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New survey on freelancers uncovers unique and untapped growth opportunity for digital service providers

COPENHAGEN, 25-May-2021 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — A new study looking into the business models and strategies of freelancers has revealed a unique and untapped growth opportunity for digital service providers.

Freelancers today represent a growing labour market segment, one which has been heavily boosted by the pandemic. According to Freelancer.com, in Q2 2020, as the pandemic’s first wave raged across Europe and the United States, freelance job openings increased by 25% compared to the first  quarter of 2020. Yet despite freelancers today accounting for 15% of the European labour market and up to 30% of the US labour market, these small business owners remain an untapped resource for SME service providers.

Keen to understand more about the popularity and profitability of this growing sector, SME service provider, Mono Solutions, and trade association, Localogy, conducted a survey in April 2021 of more than 550 freelancers across the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden, to gather insights into how these professionals operate their businesses and what motivates them to opt out of more secure full-time employment.

The study found that while, for many, the Covid-19 pandemic and associated market changes were behind their career choice, for others, particularly those aged between 18 and 34, the career path is a lifestyle choice. Findings also revealed that, regardless of the reason or the industry in which these freelancers operate, they all have one thing in common; a need to market themselves.

Mie Bilberg, VP Marketing, Mono Solutions, says the study shows 85% of freelancers surveyed have their own website, 61% have their own blog and 38% have an ecommerce store. “Personal branding is especially important for a freelancer, which is why his or her first marketing investment is a website and a blog, both of which require some form of software to develop and run. Interestingly, 62% of freelancers tell us they actively recommend software to their clients, but only 16% of those we surveyed are software resellers themselves.”

Most of the surveyed freelancers who were not diversifying income through software resales, simply didn’t know the opportunity was available.

Mie believes any business selling digital products like websites, online booking, ecommerce or services like, SEO, graphic design or advertisement, should be looking to freelancers as potential clients as well as potential lead generators. “Many freelancers have trusted relationships with their small business customers. As accountants, marketing consultants, graphic designers etc., they are in a strong position to recommend software solutions to their clients. Solution providers should be looking at local freelancers as the influencers they are. It’s time to get to know your freelancers on another level, they could be your key to long-tail growth.”

These findings offer powerful insights into a potentially lucrative form of marketing for software and digital technology providers. To discover more insights from the study and to download the report in full, visit Mono Solution’s website.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

The website of Norwegian lawyer Høgseth DA named Mono Solutions’ top website of 2021

COPENHAGEN, 14-Apr-2021 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Mono Solutions has named Norwegian lawyer’s Høgseth DA’s website, https://advokathogseth.no, as its top website of 2021.

The site, designed by Norwegian agency, Idium, topped 105 European entries – all  created on the Mono website builder platform – in a competition designed to raise awareness of the power of digital marketing done right.

Each entry was judged for overall customer experience, including page loading speed and intuitive web design and was subject to a conversion and trustworthiness health-check.

Mie Bilberg, VP of Marketing, Mono Solutions, says Idium’s work on Høgseth DA’s website stood out for being easy to navigate and very trustworthy. “The use of authentic pictures throughout added credibility to the business, as well as an opportunity for visitors to the website to make an instant connection. The site’s structure, visual formatting and navigation also made the brand’s content and call to action engaging and accessible.”   

“Idium is one of Norway’s largest website suppliers and has since 2017 had Mono as the primary supplier for its SME offering. We have spent 2020 converting more customers to the Mono platform, in effect reducing the number of platforms and enhancing the value chain internally. At the same time our customers have received a better product.” Says Odd-Geir Folland, CEO, Idium.

With research revealing the average customer decides in 50 milliseconds whether s/he likes a website or not, web designers need to be smart in the way they attract potential customers and address their needs and expectations.

“In a year where websites have been a lifeline for many small business owners, a powerful and user-friendly web presence and ecommerce channel is arguably more important than ever before. I was happy to see the increased quality of websites submitted to this year’s competition. It’s clear from the submissions that more businesses are investing in online business models, either by offering online booking functionality, ecommerce capabilities, or by optimizing pages for lead generation, as is the case of this year’s winning website. No longer is a website simply there to give small business owners an online presence, a website is now a critical revenue stream for small business owners.” says Mie.

With this shift comes a responsibility for digital service providers to enable small business clients with an online business model that offers a safe visiting and trading experience for customers, “Nothing converts like trust and, in 2021, an unsecured website is no longer acceptable. While all of this year’s entries came with recommended security features. In a more general picture of the global website landscape, we do still sadly see many websites lacking basic security features, such as SSL certificates and privacy policy and cookies policy. Designers who build on a Mono platform, can easily enable this with a Mono map module.”

The Mono website builder platform offers small businesses and design agencies white-label website technology to craft engaging, profitable, search and conversion-optimized websites with fast page speed – a top priority for high-performing websites in today’s digital age. Mono Solutions has 80 digital service provider resellers globally, and more than 125,000 small businesses subscribed to its website builder platform, with even more new subscribers joining every month.

Ann-Kristin Haug Lahmidi, Customer journey and Process Manager, Idium, says,

“Receiving such positive feedback on our Mono websites creates an increased positivity around the platform. As employees of Idium we, subsequently, take pride in working with Mono. At the same time, we strive to provide our customers all the opportunities which are present in the platform and utilize us as their advisor and supplier to achieve the goals they have set for their website.”

Find out more about Mono’s 2021 website of the year and Mono’s Best Website Competition. https://www.monosolutions.com/best-website-competition-winner-2021

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Xrysos Odigos to use Mono Solutions platform to help small businesses in Greece

COPENHAGEN, 12-Apr-2021 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Mono Solutions and Xrysos Odigos have partnered to bring websites and online business models to thousands of small businesses across Greece.

