3 tips for using Periscope for breaking brand news

Important brand news can happen at any time. Periscope enables you to share breaking news with your followers instantly.

Earlier this month, I received a Periscope notification from Finnair on my phone. Their new A350 jet had just landed in Helsinki, fresh from the Airbus facility in the south of France. Finnair is the first European carrier to fly A350s.

I quickly jumped onto Periscope to watch the A350 taxi toward the terminal. As photographers, videographers, Finnair staff and aviation fans cheered, captured and looked on, I took screenshots–which Periscope allowed me to share via Twitter.

All told, it was three to four minutes of watching, and—better yet–participating in a significant moment in the brand’s history. I might’ve caught this breaking aviation news later, or perhaps not at all. But because of Periscope, I watched, shared and am writing about it now.

Periscope, with its ability to alert users of breaking news within the app and via Twitter and Facebook, resulted in measurable #A350Finnair interest, as well as ongoing reach and storytelling impact beyond its Oct. 7 arrival in Helsinki.

I recently collaborated with Santa Fe Opera. Periscope played a major role in two of the season’s biggest moments: Director Daniel Slater interviewing Al Pacino, and SFO’s live press conference announcing “The R(e)volution of Steve Jobs” opera.

In each case, what began as Santa Fe Opera’s Live Periscope via Twitter became something infinitely more important.

Through Periscope, we launched The Santa Fe Opera Channel. These broadcasts became living, breathing, Technicolor press releases, as well as breaking brand news reports.

SFO leveraged social and traditional press, business and arts relationships ahead of time, and maximized Periscope and Twitter’s tagging, sharing and messaging capabilities. The results? Interesting arts happenings transformed into compelling brand moments with return.

Be prepared

These Periscope events were planned, but important brand news can happen at any time. Every Periscoper should have two things at the ready: a tripod and a smartphone mount. No one likes the DIY shaky look around. The collective viewing experience trumps all, so engaging viewers in high-level brand experiences should be everyone’s primary goal.

Special, not spammy

If Periscope sessions are well received and watched regularly by the masses, there might be a tendency to get excited about them and produce them regularly. Finnair and Santa Fe Opera chose their moments carefully because they were also unusual and interesting in real life. This made Periscoping these moments valuable, because they provide exclusive, rare and unique opportunities to experience something significant in real time.

Bottom line: Less might be more when figuring out your frequency sweet spot.

Conversion, Conversion, Conversion

Captured Periscopes provide great conversion possibilities, but be sure to always review the limited analytics offered by Periscope: a listing of live viewers and replay viewers.

Consider this your Nielsen ratings report. You had hundreds of viewers for your last Periscope, but it’s still on you to develop a loyal audience for your brand. Start by interacting with these viewers within the app in real-time, and go further by engaging viewers after the fact and over time via Twitter, too.

Periscope brings viewers to the front yard, but it’s every operator’s responsibility to keep them there, hooked by high-level, exciting or meaningful experiences, as well as engaging in real-time and via social media afterward.

How have you used Periscope to engage with your audience, PR Daily readers?

James Mowdy is the founder of b|spoke, a brand consultancy A version of this article originally appeared on LinkedIn.

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