008 Going Live Is It
Have you ever saw someone go live and wow I can’t do that? How can they be so calm while speaking? But that can be you. I used to be one of those who was afraid to speak in front of people and when I did, I would fumble all over my words or bring up a topic that was out of place. Geez.
The best way to go live is to be prepared. Whether you choose Periscope, Facebook, or Instagram, the following points will apply to any of those platforms.
Live video is one of the hottest things in social media and online businesses in every niche are taking advantage by hosting their own events. Some of them are good. 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’s how to avoid it.
Promote Your Live Event
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.
Engage with Your Audience
One of the biggest draws of a live video event is the opportunity to interact with the host. Your viewers want to get to know you better. They want to chat with the other participants. They may have questions to ask.
Don’t make the mistake of ignoring them. To do so is to say, “You’re not important to me.”
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.
Do It Again
You have a lot of options when it comes to live video. Periscope, Instagram, 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. That’s what worked with me. I was on Periscope, then switched to Instagram. I’m there as well as Facebook.
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. Don’t be nervous about going live. Plan what you’re going to say and go for it. If you ever want encouragement, be sure to let your friends know when you’re going live.