New Feature! Download Event Messages

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Good news!  You can now download all the messages within a specific event!  Simply go to the Manage tab on the Dashboard home, click on “show stats”, and then you’ll see the download area where you can select messages or stats.  When you select messages, you’ll receive a CSV file of your mesages (this also includes URLs to photos as well as replies).  We hope you find this useful!

-The Blyve Team

Guest Post: 5 Reasons Customer Engagement Should Happen Directly on Your Website

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Introduction

You’ve decided to put your home up for sale. You’ve hired a realtor and she’s scheduled an open house for the coming weekend (paid search). Your listing is up on Realtor.com (content syndication). You’ve emailed friends and family, asking them to spread the word (email to the house list [pun intended]).

You cleaned and dusted and even got the kids to tidy up their playroom. You planted new flowers out front and have chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. A stream of guests enters through the front door.

This makes you very happy. You invested countless hours fixing the house and building that extra bedroom. You can now rest comfortably knowing that it was a sound investment. But wait! Visitors to your open house want to chat with your “nosy neighbors,” to ask them what the neighborhood is like.

You see, the house is only for viewing. Conversations are “not supported here.” You and the neighbors will have to go elsewhere to converse.

Your Website is Your Home

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It’s no wonder they call it your “homepage.” In the analogy (above), your home is your website. The visitors to your open house are sales prospects. Sales prospects wish to converse with your customers? Sure! Just visit the customer community (it resides on an island). I’ll give you directions on how to get there (this usually involves a few extra clicks and/or another tab in your browser).

Don’t let this happen to you! People visiting your site should have the opportunity to engage with you right then and there. Let’s consider five reasons customer engagement should happen directly on your website.

1)    You capture them in the moment.

In other words, “strike when it’s hot.” You’d never make open house visitors leave your home in order to ask questions to the realtor. If you did, most would leave, forget the question and never return. The result? A lost sale. Same goes for your website. The best time to engage with a visitor is while they’re actively engaged on your site. Managed to gain a visitor’s attention? Now, hold and sustain it.

2)    Your engagement data is consolidated.

You have a sign-in sheet for your open house. Since questions were not permitted during their visit, you’ll have to drive over to the realtor’s office to get the sheet with visitors’ questions. That’s two sets of data that you need to manage. When you engage with visitors directly on your website, you have a single set of data. This makes it far easier to understand your visitors’ (customers or prospects) needs. You can analyze their navigation through your site, along with interactions they had with others.

3)    You increase the likelihood of “high value actions.”

“High value actions” are those that create value to your organization: submitting a “contact me” form, downloading pricing information, requesting a free trial, registering for a webinar. Where do these high value actions take place? On your website, of course. If you take visitors “off” your website, they may never return. Your best chance of generating a high value action is during the current visit! Chances increase even further after visitors have a meaningful interaction on your site (e.g. finding an answer in a discussion thread). So keep them on your site, let them engage there and value will be created.

4)    You provide a single user experience.

Imagine trying to re-create the look and feel of your home in another venue. You’d find it very challenging to do. Similarly, you could spend a lot of time customizing an online community site to have the same look and feel of your website. But after all the time you spent, it’s just not the same. When you provide customer engagement on your site, it’s a single user experience. In addition, registered users have a single destination (your site), a single login and a single password. One user experience.

5)    You (nearly) guarantee that visitors find what they’re looking for.

It’s true: some websites are organized in such a way that it’s hard to find things. I don’t have an easy solution to that, which is why I wrote “nearly guarantee” (above). But consider this: what happens when visitors need to find a pricing sheet, FAQ or product documentation? If they’re “off” your site, they may never find it. If they’re already on your site, on the other hand, they will. Nearly guaranteed.

Conclusion

You spend a lot of time and energy to drive visitors to your website: SEO, paid search, blog posts, inbound links and more. Once visitors land on your page, you’re busy optimizing metrics such as time on site, time on page and pages viewed per visit. Your navigation is perfect and your content is optimized. So what do you do when your visitor is ready to engage with you? That’s right: make it happen, right then and there. Welcome home.

