As the internet becomes more and more advanced, learning to leverage all of its features can be advantageous and cost effective for many businesses. Live streaming-- or the process of hosting meetings, calls, conferences and the like via video-- has taken the world by storm in recent years, primarily because of the flexibility it provides for users. With the increase in those streaming content worldwide, it pays to take advantage of some best practices to ensure you enjoy both high quality and secure streaming experiences. At Spectrumlink, we specialize in providing custom internet solutions for companies looking for more out of their current streaming setups. These tips and tricks are built on years of experience building, modifying, and replacing custom business internet and streaming setups across the nation!
Though it may be tempting not to, stream with a secure, reputable platform.
Platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and our own offering are backed by years of industry experience, compliant with U.S. legal and tech parameters, and offer a range of choices to optimize your streaming experience based on what you're looking for. Additionally, many of these platforms have free tiers that provide more than enough in quality and usability. It may seem tempting to opt for an off brand streaming service, or to attempt to set up a streaming network in-house without professional help, but this could do more harm than good. Vulnerabilities in your own setup or in an unfamiliar alternative could make your entire network vulnerable!
Ensure your Wi-Fi has the capacity to handle streaming.
When live streaming a chat or a conference between multiple parties, it's important to make sure everyone has the bandwidth to handle streaming. There's nothing worse than taking your time to make a point or share information, only to be frozen on the screen, or for your sound to distort. On most streaming platforms, there are specific steps listed in order to help you achieve a quality stream across even the most overloaded networks. It may seem cumbersome, but taking just a few minutes to read and follow these steps can save you hours in headache and missed messages!
Supplement streaming material with handouts and guides.
Everyone's internet is not created equal, and even the best service can occasionally glitch. When live streaming a meeting or important event for your team, sharing a link to a slide deck, Google Doc, or even just a basic PDF can help people stay on track, even if they miss a word or two during the stream. This way, your main points hit home no matter what!
Live streaming can be very rewarding for the company that leverages it the right way. However, just like anything, it is not always a perfect solution. Mitigating common live stream problems by following these simple tips can go a long way in both helping improve the quality of your streams and get your message across more efficiently!