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360° Videos and Live Streaming…an Immersive Video Experience for your Audience

Why 360° Video is the next big thing In Video Marketing?

The core of video marketing is good storytelling using the power of visuals. 360° Videos are a natural extension of this because they allow the viewer to be completely immersed in the visual story.

360-degree video marketing is changing the way content is consumed, viewers can interact with the immersive, spherical footage, which keeps them engaged and focused on your brand.

The only way to attract customers and get them to understand the benefits of any service or product is to explain, and to show what they can expect for their money.

360-degree video. This format offers an engagement level between VR and a standard video, 360° videos is experiencing video from each angel, the viewer has control of the viewing direction like a panorma and the good news is that No Fancy headsets is needed for 360° video.

Is 360° Video worth it? does 360° video advertising actually drive more engagement than standard video advertising? Google partnered with Columbia Sportswear to find out read more here 

360° Showcases in Media and Journalism

A lot of media companies and newspapers use 360-degree videos to include their users in their investigations. The New York Times for example publishes every day a video from their reporters around the world. That is extremely interesting because they also record videos in war zones or in other places where you normally wouldn’t have the chance to get close insights. 360 degree videos are a new chance for newspapers to create a new kind of media which is also interesting for the digital native generation.

The daily 360 by Newyork times, Times journalists around the world are bringing one new 360 video every day.

On a side note one of the best ways to learn to use 360-degree videos successfully is to study what other companies are doing and learn from their success

here are some examples of brands using 360° videos

Virtual Reality and 360 Live Streaming

Combining the immersive aspect of 360° technology with the instant and engaging features of live

The 360° video gives power to the viewer. It makes them a part of the story.

360° video transports viewers into a real, immersive, live-streaming experience that they otherwise wouldn’t have access to, and that can’t be installed on a machine—for example, a live broadcast of a concert or sporting event that gives viewers a seat from the stands. For the purposes of this post, we’ll focus on 360° video, as this is the most applicable for streaming workflows. read more here about Virtual Reality and 360° Streaming Trends 2017 by Wowza

360° Videos for Social Media

Social media channels are essentials for brands to engage directly with consumers and tell their story in an impactful way, using latest technologies and formats.

Over time the types of stories that people want to tell each other and the types of content they want to share with each other will get richer and more immersive

If a picture worth a thousand words then think of the benefits that a 360° Video would offer? 360 degree Video gives your customers an opportunity to see what you’re selling in a way that normal video or photography can’t do. 360° Videos provide viewers with a complete picture.

360-degree videos take an all-angles approach to the channel and are considered by some to be a form of virtual reality (VR). These types of immersive formats can be more effective than a traditional video in sparking an emotional response in viewers. Users can interact with the video to choose the content they want to view and engage with. This works especially well with mobile devices because the user can simply adjust their phone to change their perspective

Facebook is Continually making Its Platform a more Viable Video Competitor:

The growth of video on Facebook has been enormous in 2015. Facebook has moved quickly into new areas of video including live streaming video and 360. It is also investing heavily in developing the technology to ensure that it stays at the forefront of virtual reality

Facebook is investing significant resources to ensure that it is at the forefront of virtual reality. Through its newsroom it has stated that “360° video on Facebook is the first step” toward developing a VR experience for it’s users. It reports that millions of people are now watching 360 videos on Facebook every single day

User experience and additional value

  • 360° videos not only focus on the content but on the User experience itself.
  • More immersive experiences for the user, and younger consumers especially will appreciate the benefits of this type of technology
  • 360 videos on your pages can help increase user spent time on your page which of course will send  signals to search engines, which could improve brands’ SEO
  • Allowing brands to broadcast live and ‘in the moment’, it means that viewers can also feel part of the action, creating a strengthened bond and connection
  • Longer Engagement = More Brand Affinity
  • 360° video also gets shares and subscribers more than standard video
  • By providing your consumers with an immersive 360-degree videos experience, you can improve overall audience engagement, increase sales and leads, and establish your brand at the forefront of digital technology innovations.

Delivering immersive experience for customers

Video is easier to consume than written content, with increased data and faster load times also resulting in people watching more videos on mobile – and sharing them too

more people are watching videos on social platforms than ever before. According to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index, video will account for 80% of all consumer Internet traffic by 2019

Producing a 360° video or 360° live streaming to the fullest with high quality requires the best equipment and cameras, the right streaming format and the most suitable player.

At InsideOut Today We have the experience, equipment, cameras, technical resources and the best in class streaming servers, encoders & players.

Moreover, as an Authorized Consultant and an international preferred reseller for Wowza streaming technologies, we are proud to support the distribution, technical support and consultancy for Wowza products in the Middle East & Africa

The seamless integration of wowza technologies and our resources and technical support allows us to provide an immersive video experience to your audience.

You can check here wowza latest technologies for 360 streaming including 360° streams to massive audiences on top platforms, such as Facebook Live, Periscope, Twitter and YouTube Live and also the latest innovation “Wowza ClearCaster” the best tool for optimizing professional Facebook Live streaming

If you are interested in 360° video productions, live 360° streaming, creating virtual tours or taking your virtual reality to the next level Contact us today to discuss your needs. Don’t wait. Get started today to see how 360-degree videos can make a difference for your brand.

 

The Essentials of a Winning Digital Strategy!

The digital marketing plan of any organization or company is the window of success in achieving marketing objectives

Using appropriate digital marketing strategy can affect quite significantly on the results of  your company’s marketing efforts and sales.

People are consuming more and more digital content on a daily basis – on mobile phones, laptops, desktop computers at work, and more – and companies that have not yet recognized this in their marketing strategies need to adapt fast

Many organizations and companies are available online, but they don’t have a clear, integrated digital marketing strategy.

