LOS ANGELES, Feb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- musical.ly, one of the world's most popular mobile platforms for entertaining short videos, has partnered with NBC Olympics to provide a variety of ways for fans to experience the XXIII Winter Olympics. Through content created by influencers and NBC Olympics, the partnership makes it possible for fans from afar to experience behind-the-scenes moments, take a walk into sporting and celebratory events, and enhance their connection to the sights and sounds of PyeongChang. musical.ly users are also able to engage with that original content by creating Olympics-inspired video responses of their own.
"We're excited to partner with musical.ly and give our viewers a creative outlet to connect with the Olympic Games," said Lyndsay Signor, Senior Director, Consumer Engagement, NBC Sports Group. Together, musical.ly and NBC Olympics are currently offering users a variety of ways to experience the excitement of the Games:
- Two musical.ly influencers, Nia Sioux and Ross Smith, are in PyeongChang as correspondents to capture and share moments that let fans go backstage. Sioux, 16, previously appeared on Dance Moms for several years. Smith, 25, is known for his comedic videos co-starring his grandmother.
- NBC Olympics is sharing daily content directly to musical.ly users in the app – including highlights, behind-the-scenes footage, GIFs, and more – via its official musical.ly handle, @NBCOlympics.
- musical.ly users are also invited to engage in the sporting experience from afar through two in-app hashtag challenges, created in conjunction with NBC and U.S. Olympians including skier Mikaela Shiffrin, figure skater Nathan Chen, and snowboarder Chloe Kim.
"The amazing thing about digital media is that it allows you to give the viewer an experience from a different perspective," says Ross Smith. "People love an experience that feels real and relatable. They want to see behind the scenes, the mistakes, the realities. People tend to feel more comfortable when an influencer like myself is telling the story vs. a large production company. It's great that we're able to use digital media to bring that real-life feel to a global event like this."
Through the first weekend, broadcasts by @niasioux, @rosssmith, and @NBCOlympics generated over 10M engagements among musical.ly fans. Backstage footage from the Opening Ceremony and highlights from the speed-skating competition were among the most popular early broadcasts.
"I am so honored to participate in this major global event as a contributing correspondent," says Nia Sioux. "I hope that fans who are unable to experience the Games first-hand can use my vlogs to enjoy this remarkable showcase of talent and culture. I am so thankful that NBC and musical.ly value the way people prefer to access media and news around the world. By embracing and providing a platform, it makes the world smaller."
"This partnership has been an exciting way to leverage musical.ly's interactive platform to amplify NBC's distribution of and engagement around an iconic global event," said Michael Modon, Head of Content Partnerships, North America, musical.ly. "The response we've seen in these first few days signals the power of combining premium content from a trusted media company, innovative content from top digital talent, and crowd-sourced content from engaged users."
musical.ly is a global video community that celebrates creativity. The app empowers users to create and share original videos that express their humor and talent, to discover a world of entertaining content, and to connect with a global community based on their interests. Every day, millions of people use musical.ly to express themselves through singing, dancing, comedy and more. In addition to hundreds of millions of user-generated videos, the platform has attracted major artists, launched the careers of many social media influencers, and featured original content from some of the largest entertainment companies.
In 2017, musical.ly was acquired by Bytedance, which owns a series of platforms that enable people to create, connect with, and consume content through machine learning technology.