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April 15th 2022
Reactions in from our friends at Security Finance who use Watercoolr to connect their 1200 plus person team
 

To learn more, or sign up for a free trial, visit: https://watercoolr.shindig.com


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Cole Robinson
JOHNSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS, GALA DIRECTOR

“Our gala this year went digital but we were still able to set a new fundraising record for net revenue. Through Shindig, our attendees were able to enjoy all of the mingling and socializing of an in-person event while also getting to hear from
our special guests Representatives
Adam Schiff and Sharice Davids.”

April 4th 2022
Watercoolr recognized as Zoom/Teams disrupter
 

Chris Matyszczyk shed some light on Shindig's new Watercoolr product this week and is as entertaining as always. He did miss the mark on one point - You cannot read the lips of other private chats (by design). You'll only see refreshing still images (not video) if not part of that private conversation. That said, we are flattered by the attention and appreciate the mention. 





https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-teams-and-zoom-have-a-brilliant-new-competitor-if-you-can-lip-read/





For more information on Watercoolr, or to sign up for a free trial, visit: https://watercoolr.shindig.com/










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Frederick K. Swaniker
FOUNDER, AFRICAN LEADERSHIP GROUP

“We recently used the Shindig platform and it was truly amazing, especially being able to see how the team interacted with each other and how it brought our community to life. 

I believe that this could be revolutionary for education. Its ability to create a real classroom experience online really paves the way for increased engagement among participants and even welcomes creative expression.”

March 30th 2022
Remote work is here to stay
 

This quote is the core of what motivated us to build Watercoolr. It’s for organizations that recognize exactly as Tim does, that the best ideas, most important conversations, and most critical relationship building may not happen in large structured meetings or prearranged calls. Building into your colleagues workspaces natural moments for spontaneous and unplanned encounters is essential to organization’s productivity.





For more information, to schedule a demo, or for a free trial, go to:
https://watercoolr.shindig.com/






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Kevin Smith
DIRECTOR, COMEDIAN

"More of this, less of everything else. F*ck typing! Can you imagine the first two of these we did typing...like cavepeople...nah, now we talk to each other like we’re the f*ckin’ Jetsons. This is tremendous."

March 25th 2022
Shindig earns Frost & Sullivan’s 2022 Global New Product Innovation Award in the virtual events market
 


Frost & Sullivan: 2022 New product innovation









Best Practices Criteria for World-Class Performance










Frost & Sullivan applies a rigorous analytical process to evaluate multiple nominees for each award
category before determining the final award recipient. The process involves a detailed evaluation of best
practices criteria across two dimensions for each nominated company. Shindig excels in many of the
criteria in the virtual events space.















Match to Needs










Virtual events and hybrid events are highly complex to organize and execute. As a result, many virtual
event platforms are rigid and support largely formulaic events. Innumerable surveys on the web report
customer dissatisfaction with current choices in virtual event platforms. Sponsors and attendees want
true, quality networking, but many platforms are rife with functionalities that come up short.
Some platforms show all event registrants as attendees, with networking opportunities that
require participants to seek individual permission to connect to the other person as part of a
multistep process However, these platforms list anyone who has RSVP’d as a participant even
though they may not have actually joined the event. This wastes participants’ time in trying to
connect to others and gives them "false negatives" in which they believe the connection
request was rejected when it was never actually received. Even when successful, the result is that
such follow-on meetings are anything but the instantaneous spur-of-the-moment interactions that
might occur in person. More problematic still, these listings of people to potentially connect with also
are easily “scrapable”. This exposes one of the event hosts’ most valuable assets to being cut, pasted,
and inserted into any number of automated systems to yield a complete list of names, titles, and emails
to be sold to marketers. Certain other platforms also position participant avatars who must search
virtual worlds to find one another as engaging and compelling, but event participants often find such
interfaces distracting, and unproductive.
Breakout sessions, be they under the rubric of tables or “breakout rooms”, while great for general group
discussion are not themselves conducive to productive business conversation which by its nature
requires privacy amongst the parties of interest without overhearing by strangers to the conversation.
Breakouts inhibit real, substantive conduct of business by forcing such potential business discussions to
occur in front of others limits them from being anything but general and high-level. The opportunity to
speak candidly with just the right one or two people without being overheard by others; to pull
someone aside, as it were, to speak candidly with some assurance that the conversation is not for
general public consumption is a key feature missing from even some of the most widely used platforms.
“Speed dating” as a networking tactic is often equally problematic as it randomly or loosely matches
participants by general interest or topics, rather than on more essential criteria, potentially creating
unnecessary, awkward, and time-wasting conversations. Many who wish to network do not necessarily
wish to be locked into conversations of set duration with no graceful way to excuse oneself from the
conversation or to hang around through unproductive conversations in the hope that another pairing
might be more productive.
Unlike other virtual event platform providers, the New York-based Shindig remains steadfastly focused
on what matters most to both event audience and organizer: the ability to conduct ad-hoc, flexible
discussions that users can create themselves only with whom they want. The Shindig Video Chat, which
now supports up to 12 participants per chat session, enables participants to launch natural
conversations with those they want to network with and seamlessly add others to these conversations.
Networking Prompt automating pairs audience members into two-person private chats. Other features
that differentiate Shindig’s engagement and interaction functionality include Virtual Backstage and
Open Podium. Virtual Backstage allows admins to prepare speakers, checking their audio and video
before bringing them to the stage, thereby averting all on stage “can you hear me???” moments. It also
allows hosts to vet prospective audience contributors before bringing them up to the stage as well. A
new Picture in Picture feature enables presenters to remain visible while sharing their screen. The
exclusive Open Podium feature enables hosts to open the floor like a town hall and accept questions or
contributions from any audience participant of up to several thousand on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Frost & Sullivan praises Shindig for empowering real networking with its platform that enables people to
navigate conversations, scan the room, find people of interest easily, and seize the moment to make a
connection through messaging, video chat, and more.





Reliability










Shindig’s executive leadership takes pride in the company’s roster of clients and guests and continues to
serve as the platform organizations trust for high-value, high-stakes events. The company recently
enabled the first lady of the United States to address a hybrid conference and facilitated all ensuing
discussions among virtual participants. In summer 2021, Shindig enabled world-renowned pop star
Rihanna to invite 4,000 fans to a SavageX Pride Celebration with performances by multiple disc jockeys
(DJ) and other special guests.
Shindig supports creative event hosts to push the envelope of virtual experiences. From multi-day,
multi-session virtual conferences to one-off galas or marketing activations; from better client success trainings to all-hands meetings; and from remote office worker meeting places to virtual town halls, the
Shindig platform addresses a wide variety of use cases and formats. The platform’s ability to innovate
and execute events reliably attracts event hosts from government, enterprise, education,
entertainment, and non-profit sectors to stake their brands on the capabilities of the Shindig platform.
Shindig’s customers include SalesForce, Informa, Accenture, NOAA, the French Embassy to the United
States, SAP Pennsylvania State Education Association, Tracfone, Amazon, The Conference Board, Yale,
Netflix, Hearst, Booz Allen Hamilton and many others. With its ease of use, flexibility, customization, and
rich interaction capabilities, the Shindig platform represents the quintessential solution for organizations
to connect and build relationships with and for their core audiences.





Quality










Virtual events should be much more than the replication and transfer of physical events to online
sessions. Shindig continues to expand its platform’s functionality with unique and patented capabilities
that enhance the quality of event experiences. As demand to improve access to multi-session and hybrid
events increases, platforms must deliver efficient and inclusive events.
For example, Shindig introduced a customizable Virtual Lobby in summer 2021 to address multi-session
and hybrid events requirements. Specifically, the feature offers a venue between sessions that allow
audience participants to gather and network while simultaneously browsing an interactive program
guide to determine which session to attend next. It also enables hybrid event organizers to avoid losing
their online audiences to "dead air" in the live streams between in-person presentations and allows inperson audiences on their mobile phones to network with the virtual attendees on their home or office
computers.
Shindig is not attempting to replicate yesterday’s in-person or virtual events. Instead, the company aims
to improve and push the boundaries of both events as the world embraces the next normal.





