MarTechSeries: Interview with David Mason, CEO and Founder, StudioNow

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Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What made you start StudioNow?

I have been an entrepreneur for the past 25 years. Along the way, I have dabbled with having a normal job here or there, but always found that my passion was to create ideas and companies from scratch. My key ingredients have always been to identify a large-scale trend (internet retail, WiFi communications, digital video, etc.) and then create a new business model for that industry that utilized technology to disrupt the status quo. I started one of the first internet bookstores in 1994, which later became Buy.com, which was then sold to Rakuten. I started StudioNow in 2007 because I was taking a ton of birthday and vacation pictures of my five- and two-year-olds at the time and never got around to doing anything cool with that content. While thousands of these pictures and videos were clogging up my hard drive other and more experienced individuals with film school backgrounds and editing software were uploading funny and entertaining videos to YouTube and generating millions of views. My original idea was to create a marketplace where less experienced individuals (people like me) could be matched with video experts to turn their pictures and videos into something that was worth watching. StudioNow 1.0 was born and on the first day, we had about 80 video professionals sign up to be part of the StudioNow Creative Network. Fast forward to today, and we now have over 10,000 creative vendors from mom and pop creative shops to some of the largest, high-end production companies in the world. We stopped making video content for individuals in 2008 and our software platform now manages the video creation process (vendor sourcing, bidding, project management, contracting, payment, etc.) for some of the largest companies in the world, including Coca-Cola, P&G, HP, Bridgestone, etc.

MarTechSeries: Interview with David Mason, CEO and Founder, StudioNow

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Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What made you start StudioNow?

I have been an entrepreneur for the past 25 years. Along the way, I have dabbled with having a normal job here or there, but always found that my passion was to create ideas and companies from scratch. My key ingredients have always been to identify a large-scale trend (internet retail, WiFi communications, digital video, etc.) and then create a new business model for that industry that utilized technology to disrupt the status quo. I started one of the first internet bookstores in 1994, which later became Buy.com, which was then sold to Rakuten. I started StudioNow in 2007 because I was taking a ton of birthday and vacation pictures of my five- and two-year-olds at the time and never got around to doing anything cool with that content. While thousands of these pictures and videos were clogging up my hard drive other and more experienced individuals with film school backgrounds and editing software were uploading funny and entertaining videos to YouTube and generating millions of views. My original idea was to create a marketplace where less experienced individuals (people like me) could be matched with video experts to turn their pictures and videos into something that was worth watching. StudioNow 1.0 was born and on the first day, we had about 80 video professionals sign up to be part of the StudioNow Creative Network. Fast forward to today, and we now have over 10,000 creative vendors from mom and pop creative shops to some of the largest, high-end production companies in the world. We stopped making video content for individuals in 2008 and our software platform now manages the video creation process (vendor sourcing, bidding, project management, contracting, payment, etc.) for some of the largest companies in the world, including Coca-Cola, P&G, HP, Bridgestone, etc.

Digital Video Measurement: There Will Never Be a Nielsen, So What Are Your Options?

When the first Nielsen ratings for television were released in 1950, the television world accepted Nielsen as their rating standard and it became the basis for everything. Then, things changed. The same can't be said for the digital world, as there is no global reporting standard for the various forms of digital video measurement that companies are now using.

There are 2.5 quintillion bytes of data being produced from different sources daily — and software is being purchased on top of that data to help make sense of it. In order to demonstrate ROI, modern digital marketers are becoming incredibly creative in the way they position and leverage these insights to inform their campaigns, strategy and measurement.

How do Marketing and Advertising Professionals Feel about the Rapidly Evolving Video Landscape?

Today’s video content landscape is rapidly evolving, and marketing and advertising professionals need to keep up. But how do they feel about the changes, and what effects are they seeing as a result? writes, David Mason, Co-founder and CEO, StudioNow

It’s no surprise that the way marketers and advertisers reach their audiences has dramatically shifted over the last few years – just look at the influx of new video content channels and tech advancements. Now we have brands trying to reach the eyes of their target consumer on TV, on their phones, on their tablets, in their apps… the list goes on.


I was curious to find out how these industry professionals felt about the evolving landscape. Have they faced new challenges as a result of new technologies? Have they seen an increase in demand for online video content vs. TV ads? Do the same processes and economic models that they have been utilizing for years still work for today’s needs?

Why The Industry Needs To Embrace Transparency, Not Fear It

A proliferation of platforms and screens coupled with more sophisticated targeting techniques and technologies is driving a massive digital transformation for the creative ecosystem (brands, agencies and production vendors). As a result, exponentially more content needs to be created for these new platforms to support micro targeting and increase user engagement.

Shifting Focus to a Smaller Screen: Brands are Increasing Investments in Online Video Content, Spending Less on Traditional TV Ads

 

StudioNow’s 2018 Pulse of Video Industry survey reveals marketing and advertising professionals’ perspectives on key industry trends

NASHVILLE, Tenn., - June 14, 2018 – A large majority of video production and marketing professionals (78 percent) are seeing brands invest more in online and digital video ads compared to traditional TV spots, according to the 2018 Pulse of Video Industry survey published by StudioNow, the leading content production solution for marketers. It appears that this shift to digital video ads has introduced a number of different challenges, including decreased budgets from brands, a surge in the amount of content that needs to be produced and questions about the best ways to leverage emerging technologies.

StudioNow and Socialive Announce Partnership

StudioNow and Socialive Announce Marketing Partnership to Bring Scalable Video Production and Live Streaming Platforms to the Enterprise

NASHVILLE, Tenn., - June 13, 2018 – StudioNow and Socialive are pleased to announce a joint marketing partnership agreement to help organizations create high-quality video at scale and deliver live video across social and internal channels more efficiently. Through this agreement, StudioNow and Socialive will collaborate to help market their respective platforms to each of their current and prospective brand, enterprise, and media clients.

 

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