VidMob Teams Up with Slack for Better Communication

When it comes to creating great video, there’s no shortage of moving parts. You have drafts to review, feedback to send, teams to manage—there’s a lot to juggle.

As a default to help you stay on top of active projects, we send email alerts for every new update. Unfortunately, that can add up to quite a few emails!

Introducing VidMob for Slack

Work simply while keeping your team nimble. Make VidMob a part of your daily routine by funneling real-time project notifications to the platform where you and your team communicate most—on Slack, of course.

Never Miss a Beat: All Your Updates in One Place

Gone are the days of missing messages in the shuffle of email. Create custom channels to get real-time notifications on draft uploads, messages, or when new collaborators join projects—all from the convenience of your Slack workspace.

Stay In-The-Know: Easily Oversee Company Activity

Curious if a project has kicked off or if a new team member has joined the company account? Admins can create activity channels to stay up-to-date on their team’s status.

Stay Focused: Customize Your Notification Preferences

Specify which notifications you’d like to receive in order to avoid distraction and keep focused on only those updates that matter to you.

Jump To It: Access Projects from Slack

Click on your channel notifications to drop directly into VidMob and respond to feedback or review drafts.

We think VidMob and Slack are the perfect match. We’re sure you’ll agree. Start working smarter by syncing your Slack workspace to VidMob today.

Highlights from Facebook’s Creative Together Event

This past Wednesday, Facebook hosted a game-changing networking event, Creative Together, that opened the doors for leaders in the creative and advertising space to learn more about Facebook’s Creative Platform Partner solutions. The result was an afternoon of rich discussion on how agencies can leverage Facebook’s creative tech partners, like VidMob, to help solve their most pressing creative challenges.

Event Highlights

We were thrilled to have not one, but two Team VidMob representatives on stage at Wednesday’s event:

1.   Creative Platform Partner Showcase

Our CEO, Alex Collmer, presented VidMob’s creative solution in this showcase. Alex highlighted the unique advantages of developing creative using VidMob’s streamlined collaborative workflow and our Agile Creative Suite to monitor performance, gain insights, and more effectively optimize creative.

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2.   Bridging the Gap: The Rise of Creative Platforms Panel

Our SVP of Data Analytics, Joline McGoldrick, followed in an engaging panel discussion. Joline talked about how VidMob can transform an agency’s big idea using data-informed creative decisions to help ads connect and resonate with audiences, not just in-feed but across all formats.

The New Creative Platform + Agency Dynamic

Overall, we were encouraged to discover how agencies, such as R/GA, who also spoke at the event, are using Creative FMPs like VidMob to help scale their big ideas on Facebook. As the media landscape continues to evolve, it’s becoming more and more apparent that the next big, successful agencies are poised to be those that adapt and evolve in tandem.

At VidMob we see agencies as irreplaceable. They will always be the idea experts. However, as social experts, we believe that VidMob can be irreplaceable in extending those big ideas at scale. Our expertise and deep understanding of  Facebook’s best practices can help agencies develop engaging and compelling creative that will resonate with audiences across the entire Facebook ecosystem.

A final note…

Many thanks to Facebook for inviting us to be a part of this Creative Together! We are energized about the opportunity to collaborate with more agencies and develop amazing creative together.

VidMob Named a Twitter Official Partner!

While Twitter may have started out as a place to send a quick, 140-character soundbite, it has since evolved into a real-time communication powerhouse—one that can’t be ignored for brands who seek to develop meaningful relationships with their customers.

Today, Twitter’s users have developed a strong taste for dynamic visual content. Most notably, they’re requesting it, with 37% eager to see more video from brands alone. Couple that with the fact that Twitter users are almost three times as likely to interact with tweets that have native video, and marketers have one amazing opportunity (i.e. video!) to engage with Twitter’s global audience like never before.

During last year’s Twitter #Promote Innovation Challenge, VidMob excelled in the Video category as a solution for marketers to scale their video production and get moving on Twitter.

twitter-official-partner-vidmob-video-marketingThis year, we’re excited to announce that VidMob is now a Twitter Official Partner!

We look forward to helping brands stand out in the feed and tell amazing stories on Twitter.

Want to create compelling Twitter videos? Get in touch see how easy it is to make Twitter ads with VidMob.

Demonstrated Motivation

Adding engineers to a team can be a challenge, particularly for small teams who currently work well together.  The notion of hiring more engineers simply to move quickly rarely produces the desired outcome. A great team can be can quickly grind to a halt by just throwing more “coders” at the problem. Not because they aren’t experienced or talented, but because working with a team is hard and requires investing yourself in understanding how products are built.

