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Promoting Your Blog Just Got Easier

Promoting Your Blog Just Got Easier

On this guest post from my friend Sarah Arrow will show you how Promoting Your Blog Just Got Easier.

 I’ve known Sarah for a long time, now, and she is a real pro when it comes to blogging and promoting.  

Here, she will share with you how your blog’s exposure and audience reach can skyrocket.

Take it away, Sarah.

“I’m not sure I can follow everything you do if you move onto Periscope” was the comment that made my blood run cold.

Why did an active member of my blogging community think I was moving onto Periscope?

I love blogging.

I was born to blog.

I live to blog.

I’ll never stop blogging…†Oh look! Periscope…

What’s a blog again?

And yes, I can see why a member of my blogging community would think I’m moving from blogging to scoping.

I’ve been there a lot lately, and I even do weekly #BlogScopes on Periscope (Friday midday UK time and my husband, Kevin Arrow, does Friday evening 8pm UK which is more suited to the US viewers).

I encourage bloggers to come on and chat with me.

So what can Periscope do for Bloggers? And should we really be there?

For any type of writer, Periscope’s live streaming isn’t just great for plugging your work.

I’ve sold books from a Scope, and it’s pretty easy to do, but you really want to add value to the community, just like you do in a blog post, before you start with a buy my shizzle scope (Shizzle is a technical term for which I apologise).

Sure, you can make sales, but Periscope is so much more than that.

Here are three smart ways to use for Periscope that bloggers and writers should try.

Give them what they want AKA Crowdsourcing

One of the things professional bloggers will always advise their readers to do, is to give the audience what they want, and not what you the blogger wants to give them.

If you’re a new blogger, you’ll find this advice sucks as you often hear back crickets, and you’ll have no idea what your audience wants.

On Periscope, you can ask the viewers what they’d like to read on your blog.

The Periscope platform is built for interaction, and you can encourage your viewers to comment and interact with you.

When you start your broadcast you can had hashtags and attract people new to you and your blog.

You can encourage your viewers to share with their followers and before you know it, you’ll have 50 people talking to you and giving you feedback. In other words, bounce ideas off of your viewers via Periscope.

If you have blogger’s block (like writer’s block, but a hundred times more lethal), Scoping is a good way to get suggestions for writing prompts from your viewers.

Announce new blog posts!!!

Ta Da!

You’ve crowdsourced your content, now is the time to announce it.

Get people interested by telling them that you’ll have a special announcement on Periscope, then give the date and time. Make your update intriguing, and use a hashtag such as #secret or #announcement.

Build a buzz and then when live share with your viewers an advance reading of the post, share with them some extra tips, something exclusive for them, and then tell them the URL of you blog and invite them to take a look and share the post.

I often embed a Scope into a blog post, so that my readers can see the bonus content, and that they’ll be encouraged to come and join in a live conversation.

Demonstrate your capability

If you’ve never met me virtually before, or attended a training webinar, you’ll have no idea how creative I am.

I can pull a blog post headline from thin air, and spin it into a series of 6 awesome posts and I can do it again and again and again, and of course, seeing is believing.

So I did it on a Periscope.

I demonstrated my capability and showed 280 people live on how to do this.

The next day I had over 100 searches for Sarah Arrow Blogging, that arrived on my site, and 96 new subscribers.

When did you last do something for 5 minutes that gave you that many subscribers?

I’ll confess the first time I did a 5 minute scope on blogging I only got 24 subscribers. And that was 24 more than expected!

I never dreamed for one moment that Periscope could be a brilliant list building tool, but it is.

Now, I’ve shared with you what you can do on Periscope as a blogger, are you going to join me and Donna?

The essentials you need to start Scoping

1.Courage

Live streaming isn’t easy.

As fast as you talk, your viewers are interacting and talking back to you. People can see you, but you can’t see them.

If you’re not comfortable in your own skin, then Periscope will seem lethal. Let me reassure you it’s worth doing, and I say this as a person with bright red hair and an accent that isn’t American, and sounds nothing like the Queen’s.

2. A Smartphone

To deliver live Scopes, or Casts as they’re sometimes called, you’ll need to be able to download the Periscope app.

The Periscope app is simple to install, and set up.

Then you connect it with Twitter. You do have Twitter don’t you?

So, all that you need is a smartphone and Twitter… You can actually install Periscope without Twitter but to get the most from it, connect Periscope to your Twitter account, and keep your Periscope name and your Twitter name the same, so people can contact you straight after your Scope.

3. The ability to talk on screen…

… And not pass out.

Ideally you’d get a tripod, as holding your phone at arms length for a period of time can be quite tough, and then you’ll shake, and then you’ll lose courage and not have a very pleasant scoping experience.

You’ll need a few more items in your Scope kit, but a tripod is the least you should start with. Practice talking to your phone camera a few times, with the camera facing you. It’s not the real thing, but you’ll soon get used to talking to your phone, and you’ll lose any fear you may have had.

4. Some notes

For all the good intent in the world, you will go off topic on Periscope if you do it right. And by doing it right I mean talking back to the viewers, answering their comments and interacting with them.

Notes will help you stay on track, and remind you of the key points you’re looking to make.

You may also want to have a piece of paper with your web address on it, or contact details or any other prompt you might like.

5. A good sense of humour

Not everything will go according to plan on your Scope.

If you’re a perfectionist, this tool will make you very uncomfortable.

Embrace it, and go with the flow. Laugh off the things that go wrong, and remember your replay doesn’t last forever, just 24 hours.

Will I stop blogging and move entirely to Periscope? Erm, probably not.

As you read this you can hear the warmth and the humour, and hopefully our conversation has made you smile. If this post was a Scope, it would look just like the above Scope.  If you didn’t watch it yet, this might be good time to do that.

You can clearly see the difference between a blog and a Scope!

I’d love it if you come and followed me over on Periscope, tell me that you are part of the Donna Merrill Tribe and I’ll follow you right back.

-Sarah Arrow

Sarah Arrow is one of the UKs leading bloggers. She’s the creator of an incredibly successful blogging challenge and the author of several marketing guides. In other words, she’s the British Donna Merrill, ha.

So my friends, leave a comment, connect with Sarah.  

Your Blog Is A Sales Funnel

We’d love to get your feedback!

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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134 Responses to Promoting Your Blog Just Got Easier

  1. Donna Merrill
    Twitter:
    September 13, 2015 at 11:16 pm #

    I want to thank you Sarah so much for being my guest on this blog. I have learned so much from you about Periscope and within a week it has been working so well for me.

    I’m honored that you are my guest!

    -Donna
    Donna Merrill recently posted..The Road To PeriscopeMy Profile

  2. Jacqui Malpass
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    September 14, 2015 at 3:17 am #

    Always wonderful advice from the inspirational Sarah.

    I have watched just one as I have my head in editing a book. I am gearing myself up… And looking forward to following your advice and getting out there in Scopeland.
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 14, 2015 at 11:20 am #

      Hi Jacqui,

      Welcome to my blog.