About the Author

Dennis is Director of Content Marketing at DNN (@DNNCorp), where he’s focused on product and content marketing. Dennis is a contributing author to the book “42 Rules of Product Marketing” and is a frequent contributor to the DNN blog. Feel free to reach out to Dennis via email, dennis.shiao@dnnsoftware.com or find him on Twitter, @dshiao.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listen to our CEO, Ramsey Ksar, on the GaggleAMP Podcast (Using Social Media for Events)

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Check out a recent podcast by the team at GaggleAMP featuring our CEO, Ramsey Ksar.  In it he talks about the importance of live events/q&a and how you need to move from solely thinking about engagement to challenging yourself and your organization to use Blyve as a means for lead generation.  Take a listen and share with your network!

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You can also check out the full article here:  https://gaggleamp.com/blog/using-social-media-for-events-with-ramsey-ksar/

Do you have any comments or questions?  Let us know below.  We’d be happy to chat with you about Blyve!

Replay: How to Host a Live Q&A Session With Blyve

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Thanks to everyone for joining the live Q&A and demo of Blyve earlier this week. We got some great questions and comments so I wanted to share those with you below as well as the recording of the screencast.

Questions from the Q&A Session: Q: Is the video module part of the Blyve platform (Fast forward to 30:17 in the video)?

A: Live videos from Google+ Hangouts on Air, Ustream, Livestream and YouTube can be embedded within your Blyve event. Just grab the iframe code and paste it within the media comment box.  For on-demand videos you can take any from Youtube, Vimeo, Vine or Instagram and paste the link within the stream and an inline preview will occur. For photos, you can link to your Dropbox account or to sites like Flickr.

Q: Can you respond to tweets within the Twitter module (Fast forward to 20:30 in the video)?

A: Yes! You can search for a particular hashtag or keyword on Twitter and respond to any users. At the end of the reply copy a Blyve event url will be appended so that you can recruit that Twitter user into the Blyve event. Note, if you are hosting the event on your website, the Blyve url will redirect to your website.

Q:  What happens if you outpace your plan? Does Blyve automatically charge you for the next tier of however many viewers you need (Fast forward to 41:00 in the video)?

A:  Great question! If you have a Blogger or Producer account, you will not be automatically charge. We will simply deduct your overages from the next month. At no point will your viewers be blocked from entering. Once you’re event is over, you will need to wait until next month to create your next event or upgrade your subscription or buy some pay as you go viewers to hold you over until next month. You can read more here:http://blyve.com/help

Q: What support do you get for the blogger plan?

A: You’ll get an audience development manager assigned to your account once you sign-up. We will help you customize the product to your specific needs and train anybody else on your team. In addition, we’re available via email and thru our social channels (Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and  Facebook). We’re here to help make your live Q&A sessions successful!

Randy Ksar
Social Strategist
randyk at blyve dot com
Follow @djksar on Twitter

P.S. We’ll be doing another live Q&A session Wednesday 4/2 at 2pm PT – join us!

Ask Your Blyve Questions Live 3/31 & 4/2

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Blyve's Q&A Features & Pricing Plans

Join us for a live demo of Blyve’s newest Q&A features on Monday 3/31 9am Pacific or Wednesday 4/2 at 2pm Pacific. Our CEO, Ramsey Ksar (@ramseyk), will be reviewing all the latest features, answering your questions and offering those in attendance an exclusive offer for signing up for Blyve this month. We look forward to chatting with you! Register today as space is limited.

Features to be discussed:

  • How to Host an Interactive Q&A Session with Multiple Panelists
  • Redesigned Q&A Panel for Trusted Users
  • Q&A Replies with Media
  • Better Statistics and Reporting
  • New Pinning Feature – Pin to the Top
  • New Live Map of All Attendees
  • LiveBoards -A Second-Screen Produced Event
  • Pay-as-you-go Pricing
Special Offer:
Those who attend will be eligible to receive a limited time offer of an additional 500 pay-as-you-go viewers.  Offer only applies to new Blyve Blogger or Producer customers.

