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London, UK. March 5th, 2013 – With the world’s largest Medical Sciences video library, Dr. Najeeb Lectures is a thriving multi-million dollar e-learning business offering hundreds of hours of video content on topics spanning basic medical sciences.

Dr. Najeeb Lectures make its premium medical videos available to paying subscribers on-demand – across smartphones, desktops and tablets via vzaar, the video hosting platform.

Video security has been critical to the success of Dr. Najeeb Lectures. When Dr. Najeeb first started to experiment with online video the company’s CEO Zeeshan Najeeb quickly realized that to grow a profitable e-learning business they would need premium security features to restrict access to premium video content.  According to Zeeshan, “our revenues have doubled since we decided to use vzaar as our video hosting platform.”

Since partnering with vzaar, Dr. Najeeb Lectures has seen explosive subscriber growth – growing members from 5,000 to 30,000 in less than a year. “We are able to provide reliable streaming and this has played a great role in spreading word of mouth recommendations about our product. More and more people are signing up from all over the world,” Zeeshan reports.

“vzaar has seen an increasing demand for video hosting coming from the e-learning industry. Around a third of all our subscribers are in the e-learning and education fields,” reports vzaar Chairman Gareth Cadwallader.

According to Jim Henry, VP of Sales at vzaar, “Dr. Najeeb’s requirements are a classic example of the needs of many organizations from the e-learning sector.  Security and control are big factors for companies delivering content to paying customers. Many of our clients are choosing enhanced security features such as Domain Control and RTMPe streaming to retain control of where their videos are viewed. A lot of our clients also appreciate the subtitling feature which allows them to unlock their content for an international audience.”

“We need our videos to load quickly and retain their quality. Reliable streaming is a must for companies like ours with students all over the world. Previously many of our customers were experiencing problems trying to view our videos. What has improved since using vzaar is that we now have barely any complaints about video streaming issues,” Zeeshan concludes.

About vzaar

vzaar provides video hosting for businesses that need their videos to do more than just play. Created and designed for those who recognize the power of online video, vzaar’s easy to use, intuitive interface formats video content for audiences across the globe to ensure your videos are playable on every device on the planet.

Founded in 2007, vzaar has offices in London, UK and Boston, MA. With nearly 1900 users across six different continents, vzaar is a proven business solution and counts film director Oliver Stone among its investors.

For more information and to register for a 30 day free trial of the vzaar video hosting platform visit http://vzaar.com/. For inquiries call 1-877-831-7110 (US) or 020 7820 6280 (UK).

 

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Arena partners with vzaar to provide high quality customized web videos to customers and their loved ones

 

London, UK. June 22, 2012 – Arena Flowers, the United Kingdom’s top florist, has partnered with the video hosting platform for business, vzaar, to showcase online video on their eCommerce web site as well as to support a very unique personalized gift offering. After selecting their floral gift, during the check-out phase, Arena customers can then opt to upload a special video message to be delivered along with the flowers.

When the flowers are delivered, they are accompanied by a card with the URL where the video message can be viewed on the Arena Flowers site. “Understandably, those that use it, love it,” reports Arena Flowers’ CEO Will Wynne.

“We’re really pleased to have integrated with a forward-thinking company like Arena Flowers to provide such a thoughtful and personalized gift experience to their customers,” said Stephen McCluskey, CEO of vzaar.

Arena is the first florist in the world to provide video messaging and they rely on vzaar’s API to bring this truly unique offering to their customers.  Arena’s Will Wynne conceived of video messaging as a perfect addition to Arena’s offerings, “This is just one weapon in our armory of personalization and is a great way to highlight how different and innovative we are.”

Arena Flowers was not interested in investing a lot of time or money into building support for video uploads, hosting, and delivery, so they turned to vzaar. “vzaar are video experts with an impressive technical team and support for a product that does everything we need,” Wynne explains. “Why rebuild the wheel?” Once they realized how easy the process would be with vzaar, the decision to move forward was obvious, and the video messaging was up and available to customers in no time.

“The API integration process went very smoothly. We went from deciding to implement it to having the feature live in a couple of days,” Arena CTO Sam Barton recalls. “The integration steps are very well documented and vzaar provides libraries for most popular programming languages which really sped up the process.”

Arena Flowers’ marketing strategy leverages the advantages of both a professional video hosting service like vzaar and a free service like YouTube.  Arena uses vzaar to power the videos on their homepage, while simultaneously uploading to YouTube to take advantage of the built-in audience there. “YouTube has its uses; the reach is unparalleled and we are testing that.” Wynne explains. “However, there is no way we’d put a YouTube video on our homepage. It simply wouldn’t look professional enough.”

