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Veteran Support Group, Oscar Mike Foundation, Named as Latest ‘Ustream for Change’ Honoree

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September 4, 2014 – SAN FRANCISCO – Ustream, the world’s leading live video platform, today announced veteran-focused non-profit, Oscar Mike Foundation, as the newest recipient of a ‘Ustream for Change’ award. As part of the honor, Ustream will provide Oscar Mike a complimentary license to the Ustream Enterprise Pro Broadcasting product for a period of three months, allowing the organization to put a public spotlight on the challenges and opportunities facing veterans, with topics including living with post-traumatic stress, adapting to life after combat injury and the impact on spouses and caregivers.  Oscar Mike’s series of live video discussions is titled the “After Action Panel” and can be found at  Ustream Channel, http://www.ustream.tv/AfterActionPanel Broadcasts will begin on Saturday, September 13, with the first episode covering veterans’ personal struggles with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). The panel will feature a landmark gathering of veterans representing every major conflict in the nation’s history back to World War II. “As a West Point graduate, I’m thrilled the Ustream for Change panel chose to recognize the sacrifice and dedication of our Veterans,” said Brad Hunstable, CEO and founder of Ustream. “Live video takes audience experience to the next level and so we are proud that our technology can help further bring veteran support to life for these heroes.” Launched at the start of 2014, ‘Ustream for Change’ is a philanthropic program that seeks to advance Ustream’s mission of empowering businesses and societies to be more transparent and productive through the innovative use of video. The program was originally inspired by three Ukrainian citizen journalists, whose coverage of events in Kiev captured the attention of more than 50 million viewers across the globe. More than 400 applications from every continent have been submitted since launch, with causes spanning education, civil rights, politics, and evangelism sectors.  For more information on Ustream for Change, visit http://www.ustream.tv/our-company/change “We are excited to partner with Ustream to bring these important topics more prominently into the national consciousness,” added Noah Currier, Oscar Mike president and founder. “Veterans have always made amazing sacrifices for their countries during active service. Using video to share experiences assists this process, and platforms like Ustream allow us to do this with the reach and impact of a global media organization.” Live video series for veterans will kick off Sept 13 with representatives from every major conflict since WWII   About Oscar Mike Oscar Mike exists to assist and promote disabled Veterans. The term “Oscar Mike” comes from military radio jargon used on the front lines, and translates to staying “On the Move”. Being Oscar Mike means being active, staying positive and living life to its absolute fullest. The Oscar Mike Foundation helps to rehabilitate disabled veterans and individuals through participation in high-energy extreme sporting events. A registered 501c3 non-profit organization, The Oscar Mike Foundation is comprised of a group of Veterans, athletes, artists and individuals from all walks of life who view disabilities not as roadblocks, but as challenges to own and overcome.

Ustream Features Every Public Relations Professional Should Know About

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As more marketers and businesses are embracing Ustream as their live video streaming platform for both internal and external business communications, more publicists are getting involved in the process to generate buzz around their live event efforts.

Ustream has an array of tools for producers and marketers, but with some research and the know-how for where to go, publicists can take advantage of various features to spread their message to a wider audience.

Customize and Brand your Ustream channel for a seamless look

Martha Stewart is the queen of chic, so for her Ustream broadcast to blend with her brand, we helped set her up with a customized channel page.  Not only does it legitimize the stream as a part of the brand, it can also be a hub for archived videos, upcoming shows, and other information you’d like to share with viewers.

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Not Every Video needs to be Live on Ustream

For anyone nervous about a spokesperson on a live broadcast, or concerned the Internet connection may not be strong enough during the live stream; Ustream offers a recorded-to-live feature to alleviate your anxiety.  Easily integrate previously recorded video — from any platform or format — into the Ustream player. So if the Wi-Fi doesn’t work, you can keep recording, and then share the content on loop in the Ustream player once the recording is finished.

Chat Features & Social Media Integration: Create Conversations with Your Audience

There is no better way to engage viewers than to use the social stream and chat features.  Answer viewers questions live on-air to help create engaged conversation with the customer, while also capturing more eyes on the broadcast as their comments are published on Twitter and Facebook with quick links back to your channel.

The best part — as NASA successfully demonstrates below — is the integration of any hashtag or Twitter handle into the social stream to help create virality. In this case, anytime someone tweeted at #NasaTV, it showed up in the social stream.

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For anyone concerned about inappropriate messages, conversations within the stream can be filtered and moderated to protect against unwanted commenters and spam.

Embeds Allow Anyone to Share your Content

Whether you want to drive viewers to your own site, share the video player with a journalist, or post on your social media account; Ustream players can be embedded anywhere on the web. You can also grow your Facebook audience by requiring viewers to ‘Like’ your page before they can watch.

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The Excitement of Live Video is Contagious

Live streaming video is still a new space many companies and personalities are beginning to engage in. The ability for companies to reach large audiences in real-time has never been more pertinent for brands to engage customers in a fun, yet transparent way. The features highlighted above are only a sampling of what publicists can use to create a strong and consistent message that has all of the potential to go viral. Take a chance and play around with the features to test all of live video’s potential.

 

5 Tips for PR Pros to get started live streaming in 2014

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As public relations professionals we are always looking for new ways to create social chatter around a product, make a big company announcement, or launch a new product. With the help of live video and the New Year filled with personal and professional goals, live video could be exactly what your company needs to boost a product launch, company announcement, or internal town hall to the next level. Continue reading