Using Webinars as an E-Marketing Tool

Studies have shown that webinars are an effective and cost efficient tool in reaching out to people. Small business owners and companies have recognized its importance and are now utilizing it for marketing and list building purposes.

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While it’s true that the most popular social media platforms are doing a great job in helping businesses market their products and services, the webinar system has its own advantage over them. For one, it generates a low cost for every lead and a high level of engagement with target audience. Secondly, it is considered the second most effective method in terms of content marketing and thirdly, it promotes greater satisfaction among students thereby contributing to a higher study success rate.

Webinar vs Podcast

Compared to the podcast, the webinar has an edge in that it allows real time interaction with the attendees. This is efficient in clarifying certain issues clients and potential clients have about a particular product or service. Engagement is also assured in this method of communication. [Read more...]

Ustream Launches Producer, a Desktop Client to Help You Do Live Broadcasts

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Ustream, known for its live interactive video broadcast platform has just launched a new desktop client called Ustream producer. It’s a nice tool for doing live broadcasts from your PC with high video quality and editing tools. Available for both Mac and PC, you can have the tool either as a free client or a paid one which will cost you a one-time fee of $199. Of course, that amount would give you more options and features to make your live broadcasts look more professional.

Ustream Producer lets you do the following:

  • easily manage video and audio sources
  • browse, drag and drop audio and video files
  • start and stop recordings
  • pop-out a chat room or social streams
  • display your desktop via screencasting capability
  • update your status and syndicate to Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and AIM
  • broadcast using Picture in Picture
  • create multiple transitions

If you’re into live broadcasting and you want to take this to a higher level, the $199 price tag for the Pro version seems a reasonable price. While the free version is enough to get you started with live broadcasting, the PRO version however will make your live streams even better and more appealing to your intended audience.  The PRO version gives you additional features such as unlimited cameras, unlimited transitions, 7 encoding presets including HD and more.

To give you a taste of what Ustream Producer can do, you might want to watch the live broadcasts of a new song that will be featured in the upcoming Alice in Wonderland flick. The live stream will start at 4PM tomorrow.

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Justin.tv Launches Easier Web Broadcasting Feature

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When it comes to web broadcasting services, one of the most used that I’ve seen so far is Justiv.tv. Unfortunately, while I’ve found it a very good web app, I also find it rather complicated to use and set up. Until now, as Justin.tv just made its process of web broadcasting easier and faster.

According to the Justin.tv blog, they have overhauled the web broadcasting experience to make it easier to go live on Justin.tv.  The new process eliminates all the required configurations and setup such as resubmitting forms, fiddling with Captchas, selecting categories, uploading images, selecting cameras, adjusting bitrate and other tasks. So with the new interface, you will now be spending more time creating live video rather than doing many chores to prepare creating video.

Initial assessment of the beta tests conducted on new users to Justin.tv revealed that 10% of them made it to the last step of creating web broadcasts, signifying a 700% increase from the old version prior to the launch of the new interface and simple process. Justin.tv now requires fewer settings which can even be skipped. And Justin.tv hopes that this could turn first-time users to become frequent live streamers.

Let’s see whether this simpler process of creating a live web broadcast would actually encourage new users as well as retain old ones.

If you’re in need of a tool to broadcast yourself or your friends online, you might want to check out Justin.tv again. Right now, CNET observed that the site is frequently being used by gamers. Something which keeps Justin.tv from going.

Hulu Streams New Years 2010 Countdown, Watch the Ball Drop Online

If you’re in the U.S., you’re probably busy right now preparing for the New Year’s countdown.  Either you’re on your way to Times Square to witness the annual midnight ball drop or you’re at home preferring to watch the ball drop online.

If you’re at home and you have a Hulu account, you can watch it through Hulu’s live stream of  Times Square New Year’s Eve 2010. You can even grab the embed code for the live stream and put it in your blog/site (like we did).

Hulu is hosting the live stream direct from Times Square from 10 p.m. EST to 12:15 a.m. EST. Hulu’s coverage will include views of Times Square and the crystal ball dropping plus ambient sounds from the “crossroads of the world.”

And here’s a brief instruction from Hulu, in case you’re watching the ball drop online from their site:

When the live feed begins Thursday night, you’ll be able to access the festivities from Hulu’s home page (we’ll provide a direct link) or from our Spotlight; section (just click on the “explore” button beneath the section related to Times Square 2010 to launch a pop-out window).