      Sarah sure does inspire me and I’m out there on Scopeland too. Because she is way ahead of me using Periscope, I wanted my readers to understand it better. And there is no better way to do this, but by having Sarah explain it.

      -Donna
      Donna Merrill recently posted..The Road To PeriscopeMy Profile

    • Sarah Arrow
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      September 14, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

      I know you’re just going to LOVE Scoping Jacqui, and you’re morning videos will have a whole new lease of life!
      Sarah Arrow recently posted..Content Lockers: What are they and do they work?My Profile

  3. Aska Kolton
    Twitter:
    September 14, 2015 at 3:22 am #

    Fantastic tips Sarah! I couldn’t understand all the hype about Periscope. Now I know why so many people scope:). Never saw it as such an effective list building tool. Thank you for your encouragement. Maybe I won’t be scoping straight away but I shall give it a go at some point to utilise what it offers:) thanks a lot!

  4. Carrie Eddins
    Twitter:
    September 14, 2015 at 3:43 am #

    Very useful blog post Sarah, I honestly did not really understand Periscope, thanks!

    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 14, 2015 at 11:22 am #

      Hi Carrie,

      Good to see you here on my blog. Because I’m pretty new at Periscope, and Sarah has been such a great help to me, I just knew she was the perfect person to reach teach my following how to understand Periscope and how useful it is for our blogs and business.

      -Donna
      Donna Merrill recently posted..The Road To PeriscopeMy Profile

    • Sarah Arrow
      Twitter:
      September 14, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

      Hi Carrie, I think you’ll love it for both your chocolate rehab, and working with female entrepreneurs. You just need to bite the bullet and go and show us your face, and chat to us x
      Sarah Arrow recently posted..The tools you need when using scarcity in your marketingMy Profile

  5. Brenda Lee
    Twitter:
    September 14, 2015 at 5:06 am #

    Hi ladies!

    You too are becoming the Queens of Periscope! It sounds very intriguing. I tried viewing the scope on my android but it gave an error. Will try on my desktop later today.

    Anywho, thank you for sharing this with us. I’ll be passing it along.

    Have a great Monday, ladies!

    B
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 14, 2015 at 11:25 am #

      Hi Brenda,

      Hmmm…Maybe you need to upload the “latest version” of periscope on android. I use an Iphone so I keep getting updated.

      I wouldn’t say I’m a queen yet (keyword yet) lol. But after a week of scopes, I not only made great connections, but also many conversations and interviews on other blogs have been open to me.

      Just say’n

      -Donna
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      • Brenda Lee
        Twitter:
        September 14, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

        Hi Donna,

        I didn’t realize I had to have Periscope on my phone to view the above scope on the web. Thanks.

        B

        • Sarah Arrow
          Twitter:
          September 14, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

          Hi Bren, thanks for your comments. If you just want to watch, you can watch via the web. If you want to deliver a Scope, and I think it’s a great tool, then you will need to be able to download the app in order to get the results/engagement that you want.
          Sarah Arrow recently posted..20 inspirational ideas for your next PeriscopeMy Profile

          • Donna Merrill
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            September 14, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

            Bren,

            So glad that was all cleared up lol. I would start by watching…Check out Sarah’s scopes. See how natural and fun it is to be part of this all.

            Oh yea…check me out too my friend 🙂

            -Donna
            Donna Merrill recently posted..The Road To PeriscopeMy Profile

  6. Marquita Herald
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    September 14, 2015 at 6:22 am #

    Great overview and advice on Periscope! I appreciate all of your advice Sarah but gotta say my favorite tip is “The ability to talk on screen… and not pass out.”

    I remember all too well the cricket phase of blogging, so I heartily agree on the value of exploring new opportunities. You’ve answered a lot of questions here – thanks for the inspiration Sarah and Donna!
    Marquita Herald recently posted..How to See the Opportunity in ProblemsMy Profile

    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 14, 2015 at 11:29 am #

      Hi Marquita,

      Oh that talking on screen and not passing out lol. When I did my first ones, no one was there so it was quite easy to do…like a Youtube video.

      I’m used to doing digital products so I’m pretty comfortable on screen. But once those tiny pop ups came up with people watching, I couldn’t see them properly – Even with my glasses on!

      But think of this: You can always go by some beautiful place where you live and click the camera around to water or anything while you give an inspirational message…which you are so good at.

      Then, download it to Youtube, after that spread it around social sites. Just an idea lol

      -Donna
      Donna Merrill recently posted..The Road To PeriscopeMy Profile

  7. Kurt Kummerer
    Twitter:
    September 14, 2015 at 6:38 am #

    Hi Donna and Sarah,

    First time leaving a comment here on your blog Donna. Thanks for having Sarah on your blog Donna as I learned a ton about how Periscope can benefit bloggers.

    I like how you embedded a scope in your post so readers can see the bonus content. Offering bonus content or content upgrade is a great way to increase your subscribers.

    I have to admit to being a little slow adapting to technology even though the benefits are apparent.

    Thank you for sharing this with us today Sarah.

    Kurt
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 14, 2015 at 11:33 am #

      Hi Kurt,

      Welcome to my blog. Sarah sure did a great job with this! I wanted my readers to dig deeper to the benefits of Periscope and Sarah is way ahead of me. This is why I was so honored that she has done this guest post for me.

      It is so great to know that you have benefited learning how Periscope can benefit our blogs from Sarah.

      Yes, technology is difficult to adapt to…I know that feeling Kurt 🙂

      -Donna
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    • Sarah Arrow
      Twitter:
      September 14, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

      Hi Marty, you’ll know that I’m not a natural on Camera, and my tendency to swear every now and then upsets people, but the overwhelming sense of dread fills me every time I hit “start broadcast”. It’s easy or difficult, depending on how you like talking on Camera. I wish I was as natural as Donna 🙂
      Sarah Arrow recently posted..7 Ways to Make Your ‘Scope Stand Out #peri10kMy Profile

      • Donna Merrill
        Twitter:
        September 14, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

        Sarah,

        That’s too funny…I don’t even consider myself natural, but as you mentioned in this post you are the British Donna Merrill. You are so natural and entertaining too! Love to watch your scopes.

        I do get that initial “dread” too whenever I’m on camera. But we gotta do what we gotta do!

        -Donna
        Donna Merrill recently posted..The Road To PeriscopeMy Profile

    • Sarah Arrow
      Twitter:
      September 14, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

      Hi Kurt, the Scopes can be “caught” automagically by a platform called katch.me and then added to a blog post. This means I’m more likely to re-use the content 🙂
      Sarah Arrow recently posted..5 ways to generate limitless ideas for your blog posts.My Profile

  8. Dan Ewah
    Twitter:
    September 14, 2015 at 11:11 am #

    Hi Donna,

    A big thank you for bringing Sarah here.

    Hi Sarah,

    Thanks for shedding more light on periscope, to be honest, I’m not comfortable yet in front of camera, but I’ll give it a try much later.
    Dan Ewah recently posted..50 Blogging Tips From The Experts – The Best – INFOGRAPHICMy Profile

    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 14, 2015 at 11:36 am #

      Hi Dan,

      If you are not comfortable on camera, you can always point your camera to something else. I’ve seen some scopes whereby the person was pointing it to a white board and explaining something.

      He did quite well and I did learn a lot from his scope. But getting in front of a camera is important for the Know, like and trust factor.

      Dan, I’ve interviewed some guru’s in my day and they were not comfortable at all. So you are not alone. It does take practice. I was terrified when I did my first Youtube video back in the day. But I put myself through a 30 day challenge. The first five were terrible. Then, as time went by, it got easier.

      -Donna
      Donna Merrill recently posted..The Road To PeriscopeMy Profile

  9. Dan Ewah
    Twitter:
    September 14, 2015 at 11:13 am #

    Hi Donna,

    What are the ways to promote a periscope page, you don’t want to do live streaming talking to yourself.

    Any tip would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    Dan
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 14, 2015 at 11:40 am #

      Hey Dan,

      At first there won’t be people there until you do it every day. To promote your periscope you can tweet it out and share it on Facebook.

      Choose a time of day that suits you and prepare your followers by telling them “I’ll be doing a scope on xxx) Email, Twitter, Facebok.

      Then when you are actually broadcasting, slide your screen on your phone to “Share” with these social sites and you will get a response.

      It will take time like anything else. Think of your first blog post Dan. After a while, you build a following. And by the way, the scope will be there for 24 hours so that you can again tell your followers to catch the replay.

      -Donna
      Donna Merrill recently posted..The Road To PeriscopeMy Profile

      • Dan Ewah
        Twitter:
        September 14, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

        Thanks Donna, Yeah I know it takes time.

        I just have to psyche myself and get out of my comfort zone to do it, I understand the benefit of engaging with your audience on multimedia.

        So it’s the right thing to do and I’ll do it.

        Thanks

        Dan
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    • Sarah Arrow
      Twitter:
      September 14, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

      As Donna says Dan, you can point the camera at the screen and talk. However, this is a new tool, and we’re all learning together. You’ll get early adopter advantage! and by the time it’s mainstream, you’ll be awesome and wondering why you were so nervous.
      Sarah Arrow recently posted..Are You Using Social Quizzes to Drive Traffic?My Profile

  10. Dana
    Twitter:
    September 14, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    Hi Donna, Hi Sarah,

    Thanks for this.

    I had wanted to get into some sort of video blogging a few years ago. I recorded one video (which I practiced for about 14 times) and that was about it 😉

    I do, however, have a desire to step out of my comfort zone, especially if it means I have an additional avenue to reach people…so I’ll have to look into this.

    Before leaving a comment here, I went back and read the previous post and watched your video Donna. You seemed totally at ease…and I loved the path you were on. It was nice to see you in an environment that was so tranquil…and since I have places like this to go to (and a phone with a video recorder)…this may be a way to go about it.

    I’ll have to learn more, but I am intrigued. Thank-you Sarah for the additional info here – and I wish you both a beautiful week.
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 14, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

      Hi Dana,

      I remember when I did my first video. All with make up and hair done…totally frightened. I did a 30 day challenge. And guess what happened? Half way through, I had no make up on, talked with ease and wasn’t a bit nervous.

      Doing something new is always difficult. Yes, I seemed at ease in my previous video but I was scared. Thank God only 7 people were watching. I had no idea what to do or say…I just was me.

      Periscope is a new platform and there are many out there that are unscripted because it is a social platform it is all about talking about a topic that IS unscripted. Think of a reality show. lol

      Give it a try…You have a wonderful journey that you could share. Eventually people will follow you.

      -Donna
      Donna Merrill recently posted..The Road To PeriscopeMy Profile

  11. Renard Moreau
    Twitter:
    September 14, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    [ Smiles ] Come on, do I really need a smartphone in order to use Periscope?

    Anyway, I happen to own an Android smartphone; which would come in very handy if it is mandatory to have a smartphone in order to use Periscope (Forgive me, this is the second time that I am hearing about it).

    And, being a blogger, I am very grateful for any additional medium to promote my blog.
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  12. Don Purdum
    Twitter:
    September 14, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    Hi Donna and Sarah,

    Fantastic content and I’ve actually used Perisope a few times.j

    After a lot of research and findings was really interested to learn that Periscope is such a unique and fun site. I’m still trying to figure out if business owners and entrepreneurs are on it much.

    Last week I met with nearly 20 entrepreneurs in Washington DC with businesses ranging from $15 – $50 million in annual revenue and they said what everyone of them in my audience has said to me at this point; They don’t have time for something like that.

    So, I’m wading carefully because while they like video they won’t be on Periscope. However, I still can see the tool being profitable for other types of online businesses / entrepreneurs and the ability to shoot quickly and post to YouTube is really valuable to me.

    For strategic reasons, I’m going to continue to play with this tool and figure out how to leverage it.

    Great post Sarah! I so appreciate your insights!!!!!

    ~ Don Purdum
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    • Sarah Arrow
      Twitter:
      September 14, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

      Hi Don, businesses go where the audience is. You Tube is second biggest “search” engine, but Twitter itself is no slouch when it comes to search, within excess of 25 billion searchs per month (2012 statistic, source I can’t immediately recall).
      Periscope and Twitter go together hand in hand, and that means your business will be found for keywords in real time search.
      If you’ve products to demo, then you need to be doing this and interacting with the audience, and this is why social media is a great leveller. That a small business is now on par with a big business in terms of connecting with their audience.
      Sarah Arrow recently posted..A Day in The Life of a Reasonably Successful BloggerMy Profile

      • Don Purdum
        Twitter:
        September 14, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

        Hi Sarah,

        Just playing devil’s advocate for second… the video only appears for 24 hours as a replay. For the majority of business owners and entrepreneur’s they are busy being busy (lol… I love that term) which means they are not focusing on another “thing” that they have to do right now when they are in sales meetings, team meetings, networking meetings, reviewing data or putting out a fire of some kind.

        I network mostly offline businesses and their #1 concern (which I wrote about today) is making the time for everything they have to do. I get it…

        Online businesses will have a much easier effect and time with this tool than the offline ones will so speaking to them will be a lot of fun.

        So, back to my original point. I get it and I see a usefulness for the tool and I will absolutely be on it as I learn how my specific audience will engage with it or is it best used for quick videos that go to YouTube and be re-purposed for other means.

        Love your post Sarah!

        ~ Don
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        • Donna Merrill
          Twitter:
          September 14, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

          Hi Don,

          I’m finding Periscope great for immediate interaction and also for meeting new people. In one week’s time, I’ve engaged with a few folks because they were interested in what I do. We took the conversation over to email and phone.

          In my own business plan, I need to do a video a day….I was doing a 2 minute one and posting on my FB Page.

          Now With Periscope, I do download it to Youtube for search results. I can even link it to my blog or an older blog post….seeing action there already lol.

          Great to know you liked Sarah’s post!

          -Donna
          Donna Merrill recently posted..The Road To PeriscopeMy Profile

        • Sarah Arrow
          Twitter:
          September 15, 2015 at 4:20 am #

          With pleasure Don, and I’ll play it right back… There are more to a company than it’s bosses. These are the people that can Scope. A receptionist sharing how they welcome people to the business, the office admin showing how they look after their customers, customer services showing how the product can be used and how they help people, and of course this is all repurposable.
          And if the CEO wants to show their office every now and then, they can, but they are not the people that need to perform the Scopes, they’re not the only person to that loves the business 😉
          Sarah Arrow recently posted..A Day in The Life of a Reasonably Successful BloggerMy Profile

          • Don Purdum
            Twitter:
            September 15, 2015 at 9:24 am #

            Hi Sarah,

            I hear what you’re saying; but I’m talking every day with offline companies up to a $100 million in annual revenue and their mindset is completely different than ours who spend a lot of time online. They have to be worked into these things if it makes sense for them to do as a strategy.

            They don’t understand things we see as basic such as blogging, networking through a blog and social media, or how content marketing in general is replacing mass marketing. They are just frustrated that they post and nothing happens.

            It really is overwhelming to them. Thursday at my presentation in Washington D.C. many acknowledged they understand but felt because it’s so foreign to them they were swimming.

            I agree, there are some in the business who can take the mantle but a business owner still has to be careful there. I’ve seen that backfire many times because the owner went hands off.

            I was recently at a local chamber of commerce meeting the other week and what they were teaching businesses was antiquated online marketing. I was so surprised and shocked to tell you the truth.

            In many cases, the consumers are WAY ahead of the businesses who are overwhelmed and don’t have a clue what’s going on outside of their four walls. I know, it’s a problem and one I’m fighting hard to solve.

            I so appreciate your back and forth and what I love about this conversation is that it shows no right or wrong; just different audiences, approaches and ideas about who they are and what/when they need the information.

            Donna’s audience is perfect for your topic of which you did an INCREDIBLE job explaining Periscope.

            ~ Don
            Don Purdum recently posted..How am I Suppose to Blog, Do Social Media and Engage When I Don’t Have Time?My Profile

          • Sarah Arrow
            Twitter:
            September 18, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

            Okay Don, you win. This isn’t right for your clients and even though big brands like Pepsi and others are using Periscope to great effect, your clients should stay away from it as so much can go wrong, and that outweighs all the good they can do 😀
            Sarah Arrow recently posted..Expert Interviews: Should I use audio content on my blog?My Profile

  13. Adrienne
    Twitter:
    September 14, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    Well look who you snatched up girl… Way to go, having Sarah guest post, well bravo.

    Hey Sarah, good to see you over here at Donna’s. Love what she shares so I’m glad you’re contributing to help her readers with this topic.

    I know Donna recently got on Periscope and has done a few live chats now. I’ve seen your shares about what you’ve put out but to be honest with you I haven’t had time to watch any of them. I’m not an active cell user, my bad I know… I’m online all day long so trying every new thing that comes out would really just zap my time so it’s not something I’ve even considered yet. Heck, I haven’t even done a lot of the other methods that would help me and yes, shame on me. I know, you don’t have to scold me cause I do that myself plenty enough.

    I just have to start mapping out more methods to get my content out there but with the clients I have and still being a one woman show it’s just hard to fit it all in.

    I appreciate though you sharing this with us and we definitely need to listen to you. You really do know how to market so thanks for going through these steps with us.

    Good to see both you ladies and I hope that your week has started off good. Have a terrific week and I’m off to share this post now.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 14, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

      Hi Adrienne,

      I know you are not an active cell user and also know you are totally focused on your business. It does take time to watch a scope and girl, I do know what you mean. There is so many hours in a day to do our DMO (daily motion operation) And you have to stay on track. We all do.

      When I first heard of Periscope I thought it would be a shiny object but then, because part of my business plan is to put up one video per day it was a great fit for me and my business strategy.

      I know you are a one woman show, and I am fortunate to be able to have David working with me. I don’t think I would ever see him on the scope lol. He does all the technical stuff and other things while I do the social part.

      I’m glad you stopped by and enjoyed this guest post by Sarah. She sure is a fabulous person.

      Enjoy your week my friend,

      -Donna
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    • Sarah Arrow
      Twitter:
      September 26, 2015 at 5:34 am #

      Hi Adrienne,
      I get where you’re coming from and it is another thing to add to the list of things to do. I also use it like a podcast, listening to other smart marketers sharing their wisdom. Of course, this can be distracting, and sometimes annoying, especially when I’m knee-deep in a blog post trying to work out what word or phrase is better, and then I hear something on the Scope… and I lose track of where I am!
      I hope to see you there, but I understand that you have a lot on x
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  14. Deborah A. Ten Brink
    Twitter:
    September 14, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    Hello Sarah and Donna!

    I waited to post a comment until I had more time to look things over closely. I just signed up for Periscope yesterday. I have been looking around and scoping things out! 😉

    Today, I watched my first live scope with Donna Merrill! I just happened to be available so I watched! You were great Donna! I got to send some hearts your way!

    Donna’s scope was a reminder to get on back over here and read this post again. I shared the post with my network. You have really examined Periscope well Sarah, what a great review for bloggers!

    I hope to be scoping soon and using it to make my blog more interesting!

    Thank you, ladies! 🙂

    Deborah
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 14, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

      Hi Deborah,

      I seen that you were on my life scope today. I am at the phase of picking a time slot that works for me and others. Glad you came by and thanks for the hearts.

      I’m still getting into the groove of things and the one thing I’ve noticed is that I didn’t prepare anyone when I would be scoping. I did that testimony to Sarah about this blog.

      Actually I am so thrilled that Sarah has done this guest post for me because she is way ahead of me and I’m plugging away at it.

      Thanks so much for sharing this with your network. Periscope, like anything else works great if one is consistent.

      I can’t wait to see your scopes!

      -Donna
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    • Sarah Arrow
      Twitter:
      September 26, 2015 at 5:38 am #

      Hi Deborah, You’ve scoped for a week, how are you finding it? I’ll go and search and follow you. As Donna mentions, timing is important. I’m based in the UK, I tend to Scope around midday here or early evening, I want to grow my EU following as well as the US one, and if I Scope later, I find that my followers are not up and online when I am! So find a time that’s good for you, and stick to it… and leave lots of hearts as it always encourages the person scoping 🙂
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  15. Sherman Smith September 14, 2015 at 5:27 pm #

    Hey Sarah,

    You also wrote a post on periscope on your blog a month or two back. I told myself I was going to check it out, but haven’t put the energy into it.

    Although I’ve made a couple of videos I did come to the conclusion that I’m not a camera person. At least not like those that just love doing videos. I guess that’s the introvert in me, but then again there’s quite of few introverts that love being on camera.

    But what I’m at least going to do is install the app and check out the features. That would be a good start and maybe it’ll grow on me.

    Thanks for sharing Sarah and thanks Donna for having her as your guest!
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 15, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

      Sherman!

      It is one of those things lol. If you are not a camera person that’s fine. There are many ways to do videos.

      With Periscope, you can point your camera at something like nature and talk about something you want to. I know you have mentioned many times you are an introvert. But also take into consideration other forms of video you can use beside periscope.

      If you wanted to do a video on something, you can use a screen share as a tutorial, then post it to Youtube. Remember Youtube is a great place where people search lol.

      But getting back to periscope…good to know you will install the app. You will see that there are many people out there that are jumping on with useless information and I think that will help you out.

      You can do it if you choose!

      -Donna
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    • Sarah Arrow
      Twitter:
      September 26, 2015 at 5:40 am #

      Hi Sherman, that post was 4 months ago! Thank you for remembering 🙂
      As Donna mentions, you can actually point your camera at something and talk. If you are a lifestyle coach (and I know you’re not) this is a great way of demonstrating your capability. I’m pretty sure you’d find a way to use it for your online business, that you feel comfortable with
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  16. Shann Eva
    Twitter:
    September 14, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

    Great Periscope tips! I’ve done a couple scopes, but I really need to incorporate the points you made. I got so nervous, I didn’t realize the interaction part was so key. It kind of threw me off the first time seeing names and messages popping up. I need to also have notes in front of me for when I completely lose track 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 15, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

      Hi Shann,

      I get thrown off too seeing the names popping up he he he. I have bad eyesight even with my glasses and sometimes cannot acknowledge the people. I just hope with the growth of Periscope they turn that grey into black so I can see it better.

      As long as you have notes in front of you, you can stay on point.

      -Donna
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    • Sarah Arrow
      Twitter:
      September 18, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

      Hi Shann, I think it throws us all the first few times. My stepmum caught one of these early ones and texted me to say “stop greeting people and chatting and get on with it”. Luckily I didn’t see it until after the Scope 😀
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  17. Corina Ramos
    Twitter:
    September 14, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    Hi Donna and Sarah,

    I was watching your periscope video and you brought up some great points as to why a blogger should use periscope. I was this close to deciding to join until someone asked you to show them your boobs. That kind of freaked me out so I’m going to have to think about it some more :).

    I do like the live feedback you receive. For the most part some of the people seemed really nice. But it’ll just take one weirdo to scare me away. By the way, I love your accent!

    Thank for you showing me how Periscope works!

    Have a great week ladies!

    Cori
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    • Sarah Arrow
      Twitter:
      September 15, 2015 at 4:11 am #

      Cori, the “show us your boobs” brigade are currently having a revival. Out of 52 Scopes I’ve only been asked 4 times. The worst ones are the people who say where they are, and you have no idea where that is…. I guess my geography is going to sharpen up a lot 🙂
      Give it a try, if you let me know in advance, I’ll be your wing gal and pump you up with hearts and encouragement x
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      • Donna Merrill
        Twitter:
        September 15, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

        Cori,

        Don’t anyone scare you away. I got your back…remember I’m from Brooklyn lol. But these silly things happen all the time online. “show me your boobs” When that happened I was watching Sarah live and she handled it well. She made a joke out of it and then ignored the “egg head”

        There are always trolls around. I have a guy right now on Google+ that I let slide from rude remarks once. I just deleted the comment. He poses himself as an American Soldier. I know darn well he is not. So Yesterday after he sent me a horrid message with explicit sex, I just went off to block and report him.

        These are trolls … they will try to get to us. But take the high road and never let them stop you from what you are doing. They are cowards.

        -Donna
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      • Corina Ramos
        Twitter:
        September 15, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

        Hi Sarah and Donna,

        Thank you ladies, your replies made me feel better about joining. You’re right Donna, they are everywhere. I’ve had a couple on Facebook, just creepy. Ha, I love it Donna…you can take the girl out of Brooklyn but you can’t take the Brooklyn out of the girl :).

        It’s good to know you don’t get many requests like that Sarah. I agree with Donna, you handled it very well. I can imagine it would make me nervous and it would definitley show. on my presentation 🙂

        And Sarah, some of the places you mentioned in your Periscope video, I have no idea where those folks are located so I’ll need to brush up on my geography too :).

        Thank you again ladies. I’m going to give it some serious thought keeping in mind what you said Donna, that I shouldn’t let those trolls stop me.

        Hope you both are having a wonderful day!

        Cori
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        • Donna Merrill
          Twitter:
          September 15, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

          Hi Cori,

          I’m sure glad you feel better about this. When it comes to geography I don’t know mine either but that’s fine. If I don’t know where it is I’ll simply ask. We are who we are and geography isn’t one of my strong points. So I say it.

          This is the beauty of doing things live. We are not perfect and people can resonate with that. I like doing scopes because of the know, like and trust factor. And when people see me screw up, it only will encourage them to follow along.

          -Donna
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  18. Chery Schmidt
    Twitter:
    September 14, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

    Hello Donna, What a nice surprise to see Sarah here today. She is a natural on camera, makes me want to get a smart phone HEHE

    Thanks for all the tips on Periscope.
    Chery :))
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  19. Susan cooper
    Twitter:
    September 14, 2015 at 11:43 pm #

    Hi Donna and Sarah, wrote those are some pretty impressive figures on searches and new subscribers after your scope. Especially for a few minutes worth of time to do it. Courage is right though, you definitely have to be very self confident and have that sense of humor you mention to make this work, even or be brave enough to try it. I’m sure once you have done it a few times, it’ll be a breeze. Just getting pay those first few awkward ones. 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 15, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

      Hi Susan,

      When it comes to courage, it is just a matter of getting out there and doing it. In my previous post I showed my first scope where I was just introducing myself. I had no idea what to talk about, so I said a friendly hello to folks.

      Then I put my thinking cap on and started to plan a strategy. I would say a good way to go is to use one of your blog posts as a guideline to talk about something. If not…write notes so it keeps you on point. Those little pop ups of people joining will disturb your focus he he he….but it is a great way to get people to your blog or anything else you want.

      -Donna
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    • Sarah Arrow
      Twitter:
      September 26, 2015 at 5:42 am #

      Susan, the numbers surprised me! I honestly thought this was another Instagram, where the branding is fab but the leads non-existentant for a non-fashion business. Give it a go and see if it works for you x
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  20. Kim Willis
    Twitter:
    September 15, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    Helpful post – thanks so much Sarah. And thanks Donna for introducing Sarah to us!

    I can understand that many people would find it daunting to do a Scope. Bit scary if you’ve had no prior experience talking in front of a cam LIVE!

    Your tips are helpful to say the least although I do question the long time viability of Periscope. Part of me says it’s a fad and will fade, perhaps very soon. Am I right, or am I looking at it the wrong way?

    Thanks again

    Kim
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 15, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

      Hi Kim,

      Because Periscope is Titter’s baby, it is new and growing each day. To me it’s like Googles’ hangouts. Very useful and it is there for a long time now.

      Once doing a scope, it can be downloaded to Youtube and then you can place it wherever you want…on your blog, or social media sites because a scope will only stay up for 24 hours.

      Right now only 1% of people are using it as a tool. The rest are “watchers” If it suits your business or blog plan, it is a great way to get more exposure and new “friends.”

      -Donna
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    • Sarah Arrow
      Twitter:
      September 18, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

      Hi Kim, I understand where you are coming from about longevity. Periscope’s most redeeming feature is how easily it integrates with Twitter. It’s increased my followers and my interactions and brought me back to Twitter when I was merely maintaining a presence rather than trying to grow one.
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  21. 204 Park
    Twitter:
    September 15, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    Courage is right! haha I know periscope is the place to be, I just can’t seem to work up the courage to get on the periscope train! Something I am going to do though is set up an account so at least I can grab my name on there then when I’m ready, I know I’ll have what I need to get started 🙂

    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 15, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

      Good to know you have set up your account and have your name on Periscope. Just remember that each time we do something new it takes courage.

      You can always start by doing something short and have notes ready to stay on point. Once you get going you can point it at your blog or wherever you want.

      As for courage….I still get nervous and I have done many webinars, and videos. Video products too. But there is always that moment of “stage fright” It does go away once you start talking lol.

      -Donna
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    • Sarah Arrow
      Twitter:
      September 26, 2015 at 5:44 am #

      Wishing you lots of courage 204 Park, and I hope you get to Scope soon. If you watch a few, you’ll see that there are a lot of people who are nervous. My daughter (a wise 11 year old) tells me I need to reimagine my nerves as excitement :). I love that sentiment, but I’m not sure I’m there yet!
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  22. Sue Bride
    Twitter:
    September 15, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

    Thank you Sarah, I had no idea how effective Periscope is for increasing your followers. I’d assumed it was more of a service to current followers.

    I’ll try and pluck up courage to use it, without getting totally tongue tied.

    It’s good that you can upload to YouTube to make the scopes useful for more than 24 hours.
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 15, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

      Hi Sue,

      Look at all the advantages Sarah has to share! I’m pretty new and have received more followers in one week than ever before.

      Give it a try! I always upload mine to YouTube and then share it on some social media platforms. You know what I always say…..a video is a virtual handshake for the KLT factor!

      -Donna
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    • Sarah Arrow
      Twitter:
      September 18, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

      I think you’ll be fabulous Sue, you have a wealth of knowledge and it’s the next step to share some of that live. I shared blogging tips with 380 people. Eek! lucky I didn’t know how many until after or I’d have had a kitten!

      What’s the worst that could happen? 500 people could see you not be able to shut down the app. Oh wait! That happened to Marie Forleo…
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  23. Mi Muba
    Twitter:
    September 15, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

    Hi Sarah and Donna

    This is the biggest wonder of technology era that any kind of new digital invention gets popular so massively in quite short time as we can see Periscope as talk of the two.

    Live streaming is a great benefit of this App and that’s the real test of online marketers to perform on the spot and get feedback then and there.

    I love your suggestion of having sense of humor while dealing with the mistakes and instead of trying to be a perfectionist one needs to learn from the mistakes and keep improving.

    Connectivity the real challenge in every online field and having more than several sources to stay in touch with the customers is a great blessing so this is a great addition in the list.

    The first requirement to work effectively with it is really wonderful as you pointed in the post and without it one can never do anything remarkable be it periscope or any other thing to do.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this very informative post.

    Have a nice rest of the week.
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 16, 2015 at 11:12 am #

      Hi Mi,

      I am finding this technology amazing. Indeed, live streaming is a real test of online marketers to perform right on the spot, get feedback and answer questions people have. It is quick and one has to be ready to engage with others immediately.

      Being real is the most important thing. If you don’t know something…then just say “I don’t know or I’m not sure about that” and continue on.

      We have to have a good sense of humor because there will be some interruptions of negativity. Just brush it off our shoulders and carry on.

      So happy you liked Sarah’s wise words.

      -Donna
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    • Sarah Arrow
      Twitter:
      September 26, 2015 at 5:46 am #

      Hi Mi, thanks for your comment. Connectivity is an amazing thing, and sometimes it’s the tools that we least expect to do it, work the best.
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  24. Mark
    Twitter:
    September 15, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    What an awesome post as usual Sarah!

    First of all, let me say how sorry I am that I missed
    your live demonstration of first, pulling a powerful
    headline out of thin air & then showing us how to
    successfully spin it into at least six more really cool blog posts!

    I’m quite sure your audience was completely blown away by
    such an incredibly powerful, hands on demonstration!

    You really need to convert that entire process into (either) a step
    by step PDF and or a step by step video series!LOL!

    I’d gladly pay for it!LOL! As I’m sure others would gladly do the same!

    Or you could give it away in exchange for some long term bank account
    filling testimonials!LOL!

    Actually, your idea is so awesome, it actually sounds like something
    Donna or David would have come up with too!

    Donna just blows me away with her “think way outside the box” marketing
    brilliance!

    I’m so glad she featured you! You just inspired a blog post or two, where
    I can reference this article and I’ll be so glad to do so!LOL!

    Thanks so much for featuring her Donna!Sarah is such a creative dynamo!
    Just like you!!
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 17, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

      Hi Mark,

      Because I had followed Sarah and her husband Kevin Arrow about Periscope, I jumped right in because of my insight to see what a powerful tool this is for my business.

      Sarah has been my guide and is way ahead of me so I needed to have her share with my readers the importance of having Periscope as part of their blog and/or business for more exposure.

      When I see a good thing, I always share it with my readers. Now it might not be for everyone, but for those who will choose this as part of their business strategy it is amazing. And why not be on the leading edge? It is owned by Twitter, so I do predict it is going to be around for a long time.

      Periscope is changing every day…they are constantly updating it so that it is not only smartphone accessible but also one can follow it on their computers.

      -Donna
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    • Sarah Arrow
      Twitter:
      September 26, 2015 at 5:48 am #

      Mark, I shall work up the courage to do that Scope again, just for you. There is a school of thought that in your Scoping Editorial Calendar, that you should Scope the same topic over the course of a week, so that you can solidify your expertise and maximise the amount of people see that. That of course, sounds like a lot of hard work to me!
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  25. Lozelle Mathai
    Twitter:
    September 15, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

    Good Day Sarah and Donna,

    Thank you so much for sharing great advice. I have yet to try Periscope. You have motivated me to give it a try. I believe it was be necessary to promote my blog and business.
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 17, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

      Hi Lozelle,

      Good to know you are motivated to give Periscope a try. You can start by viewing people you know who are on it. It’s pretty new and there are some awesome people out there.

      When you decide to start, please let me know so we can be “scope” friends. 🙂

      -Donna
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    • Sarah Arrow
      Twitter:
      September 26, 2015 at 5:49 am #

      Hi Lozelle
      Good luck with your Scoping, and remember the first 100 times don’t count ;), they’re just a warm up, at least that’s what I’m telling myself x
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  26. Sylviane Nuccio
    Twitter:
    September 16, 2015 at 1:41 am #

    Hi Sarah and Donna,

    Wow, last week Donna got me very curious with this Periscope thing and right away I felt inspired to use that tool as well, just didn’t really know where to start, but this post makes me want to do it even more.

    My last small book will be on Amazon very soon, and what you’re saying here makes me want to promote my book this way. Sounds very exciting.

    Anyways, thanks for the valuable information and hope we can connect too

    You both have a great day!
    ~Sylviane
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 17, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

      Hi Sylviane,

      I can see where it is a good fit for you and the promotion of your book. You are a good speaker, you can talk about things related to your book, and then…offer it to friends.

      Another great thing to do is to download your “scope” to Youtube because “scopes” last only 24 hours. Then attach a Youtube Card on it so it is clickable to your book offer.

      See how everything is connected? lol

      Hope to see you scoping and showing us the wonderful places you are living at.

      -Donna
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    • Sarah Arrow
      Twitter:
      September 26, 2015 at 5:51 am #

      Hi Sylviane, Periscope is perfect for book promotion – you can do readings, giveaways and all kinds of wonderful things that will increase your visibility. Add in Donna’s great tip about You Tube cards, and you’ll be selling a lot more books x
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  27. Ryan Biddulph
    Twitter:
    September 16, 2015 at 10:23 am #

    Awesome stuff Sarah! When I get a solid HD camera I’m Blabbing; similar platform but I don’t have an iPhone, and Periscope is not compatible with my Android tablet. Either way, what a fun, engaging medium for us to spread the word.

    Thanks for the dead on tips!

    Ryan
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 17, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

      Hi Ryan,

      I could just see you taking Periscope on. You can talk my friend and I know if you get a phone to connect to it, all I’ll be hearing is that ding ding ding on my phone alerting me that you are live streaming.

      -Donna
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 17, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

      Hi Rachel,

      Thank you for seeing some of my scopes.

      Sarah explained things so well here and I’m glad it is swirling in your mind. I would say to just watch some scopes on Periscope of people you know and of course Sarah.

      You can quickly pick up how easy it is to do. I’m still a novice and making some mistakes, but I do one every day until I get it down!

      The trick is to have a few points you want to talk about on a piece of paper because as people pop up and you welcome them, it does throw you off.

      -Donna
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    • Sarah Arrow
      Twitter:
      September 26, 2015 at 5:52 am #

      Ryan, you will just love it! I can imagine you and Kelli in the south American jungle sharing your travel blogging tips and making the world a better place at the same time, get off the Blab (joking!!!) and get Scoping x
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  28. Merle Gibbins
    Twitter:
    September 16, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this post from Sarah, I must really check this out and see what it is all about.
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  29. Rachel
    Twitter:
    September 16, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

    Hey Sarah / Donna,

    I have seen you on periscope Donna and it was great to watch. Sarah, unfortunately my link is not working but I read your post with gusto. I really like the results your Periscope clip had on new subscribers. That is mind blowing.

    Sarah thanks for reminding us to have fun and not get too caught up when things don’t go according to plan. I always like scary and uncomfortable; that is how I see periscope. But I am considering it, so I will let that swirl in my mind for a month or two.

    I really appreciate that you showed off your talent for pulling headlines and posts out of no where and turning them into a series – now I want to know what I have in my bag of tricks that I can show off.

    Rachel.

  30. Ikechi
    Twitter:
    September 17, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    Hi Sarah and Donna

    You told me Donna to stay tuned for more Posts on Periscope and this sure is an awesome post with interesting tips.

    I am glad to meet you Sarah in Donna’s blog and it is so remarkable with a blogger can do with periscope. Your tips are spot on. However I do hope my mobile network can be reliable because it fluctuates so much in my neighborhood.

    Thanks Sarah for sharing and hats off to you Donna for inviting Sarah
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  31. Donna Merrill
    Twitter:
    September 18, 2015 at 8:17 pm #

    Ikechi,

    Like Sarah mentioned, it happens to everyone. Even the “big names” so don’t let that stop you. It sure will do a lot of good for your blog.

    -Donna
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  32. Uttoran Sen
    Twitter:
    September 19, 2015 at 6:34 am #

    hi Donna and Sarah,

    excellent post about Periscope, Sarah.

    I have heard so much about Periscope, but never dared to join it yet. I haven’t ever uploaded a video of myself yet – so Periscope seems a bit too much for me!

    Just went through your video, you seem to be so relaxed and comfortable doing the video clip. I will surely download the Periscope app and try to catch you live in your next scope.

    thanks,
    Uttoran Sen,
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 19, 2015 at 11:07 am #

      Hi Uttoran,

      I’m glad you learned a bunch from Sarah about Periscope.

      Funny thing is, I just did a “scope” yesterday called “Camera Shy?”

      It might be something you’d find interesting, so you get the inspiration to start using video and maybe even scoping. It will really help your personal branding to do it, so I’m giving you a gentle “shove” in that direction.

      I posted that scope on my FB page yesterday, but scope replays only last for 24 hours. I’m loading it onto YouTube, though, so you could find it on my YouTube Channel… or just google my name + YouTube + Camera Shy and you’ll find it.

      It should be live very soon.

      -Donna
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    • Sarah Arrow
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      September 26, 2015 at 5:56 am #

      Hello Uttoran Sen, let me just assure you I might look okay… but I was shaking with the nerves! Donna has a great scope for those of us that are camera shy, check it out. good luck with your Scopes.
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  33. Nanda Rahmanius
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    September 19, 2015 at 7:19 am #

    Hi Sarah,

    Glad to see you in Donna’s blog. Nice to meet you. 🙂

    Honestly, I don’t know about Periscope yet. I even know about it from Donna’s articles. It seems I have to try to take a look at Periscope shortly.

    Thanks for sharing this with us, Sarah.
    I learned something new today. Thanks for that!

    Have a nice weekend!

    ~Nanda
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    • Donna Merrill
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      September 19, 2015 at 11:33 am #

      Hi Nanda,

      Glad you got to meet Sarah here, today. Isn’t she great?

      Love what she’s doing to show folks around the Periscope landscape.

      It’s such a great tool to add to your attraction marketing strategies, and it’s really a simple learning curve. You just need someone to show you around a bit, and you’re doing it!

