Fairy Lights; Holograms that respond to Human Touch

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

Holograms as a concept have existed since the 1940’s. Holograms currently exist by a variety of means, each with its own benefits and limitations.

One of the limitations of holograms is that they are not fully interactive. Trying to touch a hologram could interfere with how the lazer is reflecting the image, and so interrupt the holographic image on display.

This limitation has been overcome by a team of Japanese scientists from the Digital Nature Group. Using short lazer pulses at very short intervals, a hologram is created that can be felt. The hologram itself reacts to touch by changing shape or moving away.

Virtual Reality Skills Training as New Technology emerges

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

I attended a meeting a while ago where other industry experts were talking about different statistics. It came up that the estimated amount of jobs that would be completely replaced by new technologies worldwide is 5 million.

That sentence is enough to conjure fear and opposition towards the different technologies that are emerging. Another fact that was mentioned, though, is that there are companies setting aside 101 hours a year to retrain their staff for different positions that would aid the new technology coming in.

Companies are looking for the most cost-effective, time-efficient, and easy-to-understand means to train their staff. Our solution that fits all those needs is Virtual Reality Training.

Below is an example of Virtual Reality Training that is used by Tauron Polska Energy to teach staff their way around the existing technology with which they need to work:

Dubai Future Accelerators, HTC Vive, Burj Khalifa, and Virtuality

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

Dubai Future Accelerators launched the ‘VR and Beyond” challenge in partnership with Burj Khalifa and HTC Vive Middle East.

There were 118 applicants from all over the world, and Virtuality is proud to be a local company part of the top 6 finalists.

Our talented team has been busy with production for the past month, and will be presenting our prototype later this week.

 

What your Social Media and Content Marketing should look like

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

“Marketing is telling the world you are a rock star. Content marketing is showing the world you are one.” – Robert Rose

With that in mind, here are three things to consider when putting your social media content together according to your digital marketing plan.

  • Quality

The content that you put out there has a direct link to the way your audience perceives your brand and all it has to offer. The quality of your content tells your audience of the quality of your product and services. High quality images, videos, GIF’s, and written content help your audience perceive your brand as high quality, whereas low quality and unprofessional content gives the same impression of your brand.

  • Interactive

Something to keep in mind about people is that we love to be included and involved. There are a few ways you can include and involve your audience through the content that you share. Captions that call your audience to an action, images that capture the viewer’s attention and invite them to take part in some sort of activity, or a video that allows the viewer to contemplate something that makes them relate to the brand. Always leave room for your audience to respond in some way to your content.

  • Consistency

The best way to grow a loyal and engaging following is being consistent. Create an expectation for your audience and make sure you deliver on it in your content. If you are a brand that focuses on humour and wants their audience to laugh with them, they will be disappointed in any break of humourous content. If you are a brand that promotes health and reaches out to viewers that prioritize health and freshness, they will be disappointed if an element of unhealthiness or lack of freshness is shared. Make sure that all your content is creative, but that it aligns with why your viewers are attracted to your brand.

 

Social media is a great way for brands to showcase who they are and invite viewers to be a part of that.

Three Things to consider when Brainstorming for a Video

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

Video content creation for social media is important because of the increase in engagement and ability to showcase a brand in more detail. Below are three things to keep in mind when coming up with ideas for video content.

 

  • Time limit

Instagram can host a maximum of 1 minute per video as a post. Insta-stories are not as limited in duration. Neither are Facebook, LinkedIn, and obviously YouTube. However, a person’s attention span only lasts so long when it comes to videos on social media, and is largely based on the topic. It is found that videos ranging between 20 to 45 seconds are the best use of video time. The most effective videos are those that can convey a message in a creative way in the least amount of time.

  • Introduction

The way your video starts is the most important part of it. It is your first chance to capture your audience’s attention so that they watch your video until the end. Using elements such as bright colours, big text, unusual subject matter, and captivating music is a good way to attract your viewers’ focus. If your introduction is not captivating enough, viewers may scroll past your video without giving it any thought. Instagram viewers spend on average 2 seconds looking at a post, so you have that amount of time to make them want to continue watching. On YouTube, advertisements are given 5 seconds before they can be skipped so creators have a relatively short time to make a good impression.

  • Conclusion

The conclusion of the video is the aspect that ties everything together. If a viewer reaches the end of your video and does not see the point of it, it is difficult to keep them coming back to your content. You do not want a strong introduction promising the video is worth watching and then letting your viewers down by not delivering on that. What helps with the flow of your video is knowing exactly what information you would like your video to share with your audience.

 

Videos are an opportunity for a brand to showcase their creativity and invite their audience to get to know their brand more.

Why GIF’s are important for Social Media and Digital Marketing

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

The benefits of digital marketing is that companies are able to reach a large audience, in many locations, very quickly.

The downside to this way of sharing a message is that audience attention is fleeting. Grabbing someone’s attention and keeping it long enough for a brand to get their point across is difficult due to how much information is available online.

