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The Road To Periscope

This post was most recently updated on July 31st, 2016

Road To PeriscopeWalk with me, on “the road to Periscope” today.

On a recent call with one of my mentors, it was suggested to me that Periscope is a great way of connecting to people.

Now you know me my dear friends, and I love to make connections with others.

So I went on my way to find out what Periscope was all about, and how I could use it to connect better with you.

I first Google searched Periscope and there it was on the first page of the results.

Somebody had Google+ shared a blog post about her first Periscope.

So I checked it out and there it was… the open door to give me the confidence I needed on the road to Periscope.

The blog post talked a bit about Periscope.

What I really like was that the blogger shared her very first Periscope introducing herself as she walked around her wonderful yard, with her swimming pool and the cutest dog in the background.

Of course, I was attracted to that.

Being a good blogger, I left a comment introducing myself and told her how I got there.

When I leave a comment I do like to connect with people on the social platforms, so we connected.

Ah, a new friend!

But more than that, I am very grateful because seeing someone do something for the first time is always a confidence booster.

I was all excited… but wait!

“How Can I Scope?”

How do I actually do this “scope” thing?

As with most things in life, the best way to get wet is to jump in the water.

I downloaded the Periscope app from Twitter onto my iPhone.

Then I synced it with my Twitter app and I was ready to go!

It’s funny, too, because I used to be one of those people who hear about something, and for 6 months think, “I’ve got to give that a try.  

But, somehow, it never seems to happen.

I’ve really trained myself to stop procrastinating, give something a try immediately, and if it’s not something I like… I move on.  

At least I can say I tried it and I know how it works, instead of always thinking in the back of my mind “I should try that… one day.”

Now that I’m all set up and ready to go, the questions, stutters and wondering “ifs” are behind me, and I’m excited to dig in.

So, without further adieu, here is my very first Periscope. (It’s under 1 and a half minutes… nothing planned, just off the hip saying “hi” to people and showing off my new skill!)

I wanted to share this with you so that you, too, can get up the confidence to walk with me, on “the road to Periscope” today.

Notice that I was moving around and the scope came out terrible.

It was a hot day and all the lighting was off until I found some shade.

Never move your camera like this lol. It comes out much clearer if you stand in one place.

But, hey, we all have to start somewhere.

For me, this was step one.

So know this, my dear friends.

I had the same feeling as when I posted my very first blog post.

Confused, stunned, but I went forth and did it anyway.

That’s how I learn best… by simply doing something.

How about you?

What’s In It For You?

Now you may be asking yourself “What’s In It For Me?”

Actually, there’s a few things that are really cool, and powerful.

Connections with others.

Firstly, understand that your scope will be up for 24 hours for others to share.

You can always download it and keep it for yourself, but within that 24 hour period if someone misses it, they can go back and watch it. The only thing they cannot do is interact.

When you are on Periscope other random people jump in.

They send you messages while you are talking.

So you’ll find yourself saying “Hi” to whoever happens to be watching.

I always say that a “video is like a virtual handshake” but this IS way more than that. It is an immediate connection, and you can talk to people right then and there, whenever you want. And they can talk to you by typing in the chat box.

You also get immediate “like” feedback.

It comes in the form of “hearts” that float onto your cellphone screen as you talk.

When people like what you’re saying, the can simply tap on their screen.

Tapping their screen will send hearts out to you in real time, as you are talking. It is like saying “yes yes yes.”

The more hearts the better.

Remember this when you are watching somebody else’s scope, and you find something valuable. Tap away and give that person hearts so they know you’re appreciating it.

Your Blog Is A Sales Funnel



This community shares like crazy.

You can be watching a scope and share it immediately on Twitter.

Within the few days since I’ve joined Periscope, I get notifications on my phone to “watch this scope about xyz or that one about abc.”

If you get notified of an interesting scope, you can either dive in live and instantly, or catch the replay.

If you like it, you can then send a notification for your crowd to check it out.

Very viral!

Using Periscope for your business.

