So you want to livestream, but don’t have the expensive setup that some professional streamers have. What if I told you that you could do it all from your smartphone? Here are some of the best practices from streaming from your smartphone like a boss.
- Sit in front of a window or a LED ring light
- Connect to reliable wifi network
- Use small tripod with smartphone mount
- Plug in smartphone
- Minimize background noises & potential distractions
- Set phone to Do Not Disturb mode so not to be interrupted by incoming calls
- Engage with your audience by acknowledging specific comments and questions
- Don’t forget to breathe and smile
So where should you livestream? I’ve been experimenting with Instagram livestreams over the past few months, but so many other social media apps offer livestreaming too. Consider Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or even TikTok. Each platform has their own unique bells and whistles, but the process on mobile is more or less the same. With YouTube specifically, livestreaming is a great option if you’re looking to increase watch hours to achieve channel monetization because live views will count towards channel watch time hours.
Need ideas on what to livestream? Here are 10+ potential ideas and thought starters.
- Product announcement or reveal
- Live tutorial or how-to
- Interview with an expert, influencer, founder, or team member
- Behind the scenes footage
- Event coverage
I committed to myself since 2020 has been such a pivotal year, I would push myself out of my comfort zone more with a variety of content styles, but specifically livestreams. Hopefully you’ve discovered some new tips and ideas for mastering livestreaming with minimal equipment and budget.