Periscope 101- Everything You Need To Know About Periscope

For the past few weeks, I’ve been immersed on Periscope, learning all about the tool, the culture, the people, and basically, falling in love. I’ve prepared this guide to share with YOU and all my friends, subscribers, visitors, and followers, so you can know the ins and outs of Periscope and how you can use it to your advantage.

WARNING: This post is long! You can skip right to the sections that are more important, relevant, and meaningful to you, or come back and read it in chunks at a time. I could have written a series, but I decided to keep all the information in one place and to keep updating as this platform evolves. Let’s get right to it!

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Periscope 101 ~ What Is Periscope?

Periscope is a fun and useful live video streaming app available on Android and iOS, which was purchased by Twitter for $100 million in January 2015, before it even launched in March! The founders wanted to create something that would serve as some type of teleportation: for people to discover events and places through live video.

The reason I love Periscope so much is because as a viewer, you can see the world in real time through someone else’s eyes. As a broadcaster, you have the power to share content in context: share people, places, interests, events, and experiences with others, while witnessing their reactions and having a two-way conversation.

 Why Periscope Matters For Entrepreneurs (or MOMpreneurs) and Women In Business

Micro-broadcasting is an amazing thing for techies and geeks such as I to adopt; however, it is also a useful trend for content creators.

And you may wonder what makes this platform different than YouTube, Google Hangouts, and Ustream, (just to name a few)… well, it’s the new trend and early adopters will always be ahead of the curve, plus, it provides live interaction and calls for just a short broadcast, rather than a live “show” format. People’s attention spans are short, especially on mobile, and people come and go out of your broadcast as they please.

As a Certified Guerrilla Marketing Master Trainer, there are three ways I help moms build their business and gain visibility, credibility, and profitability and all three can be increased on Periscope:

Positioning:  You can use Periscope to position yourself as an expert as you develop a common theme across your scopes. If you’re already blogging, you can match your scopes to your blogging categories (which -ahem- ideally align with your Top 5 Passions). Sharing your story is a powerful way to do this, because in your pain lies your purpose and in your struggle lies your strength.

Branding: You can use Periscope to solidify your brand (image) by keeping consistent in the way you show up in the business world. As you scope, you must introduce yourself several times during your scope and that is an opportunity to tell others where to find you and what your mission is. I always say “I’m Elayna with and my mission is to empower, equip, and encourage moms to create JOY, BALANCE, and SUCCESS on their own terms.” I end my scopes with my famous quote and tag line BE Positive And You’ll BE Powerful and a See you later at To share my authentic personality, I smile and laugh a lot and strive to spread positive energy.

Marketing: Many people confuse marketing with “shameless self promotion,” however, that is not the case at all. I believe there are 5 stages in the marketing process: contact, conversation, connection, community, and conversion (click to learn more) and you can leverage Periscope to go though each, spreading awareness about the value you bring to the table so that your ideal persona knows, trusts, and likes you enough to do business with you.

Getting Set Up On Periscope

When you download the mobile app, you can login to Periscope with your Twitter account (using your Twitter handle) or simply with your mobile number and a handle of your choice.

I did both since someone else has thepositivemom on Twitter (and they don’t use it!) so my Twitter handle is ThePositiveMOM_. Therefore, I am both @thepositivemom and @ThePositiveMOM_ on Periscope. As you login and out of your mobile or tablet device, you can switch from Periscope and Twitter ID’s. Grab yours before it’s taken!!!

You can go to settings and add your name and last name, as well as a mini-bio. Make sure your profile picture represents exactly how you want to show up in that space. You can also keep the information you already have on Twitter.

Next, you’re asked to follow people on Periscope, and, since Twitter owns Periscope, you can easily find and connect with your Twitter followers (AKA tweeps!).

How To Start Your Periscope Broadcast

When you launch the app, you will land on the discovery stream (with the TV icon). The third icon on the right will allow you to stream your own broadcast. To go live, you simply type a title and click the big red Start Broadcast button.

UPDATE: I recommend you use WiFi and test your Internet connection before you begin your scope. Set your smartphone on AIRPLANE MODE, because if you get calls during your broadcast, you will likely be disconnected by the interruption.

