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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


What Should Your Organization’s Leader Care About The Most?

Forty years ago, the vast majority (83%) of a business’s market value was invested in tangible assets such as currency, equipment, land, and other property. Today, 84% of the market value of a business comes directly from its people:

  • their knowledge and skills
  • the services they provide
  • the products they build
  • the intellectual property they create

People represent the greatest investment and the largest expense of most organizations. Leaders must find and develop and retain the people they need, lead those people through the inevitable tough times that arise, and build an organization that is diverse and ready to meet the constant changes and challenges of the 21st Century. This is what keeps your CEO awake at night.

To be effective, today’s leaders must communicate effectively with the people they lead. No matter the worker’s age, education, or role within the organization, the more they know about the organization’s strategy, challenges, values, culture, and other attributes, the more engaged they are and the more they can contribute. Even more importantly, the more they WANT to contribute.

We hope that you will join Ustream on Wednesday, May 27 at 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific as we kick off a series of webinars that will:

  • Examine the value of effective communications within organizations
  • Outline the risks and results of a failure to communicate
  • Discuss examples of successful communicators and
  • Give you guidelines and practical advice on how to improve your organization’s internal communications

Register for the May 27 webinar: 3 Things CEOs Worry About the Most and How Communications Can Help”


Use Ustream Channels to Improve Organizational Communications

Have you ever wondered how you can improve your communications with your employee’s? Have you considered using video? Channels can help you segment your video content, while making it easy to find and consume. Avoid being exposed to an overbearing amount of content that is irrelevant to your department at work.

 

Here are seven ways to improve your internal communications with video channels:

The CEO Town Hall Channel

This channel is used for leadership to communicate organizational strategy, provide updates on company business, and educate the entire organization on the issues and ideas that are critical to driving the success of the business. Dedicating a video channel for Town Hall meetings provides management with a platform that enables them to share their vision with employees, and engage with them to transform the vision into a reality.

The Human Resources Channel

Human Resources teams often use a dedicated channel to provide employees with updates about benefits, regulatory changes, training content, and opportunities. Many organizations turn to video to help explain benefit options, describe the enrollment process, and clearly guide employee’s on how to choose their plans.

The Sales Enablement Channel

Sales people are frequently busy and need up-to-date information about products, services, pricing, competitors, customers, and markets. Many of our customers dedicate a channel to Sales Enablement to provide a quick, one-stop shop for information about the company’s products and services, market updates, and pricing information to help the sales team perform their job more efficiently.

The Partner Channel

Many organizations leverage partners and resellers to sell and service their offerings. Like your sales teams, these partners need up-to-date information about your products and services, pricing changes, market updates, and more. A Partner Channel enables you to tailor this content and makes it easy for your partners to view the content they need.

The Customer Service and Support Channel 

Your Customer Service and Support team engage with customers on a daily basis. Building a Customer Service channel enables you to provide your service team with updates about company products, services, and campaigns that may affect their workload. The Customer Service team can also use the channel to inform the rest of the organization the critical issues customers are experiencing.

The Marketing Channel

Most of us think of Marketing as an outward facing function, but the Marketing team can also help the rest of your organization by leveraging their channel to create an internal pipeline of updates about the market, products, success stories, and information on upcoming campaigns that will help everyone stay informed and aligned.

The Engineering Channel

The people who build our products and services need a voice too. The Engineering channel can be used to share information about upcoming products, services, prototypes, and product initiatives that are under consideration. Since this information is often confidential and proprietary, it is important to have a security feature that ensures your information stays within your organization.

 

Channels are simple to set up and because the concept of channels is a familiar one, your viewers will find it easy to find and view the content. Channels are a benefit for both you and your viewers and the effective use of them can significantly improve your organization’s communications and boost productivity.

For more information about Ustream Align and how channels can improve your internal communications strategy, contact us at (800) 778-3090

 


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!


Improve Employee Engagement Through Live Video (New Webinar)

Did you know that, according to a recent Gallup survey, 70 percent of all American workers are either not engaged or actively disengaged from their jobs?

It’s not just a morale issue. Employee engagement is having an impact on their employers’ bottom line, with the cost of disengaged employees accounting for $450–$550 billion in annual losses of productivity each year.

To reduce the growing challenges associated with disengagement in the workplace, executives are looking for a new, more impactful means of connecting with employees … and finding it in live streaming video.

Live video offers a tool for improving internal communication and driving higher levels of engagement. By broadcasting town halls and other events, senior management can communicate more clearly, more consistently and across all areas of the organization. Employees have opportunities to interact directly with executives in real time, which helps them better understand the company’s mission and to “get on board” with leadership’s vision.

To explore the benefits of live video in building an engaged workforce, Ustream is presenting a live webinar, Improve Employee Engagement Through Live Video, on Thursday, March 19 at 11 a.m. PDT. Webinar host David Gibbons, VP of Marketing at Ustream, will present a series of compelling reasons to integrate video into your employee communication strategy and highlight case studies about companies who are doing just that — with impressive results.

Join us on March 19 to find out how live streaming video can help you break the cycle of detachment and build a more engaged workforce. Grab your spot today!


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

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.


Quick Tips For PR Pros To Leverage Live Video

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Public relations professionals are constantly searching out new methods for spreading a thought leadership message about a product, making a large company announcement, or launching a new product. With all of the different outlets available to reach your audience, live video creates a sense of urgency around your message to boost a product launch or company announcement to the next level.

1. Determine your use case for live video

Deciding on the most appropriate use for live video is always the most difficult part. Whether you’re launching a new product, having a Q&A session, streaming a conference or using live video internally; determining your use case for live video will help you establish goals, outline a strategy and decide what equipment you need.

2. Figure out who your audience is 

If your CEO doesn’t feel comfortable making an announcement to a large audience on live video, utilizing live video for internal communication such as town halls or company announcements is a nice alternative. The live aspect gives employees the opportunity to ask questions via the social stream in real time and help a global company feel more connected as a whole.

3. Test your broadcasting message

Grab your iPhone or Android device and test out your message. All it takes to go live on Ustream is to go to the app store and download the FREE Ustream Broadcaster app. When it’s finished downloading, simply open the app, create a Ustream channel, and press “Go Live”.

4. Invest in quality production equipment

Although the Ustream app is a great tool to utilize when you need to go I’ve fast, a qualify HD camera, microphone and lighting set up can make a world of difference to your broadcast quality. For a full list of recommended equipment, check out Ustream’s recommended equipment.

5. Practice, Practice, Practice!

Just like any recital or performance, there are always weeks of practice and rehearsals involved. Getting your spokesperson in front of a camera for a live event will not only ensure the success of the technology, but will also make them feel at ease when it’s time to go live. Just don’t let them pull a Michael Bay if something goes wrong!

Check out our whitepaper and learn more about how you can leverage live video for your internal communication strategy.


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