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Why Successful Businesses Engage With and Convert Audiences With Visual Media

Most business buyers prefer to research purchase options online, as do many shoppers. No wonder online retail sales in the U.S. rose by 32.4% in 2020—an impressive gain of $105 billion.

For B2B and B2C businesses, text-heavy websites are no longer adequate in attracting shoppers. Instead, engaging visual media—spin images, videos, 3D models, augmented reality—are becoming a must for conveying eye-catching details and differentiators about products or services.

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Making User-Generated Content (UGC) Shoppable With Cloudinary

User-generated content (UGC) is a powerful marketing tool. Not only does video complement marketing efforts for e-commerce by enabling customers to explore products in greater detail, but UGC also adds an element of trust. As a bonus, user-generated video is an exceptional opportunity for e-businesses to attract website traffic without their marketing team having to create promotional videos from scratch. User-generated content drives conversions and brand loyalty as a direct result of authentic interaction.

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Cloudinary Joins The MACH Alliance

As expectations of websites and apps continue to grow, there is more pressure on brands to deliver new and innovative ways to reimagine their digital experience.

The challenge is many companies lack the systems and platforms to stay competitive in this digital revolution and keep up with modern technology. To stay one step ahead, brands have to continuously evolve their martech stack. However this is easier said than done. As marketing, developer, and creative teams look for new solutions they often end up down a rabbit hole. What starts off as an exciting investment to embrace a new technology, system or platform ends up turning into a complicated process and once the dust settles, teams often realize the limiting capabilities of investing in a single vendor.

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ImageCon 2021: Unleash Your Visual Experiences

Underscoring the growing relevance of online visual experiences, our fifth annual ImageCon conference on October 19-20 is going digital for the second year. We’re also proud to welcome Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) and Contentful as our event sponsors. As much as we’d love to connect ‘In Real Life’ it’s still too early to do so safely. Fortunately our 2020 experience proved that a virtual event can certainly inform, educate, connect and entertain. Best of all, we’re able to engage with more of our customers and partners around the world as a virtual event is more accessible

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Overlaying Glasses Or Masks on Avatars With Vue.js and Cloudinary

Deep learning, a subset of machine learning, breaks down tasks in ways that make all kinds of machine assists possible. With deep learning, you can identify images by machine, i.e., instead of hand-coding software with specific instructions for a task, you train the machine with large amounts of data and algorithms that enable it to learn how to perform the task.

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On-Demand Viewing of Live Video Presents New Opportunities

In early 2020, Cloudinary was planning its fourth annual ImageCon conference, a two-day event in the heart of San Francisco, where we’d congregate with curious digital-media minds to brainstorm best practices for media management. Instead, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the entirety of ImageCon 2020 online. As with all other events being planned, we had to overhaul the content to be communicated on video. Gratifyingly, we found the right partner—the event platform Bizzabo—to turn that into a reality.

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Why the Future of E-commerce Is Live

In a previous post, I discussed how “going live” is gaining popularity across industries and verticals. What began as a way for gamers to jam together has evolved into a medium for broader entertainment and business purposes. To continue the conversation, this post unpacks the current trends of shoppable live streams to shine a light on how brands are leveraging “lives” to connect with shoppers in new ways.

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