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IBM Selects Ustream to Power Video on New Platform

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Video has become a must-have feature for apps of all shapes and sizes. That’s why when IBM created its latest tool for app developers, they knew that video had to be a part of it. And when it came to choosing a video platform, they looked no further than Ustream.

Earlier this year, IBM introduced Bluemix, a new cloud offering that enables organizations and developers to quickly and easily create, deploy, and manage applications on the cloud. By using Bluemix, developers can shorten their development times, allow for flexible capacity, and address any gaps in internal tech resources.

Ustream is the first and only video platform available within IBM’s new offering. Developers using Bluemix can easily integrate video into their applications or simply use it for communicating the benefits of their business. Other benefits include:

  • Command-line and script-based control of video streaming to simplify development of video-intensive cloud apps
  • Greater freedom in customizing and controlling the way video is used and presented
  • Easy-to-find, easy-to-manage content and API keys via the user-friendly Ustream dashboard experience

To learn more, check out the IBM Cloud channel or download our whitepaper to learn more about Ustream’s solutions.

How to Amp Up Holiday Sales with LiveAd

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If you’re in the retail business, better start eating your Wheaties, because the holiday sales season is in full swing. And if you find it a challenge to get your marketing message heard during the rest of the year, standing out amidst the eardrum-busting pandemonium of the holiday season can seem like an impossible feat.

Hey, we get it. That’s why we created LiveAd, a game-changing online advertising solution for brands looking to amp up their video marketing strategy.

Video is one of the hottest trends in online marketing, and LiveAd lets you take it one step further by harnessing the excitement of live streaming and targeting the exact audience you want to reach. Since we launched the service just over a year ago, hundreds of Ustream clients have discovered just how powerful this combination can be — clients like HBO.

True-ly Impressive Impact

When HBO released Season 5 of its True Blood series on DVD, it promoted the launch through a “Live From the Set” streaming video event featuring stars of the show answering fan questions. Thanks to LiveAd, HBO was able to create an interactive ad that allowed a targeted audience to not only watch the stream, but also join chats on Facebook and Twitter — and, most importantly, click through to Amazon to place their orders immediately.

How effective was it? The event drew over 135,000 viewers who watched an average of 14 minutes … and it racked up more than 60,000 clickthroughs.

So if your holiday advertising strategy could use a little fresh blood (pardon the pun), think about adding a live video element to pump up your engagement … and your ROI.

To learn more, visit our LiveAd page or check out the DemandGen Report On-Demand Webinar.

 

The SMBs Heard ‘Round the World

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Not so long ago, your typical small business was a neighborhood mom-and-pop shop that served a small, local clientele.

Fast forward to 2014, and small businesses are just as likely as IBM to have a truly global presence, with team members and customers located around the world.

With a worldwide footprint comes the need to communicate with audiences thousands of miles away, which can be a challenge for lean-and-mean companies. That’s where Ustream comes in.

Ustream enables thousands of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to realize the benefits of live streaming video. Our clients include some of the most innovative, dynamic SMBs around — businesses like Foster City, California–based Zuora.

Founded in 2007 by three guys in a tiny office, Zuora enables businesses to launch and monetize subscription products and services through its subscription management software. Today the company employs more than 400 professionals at its headquarters in California and at satellite offices throughout North America, Europe, and China.

As you can imagine, managing a team whose locations span nine time zones can be quite a challenge, especially for a small business. How do you keep all your employees engaged and aligned with your mission while still keeping a small-company feel?

Zuora’s leadership found their solution in live streaming video, provided by Ustream. The company began broadcasting its weekly meetings, enabling employees around the world to offer input and ask questions in real time.

But that was just the beginning: Now the company uses Ustream live video to evangelize their brand message. Last year the broadcast of their Subscribed conference in San Francisco attracted more than 20,000 viewers. “That blew away our expectations,” says CMO Brian Bell. “We never expected to get that many watching it live and engaging in the conversation. In fact, it was so successful that when we did the event again in London, we also chose Ustream.”

Read more about Zuora and check out their Ustream channel.

Ustream, the only video platform in IBM’s Bluemix Platform

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Great news! Ustream is currently the first and only video platform that is available within Bluemix, IBM’s cloud platform for developers. Developers leveraging the Bluemix platform can easily integrate video into their applications, or simply use it for communicating the benefits of their business. Thanks to the depth of Ustream’s APIs, the Ustream platform can be directly controlled from Bluemix with little hassle.

Bluemix is an implementation of IBM’s Open Cloud Architecture, leveraging Cloud Foundry to enable cloud application developers to rapidly build, deploy, and manage their applications. IBM has partnered with some of the leading SaaS applications to make this possible.

Cloud applications built on Bluemix will

  1. Reduce time for application/infrastructure provisioning
  2. Allow for flexible capacity
  3. Help to address any lack of internal tech resources
  4. Reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
  5. Accelerate exploration of new workloads – social, mobile, big data

To learn more about Ustream’s offering in Bluemix, check out our entry in IBM’s Bluemix blog.

Live Video Bigger and Hotter Than Ever, Ustream CEO Tells International Business Times

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Following Amazon’s acquisition of video platform Twitch for $970 million, many in the business media are taking a rejuvenated interest in streaming video and the companies driving its popularity.

