I just got back from Social Media Marketing World – an amazing conference put on by Social Media Examiner.  

What I Learned From Social Media Marketing WorldI learned so much and I want to share it with you!

And my number 1 take away?

2016 is the Year of Live Video!

21% of marketers claim video marketing is the most important form of content marketing.

73% of marketers plan to increase their use of video in 2016.

Why?

It’s a simple way to grow the know, like, and trust factor and give your fans and customers a new way to learn about who you are and what you do.

Only a year ago, we were introduced to live video streaming for the masses, first with Meerkat, then with Periscope. 

In fact, Periscope was actually introduced on the first day of Social Media Marketing World in 2015, and it was huge!  Because all of a sudden, you could broadcast live and connect with others in a new way.

In August of last year, Facebook decided to jump in the game with Facebook Live – at first this was just for celebrities.

Blab was introduced as a space for communities to chat live.

Then, just a few weeks ago, Facebook Live was rolled out for everyone.  So now, you can go live from your Personal Page, your Fan Page (as I’m doing), and even from your Groups!

So, with all the live videos options, which one are you choosing?

For me, it’s Facebook all the way – for 3 main reasons.

1. If you know anything about me, you know that I love Facebook. It’s the social media platform where I spend most of my time. And I’ve invested time growing my audience both on my Fan Page and in my Facebook Group.

2. I like that the videos stay on your timeline once you’re finished.  On Periscope, they disappear after 24 hours, which is appealing for some people.  For me, not as much.

3. Facebook doesn’t usually tell us how the algorithm works to show our News Feed.  But this time, they did! The News Feed will give preferential treatment of live videos.  It will notify friends and pin it to the top of the News Feed.

So with that, I did something brand new (and a bit scary)… I went live – first to introduce this blog post, then each day Monday through Friday to share what I learned from Social Media Marketing World.

All about Facebook Live

Monday – Networking for Introverts

Mike Ambassador Bruny talking about networking for introverts

Mike Ambassador Bruny talking about networking for introverts

Tuesday – Getting More Organic Engagement on Facebook

Holly Homer of Quirky Momma talking about getting more organic engagement on Facebook

Holly Homer of Quirky Momma talking about getting more organic engagement on Facebook

Wednesday – How to Write Copy That Sells Without Being Sleazy 

Ray Edwards talking about copywriting

Ray Edwards talking about copywriting

Thursday – How to Grow your Email List with Facebook on a Budget

Me and my mentor, Amy Porterfield

Me and my mentor, Amy Porterfield

Friday – Using Facebook for Business and how to keep up with new changes

Mari Smith talking about Facebook for Business

Mari Smith talking about Facebook for Business

And with all of that, I still have more stuff I learned but didn’t cover! Crazy, right? Here’s a few more pics from my time there!

Me with Facebook Ads expert Rick Mulready - who has an amazing podcast - Art of Paid Traffic

Me with Facebook Ads expert Rick Mulready – who has an amazing podcast – Art of Paid Traffic

Jon Loomer talking about his Facebook Ad experiment with having his audience self-select into custom audiences

Jon Loomer talking about his Facebook Ad experiment with having his audience self-select into custom audiences

Mari Smith going Live on Facebook just before going live on stage :P

Mari Smith going Live on Facebook just before going live on stage 😛

Me with Michael Stelzner, CEO of Social Media Examiner

Me with Michael Stelzner, CEO of Social Media Examiner

3rd row seat to hear Garyvee's keynote!

3rd row seat to hear Garyvee’s keynote!

Me with Amy Porterfield and Trivinia Barber

Me with Amy Porterfield and Trivinia Barber

 

And as always, I want to hear from you? Are you using Live Video? Do you plan to? Which platform are you choosing? Let me know in the comments below or in my Facebook Group Here!