Eventbrite - Live Q&A, Live Blogging & Live Chat with Blyve

Randy Ksar
Social Strategist
@djksar

Live Blogging #marchmadness with Blyve

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We are super excited about the NCAA Basketball tournament that starts today (Thursday). Blyve is the perfect solution for live blogging the games and re-creating that in-person basketball fan experience within your website.

Whether you are a sports blogger or leading your team’s fan club, Blyve can help report the game and more importantly create an engaging conversation with your fans/followers/community.  Here are the most used features that Blyve producers use when live blogging a sporting event and specifically #marchmadness games:

Scoreboard & Custom Stats  with Blyve:

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Of course, what live blog would not be complete without knowing what the score is? When you create your event make sure to select the event type as “Basketball” and you will see the scoreboard and custom stats module on the left-hand column. As the game goes along update the score and period (pre-game, 1st half, half-time, 2nd half, final).

As for the stats there are quite a few blank rows to work with depending on what stats you want to put in.  Whether it is shooting precentage, 3rd pt percentage, # of slam dunks, # of fouls, timeouts left, etc…enter those stats and display them on your Blyve event. Note: If you are creating real-time graphics of stats you can always add that within your live stream and then “pin to top”.

Live Stream, Polls & Twitter Curation with Blyve:

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Reporting the game minute by minute is easy with Blyve. Here are the top ways to publish content to Blyve:

  • Login to your Blyve event via your computer, smartphone or tablet phone, enter the latest game updates and hit enter (remember to select Facebook and Twitter to publish to your authenticated accounts too)
  • To get all your tweets with a certain hashtag, just add your Twitter account to your Blyve event as a trusted contributor as well as the hashtag you want Blyve to curate on.
  • Search for game tweets from fans, sports analysts, commentators or even mascots and curate them into your live stream. Great way to add original, timely content to your live stream in addition to what you are seeing on TV.
  • Any content you find on YouTube, Instagram, Vine, Flickr can be added and previewed within the live stream. Great for those that are searching for real-time content on those networks, easily grab the link and add it as a comment within the live stream.
  • A great way to engage with your Blyve event attendees is via a poll especially with games that are coming down to the last second. Polling questions like: Is UCLA going to win this game? Is Tulsa going to upset UCLA?  You get the point, you can add in polling questions ahead of time or spur of the moment depending on what is happening with the game and your schedule.

Pay As You Go Pricing with Blyve:

Released earlier this week, pay as you go is a great option for those doing a smaller number of events per year.  For example, if you are a NCAA March Madness blogger and you focus on a particular team, we would recommend you choose the pay as you go option. The one number you will need is how many unique viewers are estimated to view your Blyve event. Think about your anticipated traffic and how you are going to market the event. In addition, if you have done online events on your website that is great data to use in buying the right number of unique viewers for your events.

Need help in choosing the right plan and estimating the number of unique viewers you need? Contact us.

Good luck with your brackets!

Randy Ksar
Social Strategist
@djksar

Blyve’s new billing system goes live!

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We are excited to announce that our new billing system is now live!  You can now provision your own account and pay for Blyve directly within your “My Account” page with a credit card.  Once you’re there, you’ll notice we also introduced a new “Pay As You Go” model.  This will help quite a bit for those of you out there who do events only every once in a while.  Once you pick up a block of users, they are yours to keep until you use them.  Pay as you go users never expire.

We have also shifted the plans around a bit so be sure to check out your “My Account” settings for the latest and greatest.  We hope this goes a long way in improving your overall experience with Blyve!

New users: http://blyve.com/plans
Existing users: http://blyve.com/account/plan (you need to be signed-in)

-The Blyve Team