A few years ago, including compelling photos with your social media posts to increase impressions was the top trend. Today, video is the best way to engage an audience. In fact, about one third of all online activity is spent watching video, according to Hubspot.
In part two of this series covering live streaming video, we will dive deeper into advice on how to use Periscope to grow a stronger following on social media. These tips can be applied to the live streaming service of your choice.
- Let your audience be your guide. Knowing which social platform to use for your live streaming content comes from understanding where your audience lives. Jumping on a trend for the sake of taking part is not always advisable. Take the message to your audience; don’t make them come to you. Introduce your business into the conversation and the audience will appreciate the effort of your engagement. Research the audience and their behaviors, engage in the platform and evaluate for effectiveness before fully committing resources to the platform.
- Be strategic. Have a plan of what you’re going to share and know the strategy behind your decision to share. You only get one crack at posting live content so think through the process strategically, like you would if you were producing a high-end video for network television. Our team often plans live streaming videos around our social media calendar. Once we’ve chosen the best topics for live streaming, we plan out a rough script of talking points, noting plans for setting and props. We walk through the general flow of the video, discussing main points, reviewing questions and adjusting any lighting or background noise before tapping “Go Live.”
- Don’t fear spontaneity. Opportunities to “Go Live,” which are not planned, do arise and you should take advantage of these moments. We’ve found these moments are usually experiences many clients, business partners and followers of A. Bright Idea don’t typically get a chance to witness. One team member broadcasts the event from their mobile device and responds to comments during the broadcast. Posting unplanned, unscripted content can be scary at first, but with a steady hand and confidence, you will allow your audiences to experience the human side of the business, giving viewers an even more intimate experience with your brand.
- Don’t force it. Periscope should be used when it makes sense. It shouldn’t be forced into a weekly or monthly content calendar. Our team utilizes a content calendar to ensure we’re continually providing information about our industry to all audiences on the platform in which they engage. We might pick one or two events per month for Periscope. If there’s a lot going on in a given month, we might use Periscope more than twice. Do what’s comfortable for your business.
- Steady as she goes. Using a tripod with a phone mounting system will help keep the image your viewers are seeing clear and steady. We like Joby’s GripTight Mount. The tripod also allows you to not be glued to your phone during a broadcast giving you the freedom to move around and show hands-on demo of products for example.
Here are a few engaging Periscope content ideas to get you started.
- Q & A – If you want your audience to get to know you better, hold a weekly or monthly Q & A session, where the audience submits questions and you answer them live.
- Live tour – Do you have a newly decorated office space? Periscope a live tour of the office, answering questions as you go.
- Sneak peak – Are you launching a new product? Give a sneak peek of production to boost interest.
- Business culture – Do you want to show audiences what it’s like to work on your team? Scope a meeting, in-office party (until things get wild) or any other aspect of your business culture.
- Community event – Allow audiences to experience what you do as a team outside of work. Whether it’s running a 5K or having a company cookout, people enjoy being part of your culture.
Entering unknown social media territory can be daunting. Our team of strategic communicators specializes in public relations, including social media strategy and implementation. If you’re looking to boost your social media outreach but have reservations or are unsure where to begin, we can help.
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