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And the award goes to…. (ESMA week is here!)

Starting today, we find out the winners of the 2011 Equestrian Social Media Awards (ESMAs) – yippee!

The ESMAs will have a series of seven videos (5 awards and 2 montage videos) showcasing the best and brightest of the equestrian social media community. I’ve just seen video #1, and it’s OUTSTANDING! Even if you don’t care who the winners are, it’s worth watching as an example of a well-done equine-oriented video; you can watch the videos this week at the official ESMA website.

I feel honored and awed to be a part of this list of only 181 finalists – these are truly horse people who are transforming our industry through social media. And having a good time doing it.

Here’s to all the winners, AND to every horseman & horsewoman getting onto their computer and mobile technology and connecting and sharing via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and all manner of social and online media. In the end, it makes us ALL winners!

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ESMAs By The Numbers:

5,682 – people who voted in the finals

38,939 – voting page views

29,846 – unique voting page viewers

2.31 – average minutes spent on the voting page

2,523 – ESMA Facebook fans to-date

5,263 – times the voting page URL has been shared on Facebook

362,631 – Facebook post views 3 Jan – 3 Feb, 2011

84 – countries who viewed the voting page (Top 5: UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia)

15 – 2011 ESMA categories

181 – 2011 ESMA finalists

Want more details about ESMA week? You can view my news release as a PDF by clicking on this link:

2011-NewsRelease-KempEquine-ESMA-AwardShow-FINAL-PDF

 

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Monday Morning Quickie – First-Ever Equestrian Social Media Awards

The first-ever Equestrian Social Media Awards (ESMAs) has been launched by a pair of social-media-savvy equestrian industry professionals from ‘across the pond’ – and KempEquine is a finalist in the ‘Best Use of Twitter – International’ division!

Rhea Freeman of Rhea Freeman PR, and Liam Killen of Abbeyview Equine and PagePlay are the masterminds behind the ESMAs. The nominating process is now over, and voting is open until February 18, 2011. We caught up with Liam to get the inside scoop behind the ESMAs.

How did the ESMAs come about? The idea was all Rhea’s. True to form, she sent me a direct message via Twitter with the idea at around 11am, by 10pm we had the strategy written and were ready to launch! It just goes to show how an idea, well presented, can travel the globe via social media (SM) in under 24 hours. The power of social media is huge.

What are you hoping to accomplish with the ESMAs? The whole idea behind the ESMAs is that people who put a bit of thought and effort into their SM activity need to be rewarded. It’s also a great way to gauge your follower/fan responsiveness. Also, the SM equestrian community is growing by the day.

The nomination period was short when compared to the voting period – why? We kept the nomination period short because we knew the right people would pick up on it, just by doing what they’re doing. Those who value SM look out for trends and opportunities – and they make the most of them. Their vigilance has served them well! In 10 days we counted just shy of 4000 nominations.

How is the voting coming along? Less than 24 hours after announcing the finalists, we had 2000+ sets of votes from across the globe. Voting closes in February, and we’re limiting votes to ONE per person.

How will the winners be announced? We will be asking winners to send us a short acceptance speech video, no more than 1 minute long. We’re then going to once again keep it true to SM by creating a YouTube awards ceremony in a series of videos.

Many thanks, Liam Killen, for the insights on the ESMAs! You can vote for Kemp Equine in the ESMAs here – it’s Category 3, Best Use of Twitter under the International side. You’ll have to enter a valid email address, and you can only vote ONCE.

It was an honor and a thrill to find I’d been nominated by my equestrian fans and followers – since there are so many doing great things with social media I didn’t think I had a chance. So now that you’ve given me your vote of confidence in the ESMAs, I guess I better spread the word and give it a real go to win. I’ll announce the results here, and post the link to the ESMA ‘online awards ceremony’ – should be interesting! And thanks in advance for voting for me!

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Monday Morning Quickie – Real-Time Simulcast Kicks Off New Horse Exhibit

Technology continues to bring those of us in the horse industry closer to each other, AND helps us communicate more effectively with our audiences. A recent example should be something to inspire us all.

Image courtesy Paul Smoke

The Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries opened this month at the Kentucky Horse Park (KHP). A $10 million permanent exhibit and a significant addition to KHP’s International Museum of the Horse, the Al-Marah Galleries’ grand opening celebration was kicked off on June 12, 2010, using a live video simulcast. And yes, I watched it – via my laptop, while sitting comfortably on my deck on the northside of Chicago, despite the sweltering heat in KHP’s celebration tent in Lexington, Kentucky!

