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Why You Should Begin Live Streaming

Connecting with consumers organically is an integral part of growing a company’s brand. From social media posts to blogs, there are a variety of ways to share content about your company with your audience online. How then does a brand cut through the clutter and stand out? People, your customers included, are visual engagers, and their online consumption habits have evolved from merely reading words to viewing images and now enjoying video. Increasingly, companies are utilizing the latter to reach their audiences and taking engagement to new levels with live streaming video.

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Innovative Advertising Wins National TV Ad Awards

Innovative Scores National TV Ad Awards

Today, Innovative Advertising added to its award-winning profile with three honors in the 39th Annual Telly Awards. All three victories came from Innovative’s work with Essential Federal Credit Union.

For its production of Essential’s Our Progress TV ad, Innovative earned a coveted Silver Telly Award in the General Bank for Local TV category. “Our Progress” introduces Essential’s commitment to addressing food insecurity by discussing the company’s long-standing relationship with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. The video specifically highlights the credit union’s commitment of donating 50 meals to the food bank for each new member sign-up.

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Advertising in an Era of Diminishing Attention Spans

You probably won’t get to the end of this blog. Studies show the human attention span is shrinking. The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, says that the true scarce commodity of the future is human attention. In an era of diminishing attention spans, 60-second and 30-second commercials have lost favor among advertisers. Video completion rates are falling, and heavy advertising loads have an impact on consumer viewing experiences.

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5 Best Practices when Creating Social Media Video

There’s no denying it, social media video is the king of content right now. From “live-as-it-happens” videos to eye-catching mini-movies, consumers are watching closely. Visual trends are growing and platforms like Instagram and Facebook play an important role in this shift. Consumers are viewing more video, so brands are creating even more social media video marketing for them to view. And where they watch is extremely important.

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Fall Season TV Recap: Who’s Staying and Who’s Going

If this season’s programming successes have taught us anything, it’s this: viewer options are increasing and preferences are changing, but audiences are still flocking to smash hits – both old and new.

This season has already surpassed the last in programming choices and hits. This may be due, in part, to the fact that broadcast networks are sticking with the genres and programs they’ve become known for: NBC-dramas, CBS-reliability, FOX-sports and one-hit programming like Empire.

Top Broadcast Show of the Fall Season

This is Us, NBC’s newest family show, came with high expectations and big promises. And, it delivered. It makes you smile, laugh and cry, with well-developed characters and equally well thought-out storylines reminiscent of NBC’s fan-favorite, Parenthood.

Since its premiere, This is Us has boasted strong numbers, blowing even projected and anticipated viewership out of the water (with help from heavy promotion on traditional TV and digital, a sizeable ad budget and a strong lead-in from The Voice). Renewed only a week into the opening season, This is Us is firmly positioned as the season’s “must see” show and a clear example of what viewers are looking for.

Canceled Shows

As always, there are shows on the chopping block. However, networks seem to be turning to ordering fewer new episodes rather than cancelling them outright. Part of the reason — although traditional TV viewership is down 38% from 2011, streaming video services are growing at a rate of 9% year-over-year. 2016 marked the first year that streaming video services were in 50% of US television households. So, it makes sense for networks to see which shows perform better with online and on-demand viewers. This strategy buys them time to evaluate DVR and online numbers, resulting in a more informed cancellation or renewal decisions.

 

Network Full Season Pickups Too Soon to Tell Or Decreased Episodes
ABC American Housewife

Designated Survivor

Speechless

Conviction

Notorious

CBS  Bull

Kevin Can Wait

MacGyver

The Great Indoors

Man With a Plan

Pure Genius
NBC This is Us Timeless

The Good Place

FOX Lethal Weapon Pitch

Son of Zorn

The Exorcist

CW   Frequency

No Tomorrow

Surprise of the Season

NFL ratings are still outpacing all other shows, but have seen an unexpected decline this season. I believe (along with many others) there are a multitude of reasons:

  • The NFL has been slowly getting rid of what made the games fun to watch — touchdown dances and team celebrations
  • More and more bad calls by referees
  • Over commercialization of the game
  • Lots of negative player stories

What Can We Learn?

All in all, the fall season numbers (as well as its fewer cancellations) have once again confirmed the power of quality television. In spite of increasing changes in how audiences are watching, they are continuing to tune into their favorites shows and will be for the foreseeable future. For more information on TV viewing trends and stats, click here.

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Don’t Pull the Plug On TV Advertising: Viewers Are Still Paying Attention

It’s no secret that streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video have altered the way we watch our movies and TV shows. The rapid adoption of these services over the past few years has caused many media and advertising analysts to proclaim that traditional network and cable television is dead. No longer are people tuning in week after week to catch up on their favorite characters, or sitting through a half dozen commercial breaks per hour to find out what happens next.

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Choosing the Best Agency in the Twenty-First Century

Some things never go out of style. Other things are out of date almost the second they’re out of the store. In order to be effective, today’s marketing and advertising often requires a combination of traditional (direct mail, billboards, radio/tv), as well as newer and emerging tactics (social selling, highly targeted audience segmentation, experiential marketing).

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FaceDirector software allows manipulation of actor performances in post-production

Disney Research Zürich has released a white paper on the newly developed algorithms and methods used by their system to redirect scenes after they have been shot. Aptly named FaceDirector—the system allows a director to seamless adjust the facial expressions and delivery of an actor by utilizing multiple production takes.

In television and film production one of the key elements to successful storytelling is the performance of the actors. A key hurdle for a director to overcome is pushing actors to convey believable emotions with appropriate facial expressions, speed and timing. FaceDirector could change how advertisements, long format programming and films are created.

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An open letter to all film students

Innovative’s Senior Video Editor, Rick Nelson, was recently asked by his alma mater, ‘The Factory,’ to write some advice for their current body of film students. Here’s what he had to say.

An open letter to all film students:

Create. Design. Produce.

Once you think you’ve created enough… do twice as much… then do three times as much.

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