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JES Debuts ThingLink Interactive Video with iTunes Store Inside Facebook News Feed

Magik Muzik recording artist JES has debuted ThingLink’s new interactive video format with iTunes Store inside Facebook News Feed.

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Bands and video producers can now use ThingLink to add music discovery, movie rentals, stores and call to action to the surface of any Facebook, YouTube or Brightcove video.

ThingLink offers over 70 unique rich media tags that let viewers browse information from 3rd party websites directly from images and videos. ThingLink’s new iTunes rich media tag includes full album listings and options to preview and buy songs.

“As visual media has become our window to the Internet, ThingLink helps online video publishers to deepen their storytelling and drive conversion with tasteful interactive storefronts and discovery options that engage fans,” says founder and CEO Ulla Engeström.

JES added, “ThingLink’s new iTunes product tag provides a new sense of discovery within music. My fans have a unique opportunity to explore, sample and download additional songs in my full catalogue all without leaving the current music video or behind-the-scenes video they are enjoying at the moment. I’m thrilled to be a part of this ever growing world of discovery that interactive content is providing.”

ThingLink interactive videos contain clickable rich media tags with several types of call to action options: storefronts, video play, email collection, and surveys. Rich media tags appear for viewers during play giving an option to explore the embedded content while pausing the video in the background.

Interactive elements in video multiply viewer engagement, including time spent and and click through rates.

Annotating a video with web links is easy. Simply copy and paste links into ThingLink’s editor. ThingLink automatically transforms and displays the web link as a rich media tag. ThingLink also offers tools to customize rich media tags with branding, icons, images,  and several font types and colors.

ThingLink interactive videos are embeddable in web pages and deliver new, real-time performance metrics from across the web, including video views, tag displays, clicks and actions, time on video, and more.

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ThingLink Interactive Videos Come to Facebook

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ThingLink’s New HTML5 integration now plays the entire suite of ThingLink rich media objects inside of Facebook News Feed. In addition to images, ThingLink interactive videos with embedded notes and rich media links can be experienced without leaving Facebook.

We are also announcing support for annotating native Facebook videos. Publishers and brands can make Facebook videos more engaging with several call-to-action options such as email sign-up, donate, video play, Facebook “Like” and more.

Content creators on Facebook benefit in two essential ways:

New tool for building engaging Facebook experiences: The new ThingLink integration allows publishers to build engaging, visual social media experiences for their followers on Facebook. Interactive elements on images and video multiply engagement and time spent on visual posts.

Support for multi-channel publishing: ThingLink supports creating and sharing rich media content across the web. The new ThingLink Facebook integration brings easily customizable interactive video to the largest social media platform.

As social media becomes increasingly visual, publishers are looking for new ways to engage their audiences through videos and images. The ability to easily create interactive content and experience it in Facebook brings a new dimension to digital storytelling.

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How to share interactive videos and images to Facebook News Feed?

How can I promote my ThingLink posts on Facebook?  

 

 

 

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WordPress.com Adds Support for ThingLink Interactive Images and Videos

ThingLink brings hyperlinks to images and videos across all WordPress blogs. Bloggers can now increase engagement, drive sales and deliver a better reader experience through visual media.

ThingLink is pleased to announce that its interactive images and videos are now supported on WordPress.com. When users paste a ThingLink URL into the WP editor, WordPress.com automatically converts the link into an interactive media unit. ThingLink is also supported for WordPress.org users.

ThingLink empowers bloggers to create more engaging posts by adding an additional interactive layer to photos and videos. When a reader moves their mouse over image or video content, they can explore links with additional information, listen to songs, watch videos, or answer polls.

Supporting interactive images and video adds value to WordPress bloggers:

Engagement: ThingLink multiplies the time spent on posts and allow readers explore content from all over the web without leaving the blog.

Better user experience: Interactive elements delight readers with additional details. A catalog image, a map or a music video can now have embedded links, close-ups, notes, and related web content accessible right from the visuals.

Increased conversion through visual media: ThingLink drives commerce and conversion. Sellers on eBay, Amazon, Etsy, and Shopify can drive sales through interactive image collages, catalogs and shoppable videos.

We’re delighted that millions of WordPress.com users and publishers can now tell richer, more engaging stories using ThingLink interactive media.

