YouTube Has Giuliani 1993 Mayoral Campaign Ad with Glowing Testimonial by ex Wife…Video Archives Are In the Mix Now

From George Allen’s Macaca eposide to the mash-up of the Hillary 1984 video, to earnest campaign announcements from the candidates, online video is making for an unpredictable campaign season where traditional media strategies have been turned on their heads. Making the rounds on YouTube is a sentimental campaign video from Rudy Giuliani’s 1993 mayoral campaign […]


Smilebox Brings Flash Video Tools to the Consumer’s Desktop….Robert Scoble Takes us to Redmond for a Tour!

Smilebox is a company that provides consumers the tools to create personalized electronic greeting cards. It has aggreements with Hallmark and others and has become a major player in this industry. Just last month, the company announced plans to offer users the opportunity to integrate video into greeting cards, making them truly multimedia. Above is […]


As Newspapers Gear up with Online Video Reporting: the Wall Street Journal is Set

Click To Play View a transcript of this interview Newspapers have a unique and present opportunity to create online video to build audience and adverting revenue. Dow Jones and its Wall Street Journal. Barron’s, MarketWatch units have been moving aggressively into video news and feature reporting.  As we reported on Beet.TV earlier this year, company […]


Online Video Ad Have Double Click-Through Rates of Standard Ads, eMarketer Reports…Will Amanda Help Sell Kevlar for DuPont?

Online video advertising is hot because people are engaged and click on video ads at higher rates than standard advertising, a new report by eMarketer has found. Viewers of in-stream advertising, watch at a rate nearly double the rate of standard ads.  While click-through numbers might appear low, less that one percent, the study has […]


YouTube to Present Video Awards as More Producers Use YouTube as Distribution Platform Including Trailblazing TurnHere…Beet.TV Holds First Networking Shindig in NYC on Weds!

Click To Play View a transcript of this interview Not sure if the just announced YouTube video awards means more that some nice buzz, but the reality is that YouTube is changing. It is becoming a platform for serious content producers who have been leery of the site in the past. The new channel strategy, […]


Gritty Videos from Baghdad Videographers to Debut on Salon Tomorrow — MTV and YouTube to Follow

From the Tsunami to last summer’s battle in Lebanon to the streets to Baghdad, citizen video journalists  are transforming how we experience conflict.  How these videos change public discourse and public policy is hard to say, but there is a great deal of compelling content filtering through the war zones.  In December, I interviewed Brian […]


Guiliani Has Longest Campaign Video at 58 Minutes — Candidates Jump into Online Video World with Limited Effect, Washington Post Reports in Front Page Story

Rudy Guiliani has a speech on YouTube which is nearly one hour, making it the longest campaign video, according to political video watcher, 21-year old Georgetown student James Kotecki.   Kotecki has some good advice for the former New York Mayor, hire a video editor and step in front of the lecturn. Kotecki’s views are part […]


Associated Press Explores Videoblogs with “Reel City Tales”

Click To Play View a transcript of this interview Mainstream media is tipping its foot into videoblogging. The world’s largest news organization, the Associated Press, is exploring the new medium with a vlog by Ilana Arazie.  Ilana works on the business side of the AP and does the vlog "Real City Tales" as sort of […] Goes Live: User-Generated Cartoons Are No Joke!

Michael Arrington of TechCrunch recently wrote about two start-ups who are building new businesses around user-generated cartoons. Aniboom is neck and neck with newcoming MyToons in the race to become the “YouTube of Cartoons.” Both sites are excellent, although MyToons is still in private beta. Well, just came out of beta.  The player  looks […]


Podzinger Crawls YouTube and Creates a New Contextual Ad Environment, a Demonstration from Alex Laats

Click To Play View a transcript of this interview Here is the second part of my interview with Alex Laats, head of Podzinger, the division of defense contractor BBN, a Massachusetts company which is utilizing anti-terrorism technology to "listen" to the audio tracks of millions of YouTube clips. My earlier post reports on how a […]


