All posts by Linda Williams

Streaming Video Engages Employees on Any Device, Anytime, Anywhere

As enterprises face the challenge of managing a global workforce, live streaming video is becoming a must-have resource. By live-streaming employee meetings, training and executive presentations, companies can deliver their messages in a format that unites teams across borders and allows real-time interaction.

According to a recent white paper by Wainhouse Research, more than half of all organizations surveyed (51 percent) reported than they have implemented online video in employee training applications, with 47 percent using video for executive presentations.

To support this growing trend, we recently launched Ustream Align, the industry’s easiest and most scalable video platform with enterprise-grade security. Enterprise clients now have a secure tool designed specifically for their various internal communications needs.

Employee Interaction

Live streaming video allows enterprises to communicate in real time with employees around the globe — and not just for big events like annual town halls. Ustream client Zuora, for example, broadcasts its weekly meetings to employees across nine time zones. “Ustream has been a big part of helping us keep that small company feel,” notes Zuora Founder and CEO Tien Tzuo.

Training

Using streaming video for employee training allows enterprises to save thousands on travel, accommodations and facility rental fees. Unlike pre-recorded video, a live stream allows employees to have questions answered in real time, exchange ideas and even collaborate on solutions.

One organization making effective use of live video as an educational tool is online training destination CreativeLive. Each month, the company broadcasts up to 200 hours of live training sessions, attracting as many as 20,000 registrants for shorter trainings and 150,000 for multi-day events.

Executive Presentations

It takes more than an email to unite your team behind a mission. Streaming video enables CEOs and other top leaders to share their vision with employees in multiple locations using any device in real time, to answer questions, and to encourage discussion and debate.

As Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable recently noted, “Video, especially live, is a powerful medium to engage and communicate with a broad audience in a way that helps create a greater understanding and alignment with corporate goals.” By leveraging the power of live streaming video, enterprises can build a better-informed, better-trained and more highly engaged workforce that’s fully aligned with their goals for the future.


Engaging Your Team with Ustream Align

In today’s global and mobile economy, team members are as likely to be located across an ocean as down the hall. With a workforce on the go and spread across multiple locations — even multiple continents — top leadership faces a unique challenge in the need to create a cohesive culture and to communicate their visions.

More and more executives are turning to live video streaming to help them communicate with their global teams on a personal level — without the travel expenses.

Ustream Align offers organizations a platform with enterprise-grade security for their all-hands meetings, executive chats, shareholder meetings, town halls, trainings and other internal communications. David Gibbons, Ustream VP of Marketing, will be giving a step-by-step product demonstration and sharing the best practices of our most successful Ustream Align partners, join us on June 25 for our next webinar, Using Ustream Align for Internal Communication Needs.


Live Tech Keynotes to Stream Apple WWDC 2015 Keynotes

When Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off today, audiences around the world will be able to join in live via the Live Tech Keynote (LTK) Ustream channel.

LTK commentators John Coles, Joe de Max and Brian Monroe will deliver live coverage from San Francisco’s Moscone Center from June 8 through June 12. The event’s proceedings are expected to cover the upcoming iOS 9, OS X operating system, iTV and more. Keynote speakers will include GoldieBlox Founder and CEO Debbie Sterling, Walt Disney Animator Floyd Norman, and California Institute of Technology astronomer Mike Brown.

To follow all the action, tune in to the LTK Ustream channel beginning today, June 8 at 10am Pacific Time.


Inform, Educate and Inspire Your Team With Streaming Video

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

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.


Gain New Customers Through Multichannel Live Video Engagement

In a marketplace that becomes noisier and more crowded every day, marketers are looking for new ways to engage customers for their products and services.

In the search for new ways to connect, many marketers are turning to an old-school medium for inspiration: television. The average American spends 34 hours each week watching TV, and live events such as the Super Bowl consistently attract audiences of 100,000 or more.

Today’s customers not only crave real-time content, but they also want a seat at the table — the chance to interact and take part in the event as it’s happening.