Image source: Gouvernement on ThingLink

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NEW: PREMIUM UPGRADES FOR SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS

Planning for next year? It’s time to explore the powerful possibilities of ThingLink Premium Education for your school and district.

Premium Verified Organizations not only gain access to unlimited users, but get powerful tools such as: multiple groups, published slideshows, tag customization, advanced metrics, an expanded icon set, ongoing professional development and so much more!

Book your premium upgrade before June and get 4 extra months

Now is the time to get your school or district ready to implement ThingLink in the Fall! Onboard your school before the end of May for a discounted price of just $500 and gain Premium Education access through the 2015-2016 academic year.

Upgrades made now will be extend through August 2016 so jump on board and contact us at education@thinglink.com.

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HAPPENING NOW: CREATIVE CLASSROOM CHALLENGE “LIVING IN THE US”

Join us in an exciting ThingLink Classroom Creative Challenge to build interactive books about LIVING IN THE US. This is a great end of year project that’s loaded with learning and offers a high level of student engagement. Help us to put your state and school on the map! Check out  lesson plans, examples, and everything you need to get started on our blog!

We are also creating and curating resources across all grade levels and content areas:

– We’re creating interactive educational books
Famous Women in American History
Our Solar System

– We’re embracing professional development
Digital Differentiation

– We’re Teaching Reading and Writing through Standards
Can You Read an Image?

Contact us at education@thinglink.com to set up a demo or a webinar for your school or district, and book your upgrade for 2015-2016 before June 2015!

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New PRO Feature: Customizable Pop-ups!

One of our most requested features has been the ability to customize the fonts and colors of rich media tags – aka the pop-ups!

We are happy to announce that these features are now available to ThingLink PRO, Whitelabel, and VIP users.

More customization options will allow you to match the look and feel of your tags with the graphic style of your images and videos.  Using brand colors and font styles enhances the additional layer of information on your media.

  1. Change tag pop-up color
  2. Change font color and size
  3. Four font choices: Arial, Verdana, Tahoma & Times New Roman

Here are a couple of examples of what you can do:


Here is a how the feature appears in the editor.

We hope you enjoy the new features and as always, please keep us in the loop with any cool projects you’re working on!

If you are interesting in signing up to Pro, Whitelabel or Premium Education please sign up here.

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THINGLINK INTRODUCES VERIFIED ACCOUNTS AND 9+ APP RATING FOR EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

In the past three months over 100 school districts in the US have contacted us and expressed interest in a school or district level account on ThingLink. We have collected lots of feedback from teachers, tech coaches, and ThingLink Educators across the country, and are now proud to announce verified accounts for educational organisations and a 9+ rating for our iOS app.

A verified organization on ThingLink serves three goals. First, verification is used to establish authenticity of an organization. Once this is done, organization gets an invitation code that it can use to invite its members to ThingLink. A verified organization will also get an access for managing teacher, student, and group accounts from one dashboard. Third, a verified organization account gives schools and districts  easy access to the variety of interactive media resources that teachers and students in different groups have created.

In the past 12 months ThingLink has become one of the the most popular free web tools for educators and the most popular mobile app for creating interactive images in school or on field trips with or without wireless access. There are a multitude of uses for ThingLink in education.  Teachers can create media rich visual resources packed with content to engage students in deep learning experiences. Students can create a ThingLink to present knowledge and ideas or to document learning. A shared “Steam” enables students and teachers to collaborate on images beyond the classroom walls. Interactive images can be embedded on websites or shared with the class and accessed by inquisitive students at any time.

Interested in becoming verified organization on ThingLink?
Email us at education@thinglink.com and we will get back to you shortly!

Already requested a district account?
Rachel from our Palo Alto team will contact you and help set up your verified organisation account and invitation code.

Want to book a ThingLink webinar for your school or school district?
Please contact education@thinglink.com. Our community manager Susan has plenty of great examples to share!

For more information and press inquiries, please contact press@thinglink.com.

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INTRODUCING: NEW CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT DASHBOARD

Over the past year we have gathered loads of feedback from educators on how to improve the ThingLink classroom experience.

