21 Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts

Video Broadcasting couldn’t BE any hotter right now. Not just video but live streaming video. Sharing our world in real time with the world.  

Periscope has fast becoming the video broadcasting tool of choice and is huge along with Facebook Live.  Here are 21 things I have learned from jumping in on Periscope and Live Video, so that you can jump in too!  

21 Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts
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I am no Periscope expert. Far from it.  In fact I am still learning every day when it comes to Live Video. But Periscope has survived the battle of the LIve Streaming tools (and even the introduction of Facebook Live) to remain a huge platform for sharing your message and connecting with your ideal audience.

What I can say is that it’s a great platform – super engaging, followers come thick and fast and you can build an active community very quickly. I am not saying this just from my own experience. Many people I know are saying the same thing.. some with huge followings.

But what I hear often from Periscope and Facebook Live users is that they are hesitant to take the plunge and do their first broadcast or “scope”.  

It is intimidating at first… to press that BROADCAST Button. 

But it’s also a bit like ripping off a bandaid – the earlier you jump in, the easier it is, and I hope these tips make it quick, easy and fun for you! 

So before we jump in, grab my Live VIdeo Checklist – it will help you with getting ready, broadcasting, and finishing a periscope broadcast.


Periscope Tips for a Winning Broadcast

Preparing to Broadcast

#1  Set Up Your Profile the Smart Way

Your profile is one of the most important parts to get right on Periscope, so let’s start the Periscope Tips there.

Periscope is NOT a “link” heavy platform. In fact there are no clickable links.  The only link you get to display is the link on your profile.

Yet I am surprised that many people with big followings do not do one simple thing on their bio – list their URL or website. Here’s a great example from a friend of mine, Dustin W Stout (follow him by the way.. he’s @DustinWStout on Periscope).

Dustin W Stout's account on Persiscope - 21 Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts
Add a link in your bio!

Note how Dustin has his website URL in the bio? He can easily refer to it during broadcasts and his followers know where to find him should they want to follow up on his content.

And don’t just leave your Twitter Bio as your Periscope Bio – tailor it for periscope. Edit it as you get more comfortable with broadcasting.

On my bio I decided to use a bi.ly link to shorten my website link – it makes it much easer to say during a broadcast:

Donna Moritz Bio Periscope - 21 Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts

Ask yourself this:  what do you like to broadcast about (or talk about)?  Add THAT to the bio along with your website URL and some emojis to catch attention (see #4)


#2  WAtch Broadcasts First

If you are ready to jump in, then do so. But if you are hesitant, start by watching some broadcasts while you wait to take the leap.

You will see how other broadcasters are doing it well, what you like and don’t like, how the chat works, what the hearts are all about… just get a general feel for the platform.

You’ll also make great relationships with established (or beginner) scopers by engaging with them.  You’ll feel more comfortable doing your own scope just by getting to know the platform.


#3 create a Catchy Title for yOur Broadcast

It just takes a few minutes, but try to come up with a title for your broadcast that draws us in. Either be super obvious (tell us exactly what you are going to talk about or show us) or leave a little mystery (announce you are going to reveal something or share something new on your broadcast).

Either way…make us want to watch your broadcast.


#4  add emojis to your title

Emoji’s catch attention 👀 and make your title😄 stand out😄. Winning!!! ðŸ … so I had to include them in these Periscope Tips.

Add some relevant emoji’s to your scope title to make it stand out on the periscope feed.  You’ll get more 👬👭👬 on your 🎥📹 and you will have more 🎉🎈😃 and probably get more 💙💜💚

Here are some of the titles from my broadcasts – with emojis:

Title Examples on Periscope - 21 Quick Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts

And notice how on the following feed of latest broadcasts, scopes from @drwaltersims and @PagingFunMums stand out by containing emoji’s?

Examples of Great Titles from a Persicope feed - 21 Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts

@AngelaCounsel‘s title above is a great example of keeping it simple to stand out.   She included just one emoji for impact, repeated 3 times. There’s just enough “red” in her question marks to stand out and catch my attention.  What does this mean for you? Add a little colour!

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#5  Be Discoverable

There are 4 settings you can control BEFORE you start the broadcast. Now I have stated “before” in capitals because this is where most people panic.

They panic at the big red “Start Broadcast” Button.  Full disclosure, I did too the first time, too!

You are NOT broadcasting until you hit that button, so don’t freak out.

Take your time and check that you have the settings how you want them. These 4 settings can be seen on the screen below and they are:

Location Arrow – if you have location services on, with this arrow checked, then your location will be broadcast. This has raised security concerns but apparently the location has been updated so that it is not “precise” but is instead “broad”. Your “location” should be something you consider carefully before broadcasting – with regards to how much information you want to give away, so please consider your privacy and the privacy of others.

Lock Symbol – You can organise a private broadcast by inviting only those that you follow that you wish to broadcast with. Most broadcasts are usually public but this might be useful for some sort of special bonus or small group that you wish to speak with.

Broadcast Button, Periscope - 21 Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts

Speech Bubble Symbol – If you set this setting to “ON”, then only users that you follow can chat and comment on the broadcast – you can set this feature if you want to have a more exclusive chat with your followers only.  Most people don’t use this – but it’s an option if you want it.

Twitter Post – you can have this function set to post an an annoucement of your broadcast to Twitter as you start the broadcast (if you are building your brand and following on Periscope I highly recommend you have this set to share to Twitter).



