I’ve been on Periscope for a few months now, & I am totally hooked. It is surprising to me that I have fallen in love with a live-streaming video platform since I am so used to sitting behind my computer screen in private. But maybe that is exactly what made me fall in love with it… no featured images, no proofreading, just talking & sharing value with people who care what I have to say.
I recently hit a big milestone, which is receiving over 100,000 hearts! You can follow me to be able to chat with me live by going here: Periscope.tv/mom_shar or simply search @mom_shar in the Periscope app.
Here are my top 10 Periscope tips:
- Join Groups – Joining groups is a great way to get started on Periscope. It is an instant support network, & it will get you followers & hearts quickly so that you don’t feel like you are doing it all in vain. A lot of these groups offer topic ideas, & the ability to find new people to follow within your own niche.
- Participate in Scopes – Watching scopes can actually get you new followers & recognized in the Periscope community. Adding value to other people’s scopes is helpful to the broadcaster, & it is nice for the other people who are watching. I have gained quite a few followers simply by commenting in other broadcasters scopes.
- Have Something to Say – People are not likely to tune in, or stay tuned in, if you do not have something significant to say. We are not all celebrities. You don’t care to watch me go about my daily tasks, & you don’t care to listen to me ramble. Have a point & get it across quickly.
- Provide Value – Similar to the point above, you want to provide value in every single one of your scopes. Have a plan of what you want to say & consider what your audience wants to hear.
- Be Consistent – Being consistent means a few things in terms of scoping. It means that you need to consistently show up & have material for people to view (since they only last for 24 hours). And it means talking about consistent topics & finding your niche so that people know what to expect when they come into your scope.
- Recycle Content – There is not enough time in the day to constantly be coming up with new content. Read old blog posts (or paraphrase them) on a scope. Embed a scope via Katch into a blog post. Your time is valuable so get the most out of your efforts.
- Don’t Over Share – A lot of scopers ask you to share out their content, & when you are joining these communities they sometimes seem like they are requiring it. But I am warning you to do this sparingly. Sharing out other people’s scopes all the time will drive your own followers nuts! It is a fast way to lose followers so only share content that you think that your followers will also love to watch.
- Don’t Follow Everyone – I made this mistake in the beginning… I followed everyone that came across my path, & I quickly had a Periscope feed filled with videos that I didn’t have any interest in watching. You want to grow & connect, but do so with people that you genuinely want to watch & follow.
- Don’t Turn On Location – Turning on your location will get you more viewers in each scope, but it will also bring more trolls. I rarely have issues with trolls since I do not share my location.
- Don’t Acknowledge the Trolls – If trolls do come in to your scopes, do not acknowledge them. Do not make it a point to say, “oohh, that’s unacceptable. blocked!” b/c it is distracting to your viewers. And if they are watching the replay, they will not see the blocked person’s comments anyway!
Just Press the Red Button!
The more that you scope the easier it will become. The nerves will subside, & you will find your niche. People will get to truly know you, & you will get to know them & establish new relationships that can help you in the long run!