Ustream delivers on both counts, as detailed in our white paper Gaining New Customers Through Multichannel Live Video Engagement. Download a copy to learn

  • How Martha Stewart used online video to launch a new brand of home paint, attracting 80,000 viewers who watched for an average of 10 minutes each
  • How HBO promoted the DVD box set of “True Blood” through live online video — and used LiveAd to grow the event’s audience to 135,000
  • How iStrategyLabs created a live video campaign to help a small ale brand improve its brand engagement, resulting in sales that exceeded the company’s annual goal by 13–14 percent

Download Gaining New Customers Through Multichannel Live Video Engagement now


Ustream VP of Marketing to Speak at Streaming Media East

When thousands of online video pros pour into New York City for Streaming Media East 2015, Ustream VP of Marketing David Gibbons will be among the speakers sharing the stage.

On May 12–13, the New York Hilton Midtown will host more than 2,000 online video professionals for two days of content covering the latest in live webcasting, encoding and transcoding, Over-the-Top video and TV Everywhere, monetizing content, and many other leading-edge topics in the online video world.

Gibbons will be a featured panel speaker for “Integrating Streaming, Video Conferencing, and Unified Communications Solutions” (Session B204) on Wednesday, May 13 at 3:15 p.m. in the Nassau Room. Among his fellow panelists are Harold Turk, Senior Engineering Advisor, Social and Collaboration Engineering, Aetna and Aaron Roe, Director, CTO/ITS, Deloitte Services LP, who will share insights on how enterprises are integrating video conferencing and live video streaming solutions to drive greater value for their organizations.

View the full conference agenda

For enterprises facing the challenges of adapting to a changing workforce and meeting the demands of highly engaged customers, video plays a vital strategic role for both internal and external communications in building understanding and relationships. Today, we stand at a communications precipice that requires businesses to leverage the absolute latest techniques and tools for the highest possible influence and alignment with customers and employees.

As video takes on ever-greater importance in many areas of business life, the paths between one-to-one and one-to-many communications have begun to converge. Join Gibbons and his fellow panelists as they explore the current implications of these developments and provide a sneak peek at what lies ahead.

See you in New York!


New Webinar: Generate Leads and Demand with Video

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?

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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 Pro Broadcasting Video Marketing Module 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!


Europe’s Biggest Software Craftsmanship Conference Sells Out: But You Can Watch It on Ustream

CRAFT CONFERENCE BUDAPEST / APRIL 23-24, 2015

Europe’s biggest software craftsmanship conference, CRAFT, is streaming live on Ustream this Thursday and Friday. The Craft Ustream channel will provide free access to more than 60 presentations from industry-recognized leaders.

The Craft Conference, a non-profit event about software craftsmanship organized by Ustream, Prezi and Ericsson in Budapest, is sold out. Making knowledge accessible for everyone is a core value of the organizers’ mission. More than 60 percent of the 800 attendees will come from outside Hungary. Speakers will discuss which tools, methods, and practices should be part of the toolbox of a modern developer and company. The conference will also cover new technologies, trends and the future of software development. Attendees will learn from the peers, practitioners and leaders in the developer community.

“This year’s topics have been carefully selected to meet modern developers’ demand for knowledge—microservices, functional programming, distributed systems, devops, data infrastructure, concurrency, infrastructure automation and software architecture make up just a selection of the subject matter that will be covered,” said Gergely Hodicska, Ustream VP of engineering and conference organizer. “Ustream’s goal is to make knowledge accessible for all and to show that the Ustream platform is a great innovative tool for anyone with these objectives.”