Here at VidMob, we’ve challenged ourselves to find the balance between rapidly creating and deploying products that drive immediate value for the company with building a quality and stable platform. As we grew our engineering team more than 3x in since 2015 and look to double that count this year, the key trait that we’ve identified when evaluating talent is a demonstrated motivation. The motivation to understand why or how a solution was achieved.

This rarely is discovered through a candidates work experience but appears from the passion they have when talking about their other technology interests. Building quadcopters, robots, gaming platforms, or working with APIs when there might already be well-crafted solutions available, are examples of how VidMob candidates (and eventual hires) have demonstrated their motivation to learn. It reflects the importance that is placed on the journey to learn and not necessarily the end result. Candidates who exhibit this trait typically are strong problem-solvers and become invested in the success of the product. Often, they will go out of their way to refactor code to make their job easier, the product more maintainable, and leave the codebase better than they found it.

We are looking for great candidates to join our team today. Head over to vidmob.com/careers for more information.

VidMob Proud Sponsor of NERD Summit 2018

Merriam-Webster defines nerd as “an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person.” Based on that definition, it would seem that by attending NERD Summit 2018 we would just be walking around a room full of unpleasant people not talking to each other. As luck would have it, nerds at this summit were none of those things. They are part of the growing New England Regional Developers (NERD) community, which VidMob is proud to sponsor for 2018.

@VidMob engineering is booming in the Berkshires.” @pbx (Paul Bissex)

New England, specifically the Berkshires, is a special place for us as our engineering team lives and works in this beautiful area. Our team of three quickly grew to a team of 11 over the last two-and-a-half years and NERD Summit 2018 was a great event for us to connect with this growing community.

Starting out as a Drupal conference, NERD Summit has turned into a 2-day event with over 50 sessions giving plenty of opportunities for the community to connect and learn from each other. For our team, we found great talks on “How to Do Code Reviews Like a Human” and “Data Science with Python, and Serverless Computing on AWS,” among many other sessions we attended. Joe Monti and I hosted sessions on“Where to Start when Starting a New Project” and “Managing the MVP in an Early-Start Startup.” As we discovered across all sessions, the participants were very engaged and asked great questions. We were very appreciative to have had to opportunity to speak.

The highlight, though, was the Keynote on Quantum Computing and the Future of Software Development given by Jerry Nixon from Microsoft. To say we are just scratching the surface of what will be possible with technology is an understatement. From Microsoft’s Quantum webpage, In just hours or days, a quantum computer can solve complex problems that would otherwise take billions of years for today’s computers to solve.” I believe that says it all. Jerry proclaimed this will be “the year of the press releases” as several companies will announce major milestones in the development and utilization of this technology.

Beyond trying to comprehend the advances that Quantum computing will bring to society, we left this summit very encouraged and enthusiastic about the depth and diversity of the NERD community. From high schools students trying to learn what it will take to break into this profession to seasoned engineers tackling tough problems using AI and Machine Learning, we are convinced more than ever that not only does a tech community exist here in Western Massachusetts, but it is thriving and we are excited to help it grow.

If you are interested in connecting with this community and VidMob, we are hiring Software and Frontend Engineers, along with Data Scientists, to join our team in Pittsfield, MA. Please visit vidmob.com/careers for more details.

Everlasting Life

The sad fact is that all ads die.

Just like plants, animals, and radioactive elements, ads decay over time and eventually cease to function. This decay curve, also known as wear-out or ad fatigue, generally tends to look something like this, no matter what the underlying asset type, industry or format in question is. T varies, as does the slope of the decay, but the curve is the curve.

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In bad news for marketers, T has begun to shrink over the past year as consumers seem to be growing less tolerant of seeing the same ad too many times. When coupled with the already expanding array of platforms, formats, and personalization requirements of targeted advertising, this is placing an increased burden on marketers of all sizes.

The good news is that at least marketers have real-time visibility into their progress along that curve. Whether it’s within media buying software, in tools like Google Analytics or Facebook Power Editor, or in 3rd party analytics platforms, performance data is available in abundance. No matter what KPI you’re tracking, you can track every single campaign as it moves along the curve, and know exactly when it crosses critical return thresholds.

Data is not the problem.

But when it comes to video, acting on that data is often impossible. If it takes two to four weeks to turn around new creative, by the time you get new assets it is usually too late. Being ‘of the moment’ is more important than ever today. Remember the Olympics? Vaguely? Well, that was 10 days ago.

