14 February 2024

Learning About YouTube Live Mobile from Savvy Sexy Social’s Amy Schmittauer

By Ronald Smith

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Guess what? YouTube Live is now available on mobile! But there’s a catch: if you don’t have at least 10,000 subscribers, you can’t use it just yet. Don’t worry though, this isn’t a problem for Amy Schmittauer, the amazing owner of a popular and lively YouTube channel that has almost 57,000 subscribers and is constantly growing.

Learning About YouTube Live Mobile from Savvy Sexy Social's Amy Schmittauer

When I first started my journey in the corporate world, I played it safe and followed the traditional path. I thought that by securing a stable job, I could ensure a comfortable life for myself. But little did I know that my true passion lay elsewhere.

It was during this time that I stumbled upon the world of video creation. I discovered that I had a knack for it, and I fell in love with the process. Inspired by this newfound passion, I decided to take a leap of faith and create my own YouTube channel.

Building a community and connecting with others through social media soon became second nature to me. I realized that I had a unique ability to communicate and engage with people from all walks of life.

Now, I am proud to host a YouTube series called Savvy Sexy Social. This channel is all about helping you pursue the life you truly want. With viewers from over 179 countries and more than three million views, I am humbled by the support and contributions from my community.

Since launching the show in March 2011, its business and marketing content has attracted the attention of many prestigious online publications. It is truly gratifying to see that my work is making an impact and resonating with others.

I’m known for my unique way of creating educational and entertaining content, and I’ve also made a name for myself as a highly regarded public speaker. I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, but my work has taken me to different parts of the world, where I’ve received recognition at major marketing events like Social Media Marketing World and Hubspot’s Inbound.

Throughout my journey, I’ve become an expert in digital marketing consulting and even co-founded Aftermarq, a video content marketing agency. After seven years of experience, consulting, and sharing my life and advice on YouTube, I’ve written a book called Vlog Like a Boss: How to Succeed Online with Video Blogging.

Recently, I had the privilege of being interviewed by USamerica.US because of my expertise in all things video, including YouTube Live and its new mobile version.

Prepare Yourself for Live Streaming on YouTube

Hey there, it’s time to get ready for an exciting adventure in live streaming on YouTube! Let’s dive in and discover everything there is to know about this awesome platform.

First things first, we need to make sure you’re all set up for success. Trust me, it’s easier than you think. Just follow these simple steps, and you’ll be live streaming in no time!

Step 1: Gear Up

Before you start your live stream, it’s important to have the right equipment. Don’t worry, you don’t need fancy gadgets or expensive gear. All you need is a computer or a mobile device with a good camera and microphone. That’s it! The quality of your stream will depend on this, so take a moment to check them out before we move to the next step.

Step 2: Set the Stage

Now that you’re equipped with the right tools, it’s time to set the stage for your live stream. Find a quiet and well-lit area where you’ll feel comfortable. Make sure the background looks neat and represents your style. You want your viewers to be focused on you and what you have to share, so choose wisely!

Step 3: Plan Your Content

To keep your audience engaged, it’s essential to plan your content beforehand. Think about what you want to share and how you want to present it. Whether it’s a tutorial, a QA session, or sharing your thoughts on a topic, a little planning can go a long way. Remember, a well-prepared stream is a successful stream!

Step 4: Promote Your Stream

You don’t want to miss out on an eager and enthusiastic live audience, right? Spread the word about your upcoming live stream! Let your friends, family, and followers know when and where to find you. You can use social media, email, or even create a trailer to build excitement. The more people you invite, the more fun it’ll be!

Step 5: Go Live and Interact

The time has come to hit that magical button and go live! Take a deep breath, relax, and be yourself. Connect with your viewers by answering questions, reading comments, and interacting with them during the stream. It’s like having a virtual conversation with friends from all around the world. Embrace the moment and make it memorable!

With these steps in mind, you’re well on your way to becoming a live streaming pro on YouTube. So go ahead, embrace the opportunity, and share your passion with the world. I can’t wait to see your amazing live streams. Good luck!

Learning About YouTube Live Mobile from Savvy Sexy Social's Amy Schmittauer

USamerica.US: Is the user interface of YouTube Live easy to use?

Amy Schmittauer: It’s very user-friendly and simple to navigate on your phone. However, when using it on a computer, you need to familiarize yourself with the tools that help you go live, such as Google Hangouts or Wirecast. These tools can be a bit tricky to understand at first if you’ve never used them before.

USamerica.US: Are there any important things to keep in mind when using YouTube Live? What about managing viewer comments?

Amy Schmittauer: So, here’s the deal: when you’re recording a live video and you want to make it available for replay, it’s important to keep that in mind. You want to give your audience a special experience, but you also don’t want it to be slow or hard for people who watch the replay. That’s where things can get tricky.

Now, let’s talk about watching the comments during a live stream. One way to make it easier is to open a separate browser tab for the YouTube watch page. This way, you can keep an eye on the comments without it being too overwhelming. But keep in mind, the speed of the comments can vary depending on the person hosting the stream and how big their following is.

USamerica.US: Oh, speaking of YouTube Live, I’ve heard about something called Super Chat. I think I have an idea of what it is, but I’m a bit confused. Can you clarify if it benefits the viewer or the person hosting the stream?

I’m Amy Schmittauer, and I want to tell you about Super Chat. It’s a cool feature on YouTube that lets you make your comment stand out in the chat. Basically, you can actually pay to have your comment seen more prominently for up to 5 hours. It’s a way for creators to make some extra money while live streaming.

Now, you might be wondering who can use YouTube Live on mobile right now.

Well, the good news is that all channels can use YouTube Live. But there’s a catch – currently, it’s only available for channels with at least 10,000 subscribers.

And here’s another question for you – does YouTube Live have the same limitations as Periscope? Does it need a desktop app for extra features and effects?

Amy Schmittauer: YouTube Live is just like Periscope without Producer or Facebook without the API. If you want complete control over your live broadcast, like the frame rate, video quality, audio quality, camera angles, and more, you’ll need to use a third-party API. That’s what we do at Aftermarq for all of our shows, and it’s way better.

USamerica.US: How is the video quality of YouTube Live compared to Facebook Live and Periscope? People usually say that Facebook Live has better video quality than Periscope. Can YouTube Live handle zooming in on small details in a broadcast, like a pamphlet or a piece of clothing?

Amy Schmittauer: In my opinion, the quality of YouTube Live is great. However, it does depend on your internet connection and the equipment you’re using. Unfortunately, we had a poor connection during our first YouTube Live and the stream only broadcasted at 480p. This means that you don’t get much detail in the video.

USamerica.US: Do you think YouTube/Google want more people to go live?

Amy Schmittauer: YouTube definitely wants more people to go live because it helps them stay competitive and increases the amount of time people spend watching videos on their platform. Currently, the average amount of time someone watches YouTube videos on their mobile device is 40 minutes. Live streams help to increase that average by keeping viewers engaged on the YouTube platform.

USamerica.US: How can people get in touch with you?

Hi there! I’m Amy Schmittauer, and you can find me on Twitter as @schmittastic. I’m also active on Facebook and Instagram!

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