Like any other social platform… BE SOCIAL when you’re on Periscope.

If people are attracted to you they will follow you and you can notify your followers that you will be doing a scope on a specific topic.

Always give good content as you would on a video or anywhere else.

Periscope is like getting friends and followers on high speed.

I’ve been watching it closely and have found some pretty amazing people giving great value.

Wouldn’t you like to be one of them?

As you are using Periscope, you are branding yourself for your blog, or other online business.

Brand, don’t sell, of course. Just like on any social media sites.

I did see some scopes to “join my business” and, of course, I ignored them. I know… some people just never learn, lol (and floating hearts).

There are many people on Periscope, but a very small percentage that are actually presenting scopes.

The rest are “watchers.”

So wouldn’t it be wonderful to get on the leading edge and start branding yourself while building your online business on this new platform?

I encourage you to take a look at Kevin’s FREE Webinar that I linked to above, so you can get a better understanding of how, exactly, Periscope works.

Your Blog Is A Sales Funnel

When you get on Periscope, connect with me at “Donna Merrill”.

I’ll be scoping starting sometime this week, and will let you know how it’s going.

Meanwhile… I encourage you to put on your thinking cap.

How can you use Periscope to help build your own business or blog?

Leave me a comment below with your thoughts on that.

Walk with me, on “the road to Periscope” today.


Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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60 Responses to The Road To Periscope

  1. Andrew
    September 29, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    Really great post here on the topic of Periscope.

    I’ve Joined periscope and have watched many individuals, including yourself, do and use periscope so effortlessly.

    It really is a great tool to help connect with readers followers just individuals in general and it’s something that I look forward to taking advantage of in the near future.

    Great post here, Donna.

    – Andrew
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    • Donna Merrill September 30, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

      Hi Andrew,

      Why thank you for watching some of my “scopes” It is a great way to get yourself to do at least one little video a day. It can be also repurposed to download on Youtube, or put into a blog post.

      We can also share them on our social sites. I’ll tell you since I’ve been doing them, it has increased my conversion rate in a quick time.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..It’s Not What You Say, But The Way That You Say ItMy Profile

  2. Carol Amato
    September 19, 2015 at 9:54 pm #

    Hey, Donna,

    Great job on your first scope!

    Absolutely! Connecting with others is essential in order to succeed in what we do, and Periscope is sure a fun way to do that. 🙂

    Now there are a lot of spin offs as well. I got in it pretty early on, did one scope so far to test it out.

    May do more when my big projects are finished. One of my goals was to start a podcast before the end of the year, and I’m a little behind schedule with that one. LOL It’s been on the back burner for too long.

    I’ll try to catch one of your scopes – just added you. You can add me back, if you like: Carol Amato.

    Thanks for this cool insight on Periscope, love it!

    Have a blessed weekend.
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    • Donna Merrill September 28, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

      Hi Carol,

      I’m finding the connection with others using Periscope now for a few weeks is so quick, it amazes me. I can do a scope on a particular subject, and people start connecting with me on social sites. Within a few weeks even my opt-in rate has gone sky high. Go figure?

      As with anything, using it wisely as an extension for our business is great to do. I don’t sell anything, but raise questions and have created a pretty good following so far.

      After you finished your projects come on and jump in. It is quite fun to do also..

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  3. Susan cooper
    September 14, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

    Wow this sounds amazing and fun too. What a cool idea. I’m not sure how soon I’ll be able to check it out, but it’s definitely going to be on my list. Trying to focus on certain social media sites without spreading my efforts too thin. Will be interesting to see how quickly people catch on to this one.

    • Donna Merrill September 18, 2015 at 8:43 pm #

      Hi Susan,

      This seems to be catching on like wildfire. The thing I like about it is that for my business, I have to do a video a day. This keeps me motivated.

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  4. Merle Gibbins
    September 14, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

    This sounds really interesting and loved your video. Will have to check this out when I get a bit of spare time. Thanks for sharing.
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    • Donna Merrill September 18, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

      Hi Merle,

      That was my first video but I’ve come a long way and learned so much in just two weeks.

