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Europe's 1st International Video Strategy Conference Comes to Belgium!
Video is booming and the time is now.
Video First Conference is a day dedicated to all things Video Strategy! Inspiring international speakers and trailblazing video marketing experts will talk about using video for boosting business growth and strengthening brand content.
From strategy to implementation, in one day!
At Video First, there’s fascinating and practical content for everyone. It’s a day meant to inspire and educate all professionals interested in video strategy: C-levels, managers, digital marketers, and video enthusiasts. Learn from the very best to gain the tools you need to start thinking strategy and start seeing results.
What are you waiting for? Join the Video First movement and we’ll help you jumpstart your video strategy!
So, what's all the fuss about?
The Video First Movement
Video isn’t just for marketers anymore!
Video First is more than a conference, it’s a movement. Online video isn’t just a fringe luxury, but a necessity for companies wanting to stand out amongst the digital clutter.
Videos are a must-have and strategy is key. Video is completely transforming the business world in all sectors and industries, but without a solid strategy, poorly used video content can end up being nothing more than white noise.
So, how do companies supercharge their brand identity and maximize their digital impact with video? These are some of the questions we’ll answer at Video First!
1 Day.One day of video strategy tips and tricks like you’ve never seen before. Get ready for those light bulb moments!
11 Speakers.Influential speakers from YouTube, Facebook, and Wistia — along with other video-centric companies — will join in on the first event of its kind (ever!) to come to the heart of Europe.
Food + DrinksWhat's a happening conference without finger licking good food and refreshing cocktails?
We rounded up the sharpest global video thought leaders to be part of this exciting Video First event.
The Video First speakers will explore the idea of video strategy and best practices across different company departments and across all industries. You'll walk away with cutting-edge insights in diverse sectors such as finance, HR, marketing, communication, and much more!
From social video, to using video in all business touch points, come learn from the best and brightest on how to implement strategy from a-z. Best cases, strategy, trends - they’ll cover it all!
Chris Savage is the CEO and co-founder of Wistia. After graduating from Brown University with a degree in Art-Semiotics, Chris and his co-founder, Brendan Schwartz, started Wistia in Brendan's living room in 2006. Wistia has since grown into a multi-million dollar business with over 90 employees (including 1 labradoodle). Before Wistia, Chris helped produce an Emmy Award-winning feature-length documentary and was named a Top Young Entrepreneur by BusinessWeek in 2009.
Leah (pronounced Lay-uh) loves making everyone around her feel supported and set up for success! She is part of the People Ops team at Help Scout, a remote tech company that makes delightful customer support tools. Leah runs hiring and recruiting and thinks of creative ways to keep the team feeling close and connected. She lives in Boston, MA with her partner and small white pit bull, Nova.
Phil Nottingham regularly speaks around the world at companies like Google and Spotify about video strategy and technical marketing. Prior to working at Wistia, Phil was a Senior Consultant at Distilled, where he became a renowned expert on video SEO and video marketing strategy. In his WistiaFest talk, Phil offers suggestions for how to make a better business case for video.
Born and raised in Leuven, Niels has grown a strong passion for growing brands in digital and has specialized in transforming TV advertisers into the new age. Niels tasted the YouTube kool aid just over 3 years ago and has been addicted ever since.
Niels is a client solutions manager at Facebook's EMEA headquarters in Belgium. In his role, he advises clients and media agencies in the Belgian market on their strategic planning and the creative narratives needed to make a difference and stay relevant in the-fast paced world of digital marketing.
Wouter is launching Cousteau: an interactive studio. Together with his partner in crime Kevin and supported by Caviar, he combined the strengths of their 2 VR startups. Yume VR was the go to for 360° video content and POW 3D Design made high-end 3D content for VR applications (real-estate and industry). Cousteau believes that technology itself is not the goal but rather a means to an end. The true essence of storytelling in 360° video, virtual and augmented reality is making a great experience.
Brendon Grunewald is Co-Founder and CEO of Moovly Media Inc, the leading provider of Cloud based tools to make Marketing Communications and Training videos and presentations. Prior to co-founding Moovly, Mr. Grunewald ran E6Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund, after working for several years doing Corporate Finance, M&A and interim management, turnarounds for Private Equity.
