Although live video apps like Periscope have been around since 2015, it wasn’t until 2016 that they took center stage, all thanks to Facebook’s Live video feature. Since its introduction, Live Video has been used for many reasons from every day to controversial.
As a business, your usage of live video should focus on driving traffic to your landing page through social media engagement. However, doing a live video is not easy at the start especially when anything can happen live. You need to prepare to minimize any unwanted surprises, and you’ll also need to know exactly why you’re going live.
Events coverage and product launches are a couple of good reasons to go live on Facebook. But whatever your reason is, here are the questions to ask yourself for a successful campaign:
What’s it about?
Choose a topic to build your video around. Plan what you want to present, and practice over and over until you come across as natural as possible. Yes, it’s live, but it can still be scripted (though it shouldn’t look scripted). Your live video reflects on your business, so it has to be an accurate depiction of the image you want people to see. Dress well, use good lighting, and use a smartphone with a good camera. If your shots are shaky, invest in a small tripod.
When are you broadcasting?
Owners of verified Facebook Pages can schedule live videos and give fans a heads up. But even if you don’t have a verified page, you can announce your upcoming broadcast with an attention-grabbing poster. Mention the time, date, and the topic to give fans something to look forward to. Share the image on your page and other social media sites. Take out a Facebook ad if you want a wider reach outside your current fan base.
Why are you doing the recording?
When you do your broadcast, don’t forget to add the landing page link in the caption live video caption. If the URL is long, shorten it on bit.ly or goo.gl, or create a simple permalink. You can also use LeadPages, a landing page tool to create a domain redirecting to the page. This makes it easy for you to read the link out loud to your viewers, and makes it easy for them to remember. It doesn’t hurt to tell them what they can expect to see and do when they visit your landing page. Is it a contest? A new product reveal? Give them a reason to click on the link.
How are you getting more out of it?
A live video on Facebook isn’t necessarily over when you’re done streaming. For those who missed your broadcast, they can catch up once Facebook publishes the video on your feed as a regular post. Pin the video to the top of your page to make it easy to spot. Next, get the URL of the video post and share it across all your social media sites, not just Facebook. As for the video itself, you can upload it to sites like YouTube and Vimeo. You can also upload a teaser clip to Snapchat or Instagram.
Facebook Live is only one of the many tools you can use to drive increased traffic to your landing page. Check out the linked guide to see what other effective means you have at your disposal.