Let me start by saying that I love Periscope! My wife and I have stopped watching TV at night and just started watching Periscopes from all over the world. We never know what to expect and we have been shocked, entertained, educated and everything in between. We love it, but we're not alone as Periscope streamers and viewers continue to grow every day!
One of the things that I love seeing is how many churches are beginning to live stream their services via Periscope. I love this idea and we have been doing it at Community Bible Church since Easter. I've loved sharing the opportunity at Conferences. So far not once has my audience on Periscope not outnumbered the audience in the audience at the actual Conference. Your church's attendance can also double in attendance next week by simply putting your smart phone on a tripod and see what happens!
Here are 5 tips to help you better optimize your 'Scopes:
- Use Emoji's in Your Title - you might feel silly using Emoji's, but it's quickly been proven that scopes with Emoji's in the title get double, if not more, the number of viewers. Using a creative title other than "church service" goes a long way and adding an emoji or two will help catch people's eye and peak curiosity.
- Shoot in Portrait - yes, when doing video on your smartphone you should almost always go landscape. But when periscoping it is best to keep your phone in portrait mode as many viewers might be seeing the scope through their computer and it will display sideways on their screen and they will quickly become disengaged. So keep the phone upright to most effectively maximize the mobile interface and platform.
- Get a Close Seat - setting up your iPhone and using the Zoom creates a poor experience. The iPhone's zoom isn't great, but if you can get a close seat to periscope from you will create a much better video experience for the end viewer. Yes, I know it's awkward and could be a little distracting.
- Use a Tripod - on Amazon you can buy a great tripod for about $20 and a smartphone tripod clip for less than $5. Clipping your smartphone to a tripod will not only make your life easier, but create a better viewing experience without the constant movement of just holding your phone up in your hand.
- Have a Second Device available - during a church service you won't be able to respond to comments. By logging in on another device you can still engage people in the chat and more effectively monitor the engagement keeping the streaming device focused on the video experience.
So, what are you waiting for? Start live streaming your worship services this weekend and see what happens! What do you have to lose? My guess is that you already have a smartphone (chances are your reading this blog on a device that can periscope already) and the cost is only the time to setup the camera, create a title and push a button. Go for it!
By the way, if you want to follow me on Periscope you can find me @nilssmith. I love to give tours around NYC! I would also love for you to check out what we're doing at Community Bible Church on our Periscope handle @cbcsocial.