Xrysos Odigos provides turnkey digital marketing services to help small businesses thrive online, being a one-stop-shop for all digital marketing needs.

Xrysos Odigos needed a platform and a partner that could keep up with the newest technology trends and market demands while ensuring their team’s effectiveness to create the best digital experiences for their clients.

We decided to go with the Mono Platform, as the platform is strong within the customer experience. It´s build to please online search engines, thus getting higher rankings for our websites. It’s cost-effective and easy-to-use for small business owners. We are thrilled to have a strong technology partner like Mono Solutions to help us achieve the vision of providing the right digital marketing tools designed specifically for small businesses”, says Maria Spyropoulou, Head of Digital Services at Xrysos Odigos. 

By combining digital marketing services, with best-in-class technology, XO Greece helps small businesses establish themselves online.

We´re thrilled to be the platform of choice for Xrysos Odigos. Mono Solutions is here to empower small businesses with best-in-class marketing technology like website, eCommerce, and other services, this ambition we achieve through a strong partnership with local digital service providers like Xrysos Odigos. With a partnership with Xrysos Odigos, we can serve the needs of small businesses in Greece.”, says Henrik Stampe, CEO at Mono Solutions.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

American Bookies See Soccer’s Popularity Rise

San Jose, Costa Rica, 2021-Feb-25 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Most U.S. bookmakers understand that after the Super Bowl, they must turn their attention to the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament. After the tournament, pay per head agents concentrate on the NBA and MLB. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s a new revenue opportunity. Soccer’s popularity has continually climbed in the United States. It could break out the way a winning stock does this spring and summer.

FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, usually begins their World Cup Qualifying Tournament two years before the WC. However, because of the pandemic, the organization pushed the UEFA World Cup Qualifying tournament out to 2021 and 2022. The first days of play are on March 24 and 25 this year. Matchday 10, the final days of group play, are on November 16 and 17. But UEFA World Cup Qualifying isn’t the only major tournament happening this spring and summer. The UEFA Champions League is to their Round of 16. The UCL Final happens on May 29.

PayPerHead Product Manager Nate Johnson said sports bettors are the leading cause for the rise in soccer betting action. “In 2020, players looked for other options. The NCAA cancelled the March Madness Tournament, and the NBA and NHL paused their seasons. Not only that, but MLB played a 60-game regular season. Soccer returned to play quicker than any of the U.S. based sports leagues. It also helps that there are so many soccer leagues and soccer matches to choose from.”

U.S. broadcast outlets like Fox Sports 1, NBC Sports, and ESPN have helped introduce American bookies and players to the sport. U.S. sports networks air Champions League, English Premier League, Series A, and Bundesliga matches.“The networks may be the most important reason for the rise in soccer betting action,” Johnson said. “Teams like Manchester City and Man United, two of the most popular soccer teams, both play in the English Premier. Bayern plays in the Bundesliga. NBC’s streaming network, Peacock, shows most EPL games while FS1 showcases Bundesliga teams.”

The action has helped bookies maintain their monthly revenue after football season. But Johnson added a word of caution. “Make no mistake. Soccer has a long way to go before it approaches the action on football, basketball, or baseball. But the rise in betting activity is encouraging. Not only that, new soccer league seasons start at the end of August, and 2022 is a World Cup year. So our bookie software agents have reason to be bullish on soccer betting action. They must be careful about relying too much on it, though.”

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Henrik Stampe joins Mono Solutions as the Company’s new CEO

COPENHAGEN, 15-Feb-2021 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Mono Solutions, part of Bauer Media Group, strengthens its leadership team with the appointment of Henrik Stampe as CEO, effective 15th February 2021.

Henrik will report to Natasha Zharinova, President of Bauer Media Group’s Business Area SME Services. Besides his responsibility for Mono Solutions’s daily operations he will have an additional focus on the commercial teams.

“Henrik has an extensive background in sales and a great understanding for the dynamics of digitally-driven markets. He is a seasoned leader and manager with a results-driven, hands-on attitude and a passion for bringing the best out of people“, says Natasha Zharinova. “I am delighted to welcome him to the team.”

Henrik brings more than 25 years of experience in senior sales and commercial roles in a digital and technology-driven environment, having worked for companies such as the Danish app development agency Nodes, tech giants like Microsoft and IBM and the anti-food-waste start-up Too Good To Go.

“I am honoured and excited to be joining the Mono Solutions team, at a time when marketing technology is the lifeline for most businesses. I look forward to building on the team’s fantastic work so far by continuing to provide our reselling partners and SMEs around the world with outstanding services and a future-proof technology,” says Henrik Stampe.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Hungary’s Supreme Court dismissed Digi Communications N.V.’s appeal related to the 5G Tender in the country

BUCHAREST, Romania, 9-Feb-2021 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — The Company (Digi Communications N.V.) would like to inform its investors and the market that, on 4 February 2021, the Supreme Court of Hungary dismissed the Company’s appeal and thus upheld the first instance court’s judgement, which maintained as lawful the decision issued by the Hungarian Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) to reject the Company’s participation in the tender related to wireless broadband services supporting the introduction of 5G in Hungary (5G Tender).

The Company filed, amongst other legal means it used, a statement of claim challenging the authority’s refusal to registrate the Company in the 5G Tender which has now been settled in favour of NMHH and also a statement of claim by which it challenged the decision awarded in the 5G Tender on its merits. The second litigation is still pending in front of the Metropolitan Regional Court.

The Company will analyse what future legal remedies are available to better protect the Company’s legitimate interests.