The first image on the stream will be the thumbnail that shows up on people’s screens, so take advantage of branding. I usually place my business card (showcasing my logo and tagline) or a screen shot of my website. To flip from the front to the back camera and vice versa, you double tap the screen. Don’t press the Start Broadcast button unless you are ready!

Because it takes a few seconds for viewers to start joining your live cast, it is a best practice to watch the scroll and wait until you see more than one person viewing and then you start talking.

How long should a scope be?

A few minutes is fine. It’s better to post shorter streams more frequently, rather than a long one. Have fun, be spontaneous, and animated. Don’t close while getting a lot of comments and hearts: when you are done sharing or viewership and interaction starts dropping, say goodbye.

Fab Tip: If you get down to 0 viewers and you are not done, stop and restart with another title! To end you scope you swipe down on iOS.

Letting others know about your scope

On Periscope, you can share your live-stream by enabling tweets to go out as you start your broadcast (do this by tapping on the bird icon before broadcasting). The title of your scope will show up and a link to view on the non-yet-editable tweet, like this:

LIVE on #Periscope: [Broadcast Title] [Link to Broadcast]

This tweet was automatically sent out when my 12 year old daughter started to livecast my presentation at Rocks Digital, where I spoke on Social Media Day:

Besides the Tweet notification, you can also copy-paste the URL and share it somewhere else: by e-mail, text, Facebook group, or any social media update you choose – and tell them what you scope on.

Writing The Best Broadcast Titles On Periscope

Your title needs to be entered before starting your broadcast to describe what you are scoping (broadcasting live on Periscope) about. Your scope title can be:

  1. 72 characters long
  2. compelling
  3. straight-forward (say exactly what it is!)
  4. made dynamic by using hashtags for more discovery power.
  5. stand out by using CAPS and emojis (emoticons!)
  6. in the form of an invitation to learn or call-to-action
  7. intriguing, sound exclusive, or seem weird ( i.e.I scoped my behind-the-scenes from #AdventureCon15 and that was a hit!)

At this time, you cannot edit your scope title, so take a bit of time to make it an effective one.

7 Ways To Engage Your Audience On Periscope

After you click the red BROADCAST button, your viewers can comment and they can also share your broadcast with their followers. Viewers can also send “hearts” to the broadcaster (you) by tapping on their mobile screen as a form of love, support, and appreciation. Here are some ideas to interact with your Periscope viewers:

  1. welcome/greet viewers as they join (some have weird usernames you won’t be able to pronounce)
  2. ask viewers where they are viewing from
  3. ask your viewers to “Swipe right” to share your broadcast with their followers (they can invite all or select individuals).
  4. acknowledge their comments and answer their questions. Comments can be up to 72 characters long.
  5. ask them to tap the screen to express love and give feedback (that’s how you get to Most Loved status).
  6. ask questions and encourage interaction (viewers can view each other’s hearts shared  and comments, as well as reply by clicking on another viewer and click on their name to get their profile information and start following)
  7. Ignore or block trolls or anyone who is rude or offensive, don’t give them undeserved attention and never take it personal. You can limit comments to followers only.

I love the hearts. I love hearts in general, but HEARTS are the official Periscope currency: your popularity is measured by how many hearts you receive. It’s all about how many hearts you have! As you start getting hearts, you will notice the hearts will come in different colors; this is because hearts match a viewer’s avatar color. Your avatar color as a viewer will be different all the time.

It takes a little time to get used to scoping and interacting, and I find that the more I do it, the more comfortable I become and the better I engage.

10 Ways To Grow Your Periscope Following:

  1. Collaborate, co-host, or interview other broadcasters.
  2. Choose a consistent schedule for your scopes (like my friend @TabithaPhilen with her nightly scope for inspired bloggers).
  3. Be focused on a topic or style and share your honest, helpful, positive expertise.
  4. Be authentic, be yourself, be original (and don’t worry about the lack of filters – you are beautiful just the way you are… just ask Bruno Mars and Mr. Darcy!)
  5. Broadcast often (some people say at least once a day).
  6. Include your Periscope name on other social platforms and share threads
  7. Watch the most loved scopers, ask for help and tips, and give hearts.
  8. Encourage online viewers to download the app so they can interact with you.
  9. Teach your fans/followers/subscribers/ and blog readers how to follow you on Periscope
  10. Insert cards on your YouTube videos

Repurpose Your Scopes:

While we’re talking about YouTube, did you know that Periscope has a built-in auto-archiving feature?