If you’d rather watch the ball drop online from other sites, check out Search Engine Journal’s post on some other places where you can watch the ball drop online.

With that, we would like to greet you all a Happy New Year!

Operation MySpace launched: an exclusive concert live from the Middle East for American troops

MySpace, in cooperation with the Department of Defense’s Armed Forces Entertainment and America Supports You program, announced the launch of Operation MySpace, a landmark concert event designed to bring troops serving in Kuwait a taste of home and enable the MySpace community to show their support for troops serving overseas.

On March 10, MySpace Co-Founders Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe, along with some of today’s most popular musical acts, will participate in a 3-hour plus MySpaceLive! concert in Kuwait that will be streamed in high definition flash video using Kulabyte’s XStream Live Solutions exclusively on the official Operation MySpace profile. The MySpace community can watch the entire concert webcast starting at 11a.m. PT/ 2 p.m. ET.

Operation MySpace will be the largest MySpaceLive! concert to date with performances by the Pussycat Dolls, Jessica Simpson, Disturbed, Filter, DJ Z-Trip and Carlos Mencia.

Starting today, the Operation MySpace profile (http://myspace.com/operationmyspace) will serve as a communication hub where troops’ families and friends, along with the entire MySpace community, can post videos and messages of support via a video blog section. The profile will also feature a scrolling ticker of goodwill messages uploaded to the community during the live stream. A condensed 1-hour version of the show, featuring the best and most stirring moments, will be nationally broadcast on FX on April 12.

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Jenny McCarthy joins ‘In the Motherhood’

Building on a successful inaugural season, ‘In the Motherhood,’ a multi-platform online comedy series conceived by Sprint , Suave and MindShare Entertainment, returns to MSN this February with an expanded roster of Hollywood talent and a more robust online community.

The web series, which achieved an amazing 5.5 million views last season, will feature a star-studded ensemble cast. This season, joining Leah Remini and Chelsea Handler is newcomer Jenny McCarthy to profile the ever-hectic, yet always humorous lives of three mom girlfriends.

While Remini, Handler and McCarthy are the stars in front of the camera, the real stars of this unique program are the everyday moms from across the country whose real-life stories will be incorporated into the scripted short-form comedy series.

Here’s how it works: Professional Hollywood screenwriters create the storylines for each of the webisodes and then Moms submit their real-life stories in simple paragraph form. The online mom community votes on its favorite submissions and the winning entries, as voted on by moms across America along with an Advisory Committee, are then polished by the show’s professional writers and developed into the web-based films.

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Paltalk partners with CRN Digital Talk Radio

paltalk Paltalk partners with CRN Digital Talk RadioPaltalk announced a partnership with CRN Digital Talk Radio to provide live broadcasts of one of Paltalk’s most popular interactive online programs, News Talk Online. News Talk Online is hosted by news veteran Gary Baumgarten and airs live on CRN Channel 5 daily at 5 PM EST/ 2 PM PST. CRN Digital Talk Radio, which features news, information and entertainment programming, is carried by major cable television companies nationally and heard in over 24 million homes.

CRN, which reaches millions of households, is currently broadcasting the audio feed from the live show to its cable affiliates around the country, and will soon be including interactive video features from its online portal as well. By logging on to Paltalk.com, viewers can also interact with Gary and his guests via real-time audio and video chat.

PodTech to stream online coverage of ShowStoppers press event in NY

showstoppers PodTech to stream online coverage of ShowStoppers press event in NYPodTech announced it will broadcast live video coverage, product demonstrations and executive interviews from ShowStoppers for the Digital Holidays, a press-only event in New York City that previews a blizzard of digital holiday gift ideas for work, home and play months before Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa and Black Friday.

PodTech will stream the coverage from ShowStoppers in New York to its team of pioneering and influential technology reporters, analysts, bloggers, vloggers and podcasters located in Silicon Valley and around the world.

PodTech and ShowStoppers will also host a Virtual BlogHaus Beta at ShowStoppers that includes Internet access for journalists and bloggers to use as they produce print and online coverage from the press event, which features more than 30 companies.

Pearl Jam cries censorship against AT&T

att1 Pearl Jam cries censorship against AT&TPearl Jam is crying censorship against AT&T after the lyrics “George Bush, leave this world alone” were silenced during the webcast of Lollapalooza.

“What happened to us this weekend was a wake up call, and it’s about something much bigger than the censorship of a rock band,” the band said in a statement posted in their web site.

AT&T is blaming a webcast editor for the incident.