Monthly Archives: November 2012

Check out the fifth edition of the CoveritLive University web series on Dec. 13

CoveritLive will be hosting the fifth session of its multi-part, CoveritLive University web series on Thursday, Dec. 13. Be sure to join the live WebEx session at 11 am ET to ‘Discover the new Producer experience.’

In this installment of CoveritLive University, CiL General Manager Ben Schneider will walk attendees through the new CoveritLive Producer console and explain the new moderation queue, media library, enhanced searches and more

New moderation and content queue
CoveritLive’s new intuitive user console provides producers with increased moderation capabilities and a simplified content queue.

Improved media library management
Learn how to take advantage of CoveritLive’s new, easy-to-use media library that includes simplified photo, poll and video enhancements

Enhanced searches for social content
Integrate content from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Wikipedia and other sources through CiL’s enhanced search functionality.

Improved access to live event analytics
Access live event data and analytics within the new CiL producer console. Use the statistics to track event activity, clicks and views through graphic displays.

Join a live CoveritLive chat session during the webinar or take part in the Q&A with Schneider following the presentation.

CLICK HERE to register for the CoveritLive University webinar. Learn about the newest features on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 11 am ET.

Live blogs out-performing other news formats

By Spencer Kitley

City University London’s Department of Journalism’s newly published study on live blogging, explores what authors Dr. Neil Thurman and Anna Walters describe as the new default format for covering major breaking and scheduled news stories. Their research indicates that live blogs are garnering, “300-percent more views and 233-percent more visitors than conventional online news articles on the same subject.” Citing that their research subject, Guardian.co.uk’s live blogs, “out-perform online picture galleries, getting 219-percent more visitors.” 

The article describes and analyzes the production, consumption and form of live blogs from its journalist interviews, reader surveys, analysis and study of web metrics.

Key notes from the research:

• “Live blogging combines conventional reporting with curation, where journalists sift and prioritize information from secondary sources and present it to the audience in close to real time, often incorporating their feedback.

• “Readers liked the neutral tone, the fact that information was corrected quickly and the balance that they believed was the mix of sources provided.” CoveritLive’s incorporation of Twitter content, reader comments and other social media make it easy to present multiple sides of a story, while CiL’s editorial abilities make it simple to edit or correct information that was previously published in a blog.

• Live blogs like CoveritLive contain, “multimedia elements, such as audio and video, as well as still images and hypertext links.”

• “Web metrics reveal that live blogs are accessed primarily during office hours with their popularity peaking at 11 a.m. They often out-perform other article types covering the same story.”

• The most-liked live blog feature by readers “was their timeliness, with 49-percent of survey respondents citing this as a positive feature.

• “The vast majority of readers did not express concern about the effect of these compressed deadlines on live blogs’ accuracy and balance.”

• “The tone of live blogs was the second-most ‘liked’ feature by reader survey respondents.”

• “Fifteen percent of survey respondents spontaneously praised the role of live blogging journalists as curators of information.” One of the hallmarks of the CoveritLive platform is the moderated, curated content experience that readers enjoy.

The full article, entitled: “Live Blogging – Digital Journalism’s Pivotal Platform? A case study of the production, consumption, and form of Live Blogs at Guardian.co.uk” is published on the Digital Journalism website.  A pre-press version is available free of charge on the City University London website.

CoveritLive Weekly: Top five Social TV events (Nov. 19-25)

By Spencer Kitley

A new player jumped to the front of the line in this week’s CoveritLive Social TV rankings as the Australian Football League landed in the ratings for the first time with its live draft coverage. Joining the AFL in the top five were a pair of Formula One live chats and a rare two-event double by the NFL’s Chicago Bears.

The Australian Football League notched the top spot with its live coverage of the NAB AFL Draft that saw Greater Western Sydney select Lachie Whitfield with the No. 1 pick. Almost 70,000 viewers got social during the draft to discuss their favorite team’s draft choices.

For the second consecutive week Finnish publisher, Ilta-Sanomat earned a place in the top five with its coverage of Formula One racing. An audience of more than 46,000 joined the conversation as Sebastian Vettel claimed his third straight F1 Championship at the Brazilian Grand Prix.  Italian newspaper, Ilsussidario also grabbed a spot in the ratings with its live coverage of F1, attracting almost 25,000 viewers to the live event.

