Streaming Executive Interviews with CXOTALK’s Michael Krigsman [Video]

Industry analyst Michael Krigsman is a one-man band: the creator, producer, and host of CXOTALK, a weekly live show featuring interviews with the leading minds in tech and innovation. Kringsman joined Livestream Learn to share best practices for streaming executive interviews, CXOTALK’s origins, building an in-house live video studio, and his independent content distribution strategy.

Streaming Executive Interviews

Mastering the Learning Curve

Kringsman’s first foray into live video began with Google Hangouts, but as his strategy evolved he realized he needed a more reliable solution for interviews with high-level executive guests. When Krigsman migrated to Livestream there was a bit of a learning curve, but Livestream support was there to help him get up and running.

How Live Saves Time + Effort

When you’re interviewing high-level executives, there is no room for error. Having a reliable streaming solution was essential for Krigsman’s production. “With live video if something goes wrong, everybody knows,” Krigsman said. “Products like Google Hangouts are great if you’re doing a casual chat or a casual video,” he added, “but it has to do with stability. With Livestream, it just works.

Livestream’s unique platform features proved to be a key factor to Krigsman’s success. Having an all-in-one solution made distributing his content easier, freeing up time to focus on producing a high-quality show week after week.

“I use Livestream Studio, and stream to the Livestream platform, which then automatically, simultaneously streams to Facebook Live,” Krigsman said. “I don’t have to do anything, and that saves me work. It’s one integrated solution – it removes the variables, and it simplifies the entire set-up.

Creating a Home Studio

Before long, Krigsman was producing, hosting, and broadcasting CXOTALK from his home studio. By using technical quality as a point of competitive advantage, CXOTALK was able to rise above the fray. Krigsman didn’t need to break the bank to create a sophisticated home studio. He invested in LED lights from B&H, entry-level audio gear, and Livestream Studio software.

Perfecting Live Interview Skills

Audiences have gravitated toward the show for the insight and thought leadership of both the host and guests, which include Chief Innovation, Technology, and Executive Officers from a wide array of businesses. Krigsman briefs every guest before the live show, providing interviewees with topics and guidelines. He makes sure to leave room for fun and spontaneity – the secret ingredients that keep any live show interesting.

Distribution is Key

Krigsman uses Livestream’s Simulcast feature to reach his audience whether they’re watching CXOTALK on his own website or via Facebook Live. After the show, he’ll repurpose the video-on-demand to continue the conversation. Krigsman is also a columnist for ZDNET, where he posts a blog recap after every episode. This strategy is a great way to promote CXOTALK, and keep in touch with viewers who may have missed the live show. By creating easy-to-share assets, Krigsman’s guests can also promote the show to their respective audiences.

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Getting Started with Social Media Streaming: What You Need to Know

Social media streaming has made the leap from novelty to necessity. Channels like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are racing to add live video to their platforms and brands are adjusting their social strategies accordingly.

Social Media Streaming is Taking Off

Audiences demand live video, and it’s easy to see why. Live video adds a human touch to posts that text and images can’t compete with. According to our survey, conducted with New York Magazine, 80% of respondents would rather watch live video from a brand than read a blog, and 82% prefer live video from a brand to social posts.

By livestreaming to channels like Periscope and Facebook Live, you’re creating eye-catching content that improves your positioning in both platforms’ algorithms. Social media streaming also gives you the opportunity to attract viewers and bring them back to your own website.

Sometimes maintaining a social media presence can feel a bit like spinning plates. With so many platforms competing for attention, it’s hard to focus your energy on just one. Many organizations struggle to give equal time to each platform.

It doesn’t have to be this way – streaming across social media platforms is easier than you think. We’ll also cover the where, why, and how to stream to social media and grow engagement for your organization.

How to Get Started with Social Media Streaming

The Destination: Facebook Live

Facebook revolutionized social media when it launched in 2006. Ten years later they launched Facebook Live, giving users the ability to stream live video directly to their Facebook pages. With over one billion users worldwide, it’s no surprise that publishers and brands have flocked to the popular platform.

Streaming to Facebook Live reaches your viewers where they already are. But like any social media platform, there are limitations that producers will need to consider. Streaming to Facebook Live should be part, but not all, of your live video strategy. Going live directly to Facebook is good for a short stream, but lacks the qualities and features of a professional livestream.

