By now you must have heard about Periscope, its that App that allows you to live stream anything you are up to. Its current main competitor is Meerkat. I thought I’d give you these 23+ tips to make you a better travel scoper on Periscope.
Oh, I’ve done a few scopes, you can search for me as mskonfa1990 when you have your App loaded. Plus you can see two scopes I’ve placed on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4je67KlrqP0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJvgwIANf8Y. They are both Harry Potter based as I did a your of the Making of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros. Studios London recently.
- Download the App. Android | IOS. Can’t really do much unless you have the App installed.
- Keep abreast of the happenings with Periscope. Here you will find all that is going on with Periscope. It’s essential reading.
- As much as you can welcome each and everyone who joins your scopes. This shows that you care about your audience. It’s like how when people enter a store someone says welcome and you feel special all of a sudden. Same concept here.
- Remember to welcome replay viewers. Not everyone watches your scope live, so give the people who watch the replays some love.
- Tell viewers how to share your broadcast on twitter and on periscope. Most people don’t know how to do this so tell them throughout the broadcast. For the record: IOS (ipad, iphone, etc.) its swipe right then up to see the Share icon, click on it then Share on twitter or copy the link and share it on social media or in an email. Android swipe up then click on SHARE BROADCAST, then click on Share on Twitter or Copy URL and share it on social media or in an email
- If you click on the Map icon, you can see who is scoping around the world. Randomly drop in on people and see what the rest of the world looks like. Give them some hearts while you are at it.
- Tell viewers how to follow you; don’t assume they know. As they are watching, tell them to swipe right on IOS, swipe up on Android and click on your name as the Broadcast, then click on Follow. If it says Following, then they are already following you.
- Since you are more than likely doing travel videos, turn on precise location; this way people can find you if they just want to see people who are broadcasting on the Map view. Be mindful that precise location is precise, so your location is revealed and stalkers can and will stalk you.
- Ignore trolls and just block them. No need to entertain them at all; that interaction will just distract. Also, you can block trolls by pressing on their comments and Block them.
- Remember to tell people where to find you. If you can write your website and twitter, email contact, etc. on a piece of paper and keep it with you, then hold it up to the camera steadily so the viewers can read it.
- Ask people where are they from and if they’ve ever visited where you are broadcasting from. Get them to interact.
- Thank them for watching and giving hearts. Say something like if you are enjoying this, give us some hearts and share with your friends. Also encourage then to give you heart if they like what they are seeing. The periscope algorithm uses the hearts to help to feature you, or at least it used to.
- Speaking of Hearts, give people hearts when you watch their broadcast if you find the information useful
- Remember to tell the viewers who you are and what you are doing periodically since people come on at different times. It’s like how they do in radio and TV.
- Don’t assume people know who you are so tell them who you are
- Have fun
- If you can, tweet that you’ll be on periscope in x minutes before you go on. Do it on other social media channels as well. Tweet again once you are on. Get your friends to share your tweet.
- Figure out how you can collaborate with other bloggers to widen your reach
- Ensure that your bio has search terms in it for your genre. So if people search for say “travel” you’ll show up. Or maybe its a particular city or food item in which you are the expert.
- Hold the camera as steady as possible; when you are doing walkthroughs do it slowly since the camera’s eye is not as fast as the human eye and remember that you are seeing a much wider picture than your viewers. If you walk too fast, it will look like a blur.
- Get a lapel microphone as it will help your sound quality and ensure it has the little foam thingy over it to help with wind. The RODE smartlav+ seems to be the microphone of choice, but there are plenty others.
- Pan slowly so as not to make your viewers dizzy
- Don’t be dull, people will leave right away
- Follow Alex Pettit, he’s the Master!
That should do it for now. I’ll add a few more as time goes by.