Harriet is the Creative Services Lead at Seenit, a London based startup that specialises in video tech that connects brands and organisations to their communities through video. Consulting across a large and varied number of clients, she inspires creative confidence in others to believe they too can create amazing, meaningful and impactful video.
Robin is a digital marketer at heart and runs the email marketing program at Wistia. She is passionate about creating an incredible user experience, and fuses email and video together to connect with and engage customers throughout their lifecycle journeys.
Lorenzo Bown, CSO of StoryMe, founded and started his company from scratch when he was just 27 years old. Today, almost 4 years later, he is leading the 80 person company specialized in Video Marketing and corporate video strategy. The Belgian based company has budding international offices and more plans to continue expanding in the coming months. The dynamic team is always looking for fresh talents to join the company in Ghent, Brussels, London, and soon to be Amsterdam.
Jordan is an American Video Educator currently based in Belgium. She finds happiness in helping companies and anyone who loves video achieve video success. As the Video Strategy Educator, her mission is to share all her video knowledge both internally and externally. Biweekly you can expect to see her on Youtube with her series Coffee Corner, where she highlights the latest and greatest in Video Marketing.
Arthur is a thought leader in Video Strategy. After finishing his Master in Marketing Management at the Vlerick Business School, he joined the StoryMe team to help companies realize their full potential with video. As a Video Strategist, he activates audiences with smart Video Strategies and educates them on the latest trends in the Video universe.
Yan is a growth marketer and head of Video Strategy at Video Marketing company, StoryMe. Before becoming a Video Strategy Inspirator, he started his career by joining the three founders of Bubble Post as the first employee and head of Marketing and Communications. Yan is a video evangelist, speaking at events about the power of video. What makes him happy? Fresh snow.
So, we’ve got some good news and some not-so-good news!
All Video First Conference tickets are officially sold out. We’re super thankful to everyone who showed such strong interest in the program, and we’re already looking forward to organizing VFC 2018! You’ll be one of the first people to know about our VFC ‘18 pre-sale when it goes live.
Early Bird sale ends Friday. Grab one of the last 11 tickets!
The countdown has begun! In 4 weeks time, the Video First Conference will take place in Ghent and there’s only 11 tickets left! So if you don’t want to miss out on the very first video strategy conference in Europe, be sure to book your ticket soon because we expect to sell out by Friday.
Video Expert from Soapbox - The World’s Fastest Growing Video Tool - to Speak at Video First!
Coming from a broad background in theatre dramaturgy, broadcast technology, video design, stage combat and social media; it’s safe to say Phil is a vessel of knowledge. Take a look at his bio. Especially when it comes to video SEO and video marketing strategies. Prior to working at Wistia, he was a Senior Consultant at Distilled. He now has his own company and consults for companies like Google and Spotify.
Proud to present: the full Video First Conference program
After months of hard work, the Video First team is happy to announce the full VFC speaker lineup is here! We rounded up the sharpest global video thought leaders to be part of an exciting Video First event. These experts come from Facebook, YouTube, Wistia, Soapbox, and other great companies.
5 ways to get started with video marketing in 2018!
Back in the mid-1960s, social critic Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase “the medium is the message” when talking about video. And it’s even more true today! Rather than just being a container for your marketing content, video is a way of communicating a culture, an attitude, a style.
Chris Savage is the CEO and co-founder of Wistia, an innovative video platform allowing businesses to utilize the huge power of video. He is a passionate advocate when it comes to all things video and is one of the youngest entrepreneurs on the Boston start-up scene today.
Video Content is on the Rise and More Important Than Ever!
In 2017, there’s nothing more relevant in the online world than video. Ever since the first viral YouTube burst onto the scene in 2012, audiences have evolved fast and their interaction with video is changing even faster.
Online video is an undeniably powerful medium. As video takes over the web’s digital real estate, brands are waking up to the fact that the full potential of video is only now being realized and its potential for businesses is an often times untapped opportunity.