May 3, 2022

Live Streaming to LinkedIn: Our Tips for Success

BY Tom Mahon

May 3rd, 2022

Live video is one of, if not the, most engaging means of communication. Offering live interaction with your audience is a powerful way to strengthen your relationship with your followers and boost brand sentiment and authenticity. Live streaming to LinkedIn only launched in 2019, making it one of the newer members of the live streaming ecosystem, but it offers a brilliant opportunity to speak directly to your professional audience.

Although LinkedIn Live hasn’t been around for too long, we’ve compiled a few of our top tips after our experiences with this social live stream channel, as well as using other social channels for live streaming. For advice on event live streaming, check out our blogs ‘Live Streaming: The Basics, Benefits & Costs’ and ‘5 Fatal Fails of Streaming Live Events (+ How to Avoid Them)’, and of course, if you would like to speak to one of our team about your project, please don’t hesitate to book in a call with us.

London Filmed’s LinkedIn Live Tips:

1. Access

To start, only qualified LinkedIn pages and creators can stream. To check if you have access, start by creating an event on LinkedIn. Eligible broadcasters will be able to choose LinkedIn Live in the event format dropdown. If not, you can check again after 30 days. Take a look at this LinkedIn FAQ for more information.

2. Meet Your Audience Where it Matters

Research your social channels to make sure LinkedIn is the right platform to make the highest impact with your content. Do you have a strong following on LinkedIn and is the content relevant for your audience? But keep in mind that you can also simulcast to multiple channels simultaneously to engage multiple audiences.

3. Channel-Specific Content

LinkedIn is a professional network, so make sure you consider why your audience is there and what type of content they are motivated to engage with and absorb. LinkedIn users are typically motivated for business, professional, or career-related activities and not entertainment purposes, unlike the other social channels. Panel discussions, conferences, recruitment campaigns, and product launches – especially B2B – are common content types, from our experience, on LinkedIn.

 

4. LinkedIn Events

This is a great tool to schedule and manage your event from. You can invite people into the event, build a community, and create conversations with your attendees. Whatever you do, plan a marketing campaign to promote your event over your comms channels so people can get it in their diary well in advance.

5. Stream Settings

Read up on the technicalities of running a LinkedIn Live, and the streaming tools (third-party broadcast tools), or get professional advice from your live production partner. We’ve summarised a few key technicalities below, which your custom stream (RTMP) mustn’t exceed, especially the frames per second (FPS), otherwise, LinkedIn will not allow the stream to connect to its platform. There are a few links in this article and also this video – both by LinkedIn – to help.

Duration max 4 hours
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Resolution 720p-1080p (max)
Frame Rate max 30 fps
Key Frame every 2 seconds (60 frames)
Bitrate video 3.5mbps-6 mbps (max), audio 128 kbps, audio sample rate 48 KHz
Encoding H264 video, AAC audio
Protocol RTMP

6. Bandwidth

Having the right bandwidth is key for streaming. For on-site encoding, a minimum of 10 mbps upload speed is needed.

7. Test in Advance

Gone are the days when a choppy stream is forgiven. Test your equipment, and your bandwidth, and run technical and speaker briefings with all relevant stakeholders so they’re on point. However, do note that LinkedIn Live is public, so even when testing, people can see your video.

8. Visuals

Make sure your event space is suitable for live streaming and looks good on screen. Use green screen technology, if appropriate, to really elevate your live stream with a branded environment, or use custom branded assets to make your presentation shine. Take a read of our blog ‘Using a Green Screen at a Hybrid Event: Everything You Need To Know’ for more information on green screen technology. And if you’re having an in-person audience too, check out Lumiere London or Unlocked for unique venues that will work well.

9. Have a Team Behind You

LinkedIn Live doesn’t have all of the user-friendly functionality of an event platform, so for utilising the live engagement features – comments, questions, polls, and feedback – it is worth having another team member as an administrator of your page or event so they can keep an eye on the live engagement and feed it into the event.

 

Conclusion

LinkedIn Live is a brilliant communications channel to add to your event arsenal. With the right setup and know-how, which we hope this article will help with, it’s a great channel to utilise the many benefits of live streaming to engage with your professional network where they are without the need to spend money on platforms and registration tools. And if you need a hand positioning its utility internally, here are a couple of key figures that might help:

  • LinkedIn has over 700m active users
  • LinkedIn Live Streams have increased 158% since February 2020

If you’d like advice on LinkedIn Live, or social and event live streaming, please get in touch with our team.