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Periscope Marketing: The 5 things your Business needs to Know!

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  • September 22, 2015

If you haven’t heard already, Periscope is the new hot trend in social media marketing.

I’m Periscope-Marketinggoing to go out on a limb and say that it’s one trend that’s here to stay.

The idea of live broadcasting isn’t a new one. Video on social media is huge and there has been a growing demand for live video that allows users to engage directly and answer questions. This was the point of Google Hangouts.

However, Google Plus was never widely adopted (sorry, Google, but it’s true), so Hangouts were missing the strong link to another established network.

Meerkat was the first to market with a live streaming app…unfortunately for them they were immediately followed by the release of Periscope, the Twitter-owned app.

It’s the fact that Twitter owns Periscope that leads me to believe that during a Periscope and Meerkat face off, Periscope would win almost every round.

Check out this list of the top five do’s and don’ts if you’re just getting started with Periscope marketing and want to use it to promote your business.

1. Do automatically push your broadcasts to Twitter

When you start broadcasting, you have the option to share your broadcast directly to Twitter, alerting all your Twitter followers that you are going live. You definitely want to do this, since viewers can watch your ‘Scopes on their phones or via the web, both live and as a replay.

The replay is also available for 24 hours, so anyone who retweets your Scopes will only expand your network and potential future viewers.

2. Don’t use fancy fonts

Don’t make the mistake of using fancy emoticons for your name. When users discovered the Better Fonts emojis, they immediately swapped out traditional fonts for the Better Fonts versions with the thought that these fonts would stand out more.

The problem? Well, for one, it is more difficult to read some of the fancy emoji fonts.

The bigger problem, however, is that these fonts are just for iOS users.

96% of the mobile phone market consists of iOS (Apple) and Android users. However, you might be surprised to learn that of that 96%, only 20% use Apple. The remaining 80% are Android users.

That means that if you’re using emoji fonts to spell your name, a massive portion of the market won’t be able to read your name.

That’s definitely a problem!

3. Do save your broadcasts

Just like you have the option to push your broadcasts to Twitter, automatically, you also have the option to save them automatically to your cell phone.

By saving them, you can repurpose them after the fact. You could upload them to YouTube with keyword rich descriptions to improve your ranking in Google.

You could also turn your live Periscope training into an opt-in where people could give their email in exchange for the replay (it’s all about building your list, after all).

4. Don’t spend too much time greeting viewers

There isn’t currently an option to fast forward during a replay, so you don’t want to waste your viewer’s time by requiring them to sit through a long introduction.

Remember, they are watching your broadcast because you had an intriguing title and they want you to get to the meat of the content ASAP.

5. Do take a few minutes to introduce yourself and welcome people

Take a BRIEF few minutes to welcome people on the call enthusiastically and engage your audience.

Also make sure you take a moment to give your “elevator speech” and introduce yourself. The viewers may or may not know who you are, so it’s a good idea to tell them what you do and how you can help them.

Above all, just have fun!

You’ll get better and more comfortable with live broadcasting the more you do. In fact, you should probably expect the first one to be just plain awkward!

You need to be able to multi-task, giving your valuable information WHILE fielding questions (and keeping your eyes peeled for trolls).

But at the end of the day, if you’re enthusiastic, smiling a lot, laughing and engaging your audience, the fun you’re having will come across and make people want to tune in again and again making Periscope marketing for your business work.

Author Mike

CEO at Social Quant (Social Media Startup tool used for Twitter) ★ Entrepreneur ★ Author ★ Inc. 500 Alum ★ Marketing Nut Want to learn how to grow your twitter followers?  Social Quant will  grow your followers rapidly and the quality of followers will increase dramatically. More quality followers equals more retweets, engagement and ultimately more business.

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  • Deb Coman

    Great tips about getting started on Periscope, Mike. I couldn’t agree more with each one!

    • Thanks Deb. Are you active yet on Periscope?

      • Deb Coman

        Oh, yes. I can be found @debcomanwriting and I actually offer Periscope training and support to get people started broadcasting. It’s all part of the communication strategy services I offer. Thanks for asking.

  • Deb Coman

    Great tips about getting started on Periscope, Mike. I couldn’t agree more with each one!

    • Thanks Deb. Are you active yet on Periscope?

      • Deb Coman

        Oh, yes. I can be found @debcomanwriting and I actually offer Periscope training and support to get people started broadcasting. It’s all part of the communication strategy services I offer. Thanks for asking.

  • Great post. Thank you!

  • Great post. Thank you!

  • Great tips! I want to get started but trying to figure out what my topics will be.

    • Finding that niche you love and are passionate about that will resonate with an audience is so important indeed :) Good Luck ~

  • Sounds like solid advice. I actually have never heard of periscope, so I am going to look into that. I also think the advice here can be applied to other social media accounts as well. Thanks! :)

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