Periscope 101: The Basics

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Welcome to Periscope 101! We’re so excited to be launching a new series of blog posts all about our newest obsession. We realize some of you may have never heard of Periscope before so let’s start with the basics! Periscope is a live video streaming app that lets you interact with viewers around the world. This powerful app is slowly taking over the blogging world and we are definitely hopping on the band wagon!

How do you get started?
Signing up for Periscope is easy as pie! The app is available for Android and iOS, once downloaded you can sign in with your Twitter account or set up a new handle with your mobile number. Make sure to add a profile image and short description in your bio. Now it’s time to explore! The globe icon allows you to discover broadcasts going on across the world. There are Scopers in every niche you can imagine! Follow along in a pilates workout with Blogilates or learn how to make some major coin with ScOprah! Oh and don’t forget to follow Bloguettes!

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Broadcasting Basics
Broadcasting your first scope is a little nerve racking, but here are a few pointers to get you started! The camera icon will allow you to launch a broadcast. To go live, simply type an intriguing description and hit the start button! The first image on the screen will be what shows up on people’s feed. Take advantage of this by showing something appealing, for example your business’ website. To flip back and fourth between the front and back cameras just double tap. Make sure you’re prepared with a subject to talk about, be energetic, and have fun! Even if you don’t have any viewers, your broadcast will be recorded and available to watch for 24 hours.

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Engage Your Audience
The best part about Periscope is that it is extremely interactive. Your viewers can chat through comments and encourage you with hearts. Commenting is easy and allows people to ask questions and engage with other viewers. Viewers can also send hearts by tapping the screen and the best part is they can give as many as they want! The amount of hearts you get is tracked and helps your ranking on Periscope, so don’t be afraid to ask for a little love!

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Why You Need Periscope For Your Blog/Business
Periscope has proved itself to be an amazing tool for marketing! The platform allows for a lot of live interaction within a short amount of time, which is great since people tend to have short attention spans. Periscope allows you to spread awareness about your business in a creative way and get immediate feedback. Every time you do a broadcast you can ask your viewers to share the broadcast with their followers. That’s potential for thousands of more eyes on you and your products! All you need to get started is your phone and something to hold it up, so what are you waiting for? Come join us on Periscope!