Beyond Social: Complementing your Facebook Live Strategy

Live streaming has emerged as a critical tool for publishers seeking new monetization opportunities and deepened engagement with audiences. Audience consumption of live content on the Internet is accelerating rapidly, and content creators are rushing to make the most of what that promises. Platforms like Facebook Live offer an attractive option for getting started with live streaming for a wide range of publishers. For smaller organizations without video infrastructure experts on staff, it’s a free platform that allows them to reach into potentially millions of members’ daily lives. For larger organizations, including Buzzfeed and The New York Times, Facebook Live’s paid initiative to jumpstart live streaming on the platform has been a compelling way to experiment with the medium. Additionally, Facebook continues to offer new video features and opportunities to reach audiences across devices.  

 

 

However, media companies and content producers of all sizes should not start and end their live streaming strategies with social platforms alone. Engaging audiences on one’s owned and operated (O&O) sites with live streaming content also offers publishers and broadcasters a number of advantages.

Mobile UI in 2017 – Big Things On Small Screens

Did you know that by some metrics, mobile video plays are becoming more prevalent than desktop? On top of that, some sites have 80% or more of their viewers coming from mobile devices. And while that shouldn’t come as a shock given the huge sales numbers for every new phone and tablet that comes out, the video industry can sometimes be a bit slow to handle mobile web (UI especially) with the care and attention it deserves. As you saw in our Mobile Autoplay blogpost, JW Player is pushing hard to ensure viewer experience on mobile devices (as well as small desktop players) is just as enjoyable as a large desktop player.

Catch JW Player This Thursday at The Product Group Meetup

Those of you in the NYC area will have a chance to hear JW Product Manager Henry Lee present at the upcoming “The Product Group” Meetup this Thursday. He will explore the JW Player product and lead a discussion about many of the lessons learned and opportunities facing the company and its team, including:

  • Virtual Reality
  • Digital rights
  • Much more

We hope to see you there!

Event Details:

The Product Group February 2017
Thursday, February 2nd
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
RSVP
(Join the Meetup group and RSVP to receive the event location)

About Henry Lee in his own words:


“I am a product manager at JW Player, where we empower video professionals with world-class technology to deliver, grow audience, and monetize their video content. Last month JW Player streamed 15+ billion videos to 1+ billion unique viewers. My products are the JW Player SDKs, which provide video playback technology for native apps on mobile and OTT devices. A recent feature we released was to support 360 Video & VR playback in our iOS, Android, and web players.”

 

Analytics Segmentation: Ad Impressions

Last August, our data exploration tool Segmentation launched and has helped Advanced Analytics users take control of their data and dig deeper into video performance trends.

This month, we rolled out an important new metric: Ad Impressions!  

 

 

Users can now query and slice their Ad Impression data by a several dimensions, including Video, Player, Playlist, Country, Device, and more!  You can also compare Ad Impressions side by side with Video Player Embeds, Plays, Time Watched, Completes to optimize and improve your monetization strategy.

Click here to start learning from your data!

 

Casting and AirPlay Updates in JW 7.9

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JW 7.9 brings a major refactor to Casting support that aims to make integrating with the popular second screen experience even easier. You are no longer required to register with Google and you do not have to set up a custom receiver application. Instead we have integrated directly with the default receiver application provided by Google. This allows more video formats to be supported like MPEG-DASH and provides a much quicker setup time to Cast.

JW 7.9 also adds support for AirPlay directly within the player controls, allowing viewers to watch videos on AirPlay-supported devices like AppleTV.

Meet Nicole, Product Designer at JW Player

At JW Player, our Design team is a cross-functional team comprised of Product Designers and UX Engineers focused on user experience, design, and research for all products and company websites. We work collaboratively with other teams to execute on the best experiences for our customers. As we look ahead to 2017, we’re excited to be focused on pushing the boundaries in innovation. One of our very own gave an insightful interview into her role as a product designer at JW Player for the Shillington New York design school.

 

Meet Nicole Boettcher, Product Designer. Full Interview

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“I love working on style guides. It feels like a puzzle and that I’m both creating and solving at the same time.”

 

As we expand our products and features around data science, Nicole will be leading the product research that will greatly inform opportunities for enhancing the user experience with insightful and actionable tools within the JW dashboard. Understanding that design and aesthetics will sometimes take a back seat to the data is the benchmark for how our team approaches designing analytics tools. Keep an eye out for future blog posts about new analytics products and features coming in 2017!

 

If you’re interested in joining the design team at JW Player, we’re looking for a talented UX Engineer / Front-end Developer. Apply for the role!

Vectorizing Videos: Leveraging DeepWalk for Video Recommendations

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One of the core services JW Player offers to video publishers is that of turn-key recommendations that can drive higher engagement, watch time, and retention among their viewers. For the thousands of publishers using this service, this translates directly to increased advertising dollars and is thus a major focus for algorithmic improvement on the part of our data science team.

JW Player Now Supports Mobile Web Autoplay

Desktop or mobile, web or native app, autoplay or click to play, unmuted or muted on start. There are lots of things to consider when thinking about how you set up players on your page to maximize plays and viewability for your content (and ads if you’re running them) across devices and browsers. It may seem like a no-brainer thanks to the scrolling feeds of images and videos made popular by the likes of Facebook and others, but autoplaying video content on mobile was not always possible. With JW Player 7.8, you can now configure your players to automatically start playback on mobile without going fullscreen.

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Make JW Player Your Website’s Hero

A few pages on our website use full-motion backgrounds to catch the eye of our visitors. Our recently redesigned homepage as well as our 404 page use JW Player to load a playlist and cycle through the videos in with smooth transitions in between. I’ll share with you how we do it, and give some tips on best practices for using video for your website’s hero.

Agile Incident Response for Big Data Systems

How We Increased Uptime and Decreased Engineering Stress

Working in the big data world can be a little chaotic. For us that means a stable flow of 20k events per second can spike to 50k over the course of an hour. It takes only seconds to look through our logs and find a perfect example:

 

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Things move fast and we need to be able to adapt and respond immediately when our systems are under stress. When a system goes “red” most people’s first instinct is to call the engineer who built it. Over time this can create silos of knowledge and an uneven load on the engineers. Another side-effect of this engineer-first thinking is that the priority is focused on fixing the problem, missing the importance of communication.