Twitch Alerts & Notifications: What to consider
Alerts and Notifications are important elements of a good stream. These alerts are activated whenever a viewer performs a specific action (for example, a follow, a donation or a host) and inform both the streamer and his/her viewers about the event. In this article we want to take a closer look at Twitch Alerts & Notifications.
Let’s first try to define what exactly a Twitch Alert is and what activates it. An alert displays when one of the following events occurs: someone follows the channel, someone donates, a cheer is used or someone hosts or raids the channel, or subscribes with the subscription function provided by Twitch. If one of these events occurs, an alert or notification is displayed (if this was previously configured in a software such as Streamlabs or StreamElements).
Elements of Twitch Alerts
A Twitch Alert or Twitch Notification (these terms can be used synonymously) consists of different elements. On the one hand, there is the optical component, which is usually represented by a graphic, but sometimes also by an animation. This optical part of the alarm usually defines what kind of event it is.
A text which specifies the current event in more detail is usually displayed above or next to the graphic or animation. For example, the name of the viewer that executed the action and a text describing it. The Text can be freely chosen by the streamer and can contain everything from pure information (owned followed the channel) to very creative word creations. With the help of variables, it is also possible to display the amount of the donation or the duration of the subscription in the text part.
The last component of a Twitch Alert is the sound. Very few streamers rely purely on the visual display of an event, they also highlight such events with special sounds or short music tracks. This makes the notification more visible to both the streamer and the viewers. In addition, the right sound can also reflect an emotion, which can then become a little hype in the chat and cause further events.
What to consider with alerts on Twitch
The most important thing is that your alerts should never stand for themselves. Make sure that both graphics and sounds fit into the concept of your stream. If you mainly play fantasy games while sitting in front of the camera in a medieval armour, laser sounds and robots as graphical components would probably be rather inappropriate. Exactly the same applies to you as a streamer: You are more the calm and professional type of streamer? Then perhaps funny sounds and animations are not the means of choice.
A professional stream needs Twitch Alerts, but they should be well thought out. It’s not enough just to set up an animation and a cool sound. The alert has to be customized to the target audience and your own stream. But if you go into it more closely, then a beautifully worked out alert can not only inform the viewers, but also animate them.