media is quite possibly the biggest driver behind the rapid growth of US music festivals. Events like Coachella, Burning Man, and Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) each generate millions of tweets. One may not realize how much of this social media buzz is created by people who are not physically in attendance. In a study of 20 million social media conversations, Eventbrite found that 23% of these posts were made by fans who weren’t physically at the show, meaning an additional 4.6 million people tuned in remotely via livestreams (Youtube, Twitch, etc). This is a particularly noteworthy number, simply considering the potential to monetize that large group of dedicated fans.

Consider EDC, for instance, the largest festival in the US with an estimated 150,000 attendees per day. Over the event’s 3 days, EDC’s overall attendance number is somewhere in the neighborhood of 500,000 people. To put that in perspective, the largest music festival in the country is still 9x smaller than the 4.6 million people who tune into festivals via livestreams. This is an untapped audience that festivals can market and sell to. In fact, many of these viewers may even become attendees in the future.

So how do you attract the additional 23% to tune into your live broadcast? How do you convert this 23% into ROI through traditional means like ad-revenue? Can you convince them to visit and make purchases from your webstore? I will summarize the main points below.

 

  1. Create a dedicated landing page with event registration, and don’t forget to drop a audience pixel on it.

    When marketers come to boost their live streams through AmpLive, we always recommend that they place an audience pixel on as many pages as possible for the purpose of developing an audience for their future live event. Once the pixel is placed, it can be used to collect information about a company’s current organic audience, and will allow us to find lookalike audiences within AmpLive’s network.

  2. Leverage existing audience and content marketing materials to promote upcoming events.

    You may notice that your registration page is getting lots of hits, but visitors aren’t filling out the form to sign up. Use tracking pixels to make sure more of those visitors see the live stream of your event when it’s happening, or see a recording once it’s over. That way, you can capture more audience members who showed interest but maybe weren’t ready to convert just yet.

  3. Use Distribution to Extend Reach

    Using the pixel to understand your current organic audience and build a larger audience allows for a more informed distribution strategy. As you know, marketing campaigns are only as strong as the audience they attract. In other words, better audiences equal better ROI.

  4. Measure audience attention.

    We live in an attention economy. The person who attracts the most attention wins. It’s a zero-sum game, since there are finite amount of hours in a day. This means if I capture your attention, I’ve taken it away from something else.

  5. Analyze your conversions.

    This is where you measure the real return on investment for your live stream. As you probably already know, running an A/B test can be very informative, and indicate how you could increase conversion rates for your next live event. By tracking conversions from different boosted events, you can gain valuable insight into the types of creative frames, target audiences, or types of events (keynote addresses, panels, workshops…etc) you should stream more of in the future.