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The Secret to a Positive Company Culture

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Company culture has become an emerging incentive to join a new organization. However, employee empowerment is the true secret factor in creating a positive company culture. Without employees feeling appreciated for their dedication to their role, a healthy company culture cannot be cultivated.

Here are 3 ways employee empowerment results in a positive company culture:

1. Consistent communication is practiced.

70% of US employees are not engaged or are actively disengaged, according to a Gallup study. Communication plays a major role in inspiring your team towards achieving common goals. You can communicate using multiple mediums, such as: email, slack, phone conferencing, meetings, video, and more.

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Just this month in our office, we used our Ustream Align platform to broadcast our townhall for our employees located in Hungary. We have a townhall every Thursday to clarify company objectives, reveal achievements, and introduce our new employees.

2. Managers trust their employees expertise.

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The perk of hiring qualified employees is trusting them to fulfill their tasks without hindering their decision making. Some managers are known to micro-manage their team, rather than encouraging them to utilize their skillset that initially granted them their employment. Modifications can always be applied but it is critical to enable your workforce to produce their assigned projects freely. Employees that perform to the best of their abilities are the ones that feel valued and respected.

3. Project progress and deadlines are reviewed.

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In order to maintain company productivity, management must keep track of the progress of their workforce and deadlines. In our office, we use Asana for our weekly Marketing meetings to go over upcoming tasks and check-off finished projects. It is also a great method of aligning our workforce to be aware of how a particular task is essential for the completion of another. By reviewing responsibilities, employees are motivated to finish assignments on-time and deliver exceptional work.


All employees want to be appreciated for their efforts. Frequent communication plays an important factor in motivating your workforce. Management should enforce structure while providing employees the freedom of accomplishing their tasks as they deem necessary. In order to have a positive company culture, employees need to be appreciated.

“Supermoon Eclipse”: Watch it Live via NASA’s Ustream Channel

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Space lovers, mark your calendars for Sunday, September 27.

On that night, skywatchers in most areas of the world will enjoy a special treat: the first “supermoon” eclipse since 1982 — and the last we’ll see until 2033.

NASA will bring you live coverage of the event through its Ustream channel beginning at 8 pm EDT.

What makes this eclipse “super” is that it’s occurring at the stage in the moon’s orbit where it’s closest to Earth, called the perigee. If you’ve ever looked into the night sky and noticed the moon appearing much larger and brighter than usual, you were probably seeing the moon at perigee, also called a “supermoon.”

In a lunar eclipse, the sun, the moon, and the Earth align so that the moon passes into the earth’s shadow. While these eclipses aren’t particularly uncommon, it’s quite rare for a total lunar eclipse to coincide with a supermoon — only five have occurred since 1900.

The eclipse will be visible in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Western Asia, the Eastern Pacific Ocean region and here on the Ustream channel. The moon will begin dimming slightly at 8:11 pm; the total eclipse will start at 10:11 pm and will peak at around 10:47 pm (all times EDT).

Remember, you can catch all the action live on nasa.gov or on NASA’s channel on Ustream.tv.

Vote now for the 2015 Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards!

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STREAMINGMEDIAAWARD-01Voting is now open for the 2015 Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards. For five years running, Ustream has been selected as Streaming Media Magazine Readers’ Choice Award winner.

This year we are excited to announce that Ustream has been nominated in five categories:

  • Cloud Encoding/Transcoding Service
  • Enterprise Video Platform
  • Live Video Platform
  • Video Advertising Solution
  • Webcasting/Presentation Solution (Cloud)

You can cast your vote here between now and October 1 – it only takes a second. Streaming Media will announce the finalists — the top three vote-getters in each category — on October 15, and winners will be announced at Streaming Media West in Huntington Beach, California on November 18.

Thank you in advance — we appreciate your support! And, don’t forget to click on the heart at the bottom of this blog post to encourage others to vote!


Simplify Viewer Access to Your Videos with Ustream Align Portal

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Ustream Align lets you deliver your message to your teams around the world securely and in real time — no travel required.

Now you can make it even easier for employees to find and access your live streaming and recorded content. With our new Ustream Align Portal, viewers have access to a single, secure video “hub” where they can find and access your content quickly and easily.

The Ustream Align Portal lets you aggregate live streaming and video-on-demand (VOD) content from your Ustream channels in a single, easy-to-view format. This reduces the time and effort needed to find and view videos that may be spread across multiple channels.

This new feature also allows you to

  • Designate which Ustream Align channels will be available via the Portal and assign individual security settings to each
  • Provide Single Sign-On access for SAML-based identity management solutions such as Okta or OneLogin, or corporate directory services such as Active Directory
  • Brand your Portal with your logo or other custom graphics

The Portal is available to all Ustream Align customers with Enterprise plans.

Click here to learn more about Ustream Align

Ustream is already using Ustream Align Portal to organize our internal videos.

Ustream is already using Ustream Align Portal to organize our internal videos.

Roland TR-808 Worldwide Anniversary Party on August 8

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When global music giant Roland celebrates the anniversary of its iconic TR-808 drum machine on Saturday, August 8 (8/08, get it?), fans around the world will be able to join in via the brand’s Ustream channel.

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A client and partner of Ustream, Roland frequently utilizes the Ustream platform for both internal communications such as sales trainings as well as public demos by A-list musicians of Roland’s latest equipment. “808 Day” is the first TR-808 anniversary celebration to be streamed on the Roland Ustream channel.

The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer was among the industry’s first affordable and widely available programmable drum machines. Artists and producers across genres used the instrument — commonly called “the 808” — which is often credited with changing the face of contemporary music and has even been referenced in the lyrics of several songs.

