Find your holiday cookie inspiration in Rapt Media’s interactive baking video

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Have you decided what type of cookie you will bring to your company party or family gathering this holiday season? If the answer is no, you’re in luck. You can find your cookie inspiration with our Interactive Baking Experience.

This time last year, we launched our first episode of “Baking with Jonathan,” an interactive baking experience hosted by our VP of Engineering, Jonathan Woodard. We had so much fun creating it, that we decided to come back for Year 2. Though Jonathan loved making his mom’s bourbon pecan pie last year, he’s a sucker for cookies (no, not the browser session data kind of cookies), so we decided to bake three different types of holiday cookies – Linzer, Thumbprint, and Classic Cutout – and let you decide which cookie Jonathan makes.

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Ogilvy renews with Rapt Media for Year 2 of Philips interactive video campaign

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Ever have one of those nights that you can’t quite recall pieces of the next morning? No? Good for you! Yes? You’re not alone. That’s how the opening scene of the Philips interactive video campaign, Designed to Play,” started off when it launched more than a year ago, and that’s also how it starts in the campaign’s second iteration one year later.

Renewing its agreement with Rapt Media for a second year, interactive agency Ogilvy & Mather Duesseldorf is using Rapt Media’s interactive video technology for an updated version of Philips’ “Designed to Play” campaign.

As part of a concerted effort to reach a young, tech-savvy audience on mobile devices, the Philips interactive video campaign allows men to explore the shaving style possibilities afforded by the Philips Click & Style electric razor by immersing them in an entertaining, playful, mobile interactive video experience. And “possibilities” is the key word here. The campaign, which originally launched with “one guy, 5 styles, 625 possibilities,” has added a sixth style to the second year, increasing the number of possible outcomes to 1,296 possibilities. Trust us, you’ll want to click on all of them to see what kind of shenanigans our main character was up to the night before.
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16 things for which we’re thankful: Rapt Media 2014 year in review

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It’s been an action-packed year here at Rapt Media. Some of our Rapt Media 2014 highlights include:

It seems like just yesterday that we were writing our year-in-review blog post and listing all the things for which we were thankful. Tis the season once again. Some of the Rapt Media “Raptors” took a few minutes to reflect on the past year. Below, we share some of our highlights from 2014.

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Introducing the Rapt Media Interactive Storyboarder

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Having a hard time thinking about, planning, and executing an interactive video project? Hey, we hear you – making the leap from traditional linear video to interactive video requires a new way of thinking. In addition, creating an interactive video experience also tends to require sign-off from key stakeholders. The easiest way to get that initial approval hearkens back to the age-old writing technique of “show, don’t tell.”

Imagine trying to pitch an interactive video by showing a linear experience. Telling your stakeholders that it’ll do X, Y, and Z when it’s interactive just doesn’t pack the same punch as showing a working, interactive prototype. So how can you pitch and test your interactive video concept?

To make the initial process of building and getting approval of your interactive video easier, we created the Rapt Media Interactive Storyboarder. With it, you can take a concept and turn it into a working prototype within minutes, increasing your chances of selling your idea while also streamlining the entire production process.

Check out the interactive video below to learn more about Rapt Media’s Interactive Storyboarder.

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Why you shouldn’t wait until 2015 to launch your first interactive video

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News flash. Americans love online video. In fact, the U.S. watched (or started to watch) 38.2 billion videos in Q2 2014 alone – an increase of 43 percent over last year (Adobe’s “U.S. Digital Video Benchmark Report”). And while the number of online video views is on the rise, so is the number of drop-offs. According to Adobe, only about 50 percent of videos watched on desktops are viewed 75 percent of the way through, and that number plummets to 17 percent for mobile devices.

“Started to watch” versus “watched to completion” are two very different things – and a huge part of why most video marketers are still suffering from the same age-old problems: poor engagement and low conversion.

However, a subset of savvy brands and agencies are taking action and using interactive video to create content that solves those pain points. Unlike its linear cousin with deflated completion rates, interactive video sees completion rates of 90 percent and above. And that’s just one of its advantages.

Online video is the single most powerful tool companies have to communicate with customers, so don’t let your online videos fall victim to steep drop-off rates and poor ROI.

Here are 4 reasons why you should start producing interactive video and incorporate it into your online video strategy now.

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Happy Halloween from Rapt Media!

