Part 1 of this series on developer relations elaborates on why, for your products or technologies to gain traction and succeed, you must win over the endorsement and support from the techies—software engineers, developers, and designers—at existing or prospective customers. Subsequently, everyone benefits and the world is a happy place. Before doing that, it helps to understand the ins and outs of the so-called developer ecosystem, that is, the mantra for developers, their learning paradigm, and their opportunities and challenges.
Recent studies have shown that consumers are increasingly relying on online videos to shop around, learn about products, and make purchase decisions. Given that the online audience watches over 50% of videos on mobile devices, marketing through videos on e-commerce sites is a paramount strategy.
Since the early 1990s, I’ve been watching with interest and intrigue the rapid evolution of the software industry and its developers, which ushered in the Internet age in the meantime. I’d like to share with you my observations on that subject. Because of the breadth and complexity of the related topics, I’ll chronicle them in a series of posts, starting with this one.
SVG format has been around forever, but until recently usage has been relatively low. However, following improved browser support, developers are rediscovering SVG, and taking advantage of its merits including:
As StubHub evolved from a lightweight website to one that was rich with images, videos and custom views from seat locations at event venues around the world, it sought a way to streamline image management. The company implemented Cloudinary, which enabled it to significantly reduce the time required to manually edit images, while ensuring that the key focal points of each image were viewable in more than 30 viewports across a multitude of devices. Cloudinary’s digital asset management capabilities also have helped StubHub better protect its content, creating a single repository that ensures developers and designers have access to only the most current images and understand the associated brand guidelines.
With privacy top of mind, we wondered what we might learn from analyzing the large volume of data. What user behaviors would we discover, what regional differences might exist? What insights or early hints from different industries could we extrapolate? These questions guided us as we analyzed millions of anonymous end-user experiences and asset interactions across our platform.
As technologies advance apace, the volume of online videos continues to increase fast. Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, Musical.ly are just a few platforms among many that massively share and distribute videos around the clock.
In today’s digital age, brands rely heavily on rich media to tell stories, foster engagement, and make emotional connections that drive results. Marketers use videos and images, tuned to customers’ interests, to create dynamic visual experiences. Digital campaigns about trips to Florida, for instance, have separate plot lines, depending on audiences’ passions for golf, deep sea fishing, or kid-friendly versus romantic getaways. Marketers expect to detect preferences, produce personalized experiences highlighting different desires, and turn digital prospects into vacationing customers. The ultimate success of a marketing campaign relies on the consistent delivery of these customer experiences, at scale.
Cloudinary was founded by developers and developer-centric thinking is in our DNA. Our work with developers helps them better understand all things rich-media management and delivery is crucial to us. Now, in an effort to recognize, support, and reward the innovative leaders in that technical community, we’re excited to introduce a new Media Developer Experts (MDE) program! MDEs will leverage the Cloudinary platform to foster a community of media-management professionals; receive training and certifications to become experts within their field or audience; advance the state of media management, adoption, and best practices; and make the web more accessible.