Live streaming has become a popular way for people to connect with their audiences and share content online. However, keeping your viewers engaged and interested throughout the entirety of your stream (typically a few hours) can be challenging. This is where widgets come in—these interactive elements can help you enhance your live stream and engage your viewers in new and exciting ways.
As briefly mentioned, widgets are small, interactive elements that can be added to your live
stream to provide additional information, entertainment, or engagement opportunities for your viewers. If you're currently using Streamlabs to live stream to your favorite platforms or considering doing so, you will be happy to know that we have a ton of widgets that can help you step up your next live stream a few notches—some of which you may not be familiar with or considered using before today.
With a variety of free Streamlabs widgets available for, there are many options for you to choose from. However, by subscribing to Streamlabs Ultra, you also have access to custom themes for widgets to ensure that your stream stays on brand, no matter what bells and whistles you add. Streamlabs Ultra also comes with a ton of other benefits like multistreaming and premium access to our creator suite of apps.
Keep reading to learn more about some of the best streaming widgets you may not be using (yet).
If there's one thing that chatters love, it's a good old-fashioned poll. By creating polls, you can ask your viewers for their opinions on various topics, such as which game to play next or feedback on your music choices. Or you can use it to ask some of life's most pressing questions, like "Is a hotdog a sandwich?" The Poll widget can help you tailor your content to your viewers' interests and keep them engaged and invested in your stream.
What better way to break the ice than with a chill game of Tic-Tac-Toe? The Game widget allows you to play with your viewers on stream, with the audience voting on the next move through the chat.
If you're looking for a fun and interactive way to engage your viewers, look no more. You can customize the wheel with your own prizes, rewards, and even in-game choices for viewers to spin for a chance to win. This is a great way to incentivize engagement by gamifying your stream.
Speaking of gamifying your stream, the Jar widget is a virtual tip jar that allows your viewers to donate to your stream by turning supporting you into a game. By visualizing tips on stream, you can encourage viewers to support your channel by seeing who can fill the jar the fastest.
From new followers to donations, the Event List widget allows you to display recent events in a scrolling list on your stream in real-time. Your viewers will love seeing their names on stream and getting the recognition they deserve.
Instead of abruptly ending your next live stream, test drive the End Credits widget to wrap up your stream like a Hollywood professional. This widget allows you to take the time to thank your viewers and shout out those who contributed to your stream. It's a great way to acknowledge and thank your supporters while building a stronger community around your content.
Widgets are a valuable tool for enhancing your live stream and engaging with your viewers. By providing additional opportunities for support and engagement, widgets can help you build a stronger community around your content and keep your viewers attention for longer. Try out some of these widgets in your next live stream, and let us know how it goes on Twitter.