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BUZZER: MOBILE-FIRST, PERSONALIZATION, AND MICROPAYMENTS

Entrant Company: Buzzer

FINALIST

Best in OTT or Streaming

Buzzer- Mobile-First, Personalization, and Micropayments

ABOUT THIS ENTRY

Buzzer is a direct-to-consumer mobile platform that will identify, notify, and provide short-form access to live sports content curated to each fan’s preferences.

How does this represent “Excellence in Engagement”?

Buzzer’s solution is the advancement, not disruption, of the industry at large, providing for net new media consumption and associated revenue. Buzzer achieves this by connecting media rights holders with a net new, younger audience they may not otherwise be reaching through traditional platforms. Our benchmark is to recapture the younger audience in the consumption of live sports that are likely consuming clips and highlights as a way of staying connected with sports.

Our technology allows us to introduce an innovative way for fans to engage with the sports, teams and athletes they love, and to mindfully build a product that creates complementary value for the industry by focusing on short-form live content on mobile. By focusing on content which sits in-between live long-form on TV and short-form near live clips on social and digital platforms, Buzzer helps our partners reach an incremental audience of Gen Z and Millennial sports fans, where they are: on mobile, in real-time. If we solve for the incremental customer, the broader sports ecosystem will be healthier, and if the ecosystem is healthier, everyone wins -- leagues, networks, MVPD/vMVPDs, and OTT platforms.

 

Objective: Buzzer’s objective is to simplify the discovery and access to live “lightning in a bottle” moments in sports tailored to fans’ preferences.

Once a “moment” is identified, users can authenticate with their existing subscriptions or make a seamless and secure micropayment paying only for the content they want to see. This allows Buzzer to be additive to today’s existing media ecosystem while reaching the next-generation of fans and simplifying access to live sports.

The product draws on the experience of founder and CEO, Bo Han, who led Content Acquisition at Twitter for over for 7 years, where he determined the importance of Buzzer’s product tenets: personalized notifications, microtransactions, and authentication of existing subscriptions to prevent cannibalization of existing platform subscribers. The goal of the platform is to align rights holders with the next generation of sports fans through mobile access to ephemeral, live sports moments where and how the younger generations want to watch.

 

Strategy & Execution: Buzzer is being built specifically for the next generation of sports fans by partnering with the existing media ecosystem and providing live sports where (mobile-first), how (discovery led, short-form) and why (favorite athletes, teams, leagues, etc.) they are already consuming content.

Buzzer is simultaneously complimenting rights holders while addressing macro-trends of the next gen fan. Our mobile-first platform addresses the increased consumption of sports highlights on social media resulting in decreased viewership on traditional channels. Curated push notifications and short-form access to live moments helps alleviate the fragmentation of sports rights which prevents fans from easily accessing or organizing their varied sports interests. Lastly, our customized multi-sport aggregated platform helps solve the unbundling of media across multiple platforms which makes it difficult for the modern fan to discover and watch the moments that matter to them most.

With these considerations, Buzzer is being developed in partnership with rights holders to reintroduce younger audiences to live content.

 

Results:

Buzzer is currently testing in a closed beta environment, with over 3,000 beta sign-ups driven solely organically. Buzzer is proud to have been recognized as one of Fast Company’s 2021 Most Innovative Company awards in the Sports category. The product will launch to the general public in 2021.

Buzzer is actively engaging with the sports media industry to invest in equitable outcomes for Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Buzzer’s core purpose is to build community. This starts with developing technology that brings sports fans together to celebrate human achievement and local fandom. With this community-driven focus ingrained in our culture and product, it’s important that we create opportunities to level the playing field and celebrate equitable outcomes for underrepresented people in our community from the beginning.

Buzzer is proud that our first product was the Strive Mentorship program, a global mentorship program connecting 500 industry professionals with over 500 Black college students predominantly from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other universities. This has inspired our broader Strive initiative, which not only includes this annual mentorship program, but also an impact model that invests in these communities through three strategies: equity, net profits, and consumer engagement.

PRODUCTION

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CREDITS

CEO & Founder
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Director of Operations
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Senior Product Manager
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Lead Platform Engineer
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Data Scientist, Buzzer Moment Lead
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Business Development Manager
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Accessibility & Inclusive Design Lead
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Associate Product Manager
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Associate Partner Manager
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Product Designer
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Head of Strive, Culture and Inclusion
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Operations Coordinator
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Director of Partnership Management
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Senior Business Development Manager
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Video Infrastructure Architect
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Director of Finance
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Director of Engineering
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Senior Software QA Manager
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Senior QA Manager
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Principal Product Manager
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Director of Product Design
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Senior Platform Engineer
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Platform Engineer
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Senior Product Operations, Go-to-Market
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Director of Product
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Director of Customer Service
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Digital Marketing
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