Positioning










Shindig empowers event organizers to prioritize the event’s quality and audience engagement. Shindig
offers an end-to-end feature set of paywall (if desired), guest list, and a wealth of customization options
across RSVPs, consents, reminders, backgrounds, metadata fields, and splash pages in which
asynchronous materials reside. This breadth of capabilities is inconsistently supported across competing
alternatives.
The Shindig platform is lightweight and easily integrates with other components in an organization’s
event technology stack, allowing customers to effortlessly leverage a broader ecosystem of assets to
enrich their event content and data capture. The platform is compatible with components such as
registration application programming interfaces (API); single sign-on (SSO) services; Zapier for data
integration from customer relationship management (CRM), marketing, email, and other platforms;
web-based real-time messaging protocol (RTMP) feeds to incorporate high-performance streaming
audio, video, and data; and any application with an inline frame (IFrame) to bring in HyperText Markup
Language (HTML) documents from websites to easily enrich the virtual event experience. Additional
features to enrich the value of captured data include new Custom Conset Checkboxes that allow for specific permissions for remarketing and other audience opt-ins, and Zapier integration for data
migration to easily make event and attendee data accessible and usable within sales and marketing
workflows.





Design










Shindig designed its platform to deliver virtual event capabilities that people desire: highly engaging
experiences for participants and more business value for event organizers.
The platform facilitates hosts in creating memorable experiences for their brands, products, and services
with customizable backgrounds. Dynamic calls to action (CTA) on the platform encourage audience
participation and input while enabling hosts to learn more about their audience to improve the
experience continually. Shindig offers Dynamic Custom CTA for content downloads, purchases, surveys,
sponsor sign-ups, and more, with which participants can interact without disrupting their viewing or
listening experience.
The platform’s custom splash pages host all event information and maximize the event’s promotability
with one web link for audience RSVP and attendance. Users enjoy intuitive, friction-free access to events
instead of searching for the event link or password in different places.
Shindig enhances audience engagement by making the platform’s functionalities available on mobile
devices. Participants can join the event from wherever they choose to and interact with and consume
content in formats and layouts that work best for them with the platform’s multiple presentation views
with drag-and-drop controls. Frost & Sullivan commends Shindig for creating a flexible and robust
platform.





Conclusion










Shindig transforms the virtual events space by creating memorable online experiences based on its
sophisticated, long-term deep understanding of what customers want from in-person events. As virtual
experiences continue to replace physical events, competition in the market is intensifying. However,
many platforms are not flexible and present formulaic, rigid events. By focusing on making each event
uniquely engaging, Shindig stands out from the competition.
With its strong overall performance, Shindig earns Frost & Sullivan’s 2022 Global New Product
Innovation Award in the virtual events market.





What You Need to Know about the New Product Innovation










Recognition
Frost & Sullivan’s New Product Innovation Award recognizes the company that offers a new product or
the solution that uniquely addresses key customer challenges.





Best Practices Award Analysis





For the New Product Innovation Award, Frost & Sullivan analysts independently evaluated the criteria
listed below.





New Product AttributesCustomer Impact
Match to Needs: Customer needs directly
influence and inspire product design and
positioning
Reliability: Product consistently meets or
exceeds customer performance expectations
Quality: Product offers best-in-class quality with
a full complement of features and functionality
Positioning: Product serves a unique, unmet
need that competitors cannot easily replicate
Design: Product features an innovative design
that enhances both visual appeal and ease of
use



Price/Performance Value: Products or services
provide the best value for the price compared
to similar market offerings
Customer Purchase Experience: Quality of the
purchase experience assures customers that
they are buying the optimal solution for
addressing their unique needs and constraints
Customer Ownership Experience: Customers
proudly own the company’s product or service
and have a positive experience throughout the
life of the product or service
Customer Service Experience: Customer service
is accessible, fast, stress-free, and high quality
Brand Equity: Customers perceive the brand
positively and exhibit high brand loyalty




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Rohan Jackson
MANAGING DIRECTOR, NOMAD IT

“Shindig helped us deliver the largest ever online anthropology conference, EASA2020, giving 1900 delegates multiple ways to present, and engage with one another with a real sense of virtual shared space. The final night party – a right shindig! – surpassed our expectations as delegates showed off their dancing skills to colleagues listening to the same DJ set.”

March 25th 2022
Shindig recognized for it's value to remote & hybrid workforce transformation
 

Thank you to Robert Enderle for his Shindig analysis posted on TG Daily. We appreciate his recognition that “Shindig stands out by finally addressing one of the most annoying problems historically with video conferencing: building and maintaining relationships.” 





We couldn’t agree more. Whether it’s our full virtual meeting & event platform or our newly released Watercoolr product, Shindig is bringing back the in-person collaborations that are critical to productivity and paramount to growth with virtual lounges where remote & hybrid teams can form multiple private video chats in the same room, fostering community, and supporting the casual, ad hoc conversations that helps companies grow.


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Michelle Issing
DESIGNING EVENTS

"We had 72 hours to confirm 60+ sessions, train presenters, learn the software, revamp sponsorship packages, develop and implement massive communications plans, design the system, build an online program, and so, so much more.  The decision was made on Wednesday.  The transformation happened Thursday through Saturday.  And the virtual conference launched on Sunday.  

Thank you Shindig for providing the unique software that actually made me feel like I was with these conference attendees for 4 days, engaging with them in ways that truly mimicked an in-person experience."

March 25th 2022
Check out our latest Press Release
 

Shindig Announces Launch of Watercoolr





March 24, 2022





New York, NY. – March 24, 2022  In response to studies like Microsoft’s “The Effects of Remote Work on Collaboration among Information Workers,” which documents remote workers’ increasing feelings of disconnection and its negative impact on productivity, Shindig announced the release of Watercoolr, virtual lounges for hybrid workforces.





Watercoolr allows organizations to set up their own secure 24/7 virtual meeting space where teams can gather for coffee breaks, ad hoc meetups, and informal get-togethers to share in free form conversations that might otherwise previously have occurred in the hallways, elevator lobbies or common areas of their physical offices. 





“Pre-pandemic, managers could rely on informal networks created by their physical spaces to ensure that one corporate hand generally knew what the other was doing. That can no longer be taken for granted in today’s hybrid workplace,” said Steve Gottlieb, founder and CEO. 





Unlike standard video conferencing where all participate in a single conversation, the Shindig technology uniquely allows an array of private conversations to go on concurrently, with one able to view but not hear the other conversation groups. Co-workers can easily navigate groups, popping in and out of conversations and generally engaging in the same sort of ad hoc interactions that were commonplace at the physical office. 





In addition to 24/7 deployment, organizations may also organize specific meet-up times for departmental or interdepartmental get-togethers. The platform allows social occasions like new hire welcomes, personal or departmental milestones, celebrations of achieving goals, and of course after work letting loose, to resume their place in the fabric of virtual/hybrid organizational life.





“Video conferencing is an integral part of many people’s lives, and companies rushed to fill the need by relying on slight and simple variations of a product. This has created a host of providers with little market differentiation and persistent flaws,” said Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst with the Enderle Group. “Watercoolr has solved a key problem that no other company has addressed, and that is how to bring casual conversations and creativity back into the workplace, replicating the in-person experience in the closest way possible.” 





Watercoolr was designed to help organizations combat the increasing fragmentation, siloing of critical information, isolation of team members, and general deleterious effects of remote and hybrid work on innovation and operational efficiency. Microsoft’s study of 60,000-plus remote workers concluded “employees’ needs for informal contact and spontaneous interaction are not being met in a strictly work-from-home environment.” 





The Watercoolr virtual lounge supplements traditional institutional video conferencing solutions like Zoom or Teams, with informal, less structured virtual experiences; recognizing the essential importance of informal backchannels and feedback loops to organizations’ well-being and efficient operations.





Gottlieb added, “Watercoolr was devised because of key clients sharing with us their realization that those informal, unstructured communications were essential to their organization’s performance and their demands for a solution that would foster such interactions amongst the hybrid workforce.”





Please see here for a video showcasing Watercoolr. For more information, details on pricing or to request a demo, please visit the website here.





About Watercoolr





Watercoolr is a 24/7 virtual space where coworkers can check-in, strike up a conversation, or alternatively, organize specific meet-up times for departmental or interdepartmental get-togethers. Watercoolr is built upon the state of the virtual events technology pioneered by Shindig, known for their work with global companies such as Amazon, Hearst and Salesforce. High-profile events include Rihanna’s Fenty Brand Virtual Pride Celebration, Accenture Global Meetings and the Connecticut State Democratic Convention. Shindig’s proprietary event tech is underpinned by 28 US Patents for such features as “Work the Room” Networking, Virtual Backstage, TownHall Open Podiums, and Virtual Lobby. It operates with SOC 2 Type II security.


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Phil Hill
EDTECH EXPERT AND CO-PUBLISHER OF E-LITERATE BLOG
"I have to admit this was one of the best virtual discussions I’ve had, and more than half of the session was driven by audience questions."
June 28th 2021
Shindig Launches Virtual Lobby Functionality, Enabling ‘Work the Room’ Networking for Virtual and Hybrid Events
GIF of Shindig virtual lobby features on a rotating cube. Features shown are Multi-Session lobby support, event schedule browsing, and seamless navigation across live sessions. Each feature is show in use with users and presenters.
 

PRESS RELEASE: New York, June 28, 2021 - - Addressing the clamoring need for better virtual and hybrid event networking, Shindig today introduces a patented virtual lobby functionality; a virtual experience where event attendees can mingle, network and conduct private business on the platform.





The innovation is designed for both virtual events and hybrid events. 





  • - For virtual events it allows a meeting place where all those attending individual sessions, panels, tracks or exhibit booths in a Shindig-enabled event, to navigate to a single shared experience and meet up, just as they might if the event were in person. One of the key additional differentiators of this feature is that all the private conversations can go on while the participants are also able to peruse and interact with the conference program directory, discussing with friends and colleagues what session, panel, track, or booth they might attend together next while jointly exploring the full conference guide..




  • - For hybrid events the function adds two critical new elements. First, it provides a venue for in-person guests to engage with online participants freely on their mobile phones, critically uniting both audiences together for purposes of private conversation. Second, it helps event hosts avoid “dead air” in their livestreams and provides opportunities for the online audience to engage during breaks required between the in-person sessions, which otherwise would cause the online audience to be lost and otherwise leave the event. 




In the 2021 Event Tech Innovation Report, the EventMB publication cited ‘the biggest challenge for planners in virtual events is how to keep attendees engaged’. 





In response to this need, Steve Gottlieb, CEO & Founder of Shindig, Inc. said, “while many platforms claim that one-on-one appointments, speed dating or text interactions are the same as networking, those just don’t compare to real life behavior people want. Working the room, running into an old friend, being casually introduced to a mutual contact, or opportunistically pulling someone aside who has a free moment, are the types of in-person networking encounters that Shindig now recreates online.  With Shindig's Virtual Lobby we have brought all the spontaneity and serendipity of in-person networking to the virtual experience”.





Virtual events also promise to play a significant role in hybrid events, as they can allow in-person attendees to take advantage of the opportunity to engage with the potentially larger audience attending online, and vice versa. 





Shindig’s Virtual Lobby is completely unique in allowing free-form interactions just like those at any in-person event. Every participant in the Virtual Lobby can see who is talking to whom and who is free for conversation. Conversations can merge and individuals can easily move from conversation to conversation to work the room. And just like an in-person event lobby, the Shindig lobby is perfect for sponsor messaging, video displays, dynamic CTA’s and other activities that can be facilitated in a conference reception space. 






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Sheryl Sandberg
COO FACEBOOK AND CO-FOUNDER LEANIN.ORG
“We did a video chat using Shindig with the student leaders. It was incredible to see all of their faces and interact directly with those asking questions. The technology worked seamlessly. Congratulations on this great technology.”
March 30th 2021
GatherGeeks Podcast: Yes, Virtual Events Can Recreate Nuanced Face-to-Face Encounters. Here’s How
 

Shindig's Founder and CEO Steve Gottlieb joined the BizBash podcast alongside former advisor to President Obama and Meridian House's Natalie Jones (VP of External Affairs and Diplomatic Engagement) discuss ways to translate in-person events into active, multidimensional virtual gatherings.





The group discusses the challenges of—and best practices for—emulating high-touch events like the G-8 world leader summit virtually, and how other tools of diplomacy can work in the digital world. They also talk about the importance of making technology almost invisible during online events, as well as the future of hybrid, whether on-demand conversation hubs like Clubhouse will have an impact on traditional events, the future of collaboration and much more. 









Sponsored by Shindig. Running time 41:43.


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Margarita Elizabeth
YOUTUBE STAR
"Shindig is a very cool platform and I love how you can talk face to face with your viewers. It makes the experience more memorable. I had a great time hosting and I know my viewers had a great time watching."
December 29th 2020
John Legend Hosts Global Citizen Prize Meet & Greet
 

Such an honor to have John Legend on Shindig as part of the Global Citizen Prize. Thank you for giving your time and giving Global Citizen members a chance to speak with you face to face through Shindig video chat!






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySqx5GKqUjQ

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Dr. Atira Charles
PROFESSOR, FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
"The Shindig platform has transformed the way in which we digitally engage with our students. It allows the faculty an opportunity to diversify the curriculum and pedagogical approaches, while aligning with the millennial students eagerness to digitally engage."
December 23rd 2020
UN Foundation Hosts Elements of Change on Shindig
 

So excited to have hosted the UN Foundation’s Elements of Change event on Shindig. What a fantastic opportunity to convene virtually and test wits in a game of diplomacy, conflict and climate change.






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Jada Gomez-Lacayo
PROGRAMMING OPERATIONS MANAGER, INTERACTIVE ONE
“What’s the best way to describe Shindig? It’s like Google Hangout’s cooler older brother, with the better gadgets. The platform brings any event into a branded social media experience that can be attended anywhere."
December 22nd 2020
PSEA House of Delegates Convenes Virtually on Shindig
 

Proud to have enabled the Pennsylvania State Education Association to hold their annual House of Delegates on Shindig. Giving educators an opportunity to engage virtually with the same dynamics of an in person meeting is incredibly important as they move on from the clunky experience of ZoomU.






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtUuKSrBM7E

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Student
DUKE UNIVERSITY
"Today's Shindig event blew me away. MOOCs introduced me to Google Hangouts and I thought they were amazing. But taking part in today's event and actually interacting with students and Professor Comer was so motivational and inspiring."
December 19th 2020
Ken Jennings hosts Trivia at the TracFone Annual Employee Celebration
 

Ken Jennings hosted Jeopardy-style trivia at the TracFone Annual Employee Celebration on Shindig and that's just the beginning. The event also featured a live set from DJ Africa, only made better by dozens of TracFone employees joining the stage to show off their dance moves. Bravo to TracFone for throwing an amazing party and using Shindig tech to the max!






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAW1CiysAd4

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Norman Lear
TELEVISION WRITER AND PRODUCER
“This technology astounds me!”
December 17th 2020
Shindig Featured on Event Industry News
 

A big thank you to Adam Parry of Event Industry News for hosting Shindig's founder & CEO Steve Gottlieb on his podcast. This hour long conversation on the state of the events industry and how Shindig fits into its future is a must listen.






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkXv6f_S_WM

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Jim Cramer
HOST OF CNBC'S 'MAD MONEY'
"You know I love this format. It was very cool."
December 15th 2020
US Capitol Historical Society Freedom Award Presented to Dr. Carla Hayden on Shindig
 

What’s better than having your Mom accompany you to an awards ceremony where Senators and Congressmen all sing your praises? Jon Meacham, Rep. Jim Clyburn, Speaker Pelosi and many more were among the hundreds of invited guests attending to voice their appreciation and congratulations for Dr. Carla Hayden, this year’s recipient of the US Capitol Historical Society Freedom Award.






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciiEiMwuWXQ

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Peter Rosenberg
HOT97 DJ & CO-HOST OF 'CHEAP HEAT' PODCAST
"Thanks to Shindig for allowing me to chat directly with my fans and take their questions. This is the future of fan engagement."
December 10th 2020
YPO Gold Hosts Holiday Party on Shindig
 

So pleased to have enabled this holiday gathering for YPO Gold. Seeing a world class mixologist lead this celebration with an engaging hands on class was a thrill!






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DImZUgMR3g

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Margaret Bearn
REUNION CHAIR, SWARTHMORE CLASS OF 1945
"Shindig far exceeded Skype's capacity and should be a great enabler in the future for gatherings with such far-flung participants."
December 4th 2020
New York Times Reviews Shindig Enabled Theater
 

The New York Times recognizes Shindig enabled theater company prevailing over Covid. So proud to have helped This is Not A Theatre Company pioneer new online theater experiences that are more than simple livestreams.  Congrats to Erin Mee and her creative team in turning crisis into artistic opportunity.


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Nick Blunden
SVP OF DIGITAL, THE ECONOMIST
"An exciting opportunity for The Economist to bring SXSW to readers around the globe using the latest video chat technology.”
November 12th 2020
D.C Power Brokers are Using Shindig to Bring Life Back to the Party
 

Thank you to the Washington Post and Roxanne Roberts for recognizing Shindig’s unique ability to facilitate memorable virtual events. So pleased to have enabled this sensational virtual convening of dignitaries, ambassadors and business leaders. Congrats to Meridian on your flawless execution and the stellar 850k raise. Diplomacy and international cooperation could certainly not be more important at this time.





Find out what Shindig can do for your organization today: click here to schedule a demo.


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Jeremy Gutsche
CEO, TRENDHUNTER.COM
"Shindig created a pretty awesome live-streaming experience, effectively DJing an interview between me and the fans. I loved it!"
November 3rd 2020
Amazon Music Sponsors Podcast Movement Closing Party with DJ Scooter on Shindig
 

So thrilled to have hosted Amazon Music and Podcast Movement at the excellent closing party for PM Virtual 2020. Huge thanks to DJ Scooter and MC Ted Woods for providing top quality entertainment for this wonderful community of podcasters. It’s amazing what’s possible on Shindig when creative thinkers come together to utilize the technology to its fullest capabilities.


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Nathan Gebhard
CO-FOUNDER, ROAD TRIP NATION
"The opportunity to share Roadtrip Nation with so many people in one (digital) space was terrific. The experience felt expansive and personal at the same time."
November 2nd 2020
WSHU Engages Station Members with Panel Discussion on 2020 Election
 

So pleased to have enabled WSHU to produce this brilliant discussion about media and communications in the context of the 2020 election. Hearing from experts like Eric Deggans, Laura Lindenfeld, Gary Rose and Dr. Meena Bose through the medium of Shindig’s live video chat experience was even better than typical radio or talking head TV, adding more interactivity, spontaneity and engagement. Thrilled to have assisted WSHU to create a wonderful event to help raise funds for the station.


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Lauren Fritsch
MANAGING PARTNER, TCC CONSULTING GROUP
"I love the Shindig interface! It makes web conferencing events visual, tangible and feel more IRL."
November 2nd 2020
Podcast Movement Integrates Social Point Trivia Into Shindig
 

It was a thrill to host the wonderful podcasting community at Podcast Movement Virtual’s welcome reception. Seeing the community engage with each other through video chat conversations and compete in a no holds barred game of podcasting trivia on Shindig was a pleasure. There are so many fantastic ways to use Shindig technology to create the ultimate virtual experience -- kudos to the Podcast Movement team for thinking outside the box and providing an engaging gamified Shindig experience to their community.






https://youtu.be/Cw8daQXYCZg

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Tom Woods
FOUNDER, LIBERTY CLASSROOM
"Shindig has facilitated some excellent Q&A sessions between my faculty and members of our educational website. It boasts all kinds of exciting and useful features -- and the staff is very helpful, too."
October 29th 2020
Oxford Hosts Video Chat Discussion on History of Black Lives Matter in UK
 

It was our pleasure to host this wonderful discussion on the history of the Black Lives Matter movement in the UK for Oxford University’s Wolfson College. By utilizing Shindig’s open podium feature, inquisitive students were able to interact face to face with experienced historians and it was fantastic to see such excellent discourse around such a prescient topic. Kudos to the folks at Oxford for choosing Shindig to optimize this discussion through unparalleled technology.


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David DeSchryver, Esq.
CO-DIRECTOR, WHITEBOARD ADVISORS
"It is good to present. It is better to engage ideas and to spark conversations that make others jump into the fray. That is what Shindig can do and it's a huge differentiator."
October 26th 2020
Diplomats from Across the Globe Summit on Shindig as In-Person Annual Conference Moved Online
 

It was such a pleasure to host the many diplomats, ambassadors and dignitaries at the Meridian Summit on The Rise of Global Health Diplomacy on Shindig. In a time when diplomacy is so important we’re thrilled to have played a small part in providing the technology that enabled such a wonderful convening of the world’s leaders.


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Denise Comer
PROFESSOR, DUKE UNIVERSITY
"It was fun to see people regrouping and mixing up. I liked that I could join small groups and bring people up in front of the class. It was really nice to be able to connect with the students in this way!"
October 16th 2020
Congrats to All the Winners at the OJAs
 





Congrats to all the winners at the Online Journalism Awards and kudos to Hanna, Jess and the ONA team for producing such a superb gala. It was an honor to help enable the conference with you from the Welcome Reception, to networking session and panel discussions to the OJAs. So proud to have enabled this community of pioneering journalists to share, collaborate and progress the best practices of their profession through this tumultuous time.






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Terry Matlen
AUTHOR, PSYCHOTHERAPIST AND CONSULTANT
"I've never seen a webinar that is so calming and fun to do. Thank you Shindig!"
October 16th 2020
Podcast Movement Virtual Starts Monday 10/19
 

So excited to be assisting Podcast Movement with their annual convening of the podcasting community and to add all the socialization, networking and opportunities to deepen relationships amongst fellow community members that have made all prior in person Podcast Movement conferences so critically valuable. As more conferences go virtual in these tough times, it’s so important to incorporate socialization among attendees to recreate the dynamics of an in person event.


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October 16th 2020
Jeff Selingo Joins Bryan Alexander's Future Trends Forum
 

Bryan Alexander and the ever growing Future Trends Forum community got a chance to talk with Jeff Selingo about his profoundly important new work, Who Gets In.  And the community did not disappoint, bringing out from Jeff fresh insights that we had not heard on many of his other speaking engagements.





Seeing Jeff not just address face to face questions from other educators, but get into real discussions with other knowledgeable professionals was so much more refreshing than the tired old webinar format where a moderator reads questions aloud.  Hats off to Bryan for cultivating an amazing community and congratulations to Jeff on what all say is such an exceptional, not to miss, book. Know what we are reading next.


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October 16th 2020
Harvard Class of 1975 to Hold Memorial Service on Shindig
 

Delighted to have helped 200 members of the Harvard’s Class of 75 to share their thoughts, memories and respects to those departed in an absolutely beautiful ceremony this past Saturday. Bill Hughes and the Class of 75 chairs’ shared vision in creating this extraordinary online experience is inspiring in its own right. They demonstrated a model of how a community under COVID might best virtually memorialize the deceased, while also underscoring their own commitment to enriching their class members' connections to one another. Bravo.






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tHF0o5ZK7k

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October 10th 2020
Amazon Goodreads and Netflix Look to Shindig to Help Engage Enola Holmes Fans
 

So excited to have Shindig enable the recent VIP promo event for Netflix and Amazon with over 700 Amazon Goodreads members celebrating the release of the new Netflix film ‘Enola Holmes’. It was inspiring to hear from Jenny Han, Roshani Chokski, Angie Thomas and, the author of the Enola Holmes series herself, Nancy Springer as they regaled the audience with stories of how their careers came to be and dispensed invaluable advice to the up and coming writers in the audience.






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October 8th 2020
Enable The Best Virtual Learning Experience with Shindig
 

Fascinating article in Fast Company from September regarding Zoom’s failings for virtual learning asks the question: why does [Zoom] still feel like a corporate meeting app that has been MacGyvered into an education platform?





Because it is. Zoom was never designed to enable the dynamics of a classroom experience.





Shindig, on the other hand, was designed from the ground up for flexible interactivity. With Shindig, teachers can address the whole class, cold call or take student’s video chat questions. They can also circulate through the class to provide individualized private attention to students who need it, all without having to worry about Zoom-bombing (Shindig was designed to prevent that too).





And beyond better classrooms, Shindig enables the full 360 of online education. In K-12 this includes parents meetings, where parents in different locations can attend together to discuss in real time; professional development, where active participation is critical; departmental and district meetings where the floor might be opened and or video chat contributions solicited from any of 1000 attendees; and more.





Don't wait for Zoom to try and add incremental improvements. Start with something designed to address educators' needs from the get go. Shindig.


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September 16th 2020
Accenture Joins the Shindig Client Family
 

So pleased to announce that we’ve added Accenture to the Shindig client family. We’re incredibly excited to provide our technology to the Accenture team and look forward to supporting many successful events moving forward.


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September 16th 2020
Fandom Utilizes Shindig's Technology to Create Pioneering Trivia Game Show
 

It has been an honor to watch Fandom becoming a pioneering force using Shindig’s revolutionary technology. In their groundbreaking Fandom 5: Trivia series, Fandom’s producers have utilized Shindig’s technology to create an entirely new form of digital content and entertainment by designing a broadcast quality trivia game show where contestants and viewers can tune in from all over the world to be a part of the show as it’s happening. We look forward to seeing more excellent content from Fandom and applaud their creative and forward thinking approach to content creation in the time of COVID






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCI3kfKjQjE

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September 16th 2020
Morehouse College Moves Online with Shindig
 

So pleased to have enabled the great folks at Morehouse College to host their 2020 fall semester Parents and  Freshman Sendoff, Welcome to the House, on Shindig. Fantastic to hear from recent graduates as well as the parents of incoming students about their thoughts on the occasion as well as what makes Morehouse a special institution. Hoping that Shindig’s technology can continue to allow Morehouse to engage their students in the warm and collegial manner that informed this event.






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SfVk35WawU

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September 16th 2020
West Point Alums Cheer Army Football to Resounding Victory at Virtual Tailgate & Watch Party
 

Rah Rah ... so pleased to help West Point’s glorious alums to come together in support of the Army Football Team on opening day. It was an awesome sight to see alums leading the Army fight song and partaking in the traditional post-touchdown pushups. We love to see the strong school spirit manifest on Shindig and we look forward to many more Army Football tailgate parties this season.






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnUidP3lJgk

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September 16th 2020
Shindig Hosts Georgetown University's Fall Club Fair With Over 2,500 Students
 

It was our pleasure to enable Georgetown University to host their CAB Club Fair online using Shindig. The student organizers faced quite a challenge in hosting sessions for over 270 clubs simultaneously, but by working with Shindig, they were able to successfully convene almost the entire incoming freshman class with upperclassmen student leaders. Cheers to Georgetown for providing their student body with the opportunity to socialize and engage virtually; we hope our technology will be used to create an entire virtual campus environment for students this fall.






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkMnjFrxUM0

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September 16th 2020
Johnson County Dems Record Breaking Virtual Gala
 

It was our great pleasure to enable the Johnson County Dems to host their annual Gala on Shindig. A thrill to enable Reps Adam Schiff, Rep Sharice Davids and others to engage in video chat Q&A with this special audience and for the preceding VIP reception. 





“Our gala this year went digital but we were still able to set a new fundraising record. Through Shindig, our attendees were able to enjoy all of the mingling and socializing of an in-person event while also getting to hear from our special guests Representatives Adam Schiff and Sharice Davids.” - Cole Robinson, Gala Director, Johnson County Democrats






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X70h5Q2OSz8

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August 18th 2020
Kevin Smith Strikes Back
 

Happy Birthday Kevin, and thanks for the lesson in gratitude. So pleased that Kevin Smith liked the Shindig experience of engaging with fans so much that he returned on occasion of his 50th with an extra special fan treat, 50 years, 50 questions. As always Kevin gave back to the fans far more than they ever bargained for sustaining himself for a 5 hour session of Q&A with almost 1,000 birthday well wishers. No wonder he maintains one of the most devoted fans audiences around the world.


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July 24th 2020
Virtual Keynote from EASA2020 Day 3
Image of Virtual Keynote at EASA2020 with speaker's video featured prominantly with dimmed background
 

1,900 Anthropologists attended the digital conference with virtual keynotes from top experts in the field.





Shindig is glad to have hosted day 3 of the EASA2020 conference with virtual keynotes from some of the foremost anthropologists in the world. The conference included all the components that their planned in-person Lisbon event including virtual keynote addresses, plenary sessions, meet & greets and structured presentations with virtual Q&A.





Learn more about Shindig's virtual keynote and Q&A features HERE!






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July 24th 2020
Fandom, VidCon and Innovation for Equity are all on Shindig
 

Shindig is proud to be hosting several large virtual events on our platform this week. 





Events by Fandom, VidCon and Innovation for Equity are all happening right now. 





We love to see the diversity of communities that have been utilizing Shindig to convene virtually and we are constantly working to bring Shindig to everyone looking to hold top notch virtual events in this trying time.


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July 22nd 2020
Senator Chris Murphy hosted Cal Cunningham for a Virtual Fundraiser with Shindig Helping to Make it Especially Memorable and Effective.
 

So proud to have enabled Senator Murphy’s fundraiser for Cal Cunningham’s Senate campaign in North Carolina. Thank you to Brendan, Toby and all involved. We’re so delighted to see our tech used to foster this type of conversation and provide a platform for the candidate to share his vision for the future in candid video chat dialog with donors before a large online audience as only Shindig could enable.


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July 7th 2020
Kevin Smith Makes the Move to Shindig
 





Director Kevin Smith stopped by to engage with members of That Kevin Smith Club last Saturday morning. The private meet and greets were previously done via text chat, so we were thrilled to provide the opportunity for everyone to chat face to face. We’re looking forward to hosting more events with Kevin, but we’ll let him speak for himself:










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July 10th 2020
I Guess We're Flattered
 

On Wednesday, Microsoft introduced a “revolutionary” new enhancement to Teams that they claim will solve the problem of Zoom fatigue.





Zoom fatigue is real, but it’s not caused entirely by the grid or solved by a prettier background.





It comes from the loss of autonomy and being forced to submit to an online experience that doesn't give participants the freedom to interact naturally; to sidebar, socialize, network, collaborate, and have ad hoc conversations with fellow attendees. Every time one has to suppress one's desire to speak privately to a fellow attendee or one wonders why they only get to ask questions in text and can't address the speaker themselves one gets a little more frustrated. Only Shindig addresses this by allowing all the freedom to meaningfully participate on their own terms.


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March 8th 2018
HQ Surpasses 2 Million Live; Time to Rethink the Power of Live Online Events?
 
Oscar Night was a big night for Frances McDormand, Jordan Peele, and Guillermo del Toro, but perhaps one of the most noteworthy and least recognized winners of the night was HQ Trivia. At approximately 9:06 pm ET, just after Dunkirk won the golden trophy for Best Sound Editing, some 2.18 million people were drawn from whatever they were doing, or possibly watching, by the siren call of Scott Rogowsky aka Quiz Daddy, aka Edward Quizzerhands, aka Quizzie McGuire, hosting HQ Trivia, the mobile Trivia show.

Let’s put HQ’s Sunday night audience in perspective for a moment.

2.18 million is more than the audience that typically tunes into Trump’s beloved morning program Fox and Friends (or CNN for that matter). It’s also more than the average viewership of Jimmy K’s other gig, Jimmy Kimmel Live.

From another perspective, 2.18 million live is over a hundred Madison Square Garden sellouts at once.

Indeed, the audience HQ got is more than the entire digital paid subscription of each of the nation’s major print outlets (WSJ, Washington Post, LA Times, USA Today) with the exception of the New York Times (now reportedly up to 2.6 million paid subscribers).

So, in light of HQ’s momentous success in aggregating live audience, is it finally time to retire the myth that audiences don’t respond to live online events?

For the last decade, media companies have persuaded themselves that their online audiences are simply not interested in engaging live. The perceived failure of media’s experiments with Google Hangouts circa 2013 and 2014, the flash in the pan of Meerkat and then Periscope, and the more recent disappointments around Facebook Live have all been blamed on the audience’s purported lack of interest in live events.  

The success of HQ suggests that judgment may be premature. Perhaps it is the nature of the media’s live offerings and specifically their lack of audience engagement that have doomed past attempts at live online events.

HQ’s success demonstrates, more than anything, that audience participation can trump more static TV studio type production for the internet. That spontaneous off the cuff interactions with a live audience is an irresistible force, sometimes more powerful in its appeal than the $$$ sometimes thrown at “production value”

While playing HQ, one is very much aware that it is decidedly not a TV show. Passive viewers in former TVLand have now been replaced by active participants out there in iPhone/Androidland and it is the interactions of these participants who are now the focus, such as their collective successes or failures on full view as well  as the conversations among friends as they play on phones side by side with one another.)

Sure, the possibility of winning the $20 or so dollars a small elite group gets deposited nightly in their online wallet is enticing; but it is no accident that majority of the show is Scott's banter, his mangling the names of participants as he attempts to call out an impossible number of them; his commenting on random texts, sharing birthday wishes, and poking fun of groups of participants to the delight of others. It is our involvement with Scott, our desire to be personally acknowledged and/or perchance celebrated on the closing review of winners that keeps us there until the end and coming back for more.

We certainly could not have predicted HQ’s success. Who knows whether two years ago the founders themselves imagined their ability to drag 2 million away from Hollywood’s greatest night to play trivia. But they have clearly created a new paradigm that demands recognition.

It should be abundantly clear to all in media that live online events can compete at scale with pre-recorded content of all varieties and that a secret ingredient to making this possible is audience participation.

In celebrating HQ’s hard-earned achievement, we are excited to enable other creatives to similarly pioneer new live online experiences. The Shindig large scale video chat platform offers media entrepreneurs the opportunity to engage audiences in wholly new ways, empowering the transformation of static audience/spectators into active personalities who can directly engage with hosts as well as their fellow audience members.

If you’re ready to join the live phenomenon, jump into the post-text era, and take advantage of the immense participation that large-scale online events can generate, check out Shindig’s large scale video chat technology.
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February 27th 2018
5 Ways for Businesses to Balance Automation and Authenticity in 2018
 
I recently came across a Forbes Article from contributor Ian Altman who is a strategic advisor, author and internationally sought keynote speaker on integrity-based sales and business development. Ian outlines the top business trends that will drive success in 2018 for your company. Below are the five I’m most excited about:

1. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE DRIVES CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE Leading companies are embracing AI to perform repeatable, redundant tasks and to process large amounts of data not to avoid human interaction, but to enrich it.”

Yes! In today’s age of “engagement automation” we will need to build trust and authenticity more than ever and AI will help us understand where and when to provide that. The trick is providing live face-to-face communication “at-scale” to match the automated text and voice communication that comes from Artificial Intelligence. More on the importance of live interaction below...


(P.S. I will be speaking on a panel, “Real AI for Real Sales” in San Francisco at the Sales 3.0 Conference on March 12-13. Additional featured speakers are Keith KrachNancy NardinGerhard GschwandtnerAlice HeimanElay Cohen and more.)


2. COMMUNITIES EMBRACE LIVE INTERACTIONS OVER SOCIAL MEDIA - “ ...top companies realize that building great communities engenders long-term brand loyalty. Nothing drives strong communities better than in-person and live interactions."

Bravo! Communities need the freedom to organically connect live, learn socially, and bond over shared experiences, just like they would at in-person events. It should be in every brand’s customer engagement strategy to provide an online forum that represents those in-person dynamics at internet scale. Social media is not going away anytime soon, and communities will continue to learn “on-demand”. The video that comes from those authentic interactions can be both a powerful social media and social learning content asset. More on social learning below....


3. SOCIAL LEARNING OUTPERFORMS REMOTE LEARNING - "Social-learning promotes autonomy and self-direction, increasing overall learner engagement. It can also be a welcome departure from online courses which can be lonely, isolated experiences that lack engagement. Learners do not feel the presence of other learners in the experience."

As a professional who has built a career out of selling webinars, this one really hits home. Social Learning may be one of humankind’s oldest forms of learning but somehow hasn’t translated completely to webinars, which are predominately used for employee and customer engagement. Let’s face it, webinar technologies like Webex or GoToMeeting can actually make your audience feel more isolated and lonely. If we barely tolerate “death by powerpoint” why are we still stuck in an online version of it? Your online community is gravitating towards more engaging ways to learn. As they start to experience social learning online, it’s the face-to-face interactions with experts and peers they will seek more than your ppt slide deck.


I hate to say it, but it is finally time to say “Death to Webinars”?  


4. LIVE STREAMING VIDEO CONTENT GAINS MOMENTUM - "Customers demand real connections, with real people. Live video has the ability to give many businesses a face AND a soul.”

Amen! Live video is a critical component to connect to today’s online audience because that is the way they want to engage. Even as we aim to personalize content to the right audience at the right time, your customers and employees are still seeking “real connections, with real people” in their “critical moments of truth” with your brand.


5. SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY NOT JUST BUYERS - Analyst Jon Reed writes marketers also “should be thinking in terms of “buyer’s community” or “buyer’s network.” Reed notes that “buyers aren’t always buying but they are always learning” and “we shouldn’t only be targeting buyers.”

There you have it. As we begin to depend on a troop of “bots” or “intelligent agents” to personalize and distribute content aimed at advancing a buyer through a buying journey, our human effort will shift towards producing the brand trust and loyalty that will strengthen our entire online community, so that when they are ready, they will look to us as a trusted resource to solve their problem.


The businesses that will thrive in 2018 and beyond will be those that can balance personalized engagement from artificial intelligence with online platforms that deliver the community pillars of human-to-human, in-person event and social learning dynamics at internet scale.


I'm excited to be speaking at the Sales 3.0 Conference this March and look forward to seeing you there. For more info and tickets click here or contact me directly at scott@shindigevents.com.


 
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February 12th 2018
NYT’s "The Post-Text Future”: Are Video Chat Events The Answer?
 
Friday NYT’s Welcome to the Post-Text Future article describes the new media reality.

Surviving may depend on right-sizing expense associated with video production while also engaging an audience in a new exciting way.


TALK RADIO came of age when radio found itself with timeslots with impossibly low CPMs.

REALITY TV was born when cable found itself unable to sustain the production cost of quality of scripted programing.

Both formats were soon recognized as also being compelling new modes of entertainment, equally popular with audiences as the more expensive productions that were previous gold standards. These new formats uncovered audiences unending and previously untapped desire to be part of the show.

Shindig video chat events; (interactive newsmaker interviews, weeks in review, Q&As, town halls, and forums) derive their appeal from the same dynamics. Audience’s desire for meaningful engagement; Advertisers desire for demonstrable evidence of such.

In an age where people (advertisers and audiences both) prize authenticity above all else, nothing can feel more authentic than the unscripted dialogues between personalities and their public that Shindig uniquely enables.

And no format has the potential for timeliness, relevance, or cost-effectiveness than live online events: able to be convened with a tweet; produced almost instantly in the cloud; and with hosts, guests, and participants all on devices from wherever they happen to be.

If your organization is ready to explore the future online video chat events holds we hope you will reach out.

Get in touch with the Shindig Team.

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February 6th 2018
How Publishers Can Thrive Under Facebook’s New Algorithm
 
Live interactive online events around news content maybe THE answer to Facebook’s plan to de-prioritize branded content in favor of friends and family and Shindig is the only platform where you can create large-scale online events that are just as interactive and memorable as real life.

According to Facebook there are three ways to ensure your content makes the cut with this new algorithm:

1) Be authentic
2) Create meaningful interactions, like long, thoughtful comments
3) Engage the friends and family network.


Here's how Shindig’s unique technology delivers on all three and more.

Your brand creates a stimulating conversation around a topic that is relevant to you and your audience and invites 1,000 fans to join the conversation LIVE on your custom URL (you can involve sponsors, if you like). During your real-time video chat, you welcome audience members up on your virtual stage to ask your journalists and/or newsmakers their own questions. Lastly, you gain maximum exposure by simulcasting your event on Facebook’s choice feature, Facebook Live receiving six times the interactions of non-Live videos.

What’s more authentic than a lively forum of engagement that liberates your audience with face-to face-interactions at internet scale? Image the number of long comments generated by such real-time conversations! Think of the potential reach when influencers and audience members share the event on their personal Facebook pages with an exuberant “watch me in this clip!”.

Creating a world where your audience expects the most exciting, most interactive content directly from you is now more accessible than ever. Shindig requires no download, no install, is totally mobile, and is remarkably easy to use, brand, and promote. It comes equipped with monetizing capabilities and customizable backgrounds and widgets perfect for sponsorship, branding, and in context e-commerce.

Check out some recent events hosted by big names on Shindig: MIT Technology Review, Turner Classic Movies & BSU, and the NYC Deputy Mayor’s Office.

Ready to host your own Shindig? Get in touch with the Shindig Team.
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November 9th 2017
Inside Higher Ed & Online Learning Consortium to Host Interactive Interview Series at OLC Accelerate 2017
 
Inside Higher Ed, the online media company for higher education and go-to source of online news, thought leadership, and opinion, is hosting a two-day series of fully interactive interviews with experts and thought leaders in higher education technology at the Online Learning Consortium’s annual international conference, OLC Accelerate. These interviews will be powered by Shindig, the premier video chat event provider.

Attendees will be able to interact with each other over video chat during the interviews, as well as partake in video chat Q&As with the interviewees and ask questions throughout.

The interviews will be moderated by Inside Higher Ed Editor & Co-Founder Doug Lederman, and will occur over two days: Wednesday, November 15th, from 11:30am - 1:30pm ET and Thursday, November 16th, from 12:00pm - 2:00pm ET.

The growing list of confirmed interviewees includes Curtis Bonk, Professor at Indiana University and Owner of CourseShare; Phil Hill, Co-Publisher of the e-Literate blog, Co-Producer of e-Literate TV, and Partner at MindWires Consulting; Rolin Moe, Assistant Professor and the Director of the Institute for Academic Innovation at Seattle Pacific University; and Jill Buban, Senior Director of Research & Innovation at the ‎Online Learning Consortium; with more being added.

“We are excited to be partnering with Inside Higher Ed and Shindig to extend the reach of the thought leadership that will be on hand next week at OLC Accelerate to those who are unable to be there in person,” said OLC’s Buban. “We thank our community of digital learning experts who will be sharing their insights through these interviews, and we look forward to some tremendously interactive discussions.”

“OLC’s conference is a key gathering place for the most thoughtful and creative people in digital learning, and Inside Higher Ed (and our “Inside Digital Learning” newsletter) are excited about taking advantage of the Shindig platform to bring the innovative ideas of these smart people to those who can’t be in Orlando with us,” Lederman said.

“The Shindig team is thrilled for this partnership and the chance to power more thought-provoking conversations in the education space, as well as foster new connections between interested people who couldn’t make it in person,” said Christopher Downs, Shindig’s Vice President of Business Development for Higher Education.

RSVP for the first in this series at https://gateway.shindig.com/event/accelerate.
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October 16th 2017
Cornell University & the University at Buffalo Partner on Shindig Event Series to Discuss Women In Tech
 
Shindig is proud to partner with the UB Women in STEM Cooperative on "The Next 10 Years: Helping STEM Students Thrive," a series of video chat events on inclusion and improving the status of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Cooperative itself is a collaboration between the University at Buffalo and Cornell University and features the perspectives of national thought leaders and institutional representatives about expanding the participation of women in undergraduate STEM education at different scales.

The series features monthly events until January, each featuring a new set of experts and opening the floor to questions from attendees. Participants are encouraged to join the conversation, ask questions, share their stories, build their networks, and further their understanding of topics including:

  • Innovations that can expand female or underrepresented minority student participation and success in STEM undergraduate education

  • Effective evidence-based STEM teaching practices commonly adopted at research universities

  • Unique institutional and cultural challenges to achieving STEM diversity

  • What difference at scale looks like


The first event in the series took place last week, with great engagement and feedback from the attendees. There are three more scheduled as follows:

Don't miss out on this groundbreaking series and sign up today!
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September 6th 2017
Shindig Offers Free Video Chat Classrooms and Meeting Spaces to South Texas Schools & Colleges
 
Shindig is proud to offer free video chat classrooms and meeting spaces to all educational institutions affected by flooding from Hurricane Harvey. With the academic year beginning, many school systems, both K-12 and higher ed, will face a shortage of physical classrooms and disruption due to the dislocation of staff, teachers and students.

As Marci Powell, former president of the Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA), put it:

Now is the time to lean into distance learning for overcoming this disaster. Through state-of-the-art virtual learning environments such as Shindig, we can start the semester and keep classes going."

To that end, Shindig is offering its technology for FREE to educational institutions for virtual classrooms and large-scale parental or faculty outreach.

With Shindig, dislocated teachers and dislocated students will be able to meet for classes with all the same interactivity that they would enjoy in their physical classrooms if such were available.

The tech enables an online teacher to move seamlessly between addressing the whole class to circulating around the class to coach students individually. It also allows students to form teams and discuss the class material privately with one another in smaller groups just like the would in their physical facilities.

Similarly, Shindig enables large-scale town halls or all hands meetings in which up to 1,000 audience members can participate, both addressing the entire gathering or discussing issues in small groups.

The technology is also being made available to relief organizations for planning meetings and community outreach.

Any institutions interested in using Shindig’s technology are encouraged to attend any of the upcoming scheduled info sessions available for sign up by emailing info@shindig.com.
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August 29th 2017
FantasyPros Starts Hosting Premium Forums With Experts on Shindig
 
FantasyPros is one of the premier online resources and communities for all things fantasy sports. It's branched out from being a forum for fantasy sports fans to bringing on its own in-house experts, write articles and produce content aimed at informing FantasyPros readership/subscribers how to win their fantasy leagues.

