Brands are in a current state of flux in how they reach consumers. The ad-blocking Tsunami - which equals 415 million people, or about 22% of the world’s smartphone owners -- has thrown off brands’ traditional advertising practices.

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Not everyone was watching the Olympics this weekend. Outside Lands once again veered away from the de facto festival live stream video platform, YouTube, as Superfly, the festival's promoter, continued partnering with Verizon's Go90 mobile video app and Aol.com (Verizon acquired AOL in 2015).

Photo: Outside Lands, Go90, Chance the Rapper

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This content feature on Kaffeine Buzz, TheConnected.Buzz, is a roundup of festival, live event, music business, and technology news.

Umbel Expands Multi-channel Fan Engagement Services With Lodestone Acquisition

As the challenge of converging disparate siloes of valuable data into unified, actionable insights is lessening, solution providers are also coming together to make data access and campaign creation even more powerful. Umbel, the Austin-based data aggregator and software company, has acquired a fellow Austin tech company, Lodestone, which specializes in a multi-channel fan engagement.

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The band OK Go has become infamous for their beyond-this-world and high-bar-setting production behind music videos. Their last one for “Upside Down & Inside Out” was gravity-free, for fuck sake. Now, “A bunch of people asked if we are open to doing a fan-collaborated music video,” said OK Go singer and frontman, Damian Kulash, in a recent #ASKOKGo video message to said fans. “And the basic answer is, ‘Yes.’”

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Introducing a new content feature on Kaffeine Buzz, TheConnected.Buzz, a weekly roundup of festival, live event, music business, and technology news. This includes original Kaffeine Buzz articles and some of the best industry pieces from the past week.

The Tragedy at Pulse – Can it Lead to a United Force for More Gun Control?

There was the mass shooting at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris. There was the fatality and three injuries during the backstage shooting at Irving Plaza in New York in May. The fatal shooting of singer and former contestant on The Voice, Christina Grimmie, at Orlando’s Plaza Live during a meet-and-greet this past Friday night. One day later, there was the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub.

The conversations between promoters, venue operators and performers surrounding venue and event safety are getting tenser.

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Fifty years ago when Midem launched its international music business conference, it was the only game in town, state or country for that matter. This year, it's reported that Midem's attendance fell 20% from 5,500 in 2015 to 4,400 in 2016.

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This past weekend wrapped the 2016 Governors Ball, and although Day 3 of the festival was canceled due to weather predictions of lightning and flooding, Days 1 and 2 packed a punch. For those of us not physically at the festival, we were still able to enjoy daytime sets from Eliot Sumner, London Soul, Holly Miranda, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and Kristine and the Queens via the Gov Ball webcast on Live Nation TV’s YouTube channel. In the evening, VICELAND’s Noisy cable channel aired live performances as well (albeit, with idiotic banter by Noisey hosts in between acts).

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Part 1 of The Connected Music Series, “Music Sponsorships: The Golden Ticket for Brands That Get It,” covered the benefits, data, and examples of sponsored live events done well by brands, with Part 2, "The Social Mobile Concertgoer - Love 'Em or Hate 'Em?" spotlighted the data behind the continuing rise of mobile and social usage in the live event space, with St. Lucia, AEG, and Facebook weighing in on each side of the coin, positive and negative.

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Part 1 of The Connected Music Series, “Music Sponsorships: The Golden Ticket for Brands That Get It,” covered the benefits, data, and examples of sponsored live events done well by brands, as discussed in the SXSW Music session, "Does Social Media Make Concerts Better?"

Photo: International Business Times
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The session featured findings from the report, “We Know Music Fans,” by AEG and Momentum, plus insights from panelists Hugh McIntyre, Music Writer, Forbes; Glenn Minerley, VP Group Director, Music & Entertainment, Momentum Worldwide; Scott Carlis, VP Digital Social Media & Marketing, AEG Global Partnerships; Craig Goodfriend, Industry Manager, Facebook; and Jean-Philip Grobler, St. Lucia.

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This is Part 1 in this Connected Music Series, which features conversations, conference sessions, use cases, reports and data showcasing the digital and technological impact and influence on live music events.

The traditional advertising model in all its forms seems well on its way to Disarray Town. Networks are trying to cram full-length television ads into streaming content viewing models with square-peg-round-hole finesse. Publishers are trying to force-feed their bread and butter ad placements by restricting access until readers turn off their Adblocker (and of course, someone figured out a workaround). Meanwhile, those that haven’t cut the cable television cord (yet) use their DVRs to gleefully fast forward through commercials.

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