For details regarding the reports, please access the official websites designated of Digi: www.digi-communications.ro (Investor Relations Section).

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Customer Data Platform Industry Update January 2021

MILFORD, CT, United States, 4-Feb-2021 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Customer Data Platforms (CDPs) are increasingly embedded inside of larger systems, according to the CDP Institute’s latest Industry Update report. The semi-annual report found that ten of the 13 vendors entering the industry in the second half of 2020 provide campaign management or message delivery services in addition to the core CDP function of creating unified customer profiles. Such firms now account for 70% of the 133 CDP vendors identified in the report and 71% of industry employment.

Despite this trend, there is also strong demand for CDPs that provide only data management and analytics. Such firms actually grew the fastest of all CDPs types during the report period.

The report estimates CDP Industry revenue for 2020 at $1.3 billion and projects 2021 revenues will reach at least $1.55 billion. These figures measure revenues for all CDP product sales worldwide, including CDP components within other systems such as message delivery or ecommerce. It does not include related services or in-house customer data system development.

CDP employment grew by 25% in 2020, to just over 10,000, and the number of CDP vendors grew by 35% to 133. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in deferred purchases by some potential buyers but accelerated purchases from buyers eager to improve their digital marketing capabilities.

The period saw several CDP acquisitions, most notably Twilio’s $3.2 billion purchase of Segment. In this and other deals, the buyer was a software company that planned to use the CDP as part of an integrated product stack. This contrasts with previous CDP purchases, which were often by firms outside of the software industry, such as Mastercard, who wanted to offer CDP capabilities to supplement other services.

About the Report

The CDP Industry Update Report provides detailed information on CDP vendors, employment, and funding broken by CDP type, location, founding year, and more. It includes four years of historical data collected at six month intervals. The report can downloaded for free at https://lp.cdpinstitute.venntive.com/DL2238-CDPI-Industry-Update-January-2021

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Bookies Expect Record-Breaking Super Bowl LV Action

San Jose, Costa Rica, 2021-Feb-1 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — On February 7, the most wagered upon event of the year happens when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs hit the gridiron for Super Bowl LV. Annually, the NFL Championship game attracts the most betting action of any single event of the year. As per PayPerHead, the world’s leading bookie software provider, the 2021 Super Bowl should break betting records. Every year, more and more people wager on the Lombardi Trophy game. Last year, betting action on the Super Bowl totaled over $6.8 billion worldwide. In last year’s Super Bowl, the Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20.

Kansas City’s return to this year’s game is one reason bookmaking software companies are bullish on betting action exceeding 2020’s handle. The Chiefs and superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes are back. So is quarterback Tom Brady, which makes it so interesting to bettors. Brady became the fourth quarterback in history to take two different teams to the Super Bowl after the Buccaneers beat the Green Bay Packers and won the NFC.

On February 7, Brady plays in his tenth Super Bowl. The idea of the best quarterback in the NFL, Mahomes, taking on the best player in NFL history, Brady, in a game for the title has heads spinning.

“Even if you don’t have the internet or television, you know about this game. Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady are two of the most popular individuals, not just athletes, but people on the planet,” said Nate Johnson, product manager for PayPerHead.

The industry leader provides software that enables individual bookies to run branded sportsbooks online. With PayPerHead.com software, an individual bookmaker’s sportsbook can offer the same options that larger sportsbooks offer. Johnson said the organization added two digital platforms that should help their per head agents break individual Super Bowl betting action records. The first is Live+, an in-game wagering platform that offers game trackers and video streams.

“With Live+,” Johnson said, “players have no reason to leave our agents’ sites. They can check Super Bowl LV stats, check out video streams, and make bets while the action happens.” The other platform that has PayPerHead agents excited is what Johnson calls Premium Props. “In the past, players couldn’t bet on sports performances through the same agent platform. Now they can.”

So far, adopting agents have seen at least a 15% rise in action from Premium Props. Johnson expects Super Bowl LV to blow past that number. “The NFL has never had a Super Bowl like this before. The best current player in the league goes up against the best player of all time and all eyes will be watching and millions of dollars will be wagered. In the National Football League, quarterback is the most important position. Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs versus Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? It’s a historical, dream matchup. With Live+ and Premium Props, our agents are in the best position to capitalize.”

 

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Donna Thomas, an expert in the digital media space, Joins Visual Data Media Services as Senior VP of Sales, Americas

Donna Thomas, an expert in the digital media space, Joins Visual Data Media Services as Senior VP of Sales, Americas

LOS ANGELES, Calif., United States, 26-Jan-2021 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Visual Data Media Services, a leading entertainment services company serving studios and distributors globally with end-to-end content management and digital media supply chain solutions, announced today that industry veteran Donna Thomas has joined the company’s senior leadership team as Senior Vice President of Sales, Americas.

Prior to joining Visual Data, Thomas was Senior Vice President of Sales at Vubiquity. She has also been responsible for formidable revenue growth at global brands such as Technicolor, Deluxe, Ascent Media and Discovery Networks. An expert in the digital media space, Thomas has worked in every aspect of the content supply chain from creation through distribution. Thomas’s addition to Visual Data’s senior leadership team is the latest move in the company’s next phase of growth. Late last year, Visual Data announced a strategic investment from Endeavour Capital to build on Visual Data’s industry leadership and support its continued momentum.

“Putting the customer first is my main priority. I’ve long admired Visual Data for embodying its commitment to providing world-class customer service,” said Thomas. “I see our role in the industry as listening to our customers and providing them with solutions to grow their business. It’s particularly critical now as the media industry is experiencing unprecedented change. I believe that Visual Data is perfectly positioned to rise to the challenge of leading the industry by providing innovative, scalable offerings and serving its customers with excellence.”