It keeps your scope for replay for a total of 24 hours (with hearts, comments, and all). Even though your replay will disappear like magic from the Scopesphere (I just made that up), you can choose the Autosave Broadcast option to send the scope automatically to your camera roll. This allows you to edit them and upload them to YouTube if you choose. I even use Instagram to do a tease video asking people to watch the replay while it’s up, too. The possibilities are endless.

If you want others to know about the replay beign available, you can retweet your cast to remind others to view it before the 24 hours are up. OR, if you don’t want to keep the replay up for viewers, you can manually delete it… just make sure you autosave it if you want to refer to it or repurpose it later.

You can broadcast publicly or privately. I have been coaching and mentoring some of my mom clients on Periscope, which is really awesome. I love the public scopes a lot because you can gather an international audience with very diverse viewers. Of course, this also means crazy comments and even marriage proposals. LOL

To view live broadcasts of public video streams, you tap the TV icon in the app, and to watch replays, you can tap the “View All Recent Broadcasts” option.

Privacy Concerns: Sharing Your Location

Location tagging is usually a major privacy concern for many people on any network. Periscope used to pinpoint exactly where you were scoping from, but now they record your location as a general area. You can also turn location tagging off if you choose. I always turn it off when I’m at home, but I turn it on otherwise because I’m usually sharing places and events with my viewers, which they absolutely love.

Study Your Periscope Stats / Analytics

You can look at several stats on your scopes such as retention rate, number of live viewers and web viewers, number of hearts received (both live and on replay mode), and more. This is a great tool to start noticing what works, what doesn’t, and what to do differently (that’s my way of assessing everything!). I’m learning more every time I scope and I love the adventure!

Something that helps me become a better scoper is to watch my own replays. It was something I did when I started speaking and doing video, as well.

I’m looking for patterns when I watch my replays and when I watch other broadcasters’ scopes: what gets the most hearts? what causes viewership to drop? what comments to look for and answer and how?

Tips For Recording Your Scopes

I use my iPhone 6. Many people on iOS have reported having problems with the 4 and 4S. Interestingly enough, I haven’t heard any issues with any Android phones.

You can use a tripod or a selfie stick for stability, but don’t be afraid to scope on the fly. Spontaneous, inspired scopes are the most popular. The same is to be said about scripts; an outline will suffice to keep you focused with all the interaction happening on screen.

Try to have the least background noise possible. Of course, if you’re at an event, people understand it’s not realistic. Your phone microphone should be okay, but if you happen to have a lavalier, please use it, because it will look and sound more professional. You can ask your viewers if the sound quality is working for them and adjust accordingly.

Scope from a variety of environments and be aware of the lighting. My friend @CherylLPitt does incredibly valuable scopes for bloggers and homeschoolers from her car because “it’s quieter,” she says.

What NOT To Do On Periscope

Thankfully, you can block people from commenting on your scopes, because I’ve experienced that some of the commentary going on is negative or inappropriate. You can become familiar with Periscope’s own Terms of Service HERE.

In general, try and keep it legal, friendly, respectful, peaceful, and PG-13. And don’t impersonate, mislead, purchasing popularity, practice piracy, or hijack other’s scope to promote yourself. Sensitive content is allowed “when it is artistic, educational, scientific or newsworthy.”

Besides following the rules, it always helps when we report abuse so others don’t have to experience it.

Oh… and P.S. a note from your friendly Positive Mom: Don’t Periscope and drive! 😛

Periscope Notifications

If you allow Periscope notifications, you’ll get push notifications from people inviting you to watch various live streams they watch. You’ll start seeing them more and more often, and they pop up even when you are watching other scopes.  I get so many notifications from people I love that I must admit I watch more than I scope, because I follow amazing people. For example: @WendyWoerner, @DrWalterSims, @CathyHackl, and Loren from @DisneyPeriscope show up on my radar at least a dozen times a day each.

Periscope vs Meerkat

A lot of people ask me why Periscope and not Meerkat. They are very similar platforms, with very few differences. On Meerkat, every comment is a Twitter reply to the original Meerkat Live video prompt tweet, while Periscope comments are Periscope-only, which is better for me.

