If you are using your site’s built-in virtual event feature to broadcast a livestream virtual gala, you can boost your event’s entertainment quotient and increase revenue by including a Talent Contest.
The most appealing talent contests feature brief videos of students or community members performing. But a scaled down talent contest could also include still photos of people vying for Funniest Hat, Best Decorated Cake, Cutest Pet, etc.
Viewers make cash donations while they watch a brief video of a contestant performing--all on the same screen. The contestant who generates the most donations wins the contest. But the real winner is your organization, thanks to the revenue generated by each voter donation.
Virtual talent contests require the use of pre-recorded contestant videos or photos interspersed with your live video. Because of this, you must hire a professional AV technician to set up and manage the various elements of your livestream.
How to Get it Done
Take care of these initial steps outside the software:
- Invite potential contestants to perform
- Provide video contestants a deadline for sending in their video, and let them know the maximum time their video can run. One to two minutes is the attention span sweetspot. You don’t want your viewers tuning out--or clicking away--because a performance runs long.
- Determine the order in which you wish to intersperse the video clips/photos of each contestant throughout your event.
- Provide your contestant videos to your AV technician.
Complete these steps on your virtual event site:
Go to: Site Settings > Items > Cash Donation Options > Add Cash Donation Option
Go to: Auction Night > Virtual Event Control Panel:
If you’re using still photos rather than video, keep you contest fair by ensuring that each photo displays for the same duration. You may wish to set a timer to prompt you to move along to the next contestant.
Go to: Auction Night > Virtual Event Control Panel > Public View to see what the viewer/bidder sees: