Review: Business Wire’s Picture Capsule turns press releases into interactive multimedia

Link:

http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/picture-capsules/

Specifications

Business Wire’s Picture Capsule allows clients to create an embeddable image that uses an overlay to present icons that viewers hover over to reveal additional content. Embeddable content can include photos, videos, transactions, as well as links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

Picture Capsules can be displayed with press releases sent through BusinessWire and displayed on multiple online channels, including media websites, blogs, social channels, and more. 

Capsule analytics include total views, number of shares, total image embeds, aggregate hovers over each icon, and clicks on each icon. Analytics reports are updated for 90 days.

Cost

A Picture Capsule that includes up to 10 links to additional content or sites is $2,495. Press release distribution cost is extra.

Ownership

Developed for Business Wire by NextWorks 

User

Gloria Barone, director of corporate communications and PR at Cigna, has been using Picture Capsule since September 2014.

How do you use it?

Using Picture Capsule is really easy, especially for people who are familiar with using Business Wire’s news release system.

I uploaded a traditional news release to Business Wire’s online distribution site. Then I emailed the photo for our Picture Capsule along with the assets I wanted embedded in it to NextWorks, which is a partner Business Wire is working with, and they put the capsule together.

Business Wire then married the picture embedded with all the additional content with the news release and sent it out all at once.

Viewers of your release can retweet right from the Picture Capsule, which is really cool.

You have to submit everything for Picture Capsule – your release, the photo, and all assets to be embedded in the photo – 24 hours before you want your release to go out.

We’ve only used Picture Capsule once so far, and we had a customer service person from Business Wire and from NextWorks available to us the entire time. I didn’t encounter a problem, but if I had, I could have called or emailed my customer service contacts.

How does it serve your business needs?

As part of our overall PR strategy for 2014, we wanted to find better ways to package and distribute our messages. Packing releases with visual elements is becoming increasingly important, and before Picture Capsule was even available we were looking for ways to do that.

Picture Capsule came along at exactly the perfect time for Cigna because we launched a new brand platform in early September. In order to launch successfully, we needed to show people everything about the new brand and what it looks like. Picture Capsule was perfect for this.

We used a photo that exemplifies the new brand campaign for our Picture Capsule. We had been building a microsite that houses the new ad, new videos, new customer stories, and more. Picture Capsule allowed us to wrap all those assets together at the time of the launch.

We got significant results, including 4,313 tag hovers, which shows that people actually did interact with the photo and the links on it. The Picture Capsule also got nearly 1,000 total views right away, which is significantly higher than immediate views of our text-only news releases.

How does it integrate with your existing infrastructure from an IT standpoint?

There was no IT impact at all.

What are the main benefits?

It gives us a very visually appealing way of packaging messages and news announcements.

It’s really simple to use and also really easy on the eyes.

It’s interactivity – the ability to just click on it and go to other assets is very simple, easy, and convenient.

What are the main drawbacks?

Distribution isn’t instant. You need to build in that extra 24 hours before had. This isn’t really a drawback – it’s just something to keep in mind.

What would you like to see improved / added? 

You don’t get to see how the Picture Capsule and the release are going to look together before it goes out. It’s not really a big deal because you’ve approved all the pieces. I was still a tiny bit worried, but it turned out absolutely perfect.

Competitors:

PR Newswire’s Multimedia News Release – allows clients to create and distribute text news releases and a multimedia page that can include photos, videos, and additional content. Features include customized widgets, photo display on the Reuters Billboard in Times Square, video posting to YouTube and other video channels, ability for viewers to easily share content to social media channels, and more.

NextWorks’ Content Capsule – allows clients to combine and present a variety of content, including videos, images, links, documents, and presentations, into an interactive and shareable digital capsule. Capsules can be embedded on websites and blogs and shared via email and social media channe.ls. Analytics include real-time monitoring and measurements of all capsule elements

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