Webcast marketing: Pros and cons
- By Brian Robinson
- Apr 17, 2002
The marketing of Webcast services is seen as necessary but also as something
that could produce unwanted results.
For state organizations that provide Webcast services to government
agencies, advertising Webcast programs is something that needs to be done
but is often one of the forgotten aspects of the process, according to Renee
Klosterman, multimedia production manager for Washington's Department of
"One of the lessons we learned is that people won't just happen to find
their way to the Web site where the video is available," she said. "It's
essential that whoever is the responsible agency work with the [government]
customer's publicity people."
Michael Armstrong, the chief information officer for Des Moines, Iowa,
has quickly learned the same lesson since his city began Webcasting in January.
There hasn't been much marketing of the Webcast facility so far, so there
has not been much business.
"We are trying to cross-market now," he said. "We are doing a series
of short videos for the city cable channel, and we are looking for press
opportunities to help get the message out, as well as producing articles
for our own newsletters. And we'll take advantage of message stuffers with
things such as water bills."
However, not everyone wants to be so aggressive. Cupertino, for one,
is worried about the bandwidth available for Webcasting and what might happen
if demand suddenly explodes because of advertising. The city has 60 simultaneous
video streams available and will be upgrading to 500 streams in the summer.
"We want to be modest about how we introduce Webcasting and get feedback,"
said Pete Coglianese, program director for the City Channel. "Once we evolve
and have more bandwidth, then we'll see what we can do."
Robinson is a freelance journalist based in Portland, Ore. He can be reached
Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.