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.

Vimeo provides an all-in-one OTT technology solution — from white-label apps to flexible monetization tools — for individuals and businesses to create branded video subscription services across all major platforms and connected devices. Learn more about starting your own OTT channel with our free resources today.

Introducing Studio 6: The Future of Live Streaming Software

You’re in the business of capturing the moment. Shouldn’t you have the most of-the-moment live streaming software?

We’re proud to introduce Studio 6, the latest update to our switching and encoding live streaming software. Even easier to use and more powerful than its predecessors, Studio 6 gives you everything you need to produce professional-grade live events. Even better news? Studio 6 is included in your Vimeo Premium or Enterprise subscription.

 

Click here to explore Studio 6 now.

 

What’s new in Studio 6 live streaming software

Make your colors POP.

Color correction lets you dial in your settings and apply them across multiple cameras. Adjust your camera’s color settings to get the best quality possible, and unify the look for multi-camera productions, by dialing in the RGB, brightness, saturation, contrast, and more.

Mix sound on the fly.

Edit sound on the fly with a range of filters on our audio mixer. Live streamers will have access to an equalizer, limiter, compressor, and more, all easily accessible right inside Studio 6.

Transition seamlessly.

Bump up your production value with dip-to-color fades and slick stinger animations. In addition to the SMPTE transitions currently available in Studio 5, Studio 6 users can use these new transitions to make stream-switching seem more natural than ever.

  • Stinger: Stinger transitions allow switching from one video source to another through short and effective video animation.
  • Dip-to-Color: Dip-to-Color transition allows switching from one video source to another through gradual fade into a specific color, and fade out of it to a new source.

Integrate with Mevo.

Full Mevo integration lets you operate one or multiple Mevos directly from the Studio platform. Almost anything that is possible from the Mevo mobile app, you can now do from Studio — live editing, changing resolution, frame rate, speaker volume, and much more. Studio is the only software that allows you to control and switch between multiple Mevos, making your multi-camera productions easier than ever.

Simplify your workflow.

Updated input settings make it even more intuitive to get Studio up and running for your next event. Users can now drag and drop inputs, add or remove inputs on the fly, customize input details, and organize your input list. Managing a multi-camera setup has never been so easy.

Great. How do I get Studio 6?

Glad you asked. If you’re a Vimeo Livestream Premium or Enterprise customer, Studio 6 is included with your subscription. Visit livestream.com/studio to learn more and download.