About Arena Flowers

Arena Flowers was founded by Will Wynne and Steve France in 2006 when they realized the flower delivery sector in the UK was still stuck in the past. Unlike more old-fashioned competitors, Arena buys all its own flowers from growers and the Dutch flower auctions, then makes up and delivers bouquets direct to recipients. By controlling the supply chain, Arena can guarantee quality, freshness and experience (e.g. customers can upload a photograph to be sent with flowers). The company currently runs 6 own brand websites providing a full end-to-end experience and high quality products in the UK, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Ireland, Austria and Denmark. The international flower delivery service (outside of Arena’s own distribution zone) is offered on every site and fulfilled by a highly qualified third-party partner. The Arena family so far includes: ArenaFlowers.com, ArenaFleurs.fr, ArenaBlumen.de, ArenaBloemen.nl, ArenaFleurs.be and ArenaBloemen.be with further websites to come.

About vzaar

vzaar, is the online video hosting and distribution solution for small and medium businesses. vzaar’s refreshingly easy to use interface intuitively formats video content for audiences across the globe, ensuring it’s playable on every device on the planet. Built expressly for businesses with a service or product to promote, vzaar comes preloaded with all the customization, security and analytical tools needed to get the job done. Founded in 2007, vzaar has offices in the UK and US. Over 50% of vzaar’s business clients are based in the US and it counts film director, Oliver Stone, amongst its investors.

For more information visit http://vzaar.com

For sales inquiries call 1-877-831-7110 (US) or 020 7820 6280 (UK)

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vzaar, the global online video hosting solution for business, appoints experienced leaders in new commercial roles. Former ClickSquared Sales Director, Jim Henry joins the company as VP, Global Sales while ex-Amazon.co.uk and Snapfish marketer, Verity Batchelder is appointed Chief Marketing Officer.

London, UK (PRWEB) May 23, 2012 – vzaar Ltd, http://vzaar.com, a leading online video hosting platform, announced the appointment of Jim Henry as VP, Global Sales and Verity Batchelder as Chief Marketing Officer. As demand for video by internet users continues to grow, the company is experiencing exponential growth of its easy-to-use, flexible and affordable video hosting solution for businesses across the globe.

Jim Henry, who will be based at the company’s new North American office, joins as VP, Global Sales and is responsible for overseeing the global sales team in its generation of revenue through new client relationships, strategic partnerships as well as through renewals with existing clients.

With 15 years of experience at companies such as ClickSquared, Elity and Xchange, Jim has a track record of consistently exceeding company sales goals with an exceptional commitment and focus on client satisfaction.  Most recently, he acted as the Director of Sales for InOrder Software before joining vzaar.

Verity Batchelder, based in London, UK, brings a wealth of international marketing experience to vzaar, having joined from HP’s online photo service, Snapfish, where she launched the Australia and New Zealand operation, before returning to London to head up the Snapfish UK team. Prior to this, Verity held senior marketing roles at Amazon.co.uk and Yahoo!. She holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School. At vzaar she will be responsible for all aspects of Marketing from strategy and brand development to lead generation.

“Both Jim and Verity have proven track records for driving business results, and have transformed several online and start-up ventures into thriving businesses”, Stephen McCluskey, vzaar CEO said. “They are outstanding leaders who will drive the continued growth of vzaar as a leading online video hosting solution for business in this exciting, high-growth sector.”

 

About vzaar

vzaar, http://vzaar.com is the online video hosting and distribution solution for small and medium businesses. vzaar’s refreshingly easy to use interface intuitively formats video content for audiences across the globe, ensuring it’s playable on every device on the planet. Built expressly for businesses with a service or product to promote, vzaar comes preloaded with all the customization, security and analytical tools needed to get the job done. Founded in 2007, vzaar has offices in London, UK and Boston, MA. Over 50% of vzaar’s business clients are based in the US and it counts film director, Oliver Stone, amongst its investors.

For more information visit http://vzaar.com

For sales inquiries call 1-877-831-7110 (US) or 020 7820 6280 (UK)

 

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Mark Shapiro (US)
1 619 249 7742
mshapiro@srs-techpr.com

Verity Batchelder (UK)
020 7820 6280
verity@vzaar.com

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vzaar picks a winner from over 1,000 online business videos

London, UK – July 25, 2011- vzaar, (http://www.vzaar.com/) a leading video hosting platform for business, today announced that the hotly contested vzaar 2011 online video competition has been won by Karl Taylor Photography (http://karltaylorphotography.com), with what vzaar CEO Stephen McCluskey describes as a film with “memorable, exquisite photography.”

Karl Taylor has been a professional photographer for over 15 years and has traveled the globe on assignments for some of the world’s most successful companies. His artistic film – one of many that are used on his company website to promote his business – won the title of Best Overall Video 2011 in the vzaar Video Festival, supported by Hollywood film director, Oliver Stone, who is a key shareholder in vzaar.

