Live Streaming Has a Permanent Place in Retail. Here’s Why.

Live streaming adoption is accelerating for a host of reasons and has many applications. Retailers can take advantage of this channel to connect with consumers and sell directly to them. Talking about this emerging trend, Retail Refined host Melissa Gonzalez spoke with Kenneth Tan, Co-founder and CEO of BeLive Technology. The company offers live streaming solutions to retailers and companies with partners in a variety of sectors.

 

So, why is live streaming so hot right now? Tan offered several reasons for this. “The technology is more accessible. The content quality increased, as well. The pandemic is another factor.”

Since consumers are hooked on it, that means retailers see its potential, too. “There has been a spike in retailers using it to engage audiences. Brands are ready to invest in it,” Tan said.
Retailers can use the medium in different ways to host a chat, live shopping that delivers a real-time e-commerce experience, and entertainment.

That investment is one that retailers expect a return on, so how do they measure its effectiveness. Creating a live stream usually has the objective of selling products. “Engagement metrics are important for this. Conversions, too, if trackable on a brand’s website,” Tan replied.

Tan also talked about what makes a live stream for retailers a success. After all, these productions are for the audience. “It’s an experience for the viewer, so you have to speak to them. Products should be demonstrable like beauty products, electronics, and apparel. They should have high production quality and use multiple camera angles.”

Every week Retail Refined explores the in-store technology of the future, challenges the industry’s preconceived notions, and brings together retail’s biggest names to understand the brand strategies that will define the next decade in retail.

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