You know how it is. You start a blog one year. You start off year two with your most popular posts from the previous year. Can’t be avoided. Simply has to be done. Might even be a law somewhere.
Who are we to argue?
We started the World of Webcast blog in March last year and 70 posts later, we’re seeing some trends. Here’s what you dug in 2009, plus why we think you dug it.
1. 4 Tips for Writing Presentation Titles that Attract Eyeballs
Face it. If you do webcasts – whether you are presenting or planning or shooting or scheduling – you are hoping someone tunes in. And this little ditty can help.
2. UNLEASH 2009: Energizing Mediasite Users On-site and Online
Bit of a surprise to see this one in the number 2 slot as it was our nomination for a Forrester Groundswell Award, but then again, we’re guessing it became popular because we actually won (yay!), and we gave away our playbook for free in a December webinar: "Using Webcasting and Social Media to Increase Attendance, Followers and Fans: An UNLEASH09 Case Study."
3. Mediasite 5.2 Is Here – And It’s Ahead of Schedule
What? Something ahead of schedule? That’s news. And so was the Recorder Control Center. Plus, who doesn’t love a little face time with Director of Engineering Dharmesh Sampat.
4. Read for the Record: Devour “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” with Matt Lauer, Arizona Governor Brewer and Mediasite
It’s all about the caterpillar. Or the celebrities. Either way, it’s hard to watch/read without smiling.
5. Making Multimedia Better for the Visually Impaired - An Interview with Orville Maxon
Besides great advice on the (often incorrect) assumptions many make about people with disabilities, Maxon and Pollard go back to basics with what makes a good PowerPoint and why most PPTs are worthless.
6. See You at InfoComm and EduComm (and Sloan C and Moodle Moot) Next Week?
Combined, these four events attracted ~32,000 people (with InfoComm being the obvious elephant in the room, it’s the biggest AV show event in the world). A few of them were bound to check out what we had in store.
7. OfficeMax Launches Product via a) Webcast b) Blogcast c) Mediasite d) All of the Above
Twitter played a role in the popularity of this post. If you haven’t noticed yet, the 18 million people on Twitter love to talk to each other about why Twitter rocks. That and marketers love bite-sized case studies with stealable ideas and OfficeMax served up a buffet of marketing goodness by webcasting their product launch with Mediasite Events, with the results to prove it.
8. Mediasite, Wharton and Courses about the Financial Crisis
Wharton’s name alone inspires many business people to click. But when you combine Wharton + online courses + financial crisis, that equals timely reading for 2009.
9. A Different Kind of Online Education: the UC Merced Commencement and Michelle Obama Keynote
The Obama’s sweep the nation with a flurry of graduation speeches and the First Lady chooses Merced’s first full graduating class to receive her very first address. Mediasite was there.
10. Smart Classrooms Make A Difference in Trying Times
Be it interruption from H1N1 or financial gaps, 2009 was a banner year for “academic continuity planning” and educational technology had a seat at the table.
So that's the year in review. But don’t leave us guessing on why these hit home. Leave a comment and let us know if we missed your favorite. Or what you’d like to see in 2010.