The goal of good marketing is to grab your audience’s attention, and maintain it until they receive your message. Using text on its own is the least effective way to do this. Audiences skim over the text at best, especially if the title and the introduction do not appeal to them. It also takes a lot of time and effort to produce text heavy content.

Using images is more effective; they are relatively easy to produce, but do require a lot of time. Instagram has shared that audiences spend on average only 2 seconds on an image before scrolling on, so just because they double-tapped the image does not mean your message was received.

Videos shared on social media keep audiences engaged for 33% more time than images. This makes them a more effective way to capture an audience’s attention and share your message with them. The most effective videos are between 20 to 45 seconds. As with static images, videos are relatively easy to create but require time.

And finally, GIF’s; looped clips that are simple to create, and not a lot of time is required to make them. Cinemagraphs fall into the same category as GIF’s. This is because both offer an entertaining way to convey a message. They are fun and interactive, which helps keep an audience’s attention for longer. Tweets published with GIF’s gain 167% more engagement than text-only posts.

GIF’s are important for social media and other digital marketing strategies because they attract audience attention for a longer period of time which gives a brand more time to speak to the audience.

Interesting Facts about GIF’s and why You need them on Social Media

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

GIF stands for “Graphics Interchange Format” and is a file format that can support multiple frames as an animation, or just a single static image. Here are a few interesting facts about them!

 

1 – The GIF file format was created by a team of computer scientists in 1987, lead by Steve Wilhite.

2 –  Steve Wilhite, referred to above, says that the pronunciation of the term “GIF” was intended to be “jiff” and not “giff.”

3 –  According to TechCrunch, Giphy – the largest GIF search engine – was worth $300 million in 2016 due to funding and no actual revenue generation.

4 –  GIF’s are referred to as, “the language of the web” as they carry a message, are quick to understand, and carry a fun and entertaining element.

5 – On Twitter, tweets published with GIF’s receive 167% more engagement.

 

Below is a GIF we created for a chef for Instagram:

 

What is a “Call to Action” and why do brands need to use them?

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

A “call to action” is a prompt to your audience to respond to your social media post, recently public blog post, event invitation, or survey. It is supposed to entice your audience to engage with your brand and your brand’s message.

It can be argued that people do not like being told what to do, and so brand’s need to be innovative and considerate in how they call people to respond to the content that they publish.

One of the most compelling calls to action that can be found on the internet is the “play” button. It entices the viewer to interact with the content without demanding that they do so.

This type of call to action doesn’t take up much of the viewer’s time which makes it easy and convenient.

This is another reason why video content is so important to include in your digital marketing strategies.

AR & VR Definitions – PART 3: Mixed Reality

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

1 – Mixed Reality

Mixed Reality is the merging of the physical world with the digital world. It is a more immersive form of Augmented Reality where digital simulations are able to accurately interact with the environment. For example, a digital character can hide behind your physical curtains. This is not a form of Virtual Reality as it still includes the external environment.

2 – Spatial Mapping

Spatial mapping is a method of scanning a physical environment using Mixed Reality hardware (such as the HoloLens or HTC Vive Pro) in order to produce a 3D mesh of the space. The Mixed Reality hardware is then able to display digital simulations in relation to the physical aspects of the space.

3 – Occlusion

Occlusion in Mixed Reality is when an augmented object is obscured from view by a physical object. This is what would enable the digital character to hide behind the physical curtains from the first example. Occlusion is one of the features that distinguishes Mixed Reality from Augmented Reality.

4 – Fields of View

A field of view in Mixed Reality pertains to how wide the view is in the Mixed Reality hardware. The wider the view, the more immersive the experience.

5 – Latency

Latency is a term used in the world of Mixed Reality, as well as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. It is the time between a simulation and a response, so in the case of Mixed Reality, it is when the digital simulation does not react to the user’s movements or the external environment immediately. Gamers would use the term “lag” instead.

Interesting Fact:

An interesting fact about Mixed Reality is that its capabilities are based on physics in the sense that if you throw an augmented ball at a physical wall, the technology will enable the ball to bounce off the wall even though it is a simulation. The ball will bounce off the wall and on the floor as if you had thrown an actual one.

Why are 360 Photos and Videos becoming popular for Marketing

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

It seems that consumers of content are used to the standard photographs and videos that are posted to their feeds on a minutely basis.

The “Wow” factor that entices people to a brand is limited to the skill of videographers and photographers, but audiences have become much too accustomed to the perspectives offered to them.

This is why 360 videos, also known as immersive videos, will become a popular means of communication from a brand to their audience.

An omnidirectional camera is used to capture every angle, providing a holistic perspective on an environment to the viewer.

This footage, once exported and uploaded, can be maneuvered by the audience to look wherever they want to in the scene. This makes it an interactive option that invites viewers to spend more time engaging with the content.

The world of marketing, within every industry, is going to change drastically as immersive means of advertising is made more accessible.

Here are examples of how 360 photo and video is being used in hospitality, restaurants, and real estate.