Before I get into the Broadcasting tips, here’s a quick tip. Get some basic equipment when you can, to work with your iphone. I recommend a tripod of some sort or a selfie stick (I use this cool little gadget too) and a handy clip on microphone. Then you will be good to go.

#6  STart Simply

When you are ready to jump in, take it easy on yourself. It doesn’t have to be War and Peace on your favourite topic. Instead keep it short.

Allow enough time for people to come on to the broadcast, to say hello to a few people, talk for a while and say goodbye. Just a few minutes is fine.

And remember, it will take time to work out how the camera works etc.  If you want to change camera direction from front to rear camera, just double tap the screen. There is a slight lag while the screen changes direction. You’ll get used to it.   Also remember to start talking as soon as you hit Start Broadcast… even if it is just to welcome people in!


#7  Consider not Showing Your Face … at First

“Wait, What?  Periscope’s awesomeness comes from seeing people”.

Yes it does, but not everyone is an extrovert.  Too scared to show your face?  Easy….Don’t.

Start out by showing what you see through the eye of your camera. You don’t even have to show your face if you are not ready… just scope what you see – a tour, your office, the view outside. And talk as you do it – your voice is just as welcoming as your face.

One of the most successful Scopers right now is a guy called @EuroMaestro. He broadcasts around Paris… and he is rockin’ it.  Here’s a screenshot of one of his broadcasts:

EuroMaestro in Paris on Periscope - 21 Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts


Guess what? I don’t know what he looks like!

While everyone else is showing their face, EuroMaestro is keeping his a mystery.

YOU can start out with a little mystery too!  Then you can show your face the next time – whatever makes you feel comfortable.



#8  Take Time to Welcome People (but don’t take too long)

Part of the fun of Periscope is seeing who will turn up on your broadcast. Even those with just a couple of hundred followers are getting up to 100 people in a scope at one time.

Take a few minutes to say hi. Welcome them, ask where they are from, interact a little.

It’s like letting everyone come into the room to sit down.

Announce that you will be starting soon but you are just welcoming people in – this can help people to know that you are just at the start of your broadcast, while acknowledging those that want to say hi.

I find that by talking to people first you can let them know they are acknowledged and then they will understand if you don’t respond to every comment while you are talking.


#9  Learn to Multi-task

There’s no denying it.  Periscope is a non-multi-taskers nightmare.

If you find it hard to have two conversations at once you will struggle with responding to comments while talking or trying to make a point.

This is fine if you are purely there to chat with the people on the call like a Q&A scenario, but if you want to say or present something it’s good to follow some guidelines:

  • let people know that you are welcoming them in and then will talk after.
  • focus on talking when you are talking and occasionally stop and then go back to chat. If you try to talk and respond to comments for the entire broadcast, you run the risk of sounding like you speak in half sentences. This is common for periscopers, so if you can work out a way to satisfy both needs, then run with it (I am still working this out!).
  • Spend some time to finish up at the end, again responding to chat/comments on screen and to say bye!


#10  Give Hearts to Other Broadcasters

Part of Periscope’s attraction is that each person viewing the broadcast can tap the right hand bottom corner of their screen to release a stream of hearts (up to 500 in one session).

Start out by giving hearts to others.   “What goes around comes around”, as they say. Those people you give hearts to will often notice and reciprocate on one of your broadcasts. Focus on “giving”.


#11  Heart the Hearts but Don’t Beg (Please, I Beg You!)

I love the heart function on Periscope. Receiving them is fun.  They are pretty, they flow, it’s kind of fun. But there’s one thing that is bugging me about these little heart rainbows of fun.   People have become obsessed with them already and for the wrong reasons.

By all means love the hearts, thank your followers for giving you hearts (as it means they love your broadcast) but … don’t beg for them or ask people to give them to you to reveal information. Running competitions for the person that hearts the most (yes, some people then sit there tapping so hard they don’t even hear what you have to say!) is a fine line.

And it can look kind of tacky.

Hearts shouldn’t be your primary goal on Periscope!  Asking for hearts is like asking for a client to like you.  A client can like you a lot, but if they refer and share about you… that’s what you really want.  Then you know you have a super fan on your hands.  If you do ask for hearts, do it sparingly and unconditionally.

It’s pretty well accepted that begging for likes or retweets or re-pins is not the coolest way to market your business on other platforms.  I hope hearts will go the same way.  Saying that, there is a “social proof aspect” to them, so time will tell if they remain the thing that everybody focuses on. I hope not, but again, ask for them but don’t beg.  And don’t withhold information for hearts. Love the hearts, be grateful for them, thank people for them.. but get more excited when someone watches your broadcast, comments, shares it with their friends and clicks through to your website.


#12  Write Down What You Want To Cover in Your Scope

You don’t need to recite a novel. Just jot down 2 or 3 points on a piece of paper or sticky label and use them to refer to. Trust me, when you are juggling an iphone + key points +  bunch of fun people wanting to interact with you, you will be glad you wrote down some notes!


#13  Have a “Welcome” Screen Saver

This can be a simple graphic on your screen like the one below from Kim Garst (@KimGarst). Follow her… she does super-awesome and helpful broadcasts).

Kim-Garst-Screen-Saver - 21 Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts

Or perhaps holding your camera on a teaser view like i did here before going on a mystery walk to my “happy place” ..or any nice view will do.

21 Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts

and just in case you were wondering… of course I ended up on my favourite beach here on the Sunshine Coast:

mudjimba-beach - 21 Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts

Why have a “placeholder image?  

