Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2011 about Online Video

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Saturday 12th March 2011

  • Banking on Big Brands/Celebs for the Web

    by Paul Kontonis, David Tochterman, Amber Lawson and Kevin Pollak

    2010 was a pivotal year for Web TV, with more influential brands and celebrities recognizing the creative opportunities that the platform offers. Celebrities like Kevin Pollak and Will Arnett went online to create original professionally produced content to strengthen relationships with fans. Additionally, major brands including Wrigleys and Mountain Dew joined this medium due to the opportunity to exponentially increase its brand reach to a vast global audience.
    With entertainment and advertising luminaries testing the waters of the digital space, this panel examines the most effective ways in which content creators can capture the attention of brands and create content that will not only resonate with its target audience, but be organically integrated so audiences do not feel as though they are watching ads. It will include how digital studios, like Babelgum, provide a unique platform for brands/celebs looking to team up and engage in quality content and matching creators and celebrities with these forward-thinking brands.
    Babelgum is an integrated web and mobile video content platform, available on-demand to a global audience. Its international comedy business develops, produces, packages, programs, markets and distributes original series across its IPTV, fixed and mobile platforms. Babelgum Comedy collaborates with celebrity talent and creators to provide professionally-produced, brand-friendly content and is strategically programmed and curated by Amber J. Lawson.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Saturday 12th March

    In Ballroom F, Austin Convention Center

Sunday 13th March 2011

  • Live Digital Streaming and the Split Screen Experience [Cancelled?]

    by Ariel Elazar

    Potential viewers and fans of live event television programs like the "American Music Awards" are surrounded by computers, mobile technology and 'alternative' entertainment. In order to keep viewers engaged on your programming you need to take the content live with online companion coverage where people can directly and immediately interact, stay put, and tune-in to a TV show or special. Important factors like innovation, creative programming, talent interaction, and social media applications drive viewers to tune in while interact online. This is what is now being called the "split screen experience."

    For example: In 2009, dick clark productions and Ustream set not only digital viewing records with the American Music Awards pre-telecast and red carpet specials, but traditional broadcast ratings were up year-to-year again showing an important correlation. The American Music Awards red carpet pre-show garnered 3.5MM live viewers, 2.3MM uniques and established a record for the most-watched live digital red carpet event.

    Topics for discussion to include: Companion coverage; Audience viewing patterns; Live digital streaming with major network TV shows; Roles of social media; Technical aspects of producing live streams; Organic marketing and engagement; Creative ways to leverage the online coverage to generate revenue; Incorporating sponsors and brands into digital programming; Live interaction via social media applications.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Sunday 13th March

    In Room 18ABCD, Austin Convention Center

  • Cultivating Community Through Video

    by David Prager

    David Prager, founder of Revision3 and a panel of the Web's leading community leaders can provide insight as to how to establish, connect and keep an audience intrigued in online video programming. Revision3 is the online video industry’s largest television network, creating and producing more than 25 original shows. Viewers are drawn to the network’s content with 6 million shows downloaded per month.

    The members of the panel will have experience creating content that cultivates a loyal following. They can provide perspective as to how to secure an audience and keep them interested using the following tactics.

    -Establishing a rallying point: find a place for the audience to communicate about the show whether it be through the show host, community website or audience interaction

    -Social Media Connection: Create interactive between show viewers with Twitter and Facebook to deepen audience commitment to the program and spark the interest of new viewers. Revision3 has set up a social media directory accessible to all show talent and staff, promoting communication between viewers, creators and show hosts.

    -Regularly scheduled releases: Consistently providing new, quality content helps to maintain a connection with the audience and secure interest, building a personal experience with the viewer

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 5:15pm to 5:30pm, Sunday 13th March

    In Ballroom E, Austin Convention Center

Monday 14th March 2011

Tuesday 15th March 2011

  • Cage Match: Social vs. Video

    by Russ Somers and Natanya Anderson

    Social media and online video battle for mindshare among marketers. Which one totally rules? We’ll lock Russ Somers, Director of Marketing at Invodo and Natanya Anderson, VP of Content Strategy and Delivery at Powered, in a cage (metaphorically – or maybe literally) to lead a Core Conversation on the pros and cons of each. On the video side: Russ leads marketing for Invodo, a company at the forefront of the eCommerce video industry. Invodo produces video and technology to drive conversion for online retailers including Toys R Us, Verizon Wireless and Golfsmith. On the social side: Natanya leads content strategy for full-service social media agency Powered, guiding the development and delivery of creative content to clients including HP, Sony, iVillage, Atkins and RadioShack. Natanya and Russ provide industry insights and lead what will be, with your contributions, a spirited discussion.

    LEVEL: Beginner

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Tuesday 15th March

    In TX Ballroom 2-4, Hyatt Regency Austin

  • Death of the Demo; Rise of Branded Tutorial

    by Joshua Rosenbaum

    Since the beginning of man, different permutations of the “Instruction Manual” have ridden as passenger in the sidecar of technology’s motorcycle. And like technology, the format of the instruction manual has evolved, but is the “science” behind them keeping up? Video demos may be the status quo across today’s interverse, BUT… The day of the 40-minute-long, boring video demo is over. Short, entertaining video tutorials are winning the attention and appreciation of a socially networked audience eager to pass along a link to something they find entertaining and useful. Smart brands are realizing the opportunity to create and use video tutorials as purveyors of brand culture. Injecting humor, style, and creative storytelling into an instructional tutorial not only can help grab and keep an audience’s attention, but may encourage the audience to actively promote the content to others purely based on its creativity or experiential value. Demos are dead. Fun, creative tutorials not only teach, but also promote. The branded tutorial is rapidly becoming the new, and necessary standard.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Tuesday 15th March

    In Salon C, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Unprecedented: Opportunities in Online Video

    by Guy Gal

    Video is a medium, not a product. It`s the next best thing to a human interaction, but commercially it`s better, because it scales communication over time and space. The story of online video is the story of the human need to connect and reconnect. It's the water cooler effect on the web, and people are more eager to relate over a video than a book. More so, online video comes at an entry point that's a fraction of broadcast and at a production quality that's equal to. This represents an opportunity for brands and individuals to develop and own new channels of communication that consider both purpose and utility. Most importantly, video inspires us to realize the limitless potential of the web to facilitate communication that's rich in emotion. This presentation will explore the art and science of developing video content that's exclusively considered for the web.