“Donna is a highly respected and experienced industry leader, and is the perfect addition to our senior leadership team,” said Kim Lawrence, Executive Vice President, Global Client Operations, Visual Data. “Donna has a proven ability to resolve complex issues and manage high performing teams. We are confident that her extensive experience and deep industry knowledge will be key to delivering unparalleled value to our customers. Donna inherently understands that the customer is the single most valuable asset a company can have and she is driven by an unrelenting pursuit of customer-driven focus and an unrivaled customer experience. This aligns perfectly with Visual Data’s values.”

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Offorte’s AI Textwriter automates the writing of business proposals

BREDA, The Netherlands, 21-Jan-2021 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Discover how business proposals almost write themselves with the use of Artificial Intelligence in a new update from Offorte.com. Proposal software Offorte makes it easy to create business proposals using the new artificial intelligence functionality, which helps you write proposal texts.

The new tool generates texts composed based on your limited personal input. You can create a company, product, and service description, plus the option to rewrite your texts. Use the system to generate ideas and brainstorm together for a perfect result. Staring at an empty screen is a thing of the past.

Behind the screen, the most advanced AI technology in the world is used to your advantage. This AI model aims at producing natural language and is trained by reading trillions of words and sentences online. The technology is still in its beta phase and cannot yet substitute a human touch, but it comes close to the desired result. Business proposals feature many nuances, all of them essential to win a contract, and to process it in your bid, you need to look at it and fine-tune your text. The AI Textwriter helps to inspire, create and automate.

For Offorte, this is the beginning of a new chapter with new possibilities to help our clients even more in the process of writing a proposal. Each business has its unique driving power and character. Using data and analysis, it becomes possible to gain more insight into what works and what doesn’t, creating a proposal that retains its identity. Thereby you achieve better results and save a lot of time.

The ultimate goal is a scenario whereby an account manager explains the main points of a sales pitch, the client’s interests, and what the proposal must contain as parameters. The system then automatically creates a perfect proposal and provide further support in the sales process. Things haven’t progressed so far yet, but with the new Offorte’s AI Textwriter, steps are made in the right direction.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

TIKTOK FOLLOWERS, VIEWS AND LIKES SERVICE

MIAMI, FL, U.S.A., 2021-Jan-15 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Not so long ago, a new service appeared in the field of TikTok promotion. And it is this service called TikTop that has proven itself quite Well. There are several reasons for this: over the history of its existence, it has gained a good reputation and, at the same time, offers services at quite pleasant prices compared to competitors.

Let’s see why this service is effective. So, the advantages:

The service allows Users to establish contact only with active users. Visiting Tiktoks, even adding videos from time to time, does not mean being active enough (from the point of view of an entrepreneur who promotes products, services, or just maintains their own content). But the video is uploaded by active users who are fond of Instagram.

Short stories. One video lasts a very short time. As a rule, users are not very attentive to short-term content posts, so they post several videos a day. And users can quickly view them.

First of all, profiles that TikTok thinks are interesting are displayed. However, viewing such pages is also more profitable for the buyer.

Only the video displays a list of people who viewed the content. But the person will not be able to find out who visited the profile.

And, finally, it is worth emphasizing once again that this service, as a method of attracting an audience and feedback from it, is still unknown to many. Therefore, users think that the owner of the TikTok account is actually gradually gaining popularity and is interested in content that attracts other users of the social network and encourages them to perform useful actions for clients (whether it’s likes, views , comments, or subscribers to the TikTok account).

What can the client get using the TikTop service ? And yet, what will be the result after performing the technique? Let’s look at what such a client can get in the end:

New subscribers. People who have viewed clients and those who are interested in the content offered by the user will subscribe to them. Most people watch interesting new videos anyway, so they are more likely to see the clients’ content directly. It only remains to flash in their field of view (this will be done by automatically attracting views).

The increase in coverage of the page. Even those who don’t subscribe to you will increase their reach – they will visit the page, put likes, watch videos, and leave comments. In General, even if the target audience does not increase, the page activity will increase, and this is also a positive result.

Attracting an active audience that is ready for action. Customers of the Tiktok service will not receive empty subscriptions, but they will attract those who often use TikTok and receive information from It.

A user interested in the TikTop service can choose one of the categories of people according to their target audience.

TikTop service is an unobtrusive advertising method. Now everyone knows that page subscriptions are made for profit. Comprehensive promotion is always effective, so if a customer is promoting their TikTok account, promoting the channel’s telegrams, if any, will be appropriate.

Another caveat: TikTop helps not only attract a new audience, but also keep the old one in touch. For example, your page is dedicated to music. The client is subscribed to by people who are not subscribed to by the client. Thanks to TikTop, the audience constantly watches videos of these users, again, very easily and unobtrusively reminding them of themselves. The person will go to the “interesting” section and see you when it is convenient for them. In the case of other services, pages are more Intrusive, often cause a negative reaction and refusal of the account owner to which the subscription is being made.

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EMMY WINNERS GIVE KUDOS TO THECGBROS CGINSIDER PODCAST

Using an Animated Avatar of Himself, Digital Media Professional, Bill Johnston, Co-founder of the Popular TheCGBros YouTube Channel, Earns Praise for His Performance in a Video Podcast Preview Provided to a Special Panel of Members of the Voice Acting Academy.

