Add LinkedIn Video to your list of places to share your visual content. Here’s why you shouldn’t ignore the growing power of LinkedIn Video.
When you think about creating video for social media, you most likely think of Facebook and YouTube. However, you don’t want to miss out on LinkedIn for video.
In this article, we will review the video formatting requirements for LinkedIn, information about live video, and what types of video work best on this platform.
Unlike Facebook LIVE, LinkedIn’s live video option is not an option for everyone yet. Most social media experts believe that it will be at some point, but for now, LinkedIn’s live video option is only in beta.
If you want to use LinkedIn Live, you can apply for admission to the beta program.
Applying is an involved process … LinkedIn states that only a small percentage of applications are getting accepted right now. The application itself though gives some ideas as to what LinkedIn is looking for in video across the board. Some of the items LinkedIn asks about on the application:
You can count on LinkedIn to check the other content you produce elsewhere before it gives you the green light. LinkedIn will also review your page or profile to see what types of content you are already producing.
If you haven’t done so yet, do a complete audit of your social media with a special focus on your live video streams to make sure you are putting your best foot forward. Pay attention to the details, like subtitles on your videos and video length.
If you do get approved, you will also need to use one of the LinkedIn video partners. Some platforms offer a free plan, up to $179 or more per month. Which partner you choose will depend on your needs. For example, you need to consider how often you want to go live, if you want to stream on multiple platforms at once, and how many guests you want to be able to invite on your live videos.
Linkedin supports many types of video files including the common MP4 and MPEG-1 and MPEG-4 types. They do NOT support GIF files, .MOV or Quicktime files among others.
You will want to check LinkedIn’s full video specifications list if you are not sure if your file type is supported.
Also, your LinkedIn video has to meet size and length requirements:
If you are having any trouble uploading, check the specifications first to make sure they are within LinkedIn’s guidelines.
You can also share links to videos elsewhere, such as YouTube or Vimeo, like in this example:
Important differences between native (those you upload directly) and non-native (those hosted on other sites) LinkedIn videos are that …
If you want to get serious about LinkedIn video as a part of your strategy, you should upload them directly to your profile.
When you are ready to post your videos, it is easy. Start a new post and then select your video file.
You can also choose whether to post to your personal profile or a business account that you manage and what audience you want to be able to view the video. The default is to share with anyone on or off LinkedIn. You can also choose to share the post with Twitter, with specific groups, or only people that are your connections. Audience is also where you can turn on or off comments with the “advanced” setting.
Once the video is uploaded, you have the option to upload an SRT file to add video captions and to write text to accompany the post.
Some other ideas include …
Take a look at some content creators who are already doing video on LinkedIn and make notes of what is working and what they are doing right.
Don’t worry about feeling awkward … You still can create effective videos even if you don’t feel confident in front of the camera.
The LinkedIn platform values the quality and professionalism of your videos. It is worth taking the extra time to make sure that your videos meet the mark.
Make sure to:
Schedule time for each step of the process, not just for shooting the video. And if you are not doing live video, you can also edit the videos to make them more professional.
Once you have taken the time to create videos that are effective LinkedIn content, you definitely want people to watch them! You can do this in two ways:
Posting your video is just the first step! Make sure you take advantage of the hashtags, so people find your video when searching for content.
You have many ways to maximize your exposure on LinkedIn.
One idea is to write a blog post about the topic of the video on LinkedIn Publishing. Doing so gives you a double benefit of making your post more interesting and engaging, and providing a wider distribution for your video at the same time.
Who do you know that would specifically benefit from this video? What groups would find value in your video?
Think of where else within LinkedIn you can share your video including:
But you are not limited to only LinkedIn for promoting your new video.
By sharing your video outside of LinkedIn you will drive traffic back to your LinkedIn profile to help build new connections and relationships. You can share the video on other online places by copying the video link or embedding the post on your website.
If you want to share your video outside of LinkedIn, you must make sure the permissions are set, so that it is visible to those off the platform as well.
Another layer to video strategy on LinkedIn is that you can share other people’s videos as well if they are created as public videos. This can be a good way to build relationships with influencers and share content with your audience that you might not be able to produce yourself.
Some ideas of how you can share videos are …
Wherever you share, remember to always keep your focus on adding value. Is it something that will make life better for your viewers? If so, how? Clarify why you are sending the video to them when you do.
Are you using LinkedIn video right now? How have you seen it impact your results?
If you are ready to dive in, get started using these steps:
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