VidMob Raises Additional $6.4M to Build New Data & Insights Tools

Marketers experience so many obstacles when it comes to digital and social advertising and it’s been our mission these past two years to remove every creative barrier. Brands, large and small, hire VidMob to help them navigate the increasingly fragmented ads landscape and tell stories that feel personal and native to each platform. Our clients like Michael Kors, Mondelez, and Birdwell Beach Britches have seen tremendous success capturing consumer attention and compelling them to take action because, done the right way, a :06 vertical video ad is extremely powerful.

But is one :06 ad all you need? Sadly, nope. Marketers are realizing that no matter how much consumer research has been collected, it’s impossible to predict which creative execution will resonate most with each audience segment.  You have to pre-test, iterate, test some more…and on and on. Consumers are fickle, ad formats and best practices change constantly, and new ideas become stale in days (sometimes hours). That’s why we have spent the past six months building a suite of creative analytics tools to get marketers “unstuck” when it comes to creative testing. We recently raised an additional $6.4 million to pioneer a technology platform that will empower marketers to precisely identify which creative attributes in a video impact performance. We can’t wait to tell you more.

Oh, and guess what? We opened a London office! James Bacon, Google’s former Head of Premium Content Solutions EMEA, joined VidMob to lead European sales operations.   

More exciting news to come, keep checking back.

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.

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.

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!

Store, Share, and Secure Files with Asset Locker

With today’s advancements in technology, you’d think locating a brand logo or product shot would be as easy as, say, asking Siri. Instead, the reality is that keeping track of and locating files like a never-ending scavenger hunt (and who has time for games?).

In fact, it’s this game of file “hide-and-seek” that marketers report amongst their top pain points in the content production process. Also in that mix, a lack of communication and understanding between teams when they need something from one another. Together, these pain points affect digital video’s activation process with delays that tally in weeks.

We heard the message loud and clear: it’s high time someone came up with a way to organize assets built specifically for digital and social video. So, if you’re ready for creative asset management to catch up to this century, read on. This update is for you.

Introducing Asset Locker

A sleek, new tool for marketing and creative teams to easily organize and manage creative assets—from logos to audio files to brand guidelines—directly on the VidMob platform.

How Asset Locker makes your life easier:

   Store any file type (logos, photos, videos, vectors, PDFs, Word docs, or GIFs…to name a few!) in VidMob’s cloud-based locker and spare your precious hard drive space.

–    Create naming conventions for your files, so your team can quickly search for and find any asset within seconds.

   Speed up the time it takes to collect important brand assets. Mark a folder as “Included” to auto-add it to all future projects.

    Streamline A/B content creation by copying existing projects in one click.

–    Secure your media files. Your locker is only visible to you, your team, and the creators you choose to hire.

 

Your Files Organized Your Way

We built the locker to be flexible. Fully customize folder structures according to your team’s existing workflow and naming conventions.

Want tips on how to best organize your locker? We’re here to help, so drop us a line at support@vidmob.com.

Ready to See Asset Locker in Action?

Log in to VidMob and start populating your Asset Locker today, or lead the charge and share this with your team’s admin(s) to get the ball rolling.

Cheers to a Great 2017!

This past year has given us so much to be grateful for. From opening new offices in Chicago and Los Angeles to ramping up relationships with our awesome partners, it has a been a milestone year for us as a company. And we couldn’t have gotten here without your enduring support!

Here’s a brief roundup of our most memorable stories as we reflect on 2017:

January-March (2017)

April-June (2017)

July-September (2017)

October-December (2017)

For more on this past year’s stories, check out VidMob in the press.