It's the end of the year, a time to look back at the wins, losses, innovations, and lessons learned within the live events industry. For those of us that made it out to a few key industry conferences, including FestForums in Santa Barbara and XLIVE in Las Vegas, we all had a chance to share insights, discuss experiences, and look at what's ahead for 2018. Whether you made it to either, both, or neither of the conferences, here's a look at some of the key takeaways I gleaned that I'd like to share; the topics and areas of focus that will be on my radar going into next year.
For a number of years now, Kaffeine Buzz has been reporting on event technology trends, publishing deep-dive articles on festival live streaming, VR and AR, and multi-part series on the growth of streaming content in television, film, and sports, while weaving research into the shift of advertising and branding and how that's impacting entertainment and its fans.
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As I stated in the first newsletter, the goal of TheConnected.Buzz is to help all of us connect the dots between business and branding, technology and fan delight, safety and healthy risk-taking. The intent is to keep us all connected by sharing experiences and insights throughout the year and spotlighting how those in the industry are melding the traditional business practices and tools with new and innovative tactics and technology solutions to sanely stay ahead of the game.
Kim Owens, editor, Kaffeine Buzz
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It's already Day 2 of the Life is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival and the weather has been cooperating nicely, with an unusual, and almost Los Angeles-like "sunny and 72 degrees" flow going for this time of year. Today the live streaming feature on of the festival continues on Yahoo.com/lifeisbeautiful, brought to fans by Toyota.
Killswitch Engage are touring and performing veterans, but tonight, April 17, the band ventures into new ground during their Killthrax Tour with Anthrax. For the first time the Killswitch show (Anthrax will not be included) will be broadcast live in virtual reality from Houston's House of Blues starting at 11pm CT.
Coca-Cola's Media & Digital Marketing Deputy Dir., Ernesto Almada Brito, shares how the company continues to expand innovation and adopt new technologies like VR live streaming to stay relevant and connected to consumers.
Recently, the 131 year anniversary took place for the first batches of Coca-Cola were concocted by the company’s founder, John Pemberton, taking his Wine Cocoa recipe and remaking it for the non-alcoholic prohibition era. On May 8, 1886 the new Coca-Cola beverage made its way from the vats to the lips of Pemberton Pharmacy’s customers in downtown Atlanta.
Today 1.7 billion servings of Coca-Cola products are consumed every day by Coke fans around the world.
Even in those very early days, the concept around the marketing and branding of the infamous company was percolating. Frank Robinson, the company’s accountant at the time, not only came up with the idea of naming the drink Coca-Cola, but also created the Spencerian script logo, believing that the logo’s icon of two Cs would work well in adverting and promotional branding.
Robinson was spot on, and over the last 131 years the Coca-Cola brand has made its way into the fabric not only of American culture, but it has become intertwined into international societies. Coke’s marketing and branding ingenuity and innovation has continued to evolve as the world evolves, which no doubt contributes to those 1.7 billion servings a day.
In less than one week the Coachella gates will open, letting the people flow in and letting the magic begin for the first of two consecutive weekends taking place April 14-16 and April 21-23. Festival promoter, Goldenvoice, will be live streaming performances once again during the first weekend of Coachella with returning sponsor, T-Mobile.
Last year the made waves with the introduction of their Coachella VR app that accompanied the customized Coachella Google Cardboard VR headset (and headset owners of Samsung Gear VR).
By downloading the app, fans from around the world could experience 360-degree views of various areas within the festival grounds, artists’ performances, and check out VR video created by attending festival-goers.
It was the live streaming VR agency, vantage.tv, that had worked with Coachella since 2015 when Goldenvoice decided to bring VR into their continually evolving technical production.
In 2017, Coachella has taken the next step in the evolution process, working again with vantage.tv on their next-generation VR mobile app that now has augmented reality (AR) capabilities.
Big thanks goes out to all those that attended our SXSW Workshop providing a Deep Dive into Live Streaming and it's impact on Brands, Promoters, and Fans, and a ton of gratitude goes out to the SXSW folks for helping us make it happen. For those of you that want a refresh of the session or for all the folks that couldn't make it, here are the slides from the presentation along with the recording of the entire workshop.
SXSW is almost upon those of us who are attending, so we’re trying to keep up with emails and RSVP's while prepping our bodies for the marathon and packing major doses of vitamin B12.
For those who can't make the trek to Austin, there will be a number of opportunities to experience the minute-by-minute happenings, performances, and exclusive video that even the people there on the ground won’t have access to. Plus, audio streams broadcasting live will give everyone in Austin and beyond, stories, news, and music they can take in on the go.
It was November 1, 2014 at a downtown Los Angeles Halloween rooftop party where, according to Dann Saxton, the Co-founder and Head of Content for VRLIVE, the first VR 360 video live stream took place.
“It was called the Zombie Prom,” Saxton said, telling the story of that night. “600 people on the roof with a full stage, live music, a full bar," and a night of the living dead featuring prom queens and kings, all live streamed in VR 360 video out to the entire world.
Kicking off this week's #StreamingBuzz with romance, given it's Valentine's Day week, and the relationships being cultivated in the digital and streaming entertainment space, which look to be businesses matches made in heaven.