      My goodness…the people I’m meeting are amazing.

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  5. Donna Merrill September 14, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

    Hi Deborah,

    I do see that we are connected on Periscope. It is a good thing to plan a strategy before you start scoping. I know it will help your branding efforts. You are great in front of the camera girl!

    Courage….It does take courage to do new things. But if it is a benefit to your business, I’m sure you will summon up the courage to do so.

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  6. Deborah A. Ten Brink
    September 13, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

    Hey, Donna!

    Great first ‘scope, 🙂

    I’m still a voyeur, just checking it out. I have an account and we’re connected. I’m thinking about ways to use it to help my branding efforts.

    Yes, you give one courage to try it!

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  7. Mary Sloane
    September 13, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

    Thanks so much for this Donna

    Yes I want to use Periscope starting this week and it’s sister Blab I love Blab even more although my first attempt was an unmitigated disaster but hey it’s got to get better

    Anyway what a great way to get known liked and trusted

    We’ve been meeting face to face for a long time so this is just a step beyond

    Thanks for the link to that webinar I will definitely take advantage of it
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    • Donna Merrill September 14, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

      Hi Mary,

      I’ve heard of Blab and it seems a great place to be. Oh that first attempt any just about anything is a disaster lol. It goes with the flow doesn’t it?

      It is a great way to meet face to face and get more eyeballs on you with a new audience. It also has many benefits for your blog…My next post explains that.

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  8. Lesly Federici
    September 13, 2015 at 8:01 pm #

    LOL Donna,
    LOVE it ..
    I’ve been watching others “scope” and it’s been interesting … because it’s live you can walk into .. or rather your eyeballs can walk into some crazy stuff. Like I “rode” on the back of a motorcycle in New York City. This couple was going apartment hunting and I got to see this tiny apt. in Manhattan plus hear about their personal lives … … I started thinking – how weird is this .. peeking into someone’s life like this .. and the hearts were floating up the right side of the screen. There I was trying figure out how to get the hearts going and I was tapping everywhere else on my phone except for the screen .. look out it’s a human loose in “scopeville”… it has its benefits.. and because it’s “live” you can make some great connections. I know you’ll have fun with this .. I’ll be doing this sometime down the road … 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill September 13, 2015 at 8:26 pm #

      Hi Lesly,

      I haven’t played around with watching people doing stuff other than marketing and blogging. However, David was waiting for me while I was in a store and he did. Like any other social site, there will be those thrills, chills, and of course our share of trolls.

      But when using Periscope for business it is just like any other platform.

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  9. Lillian De Jesus
    September 13, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Periscope is very popular and I’m so glad you’re finding success with it. I haven’t gotten into it as I’m not on my phone that much. I am thinking about doing Blab as I understand it’s similar but you don’t have to use your phone. So many FUN tools to network with, it’s so exciting!

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience with Periscope!

    Take care,
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  10. Kathryn Maclean
    September 13, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    I commented on your periscope when I saw it online already.
    Fabulous effort. Doing anything for the first time is unnerving, right?
    So far I have only seen yours and ones by Eric Worre. You guys are
    pros on videos so it must come a little more natural to you.
    You mentioned that this week you will have a guest showing how
    well it converts to blog traffic. How interesting, wondering if you have
    to yell across the room to tell him to come get on periscope? lol
    Look forward to seeing this one!
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    • Donna Merrill September 13, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

      Hi Kathryn,

      Since I wrote this post is my one week anniversary on Periscope. Within that week, there were many connections made.

      Not only to come on over to my blog, but more than that conversations about what I do, what I have to offer, etc. A few opt-ins already so I would say it has been a great week!

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  11. Enstine Muki
    September 12, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    I must admit I knew something close to nothing about this 😉
    Sounds very interesting Donna and thanks for sharing it.

    I tried Kevin’s free webinar but what I found is “404 – File or directory not found.
    The resource you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.”

