Is your content editorial calendar starved of content? You can use your social media live stream event to create tons of content.

Social media live stream event has quickly become an important tool for businesses to use to better connect with their target audiences and humanize their brand.

Video has never been more popular, with 45% of people watching an hour or more of video each day and 79% of consumers saying theyíd rather watch product videos than read about a product.

Live streaming presents the perfect opportunity for your business to engage and entertain its followers. The key is to execute it.

The following article will explore the benefits of live streaming, offer quick tips for streaming success, and show how your next live event can provide months of quality content for your brand.

The importance of live streaming in 2019

In todayís digital world, consumers are constantly stimulated by a wide variety of online and offline elements. Live streaming captures the attention of audiences by creating a more interactive experience.

In fact, people spend 3X more time watching live-streamed content on a streaming platform than they do watching pre-recorded videos. According to a recent survey by Livestream, 82% of respondents prefer live videos from a brand to standard social posts.

Besides most usersí preferred mode of content, live streaming allows brands to connect with audiences on a more personal level. Video of a live event increases brand favorability by a whopping 63%. With consumers enjoying their share of selection across the marketplace, building a positive reputation with your audiences will go a long way in boosting customer loyalty.

Live streaming also increases your exposure exponentially. ďMaybe the best thing about live streaming is you can make your audience larger simply by streaming meaningful content in the online world,Ē writes content marketer Steve Olenski. ďDoing so is a good idea,Ē he continues,  ďbecause the larger your audience is, the more chances you get for converting those persons into paid customers, and the results will show in the long run.Ē

Itís clear that if youíre not live streamingóitís time to start.

But where should you begin?

Follow these steps on how to create awesome social media live stream events.

Top tips for the best social media live streaming events

Live streaming an event is an excellent way to promote your brand, your productsóthe event itself. However, not all live streaming is created equally. The following suggestions will help make sure that your efforts are as potent as possible.

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Choose the right platform:

First things first: In order for your live stream to be as successful as possible, you must use the most beneficial platform. Traditional social media platforms Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook all offer live streaming options, and broadcasting from your profiles will give your followers the greatest accessibility.

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Promote your event:

You want as many people as possible to tune into your live event, so be sure to promote it across all your social media channels. Create a buzz around the event throughout the days leading up to it via social media posts, sponsored ads/content, digital invitations, etc. Another great way to get more viewers is to invite a co-host to join you. This could mean another brand, a social media personality, a blogger, a representative related to the event, etc. Having an additional party involved in your live event means youíll gain access to their followers and increase your audience.

Set the scene:

Your live stream reflects your brand, and it should be conducted professionally, and to the highest standards. Never underestimate the importance of production value. Before beginning, make sure youíre in the right setting, that you have the correct technical equipment, and that you have a strong and dependable internet connection. Viewers arenít patient, so if your live stream event is interrupted due to technical difficulties, youíll lose much of your audience.

Benefit Cosmetics seem to have mastered the fine art of the live stream. Browsing through their past live videos on Facebook, you can see how expertly crafted they are. While the tone is casual and conversational, the setting remains true to the brandís vibrant pink color palette. The footage is clear, the hosts are presentedand the content is easy to hearóand digest.

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Create a great title:

The title of your live stream should entice viewers to tune in and apply to the subject you discuss, or the event youíre broadcasting.

Create a hashtag:

Using a custom hashtag for your event is a great way to keep your content clustered together so it can be easily found. Use hashtags when posting or discussing anything event-related.

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Include a call-to-action (CTA):

Your live event should include a call to action for your viewers to complete. This could include visiting your website, signing up for your email list, liking and/or sharing the video, subscribing to notifications, etc. Youíve given your audience some great entertainment, and now itís your turn to ask for something in return.

Engage your viewers:

So, your event is live and your viewers are tuned in. Youíve completed the first step of gaining their attention. Now, itís time to wow them and gives them value for their time.  

Welcome viewers, introduce yourself, give them a shout out, answer their questions, respond to comments, and cover the things theyíre likely to be most interested in. If your resources allow, you should have a colleague watching and responding to comments from another device. Facebook Live drives comments at 10 times the rate of non-live videos, so preparation is key.

Nordstrom, U.S. department store, hosts a series of interesting live events which include question and answer sessions with top-name designers. These are not only extremely relevant to the Nordstrom brand, but they are also great ways to get audiences involved in the excitement, regardless of where they are in the world. There are opportunities for live audience members and social media users to ask questions, so engagement is always peaked.  

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Live stream for at least 10 minutes:

After you begin your broadcast youíll start appearing in people’sí feeds. The longer you broadcast, the better the chance youíll have of being discovered and having your video viewed. Youíll also see better results when likes, comments, and shares start rolling in and increasing your exposure. Give your video the chance to marinate and excel.