SAN DIEGO, CA, 2021-Jan-06 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — TheCGBros, a Third-party aggregation YouTube Channel becoming an integral part of many short films’ release strategies, conducted a highly successful beta test of the first episode of their now-in-production podcast series, TheCGBros CGInsider Podcast. Bill Johnston, co-founder of TheCGBros YouTube Channel with his brother, Shaun Johnston, delivered the program content solo, in “talking head” format, but future episodes will see participation from Shaun and from influential guests, as well. Of special interest is that, although Bill spoke as himself, he did it through the novel medium of an animated avatar, possibly a first in the industry. The avatar was designed and executed by co-founder, Shaun Johnston.

The program content is intended for consumption by people with a wide variety of tastes and interests, especially fans of short videos. The subject matter will also be of general interest to students of CGI as well as both entry-level and professionals in the field. The premiere episode in the podcast series was released to the public on TheCGBros YouTube Channel at Midnight January 5, 2021. The series will be rolled out on other streaming platforms weekly on Tuesdays.

The test episode, which runs approximately 20 minutes long, is entitled “What is CGI?” Podcast titles scheduled for the remainder of January include: “Can You Describe the Different Jobs That Relate to Creating a CGI Film,” “Are There Examples of Current CGI in Films That Are So Well Done That They are Undetectable?” and “How Can I Get a Job in Gaming?”

The venue used for the test was an online weekly meeting of the Voice Acting Academy’s “Conductors Club” (VAACC.) The VAACC is a membership support service open to voiceover talent at all levels of experience for the purpose of helping them to advance their voiceover career and to help them get more work. Membership in the VAACC includes weekly live coaching sessions directed by Voiceover Guru, James Alburger, who says that the monthly cost of membership is a lot less than the usual cost of a single hour of private coaching. ConductorsClub sessions are conducted using Zoom, a cloud-based peer-to-peer software platform app that allows virtual video and audio conferencing, webinars, live chats, screen-sharing, and other collaborative capabilities. Information on VAACC is available at https://voiceacting.com/conductorsclub.

The test involved a three-member panel of long-time members of the VAACC. Participating in the test were James Alburger, Tom Daniels, and George Asteri. Senior member of the panel, James Alburger, of San Diego, author of the book commonly used as a required text in college-level voiceover classes, “The Art of Voice Acting,” now in its 6th edition, asserted, “That’s really nice. Very interesting, very thorough, very effective.” Alburger is an 11-Time Emmy® Winner for Sound Design, and owner of The Voice Acting Academy and CIGMA Media. He is also an Engineer, Voice Acting Coach, and Executive Producer/Director for Film, Video, and other media. Alburger operates the websites VoiceActing.com and at cigmamedia.com. Panelist Tom Daniels averred, “That was awesome. Very informative and entertaining. It held my attention all the way through. What surprised me most was that the first use of computer generated imagery dates all the way back to 1958 in the Alfred Hitchcock film, Vertigo.” Daniels is an Emmy®-winning Voice Actor/Executive Producer who lives in Massillon, Ohio. You can listen to Tom’s sound demos here TomDanielsVoiceDemos and reach him at tomdanielsvoice@gmail.com. The third member of the panel, George Asteri, opined, “That was an excellent summary and gave a really good understanding of CGI. It really informed me.” Asteri, who lives in Saginaw, Michigan, has been acting for his entire life. As a Shakespearean trained actor, Asteri has performed on stage with such notable stars as Christopher Walken in Richard II, and Nicholas Pennell in Richard III. He has also played leading roles in many stage plays, including Shakespeare’s Hamlet. As a voice actor, Asteri has voiced national, local and cable commercials, shared his narration talent with a large Michigan school district film production, narrated for audiobooks, and has made several recordings for Internet clients. Asteri operates a website at https://www.GeorgeAsteri.com where he has provided his email address and telephone number.

Bill, when asked to describe his company’s vision for entering the wildly-expanding, somewhat chaotic podcast marketplace responded, “Well, we believe that mounting up a podcast series not only continues, but builds on our long-standing mission, which from Day-One has been to curate the highest quality professional-level CG content from around the world, as well as to provide insights and inspiration to our two main constituencies: the producers of video content and the consumers of that content. Simply stated, we help the second group — the consumers — by providing them with high quality video content, and we help the first group — the producers of video content — or as we call them,‘New Media Producers,’ by providing them access to a ‘destination site’ where members of the second group can come and discover their works. And by destination, we mean, specifically, a proven, well-established place, with a great reputation for streaming quality videos, where people who love our content know they can come to see outstanding videos that were created with the ‘blood, sweat, and tears’ suffering (not to mention loss-of-sleep) of artists with great talent but with little-to-no prospects to obtain timely significant Media Reach on their own. The proof is in the pudding — as we speak, we have more than 3.5 Million subscribers to our channel; that number is increasing by approximately 40,000 per month, and we are averaging more than 20 million views per month. And, we’ve aggregated almost 1.25 Billion views since we launched our channel. These statistics don’t tell the whole story, of course, but they put us, according to SocialBlade, the social media statistics website that tracks and measures growth, near the top 4,000 in YouTube subscriber ranking and near the top 3,000 in YouTube video view ranking.”

Responding to a further question, “How, specifically, will your podcast series contribute to the accomplishment of your mission,” Johnston explained, “As a forward-looking company in the entertainment business, we’re always on the alert to detect changes that are happening in the entertainment marketplace. What we’ve seen is a growing trend that people want more engagement with great Internet sites that they have gotten to know and have grown to love. Given the rapid increase in the number of podcasts available in the marketplace, we figured a podcast would be a great way, not only to meet our fans’ desires for a higher level of engagement with us, it would also be a great way for us to enhance the value we can add to providing curated videos to our viewers. We are also creating the company infrastructure necessary to support a fan club. We think that will provide even more of the engagement
that fans want.”

