Heads Up, iOS Users! Authntk’s NEW mobile application has been released! How do I get the app? What are the improvements? Read on!
Be on lookout! By the end of December, we’ll be rolling out our biggest application update yet!
The update will hit Android phones first in late December, then the iPhone following shortly after in early January. This is a major update that we recommend downloading as soon as it’s available, read on for details.
At Authntk, our email deliverability rate is 97.62%.
This basically means we do a pretty great job at delivering emails to your recipients; however, new technologies and features leave the door open to always improve and provide a better product for our customers… which brings us to white labeling email domains.
You already know that Walkaround Videos are a great way for auto dealers to connect 1:1 with the customer by sending unique, personalized video messages that stand out. Now, Walkaround Videos makes it even easier to beef up your dealership’s online presence and enhance your SEO ranking (Search Engine Optimization) on Google.
Due to popular demand, we’ve added a new feature to Walkaround Videos that allows your videos to be automatically uploaded to YouTube – with NO extra steps required! The upgrade is absolutely FREE to our customers who have a standard Walkaround Videos package.
Here’s HOW it works:
The process for making and sending videos that will amaze customers is exactly the same as you are used to. The part that’s different is what happens behind the scenes. At the same time your video goes to the customer via email or text, it also gets uploaded to your dealership YouTube channel, and has been pre-populated with relevant descriptions, keywords and tags.
Here’s WHY it works:
Google prioritizes its rankings based in part on the frequency of fresh, keyword-heavy content that people are searching for, especially videos. Since YouTube is the #2 search engine (behind Google, which owns YouTube), having your videos there gives you instant credibility and find-ability in the places where customers go for information.
The new functionality in Walkaround Videos supercharges your web presence by providing you with a YouTube channel full of unique Walkaround Videos and searchable content. Now, every time you make a new video, it automatically goes to YouTube, giving you a new infusion of keywords for Google to feed on.
Already a customer and ready to get started? Email John Colban today and we’ll send you a link to authorize your YouTube channel and get setup.
Our latest release of the Authntk platform added some high-level video Performance Summary Reports for company moderators and sales managers. Now you can see how many videos each of your reps are shooting each month, and see how well those videos are performing. See the video below for a step by step walkthrough:
If you're using Walkaround Videos at your dealership, you already know how easy it is to record a personalized video for a prospect and send it to them in a fully branded email right from your smartphone. But did you know that you can automatically send them a text message with a link to their video at the same time? Did you know that in general, 98% of text messages are opened and read? That's pretty staggering when compared with email and social media. Text messaging is becoming an increasingly popular way for car dealers to communicate with your potential customers, and for them to communicate with you.
With the addition of SMS functionality to Walkaround Videos, automatically sending a text message is really easy! Simply record your video as you normally would, and when entering the contact information for the person you want to send the video to, you'll see a new field for phone number. Simply enter your prospect's mobile number, and we'll take care of the rest.
If you don't see the phone number field in your account, just let us know. That probably means we haven't enabled text messaging for your dealership yet, but we can easily turn it on and show you how easy it is to use!
TechBUZZ Lineup Showcases 28 Emerging Technology Start-ups
Cutting-Edge Innovators Looking to Capture the Spotlight and Advance to TechBUZZ Showdown
Capital Connection’12, a nationally recognized technology industry conference, will premiere 28 entrepreneurial ventures debuting innovative solutions at the 2012 TechBUZZ on May 23. These seed stage companies will compete for the title of “Best of the BUZZ” and earn the chance to introduce their breakthrough companies to a powerful and influential audience at the Capital Connection’12 finale.
The 28 finalists are comprised of 27 selected from a record number of entrants through the TechBUZZ application process, and one firm identified as the winner of the nationwide Startup America TechBUZZ Challenge Contest. More than 200 early stage and start-up companies submitted their ideas and models in hopes of securing a moment in the spotlight to unveil their vision to an audience of peers, advisors and potential investors who might help them bring their dreams to life. The selected companies represent a diverse range of industry fields.
The selected TechBUZZ’12 companies are:
- AakinaTek, LLC
- Aardvark Sensors
- Activity Rocket LLC
- Augaroo, Inc.
- Barrel of Jobs
- CloudeAssurance, Inc.
- Kapta Systems
- Kinergy Health, LLC
- My Design Guide.com
- RideLeads Inc.
- Speek Inc.
- Syllabuster, Inc.
