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Microsoft Unveils Real-Time Skype Universal Translator

| | Top Tech News - Barry Levine
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Microsoft has demonstrated a real-time translator that seems close to Star Trek's vision of a universal translator. On Tuesday evening, CEO Satya Nadella joined other Microsoft employees in demonstrating such a system, which will first be rolled out through the company's Skype video communications tool.

The real-time translator, if successful in its beta stage on Skype, will likely become available across all of Microsoft's video communications platforms, including its Windows Phone devices, Windows OS computers and tablets, and Xbox consoles. Read the full article »

10 Key Success Factors for Enterprise Video

| | Tech Republic - Greg Pulier
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Use of enterprise video is escalating, and organizations need to be ready to meet challenges such as video platform selection, video file storage, and device compatibility. In contrast to even a few years ago, the typical information workplace is now filled with live and on-demand video streaming as part of training, HR, marketing, and executive communication. The rise of unified communication solutions that feature video promises to spur that growth even further.

What can you do to ensure a successful experience with online video in your enterprise? Here are 10 success factors you can consider as you look into the role of video communications in your organization. What you may find surprising is that many of them are not directly related to technology. Read the full article »

Cisco Puts Video Conferencing Spotlight on Individuals with New Desktop, Cloud Products

| | GoodGearGuide - Jaun Carlos Perez
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New video conferencing wares include touch-screen desktop devices, as well as a "virtual meeting room" SaaS service

Cisco will target individual video conferencing users with new desktop devices and a cloud-based service, a move that complements a recent announcement focused on outfitting small and mid-size office meeting rooms.

"We want to bring a great video conferencing experience to every room, every office, every pocket," said Peder Ulander, vice president of Cisco's collaboration solutions marketing.

The new video communications products, which will be announced at the Cisco Live 2014 conference on Monday, include the new DX line of video conferencing devices, which resemble all-in-one computers. They run the Android OS and have a large touch-screen display, integrated camera, microphone and soft phone. Read the full article »

Video Conferencing in the Cloud Takes Business Collaboration to New Heights

| | TechieNews - Wayne Mason
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As confidence to deliver services and applications in the cloud gathers pace, Video Conferencing as a Service (VCaaS) is starting to evolve into one of the most popular forms of video communication. According to recent research from Wainhouse Research, the number of solutions available in this space has grown drastically, with many based on technology platforms that were not available until 2013.

With the benefits of video conferencing clear to businesses – including a reduction in travel time, improved workforce productivity, better global links and accessibility – the infrastructure cost and maintenance aspect is still a sticking point for many, making it an unviable option.

But with the rise of VCaaS and video delivered via the cloud, businesses can now take better advantage of video communications tools to transform their business without the high price tag. Read the full article »

Video Marketing for B2B: How to Quantify Your Investment

| | B2C - Ritika Puri
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Ask any marketer what they think about video. They’ll probably jump and say, “awesome.” Video marketing has the potential to amplify conversion rates. Just ask the team at Demo Duck who boosted conversions to a CrazyEgg landing page by 64%. The result? Incremental revenue of $21K. Read the full article »

How to Deliver Useful Marketing With Video Resource Microsites

| | Search Engine Watch - Evy Wilkins
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Video communications enable marketers to transmit messages faster, enabling organizations to connect with audiences. Video content for web video marketing initiatives does not need to be complex. Simple screencasts, video repurposed from webinars, and how-to videos can be effective for sales lead generation. Read the full article »

Video Tips For Marketers' Shift To Branded Content

| | Online Video Insider - Daisy Whitney
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According to Ooyala, the shift towards branded content as a digital marketing strategy has caused more organizations to embrace video communications. As consumers interact with brands via online and mobile devices, they are looking for digital content as part of their product purchase cycle. A recent Digitas study concluded that consumers are between 64 to 85 percent more likely to purchase a product or service after viewing video content. Read the full article »