The speaker line-up is star-studded and includes:

  • Marty Cagan, founder of Silicon Valley Product Group. Before founding Silicon Valley Product group, Marty was the senior vice president of product and design for eBay, where he was responsible for creating and building the product and design organizations, and defining the products and services for the company’s global e-commerce trading site.
  • Mary Poppendieck, consultant, teacher and author. Mary will discuss ‘The New New Software Development Game: Containers, Micro Services and Contract Tests.’ Besides an amazing career as a programmer, Mary also wrote The Lean Mindset: Ask the Right Questions, in A popular writer and speaker, she continues to bring fresh perspectives to the world of software development.
  • Dan North, programmer and organizational change specialist. Dan applies principles from lean operations and agile software development to help organizations align their technology capabilities with their business objectives.
  • Alf Rehn, professor, speaker, consultant, author and currently the Chair of Management and Organization at Åbo Akademi University. Alf has taught worldwide, including at China’s Shangdong Economic University, Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology and the UK’s Manchester Business School. Alf will provide Thursday’s closing keynote “How To Save Innovation From Itself.”

Other noted speakers are from Google, Pivotal, Twitter, PayPal, IBM, Netflix, Atlassian, Fastly, Etsy, Gilt, Red Hat, LinkedIn, Basho, Typesafe and Aerospike.

Watch the live stream here: http://www.ustream.tv/craft.


On Earth Day and Beyond, Businesses Get Greener With Streaming Video

“The greenest business trip is the one you don’t take,” GreenBiz founder and executive director Joel Makower recently noted in a New York Times story.

Businesses around the world are coming to the same conclusion. For these enterprises, shrinking their carbon footprints by reducing travel isn’t just a benevolent idea. It’s good business, helping them to cut costs while also appealing to environmentally conscious consumers.

According to the Air Transport Action Group, a nonprofit association representing all sectors of the air transport industry, flights produced 705 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2013. By replacing in-person meetings with videoconferencing and live events with online streaming video events, businesses can enjoy the benefits of live interaction without adding to the amount of carbon emissions in the atmosphere.

For example, if a New York-based business flies employees from its London location to the headquarters for a summit, each round trip flight would generate 1.53 metric tons of CO2 emissions (source: climatecare.org). By turning the event into an interactive online summit via live video, the company would save more than 3,300 pounds of carbon emissions per round-trip flight. And fewer emissions means cleaner air for everybody.

As a reminder of why this is so important, take a few moments to enjoy the view of our beautiful planet from space, courtesy of NASA’s live stream from the International Space Station.  Also, check out the photos below of Ustreamers doing their part!

Happy Earth Day!

Caitlin, six-year-old daughter of Ustream legal counsel, Anne Ortel, started an Earth Club at her school last week to help students become more aware of environmental problems and come up with ideas for ways to help fight those problems.  Over the weekend, Caitlin spoke with the nursery manager and a store manager at the local Orchard Supply Hardware and convinced them to donate a compost bin for her school’s lunch area for fruit and veggie discards at lunch.  She also convinced them to send a garden worker from OSH to her school to explain composting at an assembly.  Caitlin wants the compost to be used in the currently-empty planters scattered around her school and to have those planters filled with fruit and veggie plantings.

Caitlin, six-year-old daughter of Ustream legal counsel, Anne Ortel, started an Earth Club at her school last week to help students become more aware of environmental problems and come up with ideas for ways to help fight those problems. Over the weekend, Caitlin spoke with the nursery manager and a store manager at the local Orchard Supply Hardware and convinced them to donate a compost bin for her school’s lunch area for fruit and veggie discards at lunch. She also convinced them to send a garden worker from OSH to her school to explain composting at an assembly. Caitlin wants the compost to be used in the currently-empty planters scattered around her school and to have those planters filled with fruit and veggie plantings.

 

Ustreamer Linda Williams and her husband took a hands-on "Mow No Mo'" workshop on Saturday to learn how to convert water-guzzling lawns into beautiful, drought-tolerant native gardens through sheet-mulching.

Ustreamer Linda Williams and her husband took a hands-on “Mow No Mo'” workshop on Saturday to learn how to convert water-guzzling lawns into beautiful, drought-tolerant native gardens through sheet-mulching.


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