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Ongoing content following your live stream events

Just because your live stream has concluded doesnít mean your work is finished. Use the momentum created from the event to catapult your brand forward.

In fact, live streams offer a wealth of content possibilities even after the camera stops rolling. There is plenty of content found within your live streams that can be repurposed for your benefit. Maximize your live streaming efforts by completing the suggestions below.

  • Create a press release or publish a blog post about the event: Summarize the event in a press release or blog post and push the post across your social media profiles. Write about key takeaways, any notable occurrences or relevant news related to the event, and thank followers for attending or tuning in. A blog is not only helpful for SEO purposes, it is also another great outlet on which to promote your brand and the things that are most important to you.
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  • Publish a blog post and/or a video addressing comments and questions that arose from the live event: Youíll get plenty of audience members asking questions or making comments throughout your live stream event. As we mentioned earlier, itís great if you can get someone to respond to these in real time. Whether or not that happens, you can respond after the event has finished. Chances are, more than one person will be interested in the answers you provide, so making them public will be valuable to your followers. Here, you can also ask followers for their feedback regarding the event, and suggestions on how you can improve. Showing you value their opinions will make your brand seem more customer-centric. As always, publish this content across your social media profiles and on your website itself.
  • Use quotes in videos for articles and blogs: Quotes from interviews, employees, and speakers can be extracted from your event footage and included within articles, blogs, and even social media posts. Depending on their importance, these may even the subject of thought leadership posts.
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  • Use your existing event footage to create snippets of the below, to publish online throughout the following months:
  • Interviews: If any interviews occurred during your live-streaming event, these can be easily transformed into standalone videos.Interviews are interesting, and these can also form the basis for new blogs or social media posts well into the future.
  • Demonstrations: Product demonstrations are informative and will prove helpful to audiences, no matter the time or place. These snippets will show consumers what they can expect from your brand, so they make excellent marketing collateral. Share snippets of demonstrations on your product pages, use them as subjects for blog posts and publish them across social media whenever you feel the need.
  • Behind the scenes footage: Behind the scenes footage helps show the essence of your brand. Audiences will appreciate an insider look at the goings on within your business, and this will assist in building trust and loyalty. These intimate snippets are perfect for sharing on social media and will give your followers something fun and different to enjoy.
  • Introductions to team members: Your followers will love to see the people that make your brand special. Your team makes your brand what it is. If any introductions take place during your live streaming event, be sure to recycle these snippets to publish online in the months to come.
  • Q and A sessions: Question and answer sessions are engaging and make valuable content for audiences to watch. These snippets will address common concerns amongst consumers, therefore offering them value for their time.
  • General interest snippets: If you uncover anything else from within your live streaming footage you think audiences will enjoy, use it as a standalone snippet to publish online.

Note: The above should also serve as a reference for the content you should attempt to acquire during the live streaming of your event. The more of these you have, the more content youíll be able to repurpose going forward.

  • Create a series of live streams: Use your previous live stream as a springboard to launch a series of live streams. Consistency is key when it comes to marketing your business and regular live streams, whether event-related or otherwise, will help your brand stay connected to its followers. A streaming series will also distinguish your brand within the marketplace and keep it front-of-mind for audiences. For example, letís say youíre a food brand that makes and sells tortillas. You could host a Taco Tuesday event each week where you introduce a fresh new taco recipe, and invite viewers into your kitchen as you make it. Audiences will have something to look forward to and youíll have plenty of content to promote.
  • Keep the conversation going by asking followers questions related to the live event: Capitalize on the buzz that your live event has created and kept the interest rolling by engaging your audiences with pertinent questions. These could revolve around their opinions of the event, what theyíd like to see more/less of, what they found most interesting, and what their lasting impressions are.
  • Launch a competition based on your live stream event: A competition is a great way to harness the energy from your live stream and propel it forward. Create a competition thatís relevant to the event and use it as a source of content over the following weeks. For example, you could announce the competition during the live stream and say anyone who comments on the video with X or Y is eligible to win. Even if the live stream has passed, itís still possible to create a competition involving it by using the footage that is saved to your timeline, or the snippets you create.
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Wrap up

By now, you should well know why live video streaming is such a vital element of your social media strategy, and understand how you can execute it successfully. You should know how to make the most of your live event (and get months of material!) by repurposing and reinvigorating your content.

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Ellan Dineen is the Marketing Associate at Design Wizard. When sheís not hard at work in the Marketing department, Ellan can be found en route to foreign lands with a book in her hand and a podcast in her ear. With a Masterís in English and Diploma in Social Media Marketing, she knows the importance of staying up-to-date with the industryís latest trends and insights and is keen to pass these tips on to her readers.

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