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Live Tweets and Photos at your next event

We’re busy rolling out ScreachTV to bars and pubs around the UK, but the more we talk to people, the more uses we find for ScreachTV in other sectors – especially in corporate and private events. Yes, that’s right, even weddings!

These days, a bit of audience interaction is critical for a successful event – it engages the crowd in between or during the action, and is great for driving traffic and conversation online.

Here’s some cool ways Screach has been used to add a heap of ‘wow factor’ to two very different events…

ScreachTV rocked up at Licensed Trade International Show at The Sage Gateshead earlier this year, giving the whole event a ‘live and interactive’ feel. We took over the screens around the venue, including a massive 12 foot screen, to show the conference schedule, and display live tweets and photos throughout the event. At the awards dinner on the last evening, the photos and tweets went flying on to the screen, capturing the reactions of the award winners at their tables, and entertaining the crowd during the dinner. The reaction was awesome.

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Some friends of ours borrowed ScreachTV for their wedding. They made up their own Instagram hashtag, and got their loved ones to share photos from the day to Instagram, and on to the big screen at the reception! Friends and family loved it, it gave them a way to share their thoughts and feelings with the happy couple on a ‘living scrapbook’ of the special day.

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If you think ScreachTV would work at your event, get in touch with us!

Screach at Licensed Trade International

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In the space of a couple of days, we’ve met a lot of people, hung out at a supercar bar, and made cocktails live on stage.

And there’s still a couple of hours to go.

Yesterday and today, the folk from Screach made the short hop to The Sage in Gateshead for Licensed Trade International, a trade show featuring some big names in leisure and hospitality.

Big news for ScreachTV

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It’s been a busy last few months, but we were pleased to be able to announce this week that we’ve raised $2.5m to really push ScreachTV in the UK and beyond.

As reported in The Next Web, Sixteen:Nine and others, we’ve got funding from Northstar Ventures, Hotspur Capital Partners and other strategic investors to accelerate the rollout of ScreachTV across pubs and bars around the country. We’ll also be keeping an eye on other markets too.

Dispatches app shortlisted by One World Media

 

A few months ago, the Dispatches second screen app made it to the final of the British Journalism Awards.

The Guardian’s Reading the Riots project won the Innovation of the Year award that time around, but news reaches us that the second screen app has been shortlisted for a digital media award at the One World Media awards 2013.

Screach in LA: A Hell of a Trip

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Guess we can tick this off the startup “bucket list”.

It’s Monday morning in LA, and Screach CEO Paul Rawlings is sitting about 20 feet away from music man and tech investor Will.I.Am, who’s being interviewed on future technology by Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales.

In a little while, he’ll be pitching his own digital innovation to a crowd which includes international entertainment bosses, investors, and hotly-tipped startup talent.

Paul Rawlings is a lucky ********

Picture by Todd Jones Photography, used under Creative Commons

Picture by Todd Jones Photography, used under Creative Commons

We’ve all grown to love the creative weather here in the North East of England.

It’s exciting to wake up asking yourself questions, such as: “Does this dress look good drenched in rainwater?”, “Will I need to wear a crash helmet in case a random sky-splodge of snow slops down on my head while I’m out getting lunch?” and “How the hell do those people manage to go out on the Bigg Market wearing that little?”.

But we’ve got to admit a slight twinge of jealousy when we glance over to our CEO Paul Rawlings’ desk this week.

Paul jetted off to California at the weekend to spend quality time at Innovation Forum Los Angeles. It’s a two-day event co-hosted by the Founders Forum, in association with UK Trade & Investment and companies such as Universal Music Group.

A Screachy Christmas Story

It’s closing in on Christmas. You know what that means.

Tinsel. Presents. The same eight songs again and again. Festive drinks and nuclear hangovers. And, of course, that special moment when companies get all wistful and start reminiscing about all they’ve done in the last 12 months.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin.

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What we learned about second screen from a national TV pilot

People say second screen is an awesome opportunity. Some even say it’s the future. But there’s no handbook out there on how to do it right.

This year, we developed a second-screen app for popular documentary show Dispatches as part of a 26-episode pilot with Channel 4 and production company Standing Stone. It was an interesting experience, and was even nominated for a British  Journalism Award.

Here are a few of the things we learned from the experience.