Live streaming is on the rise, which has contributed to the growth of mobile video as a whole. Consumers are more frequently watching content on their smartphones and tablets, which has forced companies to change their approaches. Live streaming has become a focal point for big companies. They are projecting streaming videos to be a top marketing tool in the future. Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube invest significant sums of money into building and enhancing their own live stream platforms, according to the Financial Times.
There are new websites and applications coming online daily for video content. A lot of churches are joining websites that are more popular that their websites just to get the online views needed for their content. These websites are offering multi ministries streaming broadcasting. Most churches that are streaming live offer apps so you can watch them on the go live or ondemand. Most internet providers are bracing for the growth in videos so they are working on enlarging their bandwidth to accomodate this fast approching video storm. Apps development for live streaming has become a HUGE business for techies and more and more people are coming online every day. Development and deployment of 5G systems are full speed ahead. This is because of the tremendous rise and the forecast for live stream videos which include churches. Companies like Cisco is developing systems to carry the new Internet Of Things (IOT) video rich content while others are working on beefing up their Wi-Fi backbone. Live or archived video will change how we watch traditional television.
Most young people only visit websites with videos. Churches must make sure plans are in place to attract young people who are big on watch videos on handheld devices. The traditional way of doing one sermon and waiting an entire week to do another with little or no online video activities will be extremely boring for the younger church generation.
One of the HUGE thing that is helping video content to become so popular is the rise in mobile video viewing. Google and other search engines are looking at how contents fits on mobile devices. Church targeted audience is now focus on young and on the go people. As video becomes mobile-first, you will continue to see large online companies and churches switch more to video content. Our clients are broadcasting to Facebook, Ustream and YouTube. I expect this to become more and more common for places of worships. Reaching young people is a huge segment of the population that stream videos. This means the preacher must be articulate with a personality that they can feel during Live streaming.
Live streaming is a low-cost, easy-to-implement solution which not only expands reach for religious organizations but strengthens existing communities. In the modern world, churches are like any other businesses competing with other churches for hearts, minds – and ever-diminishing attention spans.
Figures show that live video is more appealing to audiences: 80% would rather watch live video than read written text, for example, while Facebook estimates that nearly 80% of online audiences are busy watching videos. Broadcasting via social media also facilitates sharing, providing churches with an invaluable tool for spreading the word; social video generates 1200% more shares than text and images combined.
The Live chat options is extremely important for religious leaders which allow someone from the broadcasting church to interact with followers in real time. It’s also easy to implement online donations during or after broadcasts, helping religious bodies fund their growth while enabling followers to play a role by contributing. Simultaneous multilingual streams enable worshipers to watch services in their own language, expanding reach exponentially. While on demand video catch-up means messages endure long after the broadcast is over.
All these features are easy to implement and enable churches not only to enhance their live streams but also add meaning and value for their followers. Some organizations are expanding their teaching in other ways.
There are those large churches that have been using this technology for some time now and are expanding their offering. Then there are new smaller organizations that just start their live online church streaming ministries videos broadcast. The low cost now is helping small budget churches to compete with larger more popular churches. This has help organizations everywhere to use their online ministry as an outreach tool. Most major platforms are now offering some type of video archived or live streaming. According to one of the major internet backbone carrier. Their projection is by 2020 video streaming will be 80 percent of the internet traffic.
Any ministry that would like to outreach online and in their community should not ignore the power of some type of live or archived video storage online. You can use it to do many things. One can use these videos for nursing homes that have a worship hall. This give them the abilities to host church service on location which will eliminate the need to transport their members to a church. The same can be done for Ronald McDonald House, senior centers, foreign missions and a whole host of community outreach programs.
Great quality online church broadcast is a great way to draw new people to your ministry. Churches that are growing and thriving with live streams must have a great presentation. It’s very important to make effort to put out the best presentation to the audience. Because if it is not of a very high level you will turn potential new members off. So it is tremendously important to make sure the presentation is at a very high level because it has to be able to hold the attention of the people who newly discover your ministry online. Pointing your live feed to a banner or having people who cannot sing or speak may have worked or hold people in the physical church, but not people online. They will easily move on to another church website that will give them a better presentation. It does not matter your denomination. Catholic, Baptist, Christian – no denomination, Pentecostal, Churches of Christ, Nondenominational, Evangelical, Church of God, Holiness/Holy, Full Gospel, Independent Christian Church, Born Again or any other name that name Jesus Christ as their personal savior, the broadcast has to be perfect or else new people will not stay after they tune in.
When your live broadcast is attractive, then there are many benefits you will enjoyed. First people will give to your ministry because people like when churches or businesses are well organized. You will draw new members because people love to be part of something good. Your current members will refer families and friends to the ministry because it makes them proud to be part of something good. They will post links of your to social sites and send it in emails to friends, family, co-workers and everyone they know. If your members are excited, their excitement will rub off on their friends. This will even go further than just online. Once new members start visiting your physical location your members will spread their enthusiasm to them which will encourage them to come and join that ministry.
If everything is aligned as per the above recommendations, I believe your ministry will grow locally and nationally. Streaming Churches Online would love to broadcast your ministry on our website and give you the notoriety your ministry deserved to spread the word of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.