Periscope got a lot of talk at the start of the year and it's not too surprising since Twitter has spent several million dollars to get its hands on the mobile app and all the associated technologies. Since then, the tool has gained quite a reputation and even more since it became available on Android.
I took advantage of a quiet day this weekend to organize two sessions to introduce you to products that I love a lot at the moment: the Weye Feye and the LG G4.
I won't hide from you that I was quite apprehensive to find myself face to face with you. There, you are not (too) allowed to make mistakes. But there you have it, you were adorable and I really liked these sessions. I'm even thinking of organizing more very soon, if you want to know everything.
Anyway, this experience taught me a lot about Periscope and finally here are the five (basic) tips that I can give you to get started with the tool.
1. Start by preparing the ground!
If you are a king (or a queen) of improvisation, then you will undoubtedly be tempted to go headlong without asking yourself the slightest question.
But if not, then it will be best to prepare yourself well before you start. How? 'Or' What ? There is no shortage of ideas. The best thing to do, from my point of view, is still to prepare a plan or a sequence to better structure your show and to visualize its different stages.
Ah and if you are presenting material, be sure to go over the technical sheets before shooting. After all, participants will be free to ask you any question, and you are expected to be able to answer them.
2. Secure your phone to a tripod
If you want to do something neat then you are going to have to invest in an accessory to mount your phone on a tripod.
That's not an option, at least not if you want to film yourself. Holding a phone at arm's length while presenting a product or service is nearly impossible. At least not without giving the spectators nausea.
As far as I am concerned, I have invested in a very silly support produced by Tarion. It costs less than 10 euros and is compatible with most phones on the market. If the adventure tempts you, you can click here to pick one up .
3. Pick a catchy title
When you create a new show on Periscope, you need to give it a title first and that is obviously the first thing users of the platform will see. Same thing if you decide to share the session on Twitter.
You will therefore have to make people want to join you, while being as synthetic as possible. It's not easy, but it's part of the job.
Ah, and if I can give you one (other) tip, it's to double-check the title before you start streaming. I did have some nasty surprises on Saturday because of the spell checker on my phone. The rascal had transformed the expression “Weye Feye” into something akin to “Wei u fei lh”. Magnificent.
4. Wait a few minutes before starting the session
Again, this is a matter of common sense. Whatever happens, it will inevitably take a few seconds between when you start the session and when Periscope users see it in their notifications.
The same goes for the people who follow you on Twitter.
It is therefore best to wait at least a few minutes before you start. In the meantime, do not stay still in front of your phone, eyes wide. Take the opportunity to get to know the participants.
5. Don't forget to answer questions from participants!
Periscope doesn't just broadcast video streams across the internet. The app also gives pride of place to comments and anyone following the event can ask you questions live.
Nice, isn't it? Sure, but it's not always easy to manage as you will need to be able to respond to them while keeping your show on track. It is not an easy exercise, it is true, but it is also what makes the charm of the solution.
I think that's about it for now. Well, actually, there are a lot of things that come to mind, but I'll save them for another article. Or even for a file, like.
In the meantime, if you have any questions or suggestions, the comments are there for that.
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