Monthly Archives: March 2012

Noteworthy CoveritLive Implementaton: Le Monde.fr

Earlier this month the French publication, Le Monde, launched an impressive update to their website, lemonde.fr. It’s fresh and contemporary – we’re really digging it here at CoveritLive.  We’re also proud to have played a small part in this big change with CoveritLive events receiving prominent positioning on the new home page. Le Monde’s  CiL implementation has a few unique and noteworthy characteristics that we feel are worth drawing attention to.  

 
 
 
They’ve created a permanent Live Event space on the homepage which is anchored to the bottom right of the browser window.   Le Monde’s editorial staff is  now able to select which CoveritLive events to display from within their CMS.  When multiple events are running, an accordion is created with a section for each – allowing their readers to quickly see, switch between, and get to any live event directly from the homepage.   You can see this illustrated in the image below where both the après la fusillade de Toulouse and La Campagne prèsidentielle en direct events are available.
 
 
 
 
But there is one part that we’re particularly fond of: they make an intelligent decision, based on the amount of screen real-estate a visitor has available, whether to show a full CoveritLive event window or just the most recent event content.  Again, this is accomplished using the CoveritLive API and our method for getting event content – a quick and easy way to retrieve the most recent post in any event.
 
 
 
 
Not only is Le Monde’s execution second to none, but it looks great too.  CoveritLive worked directly with Le Monde to create a custom skin which integrates seamlessly within their new design.  Their designers did an excellent job putting it together and we think it looks awesome.
 
The result is a very unique and fresh use of the CoveritLive viewer window;  it’s one of our favorites. We’re very proud to have been a part of their amazing redesign.

Noteworthy CoveritLive Implementaton: Le Monde.fr

Earlier this month the French publication, Le Monde, launched an impressive update to their website, lemonde.fr. It’s fresh and contemporary – we’re really digging it here at CoveritLive.  We’re also proud to have played a small part in this big change with CoveritLive events receiving prominent positioning on the new home page. Le Monde’s  CiL implementation has a few unique and noteworthy characteristics that we feel are worth drawing attention to.  

 
 
 
They’ve created a permanent Live Event space on the homepage which is anchored to the bottom right of the browser window.   Le Monde’s editorial staff is  now able to select which CoveritLive events to display from within their CMS.  When multiple events are running, an accordion is created with a section for each – allowing their readers to quickly see, switch between, and get to any live event directly from the homepage.   You can see this illustrated in the image below where both the après la fusillade de Toulouse and La Campagne prèsidentielle en direct events are available.
 
 
 
 
But there is one part that we’re particularly fond of: they make an intelligent decision, based on the amount of screen real-estate a visitor has available, whether to show a full CoveritLive event window or just the most recent event content.  Again, this is accomplished using the CoveritLive API and our method for getting event content – a quick and easy way to retrieve the most recent post in any event.
 
 
 
 
Not only is Le Monde’s execution second to none, but it looks great too.  CoveritLive worked directly with Le Monde to create a custom skin which integrates seamlessly within their new design.  Their designers did an excellent job putting it together and we think it looks awesome.
 
The result is a very unique and fresh use of the CoveritLive viewer window;  it’s one of our favorites. We’re very proud to have been a part of their amazing redesign.

CoveritLive Weekly: Top five social TV events (March 19-25)

Despite the large viewership of NCAA March Madness last week, it was another brand of basketball and a fallen star’s victory that gained a foothold in the weekly CoveritLive social TV rankings.

However, topping the list was not a sporting event at all, as French broadcaster TF1’s live chat coverage of the French installment of The Voice returned to the list for the second consecutive week. More than 55,000 viewers chatted during the season’s fifth episode to push the season viewer total over 225,000.

Sport24’s live coverage of the EuroLeague Basketball playoffs captured the second spot in the weekly rankings as readers gabbed about former University of Kansas standout Keith Langford and his Maccabi Electra’s triumph over Panathinaikos.