Bill Johnston is an established Digital Media Professional with 22 years of experience, the last 18 years within the console-gaming industry. There, he has been involved in Creative Direction/Supervision, Project/Team Management, Dynamic Simulations, and Fluid Dynamics involving Rigid Bodies and Soft Bodies, Particles, and Sprites. He has also managed the production of cinematic FX animation for industry leaders such as Activision/Blizzard, Sony Computer Entertainment of America, and Bungie. He has specialized in in-depth work in the areas of Pre-Visualization, Pre-Rendered FX/Cinematic Cut-Scenes, Promotional Projects and Real-Time Future-Gen FX for Game Environments. Johnston has worked on more than 45 AAA game titles played on personal computers, as well as on Sony’s Playstation, and Microsoft’s Xbox consoles. The titles include, among others, game series such as the CALL OF DUTY,DESTINY, RESISTANCE, UNCHARTED 2, LAIR, WARHAWK, GOD OF WAR, and SOCOM 3. He is currently working on another high-profile game franchise creating FUTURE-GEN FX for next-gen Platforms.

Shaun Johnston is a professional CGI artist and animator in the video games industry with over 27 years of experience, with a broad background in creating 3D animation including previsualization, VFX, and cinematic sequences for PC and Console game trailers, and in-game Cut-Scenes. Today, he is a full-time 3D Animator. He has worked for several industry-leading video game companies including Sony Computer Entertainment America, Gearbox Software, Sony Online Entertainment, Daybreak Game Company. Shaun has also worked on numerous game titles including the billion-dollar Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMO) franchise EVERQUEST, the Guinness World Record-holding FPS PLANETSIDE 2, and one of first successful battle royale games, H1Z1.

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Pleme launches web version of its Social media platform

SYDNEY, Australia, 24-Nov-2020 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — When Pleme started it was to make information on or about Croatia which would be beneficial to entrepreneurs in Croatia or people in the diaspora looking to build a better future and make better connections to unlock business opportunities faster.

Today we are pleased to announce that as of today Pleme web is live at https://web.pleme.app/ we also have launched “Vijesti” within the app which allows you to read all your Croatian news within the app!

In the coming months we aim to expand the premium content and partner with many organisations and influencers to cover everything from education, investing, business, health, food, wine, citizenship and much more.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Endeavour Capital invests in Visual Data Media Services

LOS ANGELES, Calif., United States, 18-Nov-2020 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Visual Data Media Services, a leading entertainment services company serving studios and distributors globally with end-to-end content management and digital media supply chain solutions, announced today it will partner with Endeavour Capital, a mid-market investment firm, to support Visual Data’s next phase of growth. John Trautman, founder and CEO and Symon Roue, managing director of the company’s European division, will remain shareholders and will continue to lead the company with the current management team.

Since its founding in 1995 in Burbank, CA, Visual Data has grown organically and through acquisitions. The company offers media supply chain and localization services on a global basis, with operations in the US, UK, and India. In recent years, as content production needs and direct-to-consumer digital entertainment offerings such as Netflix, Disney+, Apple+ continue to grow, Visual Data has been recognized as an industry leader for its outstanding customer service and innovative technology. For the second year in a row, the company won the prestigious Netflix Preferred Fulfillment Partner of the Year – Americas (high volume), improving their on-time rate by +4%.

With Endeavour Capital’s support, Visual Data’s management will build on its industry leadership, capitalize on entertainment industry digital trends, and continue the company’s current momentum with further investments in its service offerings, expansion of its global footprint and strategic acquisitions.

“I’m excited about this next chapter, we have built a great foundation and are ready to build on that to create something game-changing for our industry,” said Trautman. “This is a booming time for entertainment, our clients’ needs are growing, and we are well-positioned to meet those needs. We will continue to expand services to provide a true end-to-end solution for our clients, as well as focused development of our Vida content management service.”

“We chose Endeavour Capital as a highly aligned partner to invest in Visual Data, due to their fantastic reputation, and long-term approach to investing,” said Roue. “The team is looking forward to scaling our presence in new territories, entering new markets and investing in our new technology platform.”

To accelerate the Visual Data’s next stage of growth, Henry Shapiro will join the company’s board of directors as Lead Director. Shapiro is also Chairman of MarketCast, a global entertainment research and analytics company.

“I’m looking forward to working with John and his team to support the Company’s ambitious growth plans, said Shapiro. “As an industry leader, Visual Data is well positioned to take full advantage of the strong dynamics underlying this growing sector of the entertainment economy.”

Leland Jones of Endeavor Capital said “Endeavour is very excited to be investing in the Visual Data team. The company has a great foundation and reputation for service quality and we want to help them build on that through innovation and investments in new capabilities.”

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Mato Jelic’s YouTube chess channel dominates in Australia

ADELAIDE, South Australia, 2020-Oct-14 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Chess is an exceptional mind game and it requires a large amount of skill and practice as well as the ability to create and implement effective strategies. In spite of being a discipline rooted in ancient times, nowadays chess lovers have a variety of modern tools for developing their skills and improving their level, including online resources. Free chess videos can teach you how to play chess like a champion in a very short period.

The use of online tools for learning chess has grown exponentially in the last few months as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. If schools like the Chess School of South Australia were extremely successful before the crisis, things have changed dramatically last autumn because of the lockdown and new social distancing rules. When the Covid-19 crisis hit South Australia, Mato Jelic, founder of the most popular chess school in the region, lost all his teaching contracts with schools and also all interschool chess tournaments were cancelled. His only income was from YouTube revenues, so he decided to focus on that.

