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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.

 

Many trends emerged in 2016, but what will 2017 bring?

What is 2017 carrying for online marketers and what are the latest technologies that shall revolutionize the way online strategists work?

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Connecting the dots in the digital Era

Last week we had our Online content creators meetup #OCCEgypt where we digged deeper in the latest digital media trends for the year 2017, Media professionals as well as digital marketing experts shared their thoughts on what the industry can expect This meetup comes aligned in a series of meetups previously held by InsideOut Today, to bring together all the community of online content creators in Egypt

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Our own Fady Ramzy InsideOut Today CEO Summarised  to the attendees how next generation technologies are changing our behaviors online as following:

The next decade is data “Content Organization is the new SEO”

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  1. He advised attendees to build their own online identity (blogs, websites, portals) using WordPress as it is the world’s most popular & most used CMS
  2. And he explained to attendees how to  structure their content on WordPress using open data technology such as Wordlift
  3. He discussed the Online Video Revolution and the importance of native videos “it’s must now to optimise your videos for each platform, each Video Platform Needs its Own Story Telling Strategy
  4. Fady explained all about chatbots and how it can transform the way we interact with the internet “Chatbots will drive 85% of customers interactions by 2020” so Let’s build the bot here “Chatbots are game changer for early adopters”
  5. Fady highlighted the Rise of AR/VR “While virtual reality is once again a hot topic … 2017 will really be the year of AR expecting to see more brands coming out with AR games, AR ads, and attempts to capitalise on AR apps that already exist
  6. Live Video Streaming Will Fully Take Off “considering that Facebook started last year by paying media companies $50 million to produce live videos on its platform, it’s clear that the popularity of live-streaming is growing”
  7. Voice search is a fast-growing technology which may change the way we use search engines and have an impact over their algorithms. In 2016, Google declared that 20% of mobile searches were conversational and according to ComScore, voice search will keep on growing, covering at least 50% of all searches by 2020 – How can a website get ready for voice search? Read more here

And here is Fady’s presentation about Digital Media Trends in 2017

Where is the media & online marketing business heading towards in 2017 in Egypt

This was the second part of the meetup, a very interesting Panel Discussion took place where Media Professionals from Radio, Tv and Journalists shared their thoughts and experience about the online journalism & digital media business in Egypt

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Major Challenges highlighted for the Media and News Industry in Egypt discussed at the Panel Discussion:

Lina Ghadban Independent Journalist said:

  • TV production is controlled 100% by Advertising
  • There’s a big lack of Investigative films due to the high cost of production and lack of resources
  • When it comes to media and news industry, quality control and credible sources is a big challenge

Enas Tharwat Radio and TV Presenter at Radio Masr said:

  • The Online Radio market is constantly evolving, listeners have a multitude of options and therefore won’t invest their time listening to a station that doesn’t provider rich and attractive content
  • Social media marketing: Many Online News Channels are lacking the concept of being effective on social media they use content Quantity over Quality”

Rana Ashraf Video Producer and Journalist said:

  • Lack of awareness, lack of information and lack of training’s is a major Challenge “Employees are Lacking the Awareness and proper training’s Needed to do their job”
  • Some TV stations that are available online, they don’t have a clear, integrated digital marketing strategy

Rawan Lasheen Video Journalist and producer said:

  • Social Media is reshaping traditional Media “it is now the biggest source of news, people are creating the news on social media and accordingly Media discuss and distribute it”

Radwa El Torify Content Producer at CBC Said:

  • Live videos creates higher engagement on social media
  • Media and News publishers in Egypt did’t adopt yet to the Digital Revolution

How Media and News Publishers in Egypt can Plan for their Marketing efforts for the year 2017:

Going digital is about a whole digitally immersive experience and this should be done through the following:

  • Focusing on Video content variety as well as quality audience and exclusive experience!
  • Investing in professional high quality live video streaming, especially in terms of content quality to maximize the live engagement over social media.
  • Hiring Digital Media professionals and providing the proper training, tools and vision
  • Building a strong digital marketing plan that includes content creation & management,  and also how to best leverage on social networks for distribution.
  • Awareness on how to implement effectively the digital strategy is very important, because building the plan without knowing how to implement it leads to the failure of the marketing efforts
  • How to measure all the marketing efforts online “Assessing Performance and opportunities”

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The Meetup was attended by almost 50 persons it was super engaging and interactive and we had a little surprise for our guests at the end of the meetup and gladly we received lots of positive feedback’s after it ended

Thank you to all who attended the meetup here’s the amazing set of photo’s for #OCCEgypt  

And following the meetup we had a very Interesting Twitter Chat with Thair Soukar Head of Digital Strategy at Sky news Arabia discussing Digital Media Trends in 2017 :

How to transform, innovate and succeed in the digital Era the Must Have adaption for 2017:

  1. “Immersive Journalism” on top of the list. This includes VR/AR & 360 videos, Today’s journalists have to be multimedia producers. Their output has to be cross-platform catering for all types of users
  2. Other trends include, programmatic ads, inbound marketing, social/live, video graphics & influencer marketing “Programmatic ads are approaching search marketing capabilities in terms of performance”
  3. Trends also include chatbots. Some researches predict that messaging apps will be the new OS’s & bots will be the new apps
  4. Live is the favorite type of video “It’s currently expected that video can account for 75% of all web traffic in 2017!”
  5. We need to get journalists to embrace open data. If they appreciate its value & learn how to use it, so will the public
  6. Context is the most important thing to the use & success of open data as a tool for global change. The proper context is key
  7. For open data to work out, it needs to be made relevant to people’s daily lives, not just to NGOs & policymakers’ priorities.
  8. If a video report is worth a million words, then a VR report is worth a trillion! The latter places users at the heart of news.

Here is the summary of the Twitter Chat #IOTTT  with Thair Soukar

To Conclude:

The Digital Marketplace is rapidly evolving. In the past, a change took place over the course of years; now, it happens within months, weeks, or days. Change is coming in a way that no one can ignore.

So adapting to the latest Digital Trends is always crucial for any business that wants to position itself advantageously and is a must for creating a competitive advantage and accordingly business growth

We would love to hear your opinion and discuss further your digital media predictions and thoughts for the year 2017! To do so, you can:

  1. Join our community & attend our upcoming meetups
  2. Contact us directly
  3. Talk to us the social media way!

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