    LEVEL: Advanced

    At 3:45pm to 4:00pm, Tuesday 15th March

    In Ballroom E, Austin Convention Center

  • Using Online Video to Build Your Company's Audience

    by Melissa Pierce

    With over 24 hours of video being uploaded every minute on YouTube and over 56 hours of video being uploaded per minute to lifestreaming sites such as UStream and Justin.tv, companies are starting to use videoblogs as a way of directly reaching out to new and existing customers. This panel, full of experienced videobloggers and online video consultants, will walk through the steps of getting a company up and running in online video, including points such as: What equipment is needed, How “produced” does a company video need to be, How to get comfortable in front of the camera, What different formats are available, is streaming video more effective than a carefully produced video blog, How online video can work with assets such as an existing blog, and What is the ROI of online video for a company? The panel will also cover all of the different channels for online video that can be used by companies–from a Corporate Website to YouTube, Vimeo and lifestreaming services such as Qik and Justin.tv. By the end of this panel, companies will be able to apply what they have learned immediately and start their video blog that day. There will also be an online resource available with the panel presentation as well as articles, software and services that companies can use to make their online video presence the best it can be. The panel will also participate in a 15-minute audience Q&A session, which will allow people to address specific questions about getting started in online video.

    LEVEL: Beginner

    At 4:15pm to 4:30pm, Tuesday 15th March

    In Ballroom E, Austin Convention Center

  • Video Analytics and the Future: Mastering the Data-Stream

    by Greg Duffy

    The challenge of the future is not data gathering but analysis, trying to make sense of what the tidal wave of information actually means. Dropcam's live 24/7 streaming with DVR, paired with social tools offers a new way of user engagement and data analytics. This and other new technologies allow for much finer grained analysis for data streams, turning previously unusable elements like webcam generated latent video into incredibly rich insights. New uses with streaming media offer new data and analysis that didn't exist before.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 4:45pm to 5:00pm, Tuesday 15th March

    In Ballroom E, Austin Convention Center

  • Business of Monetization of Online Video

    by Brad Murphy

    It's true, you can make money with Online Video! Learn the secrets of internet television company Revision3, and how its chief revenue officer Brad Murphy built the company's unique monetization model. Learn the details of how he convinced more than 100 advertisers, including Ford, Netflix, GoDaddy, and HP to support Revision3's shows, along with tips and tricks to help you build an effective sponsorship program. Revision3 produces and distributes 25 shows delivering 42 million monthly views and an extremely loyal and engaged audience. With 99% unaided recall for 1+ sponsor and 55% of Revision3 viewers having purchased a product or service, Revision3 has found a way to profitability by effectively bringing sponsors into content.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 5:00pm to 5:15pm, Tuesday 15th March

    In Ballroom E, Austin Convention Center

  • In Web Video, Can Quality and Scale Coexist?

    by Jason Liebman

    Web video isn’t a fading fad; consumers are watching and searching for more media online than ever before. Only five years in, YouTube is the second largest search engine and 4th most visited site overall. As YouTube and other online video destinations become resources for finding information, web video creation needs to dramatically scale at the same time to produce reliable, quality content.

    In the past, web video has largely been limited to production quality or user-generated content, resulting in expensive or low-quality content. Now there’s a new breed of content creators trying to address consumer demand by scaling content creation with search-driven content production.

    Scaling content creation doesn’t need to mean a mediocre product or big budgets. This session will show you how content creators can use new technologies and processes to make sure that quantity doesn't overrides quality in web video.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 5:15pm to 5:30pm, Tuesday 15th March

    In Ballroom E, Austin Convention Center

  • Video's Second Coming: Making It Social

    by David Slater

    Well over 90% of people who shoot video with a camcorder, point & shoot, or mobile device do nothing with it. This video, orphaned and sad, longs to be shared and loved. Today video on the web is still largely stuck in a non-interactive, non-social networked, broadcast-like "I post footage and you can view it" world. Basic commenting, metadata, and tagging of entire video clips provide rudimentary social capabilities, but new enabling technologies are required to make video truly a shared experience.

    As the cost, scale, and responsiveness of cloud computing converges with maturing social networks, the underpinnings are now in place to develop the kinds of systems required to make working with video fast, widely accessible, and collaborative. Letting users share not only movies, but the source files as well, co-editing across two or more creators, remixing of trusted associates already published content, automated frame-accurate (rather than entire movie) tagging, and auto-creation of context-specific metadata are just some of the possibilities these new systems could enable.

    This session will explore the current state of online video in the realm of social networking; why so few ever take their video off the device on which it was shot; the benefits of further enhancing shared experiences with video; and the tools, technologies, and behaviors required to allow video to be a standard communication tool in social media.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 5:45pm to 6:00pm, Tuesday 15th March

    In Ballroom E, Austin Convention Center