Exclusive: Defense Contractor has Analyzed, Transcribed and Organized 1.5 Millon YouTube Clips

Click To Play View a transcript of this interview A major defense department contractor, BBN of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has applied a national security technology application, developed to fight terrorism, to "crawl" the audio tracks of public Internet videos through its PodZinger subsidiary.  PodZinger has analyzed, transcribed and organized some 1.5 million YouTube clips since December […]


Wal-Mart Blog Gets 600,000 Monthly Views, Richard Edelman Tells Beet.TV — PR Pros Gather at PRWeek’s Annual Awards Gala as New Media Changes the Biz

Click To Play View a transcript of this interview Social media, online video and even virtual offices in Second Life have become mainstream elements of public relations over the past 12 months. The very practice of PR has changed as smart practitioners have created platforms of influence outside of the traditional media channels. And, some […]


Video Sharing Sites Offer Different Monetization Schemes……but “Don’t Give Up the Day Job”

Video sharing sites are providing a variety of monetization schemes for individual video uploaders. Revver, Blip, VideoEgg, Brightcove and others are splitting advertising revenue with content creators.  The most common share seems to be 50/50. Some sites, notably Metacafe and CurrentTV pay contributors based on the quality and viewership of their submissions. Neither YouTube or […]


Exclusive: Microsoft and the Associated Press Teaming with Thousands of Newspapers and Broadcasters in New Online Video Network

Click To Play View a transcript of this interview The Associated Press, the world’s largest news organization, and Microsoft have developed an online video platform for thousands of U.S. newspapers, television and radio stations to upload, publish and monetize locally-created video. The new system is in beta tests with some 30 newspaper publishers and broadcasters […]


YouTube’s Success is its “Pass Along” Power, Declare MIT’s Henry Jenkins and Forrester’s Brian Haven

Click To Play View a transcript of this interview The success of YouTube has come largely from the site’s utility to "pass along" video clips to blogs and social networking sites, according to two of our most astute observers of the Internet media scene, Henry Jenkins of MIT and online video analyst Brian Haven of […]


The Wall Street Journal is Advertising on YouTube (sort of): Paper is Making its Videos Free and Sharable to Bloggers — Could the Be a Cool Online Media Brand? Beet.TV Interviews Bill Grueskin, Managing Editor

The Wall Street Journal Online has banner advertising running on YouTube to promote subscriptions.  I found one of the first ads earlier today rotating through on the new Beet.TV channel on YouTube.  Here’s a screen shot. Our new channel has just been designed and we’ll be moving our 230 clips to the channel over the […]


Ford Models is Now a “Media Company”…..And You Can Be One Too!

Click To Play View a transcript of this interview Here’s my second interview with John Caplan, President of Ford Modeling, the world largest and best known modeling agency. As we discussed in the first post, Ford is providing scores of models with camcorders and handling uploading to YouTube, Revver and other video sharing sites.  Ford’s […]


MIT’s Henry Jenkins: New Users will Render MySpace “So Twenty Minutes Ago:” New Report Finds 10 Percent Drop in MySpace Video Sessions since December

Click To Play View a transcript of this interview MIT’s Henry Jenkins says that the success of YouTube is from the creation of content around communities of interest. It’s not about individual voyeurism. It’s a social media phenomenon driven by the viewers organized around content that matters to them.  Henry says that social networks have […]


Google Launches Contextual Video Syndication Business with Dow Jones and Conde Nast, New York Times Reports

Click To Play View a transcript of this interview Louise Story of The New York Times has a story in today’s paper about a new form of video syndication from Google.  The company has expanded its Adsense program to include video from Google content partners including Dow Jones and CondeNet. It’s a new kind of […]


Blinkx has Video Search Deal with The New York Times

Blinkx, the video search technology that is featured in today’s New York Times in an article by Jason Pontin, has an agreement to search and index videos published by The New York Times. The company has agreements with a number of publishers and content developers to index video, including Dow Jones, the publisher of The […]

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