Because the camera defaults to the view that you see. You need to double tap the screen to flick it back to face you, so you may as well start out with a view of something on the screen that is useful, informative, sets the scene or is just nice to look at before you flick the camera over to your headshot!


#14  ask People to Share the Scope with Their Followers

I am adding this here because this is really important to ask your fans to share your scope, either as you are starting the call, or midway through or even at the end.

If and when you do it depends on how comfortable you feel.   I know I said don’t beg for hearts, but this IS something I do think you should do.

This is about your followers being reminded that if they love your content then they can easily share it with their followers:

  • ask them to swipe right (iOS) or swipe up (Android) to share the scope and invite viewers.
  • they can share with specific people, all of their followers, or to Twitter.
  • during a replay you can also swipe as above and share then too so that your followers can watch it within 24 hours.

How to Share with Followers: 21 Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts

Just like hearts, give first when it comes to asking for shares.  Share the scopes of other broadcasters before expecting to get loads of shares for your scopes!

Then you probably won’t even have to invite people to share… they will do it anyway.


#15  Pick Your Passion

Not sure what to talk about? Pick the topic that you can talk about underwater.

Choose something you are passionate about. You will feel less like you are presenting and more like you are chatting with a friend. Turn on the camera and go for it.


#16  BE Consistent

The Scopers that are doing well have something special that is shining through – they are starting their scopes in a consistent way…or giving tips about a consistent topic, wearing the same hat or glasses, or using similar welcome phrases and questions each time.

As you find your feet you will find your “thing”. Try to have something that is “you”.

From what you wear to the phrasing you use (that should come naturally), to where you scope from… try to be consistent in some way.

Dustin Stout is consistent about his red v-neck t-shirts and his awesome tips for periscope and marketing:

Branding on Periscope - 21 Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts

Consistency breeds familiarity and we crave a sense of belonging. People will tune in like they tune into their favourite TV show… because they are comfortable watching your broadcasts.


#17  But… Mix it Up

Just because you are consistent doesn’t mean you can’t mix it up. Whether it is to go outside vs inside your office, or show your “casual” after hours self… or perhaps to change the topic for a day (if you usually talk about cupcakes and baking, give a business tip instead).  It might be that you take us on a tour.  There are many ways to surprise and delight your followers.

Roger Federer did just that when he took us on a tour of the new Wimbledon facilities.

Roger Federer on Periscope - 21 Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts


A destination, location or event, partnering with a personality who has a following is a smart move. But in your case, how can you showcase your local area and take us on a tour? Even if it is a tour of your office!

In this case, it was a tour of the Wimbledon courts. The fans loved it (including me):

Tour of Wimbledon with Roger Federer: 21 Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts

Don’t be afraid to whip out the camera to show something cool you can see just because you usually give marketing tips. I think we can all agree that Periscope is about revealing a little (or a lot) of who you are!


#18  Remember that Periscope is “real Time Moments” ON Steroids

This platform has HUGE potential for a number of industries. It’s not just about taking us on a tour, it’s about taking us on a tour RIGHT NOW.

The event industry should be going bananas about this.  I could have followed Roger Federer around all day at Wimbledon this week.  And he even answered questions.

The tourism industry has MASSIVE potential. My friends Caz and Craig Makepeace from Y Travel Blog (one of the biggest travel blogs in the world) were at Double Island Point, 4-wheel driving on the beach and scoping about our wonderful State, Queensland in Australia this week – this kind of exposure for brands or Destinations is sure to grow as Periscopers with followings gain momentum.

Real Estate Agents – already some real estate agents are doing great things with “in person” Periscope property tours!

Musicians – are going off with live music!

Product Based Businesses can do great things.   My friend John Kapos from Perfection Chocolates is doing amazing things with Periscope. Scoping a few times a day he shows behind the scenes at his chocolate factory and shop in Sydney, Australia.

Here’s Johnny live, talking about his chocolates in the shop at Perfection Chocolates in Sydney Australia

Chocolate Johnny at Perfection Chocolates - 21 Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts
Chocolate Johnny receiving some hearts!

Note… Chocolate Johnny rarely asks for hearts. His followers give them because they love what he has to say and how open he is…  In this scope he showed some behind-the-scenes history of his family who founded Perfection Chocolates:

Behind the Scenes at Perfection Chocolates - 21 Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts
…peel back the curtain to show “you” and the hearts come naturally.


And again, don’t under-estimate the power of a great, emoji-filled, eye-catching title for your Scope:

Title using Emoji's by Chocolate Johnny - 21 Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts
Chocolate Johnny had me at “Hot Chocolate”

…and note how Chocolate Johnny features his staff?  The more you can make people feel like they are a part of your life and business – they more they will engage with you (and yes, that means hearts…).


#19  Involve Your Followers

Periscope is interactive.  If you are not sure what to talk about, ask people – do a Q&A session or announce a topic that they can ask you about.  We love to feel heard, to have a voice and to have our opinion, so involve people and you will do well on Periscope.

The potential is endless.  Periscope is about people – find ways to connect with them and how good you are on camera fades into the background.


Things to Know


#20  Videos are only available for 24 hours

So don’t sweat it – it’s not up for long and if you don’t like what your recorded, you do have the option to delete it.

But if you LOVE it, share the link around for 24 hours – people can watch on the web via Twitter, so if you are on Twitter, Periscope is a great platform to start leveraging.