At the same time, his real-life students still needed the mental exercise that chess provides, and an increasing number of Australians began to look for stimulating activities they could perform at home. This is how Mato’s YouTube chess channel, active since 2011, took off; as of October 2020, it has more than 140K subscribers and 87.5M lifetime views!

“You can learn how to attack aggressively to win or how to spot key quiet moves and still move in for the win,” reveals Mato Jelic, founder of Chess School of South Australia and the newest online chess star. Some of his videos have even more than 1M views and his most popular upload is about the greatest chess game ever played, between Garry Kasparov and Veselin Topalov in 1999.

When Magnus Carlsen, the current world champion, was launching his app – Tactics Frenzy – Mato was hired to promote it. “This app is addictive and will make you a strong player,” Mato warned his fans, who are already intensive users of his online chess tools and resources.

Mato is the founder and owner of Chess School SA, a leading provider of chess coaching services in Adelaide, South Australia. His YouTube channel is a great place for beginner and intermediate players to watch entertaining chess videos. The content focuses on categories such as the greatest chess games ever played, immortal chess games, the best games from the latest tournaments, old masters games, and free chess training.
https://chessschool.com.au/

Follow him on:
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/chessschool.com.au/
Twitter https://twitter.com/ChessSchoolSA
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/MatoJelic

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Mono Websites added to the leadhub platform

COPENHAGEN, 23-Sep-2020 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Mono Solutions is pleased to announce a partnership with Lokale Internetwerbung GmbH & Co. KG, an expert in delivering a SaaS marketing solution to local businesses in more than 40 markets. This partnership brings the addition of Mono Websites to their proprietary toolbox offering, the leadhub platform.

As an established marketing provider with a focus on digital, leadhub is a spinoff from long-time Mono Partner, advantago. The leadhub platform was launched in 2012, and the addition of Mono Websites to the platform has been the perfect expansion alongside leadhub’s existing multi-channel, local marketing capabilities, including search engine advertising (SEA), display ads and Facebook ads.

“The launch of Mono in the leadhub platform is truly a testament to our long standing relationship and confidence in Mono’s technology. Throughout our partnership, Mono has always worked with us hand-in-hand to find solutions for new market developments and business opportunities – and it has therefore been a natural progression for us to involve them in our leadhub platform.” says Jens Unger, Executive Vice President at Lokale Internetwerbung, “We appreciate the openness and truly helpful nature of the Mono Team – and look forward to more exciting projects in the future.”

The leadhub platform focuses on providing marketing automation, as well as facilitating and optimizing the efforts of small businesses to reach more customers through the use of multi-channel online campaigns. With websites as a foundational element of any business’ digital presence, the addition of Mono Websites to leadhub was a central digital element to ensure that leadhubs’ small businesses clients can easily carry out- and effectively measure their digital advertising and marketing efforts.

“The leadhub project is very exciting, and we’re thrilled that Lokale Internetwerbung has included us on this exciting new journey to help small businesses. As a digital service provider with a proven track record, the leadhub platform is well positioned to bring more marketing automation to the digital efforts of small businesses. This aligns closely with our own vision of empowering small businesses to succeed online, and we’re thrilled to see our long-time partners, like Lokale Internetwerbung, forging innovative new concepts and ideas to bring professional websites to market”, says Svenn Andersen, COO at Mono Solutions.

Mono Websites were launched in the leadhub platform in August 2020.

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Mono Solutions, part of Bauer Media Group’s SME Services, welcomes Jeppe Gammelby as its new CFO

COPENHAGEN, 10-Aug-2020 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Mono Solutions, part of Bauer Media Group’s SME Services, welcomes Jeppe Gammelby in the role as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) starting August 1, 2020.

The Management team is delighted to onboard a new Chief Financial Officer who can continue to manage the financial growth of Mono’s global and partner-driven Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business. In his role as CFO, Jeppe will be responsible for ensuring a sustainable financial strategy that supports Mono’s growth strategy. Jeppe replaces Kasper Boel Rousøe, who has decided to pursue new career opportunities outside Bauer Media Group.

“With a proven track record within SaaS and fintech, I’m thrilled to welcome Jeppe Gammelby as our new Chief Financial Officer. As we accelerate the growth of our business, strong financial management is vital and we warmly welcome Jeppe’s experience,” says Louise Lachmann, CEO & Co-founder of Mono Solutions.With a strong financial background, Jeppe brings more than 10 years of experience in financial controlling, planning and management. In his prior role as Finance Director at Verifone, Jeppe was responsible for leading the development and implementation of key financial strategies and initiatives, as well as the overall financial analysis to support and optimize strategic decisions. Jeppe holds a Master’s Degree in Business Economics and Auditing from Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.

New CFO for Bauer SME Services

At the same time, Thomas Loft was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Business Area SME Services, leading innovator and supplier of highly automated digital marketing services for small and mid-size companies. Thomas joins from the Danish company TimeExtender, where he was COO and CFO. Prior to that he had served for eBay in various senior Finance roles. Mono’s CFO Jeppe Gammelby will report directly to Thomas, as well as Louise Lachmann.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Bookies Clamoring for Safe and Secure Ways to Collect and Get Paid from Players

San Jose, Costa Rica, 2020-Aug-07 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 2018, U.S. based organizations created online sportsbooks to compete with offshore sportsbooks, also called post-ups.

Now the times have changed and as the local bookie business starts to gain in popularity, so do the demands of satisfying the players. And it’s PayPerHead’s proprietary Agent Payment Solution that is making it safe, convenient and practical for bookies from all walks of life to manage and grow their businesses.

Individuals have also become online sportsbook owners. In addition, existing bookies have taken their operations to the Internet. In most cases, bookies have become “pay per head agents”. A pay per head agent uses software to run their online sportsbook company. But although the software does some things well, most pay per head software struggles to meet agent needs.