Similarly, if it costs tens of thousands of dollars to rapidly turn around a testable array of fresh creative options, the cost/benefit of doing so is murky at best. In both cases, with no good alternatives, marketers have been forced to simply hope T is as long as possible and ride the curve straight down to the bottom.

At VidMob, we’ve been paying close attention to this problem and have been working with our clients and partners to craft what we hope will be a game-changing solution for marketers of all sizes. In essence, the solution we’ve been building focuses on making it both easy and cost-effective to generate testable arrays of new, custom creative in near real-time, as informed by the available data. We call it the Agile Creative Suite (TM).

Here are three of the key technical components that make the Agile Creative Process work so seamlessly:

1.   Where your media is matters. 

We learned from talking to many of our clients that management of their library content was a severe point of friction. Even if they could find a legacy asset, all they usually had was the finished final draft. The raw assets and the associated edit files for the projects were almost never accessible, which meant that even the smallest change required them to basically start from scratch. We solved this by offering a service to our enterprise clients where we archive ALL of the associated media for every project. The final videos, sure. But also all of the raw files, the edit files, the communication trails, etc. In doing so, we make asset libraries infinitely more valuable for our clients, by reducing both the cost and friction associated with any media optimization.

 2.   Duplicate your project, not your workload.

Next, we learned that our clients were basically just like us. They hated replicating work. Loading up a brief that had already been communicated, and re-treading conversations that had already been discussed simply annoyed people. So we built a single-click mechanism to duplicate any existing project. Doing so creates a new project that preserves all of the old media assets, the communication trails, and everything else. Instantly, you’re ready to begin work and the project is already 95 yards down the field.

 3.   Single click publishing into all appropriate Ad Accounts. 

The last step is publishing your newly optimized media so that you can instantly start testing them to see which versions to focus your spend on. VidMob’s integrations into the Ad API’s of all of the major platforms make this the simplest part of all.

What all of this means in practice is that by using VidMob’s Agile Creative Suite, our clients are able to react to data in ways never before possible. Within hours or a few days (depending upon the urgency), with minimal effort or overhead requirement, clients can create, transfer, and re-publish an array of entirely new creative. In doing so, the age-old decay curve takes on new shape.

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What’s interesting about this new curve is that all of the shaded area is performance gain. In fact, because standard decay curves can be estimated with reasonable accuracy, it’s actually relatively easy to calculate just how much gain a marketer experiences through this process. I got kicked in the head a few too many times growing up, so my integral calculus skills aren’t what they were 20 years ago, but I know smarter folks than me can work through this quickly. That said, for decently sized campaigns, this gain can be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and for large campaigns, we believe it will save millions.

Perhaps most importantly, we believe that the Agile Creative Process has the potential to, at least in certain instances, help accelerate the changing the nature of online marketing. Arrested decay holds the promise of everlasting life, and as we all move more and more away from campaign-based marketing towards always-on approaches, we’re optimistic that the platform we’re building at VidMob will have a positive role to play in the emerging new world order in which marketers find themselves.

It might not be exactly the immortality solution that Gilgamesh and Ponce de Leon were looking for centuries ago, but, hopefully, it will be a bit more practical for those of us who are okay with growing old but want to build great businesses along the way.

No-Cost Media Now Available in VidMob’s Stock Library

Did you know that VidMob has a Stock Library you can seamlessly access as you create your VidMob projects? Bring your best ideas to life by adding or removing your pick of video clips, images, audio files, or motion graphics in just a click. Because no great idea should go unrealized for lack of compelling content!

Previously, you could preview stock selections from our library at no cost and purchase only the content you thought worked best. Plus, all costs would be pass-through from our third party partners, which meant no markup by VidMob. Pretty nice, right?

Well, while all of that is still true today, we recently partnered with stock content provider, Storyblocks, to make the VidMob Stock Library even better. Now, you can access Storyblock’s professional quality, royalty-free media at absolutely no charge. Gone are the days of impossible ideas—so you can keep building, telling, and sharing all your great stories.

Here’s how to filter your search for our complimentary stock content:

 

 

  • Click the “More” button at Media Selection to reveal the drop-down menu.
  • Select “Stock Content” to see our library’s home page.
  • Enter a keyword that represents what you’re looking for.
  • Filter results by “Client Cost” to preview our complimentary media selections.

For a more in-depth refresher on our Stock Library and how to access all the exciting content from our partners, click here.

Have questions? Reach out to us at support@vidmob.com. We’re always here for you!