The 30-month winless draught of Tiger Woods and his campaign to win the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational was a popular social TV event over the weekend. The golf tourney landed four of the top 10 CoveritLive chats of the week, including SI.com and ESPN’s third and fourth-ranked social events that attracted more than 45,000 viewers.

The fifth and final event on the weekly chart was Aftonbladet’s second screen coverage of Manchester City’s key 2-1 victory over Chelsea in Premier League Action.

*The CoveritLive blog will release its weekly social TV rankings every Monday. The data for the ranking system is exclusive to events that are tied to a television broadcast and the viewer metric is defined as a reader that actively clicks into a CiL event.

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Event

CoveritLive User

Viewers

1

The Voice

TF1

55,587

2

Panathinaikos vs. Maccabi Electra (EuroLeague Basketball)

Sport24

30,542

3

Arnold Palmer Invitational: Second Round Live Blog

SI.com/Golf.com

23,398

4

Arnold Palmer Invitational Fourth Round

ESPN

22,653

5

Manchester City vs. Chelsea (Premier League Soccer)

Aftonbladet

19,092

 

 

March Madness viewers get social with CoveritLive

 

On the heels of a string of marquee events that included Super Bowl XLVI, the Grammy Awards and the Oscars to start 2012, CoveritLive continued to shine last week, providing NCAA March Madness fans a real time social TV experience. With each passing year the excitement that surrounds the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship continues to grow and with that growth the need for fans to engage in social fandom has increased exponentially.

The passion of these fans shone brightly during the opening weekend of the 2012 tourney as more than 150,000 readers actively clicked into more than 100 live March Madness chats over the first four days of the championship. FoxSports and ESPN spearheaded the effort during opening weekend, drawing as many as 20-30,000 clicks per-event. The three events hosted by Syracuse.com, the official web site of The Post-Standard, drew more than the 30,000 clicks, while Keloland.com garnered more than 4,500 clicks for its coverage of South Dakota State’s second round contest with Baylor.

In addition to the national and local media markets, leaning on CiL to engage viewers and readers, college athletics departments proved to be trusted social TV engagement leaders as well. The official site of top-seeded Kentucky hosted live chats for the Wildcats’ two opening round games, attracting an average of more than 1,000 clicks per-day. Seminoles.com, the Florida State Athletics web site, was also a performance leader among official athletics sites, drawing in excess of 1,000 clicks to its second round tourney chat.

The breadth of small and large events allow each individual user the choice to select which event they want to participate in and enables them to enjoy the precise social TV experience of their choosing.

No matter your platform and no matter your event, CoveritLive can be your answer to social TV engagement. If you are covering live sporting events or you are simply in need of a real time, curated content experience then take CiL for a spin during your next event. 

Emailing Content Eases Live Blogging from the Field

Whether you’re covering breaking news or a keynote event, CoveritLive provides a number of features to make on-location live blogging easy.  One of these features is the ability to submit content by email which allows contributors to send comments, photos, videos and audio directly to a live event.

The ability to email content directly to the event provides a quick and easy way for contributors to provide live updates from their phone, tablet or computer without having to be in the Writer’s Console. This feature can be enabled per event and set up to only recognize designated contributors.

When a contributor’s message is sent to the event-specific contributor email address, the content of the message, including attachments containing images, audio and video, will be added directly to the live blog content.

This feature can also be enabled for user contributions, enabling your readers to submit comments and photos by emailing the event-specific email address. The event address is displayed in the Viewer Window and provides a quick single-click link to launch the user’s email client.

Just like comments and photos submitted from the Viewer Window, this user content is moderated in the Writer’s Console before flowing into your live blog. It will be included with other content submitted to the event and displayed with a blue background to denote that it originated as an email.

