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Here’s what the most active UK publishers on Facebook Live did last month

July 04, 2016
Aaron Polmeer

By Lucinda Southern


Whatever Facebook wants, Facebook gets. And Facebook made it clear earlier this year that it wants live video. The social network gave Facebook Live prominence in its app and promoted it heavily online. It has even gone so far as to pay media companies and celebrities millions of dollars to create live-streaming content.

Publishers have only been too happy to oblige despite any clear path to monetization. And U.K. media is no exception.

According to data from analytics firm SocialBakers, in June there were 533 live videos posted by the U.K.’s top 100 media pages, a 72 percent increase from the number of live videos posted in May (310 live videos).

Facebook Live’s ability to let viewers direct the footage through the comments, plus the thrill of the live action, has drawn in big audiences. The social network’s prioritizing of live video has also pushed it to the top of the list for many media companies.

Here’s how the U.K.’s six most prolific Facebook Live publishers, according to SocialBakers data, used the format last month. Spoiler: It involves football.

Facebook Live interactions with the top U.K. publishers

1. Daily Mail
The Daily Mail has been posting live videos in earnest for the last three months. In June, its 68 live videos saw 117,000 interactions (shares, comments and likes). Much of the time they take the form of two Mail journalists chatting in the London office about everything from the missing EgyptAir plane to celebrity style. Occasionally there are appearances by the celebs themselves: Reality star Oliver Proudlock and presenter and former model Katie Piper both popped by this month. In the U.S. the action is a bit more dynamic, including fashion and beauty shoots, food tips and news of the day, plus rosé talk with The Fat Jew.

With 4.7 million Facebook fans to its page, the number of interactions could be higher; rarely do the views get to the 80,000 views mark, although this 15 minute interview with a Saudi billionaire from the end of April fetched 105,000 views.

2. Sky News
Live video became a mainstay of Sky News’s arsenal in April. It broadcast 62 live videos in June, only a couple less than the Daily Mail, but saw more engagement with 144,000 interactions across the videos.

Richard Evans, head of social media and digital partnerships at Sky News, explains the social media team has grown from three to eight people in a year, and it wants to increase the production value of its Live videos. “We want to keep a certain level of accessibility and get our journalists in front of our fans within seconds of a story, if not instantly,” he said.

Sky News is using Facebook Live as often as it can, filming at protests, reporting from press conferences, outside football stadiums, interviewing politicians and integrating reader comments. An interview with Jamie Oliver has gained over 450,000 views, tipping the scale, while others are mostly getting under 80,000 views.

3. Reuters UK
In June Reuters UK posted 48 Facebook Live videos which gained 22,000 interactions. Prior to that, the publisher had done …read more

Source:: Digiday