Have you heard of Periscope? Are you using it? You should be! I just started with using Periscope a couple of weeks ago and I am loving it so far. It becomes very addictive, especially watching them. I mostly watch scopes though I have actually gotten in front of the camera and done a few scopes of my own. It’s a newer platform for social media and many people have not heard about it yet. It’s only about 5 months old so even if you’ve heard about it you may not actually know much about it and what it’s all about. So have no fear I’m going to break it down and share what I’ve learned and what you should know. If your not on Periscope yet, go here and sign up. (Even if you don’t think you will use it go and get your name on Periscope if you decide to use it later your name might be gone in the nest few months as Periscope continues to grow.)
You log in with your Twitter account, they are connected. You can share your scopes and other peoples scopes by swiping right or up during the scope, depending on what device you are using. Click to share with your Periscope followers or your Twitter followers so they can check the scope out.
So What is Periscope?
Periscope is a live streaming mobile app that you can use on your cell phone or ipad. It lets you broadcast from anywhere anytime. Unlike when you create videos to upload or webinars which have a lot of setup and usually a lot of editing. You can jump on and do a scope anytime quickly.
Periscope is very popular for how-to videos so at the moment it’s quiet popular with people who are coaches. People coaching on Business, makeup, styling, and other creatives who can do how-to videos and with bloggers wanting to share tips. That’s not the only uses for Periscope though and as the platform grows other businesses will discover videos that best wok for them
I’ve also seen many scopes where people are just sharing their daily lives and coming and goings. Or scoping from Disneyland and other amusement parks. Also it’s a great medium for sharing the behind the scenes of your business or answering FAQ about you or your business. It’s great for connecting and engaging with your audience.
One of the best features of Periscope I have found is that you can share scopes you are watching with your Periscope and Twitter followers. I have discovered more amazing people through these shared scopes who I may never have found. I have learned so much from new people in the last few weeks and I’m loving it. Can’t wait to find more people and learn more.
Always keep learning is a life motto of mine! This is such a new platform with social media that we are all on the learning curve together. So just do your best and be supportive of other scopers, we are all in this together. In a few months we will be great at it just as all the people start discovering it and that will help us early adopters stand out from the crowd.
How to Use Periscope as the watcher:
Some quick facts about Periscope.
– you can watch someone scope live and leave comments that they can see.
– you can also watch a replay which is available for 24 hours and then goes away.
– You follow people and people follow you. When you follow someone you get notified that they are scoping so you can jump on then and watch or catch the replay.
-If you like what you are watching or what someone is saying you show them by comments or the giving of hearts. You tap the screen and hearts show up. Your color of hearts will change with every video, there are many colors and it’s fun to give the hearts and even more fun to receive them when you are doing a scope.
– When you are watching live you can give comments and hearts but when you are watching the replay you can’t give comments but you can still give hearts.
– The more you heart and comment the more likely the person scoping will notice you and maybe they will come check out your scopes and the fellow commenters will hopefully take notice of you and come check you out on your scopes. I find lots of new people through their comments.
How to Use Periscope as the one on Camera:
– It is hard at first. I was so nervous day one and still get nervous but honestly just do it. So far I have had nothing but kindness and love given to me on Pericope and I try to give tons of love to everyone I watch.
– It’s only a few minutes. I keep my scopes really short around five minutes sometimes less. I am hoping that as I build confidence being on camera I will speak for longer but for now short and sweet is good.
– It helps to have notes or a guideline of what you are going to talk about with you so if you get off topic you can remember what you were going to say.
-save your videos you make, you will want to delete them but don’t because you want people to watch the replay and know that after 24 hours it’s gone anyway. You can also save and upload your videos to Youtube or Facebook so your audiences there can watch them as well.
-Resist the urge to delete. You want to have a recent video up as much as possible that way when new followers find you they have something to check out. If you don’t scope often or delete them often you won’t have anything up to watch. I am trying to scope daily but I don’t always get one done. Just try your best. The more you do it the better you will be.
– Also you can set up katch.me to auto save your scopes so people can watch them there. You just sign up with your twitter account and set it up, it is super simple to use. I watch lots of other users older scopes that way.
– You are going to make mistakes and not be perfect but these scopes are not supposed to be perfect, they are more relaxed and really no one expects you to be perfect.
– If people seem perfect it’s probably because they have done webinars and maybe have a background in being on video so they are just more comfortable. Most people are not perfect at all but we are all newbies and growing together.
– Make good headlines. You want to attract people to click on your scopes to watch them so just like blog posts use good headlines/titles. You can add emoji’s in your scope headlines to make them more fun and stand out.
People to follow on Pericope
I follow some really great people on Periscope and keep discovering new Periscope users daily. So my list of much watch Periscope users is constantly growing. So I just wanted to share a few favorites that you so that when you get on Periscope you can go and check them out. These are not in order because it’s too hard for me to list them in order.
1. Hilary Rushford
2. Coach Glitter
3. Chalene Johnson
4. Zach Spuckler
5. Jordana Jaffe
Periscope handle: @jordanajaffe
6. Alex Beadon
Periscope handle: @alexbeadon
7. Working Mom Magic
There are so many more but I want to keep the list manageable.
Also of course you should be following me as well. Of course! Find me @karissaancell
So get on Periscope watch some scopes and give some love because we all need the love. Then decide on what you want to scope about and just do it. I have found that joining Scope challenges is great. You can connect with people in the challenge and it can either give you topic ideas if the challenge gives you daily prompts which some challenges do offer. Or if there aren’t daily prompts you can check out the other people scoping in the challenge, watch those and get ideas from watching them. Either way I’m getting ideas and getting inspired and motivated by other scopers and it helps me get on there and scope.
One Last Tip:
Tell your audiences other places that you are now on Periscope. Tell your blog, your Twitter followers, Facebook followers. I also shared with my Instagram audience that I’m on there. They won’t know to look for you there if you don’t tell them they you are there.