    I check further and the domain peristrategy.com has been suspended. Are you aware?
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    • Donna Merrill September 13, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

      Hi Enstine,

      I’ll check Kevin’s link. Thanks for notifying me. It was working well at the beginning of he week.

      One week today, I’ve been doing scopes on Periscope and it has worked wonders not only for my blog, but making good connections.

      Next week there will be a special guest on my blog showing how well it converts to blog traffic.

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  12. Brent Jones
    September 11, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

    Hi Donna!

    I think it’s awesome that you did your first Periscope. I really need to get on that platform, and what a compelling guide you’ve put together here.

    Will share it out.

    If doing the Better Blogging interviews has taught me anything, it’s that video can work wonders for building your brand and gaining trust.

    Have a great weekend,

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    • Donna Merrill September 11, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

      Hi Brent,

      Part of my business plan is to do videos every day. I usually do them in “chunks” put them on Youtube and sometimes create a Youtube card to attach to a blog.

      Now with Periscope, only a few days in, I’m making connections like crazy. People are asking me what do you do? And so much more. Already I’ve been asked to do a show with a major marketer late this month.

      As with any platform, we need to have a plan that aligns with our business. This is one that has worked so far. The more I’m doing, the better the following. Considering only one percent of users are scoping, the rest are “watchers”

      What a great tool to build a brand and gain trust and of course, create that list and opt ins!

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  13. Donna Merrill September 11, 2015 at 4:56 pm #

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for the feedback … I’m using Periscope to make connections at the moment. That first one was a huge Hello to others.

    Love that trail we walk on when it is very hot. The beach is too sunny so we go into the forest.

    Yep…paradise it is up here! Even in the snow lol But you know we both are used to that.

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  14. Ryan Biddulph
    September 10, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    Loved your first Scope Donna! You’re in paradise indeed. That trail is fabulous; super spot for developing your peace of mind, for boosting your creativity and for pulling back from the blogging business side of things. You have inspired energy on video. Keep on Scoping!

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  15. Philip Verghese Ariel
    September 10, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    That is indeed a new thing to me like many others!
    Thanks for telling more about it and how to go with etc etc,,,
    See you there on that day , I just registered though our time zone is a bit different one i will make it to be there to meet and say hello to you all
    Thanks again for the well explained post on this subject
    I am going to share it on my other walls
    The little video speaks volume!! LOL
    Indeed a lovely one
    Keep sharing my dear friend
    ~ Phil
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  16. Shann Eva
    September 9, 2015 at 11:31 pm #

    I’m already following you and have watched your scopes! I love it! It’s so nice to be able to hear bloggers speaking and see a little slice of their life. I’ve done a couple scopes and I’m hoping I get less nervous the more I do it. I still haven’t figured out how to give the little hearts.
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    • Donna Merrill September 10, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

      Hi Shann,

      I am following you back on Periscope too. Girl I’m nervous as you because I can’t answer all those questions…I cannot see them properly. But I’m getting there. The trick to use this is to be on every day.

      Within a few days I did make great connections and it is a pretty cool tool to link to an old blog post I have done. That’s my strategy to make my first steps.

      To give the hearts…all you have to do is tap your screen. 🙂

      Tune in next Monday when Sarah will show you how to use Periscope for your blog.

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  17. Chery Schmidt
    September 9, 2015 at 11:20 pm #

    Hello Donna,

    Wooo Hooo I loved your first Scope!. That is what they call it right? I did look into this the other day and immediately knew this was not for me.

    I am not big on cell phones, my cell phone doesn’t even work unless I go and stand int he middle of the yard LOL

    There are a few benefit of living in the middle of the woods but this is not one of them. I do have more then I can handle these days anyways.

    Congrats though and Thanks for sharing
    Chery :))
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    • Donna Merrill September 10, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

      Hi Chery,

      I don’t blame you…there are so many benefits from living in the woods, but cell phones are not one of them.

