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5 Reasons You Should Be Using Facebook Live Video

Unless you’ve been ignoring Facebook over the past year, you’ve probably noticed the proliferation of videos in your feed with the launch of Facebook LIVE video. Originally, rolled out for “verified” accounts only, then to business pages, Facebook LIVE video is available now to everyone.

What is it?  Facebook LIVE video is an easy way to record and share a video in real time using the Facebook platform. It is a fairly simple three-step process that instantly puts you live in front of your fans and friends and gives them the opportunity to react and engage with you while you are recording.

Not convinced it’s for you? Here are 5 reasons why you should consider using Facebook LIVE video:

1) Using Facebook LIVE video provides you a way to quickly and easily engage with your audience, clients and fans. They get an opportunity to see you live, hear your voice, get a sense of your personality, tone and approach and brings your brand to life. They can ask questions and react to what you are sharing so you can also know what is resonating with them.

2) You don’t have to write and your fans don’t have to read. In this media saturated, short-attention span world, your Facebook LIVE video instantly goes right to the matter, event, subject or topic without having to craft some perfected blog post or newsletter. Even better, you can use it in your blog post and newsletter like I have done here.

3) Facebook LIVE video gives you the opportunity to bring your audience into your world and give them a behind-the-scenes look at what you or your business is doing. This is a critical part of telling your story and helping people to understand more about you and your business. That exclusive

4) Facebook helps you promote your video. While you are LIVE recording, Facebook works on your behalf to let your fans and others know that you are LIVE and encourage them to tune in while you are LIVE. It typically shows up as notifications. Facebook also wants more people using Facebook video, so it tends to push video up into others feeds to increase or improve engagement.

5) It is so very easy to now create video content, not only to use on the Facebook platform but also to share across other online marketing platforms. Yes, there are a few things you can do to optimize your video process, but in its basic form like the video included here, it is as easy as 1-2-3 GO.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s figure out how Facebook LIVE can work for you and let me know in the comments below how you are using Facebook LIVE or share your videos here. I’ll see you LIVE soon.

Facebook 101 Workshop

Facebook Business Page 101 Workshop

On Friday October 28th, I’m excited to rejoin to The Summit at Workpoint Stamford to present another social media session that will help you learn important Facebook Business Page strategy!

In this hands-on workshop, solo-preneurs and entrepreneurs will learn and apply the following in just a couple of hours:

  • How to set up your Facebook business page
  • Invite people to “like” your page
  • Create posts that will shine through the clutter

You’ll leave with a Facebook page ready to promote your business. I’ll offer practical, easy-to-do steps to help you reach more people on Facebook and feel confident doing it.

Visit this evite page for more details and to register. I hope to see you on October 28th!

Social Media 101 for Women Entrepreneurs

Social Media 101 for Women Entrepreneurs Event

Let’s talk social media . . .

I’m going to be joining The Summit team for an overview of the top social media networks (including current trends affecting each), with the goal of helping you figure out which are the right ones for your business and how to use them best.

Will you be there, too?

  • Frustrated and overwhelmed about how to use and manage your social media efforts?
  • Interested in what’s new with Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and all of the rest?
  • Excited for an up-to-the minute conversation about using the right social media platforms (and time!) more effectively to market your business?

Join me for a fun and engaging conversation about the most popular social media networks and how to make them work for you and your business.

Sponsored by The Summit, New York, NY

$45

Date: Wednesday, June 29th
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Location: WORKPOINT
Shippan Landing
290 Harbor Drive
Stamford, CT

Register Here

The Top Social Media Posts Shared This Year

As a recap for 2014, here is compilation of the most popular articles and posts that I have shared this year.

Feel free to bookmark this page as useful tool and go-to resource for all of your social media information.

Social Media – General
Which Social Network Is Best For Your Business – CNN Money

10 Surprising Social Media Statistics That Will Make You Rethink Your Social Strategy – Fast Company

12 Essential Social Media Cheat Sheets – Mashable

Men Are From LinkedIn, Google+ & YouTube, Women Are From Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest – MediaBistro

30 Little Known Features of the Social Media Sites You Use Every Day – Buffer

How to Create Perfect Posts on Social Platforms v.5 – Socially Stacked

Social Media 2013 by Erik Qualman – You Tube

Online Marketing
Propel Your Content Marketing to New Levels – Huffington Post

3 Essential Tools To Rock Your Online Marketing – Nancy Sheed Blog

5 Easy Ways to Freshen Your Digital Face – Yahoo Small Business

What Does Your Email Say About You? Free Is Fine But . . . Nancy Sheed Blog

Facebook
Converting Facebook Likes to Subscribers – AWeber

How Facebook Calculates What Appears in Your News Feed – Mari Smith

10 Facebook Hacks – Techlicious

Facebook Housekeeping: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now – Hongkiat

Twitter
The Top 10 Reasons I’m Not Following You On Twitter – LinkedIn

11 Things You Didn’t Know You Were Doing Wrong On Twitter – HubSpot

9 Small Business Twitter Marketing Examples to Study – Social Media Examiner

23 Seldom Used Ideas for How to Use Twitter Lists – Buffer

Understanding Twitter Lingo – Nancy Sheed Blog

3 Reasons People Will Follow You on Twitter – Nancy Sheed Blog

The 7 Key Ingredients of a Powerful Twitter Bio – Buffer

15 Tips to Get and Keep More Twitter Followers – Kim Garst

LinkedIn
How Do You Measure Your LinkedIn Worth? – Social Media Impact

Three Things You Must Do On LinkedIn Right Now – Nancy Sheed Blog

10 LinkedIn Blunders That Make You Look Like An Amateur – Forbes

17 LinkedIn Profile Must-Haves – Entrepreneur

How to Write the Perfect LinkedIn Headline – Top Dog Social Media

7 Simple Ways to Rock Your LinkedIn Personal Profile – Social Solutions

How to Lose Jobs and Alienate People on LinkedIn – Fast Company

Admin / Privacy / Productivity
Target hack: Tips for all customers – CNN Money

How To Survive The Snapchat Hack (and-others) – TIME

New Start-ups: Here’s Your Digital To-Do List – Inc.

4 Online Business Tools That Will Make You More Productive – Nancy Sheed Blog

Social Media Privacy Settings – Social Media Examiner

Planning for a Productive Year – Nancy Sheed Blog

Which one did you find most useful, interesting or surprising? And what types of articles and posts would you like to see more of in 2015?  Please share in the comments.  Thanks.


What I Learned About “Social Media Today”

Last Friday, I attended another amazing Women Entreprenuers’ Network meeting at Serendipity Labs  in Westchester to learn about the state of “Social Media Today.”  Our guest speaker was Chris Dessi, CEO of Silverback Social, who was inspiring and instructional. He kept us on the edge of our seats discussing the life changing trajectory that social media has played in our lives and our businesses over the past several years.

From an inspirational standpoint he challenged our group to create and share “spine-tingling” interactions and charged us all to have a “reverence for the platform”! Wow!  No small challenge, but I am going to try and carry that charge forward with me as I think about how and what I am posting and sharing across social media.

From a practical standpoint, here are Chris’s top tips for strategic timing with your social media posts:

  • For Facebook– think “coffee and cocktails” as the best time for posting.
  • For Twitter – think reading the paper and looking at the news, during the day.

For more information on Chris and his company, you might want to consider attending his Westchester Digital Summit  held next May.  I think you’ll see me there!

Have you been to a fantastic networking event lately?  What valuable advice did you receive?

In picture (l-r):  me, Chris Dessi, Silverback Social, Brett Clugston of Hype by Brett (picture credit) and Linda Heaney of LGH Communications