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When Viral Video Jumps From Your Second Screen to TV

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Catchy viral videos are often the talk of the second screen. Now it’s moving to the first.

“People want to know when they see these videos, ‘why would he do that, how did they do that?’” Beth Troutman, host of the syndicated viral video talk show “Right This Minute” told Lost Remote in an interview. She was talking about Washington lumberjack Scott Augur, whose expert tree cutting exhibition resulted in both he and his video making the cut to be on-air. “It gives you the story,” she says about having the subject of compelling viral moments on-air.

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And The Emmy Winners (According to TV Addicts) Are…

tvst-1With the Emmys just hours away, the fan votes are in for the TV industry’s biggest awards show.

TVShow Time, a community of 200,000 TV addicts who are watching, rating and commenting on shows at tvshowtime.com, provided Lost Remote with an infographic of who its users favorite characters are among Emmy nominees.

The graphs are based on the total number of votes each character has, as a percentage of the total number of character votes for that show (you can see the percentage points on the y-axis of the graph). This is done as a percentage to account for the fact that some shows are more popular so receive many more votes than others.

That Peter Dinklage received 25% of the votes is staggering, then, given that he is competing with so many other Game of Thrones characters.

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Vocativ Founder Launches $120 Million Start-Up Fund; Invests in SocialStudios

SocialStudiosMati Kochavi, who founded digital news start-up Vocativ, is adding to his social and digital portfolio in a big way.

The Israeli entreprenuer launched Moonscape Ventures today, a $120 million investment company that will invest in the “Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Big Data and Media Startups,” according to a news release.

As its first signature move, Moonscape has announced a $3.1 million investment in a start-up called SocialStudios, which takes social media data and automatically morphs it into personalized video content. Kochavi’s company, Vocativ, which is a digital news content creator that tells stories from the “deep web,” will be the first company to use SocialStudio’s technology.

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What is the Right Sweet Spot for Social Teasing of Local News?

socialtvSince the start of 2013, local TV news audiences on Facebook have more than tripled, with 66 million people actively engaging with local TV content in June 2014, according to Shareablee, a social media rankings and analytics company. That’s nearly one third of the US online population liking, sharing or commenting on a post created by a local TV station, according to our data.

But while it’s often said that engagement is the oxygen of social media, for most TV broadcasters, only one thing matters: tune-in. Social TV folks frequently debate how far out from air time to post broadcast teases on Facebook (the platform with the largest potential audience). It’s a choice between teasing further out and reaching more people vs. closer to air and getting fewer people but being at the top of their minds.

Shareablee, which provides companies with social engagement intelligence based on data, had conducted previous analyses revealing posts with calls to tune-in generate higher overall engagement than posts without. In 2013, entertainment TV shows that used “teaser” messaging saw 130% higher engagement on these posts vs. the average. Engagement, and therefore reach on Facebook, was highest on posts within a two-and-a-half hour window of the broadcast.

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Does ‘Better Call Saul’ Have the Makings of a Social TV Hit?

It’s only nine seconds, but we finally have a preview of what the much-anticipated “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul” will look like.

The New York Daily News recently reported the spinoff, which will star crooked lawyer Saul (played by Bob Odenkirk), will have a timeline that overlaps with “Breaking Bad.” Some of the new show will take place before the “Breaking Bad” story took place, some during, and some after.

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Roy Sekoff of HuffPost Live: ‘We Set Out to Expand the Definition of Social TV’

roy“I wake up most mornings simultaneously terrified and inspired,” Roy Sekoff, President and co-creator of HuffPost Live, told Lost Remote.

Why? Because the TV and digital video landscape is changing at “an almost comically rapid pace,” and HuffPost Live is at the forefront of this revolution.

In just the last year, HuffPost Live, which airs from 10am– 6pm ET, Monday through Friday, has seen 86% growth in video views, 287% growth in page views, and in May, won its second consecutive Webby as the Best News and Information Channel.