Combining Facebook Live with a dedicated live video solution, like Livestream, opens new possibilities for your content. Livestream’s live player embed lets you stream a portion of your live event to Facebook Live, before directing them back to your own properties. And with lead capture tools like forms, pay-per-view, and mid-roll ads, you can turn your live event into a source of revenue for your organization.

Facebook Live has made it easier than ever for their users to go live right away. But for larger organizations, you need a solution that empowers you to own your content and the way it’s distributed. Adding production value to your Facebook Live broadcast is a great way to attract an audience for your announcements or product launches.

How to Stream to Facebook Live

Anyone with an internet connection (or data plan, for mobile users) can stream to Facebook Live. The streaming platform was designed with the novice in mind, making it easy to stream directly to your profile or page.

If you’re streaming using a desktop computer, click the “live video” icon at the top of your newsfeed. A browser window will open up, activating your computer’s webcam. For mobile users, you can use the Facebook app. Simply tap the icon to update your status, and tap “Facebook Live.” Write a description for your video, set your audience (Public, Friends, etc.), and press “Go Live.”

If you’re looking to stream to Facebook and your website or app, or just want a more professional stream, Livestream is the only platform with built-in Facebook Live streaming tools. With Simulcast from Livestream, you can stream your content to Livestream and Facebook live at the same time. There’s no special code or configuration, just a simple on/off button in your settings.

The Destination: Periscope

In December 2016, Twitter integrated Periscope into their desktop and mobile sites. The up-to-the-minute algorithm of Twitter, plus Periscope’s ease of use, have made both platforms a destination for organizations of every kind.

How to Stream to Periscope

Users can stream directly to Periscope from a mobile device, or an encoder with Periscope Producer (beta), a test program designed for content creators and streamers.

Streaming to Periscope from a mobile device is simple: when you open the app, tap the “Broadcast” button and you’re live. Periscope released “Periscope Producer” in 2016, opening up their API to third-party streaming encoders. This release created new avenues for brands to stream to Periscope and, by extension, Twitter.

If you have access to Periscope Producer, you can easily stream from Livestream to Periscope or Twitter. Like streaming to Facebook Live, our Simulcast feature lets you easily add an RTMP link from Periscope to your Livestream account. This help center article has step-by-step instructions that will walk you through getting started. Once you’ve synced your Periscope and Livestream accounts, you can toggle streaming to Periscope on and off, and even stream to destinations Twitch and YouTube simultaneously.

The Destination: Twitch

Since its acquisition by Amazon, in 2014, live gameplay platform Twitch has grown increasingly popular with users outside the video game community. Twitch’s integrated chat function is home to a sizable community of engaged viewers, and the average user spends up to 1.5 hours on the platform.

Content creators can access Twitch’s tip jar function, which allows viewers to virtually “tip” their favorite streamers. And popular accounts can earn capital based on their number of channel subscribers. Marketers are starting to pay attention, with brands like Old Spice and Jack’s Link streaming branded content to their Twitch channels.

How To Stream To Twitch

Twitch is a “hardware agnostic” platform, meaning you can stream to Twitch from your existing workflow, or with one of their recommended broadcasting apps. Like Facebook Live and Periscope, Twitch has a mobile app that lets you go live from your iOS or Android device.

Twitch’s interface also makes it easy to find the information you need to stream from a third-party encoder. Your Livestream account already has this functionality. Similar to streaming to Periscope, you can add Twitch’s RTMP URL to your settings and set Twitch as a streaming destination. And because Simulcast lets you stream to multiple platforms at once, you can stream to Twitch, Periscope, and other RTMP destinations from within your Livestream event.

Choosing the Right Destination

When you first begin to experiment with social media streaming, remember to take things one step at a time. It’s better to channel your efforts into one great live event than a handful of hard-to-manage, simultaneous video posts. You also want to make sure you have someone designated to manage and respond to comments or take questions on each channel.

Depending on your audience, they might prefer one platform over another, or have a presence on many places at once. After you become more familiar with social media streaming, it’ll be easy to expand your strategy to include these other destinations.

Diversifying is a great way to reach viewers on multiple channels – your strategy should accommodate those viewers. With tools like Simulcast from Livestream, it’s easy to branch out and take your live video strategy to new heights.

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