Hot Tip: Have your settings set to save your scopes – then you can repurpose them and post them to other platforms later.. ie Facebook. If you have this setting switched on, every scope will save to your phone by default.

#21  Be careful with your Data

Periscope uses a LOT of data juice. Use WiFi where you can – because mobile data gets sucked up quickly and we don’t want you getting a rude shock when you get the bill!

And speaking of data… your phone ringing will interrupt your scope, so switch your phone to airplane mode, and then switch WiFi back on. There is also a Do Not Disturb function on most phones that works too (but I just put mine in airplane mode).


My Bonus Parting Tip

Get Savvy with Your landing URL

Don’t just add your web address. Add a unique url that sends people to a periscope-friendly landing page.  It’s hard to give out links and URLs on Periscope, so as I mentioned earlier, giving them an easy URL that you can “say” on camera really helps.

But you can take it one step further.

Give them a URL that is JUST for Periscope users.  That way, when they land on your site they receive a landing page tailored just for them.

For instance, I have a landing page at bit.ly/visualscope where anyone can go to get my latest info and check what what I have been talking about on Periscope… as well as any promotion I mention.

Periscope specific landing page - 21 Periscope Tips for Winning Broadcasts
Make your landing page Periscope friendly!

By mentioning this page often I can encourage people to get used to going there if they miss links or information from me.

That’s it from me.  Like I said, I am still learning about the world of Persiscope but I hope this helps you to jump in and join me!

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Over to You

Are you on Periscope? …. tell me what you love most about Periscope or any challenges you have.

If you are not on Periscope tell me which tip helped you the most when getting ready to do your first broadcast.

and if you want to find out more about using Periscope to make sales in your business, then check out my friend Kim Garst’s new program, Periscope for Profits.


Want to learn more? Check out my friend Kim Garst’s Periscope Training!


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Donna Moritz

Visual Social Media Strategist at Socially Sorted
Donna is the founder of Socially Sorted, winner of Best Business Blog in Australia 2014 and a Top 10 Social Media Blog for Social Media Examiner, 2015-2017. She helps brands leverage the power of visual storytelling and content strategy in their business. Her content has been featured in publications such as Forbes and Entrepreneur Online and she is a contributor to Social Media Examiner. Donna speaks about digital and visual content for the marketing and tourism industries internationally.
  • Great tip – I use a mic and it works well on the noisy beach etc… well worth investing in! I’ll check out @danandmoore!

  • Adam Cinemre

    This is absolutely fantastic! Such a comprehensive guide, thanks Donna!

    • Thanks Adam – just my thoughts after bumbling my way through – glad you liked it!

      • PS Adam I love having you pop up on my scopes. Hope to catch more of yours when the crazy school holidays have finished!

  • That is a greast round up of tips for people new to Periscope Donna.

    One thing your readers might want to note is that to get your url to work in your profile as a clickable link when watching via a web browser (it does not currently work on the app) is to make sure your link has http:// in front of it.

    • Hey Krishna – thanks for that – that’s funny as I was talking about it with a couple of people in my mastermind just after I posted this and yes that is cool that the http works on the web – I did change mine after we all chatted.. and I need to add it in here.. It would be good if the profile link was clickable on the app too eventually!

  • Thanks Donna… downloaded Periscope a few days ago, but haven’t dived in yet… nice to get some tips, might give it a go today! I’m @martyj75 (on periscope) @martyj on twitter.

    • Awesome Marty! Well done for jumping in – just followed you.

  • Yasss Donna! Great tips for using Periscope, I never thought about a welcome screen saver! I really like that idea. I have been having a great time scoping extra tib-bits behind my blog post and also my acting career updates!

    • excellent – yes I love the welcome screen – I have a template I use in Canva to set that up now.. and it’s super quick to change out the text and image. If you are an actor I think this is an excellent medium for you – good luck with it! I’ve followed you!

  • Ivan Bildi

    Thank you Donna for this guide. The welcome screen saver is great idea, I will use it for next scope!
    Currently I am running weekly show and talking about social media and paid advertising (I am doing it on my native language, so there is no point to follow me 🙂 ) Do you think it should be more often maybe?
    I created Facebook event for the next scope and will promote it to my fans and website visitors. Have you, or anyone else, tried to promote your show like this?

    • Hey Ivan – I think that’s a great idea to promote it via Facebook beforehand especially if you have an engaged following there. I think Periscope is new and if you can work out an innovative way to use it… go for it! Your weekly show sounds interesting – if you have a bigger weekly show then maybe consider doing a few other scopes but shorter throughout the week… experiment and see what works!

  • Good job on this, Donna. This will be beneficial for a lot of readers. #5 and #9 are arguably the most important in here.

    Anyway, I think Periscope is starting to get its rhythm. I’m really seeing a big future for this app. Live-streaming is the future of journalism, video marketing, and a lot more. Would ya’ll agree?

    • Yes I think live streaming will be interesting to watch over the next few months – it’s still new so lots can happen!

  • Hi Donna thanks for your insights. I’ve just created my profile @joeleech. I have zero followers haha >.< I guess there is no point doing a broadcast with zero followers?

    • Hey Joe – good question (I’m your first follower by the way haha) – firstly, I would recommend that you start following a few people as that will immediately attract some followers. And I think you will be surprised at the fact that viewers seem to pop up even if you don’t have many or any followers, but look at it this way too – if you jump in and do a scope and nobody much is watching… you are off and running and you have worked out all the buttons etc before you have a big audience, so I say just jump in and play with it! (I was a speechie originally by the way and my sister in law is a Dietitian here in Australia!).

