Live Streaming has arrived and it’s only going to get Bigger

Live Streaming
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Live Streaming is just getting started.

An emerging trend in digital media that caught waves this past year is Live Streaming.  We have seen companies like Periscope, Meerkat and Facebook Live tap into this growing phenomenon.  While this medium is still in its infancy, I believe it will be a larger player in 2017 as a popular story telling platform to watch out for.  In our current society, we want things done in real time…where we can absorb and digest visuals with minimal thinking. Live Streaming serves this purpose for the business user and personal end.

Live Streaming is a great businesses tool for a variety of reasons.  It allows consumers to see some of their favourite brands from a behind the scenes point of view.  Whether they are on location at a trade show for a product launch, companies give viewers unprecedented access, making you feel like you are part of the brand.  Using live video keeps users hooked into the product and up to date with all the latest happenings.

Live Streaming covers everything.

From a personal standpoint, we have seen just how popular Live Streaming can get.  The 2016 U.S. Presidential debate was the first of its kind to include this technology.  This past fall, Facebook Live alone garnered unprecedented 55 Million views in the war of words between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Live video just isn’t about celebrating birthday parties or showing your babies’ first walking steps with your followers.  All realities of life are broadcasted. This was highlighted by Diamond Reynolds’ horrific post visual of her boyfriend Philandro Castile being shot four times by a police officer, raising the problems of racial tensions in America.

Overall, I believe we will see an increased amount of Live Streaming in 2017.  More companies will emerge through this platform and take advantages of the benefits it can offer.  It is a growing medium for companies to generate product awareness, potential video ad revenue and reach new audiences.

How to keep up with all these trends?

In terms of how I will stay relevant with constant changes in the digital sphere, I intend to stay glued to my smartphone.  Mobile has taken over desktop, and it is truly the central hub on how we connect with everyone.  Whether it’s checking the weather at breakfast, Shazaming that song on the radio, or simply connecting on multiple social media platforms, all the latest apps simplify my time when I’m on the go.  Believe it or not, I will also rely on the Facebook Trending Topics section of their site. Since I’m on there all the time, I am also getting information on what’s going on with the rest of the world.

I will also continue to stay engaged with influential blogger and established websites, who continue to keep me up to date with the latest developments in technology.  Content marketing still interests me, and reading up on the latest happenings is a major key.   In terms of Live Streaming, I definitely see the value in it and will push to become more comfortable in using this platform.  While we can take 12 pictures of ourselves and select the best one to publish, live video is one continuous shot, so all angles of you are off limits!  With that being said, check out my infograph below that I created with Canva on how to stay on top of emerging digital trends.

Best Practices on Staying Relevant with Digital Trends


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Understanding how YouTube can better your Business

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YouTube is Big Business

Since 2005, the world has gotten to know the phenomenon that is YouTube.  In the past decade, we have seen our fair share of various cat videos, cooking videos, DIY videos and much more.  Lately, the new trend are businesses gravitating towards investing into online videos.  While many will look at YouTube as just simply leisure and entertainment, it is more than that.  There is a significant amount of money that is being generated through this video sharing site.

I am trying to convince my business partner on taking this shoe boutique idea and turning it into a reality.  Obviously I want to drive physical traffic to the store.  But at the same time, I envision leveraging social media heavily by bringing digital traffic to our website as well.  I can visualize the creation of video product reviews, un-boxing videos to generate consumer excitement.  In doing so, I can provide insightful product knowledge as well.  The user generated content ideas are endless.  Ultimately,  I would want to increase our subscriber channel count.   This can lead to a sales conversion.  The potential to monetize this channel is very attainable  if we can incorporate the right content strategy.

With the help of Canva, I put together this SlideShare presentation for him to really see just how big YouTube is.  I wanted to provide some high level facts and more importantly showcase how this platform can really help launch a new business.  I also wanted to paint a picture of how an existing business that is lacking in digital presence can get on board with a  successful YouTube channel.

Two Business Strategies that compliment one another with some Helpful Links

Business Strategies 101

The first time I heard of S.W.O.T. Analysis, I had no clue what it meant. To be honest, the first thing that came to mind was probably this movie! So I started doing what mostly everyone who is tech savvy does and needs answers…I went ahead and did a Google search.  I typed in “What is SWOT analysis?” and the first result on the first page that came up was so informative, I spent at least 10 minutes on B Plans‘ post taking it all in.  I break it down in the first half of my video post above that I want to share with you.  I now know if I ever end up deciding to open up my own sneaker boutique, I will definitely start with this business strategy.

SWOT Analysis
SWOT Analysis

So let’s say for example I end up opening this sneaker shop of mines and it takes off.  I then imagine myself at the 5-year mark of my business and I have to re-evaluate some of the products that I carry in my store.  What should I keep and what should I let go?  I found this resourceful YouTube video by The Revision Guide that talks about the foundation of the BCG Matrix strategy, which is great for existing businesses who need to continue with their long-term strategic planning.  It is not a complex strategy to learn, but just like the video itself, it provides the fundamental understandings of what is working and what is not. Check out my critique in the second half of my video review on these two helpful resources.  Note to self: It’s time to upgrade my laptop with a built-in HD camera!

BCG Matrix Model
BCG Matrix Model


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