3 Tips for Better Live Videos

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They’re everywhere. Periscope. YouTube. Facebook.

Live video is clearly the hottest thing since Facebook, and marketers 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, 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.

In short, don’t just throw a party without extending invitations to your friends!

Interact 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.


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.

See my FB live video here (I was testing out their new SCREEN SHARE option), it started out choppy but got better  once I went along ….don’t be afraid of TECHNOLOGY!  Get a coach if you want someone to walk with you so you know you’re heading in the right direction!

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Leave a Reply 6 comments

Cliffton Hubbard - December 28, 2017 Reply

This was great. It was so helpful. I feel so better informed on how to make fun and interesting “videos that matter”!

    Pam Perry - December 28, 2017 Reply

    Thanks Cliff!

Linda - December 29, 2017 Reply

Good useful and relevant information about how video add another dimension to our marketing or brand. Need to be unafraid of “”Video”. You helped with the big word “Perfection”.- that it need not be perfect.

    Pam Perry - December 29, 2017 Reply

    Yes, Linda, focus on progress not perfection! You can always improve with practice. Just get started.

Venus Thues - December 30, 2017 Reply

Good tips for my 2018 blog/vlog goals.

    Pam Perry - December 30, 2017 Reply

    Let’s do LIVE together. Split screen action!

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