One of those journalists is Jeff Stone of the International Business Times, who recently spoke with Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable. (Read the full article here)

Hunstable emphasized that the success of Ustream is no mystery, that it can be attributed to smart business maneuvering and a commitment to openness, both online and in the real world.

He also asserted that “live streaming is bigger and hotter than ever,” citing as evidence Sony’s recent live-video launch of the Playstation 4, which attracted 4.8 million viewers with an average viewing time of 45 minutes. “That starts to look like a primetime TV audience,” Hunstable noted.

On the issue of copyrights and illegal streaming, Hunstable affirmed that Ustream is committed to protecting the assets of its customers with “actual human monitoring, real-time fingerprinting and also with systems and algorithms,” an effort that began with our Viacom and UFC partnerships.

With all its success over the last seven years, Ustream is remaining true to its roots. Hunstable founded the company in 2007 with the goal of helping troops overseas connect with their families, a cause that is still close to his heart. The company is one of the main champions behind the Oscar Mike Foundation, which assists veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, and is exploring further opportunities for acting as “a force for good.”

Hunstable notes that he has become inspired “to get involved and have a role socially. We donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to citizen journalists on the ground in Ukraine. […] The Internet is a tool for new emerging democracies and societies, [and] it’s important to leverage our technology as a force for good.”

Read the full article here or download our Wainhouse Research white paper to learn how enterprises leverage live video for business communications.

Tour de Force: Ustream Brings Dreamforce 2014 to 10M Worldwide

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This week, up to 130,000 people will gather in downtown San Francisco for the world’s largest software conference, salesforce.com’s Dreamforce 2014.

And thanks to Dreamforce’s partnership with Ustream LiveAd, up to 10 million more around the globe will be able to experience the event as it happens.

Dreamforce will broadcast the four-day event over its three Ustream channels, bringing live presentations from speakers such as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Al Gore and Arianna Huffington to a worldwide audience. The 2013 broadcast drew between 5 and 7 million viewers, and the 2014 numbers are projected to be even larger.

Since July 2014, Dreamforce has used live streaming video to generate buzz for the event via its weekly “Road to Dreamforce” broadcast, featuring conversations with salesforce.com executives, partners and MVPs. Viewers had exclusive access to breaking news on this year’s event, plus the chance to ask questions and get answers in real time using the hashtag #RoadToDF14.

Dreamforce 2014 continues through Thursday, October 16; to view the live broadcasts, check out Dreamforce Channel 1, Channel 2 and Channel 3.

To learn more about Ustream, watch this overview video or download our Wainhouse Research white paper that shows how video is becoming the main way enterprise’s communicate.

Forbes Recognizes Ustream for “Most Engaging” Annual Report of 2013

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Let’s face it: when you think of annual reports, the word “engaging” is probably not one that immediately springs to mind.

Unless, of course, you’re thinking of the Ustream 2013 Annual Report. Go ahead, check it out. We’ll wait.

Pretty cool, huh? We think so … and so does Forbes. That’s why Ustream made their list of “5 Brands That Nailed Their Annual Reports” and was singled out as most engaging of the bunch.

Forbes contributor Ross Crooks set out to prove that it is possible for annual reports to “do the seemingly impossible: engage stakeholders and win loyal fans.” And while he singles out four other worthy examples, he declares that “the award for Most Engaging Report goes to Ustream.”

A few more of his comments:

  • “an engaging motion-filled masterpiece”
  • “a clever piece of work that communicates a willingness to do the unconventional”
  • “Takeaway: Beauty and reporting can go hand in hand.”

Download our white paper and learn more about how Ustream helps marketers leverage live video.

How Multichannel Marketing Breaks Through the Noise

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Did you know that according to a recent UC San Diego study, consumers are exposed to an average of 100,000 words of information daily — the average length of a novel?

As marketers struggle to be heard and remembered in this crowded, noisy environment that is the online marketplace, innovative multichannel marketing methods are beginning to get their attention. One of those just happens to be live streaming video, which is gaining ground as an effective tool for driving engagement to unprecedented levels. And it’s not just big brands that benefit from multichannel live video. Earlier this year, a small ale brand created a game around live streaming video to drive consumer engagement. As a result, the company outperformed its annual sales goals by more than 13 percent.

The reason for live video’s growing popularity is simple: it’s engaging, it’s effective, and it’s scalable … and the cost is lower than you might think. To learn more about the power of live streaming video as a multichannel marketing tool, download our free white paper, “Gaining New Customers Through Multichannel Live Video Engagement.”

Live Video Content Marketing Kit

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As a marketer, communicator, brand or events manager, you need to engage massive, global audiences, deepen relationships with customers, and bring communities together to share information. With the power of LIVE video you can heighten brand awareness, reach a broader audience in real-time, and drive marketing results that you never thought possible. Get started by downloading your free Live Video Content Marketing kit which includes:

· The Evolving Role of Live Online Video – Wainhouse report that found product launches as the number one use case for live video by businesses.

· Viewership Trends in Live Online Video – by the Numbers –Wainhouse infographic that shows how live online video is trending with technology companies taking the lead.

· Streaming Your Way to Marketing Success – In conjunction with DemandGenReport editor, Andrew Gaffney, this On-Demand webinar discusses how live video is used to drive marketing communications internally, externally, and everything in between.

· Every Company is a Media Producer – SiliconAngle interview with Ustream CEO, Brad Hunstable where he states that some companies are producing more video than Hollywood!

Download your Live Video Content Marketing kit here.