We have listened and taken all of your feedback into account to create a new, easy to use, Education dashboard. The overwhelming blocks of names that used to fill the Students tab have been replaced by easy-to-use lists.

 

1) Navigate between the Students and Groups sub-tabs with just a click to see an overview of all your students and groups.

 2) Click on a student’s name to reveal their account details. Keep up on their progress with easy access to their latest work and information about when they were last online. Quickly change students’ passwords for them instead ofwaiting for emailed reset links. All their information is readily available in one spot!

 

 

3) Manage groups by clicking on the Groups sub-tab and selecting a group. Add new students, delete old ones, and view all members in one spot.

How do you like the new features? Share your thoughts and new feature suggestions in the comments! For a complete tutorial on how to use all these new features, check out our Education Tutorial. We provide step by step instructions for everything from adding students, to viewing images in your classroom channel.

Upgrade to Premium Education to manage up to 30 classroom groups and 1,000 students! 

Happy Tagging!

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New ThingLink T-shirts are here!

ThingLink is attending SXSW EDU this year, and as part of getting ready for the show, we made new T-shirts featuring the rich layer of links you can embed on images and video. If you would like to get one for yourself, please come and meet us in Austin on March 10th, booth 125 (right next to Pearsons).

Company T-shirts can sometimes be pretty basic, but thanks to our awesome designer Tyler, these came out quite nice! The day after the T-shirts arrived, the whole team appeared at the office wearing matching outfits so I got a chance to do a quick photo shoot. Here are Rachel, Andrew, and Alexey modelling the new ThingLink shirts.

Special offer for March: all ThingLink Pro annual and WhiteLabel subscribers will get a white ThingLink T-shirt or a black tote bag. Just email us your user name, mailing address and size to social@thinglink.com.

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Valentine Cards with notes, pictures, music, and video

When you spend a good couple of hours crafting Valentine cards with a six-year old, and see how they come up with well-thought and apparently accurate complimens for each of their classmates (“You are funny Adam”, “You are kind Tommy”, “You are the best in school Samuel”), you suddenly remember what great Valentines greetings are all about.   Instead of just sending a card with a picture of a heart, it’s about saying something meaningful about the other person in a way that brings a big smile to their face.

We at ThingLink are doing two things for this Valentine’s Day: First, we are updating our icons selector with a red heart,  and second, we are challenging you to use it and say good things about each other!

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Here are ideas of what to add to your greeting:

1- Text: Add friendly notes why you think this person is awesome

2- Picture: Add pictures or fun things you have done together this year

3 – Music: Add a song you want to dedicate to this person

Example: Here is my Valentine’s note to our new customer support specialist Rachel who just joined our Palo Alto team on Monday. We think Rachel is so awesome and hope you will get to meet her soon too!

 

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2015 Australian Open combines images, video, audio, and social media in sports photography

The Australian Open Tennis Championship used ThingLink throughout the 2015 tournament to cover various matches with interactive image recaps. Tennis fans were able to interact with and unlock content like never before.

Turning sports images into a media rich experience

What we find especially interesting here, is the creative combination of images, video, audio, and social media in sports photography. In the images below you will find:

1.  audioBoom audio clips featuring commentator match clips and post game interviews

2. YouTube video highlights of the tournament,

3. Social media: Instagram photos and live tweets from during his match. 

Explore more from the Australian Open, ThingLink and audioBoom:

Stan into semis featuring clips from audioBoom, Instagram photos, and live tweets of Stan Wawrinka’s loss to Kei Nishikori.

Sounds of the Women’s Final featuring clips from audioBoom – Serena Williams wins her sixth Australian Open title against Maria Sharapova

Sounds of the Men’s Final featuring clips from audioBoom – Top ranked Novak Djokovic wins his fifth Australian Open title against Andy Murray

SOURCE: 2015 Australian Tennis Open Official Website

3 tips for sports journalists

1. Images are a great communication platforms for journalists and live reporters. If you are reporting about a sports event, give your images and videos a voice with audioBoom or SoundCloud playercard tags.

2. Curate multiple pieces of media content into your images and make the image a window to the whole event and related content.

3. Sports fans love the extras. Use ThingLink to deliver your readers another way to unlock content about their favorite players and teams.

Interested in learning more?  Sign up today at thinglink.com!

 

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