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Video is the Leader of Content Marketing

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When content marketing first came on the scene, text-based content was the norm: white papers, email promotions, and e-newsletters were crammed with words, words, and more words.

Today, with terabytes of text being published online every minute, consumers have had their fill. They’re craving a more interactive experience. And now that video technology is more accessible than ever, marketers have no excuse not to give it to them.

Still think video content is just a “nice-to-have?” Check out the latest statistics from HubSpot:

  •       55 percent of people watch videos online every day.
  •       Video takes up 57 percent of consumer Internet traffic.
  •       Online video now accounts for 50 percent of all mobile traffic.
  •       Using the word “video” in email subject lines boosts clickthrough rates by 65 percent.
  •       52 percent of marketing professionals point to video as the content type with the best ROI.

“Too expensive?” Not anymore.

Not so long ago, only corporations could afford to create and publish professional-looking videos. Fortunately for small businesses, video content marketing no longer requires a five-figure budget. Today, even the smallest businesses can record videos (of good quality) with a low cost HD camera, edit them with cost-effective apps, upload them to a video streaming platform, and easily embed them on a blog, website, or a social media account.

Streaming’s gone mainstream

When we look back on 2015 in the future, many of us will remember it as “the year streaming went mainstream.”

With the growing popularity of video streaming mobile apps (including Ustream), more businesses than ever are using live video. Why? It helps generate a buzz among current and potential customers through:

  •       Live product launches
  •       Virtual conferences
  •       Brand exposure
  •       And more!

So if you’ve been holding back from adding video to your content marketing mix, there’s never been a better time to jump in. Your audience is demanding it. Video content has never been easier to create and publish. Streaming video lets you capture the excitement of live events.

Not convinced?

Check out how SONY gained millions of viewers for their PS4 launch by streaming live online.

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.

Ustream Announces SDK for Apple tvOS

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The walled industry that is TV is about to be disrupted in a serious way.

On September 9, 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the dawn of a new era in television when he launched the latest version of Apple TV, stating that: “the future of television is apps.” With the new version of Apple TV, you’ll be able to customize your Apple TV homescreen with the apps that you use most, adding new ones from an Apple TV app store will offer thousands of apps. Reviews from around the world, including Bloomberg Business, are already calling Apple TV a “game-changer,” saying it will change the way people discover and consume entertainment.

Available now:  the Ustream Software Development Kit (SDK) for tvOS

With the new Ustream SDK for Apple tvOS, Ustream customers can develop apps for Apple TV that can play live and on-demand video content inside the beautiful Apple TV interface. Now, any content can be available on the TV inside people’s living rooms.

Business Blueprint focuses on Apple TV

Business Blueprint is Australia’s leading business education company. In early August of 2015, they launched “The World’s First 24 Hour Small Business Channel”, using Ustream’s player to expand beyond Australia and reach a global audience with their educational programs. Dale Beaumont, CEO of Business Blueprint, describes their results: “Currently we have been broadcasting 24 hours a day for 6 weeks. We’ve learned a lot about how to run a 24/7 channel and we are pleased with the results. We now have clicked over 18,000 subscribers.”

Available via their web app, businessblueprint.com, Business Blueprint’s content can be accessed on any smartphone, tablet, or computer. Beaumont and his team recognized the enormous opportunity presented by Apple TV and began working with Ustream to make their service available on the new platform.  “Ustream was the obvious choice for us. We knew that they would be the first to respond to the new opportunities offered by the Apple TV.” said Beaumont. “Our development team has worked really hard to reformat our web app so that it works on tvOS. Thanks to the support of Ustream, we are now ready to begin our submission to the new App store.”

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“We are extremely pleased with the result. It looks beautiful and most importantly it works! Our hope is that thousands of new people will get to see and experience our Business Blueprint channel and we can continue help more entrepreneurs around the world.”

Want to learn more about the Ustream SDK for Apple tvOS? Contact Ustream or call +1 (800) 778-3090

Are You Ready for the Future of Video Marketing?

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We’ve all seen the statistics about video’s value for marketers: how response rates and engagement rise when video is employed and how website conversions increase when video is used on a site to provide information about products or explain how they work. But we’ve just scratched the surface of how marketers can use video to grab an audience’s attention, capture leads, and drive sales.

Let’s look at 5 ways video marketing will evolve in future and how it will affect our marketing strategies and tactics.

