Stage Update

This past year our stages at Bayshore and at Battery Street have been busy with multiple productions for companies including Yelp, Wish, StubHub, Nokia, Uber and heaps more – some of them so top-secret that – by contract – we’re sworn to secret-see!

Wish knows how to kill it when it comes to setting a stage!

We work hard for the money!

 

Yelp kept us particularly busy with a super-cool production that had us paint our 27 x 37 coved cyclorama from red to yellow to blue all in the course of a three day rental.  By the way, we’ve also upped our bandwidth at both Bayshore and Studio D for live stream customers – we’re upwards of 100 mbps…WOW!!

PRICING ALERT:  We’ve kept the rental rates on our stages the same for the past seven years, so we’re getting itchy!   Rates will be increasing on both Studio D and @Bayshore as of January 1st. Insider secret: book now to today’s rates for your 2018 shoot!

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When was the last time you went to a truly cool Holiday party? Book at Bayshore and you’ll have instant street cred. There’s copious parking, lots and lots of room and video production gear that’ll make your friends ask,”What do they do here?”  We want you to stage your 2018 Holiday Party for super cheap – $900!!  That should leave plenty in your budget for catering and set decoration. Included are use of the large kitchen, tables and chairs and access to create a festive atmosphere for your group of 40 – 80 people.   

And, keeping with the spirit of the times,  we’re offering a 15% rental discount on bookings made for production dates December 15th through January 15th.  Passcode: Holidaze.

Livestream Goes Mainstream

There’s a new trend millions of people around the world are jumping in on.  The use of Facebook Live has quadrupled in just the past year.   It’s free, it’s interactive and it creates a great sense of connection.

Streaming on Facebook Live is so easy any old stumble-thumbs can do it.  However, businesses and brands are stepping up their game with professional production – and their finding that quality is affordable.

At Beyond Pix, we’ve seen a huge uptick in clients using our stages to reach into Facebook’s millions of users.  The platform is free but it connecting with pro-equipment can be glitchy.  Having a knowledgeable production partner is always a good idea.

 

 

There are many online sources for tips on making your next live stream event watch-worthy, but here’s a summary of some we like best:

Approach live streaming like you’re throwing a party: put in the prep and promotion. Write a compelling description of the event and invite viewers to follow you and receive notifications when you go live. Post details on event pages and ask your friends and fans to spread the word.  Send reminders.

  1. Set the stage.  Even if you’re going DIY, make sure you are lit well, have a great backdrop, use a lav, mute the phones and plan to  “roll-in” multimedia if you have it. Did you know you can now screen share using Facebook Live?  Game changer.
  2. As viewers log on to watch, say hello.  While you may need to repeat key messages as people sign in, it’s also nice to recognize viewers by name, respond to questions and engage viewers by acknowledging them personally.
  3. Time is of the essence! 1-3pm catches working people at lunch; 6- 9 is also a good time to catch people winding down. Be mindful of holidays and major events.
  4. Say goodbye to your viewers, and when done, take advantage of downloading the session or posting it.  Also check the free audience analytics that will help you cultivate content and viewer engagement.

More tips can be found online – or try any of these links:

           Facebook    Search Engine Journal     Small Biz Trends     Social Media Today

Thinking about hosting a livestream event on a different platform – maybe one that includes Facebook?   We can make that easy, too!  Contact kelly@beyondpix.com for a checklist that will help define your needs and get your project underway.