Live-stream shopping combines e-commerce and interactive live video streaming. The host demonstrates their products in an interactive live streaming channel, and provides a product list with links; the audience can watch the host and place orders for desired products simply by clicking the links. During the interactive streaming, an audience member can become a co-host to interact with the host in real-time, asking for product details, negotiating prices, and sharing their experience of using the product. The host can also invite the host of another channel to co-host; the two hosts can then compete in promoting their products, thus stimulating the audience's enthusiasm for buying and enhancing the fun of interactive live streaming.
This article describes how to use the Agora SDKs to implement a live-stream shopping scenario.
You can use the Agora SDKs to implement the following features in your project:
|Real-time communication||With ultra low latency, the audience see and hear the host in real time.|
|Real-time messaging||Both the host and the audience can chat with each other through text messages.|
|Interactive co-hosting||The host invites an audience member or an audience member applies to become a co-host. All audience members in the channel can see and hear the host and co-host interacting with each other in real time.|
|Co-host across channels||Hosts from two channels engage in online contests, and audiences from both channels watch the hosts.|
|Switching channels||Audience members can switch between channels to buy desired products, send gifts, or cast votes to whichever host they like.|
|Managing product list||The host manages the product list and provides links to the products. The audience can buy the products while watching the interactive live streaming.|
|User status||Both the host and the audience are notified when a user joins or leaves the channel.|
|Real-time quality statistics||Before joining a channel or during the interactive live streaming, all users can check the network quality in real time.|
|Background music||For better interaction effects, the host can play background music when talking or singing.|
|Image enhancement||Basic image enhancement effects, including skin smoothening and cheek blushing, help the host look better.|
The live-stream shopping scenario involves two basic scenarios:
The technical architecture for each scenario is as follows:
Real-time engagement in a channel
PK host across channels
|Agora RTC SDK||Joins an RTC channel for real-time audio and video communication.|
|Agora RTM SDK||Logs into the RTM system and joins an RTM channel for sending and receiving text messages.|
|Third-party Image Enhancement SDK||Sets basic image enhancement effects, including skin smoothening and cheek blushing.|
Ultra low latency
Agora SD-RTN™ is the Agora proprietary network for audio and video transmission, covering more than 200 countries and regions. It uses the intelligent routing algorithms to ensure that the average end-to-end latency worldwide is less than 400 ms.
Stability and reliability
The Agora SLA (Service Level Agreement) ensures a 99%+ login success rate and 99.99% service accessibility throughout the year.
Excellent performance under poor network conditions
With an industry-leading algorithm designed to minimize the impact of packet loss, Agora guarantees smooth audio and video communication when the packet loss rate reaches 70%, and smooth audio communication when the packet loss rate is as high as 80%.
When a user's network bandwidth is poor, our self-adaptive strategy prioritizes the communication of the audio and the host.
High audio quality
The following technologies ensure that the speaker's voice always stands out from a noisy environment:
During interactive live streaming, adding voice changer and reverberation effects brings much fun and enhances the atmosphere of the live room. Agora provides an enriched selection of voice changer options, which developers can easily implement by calling an API.
Agora optimizes the video experience from the following perspectives:
Support for third-party services
For more enriched and diversified scenarios, you can easily import third-party services into your project, such as content moderation, image enhancement, and AR.
Agora SDKs are compatible with more than 6,000 devices, covering over 18 platforms and development architectures, including Windows, macOS, Web, iOS, Android, and Electron. This ensures that all users share the same experience.