You can hide messages on the screen on Periscope, while you don’t have the option to do that on Meerkat. When you are watching a scope, you can swipe to the right and go to the bottom to tap the hide chat symbol and view the stream without comments.

Periscope allows you to watch previous streams (organized in a chronological list), and Meerkat does not allow replays.

Subscribe For Updates!

This post includes everything you need to know about Periscope right now. And since Periscope is a growing network, I’ll add any updates below as they become available – be sure to subscribe here for more!

Did you find my tips helpful? Of course, I’d love to hear how you’re using Periscope as a mom or mompreneur. Please share your feedback, stories and advice in the comments below!

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70 thoughts on “Periscope 101- Everything You Need To Know About Periscope

  1. What a perfectly timed and useful guide to getting started with Periscope! It’s a fun place once you get passed a small learning curve which will be easy to do with Elayna’s guide! Nice job!

  2. Today I shared my first Periscope (@LiveColorfulCo) and let’s say that it wasn’t a success. It was too long and I couldn’t see comments for some reason. I wish I’ve read your article before, it’s amazing! so resourceful.
    I love the tip about showing your business cards at the beginning of the broadcast for the thumbnail. You a genius!

  3. Thank you for writing this article & sharing it with us! I love Periscope as well. I have 3 questions.
    1) Are you supposed to video Vertical, because I am used to holding my iphone Horizontal (for youtube purposes.)
    2) How do you respond to people’s comments? Do you have to verbally reply or can you type something in? I haven’t been able to figure it out while filming yet! People get frustated when I don’t answer their questions.
    3) How do you set the focus? Everytime I have filmed a live event, it keeps trying to focus, then it goes in & out of being blurry.

    You can find me on Periscope @DisneySisters & @JessicaFuselier ~ Thanks again for your help!

  4. Boy, the world is ever changing. I haven’t even heard of Periscope, but now I think it’s something I better start learning to work with to stay in the game!

  5. Thank you so much periscope was something that is mentioned during the blog challenge I am doing and I am so thankful you wrote about it all in one blog post and are sharing your knowledge of how to use it with all of us.

  6. This article was incredibly helpful and I am sold on using periscope now! I’ll be learning and so I am subscribing to your site because you have a great way of presenting things thoroughly and easily understood by us non-techies! I teach music classes to little ones in Montessori Preschools and I think this may be the best way yet to get my activities out there for both teachers, parents and the families of the children I teach every week! Can’t wait to get started!!!

  7. I only heard about this a couple of weeks ago and I was like huh what’s this all about, its really good to hear so much about it – I’ll have to check it out more! x

  8. I have been on it since they started but I haven’t used it. I don’t feel comfortable yet on video. One of my challenges that I have to overcome. Thank you for sharing this comprehensive how to! It was very informative.

  9. I joined Periscope a few weeks back and that is as far as I got. I am so glad you did this post. It is long but I have bookmarked it and will re-read it when I have lots of time to take it all in.

  10. I have been wanting to check this out but we have limited internet right now so my phone data is all we have for our entire family. We are in the process of fixing that at which point I will definitely be checking Periscope out – until then though all videos that are not school related are not allowed.

  11. I haven’t heard of this new social media tool until you shared it. I personally am not sure thst I am going to jump know this one at the moment. I don’t do a ton of vlogging or make videos. I’m shy so it’s a huge struggle for me.

  12. This is interesting, it sounds like the video version of instagram. I’m amazed I haven’t heard of it til now and that twitter bought it for 100 million! Gosh, I’m guessing it will replace youtube….maybe.

  13. i didn`t heard about this app , but i think this app was great , and very interesting thank you for sharing this blog

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  15. This is truly awesome information for anyone blogging or in business. Periscope I believe is going to be bigger than YouTube. It is a great way to grow and I do believe it has a lot to do with the interaction during the sessions. Thanks for sharing.

  16. You did a brilliant job giving people the basics on using Periscope… I plan to get the app and play around with it. I love Twitter and so even though I’m adverse to joining more social media sites, I’ll give this one a whirl. 🙂

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  18. This is great information. I am following you & hopefully I will catch one of your Periscopes. I just joined Monday, I am still learning. I am watching as many as I can. I need all the 101’s I can get. Thanks. Love, Lisa

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