      Hope to see your scopes soon, Nanda 🙂

      -Donna
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    • Sarah Arrow
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      September 26, 2015 at 5:57 am #

      Hi Nanda, wishing you much Periscope success for when you do try it out. And thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.
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  34. Monna Ellithorpe
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    September 19, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Hi Donna and Sarah,

    Wow, what a post and Scope session. Getting the best of both worlds from Donna and Sarah. As I watched the scope, Sarah, I started to think about how off track you kept getting and then I realized that was what you were talking about and explaining how that can be a good thing.

    I am going to get my nerve up to do my first “Scope” very soon.

    Love watching Donna and now I can look for yours too, Sarah.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      September 19, 2015 at 11:52 am #

      Hi Monna,

      Indeed, when we are doing a scope, we get “off track” because we are engaging with others as they pop up. But as long as we have our little cheat sheet with us, with a few things written down, we won’t get lost lol.

      Glad you enjoyed Sarah’s post.

      -Donna
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    • Sarah Arrow
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      September 26, 2015 at 5:59 am #

      Yes the off-track drives some people nuts! My stepmum told me the other day that I need to shut up greeting people and get to the content :D, I sometimes add a note with my points on to keep reminding me, but the tangents are often where the golden nuggets are 🙂
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  35. David Merrill 101
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    September 19, 2015 at 11:05 pm #

    Great info and nice scope, Sarah.

    Periscope is a really great platform to use for personal branding, to broaden your exposure, and to drive new traffic back to your blog.

    There are some nuances to using, though, and the tips you’ve shared here are a great starting point, Sarah.

    Glad you had this guest post, Donna, especially since you’ve taken off so quickly yourself on Periscope.
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 20, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

      Hi David,

      Great to know you are getting your feet wet with Periscope. Sarah sure has explained it well, especially when it comes to blogging.

      -Donna
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  36. Atish Ranjan September 20, 2015 at 4:34 am #

    Sarah,

    Periscope is the term that I have read again and again but couldn’t understand it completely, but your blog post has cleared all my doubts. Good to know that it can be used greatly for list building purpose.

    Thanks for writing such a great post for us.

    Donna – Thank you so much for inviting Sarah on your blog. 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
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      September 20, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

      Hi Atish,

      So good to know that Sarah has explained this well for you. It is one of the best tools I’m using lately for list building.

      -Donna
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  37. Joy Healey
    Twitter:
    September 20, 2015 at 12:36 pm #

    Hi Sarah and Donna,

    Thanks for explaining so well what Periscope is – I’d heard of it but never found the time to investigate it.

    As someone who hasn’t even managed to produce a video that made it past the recycle bin, your points “Courage” and “The ability to talk on screen and not pass out” make Periscope a complete no-no for me.

    But I appreciate having read about it so that I’ve been able to make that decision without spending a whole load of time.

    Your scope was very impressive and if I come across anyone who would enjoy this form of marketing I’ll be sure to send them your way.

    Joy
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 20, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

      Hi Joy,

      Although not for you at least you have a better understanding when people are talking about Periscope. Comes in handy even for non users because now you know what it’s all about.

      -Donna
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  38. Erika Mohssen-Beyk
    Twitter:
    September 20, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

    Hi Donna ,
    An interesting post of you and Sarah ,
    I saw how great you are doing and it seems good for
    marketing. Only a pity it only works on iphone,while
    Yeplive works on all Cell phones and Androids.
    Especially for people in the east and Africa it would be better to use.
    Maybe it has to get more popular and more of this
    like Periscope will appear .
    I think it is a good thing .
    Thank you
    Erika
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 28, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

      Hi Erika,

      Glad you enjoyed this post. Periscope works on all smart phones. Indeed, it would be great for people in Africa and other places around the globe where people depend on their smart phones.

      I do get some that are from places I never heard of lol.

      -Donna
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  39. BG Jenkins
    Twitter:
    September 21, 2015 at 3:34 am #

    Hi Donna and Sarah. Great post. Periscope looks interesting. I love all of the tips and the value for it’s use. It’s also a great way for folks to get that personal interaction. I’ve seen many use it. Thanks again for sharing it’s value. It’s much appreciated.
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  40. Rhonda Chapman
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    September 25, 2015 at 7:13 am #

    Hi Sarah & Donna,

    I haven’t tried Periscope yet. Perhaps later on when I have some time to focus on something new. This year, I’ve tried to focus more on Google Plus and building my Facebook following.

    Thanks also for the video, I love the idea that you can ask the audience questions live. What a great opportunity for quick market research!

    I’ll put Periscope on my must-try list.
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 28, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

      Hi Rhonda,

      I love Google+ and also Facebook for building a following too. Facebook is one of my favorite ways to communicate with others.

      Periscope came out and I just had to jump on it. It is a great tool to ask questions to your audience. And yes…comes in handy for market research.

      -Donna
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  41. Theodore Nwangene
    Twitter:
    September 25, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    Great post Donna and Sarah,
    I’ve been hearing a lot about Periscope lately but I’ve never had the time to look more into it but, after going through this post, i think there is something I’m missing.

    I will certainly download the app at once.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  42. Jenni Ryan
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    September 27, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

    I haven’t launched into Periscope yet although I am aware that its all the rage. I think combining your blogging with Periscope is a great idea. Helps your audience to get to know you even more and you can interact live with them. Thanks for the tips!
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 28, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

      Hi Jenni,

      It seems to be all the rage but only one percent of people are actually using it. The rest are “watchers” It is getting more and more popular by the day.

      It comes in handy for me in my business strategy to use it on a blog or on social media…and of course, making new connections.

      -Donna
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  43. Andrew
    Twitter:
    September 29, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

    Hey Sarah,

    Great post here on Donna’s blog.

    The topic of periscope is definitely one that I’m starting to see a lot more of and I’m realizing that it’s really one of the major players that you need to have or should have if you want to truly be successful blog in connection with your readers and followers.

    One thing that I really would never have expected would be that periscope will be such a great list building tool as it has for you. That really puts a lot of things into perspective for me and makes me really really think I want to actively be active on periscope.

    Thanks for the great post and I am looking forward to eventually doing my first scope. Thanks Donna for having Sarah on here.

    – Andrew
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  44. Ron Killian
    Twitter:
    October 28, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

    I keep hearing more and more about Periscope, but never got it or looked in to it. Thanks for explaining it Sarah. Looks to be a potential platform for many marketers.

    Though it’s sure, as you’ve said, for people who are comfortable in their own skin and brave enough to get on camera.

    Why not use a web cam instead of phone? Just seems easier.

    If I understand it correctly it’s like video marketing, but much more interactive with the audience?

    Thanks for having Sarah and posting this Donna 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      October 30, 2015 at 9:51 am #

      Hi Ron,

      Periscope only works via phone and not a webcam…right now anyway. It is sort of like video marketing but slower. One has to treat it as another social platform and give some content out. It can be generic or specific.

      Eventually we gain followers just like anywhere else and then give the CTA to join whatever we want them too.

      I do one every day and download it to Youtube. Make a Youtube card and attach it to a blog post or sales page. So far So Good! 🙂

      -Donna
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