      If one is a smart phone user, it does work great, especially to get new people to our blogs. They are coming in already he he he

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  18. Atish Ranjan
    September 9, 2015 at 6:07 pm #


    I have learned something new today. Haven’t heard about it earlier. Glad that I read this blog post. It seems like small video to say hi or a small webinar where people ask questions and you answer to them.

    I will be research on it more to have even better idea about “periscope”.

    Thanks for introducing to this term Donna.
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    • Donna Merrill September 10, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

      Hi Atish,

      Indeed, it is like a short webinar in fast motion. But when we have a plan how to use Periscope and not just be out there it can work well with our blogs.

      I mentioned that to Mark in the above comment.

      Stay tuned to next week with my special guest Sarah Arrow showing us just how to do that.

      I’m finding that in only a few days, I’m making connections already.

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  19. Mark
    September 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

    Thanks for the inspiration and much needed encouragement Donna!

    Because I’ve be bombarded recently with tons and tons of
    emails, from various marketers promoting all the so called
    “benefits” of being active on Periscope!

    It’s refreshing to finally be getting the same type of encouragement
    and inspiration from a source I totally “KLT!” LOL!

    So I’ll definitely take a closer look and I also followed your proven advice
    and just signed up for Sarah & Kevin’ free webinar.

    Thanks for the heads up!
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    • Donna Merrill September 10, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

      Hi Mark,

      Yes, there has been a lot of hoopla about Periscope, but once I seen Kevin’s Free No Pitch Webinar it made sense to me.

      Next week Sarah Arrow will be a guest on my blog to show you more about how to use Periscope for your blog.

      Still a newbie myself, but for the past few days doing only a few, I’ve connected to many great people.

      So what does this have to do with my blog? Everything!!! I did 2 scopes, downloaded it to Youtube, created a Youtube card and attached that to an old blog post.

      Guess what? I have new followers already! Woo Hoo

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  20. Devon
    September 9, 2015 at 11:48 am #

    I love Periscope too! I think it’s really fun to see inside other people’s moments that they are sharing. I’ve also used it for business too – I work in social media marketing so I’ve been working with clients on using it to build relationships with their fans and humanize their brand 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill September 9, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

      Hi Devon,

      Good to know you are on the Scope! It sure is a great way to humanize our brand. As people see us on Periscope they can get a better insight to who we are. The Know Like and Trust factor comes across so well as we are doing a scope.

      This one I put here was my first and I had no idea what I was doing. All I needed was to start. So I started with that virtual hand shake saying HI. I’ve come a long way in a few days and met so many people.

      It is starting to grow!

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  21. lisa thomson-the great escape
    September 9, 2015 at 11:36 am #

    Fascinating, Donna. First I’ve heard of it so thanks for the intro. I’ll check out Kevin’s video! Your personality really shines on camera 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill September 9, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

      Hi Lisa,

      When I see something that works to get more juice to our blogs and make more connections….I’m there. Indeed, check out Kevin’s no pitch Free webinar to get a better understanding of Periscope.

      I’m a newbie so I like to share the information that has helped me and know it will help you.

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  22. Corina Ramos
    September 9, 2015 at 10:58 am #

    Hi Donna,

    I truly admire you for trying something new. I haven’t made my way to periscope yet. Perhaps this is what I need to get over my shyness of making videos. 😉

    I loved the one you shared here in your post. It’s more personal that way, of course you just give out this positive vibe so anyone would be attracted to that :).

    I’m going to check out Kevin’s webinar about Periscope. I haven’t decided to sign up. I need to sit down and think about what this can do for my blog. I’m seriously thinking about it though and I’ll look for you to connect the day I do. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this with us! I hope you’re having a great week!

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    • Donna Merrill September 9, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

      Hi Cori,

      I jumped into Periscope because it is like being on a Google hangout on speed. There are many “watchers” out there, waiting to take the plunge.

      In this first one, I didn’t put a title on it but just said HI! My second one was about blogging and the law of reciprocity. Yes, I was scared because it is new and that is why I’m sharing my journey here. To help others.