1) The Death of Death-by-PowerPoint

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We’ll break away from boring slide presentations with a disembodied voice droning on, minimal audience interaction, and audience limits in the hundreds, replacing them with high-definition video events that can scale to reach massive audiences. We’ll use seamless transitions from full-screen, high resolution views of the presenters to slide content to recorded video clips to keep viewers engage, combining all three elements with green-screen effects that are commonplace on television news and entertainment shows. And we’ll have robust integrated tools that will enable each attendee to pose questions, offer comments, and take polls and tests as if they were in the room with the presenter.

Check out CreativeLive’s live online workshops for creative professionals or Brandlive’s use of live video, social interaction, and conversion mechanisms to create immersive product experiences for brands and retailers.  Another great example is Salesforce’s use of video for their Dreamforce keynotes.

2) Video-on-Demand Gets Interactive

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The vast majority of marketing video-on-demand (VOD) assets are linear and static, but a new class of interactive video tools allow marketers to add interactive elements to videos, offering viewers the ability to engage directly with the content and even follow different paths. Marketers can define branches and embed links, hotspots, and overlays into videos that can display contextual information about products, places, or people when the user clicks or mouses over them, and add quizzes and calls to action to collect information. Interactions like these are proven to boost engagement and increase conversions and they enhance the value and impact of long-form video by making it a more versatile storytelling mechanism.

YouTube Annotations provides some basic interactions, while more sophisticated solutions like Hapyak, Raptmedia, and Interlude offer a wider variety of interactions and more control over the viewing experience. HapYak’s SaaS platform works with a wide variety of video platforms, including Ustream. Raptmedia, like Hapyak, offers a straightforward environment for adding interactions that is easily adopted by novices, while Interlude’s powerful Treehouse application is probably better suited to users with more experience in video production techniques. All of these tools collect detailed data on their interactions so marketers can analyze viewer engagement and the asset’s performance. Take a moment to look at these examples from Hapyak, Interlude, and Raptmedia to see how to take your marketing videos to the next level.

3) Social Trumps Email

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Forget about those tired email campaigns. The future of video marketing depends upon integrating your video platform with your social network account to reach your audience in a matter of seconds with short, impactful videos that outperform print content in open rates, engagement, and click through. But beware… social video requires a different design-mindset than video we’ve used in more traditional channels.

In a CEABlog post titled “5 Digital Innovations Changing Advertising and Marketing in 2015”, Matt Rednor, CEO of Decode Advertising, points out that “As brands shift their spend to online video this year, they’re going to see that just running TV commercials online won’t work as well and will start designing for the flick, creating short-form video ads that people consume in their feeds without sound.” This is particularly true if you use autoplay video on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social channels as these videos are typically muted when they launch.

Want some great examples of short-form video?

  • GE’s Instagram videos make mundane industrial products cool
  • HP launched its Pavillion X360 laptop with a series of 5 six-second Vines
  • Lowes uses stop-motion Vines to educate its customers and promote its brand.  

4) Finding the Unusual Suspects

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We’re pretty good at reaching the people in our databases, but what about all those people we haven’t yet reached? New tools like Ustream LiveAd make it possible to place video ad units on the websites that your target audiences frequent and pull live viewers directly into your live video events, scaling far beyond our normal audiences.

Watch your audience grow exponentially as viewers see your live feed positioned prominently on their homepage or on a blog that they regularly read and then click through to join your live event. Sony Entertainment used this tactic to drive massive audiences for its live broadcast of the PS4 launch (link to PS4 video) and Salesforce used it to boost views of its keynote sessions for its annual Dreamforce conference, reaching 8.9 million viewers in 2014.

5) Viewing the World from Different Perspectives

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Drones are capturing live video feeds from new perspectives during sporting events, concerts, and rallies while wearable cameras are flipping the camera to share what players/participants in sporting events and performers in concerts see and experience. Savvy marketers like Red Bull are branding these broadcasts to drive visibility and create an “edgy” market persona.

While commercial drone use is still in its infancy, realtors across the U.S. are using drones to market high-end properties. And agencies are embracing drones to create interesting, offbeat videos like Cup Noodles Brasil’s combination of drone, wearable, and traditional video footage to present a unique approach to food delivery. By the way, where can I get a chicken head for my drone?

Wearables cameras like GoPro are helping marketers engage viewers with powerful, immersive experiences. For example, the National Hockey League partnered with GoPro to show the speed and artistry of hockey through the eyes of the players. Red Bull’s video of Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking free-fall jump gave viewers an astounding first-hand perspective of the feat. The low cost and high video quality of these devices enables thousands of people to record and post amazing videos from their wearables every day, showing the power of user-generated content and the ingenuity (and weirdness) of people who have a story to tell and a vision to share. And isn’t that the essence of marketing?


