How to Launch a Confetti Cannon from YouTube Super Chat!

How to Launch a Confetti Cannon from YouTube Super Chat!

How to Launch a Confetti Cannon from YouTube Super Chat!

BIG NEWS! YouTube just announced that Super Chats can integrate with IFTTT and allows viewers to trigger actions such as Launching a Confetti Cannon! When I saw this in on the YouTube Blog here, I said to myself… I have got to try this. We looked into purchasing a Confetti Canon and learned that it’s not that hard to set up. In this video/blog post, we will show you exactly how to launch a Confetti Cannon and/or any other smart devices using YouTube Super Chat! So exciting to see this work out!

This tutorial will cover how to use Super Chat to trigger Smart Devices. Using a SmartLife WiFi plug you can trigger almost any electronic to turn on. When you are choosing an electronic device to turn on initiated with a Super Chat it usually needs to be a Smart Device or a hardwired electric device. For example, we have Philips Hue lights which use a Smart WiFi hub to communicate. IFTTT already supports Philips Hue lights and we were able to change the colors of the lights with a simple configuration. Other electronic devices such as a Confetti Cannon or disco ball will require a Smart WiFi plug that can be turned off an on using a IFTTT Trigger coming from YouTube’s Super Chat. 

So the first thing you need to do is enable super chat in your YouTube Creator Studio.  This can be done in your Channel area where you simply need to enable the setting. NOTE: your channel must be monetized and you must have at least 1,000 subscribers! The process is very simple and it will allow your viewers to start donating to you in the live chatroom on YouTube. If you turn this on you should make sure to acknowledge your audience when they use the Super Chat. 

Now for the fun part. IFTTT will allow you to link a trigger to almost any smart device known to man. The integration support for YouTube Super Chat is already built in. So by default you can turn on or blink things like Philips Hue Lights. You can turn off and on smart WiFi plugs and much more. This is where the Confetti Cannon comes in. You can have a WiFi plug turn on when you receive a Super Chat. Therefore a Confetti Cannon plugged into this WiFi plug would go off when you receive a Super Chat for a certain amount of money. See our video for more information.

Now that your YouTube account is setup to support Super Chat and you have Super Chat integrated with IFTTT it’s time to go live. This is how you can start receiving Super Chats and confirm that everything is set up properly. Here are two examples of Super Chats we received on our first live show! Wow we actually made almost 0!!!!

Automation and smart devices are incredibly interesting. YouTube is way ahead of the curve here for a couple of reasons. First of all, this shows their support for creators providing an interesting and innovative way to monetize their YouTube channels. Secondly, this is a huge win for live viewers now having the ability to reach into their favorite creator’s space and make something happen in real time. The selection of smart devices is never ending and thinking about turning on electronics in my favorite creator’s workspace is very interesting. 

Our first day using Super Chat generated almost 0 and we are a very small YouTube channel. I can see this tool generating million in revenue for creators and engaging live audiences around the world in a way that television could never compete with. This is what I call OTT (Over The Top) entertainment. 

Inside IFTTT there is an option to log all of your Super Chat information in Google Sheets. This is a great way to keep track of your earning and who is donating to your channel. Sometimes when you are live streaming you can get caught up in the moment and a lot can be happening at once. Once the live stream is over it’s nice to see an organized list of all your Super Chats. We raised .99 during an hour of broadcasting during our first try. Later on in the year we will have more devices that our audience can use to turn on with Super Chats. We did not use the different levels of Super Chats to trigger different devices. For example, the DVeStore donated . We could have had a special trigger for Super Chat donations over . This is done inside IFTTT when you choose the type of Super Chat trigger you would like to use. 

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