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What are the Objectives of Digital Marketing Strategy?

 

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The 4 Elements of Digital Strategy:

Every Organization or company, must understand the market they are working in and how to reach their ideal online customers, planning for the Digital strategy should have four basic elements:

  1. Situation Analysis: Assess your current situation Your Online Presence”

To understand where to go with digital marketing, you must understand where you are, it is the first stage of planning it helps you to focus on key issues

What should the assessment include:

Present :  Where are you now? how is your brand or company being communicated? are you available to your target customer and are you engaging with them? is your website attracting potential customers and converting them? Analysing your competitors performance ?
Future :    Where are you going? and what do you want to achieve?

2. Identify your target Audience Buyers Persona”

Developing a buyer persona is crucial to your buyer success, it allows you to create content and messaging that appeals to your target audience. It also enables you to target or personalize your marketing to different segments of your audience

The process of persona creation can take weeks of researches and detailed observation before determination and creation of the final personas that you will be targeting through your site and content.

3. Content Plan

To Ensure that all your content messaging is aligned with the overall brand platform and to create the right content for your target audience, a good content strategy involves the following:
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4. Management and Monitoring:

Management: Determining the responsibilities, tasks, content flow, distribution channels and publishing

Monitoring: One of the most valuable elements of having a digital marketing strategy is the fact that you can continually monitor the outcomes and be able to optimise your strategy and assess what work best and refine your strategy any time.

In A Nutshell A clear Digital Strategy is a MUST to win Online

We have developed a number of digital strategies for reputable organization’s such as WMRA and BlueCloud

We will be happy to work with you to identify and build the digital strategy you need to thrive.

Unlocking the Value of Open Data at RiseUp16

Open data boosting entrepreneurship at RiseUp16:

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We were glad to be present at RiseUp Summit again this year for the 4th time in a row

We always focus on introducing the latest technologies, sharing experiences, knowledge, resources and best practices with the dynamic entrepreneurs and startups for empowering this ecosystem in Egypt and the region.

We had 2 interesting events this Year at RiseUp16

Jointly with Access to Knowledge for development center (AUC School of Business) we conducted a workshop on December 11th introducing to the community “How Open data can boost social entrepreneurship”

How businesses can harness the power of data

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Access to knowledge team started the workshop by introductory remarks on Open data explaining the potential of open data and what it can be used for, giving examples of businesses sharing data, such as Telsa and they presented some case studies such as en2ly showcasing how can Open data improve the transportation sector in Cairo

And they highlighted how businesses can harness the power of data and that open data creates new business models that didn’t exist before

The semantic web is changing the way we use the internet

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Our own Fady Ramzy InsideOut CEO presented to the attendees the following:

  • The web has evolved “from web of pages to web of data”, Computers understand the meaning of what we publish on the web.
  • The types of data on the internet and how to structure the content over the web in terms of open data
  • How content classification enables content discovery and creates alternatives entry points and routes for contents

And Fady highlighted 

  • The key to break the internet is to tell stories and distribute it in an efficient way
  • “Data is the current oil.” If we get data we can create new business models and change the world
  • He presented the Linked open data project for Enel Electrified Vehicle charging Network and here is fady’s presentation  during the workshop
  • He advised attendees to build their own dataset using WordPress as WordPress CMS is still number 1
  • And he explained to attendees how to  structure content on WordPress using open data technology such as Wordlift

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Fady also presented a demo about Wordlift to inspire social entrepreneurs in this untapped area of massive opportunities

What is Wordlift?

wordlift-logoWordLift, by Insideout group, is a content analysis and recommendation tool for WordPress. It is a tool for publishers, newspapers and magazines to organize their content in a meaningful way, expose it better to search engines, boost their user base, website traffic, advertising and above all user experience and accordingly revenues.

Wordlift adds semantics annotations and combines information publicly available as linked open data to support editorial workflow learn more about it here

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The workshop was really interesting and attendees were highly engaged and The hashtag #Opendata went trending during the workshop

Live Streaming Karm Solar annual forum

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Karm Solar launched its Annual Forum as RiseUp’s first satellite event. KarmSolar is a solar technology and integration company that delivers innovative solar solutions to the agricultural, industrial, tourism and business sectors. Since its founding in 2011, KarmSolar has been Egypt’s largest private off-grid solar energy integrator, with exceptional experience in developing its award winning high-capacity solar pumping stations

The Forum featured a series of major announcements, keynote speakers and showcases

We had great pleasure to provide Karm Solar with Live streaming over their Facebook page, which had great impact by putting their online audience at the heart of the event.

 

 

Personal Branding is Essential for Entrepreneurs! So How to Master it?

Building a personal brand is important for all of us, but for entrepreneurs it’s crucial for leveraging expertise and building networks!

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As  an entrepreneur you are the public face of your business. You have clients and customers on your social media. so accordingly your customers needs to feel closer to you, learn from you and trust you so you have to nurture your network with what they need.

Personal branding is not a tagline or an ad campaign. It’s a combination of your interests, beliefs, ethos, values, talents and skills, among a number of other characteristics

Here is some simple infographic with advice’s on how to brand yourself online:

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Personal Branding has Tangible Rewards:

How Personal branding generates interest and opens doors?

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“When people are buying your products or services, believe it or not, they’re not necessarily buying that product or service. What they are paying for is a certain type of experience and trust”

Personal Branding helps you elevate your social proof, establish credibility and solidify your niche.

here is a simple guide on how to make money through personal branding

If you didn’t Identify your personal brand yet…YOU SHOULD START NOW

Reregardless of your profession, a well defined personal brand will add tremendous value to your life

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