Mayo Clinic video shows employees how they help company succeed

| | Ragan.com - Russell Working
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The Mayo Clinic used video communications to inspire employees as part of a strategic plan promotion launched in 2010. As a result of the video communications, the Mayo Clinic doubled awareness of the strategic plan initiatives. Eighty-eight percent of employees became aware of the campaign as a result of the video content. Past Mayo Clinic employee communications only netted a 40 percent employee awareness rate. Read the full article »

Branded Video Storytelling Thrives Around the World

| | Business 2 Community - Hannah Brenzel
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The ability to convey a story is a key reason why digital video communications have grown in popularity among marketers. Unlike traditional television advertising, online video enables organizations to use video content that focuses on storytelling without being restricted by time and content limitations. Brands can easily distribute digital video communications through email or via social media networks. Read the full article »

More Eyes on Your Video – How and Where to Share

| | Marketo Blog - Jon Spenceley
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Once an investment is made to produce video content, there are a range of options for using video communications to reach prospects and customers. Integrating video into a blog will boost SEO while also increasing the amount of time a visitor spends with the content. Video email marketing provides more opportunity to engage and convert audiences. Finally, social video marketing is another opportunity to connect with viewers, with short-form video content being especially effective for this tactic. Read the full article »

The Rise and Rise of Video Marketing

| | PharmExec.com - Peter Houston
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Digital video communications are popular with marketers because a single piece of video content can be distributed multiple times across different inbound and outbound marketing channels. As more web video marketing content is available, the top challenge is to produce video content that can capture and retain viewers. Animation and explainer video formats are popular options for video communications due to inexpensive production costs and visual impact. Read the full article »

3 Branded Content Formats that Will Rule in 2014

| | Content Marketing Institute - David Rossiter
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Two types of video communications are expected to play a big role in brand-driven content marketing. Branded social video content generates four-times the engagement level of regular branded online video communications. Most short-form social video content is an extension of larger marketing campaigns. In addition to short-form video content, brands are also producing longer-form videos. The branded videos range from 3 to 28 minutes. Viewers will watch when the message being delivered is worth the time to view the video content. Read the full article »

Consumers are 64% more likely to buy after watching a video

| | Ragan.com - Kristin Piombino
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According to data compiled by MultiVisionDigital, consumers are 64 percent more apt to purchase a product after viewing video content. Three out of five consumers will watch video communications before purchasing a product or service. Video communications influence 52 percent of consumers by making the viewer more confident to purchase a product online. Read the full article »

Video Marketing More Effective Than TV Advertising for Airlines

| | ReelSEO - David Holland
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Video communications are more important for airlines than most travel-related businesses because video content is more transparent that other marketing formats. When fares are priced similarly, an airline's brand perception plays a critical role. Video content is a way for airlines to share their philosophy with consumers. Read the full article »

Why any brand can create a viral video

| | iMedia Connection - Mitchell Reichgut
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Video communications that reach an audience through viral distribution methods can ultimately drive millions of dollars of free media. The most effective web video marketing campaigns contain video content produced specifically for a digital viewing experience. Repurposed video content generates significantly less engagement than web video productions and is less apt to be shared virally by viewers. Read the full article »

In Video, Connecting is King

| | Ragan.com - Russell Working
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Video communications offer organizations a way to connect with audiences. The adoption of online video viewing means that organizations do not have the option to not produce web video marketing content. Marketers should be creating web video content that connects the viewer with the organization. Online video content for marketing should not focus on what an organization wants to show or say if the video's goal is to engage prospective customers. Read the full article »

Digital Marketing Trends: More Money Going to Proven Channels

| | MarketingProfs - Ayaz Nanji
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Sixty-one percent of marketers plan to use video communications as part of their 2014 marketing initiatives according to research from Conversant. Overall, there is expected to be a 20 percent year-over-year growth in digital marketing spending in 2014. Video content is expected to remain a dominant component on brand marketing plans. Read the full article »

Consumers turn to online video for home remodeling tips and inspiration

| | BizReport - Helen Leggatt
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Video content plays an important role in idea generation for home remodeling projects. Both genders turn to video communications before initiating a do it yourself (DIY) home project. In a survey of 3,400 adults conducted by Burst Media, a majority of respondents said that they watched online videos for project inspiration and how-to tips. Read the full article »