      • Thanks for the tips 🙂 Yeah I heard you were a speechie actually i think on amy porterfield podcast (?) I got tired of working in the hospital. Nutrition online is where it’s at!

  • Thanks Donna for these tips. I am doing my first one today as I am launching my site Bold Bright Life. I liked the tip about writing down a few notes and also I have my mic that attaches to my phone for right now. I also like the idea of a welcome page. I will do that later this week. I will see how it goes. I only have a small group of followers of a handful so I will work out the kinks now. Thanks so much. Oh yea I am @boldbrightlife. Thanks again, totally appreciate it.

    • No problems! I have followed you! and yes, definitely it’s a great time to do scopes! … get familiar with it while you don’t have many followers.. and follow people too – that will help bring in followers… and also follow people and engage on scopes. Hope that helps!

  • Great article thanks for the information. Playing with Periscope now. Would love to stream live on my site (Meerkat has the wordpress plug in but no replay option). @robyncavallaro

  • Great article! I just jumped on today 🙂 @VloggyMommy and @OhSoSavvyKids Yes, I’m new and have 2 channels already! Can’t wait to really get started.

  • Danielle

    I just started on Periscope and love it already. Still feeling very green though. My handle is @cagefreekid5 or you can also find me at Danielle Wicks. Thanks so much for this article, really helps.

  • Hi Donna! Fab article I have a friend who has found Periscope has done more for her biz in 30 days than any other platform – so it is certainly something to grab hold of. I’ll be sure to scope soon – my handle is @jodymilward , looking forward to a having some more online fun!

    • Glad you liked it! I’m looking forward to getting back on while we all recover from a bad flu epidemic here in Australia! Glad that’s over!

  • Caroline Domanska

    Thanks so much for the Donna! I had somehow missed that you could amend your bio, so that’s done. I also will be doing the title page too. I think today viewers got the back of my chair as I flip the camera round! Question for you. Have done two scopes so far….eeek! Enjoyed and had people watching (around about 12 in the little icon in the corner) and some hearts but no comments. I have checked the comments were on. Any thoughts? I’m @moneymindcoach

    • Great to hear you found it useful Caroline! I’ll look forward to seeing your scopes!

      • ps I wonder if the comments were glitchy – usually you will get some comments but maybe do another one and see – I have had problems with comments on a scope before but usually they are working… hope it’s sorted itself out!

  • I just started using Periscope this week (@Madam_Zo_Zo) and these tips are so helpful, thanks Donna! After being so hesitant in the beginning, I ended up having a lot of fun interacting and answering questions as I gave my tour of Marina Bay, Singapore. Not sure if it is just the age of my phone, but I find it not only sucks data but battery life too!

    • Awesome – glad you found it useful… yes the interaction is definitely fun and people like to see the behind the scenes stuff… Yes the phone suck is real… data and battery life for sure!

  • Thanks for the tips Donna! I am new to Periscope – relatively – I scope what I’m drawing and painting as I navigate life as a freelance illustrator (I am @allisonranieridraws). My favorite tip personally was to have a few things jotted down to talk about. Sometimes my scopes start out light on viewers so it’s nice to have something to talk about while drawing even if I end up just talking to one or two web viewers! That way my Spotify playlist is not just the only thing playing haha. It can be hard as an artist to multitask – it’s really on the spot to draw/paint while scoping and cross your fingers and hope it turns out good while you are trying to hold a conversation *and* read comments. But I hope these tips will help me make better scopes! I am going to “plan” a little before my next one 🙂 Thanks again.

    • I think it’s a great platform for illustrators to show your skills! I love watching people draw and paint! I think you’ll definitely carve out a niche following by just showing your talents!

  • Hello! I just signed up for Periscope today and my name is @JoeyPhillippi I’m excited to use it for my confidence coaching business and connect with people around the world. Also I am excited to show a bit of my goofy side. 🙂 Thanks for the great information!

    • Goofy side can be lots of fun on periscope – I’ll hopefully catch you soon – I’ve been sick so only just getting back on to do some scopes soon!

  • Naketa R. Thigpen

    Terrific article! I just launched a 5am Wake & Breakthrough periscope this week and there were definitely a few things you mentioned that I hadn’t considered. You can follow me on periscope and twitter at @ThigPro.

    • Sounds great Naketa! Hope to see you on there – I’ve been sick so only just getting back into it!

  • Emily aka Mermaid Gossip

    I joined periscope this week @mermaidgossip and I’m hooked already, although I’ve only dabbled with broadcasting so Far but have lots of fun ideas for scopes. I’ve been checking out other people To get the hang of it first! Great post for newbie tips!

    • I totally agree – watching other scopes helps first for sure. I’ve been sick with the flu so hope to get back on soon!

  • Shené

    Thank you for the terrific tips! I have been on but had no clue! This was great! I am following you.

  • Shené

    Thank you for the terrific tips! I have been on but had no clue! This was great! I am following you.

  • Sam Silverstein

    Thank you for the great information. My scopes are better already! Feel free to join me @SamSilverstein

    • Awesome – glad it helped Sam! I’ll see you on Periscope!

  • I’m just getting started with Periscope so these are really helpful tips. I was wondering how you got hearts on the screen! I’m @karenstl on Periscope and just about everywhere.

    • Great to hear you are getting into it – I’ve been sick so hope to jump back on soon! See you on there!

