Facebook Live Streaming Your First Video
When you go to live stream your first video, you’ll probably feel both nervous and excited. It’s thrilling to have the chance to connect with new people but you may also be worried that you’ll mess up. To make your live stream easier, keep these tips in mind.
Don’t expect a huge turnout. Unless you’re a celebrity or a Fortune 500 Company, chances are you won’t see thousands of visitors on your first live stream. In fact, you may only get a handful of viewers for your first few videos.
If you’re worried about not having any viewers, you can invite a friend or two to watch your first live stream. Let them know what time you’ll be going live so they can tune in.
Do interact with walk-in viewers. Once you’re live, Facebook will notify your network that you’re streaming. As a result, you might get some walk-in viewers. If they leave a comment, greet them by name and ask a question. You can ask general questions such as, “Where are you from? What do you do for a living? What do you do in your spare time?”
If you’re looking to build an audience within a certain niche such as dog care, then you’ll want to ask questions related to your topic. For example, you could ask, “Who are your fur babies? How old is your pet? Want to share a picture of your dog with the rest of us?”
Don’t panic if you get a troll in the comments. While it doesn’t happen as often on Facebook Live as other streaming platforms, you can still encounter someone being cruel or offensive to stir up controversy.
Quickly ban this user so he doesn’t bring down the entire mood of your video. You can do this by tapping the troll’s profile picture. A menu should open with the option to ‘Block’ user.
Give your viewers a way to connect with you when you’re done streaming. This could be a link to your Twitter URL or your newsletter sign up. But what one option that works well is giving viewers your Facebook page link and inviting them to ‘Like’ you so they won’t miss more great content from you.
Now, no one else will see your video and Facebook won’t send notifications to others that you’re streaming. This will give you time to get familiar with Facebook Live before you go in front of an audience.
It’s understandable to be a bit nervous before you live stream. But don’t unnecessary pressure on yourself. You could tell yourself something simple like, “I’m trying out Facebook Live as an experiment for the next three weeks.” When you treat it as an experiment, you’re free to let go and enjoy the process.