When live blogging breaking news or live events, your feet on the ground need the ability to send content fast and they won’t always have the luxury of jumping into the Event Console.  Emailing content is a simple and easy way to get content from the field into your live blog whether from your designated contributors or live readers. To learn more about this feature, check out the official documentation.

CoveritLive also provides numerous other tools that aid in on-location live blogging including native mobile applications for iPhone and Android, mobile web interfaces and our robust API that allows you to build custom tools for submitting and displaying content. We’re always looking for ways to improve our live experience for contributors and we would love your feedback!
 

CoveritLive Weekly: Top five social TV events (March 12-18)

Since the 2012 Asia Cup cricket tournament took to the pitch in mid-March, social media has batted and bowled right along with the action. Three ESPN Asia Cup Live chats anchor the inaugural CoveritLive weekly social TV rankings.

The match that garnered the most social media buzz of the week was the India vs. Pakistan showdown and it was followed in the ratings by the contest between India and host-country Bangladesh.  A third cricket tilt landed among the top five social TV events of the week as well, with the India vs. Sri Lanka match claiming the fifth position.

French broadcaster TF1’s social coverage of France’s incarnation of the popular reality singing TV competition, The Voice was the lone entertainment entry among the top five, generating almost 50,000 clicks from its readers during the season’s fourth episode.

ITV’s CoveritLive chat for the Champions League Round of 16 soccer match between Chelsea and Napoli notched a fourth-place finish, while the highest ranking U.S. chat was ESPN’s GameDay Live chat that it held on the opening day of the 2012 NCAA Basketball Championship.

The CoveritLive blog will release its weekly social TV rankings every Monday. The data for the ranking system is exclusive to events that are tied to a television broadcast and the clicks metric is defined as a reader that actively clicks into a CiL event.

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Event

CoveritLive User

Clicks

1

Asia Cup Live: India vs. Pakistan

ESPN

74,465

2

Asia Cup Live: Bangladesh vs. India

ESPN

59,277

3

The Voice (France)

TF1

47,456

4

Chelsea v Napoli: Champions League Round of 16

ITV

37,698

5

Asia Cup Live: India vs. Sri Lanka

ESPN

37,698

*

ESPN GameDay Live: NCAA Tournament (March 15)

ESPN

22,576

 
 

CoveritLive Weekly: Top five social TV events (March 12-18)

Since the 2012 Asia Cup cricket tournament took to the pitch in mid-March, social media has batted and bowled right along with the action. Three ESPN Asia Cup Live chats anchor the inaugural CoveritLive weekly social TV rankings.

The match that garnered the most social media buzz of the week was the India vs. Pakistan showdown and it was followed in the ratings by the contest between India and host-country Bangladesh.  A third cricket tilt landed among the top five social TV events of the week as well, with the India vs. Sri Lanka match claiming the fifth position.

French broadcaster TF1’s social coverage of France’s incarnation of the popular reality singing TV competition, The Voice was the lone entertainment entry among the top five, generating almost 50,000 clicks from its readers during the season’s fourth episode.

ITV’s CoveritLive chat for the Champions League Round of 16 soccer match between Chelsea and Napoli notched a fourth-place finish, while the highest ranking U.S. chat was ESPN’s GameDay Live chat that it held on the opening day of the 2012 NCAA Basketball Championship.

The CoveritLive blog will release its weekly social TV rankings every Monday. The data for the ranking system is exclusive to events that are tied to a television broadcast and the clicks metric is defined as a reader that actively clicks into a CiL event.

#

Event

CoveritLive User

Clicks

1

Asia Cup Live: India vs. Pakistan

ESPN

74,465

2

Asia Cup Live: Bangladesh vs. India

ESPN

59,277

3

The Voice (France)

TF1

47,456

4

Chelsea v Napoli: Champions League Round of 16

ITV

37,698

5

Asia Cup Live: India vs. Sri Lanka

ESPN

37,698

*

ESPN GameDay Live: NCAA Tournament (March 15)

ESPN

22,576