      Within a few days I have made more connections with people than ever. Twitter owns Periscope so I get messages from those who liked a scope and now we are communicating.

      You know me well and I don’t pitch. So people feel comfortable asking me what I do. I give them my information, they give me theirs. It is amazing.

      The best part is people share your scopes on twitter like crazy as you are doing them. I have more targeted twitter peeps than ever in just a few days! Woo Hoo

      The thing is, I have to do one a day otherwise it doesn’t work. I have Sarah doing a guest post next Monday. She has been a great connection for me because she shares my content and her friends trust her thereby trusting me. Phew……

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  23. ikechi
    September 9, 2015 at 1:03 am #

    Hi Donna

    For some time, I have been seeing lots of post about Periscope. Last week, I saw so many bloggers talk about how much Periscope is changing social connections.

    So seeing you talk about Periscope means that it is time for me to look at this platform more closely. I love your video and thanks for the tips on how to create a cool scope.

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care

    • Donna Merrill September 9, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

      Hi Ikechi,

      Periscope is new. They are making changes as I write this. The first scope I made (the one above) was a test. Now…a few days into it, I’m making friends and connections like wildfire.

      Just choose a topic you want to talk about and people start jumping in….they will say hi, some will follow you. But as with any social platform, there are trolls out there. It was distracting at first when I did a scope on Reciprocity and your Blog. But I did make 3 very close connections from that.

      Check out the pitch free webinar that Kevin Arrow has done to give you a good idea. Then stay tuned for my next blog post 🙂

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  24. Lea Bullen
    September 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend!

    I actually never heard of this. I guess a good way to use it for business is to do a scope on what you’re doing to grow it or operate.

    This is an interesting concept and made even more so to see how different people will end up using it.

    Have a good night.

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    • Donna Merrill September 9, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

      Hi Lea,

      I’m a newbie at Periscope, but started doing one a day. It is a must to keep that schedule up if we ever want it to work for us.

      Within a few days, I have made so many connections with others. I’ve never experienced connecting so quickly!

      This is the start of my journey and as just a few trickled in so far, they have connected with me on many levels.

      I do see the effect it can have on our blogs and products/services.

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  25. Don Purdum
    September 8, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I just started a few weeks before our move last month and I LOVED it! I will definitely be using it a lot more moving forward and experimenting with it.

    I loved how almost immediately there were over 50 people watching and “hearting” my first one. I didn’t even try to connect with anyone.

    What will be interesting is determining over the coming months if this is a resource that business in my audience will employ? As you know, it doesn’t make sense to do something if that’s not where the audience is at.

    I appreciate your insights and sharing your experience on Periscope. Love it when you do video!!!!

    ~ Don Purdum
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    • Donna Merrill September 8, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

      Hi Don,

      I’ll connect with you on the “scope” lol. I’m a newbie and found it to be great to use as a part of my business. Yes…love the hearts and questions popping up. It is like doing a webinar on speed!

      Because I do videos so much, I just figured I can download my scope and share it where it is appropriate. On my FB page, it can get pretty active, so I’m experimenting to see if it will catch on there.

      Meanwhile…as with anything else..I’m testing. I’m finding many new connections already and have had conversations from a scope with others.

      It is quite amazing how the technology works. They are still new and will be changing things up.

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  26. Adrienne
    September 8, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    Good for you and I’ve heard a lot about Periscope.

    I’m not on that platform, I’m not a big cell user as you know but I also don’t want to get on too many different things that I can’t really keep up with.

    As they’ve always said, stick with a few social media sites at a time and then when you have those down you can move to more. My issue is that I can only do so much with the time I have and although I know I need to be on more platforms I just can’t keep up with them all.

    I’m thrilled for you though and enjoyed your video. That trail looks nice and of course so do you.

    Thanks for sharing this with us my dear and have fun on Periscope.

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    • Donna Merrill September 8, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

      Hi Adrienne,

      Indeed, I am of the same school of thought. I am only on 2 social media platforms every day. I got it down an doing great on them.

