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10 benefits of live streaming

When it comes to connecting with your audience, content marketing is essential. You know this, so you’ve built your social media platforms, nurtured your email lists, and generated online content that meets your customers’ needs at every stage of their journey. You may even have a library of pre-recorded videos in your marketing mix, but now it’s time to implement a new strategy.

According to a recent survey conducted by Live Stream, more than 80% of adults surveyed would rather watch a brand’s live video than read its blog or social media posts.

There’s no question about it - live video is booming, and the benefits of live streaming are clear. So if you want to stay ahead of your competition, live video events must be an essential part of your marketing strategy.

So, what makes live streaming such a powerful business marketing tool?

How live streaming can support your business goals

Whether you take advantage of free streaming options on social media platforms or invest in high-quality video platforms for your business, live broadcasts are a great tool to add to your digital marketing toolbox.

Here are 10 ways video live streaming can complement the content you’re already producing and help you achieve your business goals.

1. Stay top of mind with your audience

With streaming solutions, you can easily keep in touch with anyone interested in your brand, wherever they are. For example, if you live stream on YouTube, Facebook, or LinkedIn Live, your followers receive alerts whenever you broadcast.

In addition to this, some social media search algorithms favour live video over other content types due to the fact that people watch live streams up to three times longer than on-demand video.

2. Increase brand awareness

Live events are a great way to make new connections and generate new leads for your business. You can even team up with partner companies and online influencers to expand your reach to multiple audiences.

3. Build trust and brand loyalty

Customers want to feel personally connected to the brands they follow. When you reach out with live video, you can provide experiences that help them get to know, like, and trust you and your company. Provide valuable content like sneak peeks, tutorials, or educational material that meets the needs of your ideal customers, and they’ll keep coming back.

4. Provide more authentic opportunities for engagement

While there’s a place for on-demand video content in your marketing, brand followers also like the authenticity of live broadcasts. Presenters are a little more real, there are opportunities for instant feedback and the audience develops a greater personal connection with your brand. Additionally, with a real-time connection, live chat, and Q&A sessions, you are able to humanise your brand, further engaging your viewers and building a connection.

5. Establish credibility and thought leadership in your field

Regular live broadcasts targeting decision-makers provide publicity and help you build authority in your field. When your company’s subject-matter experts share innovative ideas and solutions to problems impacting your industry, you’ll bring credibility to your brand, drive traffic to your website, and create meaningful relationships with your customers.

6. Increase your event reach beyond in-person boundaries

Virtual streaming events eliminate geographical constraints so you can expand your reach far beyond your own city. You can reach a global audience without extensive travel, saving you and your customers time and resources.

7. Connect internally with remote and global teams

Live streaming isn’t just for external communication. It can also strengthen relationships and enhance corporate culture. Perfect for international, remote, or hybrid scenarios, many organisations use video streaming hardware and live video platforms to host virtual meetings, training sessions, team-building exercises, and collaboration workshops for their teams.

8. Generate additional revenue

You could charge an entry fee for your live stream event or a subscription fee for ongoing membership, but even free events can provide profit opportunities. For example, you can sell branded merchandise, offer digital downloads and promote products and services during a live stream, or turn your event into paid, on-demand sessions in the future.

9. Increase conversion

When your leads attend an online event, they’re already aware of your products and services. They’ve already set time aside for you and proven they’re interested in hearing what you have to say, so they’re also more likely to buy during or after the event. In addition, many business live streaming platforms integrate with your marketing tools, such as CRMs, to help you continue the conversation after you sign off.

10. Repurpose content

Most people need to hear information multiple times before the message sinks in. So, share video clips across social media, in regular emails, or even in your sales presentations. You can also use your video content as a starting point to create new material for blogs, e-books, and infographics.

Reap the benefits of video streaming hardware.

Live streaming helps brands connect with their audience in new and innovative ways. It’s a powerful, cost-effective way to enhance your enterprise marketing strategy, connect with potential leads, and nurture your loyal customers.

Of course, it’s not as simple as creating your content, putting it out there, and reaping the benefits of live streaming. The live video you create must be relevant and high quality to engage your audience and maximise impact for your brand. To create that great and engaging content, you’ll need the right tools and gear.

Epiphan video production solutions are professional quality, rigorously tested for long-term reliability, and versatile enough to support the full range of applications for live video. Get in touch to find out which Epiphan video streaming hardware solution best suits your business.

*The information in this blog is extracted from Epiphan.

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About Epiphan Video

Epiphan Video provides award-winning, purpose-built hardware solutions that help your business create impactful video content. 

The Epiphan Pearl range of hardware encoders is the ultimate system for maximum versatility with multi-encoding, multi-streaming, recording, custom layouts, switching, and more. It is ideal for live event production, enterprise communication or lecture capture in higher education.

 AP Tech is the authorised Australian distributor of Epiphan Video products. Every Epiphan solution from AP Tech is backed by local warranty and support.

A. P. Technologies Pty Ltd, Andrew Paton November 27, 2022
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