The NFL’s Chicago Bears captured the third and fifth spots, respectively in the weekly rankings with their two-game week. The team’s Sunday victory over the Minnesota Vikings ranked third on the list with more than 25,000 viewers, while the live event from last Monday’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers drew almost 23,000 viewers and ranked fifth. This marked the fourth time in five weeks that the Bears have landed in the CiL top five.

*The CoveritLive blog releases 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

2012 AFL National Draft

Telstra (Australian Rules Football)

69,160

2

F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix

Sanoma News (Ilta-Sanomat)

46,675

3

NFL: Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings

NFL (Chicago Bears)

25,015

4

F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix

Ilsussidiario.net

24,765

5

NFL: Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers

NFL (Chicago Bears)

22,705

 

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

By Spencer Kitley

After a week with several marquee events, a wide variety of events round out the weekly CoveritLive Social TV top five for the last week. The NFL continued to own a place in the rankings with its Thursday Night Football coverage, while international users Bild and Ilta-Sanomat jumped into the fray along with Yahoo, ESPN and the WWE.

Topping the charts for the week was German publisher, Bild’s Social TV coverage of MTV’s Europe Music Awards. More than 64,000 viewers joined the conversation as Carly Rae Jepsen took the night’s biggest award for song of the year with her hit single, “Call Me Maybe.”

The NFL once again claimed their place among the top weekly events, landing in the No. 2 position with its coverage of the Thursday Night Football showdown between the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills. The league remained in the CiL top three for the ninth consecutive week, drawing an audience of almost 37,000 to its event.

Formula One Racing returned to the United States on Sunday with the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas and Finnish publisher, Ilta-Sanomat earned the No. 4 position in the ratings as its live chat entertained viewers. More than 36,000 viewers joined the discussion during the race as McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton captured the victory.

UFC 154 was also a big event over the weekend, nabbing the fourth and fifth positions as Yahoo and ESPN provided live coverage of the pay-per-view bout. Yahoo attracted almost 35,000 viewers to its event and ESPN drew a crowd of almost 30,000 viewers as Georges St. Pierre defeated Carlos Condit in the welterweight title fight.

Falling just outside the top five on the weekly CiL charts was the WWE, which attracted an audience just shy of 30,000 to its live chat for its Survivor Series pay-per-view event.

*The CoveritLive blog releases 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

MTV Europe Music Awards

Bild

64,044

2

NFL Thursday Night Football: Dolphins vs. Bills

NFL

36,806

3

F1- United States Grand Prix

Sanoma News (Ilta-Sanomat)

36,362

4

UFC 154 Live Chat

Yahoo

34,762

5

ESPN’s Coverage of UFC 154

ESPN

29,909

*

WWE Survivor Series

WWE

29,792

 

CoveritLive Weekly: Top five sports events (Nov. 5-11)

By Spencer Kitley

This week, in lieu of the usual weekly CoveritLive Social TV rankings, we bring you the top five CiL sporting events of the week. All five slots of the standard Social TV rankings were owned by United States Presidential election coverage and after blogging about that last Thursday we wanted to keep things fresh with a look at the top sports usage of the week in this special edition.

The NFL held a spot in the top three for eight straight weeks in the Social TV rankings with its Thursday Night Football Social TV dashboard and this week it topped the list of CoveritLive sports users.  This week’s game drew an audience of almost 40,000 viewers to the league’s Social TV coverage of the Colts vs. Jaguars.

Claiming the second spot among the week’s top sports users was ESPN’s 2012 College Hoops Draft. The draft pitted ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla, bracketologist Joe Lunardi and ESPN.com writers Eamonn Brennan and Myron Medcalf in a fantasy draft where each chose five starters, one reserve, a head coach and a venue.  The group offered commentary as each selection was made and more than 31,000 viewers joined the discussion.

After spending the last two weeks in the Social TV top five, the Chicago Bears land at No. 3 in this week’s sports rankings, drawing an audience of almost 25,000 to the team’s chat during its Sunday night showdown with the Houston Texans.

ESPN notched the fourth position as well with its Sunday morning ESPN Fantasy Football Surround experience. The Worldwide Leader in Sports provides a live video stream and a live chat that accompany their original fantasy programming on ESPN2. The week 10 fantasy chat drew an audience of almost 25,000 viewers.