  • Michelle Marsh

    I just did my first scope @21rawmichelle
    Slightly nerve wracking but fun! Im planning to put up weekly demos. Thanks for the tips – wish Id read them before I recorded!!! 😅

    • haha glad to hear you are jumping in to give it a try! I’m been sick but hope to get back on again! See you on Periscope!

  • Belinda Rosenblum@OwnYourMoney

    Heading on in 30 minutes for the 1st time. Little nervous but your tips helped! I’m @OwnYourMoney. Will I see the setting to save the broadcast to my phone when I get started?
    And is the iPhone better than iPad for recording? I see folks with iPads to read the comments but wasn’t sure if also recording on it.

  • Shannon

    Thank you for these tips. Very useful. I tried periscope earlier but I had connection issues so even though I was broadcasting noone could see me lol. Turns out my battery was low. I will try again soon as phone charges up. My screen name is @prophetic_grace

  • Miranda Papandreou

    Best list so far! I’m new on Periscope this week, and an (gulp) doing my 1st scope today. ahh!
    i’m @LemonsAndLaughs

    • Awesome – how did it go?

      • I watched – good one – great to do a short one to start out and you’re good on canva. Love your blog name!

  • Serena Cervantes

    Love Periscope! I’m @serenadenise

  • I’m doing my first periscope tomorrow. I’m a little nervous but very excited! I’m starting a series called Healthy Hair Chronicles and y’all can find me @junglenaps

  • Sean Smith

    Great article, Donna. Thank you for all these tips. I’m new to Periscope and I already have created a mess for myself! Do you know a solution for me…? 😉

    I have two Twitter and Periscope accounts, @CoachSeanSmith and @PinkCaddieCoach.

    However, each is linked to the opposite Twitter account in my phone.

    Problem: When I am on Periscope as @CoachSeanSmith and I share a scope, it posts to my @PinkCaddieCoach twitter account and vice versa.

    I think what happened what I was logged into Twitter as PinkCaddieCoach when I initially signed up for Periscope and I created my profile for CoachSeanSmith.

    Is there a way to fix this problem without losing what I’ve built up on either account?

    Thank you so much!

    • It sounds like you have set them up linked to the wrong twitter account like you said.. I am sorry I am probably not the best person to help with this – have you thought of contacting periscope themsleves? they are reasonably responsive and did reply to a tech question I had (albeit slowly) – I would ask them directly as I don’t know how to fix it other than going into each individual account and editing in the settings – good luck!

  • Deanna Segrave-Daly

    Thanks for the tips! I’ve been doing a handful of them but still have so much to learn (like the airplane mode tip 🙂 Thanks for this super helpful list (I’m @tspbasil on Periscope 🙂

  • Awesome post! Just did a periscope today and I had no idea about the image… Will have to make sure that it’s “right” the next time!

    • haha I think just being you is the biggest thing on periscope – any nice view/image is a good starter.. the trick is to remember to talk as soon ash you broadcast.

  • This is great Donna. I’ve been wanting to use Perscope for ages, but haven’t had a chance or really known what to scope. And I did one tonight on the spur of the moment. I was happy with it (except it was way too rambly and the video was a bit shaky). But I had no idea what I was doing or how to interact with the people who ‘talked’ to me. I assumed I’d get to reply to them when it was finished but couldn’t work out how to do it afterwards … and I still can’t work out how to do a special landing page or anything like that. I find it doesn’t tell you a lot, it just happens. Anyway, I guess it’s something I’ll have fun playing with!

    • Awesome – glad you found it useful. Comments and interaction is tricky as you feel like you need to respond but I find some scopes are more chatty with people and others I present on something and chat at the beginning and end – you’ll find your feet… it’s a very kind and supportive community generally.. it’s a bit strange at first as if someone comments you don’t really type back – you talk back to them. You can tap on the screen and open a person’s profile while you are talking and follow them but it’s a bit cumbersome … landing page can be a simple wordpress page that you get a bit.ly for – mine at bit.ly/visualscope is just so that I can add my content about the scope (any links etc) and gets them to my website… but it’s super simple, just a wordpress page built on my blog – nothing fancy! And yes, you will have fun playing with it! ps isn’t it great that you jump on and people jump in and chat… live streaming will be very powerful!

  • Thanks so much for sharing this! I’m just getting the hang of Periscope and I’m loving it! This was a great read, super helpful!

  • Kelley Dickerhoof

    Thanks this has been some valuable information!!

    • Thanks so much Kelley – so glad it’s been helpful.

  • This is an outstanding article. I have been using Periscope for about a month, but I am always looking for ways to do better. The tip about having a nice opening shot (and the screen shot shown) is something I need to improve upon. Thanks for a great primer!

    • Awesome Adam – glad it helped! See you on Periscope.

  • Angela Ratigan

    I can not find the Periscope app on my iPad.

  • Evan Yates

    Great tips! Just started my scope (CarReviews) and you’ve given some good things to think about. Thanks

  • DebbieDrawsFunny

    I just started using periscope (@debbiedrawsfunny) and forced myself to “rip off the bandaid” when I went live after only having the app for two days!😆😆 So I had to giggle when I read you referring to that exact term in this great article!
    I am trying to just have fun with it- although, yes, I’m hoping to promote my business, I don’t want to come off as a pushy sales person. So I’m really hoping to just showcase a little bit of my artwork with my funny quirky greeting cards and hoping that my tribe will gravitate towards me like they have on Instagram. If that audience converts into customers then great, but I’m not putting all my eggs in one basket! Thanks for this article!!

