Social media is quickly becoming one of the most convenient and entertaining ways to connect with people in your sporting community. Whether it is at the grassroots level or on the international stage, social media is giving people greater access to the experiences of those around them.
Periscope is the latest social media app that has the world buzzing. It allows you to view or create your own video broadcasts (‘scopes’) that you can share with the world. You can LIVE STREAM your game day events, presentation nights, training clinics and everything else in-between!
To help you get the most out of Periscope, we’ve compiled a summary of what the app has to offer and how to use it.
Why Periscope for your club?
Getting your club connected with members, sponsors and the wider community is challenging. But with Periscope it’s not only easy, it’s interactive too! Without teams and weekly matches, a sports club wouldn’t exist. Generate interest and get the community involved in your teams and their games by streaming them LIVE with Periscope. You can broadcast an entire match through Periscope using a smartphone or tablet, allowing anyone in the world to tune in and watch. It’s literally FREE broadcasting!
Looking for a sponsor or trying to generate effective branding? Be your own ad campaigner and ‘scope’ your team in your sponsor’s gear. Presentation nights, weekly match summaries, board meetings, grand finals, coaching drills…. if you can name it, you can stream it with Periscope.
How to Use Periscope
Periscope lets you stream and create videos in real time. You can choose to stream your video/scope to the entire Periscope community or privately to specific Periscope users. Once you start recording, your audience can instantly comment on your stream and “like” it in the form of hearts that appear on screen (similar to Instagram).
As the publisher, you can decide whether or not you would like your scope to be available to be replayed after you have finished recording. The replay is available for up to 24 hours after you have recorded. You can turn this off at any time.
You can also choose to share your Periscope broadcasts on Twitter by tapping the bird icon before you start broadcasting. When you go live, you’ll tweet a link so that your Twitter followers can watch on the web (or in the app).
Before you start
- To begin, you will need a to install the Periscope app (for free)
onto your smartphone or tablet. You will also need to have a Twitter account to login to Periscope. Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to start following fellow Periscope users: people, local businesses, sports clubs, etc.
- Let your audience know what you’re going to be streaming. Besides letting people know in person, the best way to do this is via Twitter or it could be via Facebook or Instagram.
- Create an enticing title. When scrolling through Periscope, people will only see the title of the scope and your name. Therefore it’s vital that your title describes what your scope is and why people should either tune in now or replay your stream later (up to 24 hours).
When you start the scope
- Be yourself and talk naturally. You don’t have to be a world-class actor or have a planned script to make your scope enjoyable.
- When live viewers start to watch and ‘like’ your scope, you can ask for questions e.g. “if you guys have any questions, just ask me.” Be interested in the responses and respond to them in turn.
- Periscope is highly interactive. Get your live viewers’ opinion on what you are showing them, whether it be an event, a location, an item, anything!
Types of scopes
The following are a list of the common ‘genres’ of scopes that are found on Periscope.
AMA – Ask me anything
The scope producer encourages their audience to ask them any question at all about their lives, their job, their plans etc. As the video broadcast is LIVE, the audience can ask follow-up questions straight away. Perfect for hosting a live forum for new members looking to join who may have some questions.
Show and tell
These scopes have the producer showcasing a location, an item or an event. You can get your teams using sponsor’s gear or stream some game day action to the world.
These scopes are great for clubs looking to provide quick and easy coaching sessions for their members. Simply use Periscope to stream training drills to your coaches and members. E.g. How to knock in your bat, how to throw a spiral pass
Do you have any Periscope tips? Is there anything you want us to discuss? Did you find this information helpful? Leave your comments below, we are here to listen and help as part of your community.
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