Capturing the final spot among the week’s top sports users was Yahoo Sports for its Fantasy Football Live implementation. Yahoo’s team of experts takes viewer questions on its live video feed as well as in its live chat that entertained and educated more than 22,000 viewers.

*The CoveritLive blog releases 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

NFL Thursday Night Football: Colts vs. Jaguars

NFL

38,555

2

ESPN 2012 College Hoops Draft

ESPN

31,563

3

NFL: Chicago Bears vs. Houston Texans

NFL (Chicago Bears)

24,385

4

ESPN Fantasy Football Now Week 10

ESPN

24,274

5

Fantasy Football Live: Week 10

Yahoo

22,542

 

 

CoveritLive shines on Election Night 2012 with 2.5 million viewers

By Spencer Kitley

As millions of Americans and political observers around the world anxiously awaited the results of the 2012 United States Presidential election on Tuesday, more than 2.5 million readers and Social TV viewers followed CoveritLive events for up-to-the-minute election information. The evening that ended with President Barack Obama winning re-election saw almost 300 publishers and broadcasters run live events as the action unfolded.

Yahoo News, Bild, Aftonbladet and LeMonde were leading outlets for CoveritLive blogs on election night as political experts and analysts shared insight and information as the race for the White House drew to a close.

•        More than 2.5 million Social TV viewers and live blog readers joined in almost 300 CoveritLive events

•        In excess of 10,000 viewers joined 22 different CoveritLive election live events

•        The influence of the U.S. election was apparent throughout the evening as three international events topped the viewer charts. French publisher, LeMonde drew an audience of almost 650,000, while German newspaper, Bild topped the 500,000-viewer mark and Sweden’s Aftonbladet entertained more than 435,000 viewers.

•       Yahoo News was the top domestic user on election night, using multiple CoveritLive implementations across many pages. Statistics were only available on one of Yahoo’s events at the time of this blog post, but their audience of more than 270,000 on the single implementation was still the fourth-largest election event.

•        Live blog coverage of the election spanned outside the United States as well, with French, German, Swedish, Canadian, Danish, Belgian, Norwegian and many other publishers using CiL to track the election.

Whether you are live blogging as a primary perspective for viewers, hosting chat events or providing a second screen Social TV experience, CoveritLive can be your answer to real-time engagement during your next event.

CiL User

Clicks

LeMonde

643,766

Bild

501,378

Aftonbladet

435,745

Yahoo

270,178

The Blaze

83,297

CBC

74,507

Liberation.fr

57,032

Ekstra Bladet

51,297

Street.com

22,393

 

 

 

CoveritLive Weekly: Top five social TV events (Oct. 29 – Nov. 4)

By Spencer Kitley

The National Football League continues to be a key player in the Social TV game and they once again landed two spots in the most recent edition of the weekly CoveritLive Social TV rankings. Along with the NFL, People magazine joined the ranks domestically, while Finland’s Sanoma News and Canada’s La Presse claimed bookend positions in the top five.

Finnish publisher, the Sanoma News made its second-straight appearance in the CiL rankings, nabbing the top spot this week for its live coverage of Formula One’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. An audience of almost 60,000 got social as fellow Finn, Kimi Raikkonen claimed his first victory of the year in a crash-filled race.

The NFL remained in the top three for the eighth consecutive week with its Thursday Night Football Social TV dashboard. More than 43,000 viewers joined the conversation as the San Diego Chargers cruised past the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC West showdown. The Chicago Bears notched another position for the NFL and landed in the top five for the third time in the last five weeks. Almost 42,000 Bears fans chatted during the team’s rout of the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

People Magazine claimed the fourth position in the weekly rankings with its live coverage of the CMA Awards and the pre-show red carpet event. The publisher entertained almost 39,000 viewers as husband and wife, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert dominated the year’s major awards.

The final spot in the weekly CiL rankings was captured by Canadian publisher, La Presse for its coverage of super middleweight bout between Lucian Bute and Denis Grachev in Montreal’s Bell Centre on Saturday night. More than 26,000 viewers socialized during the fight that saw Bute win by unanimous decision.

*The CoveritLive blog releases 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

Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix

Sanoma News

57,342

2

NFL Thursday Night Football: Chiefs vs. Chargers

NFL

43,766

3

NFL: Chicago Bears vs. Tennessee Titans

NFL (Chicago Bears)

41,924

4

CMA Awards

People

38,501

5

Boxing: Bute vs. Grachev

LaPresse

26,570