    • Love it! Hey, one thing I love (and I am sure people who love your art will love) is seeing some of the behind the scenes too – if you feel comfortable drawing on camera, just know that we love it! My friend does hand lettering and I love watching her stuff… but I think even showcasing your latest cards etc is fun and I am sure you are funny anyway – because I LOVE your cards – they are great and so funny! Definitely my kind of funny! Love your drawing style too… I’ll keep an eye out for you on periscope!

  • Shannon Lee

    So very helpful thank you! Lots of ideas going on in my head now and I kept switching back to my profile to update things 🙂 thanks!

  • mike lin

    Check out @influencers for Tech X Art X Music X Culture.

    • Just followed you Mike – will keep an eye out for your scopes!

  • Jeanette

    I love your tips! I’ve been on Periscope for two months and watch many tips but you have them all right here. I will be sharing with my periscope group. I am having trouble adding my website url to my periscope profile. How do you make it a link? I’m typing in the complete url. But it doesn’t turn blue and remains unclickable! Thank you

    • Hi Jeanette – thanks so much and glad to hear you found it useful. Hmm I am not sure if the url is clickable now – mine isn’t so I would recommmend that you make it short if you can – if your website is too long, use a bit.ly. In my situation, I find it super useful to direct people to bit.ly/visualscope and then I can put all the notes, tools, links from each scope on that page. It’s easy for you to remember and for them to type in!

  • Yolanda R. Arrington

    Doing my first scope tomorrow and this list was so helpful. Thank you.

    • Awesome – how did it go Yolanda?

      • Yolanda R. Arrington

        It went really well. I’m on the board of an organization that’s doing a film screenwriting/producing conference next month. I was able to upload an edited piece of the Periscope to YouTube so now we have an evergreen promotional video for the conference!

  • Johane


    I’m struggling to figure out if people are posting comments or not. I post “Cooking shows” and I’m not seeing any kind of feedback at all – no hearts, or comments, or questions… Not even a word about how what I’m cooking looks good, or asking about what I’m cooking.

    I can see that there are a lot of people that did watch my scope live – after the fact! So now I’m left wondering if everyone thinks that I’m ignoring them, when in fact I didn’t even get an accurate read on how many followers I had during my scope, much less comments or hearts.

    I’m wondering if it’s because I have an iPhone 4. I have excellent wifi connection, so I don’t think that’s an issue.

    The other thing that I notice is that I can’t easily switch my camera view from “back to front” view, or vice-versa. Sometimes it doesn’t switch at all!

    I’m getting a little frustrated with Periscope, even though I see that it could be an incredible platform for my business. The way I see it, I have 2 choices – 1. Get a new cell phone (expensive, and considering that I’m otherwise happy with my iPhone 4, I’m not sure it’s worth it – especially if my phone is not the problem…) or 2. Give up on Periscope (since I see it as an awesome value to my business, I’m willing to run down every possible solution before I give up entirely…)

    The one thing I’m super aware of is that “ignoring” my followers/viewers is “bad business”, and if I can’t see their comments or questions, it looks to them as if I’m ignoring them, and that’s not good.

    Have you encountered this before? Thanks!


    • Hi Johane – Hmmm I wonder if it is the phone as I haven’t heard anyone say that they have had no comments or hearts, ie even when you first start out on periscope inevitably someone jumps on your scope… so maybe something isn’t working. I am not sure about whether the iphone 4 works ok or not – maybe tweet the periscope team or email their support to ask them? I have emailed them once before and they did get back to me (even though it was a week or so later). I think too, if you are doing a scope where you are presenting something or doing some kind of activity like cooking where you can’t do that while reading comments then state that.. say to people a couple of times during the scope that you are going to check in on comments but you won’t be checking them the whole time as you are obviously cooking – then maybe stop and read a few during the broad cast and then at the end…people will understand!

    • Joni

      During my 2nd scope I realized on my iPhone that I needed to scroll my screen down just a bit to see the comments coming in at the bottom. You can see my reaction about 10 minutes into it. Then things really started “cooking”! LOL!

  • Katie McClain

    Thanks for this Donna! Great info!! I just did my first scope this week, have been watching others (will check your scopes out) and am learning learning learning. I’m @growingupkind. II’ll be scoping about parenting and topics to heal families. Thanks for this really helpful post. 🙂

    • Thanks – great to hear you are enjoying periscope!

  • Joy Brown

    This article rocks! I’m (R3BodyMethod) on the scope. What are your thoughts on putting your scopes on YouTube?

    • Hi Joy – thanks so much! I think if you have the time and can do a little editing so maybe you set up a background and feature the video in portrait inside an iphone or some other cool background (as otherwise the video gets a bit lost in a YouTube sized video) it is WELL worth adding the video to youtube – add the right keywords and then you have another way people can find your content. I think it’s a great idea. I have been slack with doing it myself but I plan to start doing it over the next 6 months for sure!

  • Janette Kendall

    Thanks so much for the great article Donna. Just starting down the Periscope path this weekend – exciting times.

  • So… I guess I’m the only one who hates the emojis huh? LOL… It seems everyone advises to add them, they make my eyes hurt when looking for scopes! I love Periscope, I’m on as @DorethiaKelly and this article was very helpful. I created a graphic to post each time I’m live… haven’t been ‘consistent’ though, have done some inside/outside, etc. It’s a lot of fun and great way to share relevant information.

