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Your Hair is Fine, the Lighting is Fine, JUST GO LIVE ALREADY: 3 Do's and Don’ts of Facebook Live

March 20, 2018

Facebook Live launched in April 2016 and is a useful tool for furthering your brand. Live streaming has opened the door to much larger audiences and can add to your sales funnel. Many businesses don’t use it because they (well, their employees) are too self-conscience about being live in front of a camera.

I promise once you hear these stats you’ll change your mind.

A Livestream blog full of statistics about the state of video in marketing today says, “Live video is more appealing to brand audiences: 80% would rather watch live video from a brand than read a blog, and 82% prefer live video to social posts.”

Now that you know EIGHTY PERCENT of people would rather watch live video, you’re ready to put that self-consciousness aside, right? (Or make one of your coworkers put their self-consciousness aside, whatever works for you).

Here are three DO’s and DON’Ts that will help your Facebook Live endeavors.

Audio

Going live is more than just logging into Facebook and pressing live – you can do that, but you won’t have quality video … or quality viewers. Few things are more frustrating than watching a live video but not being able to hear the presenter. So:

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Prep before going live

This probably sounds obvious, but I’m going to say it anyway: YOU NEED TO PREP BEFORE GOING LIVE! And I don’t mean prepping the content to present (although you need to do that), I don’t mean finding the perfect lighting (although you need to do that), I don’t mean drinking six cups of coffee or a Red Bull to get the energy you need to present (although if you need to do that, we won’t judge.)

What I mean is you need to promote your live video at least 6-12 hours before actually going live!

BONUS: Set up incentive to watch the live video. For example: “Tune in at 3 pm EST to watch our live video and receive a free quote!” (Not only will you get more viewers, you might add new people to your funnel.)

before going live

Relevant content + positive energy = a great viewer experience!

Have you ever seen a blog with a SUPER intriguing headline … but then you read the first paragraph and couldn’t believe how boring it was? That content was obviously meaningful to you, so you wanted to learn more, but you couldn’t bear to keep reading because it was boring. The same goes for Facebook Live videos. (Shocker, I know.)

Again, that equation goes: Relevant content + positive energy = A great viewer experience!

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Want to learn more about going live on Facebook? Contact me at Katie@leadingresults.com.

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Katie Lorenz
Written by Katie Lorenz

Katie is our youngest member. She is passionate about sharing ideas and helping to convert ideas into finished products. She is also a video editing enthusiast and joined Leading Results in part to expand her skills and bring fresh ideas to the editing process. Katie also loves learning new things from marketing and applying them to achieve client success. She is a valuable asset to the team with great energy, excitement and a commitment to results. A Philadelphia native, Katie is assertive, intelligent and driven.

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