While a video will never take the place of actually being there, it can help those farther afield still feel a part of things. And I’ve long thought that welcoming new people into the horse world is something we all need to do.

More and more, simulcasts are being used for horse shows, competitions, and conferences. The footage can be archived for historical reference, or packaged and sold as content, making it a potential revenue generator.

As video technology both improves and comes down in cost, I imagine we’ll be seeing even more…and I think it’s a great thing for the horse industry.

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A few Al-Marah Galleries extras:

  • I found this VERY interesting: While making her opening remarks, Project Manager Evie Tubbs Sweeney made a key point, that this interactive, captivating museum about the Arabian horse will likely be seen by the million or so visitors each year to the Kentucky Horse Park, and that within 10 years, that’s a potential 10 million person audience that could be moved to possess an Arabian of their very own. At the very least, the exhibit will educate and inspire future generations of horse lovers and owners, something our industry truly needs.
  • I had the opportunity to visit Lexington for the American Horse Publications annual conference, and visited the Al-Marah Galleries on Day 10 after the grand opening celebration; you can read about my experience here. Since I was marketing/PR director for Al-Marah a while back, it was nice to see some of the familiar programs and people represented, but there are also some fantastic artifacts and lots of great images and information I’d never seen before. I wish I’d had more time to explore it, and I can’t wait to go back.

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No Need To Travel To Equine Events, With Online Simulcasts

Later this afternoon, the grand opening ceremony of the new Al-Marah Arabian Galleries at the Kentucky Horse Park will be broadcast live, during the 2010 Egyptian Event. Amazing that no matter where you are in the world, you’ll be able to view it via the Internet. In the future, will there be any need to even travel to equine events?

The answer is, yes, of course there will be. Horse people love to be around horses, and no matter how great the video and audio on a simulcast, nor how big your computer monitor, the Web will never replace being in the presence of horses.

That said, this is a cool use of technology. I wouldn’t drive the 8 or so hours from Chicago to attend the opening in Kentucky, but I’ll probably tune in later today, especially to see what my former employer is up to. Yup, I did marketing and PR at Al-Marah Arabians, back in 2004. Of course, back then we didn’t have such handy-dandy technology; when someone was interested in a horse we had for sale, I had to get out the camcorder, take the footage, transfer it to a VIDEOTAPE, and mail the video. Oh, back then it was a veritable Stone Age compared to now!

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What marketing and PR opportunities

might YOU create for your equine business, using video simulcast?

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I’m not sure if there will be an archived version of the video; I hope there will be. These galleries are part of the efforts of the Purebred Arabian Trust, and the opening ceremony would be an important historical document, albeit in video form.

It does bring up questions for equine businesses about video use. Can you expand your potential market through video simulcasts? Would it allow you to expand into other regions, countries, or even continents? Might you create public relations and promotion opportunities through the use of simulcast events? Ah, the opportunities!

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More Work-Arounds for Poor Flip Audio Quality

A question from one of my readers, writer and horsewoman RhondaL, sent me off on the research path for new and improved audio for videos made with the Flip cameras. While I found some great resources for recording and adding voiceover narration, I also came across some other work-around tips to compensate for the Flip’s poor audio quality. Enjoy!

  • Here are some basic, common-sense tips from Greyson Ferguson at eHow.com; to get the best sound possible in your original recording, it’s a good idea to keep these tips in mind, such as minimize jostling, don’t touch the mic while recording, and limit outdoor recording (with the resulting wind-noise), but most horse people WILL be recording outdoors, so that particular option doesn’t work for us.

Thankfully, there’s more….

  • A company called Quick Video Marketing has some videos and checklists about boosting your audio quality using mostly free software. They have options for both Mac and PC; the only paid software is QuickTime Pro, which the narrator (Jeff ‘Herschy’ Schwerdt) says is about $30. The audio on his videos is clear and strong, so while I haven’t yet used this process, I think it might be promising.

I look forward to checking out Darrell’s other audio/video & tech tips, too. He suggests another resource for learning how to maximize your Flip videos, FlipInFocus.com, which looks promising. Thanks, Darrell!

If you’ve missed my other posts on my Flip UltraHD camera, you can search for ‘Flip’ in the Search box to the right. If you have tips that have worked for you, please post them to Comments – I’d love to read about them!

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