- Startup America winner
“We have an amazing group of seed stage entrepreneurs on a trajectory for introducing some interesting innovations that could change the way we live and work,”said Thanasis Delistathis, Founder and Managing Partner, New Atlantic Ventures. Mr. Delistathis is serving with Steve Fredrick, General Partner, Grotech Ventures; and Tom Roberts, Partner, Harbert Venture Partners as Capital Connection’12 Conference Co-Chairs.
“The record-breaking response from technology start-ups made the selection process extremely difficult,” said Grant Allen, Vice President, ABB Technology Ventures and Co-Chair of 2012 Selection Committee. “The companies selected represent but a portion of the broader group we were privileged to review this year, who will share their creative, game-changing approaches to market opportunities in a Fast Pitch format with the goal of advancing to the Main Stage as a ‘Best of the BUZZ’ to present their business vision to the entire Capital Connection’12 audience.”
“At this early stage in their development, these applicants often are seeking critical first rounds of investment to help them move forward with build out and implementation of their prototypes, pilot projects and early-to-market plans. Our selection from such a large field of up-and-coming new ventures, reflects a great cross-section of industry and companies launching their unique products and services,” explained Joe Harar, Principal, TDF and Co-Chair of the 2012 Selection Committee.“Even though we were limited by space to hear from 28 companies on the TechBUZZ platform, we were very pleased to see so many strong prospects in the marketplace, many of whom will be in attendance.”
TechBUZZ kicks off on May 23 at 1:00 p.m. with a keynote from Founder and CEO of Opower, Dan Yates. The TechBUZZ program follows with each company allotted four minutes to present their business concept as a game-changing technology-based solution. This rapid fire format will provide the audience with a snapshot of some of the promising, emerging technologies and business models in development. With real-time feedback collected from the audience through a customized app, the top presenting companies will be announced as the “Best of the BUZZ” and will advance to the TechBUZZ Showdown. The final event of Capital Connection’12 will be the TechBUZZ Showdown at 4pm on May 24th, when the “Best of the BUZZ” will provide an encore presentation of their TechBUZZ pitches to the entire Capital Connection audience. Based on audience feedback, one TechBUZZ company will be named the 2012 champion.
Key features in this year’s Capital Connection and TechBUZZ conference:
• Keynote Speakers: Chairman and CEO of Revolution, Co-Founder of America Online and ultimate entrepreneur, Steve Case; Gilt Groupe CEO and Co-Founder, Kevin Ryan; and CEO and Founder of Opower, Dan Yates.
• Who’s Hot: A who’s who of hot companies and recognizable market leaders.
• What’s the BUZZ? The high energy, fast-pitch TechBUZZ program showcasing what’s new and fresh from Seed Stage startups. This year featuring the Best of the BUZZ with real-time feedback from audience participants.
• Easy Access: A new rate structure to make the conference accessible to a broad range of entrepreneurs, angel investors, incubators and companies across all stages of growth.
• Opportunity to Tell the Company Story: An unparalleled opportunity for early, growth and late stage firms to present business models for investment or showcase their success.
Capital ConnectionTM, one of the nation’s most respected industry conferences, will be held this year on May 23-24 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Registration for Capital Connection’12 with its featured innovative TechBUZZ event is now open on the conference website located at www.capitalconnection.org.
About Capital Connection™
In its 25th year, Capital Connection brings together the broad community of entrepreneurial companies and potential partners to help enhance business and economic growth. Opinion leaders from business and government share their knowledge and expertise, along with leading technology companies at all growth stages who showcase their capabilities to a nationwide audience of investors, advisors, partners and entrepreneurs at the annual signature event. Launched in 2011, TechBUZZ provides start-ups and seed-stage companies center stage in spotlighting the “next big thing.” For more information and to register, go to www.capitalconnection.org.
TechBUZZ was first piloted in 2010 and launched in May 2011 as a half-day conference preceding Capital Connection in response to the growing impact start-ups and seed-stage companies are having in recent years on the investment ecosystem overall. MAVA is dedicated to continuing to foster and celebrate this vital area of our membership by bringing together investors and entrepreneurs in a dynamic and meaningful format. TechBUZZ shines a well-deserved light on the visionary innovators and company-builders in our region who are actively developing their concepts, testing their beta or prototype products and services and pursuing a path toward market entry.
About the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association
The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) represents the full spectrum of private equity and venture capital firms with investment interests in the mid-Atlantic and beyond, entrepreneurs and their strategic partners. MAVA provides a wide range of programs, information and forums designed to stimulate revenue and company growth, facilitate quality deal flow, encourage collaboration and foster relationships among entrepreneurs, investors, strategic partners and customers. To learn more about MAVA and the extensive services the association provides, go to www.mava.org.