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:


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:

Blyve - Moderator Dashboard View

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

4 New Features: Dropbox, New User Experience, Module Update, and Tickers 2.0

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We’ve just released 4 new features that make hosting a live event as simple, effective, and powerful as possible.

1. Dropbox Media Upload
To start, we’re kicking things off with Dropbox. Watching the media upload progress bar reach 100% can be as slow and painful as watching grass grow. So, we’ve made integrating media into your live event simple with Dropbox. Now, event moderators can pre-upload event media and with just one click, add media immediately during a live event.

Image 1: About to add a media file from Dropbox

2. New User Experience
The new user experience design is cleaner and more modern helping event attendees quickly engage by syncing their Facebook or Twitter accounts. For attendees who desire to opt out of syncing with social media, they can now upload a personal profile picture and voilà, their event avatar profiles are complete.

Image 2: An upgraded new user experience

Image 3: Easily add an avatar as attendee

3. Module Layout
We understand the importance of maximizing your workspace to produce the best possible event and this is evident in our new module layout. During a live event, the module can be minimized while tool icons remain visible. Furthermore, if you start your event with a small browser, the modules will be automatically minimized for you.  As Goldilocks and the Three Little Bears would say, this module layout is “just right”.

Image 4: Minimize modules to maximize space

Image 5: Modules minimized give you quite a bit more real estate

4. Tickers 2.0
For our premium users out there, don’t think we forgot about you!  As you know, embed codes can be tedious to update and manage per event, especially when your events were embedded into the same page.  As a result, we gave you the ability to have a single ticker that could be used to cycle through events.  With tickers 2.0, hosting live events has never been more simple as now you can have multiple tickers!  Just as before, you can assign an event to a ticker when you create a new event.  But now, rather than just a yes/no, you can assign events to more than just a single ticker.  With our new ticker 2.0 feature with multiple ticker support, you can truly “set it and forget it!”

Image 6: Setting an event to an existing ticker or a new one

Image 7: Manage your Tickers

These new features are certain to improve your audience engagement and help you seamlessly integrate media into your live event.