An overview of what are live stages and how can they be organized with b2match
What is a live stage?
A live stage is an event location where event sessions happen, sessions for which organizers use live-streaming in order to deliver their content. Live-streaming is an online video format used to broadcast through the Internet in real-time.
Through the live stage, your activity is simultaneously recorded and broadcasted through a streaming platform to your audience in real-time.
When should the organizers consider it?
The organizers should consider live streaming when they're setting up an event with a large audience and presentations, broadcasted through the event website.
To recap the main instances when the live stage can be helpful:
- when sessions have the purpose of presenting information and do not require direct participant interaction: presentations, speeches, keynotes. Participants will still be able to engage through Q&As, chat, and polls, which organizers moderate;
- when you want to share pre-recorded event sessions with your audience.
For interactive sessions with a reduced number of participants (webinars, workshops, pitches) you need to look into other options, such as our integrated video conferencing solution.
Setting up a live stage session with b2match
There are two ways of setting up your live stage in the b2match platform:
1. Through a streaming provider such as Vimeo, YouTube, or Restream
In this case, you need to have an account and set it up in order to broadcast live to the b2match website. Read more
2. Through b2match's integrated streaming provider
In this case, you need to choose your software encoder or video meeting provider and configure it by using the parameters provided by b2match. Read more
On the Live Stage, participants can communicate via the b2match chat which is enabled by default. If you want, you can disable it by clicking the Chat Panel toggle button.
For both streaming instances, you can integrate other chat tools, such as Sli.do or Mentimeter for your live stage sessions. To do so, select External and add the chat link.
The added chat will be visible for the participants on the live stage page for which you activated it. Here is an example of a Live Stage with Sli.do on the right: