SXSW has become an increasingly important event for the media and entertainment industry. The numbers themselves are telling—the show has had five+ years of double digit growth, and organizers said there was a 40 percent increase in registrations for the interactive portion this year compared to 2010. On the music and film side, organizers said that last week, the city of Austin, TX saw 2,000 bands perform on 92 stages, and there were more than 275 film screenings.
While the conference and festival’s increased prominence brings more eyeballs, it also means it’s harder to stand out from the crowd. Brands need a strong online presence to create interest and drive audiences to their physical events.
The performances were so amazing and the show was the highlight of my lengthy SXSW experience, so it’s really great to know the memories can live on at an official online site for the event. I would like to see more concerts like this have an official event page. A Facebook event page may drift off into the ether after the event is done. As a fan I would like to know I have a dedicated URL I can look up any time : for instance, KillersLasersPapers.com. I have my own profile page on KillersLasersPapers (link to my profile) and I’ll be uploading some of my own videos and photos from the event over the next few days to share with fellow fans. Also, because there was a Twitter hash tag for the concert – #KillersLasersPapers – I can go back and review the conversations about the show.
UStream's Social Stream from KillersLasersPapers
The site featured a live stream of the show to fans across the globe with Gurj Bassi from MTV’s Downtown Girls hosting and providing back stage interviews with the artists. Also via UStream’s social stream, a real time chat on the front of the site (pictured right), kept the fan conversation about the show going. The social stream feature allowed fans to chat with each other during the show using their Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and AOL Instant Messenger accounts. Janelle Monae fans call themselves ‘fandroids’. Uber ‘fandroid’ Lady Maestra tweeted the right answers to questions during the online scavenger hunt, winning herself the custom designed Killers Lasers Papers Flip cam (pictured).
Some show highlights – Donnis opened up the night performing his hit ‘Eat You Alive’. B.o.B followed Donnis’ set backed by an amazing live band. He and the band played his hits ‘Nothing on You’ and ‘Airplanes’. The band really kicked into gear during a really triumphant performance of the heartfelt song ‘Don’t Let Me Fall’.
B.o.B. at KillersLasersPapers
Whiz Khalifa followed, and immediately had the crowd going with his rap ode to the Pittsburgh Steelers, ‘Black and Yellow’. Khalifa moved on to a new rap song from his catalog called ‘The Thrill’ which borrows from Empire of The Sun’s ‘Walking on a Dream’. He even did a tribute to rapper / singer Nate Dogg who recently passed away.
Wiz Khalifa talks to Scott Brown (at right), Cisco Media Solutions Group Marketing Director, about making his videos with Flip cams
Janelle Monae’s group, all dressed in super crisp black tie outfits, ran through really danceable songs like ‘Wondaland’ and ‘Dance or Die’ at the beginning of their set. She then worked up to dramatic fast moving numbers like ‘Cold War’ and ‘Tightrope’ by the end of a set that went much longer than we all expected. She pushed her performance right up to the 2 AM show close. Earlier in the evening, our marketing director Scott Brown was whisked on to the tour bus to present Miss Monae with a Flip cam. Scott remarked that Janelle is super soft spoken – likely she just saves her energy up for such epic and dramatic performances.
We will share more behind the scenes photos and videos from KillersLasersPapers on the blog when we are back from SXSW but you know the real place to stay tuned to for content from the show is KillersLasersPapers.com
Some great shots from Scott Brown follow in the slide show below.
Janelle Monae and her very talented band performing ‘Sincerely Jane’ from her first album Metropolis, at KillersLasersPapers
I looked back to my blog post on SXSW Interactive 2010. I wrote in 2010, SXSW Interactive attendance was up 40% from 2009. Well can imagine it’s up another 40% in 2011 – I haven’t seen the latest statistics yet. Long lines dominated my first day attending panels at SXSW Interactive.
Also, the conference is much more spread out this year – with interactive panels spread out in hotels and other venues across Austin. No matter how hard you try, it’s not easy to get to all the panels you want to see. When it come to media and entertainment – SXSW Interactive has plenty of panels to offer about how digital and social media are changing experiences with content. The two trends I noticed right away for SXSW 2011 are:
1. Mobile applications seem to have the share of attention at interactive – and many of them are focused on ‘getting together’ around interests – nightlife events, food, photos, fashion.
2. Content creators are focused on extending their brands across digital platforms and in the real world – this trend was highlighted by the term I kept hearing at the conference – transmedia. You can follow the term on Twitter via the hash tag to learn more – #transmedia.
While I was at the blogger lounge sucking up all the bandwidth I could get, Cisco colleague Jeff Marusak was out in the field taking notes. He attended some panels on how to mine social media for customer insights and we’ll share some takeaways from those panels in this post.
If you’re a media exec in charge of marketing a content brand, or a technologist tasked with developing cutting-edge online experiences for your portfolio, then you’re probably at SXSW to discuss the social revolution taking place in the business of and the experience with entertainment content.
Over the last couple of years, executives and entertainers alike have begun to harness the power of “social.” Artists have flocked to Twitter and Facebook to launch projects and connect with fans. Media companies have incorporated social into their promotion campaigns and built communities of fans around their content. All of this is great, but questions remain around the long-term value of these efforts:
How do you convert social engagement to new revenue streams?
How do you turn a social snacking experience into a long-term relationship between consumers and your branded content?
What’s the right mix of social components for your brand, and how do you get them to achieve the objectives you have? (Or more fundamentally, what IS your strategy for how you’re using social technologies?)
How can you scale the successes you’ve had with one site/artist/brand to an entire portfolio of brands? Read More »
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (and not listening to rock) for the last 24 years, you’ve probably heard of the annual South by Southwest Music + Film + Interactive Festival held in Austin, Texas every March. This fast-growing show attracts a crowd of 35,000+ people who are there to look at the best in original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. We’re excited that the Cisco Media Solutions Group (CMSG) will be participating in force this year, not only by showcasing Cisco Eos-enabled sites at our booth, but also by getting involved in one of the most anticipated shows at the festival: Killers, Lasers, Papers!
At 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, Grammy-winning artists Cee Lo Green, Lupe Fiasco, and Wiz Khalifa are coming together at La Zona Rosa to deliver a performance that is sure to steal the limelight at SXSW! Presented by Atlantic and Elektra Records, Killers, Lasers, Papers is an event that you won’t want to miss, and now you have no excuse for missing it. Why? Because the full event will stream live to a global audience from the Cisco Eos-powered site www.killerslaserspapers.com, as well as each of the artists web sites. Not only will you be able to watch the show live from your computer, or Internet-enabled TV, the event can also be viewed from your tablet or smartphone. Read More »