How cool it would be if you could connect with your favorite online people in real time?
How fun (and useful) would it be if you could hang with your mentors via live streaming video and ask questions that you get direct answers to immediately?
Sounds kinda like a dream come true, right?
Well, if you’ve heard of Periscope, then you know it’s actually quite real.
If you have no idea what Periscope is, I’m happy to introduce you…
You meet Periscope. Periscope meet you.
Periscope is a new-ish social media platform for your smart phone or iPad. It’s a live streaming app created by Twitter that allows you to connect with people all over the world with video.
Basically, it’s AWESOME.
It’s like vlogging with instant comments and feedback.
I stumbled into Periscope less than a week ago.
A lovely B-Belle family member, Erin Southerland (Periscope handle: @BeautifulBegin_ ), emailed me, telling me that I should be on Periscope and that she’d like to follow me there to connect further.
My first thought was, “What de heeeeeeck is Periscope?” (said in my best Miranda Sings voice)
I’d never heard of it and usually I’m a bit hesitant about jumping on social media platforms that I’ve never heard much about cause I’ve got that hermit (introverted) side that screams, “Not another social media platform! Noooooo!”
But, the side of me that loves connecting with you won the should-I-really-join-another-social-media-site debate.
I downloaded the app with the thought that I was ‘just checking things out.
During the first couple of days, I watched Nikki Ellege Brown, Amber McCue, Alex Beadon and Laura Husson live while they were scoping. I was able to comment and chat. And, I found myself wanting to spend more and more time on Periscope.
I’ve never been an early adopter of any social media platform.
I’m never eva eva one of the first entrepreneurs using a new form of social media.
So, I figured I’d check out Periscope and possibly start using it months down the line. I didn’t think it would quickly become part of my social media plan.
But, again, the part of me that loves connecting with you regularly won out. I didn’t make any excuses to procrastinate (which would’ve been really easy to do). Instead, I did my first scope two days after I logged into Periscope for the first time.
It was a little bit nerve-racking…live video in which anyone in the world could comment, including mean trolls. But after doing five scopes, it feels a lot more natural and I’m having a blast.
And, here are five reasons that you should join Periscope and start using it NOW (not eight months from now):
1. We can hang out daily.
I’ve been scoping every day since Sunday and going forward, my plan is to scope at least once a day, five days a week.
If you join (even if you don’t scope right away), we could hang out for 10-30 minutes each day. You can ask me questions and I’m happy to help you with any and all business struggles. It’s kinda like free group coaching. Whoop! Whoop!
If that’s not enough to get you to join, we’re no longer friends. (Just teasing. Sort of.)
2. You can be a pro by the time everyone joins.
Even though I’ve never been an early adopter of social media, I wish I had been, especially for Instagram. If I could do anything differently when it comes to social media, I would’ve joined Instagram the minute Mayi told me about it.
For one, I totally trust Mayi and should’ve listened to her. Also, I could’ve been growing my following on that platform so much sooner. And, when there are less people to compete with, it’s easier to gain followers.
You’ve the chance to start connecting with people now on Periscope and get comfortable with the platform. That way, when everyone starts to join in a few months, you’ll be one of the pros. Everyone will be looking to you for guidance and your know how.
3. You can connect with your target market in an authentic, natural way.
Here’s the thing about live streaming video: it’s raw and authentic. You feel like you’re actually seeing the person as they are—not as the edited version you get from their blogs and emails.
When your potential customers connect to YOU, they’re going to want to buy from you and support you.
This is a pretty easy (and totally FREE) way to break down the barriers between you and your customers.
4. It’s really fun.
If you enjoy watching vlogs or you get a little thrill from the behind-the-scenes stuff from your favorite online entrepreneurs, you’re going to have a lot of fun with Periscope. And, why not join something that’s going to add more fun into your day?
5. There’s not a lot of pressure to be perfect.
In the past year, Instagram has become less about sharing real life and more about sharing the perfect life and business. Your photos need to be edited and pretty and your captions need to be clever and entertaining. Everything you upload needs to be branded.
That’s okay. I kinda like Instagram that way, because I love pretty photos. They inspire me.
But, it feels nice to join a social media platform that’s new which means that there aren’t many pros, which also means there’s less pressure to be perfect.
There are a handful of people I’ve found so far that seem to have this down, but that’s five compared to the hundred of others I’ve checked out that all seem to be on a similar playing field.
Joining something when there isn’t as much pressure to be as good as all the people who’ve been using the platform for a year makes it easier to jump in and get started. Plus, it’s fun to learn how to use the site at the same time.
So, that’s my spiel on why you should join Periscope TODAY.