Where more and more networks are scrambling to create shorter, bite-sized news segments for shorter, bite-sized attention spans, HuffPost Live is seeing average visits of close to 20 minutes long. Every discussion that takes place on HuffPost Live takes place in real time and covers topics ranging from politics, activism and international news to sports, lifestyle, celebrity and everything in between. It is citizen journalism that mixes the objective with the subjective, and more than 22,500 people from 100 countries have been on-air guests, sharing their opinions and expertise via Google Hangouts.

As HuffPost Live begins year three, Lost Remote spoke with Sekoff about how the ‘network’ exemplifies social TV, its rapid growth, and how social media is changing the nature of news and broadcast journalism. Read more

Forget the Selfie…the Rise of the ‘Usie’

ellen selfieThe selfie storm reached its pinnacle at the Oscars earlier this year when Ellen Degeneres took the record-breaking selfie heard round the Internet. But was that actually an “usie”?

The AP recently reported on the growing trend of group selfies.

“Usies are a growing trend that I think have far more social value than selfies,” said Michal Ann Strahilevitz, a professor of marketing at Golden Gate University in San Francisco who studies consumer behavior. “It’s magical capturing moments we share with other people.” In contrast to one-person selfies, usies are “more about the relationship, and less about you and your hair,” she said. The word — sometimes spelled usie, sometimes ussie — has been showing up in written material since at least April 2013, according to Ben Zimmer, executive producer of Vocabulary.com and language columnist for The Wall Street Journal.

Zimmer continued that there are other terms used for self-photography, depending on the number of people being shot.

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‘Sharknado 2′ Draws Mix of Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down, Laughs, and ‘WTF’s’

Sharknado-Infographic_V3As expected, social media went absolutely bonkers for “Sharknado 2″ last night, with 581,000 total tweets penned around the sequel, according to Nielsen’s Twitter ratings.

And our analytics partners, Canvs, looked further into the sentimements of social users watching the shark thriller. They measured the most buzzworthy and reacted-to moments of the movie, which aired on SyFy network.

Wil Wheaton, who helped popularize the first “Sharknado,” took Twitter by storm. His handle generated the most overall reactions from fans (as well as 22% “WTF), but “Today” show weatherman Al Roker generated the most “best” reactions. And the surprise Billy Ray Cyrus cameo generated  a 50% “best” reaction, 24% “funny” reaction, and 26% “WTF.”

Here are some other insights from Canvs and an infographic:

-Al Roker bested Matt Lauer in the reaction popularity contest. Lauer was the third most mentioned cameo, eliciting 619 reactions, 53% of which said he was the “best.” Roker on the other hand garnered 901 reactions with his name and 778 with his handle (@alroker).

- Audiences enjoyed a surprise cameo by Jared Fogle, aka Subway Jared. 29% of reactions about Jared mentioned that it was “funny” he appeared in the film.

-Andy Dick is just “scary.” The comedian was the only celebrity to receive a sizable “scary” response (29%).

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You Can Now Google ‘America’s Got Talent’ to Save Your Favorite Contestants

2012-07-26-Americas_Got_TalentLast night, NBC’s hit show ‘America’s Got Talent,’ began to incorporate voting and instant save in a new way: Google Search.  The show is partnering with Google to allow fans to Google the terms “America’s Got Talent” or “AGT” starting at the end of the live show to access the vote, and then also tonight during the results show, to instantly save an act close to being sent home.

“We’re excited to bring fans an easy and interactive way to vote for their favorite acts on America’s Got Talent,” said Anjali Joshi, VP of Product Management, Google. “With a simple search on your mobile phone, tablet, or desktop, you can support acts you love, and also help save them from elimination.” Read more

How ‘Alex on the Plaza’ is Using Social to Produce Great ‘Today’ Show Moments

With hundreds of fans lining up for daily segments and frequent concerts, serving as the producer for the “Today” show plaza requires being a jack-of-all-trades. And Alex Ficquette has been just that for over a year, with an assist from social media.

Lost Remote was at the OneRepublic concert in the plaza Friday to watch the Associate Producer in action. Every day, whether it’s a big concert or smaller segment, Ficquette aims to rev up fans.

“We had Blakely, hashtag #hireBlakely,” Ficquette told us about one fan. “She was here in the dead of winter right after her college graduation and held the sign outside.”

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