FantasyPros started using Shindig as a forum to host exclusive, gated Q&As for a handpicked group of premium subscribers with their resident experts, Mike Tagliere and Bobby Sylvester. In the forums, subscribers ask Mike and Bobby a series of rapid-fire questions about their fantasy football dilemmas. Not only have the Shindig Q&A events added value for existing premium subscribers, but they also incentivize would-be subscribers to opt for a premium subscription because it gives them access to immediate actionable feedback for their lineups.
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May 22nd 2017
Thanks to our virtual attendees of the EdSurge ASU + GSV Interview Series!
 
On the week of May 8th, 2017, anyone and everyone with a vested interest in learning and talent innovation packed their bags and headed to Salt Lake City to attend this year’s ASU + GSV Summit. Shindig was certainly in attendance, and not just to mingle with the learning community, but to also power an interactive interview series, produced on-site by leading edtech media outlet, EdSurge. The series featured some of the most influential thought leaders, top executives, and authority figures within the business of providing or enabling education. Some big names included: Chip Paucek (Co-Founder and CEO of 2U, Inc.), Scott Pulsipher (President of Western Governors University), and Jessie Woolley-Wilson (President and CEO of DreamBox Learning), to name just a few. Thanks to all those that tuned in and participated! And for those of you that missed out on the live event, no worries! Follow this blog, or any of our social media pages (FB + Twitter), to stay tuned for when we upload the event recordings.
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May 22nd 2017
The International Rhino Foundation hosted a live Q&A on Shindig
 
On May 12th, The International Rhino Foundation hosted a live Q&A on Shindig, in tandem with their Facebook Live event, to share the latest successes and the challenges of preserving the Sumatran rhino. For 25 years, the International Rhino Foundation has championed the survival of the world’s rhinos through conservation and research. They do what it takes to ensure that rhinos survive for future generations and part of the work is promoting awareness through informational sessions, like this Shindig event.

The IRA’s Executive Director, Dr. Susie Ellis, and Deputy Director, CeCe Sieffert, were in tow to answer questions on behalf of the foundation. Attendees received an in-the-trenches account of the preservation efforts and even got to view video footage of a baby rhino named Delilah's first birthday celebration. Interested in promoting awareness to and social interaction with your cause? Let us know, we can help.
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Testimonials

Cole Robinson
JOHNSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS, GALA DIRECTOR

“Our gala this year went digital but we were still able to set a new fundraising record for net revenue. Through Shindig, our attendees were able to enjoy all of the mingling and socializing of an in-person event while also getting to hear from
our special guests Representatives
Adam Schiff and Sharice Davids.”

Frederick K. Swaniker
FOUNDER, AFRICAN LEADERSHIP GROUP

“We recently used the Shindig platform and it was truly amazing, especially being able to see how the team interacted with each other and how it brought our community to life. 

I believe that this could be revolutionary for education. Its ability to create a real classroom experience online really paves the way for increased engagement among participants and even welcomes creative expression.”

Kevin Smith
DIRECTOR, COMEDIAN

"More of this, less of everything else. F*ck typing! Can you imagine the first two of these we did typing...like cavepeople...nah, now we talk to each other like we’re the f*ckin’ Jetsons. This is tremendous."

Rohan Jackson
MANAGING DIRECTOR, NOMAD IT

“Shindig helped us deliver the largest ever online anthropology conference, EASA2020, giving 1900 delegates multiple ways to present, and engage with one another with a real sense of virtual shared space. The final night party – a right shindig! – surpassed our expectations as delegates showed off their dancing skills to colleagues listening to the same DJ set.”

Michelle Issing
DESIGNING EVENTS

"We had 72 hours to confirm 60+ sessions, train presenters, learn the software, revamp sponsorship packages, develop and implement massive communications plans, design the system, build an online program, and so, so much more.  The decision was made on Wednesday.  The transformation happened Thursday through Saturday.  And the virtual conference launched on Sunday.  

Thank you Shindig for providing the unique software that actually made me feel like I was with these conference attendees for 4 days, engaging with them in ways that truly mimicked an in-person experience."

Phil Hill
EDTECH EXPERT AND CO-PUBLISHER OF E-LITERATE BLOG
"I have to admit this was one of the best virtual discussions I’ve had, and more than half of the session was driven by audience questions."
Sheryl Sandberg
COO FACEBOOK AND CO-FOUNDER LEANIN.ORG
“We did a video chat using Shindig with the student leaders. It was incredible to see all of their faces and interact directly with those asking questions. The technology worked seamlessly. Congratulations on this great technology.”
Margarita Elizabeth
YOUTUBE STAR
"Shindig is a very cool platform and I love how you can talk face to face with your viewers. It makes the experience more memorable. I had a great time hosting and I know my viewers had a great time watching."
Dr. Atira Charles
PROFESSOR, FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
"The Shindig platform has transformed the way in which we digitally engage with our students. It allows the faculty an opportunity to diversify the curriculum and pedagogical approaches, while aligning with the millennial students eagerness to digitally engage."
Jada Gomez-Lacayo
PROGRAMMING OPERATIONS MANAGER, INTERACTIVE ONE
“What’s the best way to describe Shindig? It’s like Google Hangout’s cooler older brother, with the better gadgets. The platform brings any event into a branded social media experience that can be attended anywhere."
Student
DUKE UNIVERSITY
"Today's Shindig event blew me away. MOOCs introduced me to Google Hangouts and I thought they were amazing. But taking part in today's event and actually interacting with students and Professor Comer was so motivational and inspiring."
Norman Lear
TELEVISION WRITER AND PRODUCER
“This technology astounds me!”
Jim Cramer
HOST OF CNBC'S 'MAD MONEY'
"You know I love this format. It was very cool."
Peter Rosenberg
HOT97 DJ & CO-HOST OF 'CHEAP HEAT' PODCAST
"Thanks to Shindig for allowing me to chat directly with my fans and take their questions. This is the future of fan engagement."
Margaret Bearn
REUNION CHAIR, SWARTHMORE CLASS OF 1945
"Shindig far exceeded Skype's capacity and should be a great enabler in the future for gatherings with such far-flung participants."
Nick Blunden
SVP OF DIGITAL, THE ECONOMIST
"An exciting opportunity for The Economist to bring SXSW to readers around the globe using the latest video chat technology.”
Jeremy Gutsche
CEO, TRENDHUNTER.COM
"Shindig created a pretty awesome live-streaming experience, effectively DJing an interview between me and the fans. I loved it!"
Nathan Gebhard
CO-FOUNDER, ROAD TRIP NATION
"The opportunity to share Roadtrip Nation with so many people in one (digital) space was terrific. The experience felt expansive and personal at the same time."
Lauren Fritsch
MANAGING PARTNER, TCC CONSULTING GROUP
"I love the Shindig interface! It makes web conferencing events visual, tangible and feel more IRL."
Tom Woods
FOUNDER, LIBERTY CLASSROOM
"Shindig has facilitated some excellent Q&A sessions between my faculty and members of our educational website. It boasts all kinds of exciting and useful features -- and the staff is very helpful, too."
David DeSchryver, Esq.
CO-DIRECTOR, WHITEBOARD ADVISORS
"It is good to present. It is better to engage ideas and to spark conversations that make others jump into the fray. That is what Shindig can do and it's a huge differentiator."
Denise Comer
PROFESSOR, DUKE UNIVERSITY
"It was fun to see people regrouping and mixing up. I liked that I could join small groups and bring people up in front of the class. It was really nice to be able to connect with the students in this way!"
Terry Matlen
AUTHOR, PSYCHOTHERAPIST AND CONSULTANT
"I've never seen a webinar that is so calming and fun to do. Thank you Shindig!"

Not Just Video Chat

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