How to Go Live on Tiktok

If you finally have enough followers to go live on TikTok, there are some things you should know prior to hitting that 'go live' button!

If you finally have enough followers to go live on TikTok, there are some things you should know prior to hitting that ‘go live’ button! Before we dive in to the details, let’s review some of the reasons you might want to use this feature. Going live on TikTok is a great way to connect with your followers on a more personal level. During the live session, the people who are viewing can comment while you respond in real time, creating an interactive conversation. When you’re live, it can feel like you’re giving a monologue. But if you think of it as though you are spending time with friends, it can be a lot of fun!

If you’re a business owner, it’s important to know how to go live on TikTok. Implementing lives into your strategy is a great way for potential consumers to learn more about you and your products or service. You’ll generate an interest in your business, so be prepared to tell people where they can find your products or service.

As an individual, knowing how to go live on TikTok with help you connect with friends and create a feeling of community, Inviting friends to join your live is a fun way to enjoy new relationships. Starting conversations where people are learning about each other in real time is fun and engaging. If you don’t want to go live with friends, you can go solo and consider yourself the host of your own party!

Here are a some tips if you’re going live for the first time:

  • Make a list of things you want to share. Reading comments can be distracting and take you off topic, so it’s helpful to have a list so you can get yourself back on track.

  • It’s nice to acknowledge the people who join your live, but don’t be insulted when people come and go. That is the nature of the going live experience.

  • Beware of reading the comments out loud. Read them to yourself first, as some people will type things in the chat that mean something different when read out loud.

  • Customize your settings before you start your live session since there are many things you can control before you start.

When you first go live, it can be intimidating on screen since TikTok provides many things you can do while you’re live. It’s helpful to plan ahead in your settings so you are not overwhelmed:

  • Add a title to the live which appears next to your username for those who might want to know the topic of your live.

  • You can assign moderators who can help you manage things during your session if things get overwhelming.

  • Determine if you want to limit who can comment, or if you want to filter comments with keywords.

  • Decide if you want to create a banner or background using green screen to let people know what you are offering. This specific tutorial demonstrates how to create a banner for your live.

  • Enhance your appearance using the filters available if that is something you enjoy.

The tutorial below takes you through the many settings you can customize prior to starting your live session. It shows you what your screen will look like once you are live since it can be overwhelming when you’re speaking while trying to figure out what all the icons do!

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