Let’s face it – you cannot escape live videos. They’re everywhere. Periscope. YouTube. And of course, Facebook Live.
And with Facebook recently announcing that videos meeting certain criteria will be getting PRIORITY in the News Feeds, now is the time to make using live video your PRIORITY as well.
Live video is clearly the hottest thing in these internet streets. Internet marketers (and those of us who use the internet to market) are using live video to stream events, create regularly broadcasted shows, additional ways to push our podcasts, training(s), and everything in between.
There are quite a few brands who are crushing it with live video. They’re well attended, fun to watch, and you feel like you benefitted from attending. But some of them feel like they’re an afterthought, put together at the last minute, and don’t really bring out the best in the host.
If you’re thinking of hosting a live video event, you don’t want to fall into that latter group! Here are three tips on how to avoid it.
PROMOTE, PROMOTE, PROMOTE
On many platforms, a live video event is just a few clicks away. You can literally plan and host a video in just a few minutes, and an impromptu event can be fun.
But with a little planning, you’ll have a much better turnout. And that planning must include promotion.
Let your private groups know about upcoming events. Email your list. Post a blog. Even consider running paid ads for your upcoming video event if there’s the potential to grow your list or increase your sales. Another great way to increase turnout is to allow your followers to subscribe to updates via a Messenger bot!
In short, don’t just throw a party without extending invitations to your friends! So invite invite invite!
INTERACT WITH YOUR AUDIENCE
One of the biggest draws of a live video event is the opportunity to interact with the host. Your village wants to get to know you better. They want to chat with the other participants. They may have questions to ask.
Trust me on this. I recently found out at a live event, I have a “Kim Face” when I hear something unbelievable or “crazy”.
Don’t make the mistake of ignoring them. Great live videos need interaction and you don’t want to send them the wrong message.
Instead, take the time to chat up the audience, acknowledge their presence, and answer their questions. Even if it takes you out of the flow and you lose your place momentarily, it’s worth it to make viewers feel respected and as if they’re a part of the event rather than just a passive viewer.
Remember to check the comments later, too. If your video is available for viewing after the live event is over, encourage the conversation in the comments.
REPEAT WHAT WORKS
You have a lot of options when it comes to live video. Periscope, YouTube, Facebook, and others all have their place, and I encourage you to try them all. But in the end, you’ll want to concentrate on what’s working.
If your audience loves Facebook but can’t figure out Periscope, it makes no sense to broadcast there. The same goes for length, topic choices, and day and time of broadcast. You’ll want to test all the variables, track your results, and do more of what’s working.
Here’s what you don’t need to worry about when it comes to live video: Perfection.
No one expects you to look like a cover model or to speak like a news anchor. In fact, if you do look that perfect, it might actually negatively impact your results, simply because your audience loves to feel connected to you. They know they aren’t perfect, and if you can show off your imperfections, it will help create a stronger connection.
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