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It’s October 31st, which means only one thing: it’s Halloween! We work hard at Rapt Media, but we also like to take the time out of our busy work days to have some fun. Today, at our Boulder office, we held our first annual Rapt Media Costume Contest. We had a fabulous turnout. Costumes ranged from deranged nurse to police officer to flapper to larper to Katniss Everdeen.

We loved all of the costumes, but the winner of the contest, by unanimous vote, went to…

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Rapt Media featured in Techstars’ new ‘Where Are They Now’ video series

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Turning a startup from an idea to a success isn’t easy, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of Techstars. Rapt Media, a Techstars 2011 alum, joins 500 other startups that’ve gone through the accelerator program. Eighty percent of Techstars companies are still active, and Techstars is telling the stories of these startups in its new “Where Are They Now?” series, which highlights the post-program adventures of some of these companies.

Rapt Media is thrilled to be one of the first in this series, along with our Boulder-based friends at RoundPegg and Occipital. Check out the video below to hear how Rapt Media went from two founders and an engineer working in our CEO’s parent’s basement to where we are now: 15 employees and growing (hint: we’re hiring!).

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Sifting through the BS: Down and dirty advice on building a startup [Interactive Video]

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We had a great time at this year’s Denver Startup Week attending some insightful panels and seeing our fearless leader, Rapt Media CEO and co-founder Erika Trautman, speak alongside a handful of some of our favorite startups at two separate events – both of which were packed with eager DSW attendees. In fact, one panel, “Sifting Through the BS: Advice that Really Matters When You’re in the Trenches of Building a Business,” had 650 registered attendees and only space for 150.

For those who were able to attend the panel, a lot of ground was covered. PivotDesk’s CEO and co-founder David Mandell, Simple Energy’s CEO and founder Yoav Lurie, and Rapt Media’s CEO and co-founder Erika Trautman did indeed sift through the BS, candidly sharing their take on many of the questionable pieces of advice startups get when building their business.

For those unable to make it to the panel, or for those who attended and just want a refresher, our friends at PivotDesk recorded the whole thing. The 1.5-hour-long panel was packed with loads of great advice, and we turned the footage into an interactive video, making it easy for you to literally sift through and select the topics you want to learn more about.

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Rapt Media announced as Mashies award finalist for Best Interactive Ad Execution

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Today, Mashable announced Rapt Media as a finalist in its annual Mashies awards program that showcases outstanding digital work in marketing, advertising and social. Philips’ Rapt Media-powered interactive video campaign, “Designed to Play – One guy, 5 styles, 625 possibilities” was chosen as a finalist in the Best Interactive Ad Execution category, which recognizes the best digital ad unit with an innovative interactive component.

We’re thrilled that Mashable has recognized the great work that Ogilvy & Mather Duesseldorf did for its Philips campaign. To introduce a new generation of young European men to the style possibilities afforded by the Philips Click & Style electric razor, Ogilvy & Mather Duesseldorf chose Rapt Media’s interactive video platform to immerse customers in an entertaining, playful, mobile interactive video brand experience that could easily be duplicated into multiple languages.

It was absolutely critical that the young, tech-savvy audience it was targeting could access the video on mobile devices without downloading an app. The team needed a scalable way to produce a premium brand-engagement video, and Rapt Media was the only technology platform that could deploy Ogilvy’s creative concept in a mobile browser without requiring the viewer to download a separate app. (more…)

How many times will you die today? Confused.com’s interactive video puts a different spin on life insurance

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We love when companies use our interactive video platform to create cool projects that explain big topics in an easy-to-understand and interesting way. Confused.com, UK’s leading price-comparison website, recently announced the launch of its new video project, “How Many Times Will You Die Today,” to promote life insurance. The campaign emphasizes the importance of life insurance by taking the viewer through a day-in-the-life, video-game-like experience that uncovers some of the potential, not-so-obvious ways a person can die in a day and how dangerous the average day can actually be.

“In order to highlight the importance of having an up-to-date life insurance policy, the videos enforce that nobody can ever know what’s going to happen to them on a daily basis, and how many brushes with death they may experience, be it choking on a piece of toast, or tripping over a pile of dirty laundry,” Confused.com said in a press release.

In the video, the viewer is tasked to make it safely through the end of the day by correctly choosing the safest options and finishing the game. Clicking the right answer takes the viewer on to the next video scenario, and choosing the wrong option results in the viewer having to return to the beginning of that sequence and hopefully choosing the correct (safest) option the second time. (more…)