From screenings to streaming: How IndieFlix leverages offline events to grow their online video business

Finding room to grow in the over-the-top (OTT) streaming space can seem daunting, especially when 91% of households subscribe to the dominating players: Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon. Yet creators and businesses of all shapes and sizes are finding success with distributing niche content online. Take IndieFlix — a company focused on promoting and supporting social impact films and filmmakers. With tens of thousands of subscribers (and more joining every month), IndieFlix is a prime example of how with some creative thinking and marketing, niche content can find success in the OTT and live video space. We sat down with CEO and Co-Founder, Scilla Andreen, to learn more.

After pivoting from DVDs to streaming, Scilla was managing a team of developers to maintain their online films. She quickly found that the energy and resources it took to manage it on their own was at the expense of IndieFlix’s core mission: to create and distribute content for good.

“As we grew, it became a little too much,” Scilla says. “Am I going to focus on the technology piece, or am I going to focus on the marketing and content creation? The best way to grow the company would be to find a partner to support our back-end infrastructure.” By partnering with Vimeo OTT, IndieFlix has been able to refocus their efforts on creating films on social impact, and using them as conversation starters in communities around the world.

Learn more about their decision to work with Vimeo OTT in this highlight:

Marketing strategies for video businesses

Like many small and scrappy teams, IndieFlix has a limited marketing budget. They rely on social media, a weekly email newsletter, employee benefit programs, and Vimeo OTT’s promo codes to draw in new and maintain existing customers. But their greatest driver of marketing success stems not from a digital outlet, but rather in-person events. IndieFlix partners with schools and communities to screen their films. An open conversation follows, and attendees want to continue learning well after the event ends. Where do they go? Back to IndieFlix.com.

For example, Angst, an IndieFlix original documentary, focuses on the challenges many people face in coping with and managing anxiety; thousands of people have seen the film in screenings around the world. In an effort to further the conversation around normalizing anxiety, IndieFlix is launching a follow-up series to the film exclusively on their Vimeo OTT platform. Attendees who learn about IndieFlix at an offline event are driven back to their OTT platform, subsequently increasing their online subscriber base.

In addition to driving attendees back to their digital offerings, Scilla is planning to leverage live streaming as part of their next film, to bring their customers closer to the behind-the-scenes creation process.

Finally, some sound advice for those looking to dive into the OTT space:

Learn more about IndieFlix’s marketing tactics, as well as what advice Scilla has for those looking to jump into OTT and live streaming, in our full webinar below:

If you’re interested in exploring IndieFlix for yourself, they’re offering an exclusive discount just for our readers: use code angst to get 33% off your monthly subscription, for up to 12 months.

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Vimeo’s Best of 2018: Live streaming, OTT, and Stock

We spent our last broadcast for the year recapping and reflecting on our biggest launches from Vimeo Livestream, OTT, and Stock. Didn’t get a chance to catch us live? We’ve got a recap and event recording for you right here.

Industry stats on live streaming and OTT video

We kicked things off with a recap of some of the more impressive (and mind-boggling) statistics from the live streaming and OTT video industries:

Live streaming continues to rise:

 

OTT is on the up and up:

  • Today, 48% of viewers are more likely to start their viewing with an OTT service, such as Netflix, Hulu, or a DVR (StreamingMedia)
  • American households collectively watch more than 8B hours of content each month through connected TV devices (Nielsen)
  • 17.9M households will solely consume content via OTT in 3 years’ time (Video Advertising Bureau)
  • OTT revenues will reach $83.4B by 2021 (DigiDay)

 

Creators and businesses are investing more in content:

 

Catch up on the full event below, or read on to get a quick recap.

2018 updates from Vimeo Livestream

We sat down with Nathan Lundie of the Vimeo Livestream team to dive into some of the big launches this year — including new hardware and long-awaited software updates.

First, we gave a sneak peek of the Studio One switcher and encoder. Compact, powerful, reliable, and nicely priced at under $5,000, it’s a great piece of hardware for those looking to get started with live streaming with a minimal upfront cost.

Then, Nathan walked us through some of the new features in our Studio 5 software. We’ve launched new ways to deepen engagement with viewers, including adding comments from Facebook or YouTube into Studio graphics. You can now use a web page as a browser source in your live stream, too, meaning you have another way to share content to your viewers.

Vimeo Livestream also brought in features to help you produce amazing live events. Additional updates to Livestream Studio includes connecting with remote IP cameras through RTSP — a feature that’s been a long time coming! — as well as a full release of our macOS software.

Get an in-depth walkthrough of our Studio software and hardware updates in our on-demand webinar.

New features from Vimeo OTT

Megan Wright from the Vimeo OTT team shared several features that give creators autonomy over how and when they distribute (and monetize) their content, including the option to deliver and monetize live video.

Vimeo OTT now gives even more control over how you manage and prioritize your content. Not only can you schedule videos to publish in advance with time windowing, but you can see which of your videos perform best with the Top Videos tool.

We also introduced two new ways to better share content and engage with your audience.

1. Free video access: If you’d like to tease your content, you can now give customers free access to your channel for a limited amount of time.

2. Registration-based viewing: you can even make your channel free to review and registration-only, which is especially useful in nurturing and retaining your viewers.

Finally, for organizations that need an added level of privacy and security to their content, such as trainings and internal communications, Vimeo OTT now offers private portals. Customers who use Vimeo OTT’s private portals can also embed a Sli.do widget, to facilitate questions from employees and other participants. Learn more about our Sli.do integration and private portals here.

Affordable, beautiful stock footage

Stephen Nangeroni from Vimeo Stock joined us to talk about how SMBs and creators can utilize this new consumer product.

Vimeo Stock is the best platform to find top-notch stock footage from world-renowned creators. In our ongoing effort to put creators first, Vimeo Stock partners with members of the Vimeo community to bring their stock footage to the masses — contributors keep up to 70% of generated revenue from all Vimeo Stock sales.

You can browse Vimeo Stock for free, and Vimeo subscribers earn 20% savings on all stock footage.

While Vimeo Stock’s collection is currently invite-only, you can let us know you’re interested in licensing your footage by filling out this form.

 

While we’re proud of what we’ve launched this year, none of it would be possible with the support from the amazing members of our community. To everyone who’s used and shared feedback on Vimeo Livestream, OTT, or Stock this year — thank you.

We’ll continue building and improving our services to help you do more with video, and can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2019. Cheers!