Innovative marketers are already stretching the boundaries of what is possible and vendors of video platforms and tools, social applications, mobile networks and the other technologies mentioned here are watching and listening to consumers and business users to spot trends and tackle problems yet unsolved. We’re willing to bet that you’ll employ some of these tools and techniques in the near future. And we hope that you’ll share what you learn with other video marketers.

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.

Gain Massive Viewership for Your Live Event!

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You’ve created outstanding content for your live event and put together all the elements of a top-notch video stream. Now, the only question is, who’s going to see it?

Streaming video captures all the excitement and real-time interaction that only a live event can deliver … but only if you have an audience. Email, social media, and organic search traffic can help get more eyeballs on your live content — but are they enough?

In our next webinar, Ustream Director of Demand Generation David Hewlett will give you the scoop on new, innovative approaches to driving audiences to your live video events. Join David on Thursday, July 30 to learn

  • Why traditional means of promoting your live event are still effective … but they’re not enough on their own
  • How to grow your audience while your event is taking place
  • How Sony gained more than 8 million impressions for a single live streaming event
  • How to increase brand exposure, drive profitability, and engage viewers for your next event

Massive Viewership: From Local Broadcast to Global Event kicks off Thursday, July 30 at 11 a.m. PT. Click here to reserve your spot today!

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

Inform, Educate and Inspire Your Team With Streaming Video

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It’s no secret that U.S. businesses are experiencing an engagement crisis. A recent study revealed that 70 percent of American workers are not actively engaged or are actively disengaged, leading to approximately $500 billion in lost productivity.

So, what’s an organization to do? Raise salaries? Increase benefits? Offer more vacation? Not necessarily.

A closer look shows that what’s missing from employees’ lives is engagement. 72 percent don’t understand their companies’ strategies, and 64 percent would like to hear from leadership more often.

That’s where live video comes in.

To find out how, join us on June 11 for our next webinar, Using Video to Inform, Educate and Inspire Your Team. You’ll learn the secrets of successful CEOs for

  • Crafting an effective internal communications strategy
  • Using video to share knowledge and empower employees
  • Producing effective internal video communications

Reserve your spot now

Streaming Your Way to Marketing Success

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Marketers across industries, from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses, are facing the same problem: How can we rise above the noise and get our message through to our audience?

A recent study by the University of California, Davis, revealed that the average person is exposed to 100,000 words every day — the equivalent of an entire novel. It’s more challenging than ever to deliver a message that not only engages your audience, but that they’ll retain and recall later.

This is the challenge that Ustream’s David Gibbons addressed in our webinar “Streaming Your Way to Marketing Success,” co-produced by MarketingProfs.

Watch the webinar recording to learn

  • Why marketers can look to television —particularly live television — as a role model in engaging audiences
  • How live video outperforms recorded video in terms of average viewing time
  • How Salesforce combined live video with social streaming to share its CEO’s keynote address with 50,000 people around the world — and LiveAd to capture new visitors
  • How Sony used live video to broadcast the PS4 launch event to a worldwide audience of 8 million viewers — in eight different languages simultaneously

Watch “Streaming Your Way to Marketing Success” now

Audience engagement is key to getting your message heard and remembered.

Audience engagement is key to getting your message heard and remembered.

New Webinar: Generate Leads and Demand with Video

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As companies look for ways to create more impactful content, many are realizing that text alone is no longer enough. Audiences crave a more engaging experience that they can enjoy and share with their peers. Smart marketers are realizing that video enables them to create that experience in a way that builds lasting relationships, generates new leads and grows their bottom line.

Did you know that 80 percent of Internet users watched an online video within the last 30 days — and that 46 percent of them took some action after viewing the video? What would that do for your company’s lead generation efforts?


And while on-demand video has become a staple on the Internet, live video offers the added benefits of real-time interaction. To build the most effective strategy possible, you need to leverage both.

To find out how, join us on May 14 for our next Ustream Demand Webinar, Generate Leads and Demand with Video. Our experts will show you how you can incorporate live and on-demand video as a way to generate more leads and drive more business. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how a blended video strategy can take your marketing — and your revenue — to extraordinary new heights.

The fun begins on Thursday, May 14, at 11am PDT. Reserve your spot today!