The Small Business Benefits of Using Live Video (INFOGRAPHIC)

How Should Businesses Use Live Video?

The convergence of several technologies is making live video or streaming available to anyone with a smartphone. According to a new infographic from One Productions, it will grow the industry to $70.05 billion by 2021.

Tom Hopkins, the Managing Director of One Productions, put together the infographic to show small business owners the significant role live video plays in today’s digital environment. Hopkins provides valuable tips on the different types of content businesses should include in live videos. This because without the right video, reaching and engaging with your audience will prove difficult if not impossible.

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The amount of digital media American adults consume now totals five hours and 50 minutes per day, with video making up around 56 minutes of that, eMarketer reports. The popularity of video is growing, and live streaming is making up a large percentage of that growth. For example, Facebook’s live videos are currently viewed three times more than other video on the site.

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The infographic points out 81 percent of internet viewers watched more live content in 2016 than they did in 2015. And 80 percent prefer live videos over blogs, while 82 percent prefer it over social posts.

The growth is primarily being driven by faster internet, smartphones and social media. This has led Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to say, “Live is like having a TV camera in your pocket. Anyone with a phone now has the power to broadcast to anyone in the world.”

How Should Businesses Use Live Video?

Hopkins recommends small businesses adopt a live video strategy to fully exploit the technology. He recommends:

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  • Post a teaser so your audience knows when you will live stream.
  • Create a rough script so you won’t go off topic.
  • Keep your content fresh by not being too “salesy.”
  • Remember your brand by being consistent in your message on all live content.
  • Sell a feeling, meaning you should create emotionally driven content.

Video is the future of engagement for businesses. The recent addition of native video by LinkedIn is a great example. And for small businesses, the technology is so accessible anyone can afford it, because in most cases it is free.

For more information on the benefits of using live video to promote your small business, check out the infographic below.

How Should Businesses Use Live Video?

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Michael Guta Michael Guta is the Assistant Editor at Small Business Trends and currently manages its East African editorial team. Michael brings with him many years of content experience in the digital ecosystem covering a wide range of industries. He holds a B.S. in Information Communication Technology, with an emphasis in Technology Management.

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  1. I was searching for different ways through which I can promote my cleaning business and came across your article. Thank you Michael for sharing such interesting facts and figures. After going through your article I realized how powerful video promotion can be. Thanks again!

  2. Hi Deep,
    You are welcome. I am glad you found it useful.

  3. Awesome article. Thank you so much for the factual context. I totally agree with you on the future of Live Streaming. The part that scares me is that only 3 bohemoth companies stream the top 50%. Then the all other category with all other live streamers only comprise 6% of the total.

    Very eye opening.

    • Hi Mike,
      Thank you very much.
      At only six percent it becomes that much harder for small innovative companies to make a dent, and when they do, they get gobbled up by the behemoths you mentioned.

  4. Live Video is said to dramatically increase engagement. I guess it exposes the ‘realness’ of the person behind the brand and that’s what makes it so interesting.

  5. I think that live video is great for updating your followers who have been so hungry for your content. It can provide in the works previews or behind the scenes.

  6. It works for live seminars as well. It helps in getting users engaged on what is going on live and that is definitely interesting.