    • Great to hear you found it useful and I agree – emojis are very easily overused!

  • Always Retta

    I am a first timer on Periscope. Your information was very helpful. Can someone please tell me how to add emoji’s? I appreciate you.

    • Hi – you should be able to do it right from your keyboard if you are on an iphone – look for the happy face symbol to switch to the emoji keyboard!

      • ps and thanks for your kind words – glad you found the article useful!

  • Thanks for these great tips! I will be diving into Periscope this week and am excited (@coachkate). I love new social media and technology and I am excited to see how Periscope will grow!

    • Glad you found the tips useful – and you will love playing with periscope!

  • Anissa

    So I have a periscope @ajourneycalled and totally use it to listen to others but I’ve been hesitant to jump in there. So thanks for writing this. I’ll totally read it again before I do my first one. ?

    • Awesome and glad to hear that it helped. I am jumping back in after a break for the school holidays so maybe I’ll see you on there!

  • I did my first one last week @angelamsamuels , it was great. My first broadcast I didn’t know how to turn the camera but I Googled it for the second one. Great article.

    • That’s so awesome that you started! You’ve inspired me to get back into it as I had stopped over the school holidays here in Australia!

    • Joni

      It’s too bad there isn’t a button you can click on to change the view, especially before you start the broadcast. Now, I just make sure I’m giving the viewers something great to look at before I switch that view over to me.

  • Nelson Nigel

    this is a very useful article, thank you Donna. Keep it coming.

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  • Robert Freedland

    I don’t know if you are still checking these comments but this is a great article. Just jumped in to Periscope with some political commentary. Been very popular with our controversial election in the States. Thanks for your ideas. @robertfreedland

    • Sure I do Robert! Great to hear that you have found it to be a useful platform and I am sure a lot of people have a lot to say at the moment…!

  • Lisa M. Randolph

    Donna, your article was a God send. I have my first live broadcast tonight, and was wondering about the camera. Thank you for such a wealth of periscope wisdom in this article. You have a new follower in me. Have a productive and blessed day.

    Lisa M Randolph
    Your Kaizen Coach

  • About to utilize Periscope for my company…so far you have the most helpful article out there.

    • Thanks so much for stopping by Ronnie – that’s so great to hear. Glad you liked it and good luck with your scopes!

  • Thanks for this article Donna. It was very good.

  • Dianelle Rivers-Mitchell

    This was an amazing post. You took the guessing out of how to truly win at scoping. I feel more than ever confident about my ability to use Periscope effectively. Thank You!!! ;!)

  • TiffanyTene’

    Wow! This was an absolutely amazing and engaging post from beginning to end. Your information about periscope is easy to follow fun and very informative. I felt like it was a mini course! Thank you for sharing!

    • So glad you found it helpful Tiffany! Many of the same principles apply to Facebook live too so have fun!

      • TiffanyTene’

        Thank you, I will! I also subscribed to your newsletter as I am looking forward to learning more from you. Thanks again!

        • Awesome – expect a few goodies when you subscribe :o)

  • Jessica

    I really enjoyed this article! It was very helpful! One question I have is about using a tripod. I have been thinking about doing this so that I can demonstrate some cooking techniques but am worried about not being able to read questions or comments. I would think the same would be an issue with a selfie stick. Have you figured out a work-around for this? Thanks!

    • Janessa Nikola

      I’ve seen people use their tablet and their phone. So one device is recording and you can have the other device somewhere that you can read comments easily. I’m not sure the logistics of logging in on 2 devices at the same time, but this might work! I paint, and have been looking for this answer myself, but I’m going to be trying it out!

      • Yes you are right Jessica – that’s a good way to do it and than same works with Facebook live as well…

  • Sally Oh

    Where do I change my settings please?

    • Hi Sally not sure what you mean but settings are under your profile – click on Settings and you change them.

      • Sally Oh

        Thank you. I thought there might be more to set than just name and blurb 🙂

  • Kelly Pfeiffer

    Donna, this article is super helpful. I’ve broadcast a few Periscope videos to get my feet wet and now I want to ramp it up and get better. Your tips are so helpful and I learned a lot from this one article. You rock!

    • Great Kelly – so glad it helped! Good luck with your scopes!

  • Jeremiah Northcutt

    Me and my team at Jueko Imports have been looking for information on how to run a good Scope session! Thanks for the great information, I’ll try and implement what you went over especially on including the team.

    • Glad to hear it was useful Jeremiah! And great to hear you are going to do some live video with your team. the best part now is that when you go live on Periscope it goes live on Twitter!

  • Awesome tips, I was a heavy periscope user at first but then got bored with it. Now that I’ve checked out your tips I just may have to revisit using this app.

    • Cheers Lindsey – and Periscope is better now because it posts straight to Twitter. I am going to update this post shortly about that, but also you can use a lot of the tips in here for Facebook Live too. I guess it depends on where your community are and maybe you just needed a break. It’s a lot of effort to be live streaming all the time. Enjoy!

      • I can say after reading your blog post on it and I gave it another whirl and I think with the tips you provided I’ll stick around longer this time. Thanks a lot Donna…

  • Lance taylor

    DONNA my name is Lance Taylor and i am with Canimx International Animal rescue and we are constantly broadcasting on periscope…and one of our viewers currently asked us about creating a bio link for donations so they can contribute to our mission, the only problem is i have no idea how to do this can you please help