Consider the challenges of live video in your marketing efforts
This article originally ran on PR Daily in April of 2017.
With the recent introduction of Facebook Live and
Instagram Stories, live video is quickly gaining traction. But although the benefits of live
video have been discussed numerous times, it’s not for everyone.
Here are a few common challenges to take into account when deciding whether
to use this new tool:
You have to be an effective speaker
Live video streaming is public speaking. Although you are not physically
standing in front of thousands of people, live broadcasting takes a lot of
But you are still speaking in real time with almost no room for a mistake.
Not everyone is born as confident as
Dale Carnegie, but you have to know your topic inside out and be able to improvise in
response to unexpected questions.
There is no way to outsource the work
Unlike written content and
evergreen video production, you can’t outsource the work.
You can always hire a camera operator to follow you around or a host to do
live streams on your behalf, but the result may not be as effective. The
real potential and power of this marketing medium comes from an ongoing
series of content from an authentic brand personality.
If your primary aim is to share your valuable knowledge and experience, you
have to be the one on the front line, producing content at the right time
in the right place.
There is no turning back
Once you’ve started a live video stream, you need to commit to seeing it
through to the conclusion.
Viewers may knock you off balance by throwing in provocative questions or
raising controversial topics. It’s important to address them calmly and
remain objective with your responses. The worst thing to do is to become
defensive when confronted by these individuals.
There is no escape hatch once you start a live video stream. Take negative
comments with a grain of salt and stick to your topic.
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Building an audience is tough
Unless you’re already a well-established expert in your industry,
generating a high volume of viewers for your live video stream is likely to be your
As with any other form of content delivery, the primary aim is to
accumulate awareness and drive people to your content. Therefore, before
you jump head first into the world of live video streaming, it’s important
to find your target audience.
Plan your content and gain an audience through traditional mediums before
deploying live video streaming. Otherwise your message may go unnoticed.
Time zones can be tricky
Probably the biggest disadvantage of live video streaming over the
traditional ways of presenting content is dealing with time zones. Your
audience could be spread around the world with oceans in between.
If you are trying to reach as many people as possible, you first need to
analyze where the majority of viewers are coming from and plan your
schedule accordingly. Don’t focus only on the main geographical location,
but try to deliver your content to as many people as possible. Whether that
means live-streaming twice a day or publishing a recorded archive of your
live video stream on your blog, never compromise on your audience.
Live video has a short lifespan
Unlike evergreen content marketing tactics, live video streaming has a
relatively short lifespan.
For instance, if you’re using Instagram Live, the video vanishes instantly
as soon as you finish broadcasting. This leaves your followers with no
other option but to tune in when you’re live. If you’re planning to
repurpose your live video streams in the future, Instagram Live won’t be the ideal
option to go for.
On the other hand, Facebook Live allows you to post archives of your live
video recordings on your timeline. Facebook Live also gives you the option
to download the footage afterwards. Weigh your options carefully before
jumping onto a particular platform.
Analyzing real-time feedback can be challenging
Analyzing live video feedback through social media is an exhausting and
overwhelming task. If you manage to get thousands of viewers, the number of
comments can be overwhelming. And not all of them are relevant to the
If your live video stream’s objective is to gather constructive feedback on
your subject , your best option is to direct people to a relevant
landing page on your website. This approach will also filter out comments from the
“haters” whose main objective is to frustrate the broadcaster.
Although live video streaming has its challenges, it can be a great way to
engage with and learn more about your audience.
Do you have tips for hosting a successful live video stream? Share them in
Dev Sharma is the founder of
WPKube, a WordPress resource site.
A version of this article originally appeared
on Spin Sucks.