Bookies must figure out on their own how to collect or pay players. In a social distancing age, that can cause major delays and disruptions in a bookie’s sportsbook operation. Not only that, but bookies cannot compete with offshore post-ups because they must keep their services at a local level.

Created in 1997, PayPerHead, a leading pph sportsbook software provider, has developed a mobile online payment interface, the Agent Payment Solution (APS®). PayPerHead’s agents can pay or collect from players via the APS in a matter of seconds. The APS works like PayPal but unlike PayPal, agents that use the APS mustn’t pay exorbitant fees.

The social distancing advantages are obvious. PayPerHead Product Manager Nate Johnson, though, said that’s just one advantage the Agent Payment Solution provides.

Johnson explains that, “We want our agents to be safe first of all. And not only that, but the APS allows agents to expand their businesses. It’s a mobile agent and player payment system that allows our agents to say, ‘Hey, you can pay and get paid in the same way as any offshore post-up operation.’ That allows our agents to increase their player footprint, which means they grow their sportsbook businesses, which means they make more money. Also, they don’t have to be restricted to the same area and can recruit players in other ways.”

Johnson noted that players can send money to their agents via credit cards, Bitcoin, eCheck, and even Moneygram. He added that PayPerHead believes the APS will revolutionize the pph sportsbook industry with its seamless technology. “With the APS, it’s all about confidentiality and security. We’ve created the PayPal for our industry. The difference is that the APS doesn’t charge a fee for every transaction the way PayPal does. In addition, our agents can make as much money as they want because they can promote their sportsbooks to players all over the world if they wish.”

Also, Johnson said the Agent Payment Solution provides peace of mind. “It’s a great thing to know that you’re going to get paid safely and securely. We’re the first and only to come up with an answer to that question, the most important question that pay per head bookies have. With the Agent Payment Solution, all our customers must do is go onto the system, go to Pay Me, then continue to the payout process and that’s it.”

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CDP Industry Update July 2020: revenue for 2020 estimated at $1.3 billion, 30% up YoY

SWARTHMORE, PA, U.S.A., 28-Jul-2020 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — The Customer Data Platform industry continued to grow in the first half of 2020, but at a slower pace as cautious buyers absorbed pandemic-related budget cuts and assessed new entries from enterprise software vendors. The CDP Institute’s semi-annual Industry Update found a record number of new vendors entered the industry but that growth in employment and funding was the lowest in two years.

The CDP Institute estimates industry revenue for the 2020 at $1.3 billion, a respectable 30% increase of $1 billion in 2020. Enterprise software vendors listed for the first time include Adobe, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAS. These firms were added because they now offer products that meet the CDP Institute’s RealCDPTM standard. Estimated 2020 sales for these vendors are modest but are expected to grow rapidly in future years.

In all, a record twenty-two vendors were added to the report. More than half were U.S.-based and the majority offered campaign management and message delivery in addition to the core CDP function of building and sharing unified customer profiles. Most of these were large, established companies that were adding CDP to existing products. A minority were small, new companies that with products designed as CDPs from the start.  These were more likely to be based outside the U.S., with particular growth in Europe.

The period also saw a sharp slowdown in investment activity, with only one major acquisition (Evergage purchased by Salesforce) and one large funding round ($45 million for mParticle). There were no significant acquisitions made by CDP vendors and no CDP vendors left the industry. The preceding six month period saw six major funding events, three acquisitions of CDP vendors, four acquisitions by CDP vendors, and four CDP vendors ceasing to exist.

“The CDP industry was entering a transitional phase even before the pandemic, with increased competition from CDP capabilities embedded in larger systems,” said CDP Institute CEO David Raab. “The pandemic has accelerated this development and put increasing pressure on small CDP developers. But the need for CDP capabilities remains strong and many firms are prioritizing CDP investments as they prepare for the post-pandemic world. We expect that industry growth will accelerate as economic activity picks up and buyers have a chance to assess the new options that are now becoming available.”

A free copy of the complete report is available here.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Brandify to launch with Mono Scheduling in Q3 2020

COPENHAGEN, 10-Jul-2020 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Mono Solutions announces their partnership with Brandify, the leader in local presence for multi-location brands, to bring appointment booking to local businesses across North America.

With more than 20 years of experience providing businesses with comprehensive digital marketing solutions, Brandify was looking for a provider to deliver a scheduling solution to meet a wide variety of business use cases, and serve as a new digital presence opportunity for their more than 300 multi-location brand clients, as well as the 4.5 million brick-and-mortar locations that they serve.

“We needed a partner who could provide appointment booking functionality at the scale required by brand customers with hundreds or thousands of locations.” says Manish Patel, CEO at Brandify. “Mono Scheduling will help us build the next level of engagement between brand clients and customers.”

Mono Scheduling is a truly flexible solution that can be embedded on any platform to enable bookings on local store pages, online business listings, social media profiles such as Google My Business and Facebook, and elsewhere. With a simple booking flow, Mono Scheduling allows brick-and-mortar locations to focus on running their day-to-day business, and still accept new bookings from clients 24/7.

“We’re happy to announce our partnership with Brandify, and look forward to bringing our appointment booking solution to multi-location brands. It’s great to be partnered with an established brand, like Brandify, that has a truly impressive footprint in providing powerful software and services to local businesses, as well as delivering excellence in local digital presence.” says Matt Matergia, Vice President of Sales & General Manager of the Americas at Mono Solutions.

Brandify is launching with Mono Scheduling in Q3 2020 to enable online appointment booking for their professionals.

SOURCE: EuropaWire