The anniversary celebration will take place at the Six01 Studio Sound Lab in Burbank, California, and will feature live musical performances from David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets), Bon Harris (Nitzer Ebb), Brian Liesegang (Nine Inch Nails, Filter), and Kerry Brown (Catherine). The live stream will begin at 8 p.m. PST, and the festivities can be tracked on social media with the hashtag #808day.

Catch the live event Saturday on the Roland 808 channel on Ustream and learn more about the Ustream Align for secure streaming here and Ustream Pro Broadcasting for scalable, reliable streaming here.

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Crafting Successful Video Broadcasts: Tips, Techniques and Best Practices from the Pros

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Live video is one of the most compelling trends in corporate marketing and communications today, and for our next webinar, we’re bringing together some top practitioners to share their best strategies for broadcasts that engage, excite and drive results.

Join Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable on August 6 for Crafting Successful Video Broadcasts, featuring a panel of experts that includes

  • Eddie Codel, Founder, Eddie.com (live video streaming consultancy)
  • Alden Fertig, Senior Director of Product, Ustream
  • Jeff Frick, General Manager of theCube/SiliconANGLE Media
  • David Martin, Advanced Solutions Architect, Intuit

Each panelist will share ideas, useful advice and guidance, along with a host of resources, that will help make your video strategy a resounding success.

Crafting Successful Video Broadcasts kicks off Thursday, August 6 at 11 a.m. PT. Click here to reserve your spot today!

Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable will moderate a panel of broadcasting experts.

Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable will moderate a panel of broadcasting experts.

On The Wings of Eagles

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I’m saddened this week, along with so many of my colleagues, by the loss of a popular and pioneering member of the Ustream community.  Bob Anderson, founder of the Raptor Resource Project and creator of the Decorah eagle cam, passed away yesterday after an illness.  I met Bob almost eight years ago as he explored how to bring global attention to his cause.  He shared his vision on how he wanted to use our video streaming platform to help generate awareness for bird conservation.  Over the years, I developed a close personal relationship with him and had tremendous respect for the man and his work.  His passion for raptors and bird conservation was contagious.

Bob pushed the technological edge to educate and inspire millions around the globe. His partnership with Ustream began in 2008, 10 years after Bob’s first birdcam “Mae’s Internest birdcam” was launched to capture images of ospreys, kestrels, owls and eagles for the world.  Ultimately, Bob’s Decorah Eagle Cam became the most popular live stream of all time with over 324 million views.  He brought this American icon closer to us than ever before.  From live scenes of a mother using her brood patch to warm her eggs while buried deep in the snow to “pipping” to watching these young hatchlings grow and mature — these were annual journeys which millions followed and experienced together in real time.

Bob visited the Ustream offices numerous times and we hosted him at an annual company meeting in the past.  He will be sorely missed.  Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, Amy Ries and the Raptor Resource Project family, and the Eagle cam community.

Bob, you will be missed by millions.  Thank you for bringing us all “On The Wings of Eagles.”


Bob Anderson with Ustream founders at Ustream company meeting.

Bob Anderson with Ustream founders at Ustream company meeting.

How to Get the Most From Your Live Streaming Event

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Live video streaming is rapidly becoming the communication method of choice for companies across a wide range of industries. From internal town halls to worldwide product launches, enterprises are leveraging the power of live video to train, inform, engage and build buzz around the world.

Of course, there’s much more that goes into a video stream than clicking the “Go Live” button. To help you get the most out of your live events, we created a complimentary resource, 10 Tips for Successful Streaming. Download your copy to get handy tips on lighting, audio, audience interaction, re-streaming and more.

Click here to grab your copy of 10 tips for Successful Streaming.

Lights, Camera, Audio, Action! Getting Started with Video Production

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When you decide to add video — streaming or on demand — to your marketing strategy, choosing the right tools and technology can seem like an overwhelming task.

“What kind of video camera should I buy?” “Do I really need a top-of-the-line lighting kit?” “Should I go with a handheld or a lavalier microphone?” These are just a few of the questions that might be running through your head as you start planning your first online videos.

Wonder no more, because Ustream’s Director of Product, Alden Fertig, is here with your answers. Join Alden on Thursday, July 23 for our next webinar, Lights, Camera, Audio, Action! Getting Started with Video Production.

You’ll learn:

  • The basic tools and technology you need to create quality videos
  • Options for lighting at three different price points — and what each looks like on screen
  • How to choose the best camera for your needs
  • The pros and cons of different microphone choices
  • What to look for in switching and encoding options

It all starts on Thursday, July 23 at 11am PT / 2pm ET. Register now to reserve your spot

Half a Million Viewers to Join Global Meditation for Compassion via Ustream

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On Saturday, July 11, at 9 a.m. Pacific Time, more than 1,500 people will gather in Carlsbad, California for the Chopra Center’s Second Annual Global Meditation for Compassion. With Ustream, the event will allow thousands of additional viewers around the world to join in via Deepak Chopra’s Global Meditation for World Peace channel.

Last year’s event set the Guinness World record for the largest online meditation gathering in history, attracting more than 140,000 viewers from around the world. Organizers expect this year’s event to approach the 500,000-viewer mark. This event is a perfect example of how any organization can leverage video streaming to reach and engage a global audience in a meaningful, impactful way.

The Second Annual Global Meditation for Compassion will feature appearances by Chopra as well as next-generation thought leader Gabrielle Bernstein and CNN en Español anchor Ismael Cala. To follow the event live on Ustream, tune in to the Deepak Chopra’s Global Meditation for World Peace channel on Saturday, July 11 at 9 a.m. Pacific Time. To learn more about Global Meditation for Compassion go here or find tweets using these hashtags: #IamCompassion or #IMeditate.

To learn more about Ustream solutions that can help you communicate on a global scale, check out your options here.