The winning videos can be viewed here (http://vzaar.com/about/awardwinners2011) on the vzaar website, along with the other winning entries which came out tops in three categories:

<li>The Best Product Video was won by the production company Hill Tribe, <a href="http://www.hilltribe.tv">www.hilltribe.tv</a>, for a clearly interpreted, engaging and enticing cookery shoot for their client Muddy Boots burgers.</li>

<li>The Top Award for the Creative Use of Video was scooped up by Jimdo, <a href="http://www.jimdo.com">www.jimdo.com</a>, an innovative ecommerce and website building company, who cleverly used video to show effective collaboration and project workflow.</li>

<li>Best Video by a Creative Agency went to Outside Line, <a href="http://www.outsideline.co.uk/">http://www.outsideline.co.uk</a> , a full service digital agency, for their "superb, imaginative commercial" for Becks Beer.</li>

Speaking on behalf of the judges, Mr McCluskey said the overall standard of entries was “incredibly high”, and it is very encouraging to discover that vzaar’s clients are producing work of such excellent quality to promote their businesses online.

According to Mr. McCluskey, “The winning entry stood out from the rest, however, because it featured a variety of compelling elements. The imagery was inspiring, the content was haunting, the soundtrack well edited and highly compatible.”

Each of the winners will be presented with a vzaar video festival award and a logo to feature on their websites.

vzaar hopes to make the highly successful contest an annual event aimed at spotlighting both cinematic creativity and production quality for online business videos.

About vzaar
vzaar is the leading online video hosting platform for eCommerce sites of all sizes and market segments. The vzaar service provides a cost effective and highly scalable video hosting service to thousands of companies worldwide. The easy to use online video management dashboard and a highly experienced sales support team allow businesses to publish video online fast. Founded in 2007, vzaar has its Headquarters in London, United Kingdom.

For more information visit http://vzaar.com

US Press Contact
Mark Shapiro
SRS Tech PR
mshapiro@srs-techpr.com
1 619 249 7742

UK Press Contact
Samuel Ford
Hillgrove PR.
info@hillgrovepr.com
+44 (0)207 482 8857

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Online business video festival launched by vzaar

London, UK – May 23, 2011 –Lights, camera, action! Hollywood Director, Oliver Stone – known for his box office hits like Platoon, Natural Born Killers and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps – is turning his talents to the small screen as judge of a unique online video festival, conceived and run by vzaar (http://www.vzaar.com), the leading business online video hosting platform.

Mr. Stone, one of vzaar’s major shareholders, is looking forward to reviewing entries in various categories, and ultimately selecting the Best Business Online Video 2011. The festival will be launched on 23rd of May on vzaar’s website at www.vzaar.com/festival

“This is an extremely exciting project – we are anticipating a high volume of entries from our global user base,” said Stephen McCluskey, CEO of vzaar. “We’ll be on the look out for outstanding style, original ideas and, above all, the best example of video being used to its maximum potential for commercial ends.”

“We are seeing an online video explosion happening at the moment, particularly in the small to medium size business sector,” said Mr McCluskey. “We decided to hold a festival to showcase the best of these, with a built-in contest to be judged by our celebrity shareholder, Oliver Stone, who invested in vzaar because he became so enamored with our video delivery platform.”

Videos submitted to the vzaar Video Festival will be viewed and short-listed for each of the following categories: – Best Product/Service Video – Best Video by a Creative Agency – Most creative use of Video Online

The entry judged the best of the bunch across all categories will win the Best Online Video 2011 Award.

This is your chance to get your video out there, be credited for all that creative work and ensure your business stands out from the crowd. Each winning video will receive the vzaar Video Festival Award 2011 by category from Oliver Stone and will be featured on the vzaar.com site for all to see: a new audience for your business plus the thrill of being touched by fame and a powerful endorsement to trade on for years to come!

The competition is open to all vzaar users, be you a media and communications company, marketing agency, e-commerce business or non-profit organization.

You can enter now by submitting your video at http://vzaar.com/festival. The deadline for entries is July 1st 2011. vzaar will let you know if you’re on the shortlist and update you before the winners are announced by vzaar on July 18th 2011.

Oliver Stone says, “I make films like you’re going to die if you miss the next minute.” How will he feel about your video?

About vzaar

vzaar is the leading online video hosting platform for eCommerce sites of all sizes and market segments. The vzaar service provides a cost effective and highly scalable video hosting service to thousands of companies worldwide. The easy to use online video management dashboard and a highly experienced sales support team allow businesses to publish video online fast.

Founded in 2007, vzaar has its Headquarters in London, United Kingdom. For more information visit http://vzaar.com

US Press Contact
Mark Shapiro
SRS Tech PR
mshapiro@srs-techpr.com
1 619 249 7742

UK Press Contact
Samuel Ford,
Hillgrove PR.
info@hillgrovepr.com
+44 (0)207 482 8857

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