How to live post during events and why your brand needs to

Best practices
Man and woman cheering at a live sporting event

X is the roar of the crowd for events. Across sports, news, and entertainment, the opportunity for brands to connect is ready and waiting. Posting live is best for live events — makes sense right? 

If you’re used to pre-planning and scheduling this might seem daunting but it doesn’t have to be. Find below event post examples alongside our pre-event, during, and post-event posting tips. 

Why is live posting important?

Live posting adds your brand or business to the conversation on X. Some can be predicted (take a look at our X marketing calendar) and some might happen unexpectedly. 

To be part of the moment and get people talking you should plan to live post during events that are relevant to your business. Potential benefits include:

  • Increased engagement

  • Cultural relevance

  • Connect with new communities or topics

  • New X followers

What to do before the event

Check if the event has a hashtag

If it does, you should plan to use it in your posts. This will increase the chance of interested people seeing your posts and align your brand with the event. 

Brainstorm Tweet ideas

Think about what you’ll post, but don’t schedule unless absolutely necessary. Live posting as things happen is more authentic. 

You should also consider what creative you might need (imagery, GIFs, video) and what you could create in advance. For example if it’s a sporting event you might need image options for either team winning or losing.

Engage with your followers

Start your posts early, for example ask your followers if they’ll be attending or watching the event. You could even run an X Poll to gauge interest and see what your followers are most excited about.

Social media consultant @pauldunphy runs a poll asking who people would like to see win UK show #StrictlyComeDancing

Consider using X Ads products

If your brand is promoting or aligned with the event, consider running X Ads during the event. Some good X Ads options include: 

  • Carousel Ads to tell a visual story with more than one image, and drive action.
  • Promoted Posts to reach a wider group of people or spark engagement from your existing followers.
  • Conversation Buttons to prompt people on X to spread your message to their followers, expanding your reach and engagement.
  • X Amplify to pair your video ad with some of the best video content from the world’s most-watched and rising publishers.
  • Branded Notifications to connect with opted-in users at the moments that matter most on the day of the event.
  • Timeline Takeover to connect at scale on the day of the event

During the event — live posting checklist

Lean into the chaos and post, post, post! Here’s a checklist to help you:

  • Use the event hashtag and/or your own branded hashtag in your posts 

  • GIFs, images, and videos are your friends. Use them to boost engagement and connect

  • Timing is everything — keep an eye on trending topics for timely post inspiration

  • Re-read before you post to help ensure spellings and @ mentions are correct

  • Engage with other people on X — repost, like other posts, and reply to threads

What to do after the event

  • Respond to posts you didn’t have time for on the day

  • Post congratulations, a recap of events, or a link to where people can learn more about what happened during the event

  • Look at X Analytics to see which of your posts performed best, and what didn’t work so well

  • Later down the line, find ways to recap the event with a #ThrowbackThursday or by creating an X Moment

Running app @Strava congratulate one of the top runners after the #LondonMarathon

To help you decide what events you should connect with, check out and bookmark the X marketing calendar. The calendar will help you discover global opportunities to connect with your audience year-round. 

To connect at scale request to work with a customer success specialist who’ll be able to advise on opportunities and next steps.

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