      Then periscope came along and because I do so many videos these days, I found it a great tool to use, not only to connect with more people, but to use the scopes in those 2 main platforms I use and of course, on my blog if it is appropriate.

      I know how you feel about phones..lol. I remember when we met up on G+ and I swore I would NEVER get into it. But here I am…using it all the time. Never say never lol.

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  27. Sylviane Nuccio
    September 8, 2015 at 11:36 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Wow, I can always count on you to learn about new tools and stuff 🙂

    Never heard of Periscope before, but now I want to use it too.

    As I was reading your post I was thinking on how I could do that walking around the huge Estate I live in right now LOL!

    I will definitely check that out and share this in the meantime, so more people can learn about Periscope.

    Thanks and have a great day!

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    • Donna Merrill September 8, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

      Hi Sylviane,

      It is a very cool tool to use. It is real time technology that people connect with. I am sure it will be a good fit with the beautiful places you are in.

      A great branding mechanism and also making friends in moments. It amazes me! Although I’m new at it, check out Kevin’s free webinar. I learned so much from that.

      There will be so much more in my next post with a special guest to teach others better than I can at the moment.

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  28. Sarah Arrow September 8, 2015 at 4:47 am #

    thanks for the shout out Donna. Let me know if you have room for a guest post on how bloggers can use Periscope:).

    I like it a lot at the moment. It’s a really powerful connecting tool. People can see and get a feel for you immediately.

    I also caught your first Scope and thought you were fab xx
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    • Donna Merrill September 8, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

      Hey Sarah,

      Most welcome and I’m on the journey. I already asked you on FB to be a guest for my next blog. You are so way ahead of me on Periscope and I want to provide my readers of how amazing this is

      I did another one today…thank you for sharing it btw….. got a bit distracted by some crazy “egg heads” but used to it now.

      I made it short and sweet and thanks for sharing it so quickly.

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  29. Brenda Pace
    September 7, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

    Hi Donna! Happy Labor Day!

    I’m very intrigued by Periscope and loved your video so I went to investigate a bit more about Periscope. Unfortunately, at this time it’s only available on Apple which leaves me out. But I am anxious for it to come to Android so I can give it a quick shout!

    Thanks for sharing it with us. I hope you had a great holiday!

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    • Donna Merrill September 7, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

      Hi Brenda,

      Periscope is available on Android as well as Apple. Did you click the FREE No Pitch Webinar that Kevin Arrow made? You can get a better understanding there.

      It’s pretty new and most people are “watchers” but if we get into this soon, we can be on the leading edge of this amazing technology.

      Let me know if you have any questions…

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  30. Monna Ellithorpe
    September 7, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    Your first “Scope” was great. Believe it or not I thought about doing one yesterday while we were out and about but there were so many people around and it was so noisy that I decided to wait until another time.

    I have some ideas for my first “scope” and I will look you up when I get back on there.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    • Donna Merrill September 7, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

      Hi Monna,

      My first scope …I was terrified. I felt like it was my first Youtube video lol – But with practice and doing scopes on a particular subject, I find it is like a fast moving interaction with others.

      I plan to start tomorrow…still waiting for my Iphone holder to come in the mail but will rig up something to hold my phone up.

      Can’t wait to see you there!

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  31. Marquita Herald
    September 7, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

    Really interesting Donna. I’ve seen a lot of comments about Periscope but few talking about results – it seems like a video version of a selfie. I also know Sarah and have taken a couple of her courses so I’ll take a look at what she’s doing. Always good to keep up with the latest technology so thanks!
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    • Donna Merrill September 7, 2015 at 7:40 pm #

      Hi Marquita,

      It sure is always good to keep up with the latest technology! Not really like a selfie.. more like a mini webinar. People ask questions as we are speaking. Of course, this one of mine was just to inspire others that they can do it too…

      But when we are Periscope and have some message that we want to talk about 20-30 minutes or less can do the trick. It is a nice way to reach your community as well as spreading out to new communities.

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