If you’re part of the Content Creation world you’ve more than likely heard of TwitchCon! Here you can meet your favorite streamers, online friends and there are a ton of panels that will help you up your Content Creation game! In this episode of Stream Scene, you will hear from our hosts Lowco and TheHunterWild with special guests dmbrandon & Avalonstar as they discuss how to navigate TwitchCon in 2019!
What is TwitchCon and where is it?
TwitchCon is an annual event in California devoted to the platform, Twitch.tv and everyone in the Content Creation industry. This year it is being held in San Diego, CA at the San Diego Convention center.
Every year during their keynote presentation, Twitch announces upcoming features and also discusses the future of the platform.
Some of the announcements we got last year at TwitchCon were:
- Squad Streams
- VIP badge
- Channel Mod tools
- Highlighter updates
They always come in with some awesome announcements and I doubt this year will be any different. We don’t know yet what they have planned but as Lowco says in this episode they will probably have more information about Twitch Studio. dmbrandon suggests adding some advanced Mod levels to give Mods individual permissions based on the dedication of the Mod in your channel.
Preparation for TwitchCon
Learning your elevator pitch and preparing ahead of time is HUGE! Practice in front of a mirror or even pitch it to your own community for feedback. Prepare yourself and remember that not everyone can or want to work with you and that’s totally fine. It’s ok to feel awkward and everyone was where you are at one point. Everyone has their own way of showing anxiety so just be yourself.
When you are at TwitchCon
One of the most important things they talk about first is business cards. Business cards can be a great thing to bring with you to a Con and can help solidify the interaction for the future. Treat them as more like a supporting role when networking with others so making it clean and easy to read is a must. dmbrandon says it best when he said: “If you see someone and want to talk to them, GO TALK TO THEM!” Everybody is there to meet others who watch their streams or to get ideas from their peers so never be afraid to walk up and say hi. Get to know them on a genuine level instead of trying to gauge how big or important they are before talking them.
TheHunterWild talks about when introducing yourself to differentiate yourself in a way that becomes memorable. What he means by that is everyone can introduce themselves as a variety streamer but that isn’t as memorable as showing what makes YOU unique. Even if you think someone knows you, always introduce yourself! Introduce yourself as your username because that’s how others will recognize you. Lowco mentions as we go to Cons we constantly build up our friends list and it can be really hard to remember everyone’s name.
Post Convention Advice
When you get back from TwitchCon, go through your business cards you collected and try to stop by the streams of people you just met. Try to cement the relationships and build it up from there post con. If you get a business card from a Community Manager or PR Manager, you want to send that follow-up email as soon as you can to try to stay ahead of the game.
We’ve written a few articles linked below that have a wealth of information for new and experienced Con-goers.
- A Broadcaster’s Guide to Business Cards
- TwitchCon ’19 Panels for Beginning Streamers
- TwitchCon Panels for Business/ Finance
We’ve created a highlights playlist for this weeks episode and in it you can find the best tidbits. We hope to see you next week on the next episode of The Stream Scene titled “Streaming on Mixer?”