Periscope for Bloggers
If you’ve been on Twitter recently I’m sure you’ve noticed an increased number of tweets that begin like this…”Live on #Periscope…” I first discovered Periscope, a live-streaming video app, back in April and have really enjoyed following some great adventures since then. You can get great behind the scenes looks at things, see new places around the world without having to break your budget, meet some fascinating people, and so much more. So I decided it was time to start using the app to do my own live streaming so I reached out to other bloggers for tips for getting the most out of Periscope.
If you’re thinking about joining this trend, take a minute to read through these tips so you can have amazing broadcasts!
And if you’re already on but not sure how to make the most of Periscope, enjoy these tips!
And if you want to see me learn how to use Periscope, follow me HERE
Tips from Megan Singleton, Blogger at Large
– Turn the camera onto yourself sometimes so viewers can see who you are.
– People get bored easily and leave so set up your text and wait for the action to start before you broadcast.
– Read the questions and say hi back to people. Let them guide you around for more engagement.
– If you’ve written your intro and find the signal isn’t going to let you broadcast here’s a tip, “select all” and copy it so you don’t have to retype it when you get into a good spot!
Tips from Kash, The Budget Traveller
– Travel is all about the experience so share those amazing lifetime experiences on Periscope. I was up at dawn in Stonehenge recently watching sunrise over the prehistoric moment. I captured it on Periscope and had over 1000 people tune in from the States during the scope.
– Interact and invite your audience to ask questions
Unlike broadcast television, Periscope allows you to interact with your audience so say hello, have a conversation and invite comments and questions during the scope. I was being shown around by a guide at Stonehenge and invited my audience to post questions which I shared with the guide. This helps increase engagement massively.
Tips from Helen, A Pilot’s Daughter
– Engage your audience. You can show them the most beautiful sunset in the world, but if there’s nothing for them to do or say, they’ll lose interest quickly. Ask them questions, have them make choices for you, teach them something, or guide them somewhere. Your audience wants to be a part of your broadcast.
Tips from LaShon Renee, For the Love of Curls
– Pick an eye-catching title of your scope
– Let your “room” populate for a few seconds before you get started
Are you using Periscope? If you are comment below with your username so we can connect! What do you like to watch on Periscope? Adventures, behind-the-scenes, interviews, sneak peeks…
Cassie @ Almost Getting it Together
This is awesome… I used to work in social media, pre-Periscope. I downloaded it but haven’t done anything with it yet. I might try doing something with it during a race soon!
Deb- It's me, debcb!
I’ve heard about this but haven’t checked it out yet. Honestly, I’m a little afraid especially since I spend a lot of time in my jammies in front of the computer.
I havent tried periscope yet, but I love watching it!!
I’ve been reluctant to add yet another social media stream to my list, but I’ll admit I’m very curious about Periscope!
Thank you for featuring my tip! Periscope is taking social media to a whole new level.
I’ve seen this popping up more and more. I’ve been nervous to try it out but it sounds like I should:)
I keep hearing about Periscope! I’m too nervous to try it myself though, hahah!
Thanks, Julie! Great tips! x
I just heard of periscope today. Im going to have to check it out. I’m having such a hard time keeping up with all these things!
There are quite a few social media platforms to keep track of…my philosophy is add one at a time and then wait to add the next one until you have the first one down…otherwise you’ll get overwhelmed!
Jennifer @ The Foodie Patootie
When it comes to live streaming, I started with Meerkat and now I want to move over to Periscope! Thanks for the tips. 🙂
I’ve heard a bit about Periscope and now I really want to look into it!!
You definitely should!
I just signed up! I haven’t been brave enough to do anything with it yet!
Let me know when you do!
Pam @ Hodge Podge Moments
I’ve heard a lot about Periscope but I haven’t taken a look at it yet. I’m not sure if it’s the right fit for me or not. If I do join, I’ll definitely come back to these tips!
It’s probably not the best fit for every kind of blog but I think it can be really awesome to share those videos with your followers if it is a good fit
I’ve never even heard of it, so I guess I have some catching up to do!
It’s still fairly new so you’re not too far behind 🙂
HAVE FUN! That is the best tip, thanks for sharing!
I have been seeing this Periscope around everywhere and hearing about it left and right. I kept hearing it mentioned at BlogU, I think I might need to look into it–it sound sort of neat!
You should definitely look into it!
Great post Julie! I am Jeannine O’Neil | JO Social Branding over on Periscope. I love these tips. I ran two and have watched many. Interesting captions to get people in and interacting with the audience is HUGE. I like the comment about letting the audience guide you. I also listened to a Podcast on the topic and they said to think of it is as a storytelling tool. I thought that was a neat tip as well!
I keep meaning to try this but keep forgetting! Thanks for the reminder as I’m heading out to host an event…
Let me know how it goes!
Lisa @ RunWiki
I am so overwhelmed- I know I need to get on the bandwagon but not even sure how to type something on it. Where is the flippin keyboard? haha! My head! I’m sure I’ll figure it out someday, but it’s tough to keep up with the rapid changes and new platforms in Social Media.
Come back to my blog later this week! I’m launching a September Periscope challenge with another blogger that will help all of us (including me!) get past our nervousness about using it and then rock it out together!