MTV and Telescope Launch First Ever Video Music Awards Facebook Messenger Vote

09/07/2016

Telescope Connect Live Technology to Provide Real-Time Audience Voting for

Best New Artist Award Presented by Taco Bell®

Los Angeles, Calif., August 19, 2016 – Telescope, the award-winning technology company that powers real-time participation and social experiences, partnered with MTV to launch an industry first with real-time Facebook Messenger voting for the MTV Video Music Awards’ Best New Artist Award presented by Taco Bell®. Begnning today, viewers can cast their vote for their favorite new artist via Messenger.

Fans can vote by clicking “Message” on the MTV Facebook page, MTV website (vma.mtv.com), or searching for MTV on Messenger. After sending the keyword “Vote” to MTV through Messenger, fans will be presented with an auto-reply carousel that displays the artists that can be voted for to receive the Best New Artist Award presented by Taco Bell®. After fans choose their favorite artist, the vote is automatically submitted and tallied. Voting for the Best New Artist Award, presented by Taco Bell® will remain live through the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show airing at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. The top two artists will be revealed during the pre-show, kicking off a live hashtag vote with the winner being announced during the live main telecast.

“The VMAs have always been an opportunity for MTV to reach our audience and drive voting in new and unique ways,” said Erik Flannigan, Executive Vice President of Music/Events Strategy & Development, MTV. “This year was no exception as we once again called upon our partners at Telescope to utilize industry-first technology to engage fans around our most iconic tentpole.”

“Telescope is all about developing innovative native social experiences with partners like Facebook, and Messenger is a key focus for us.” said Jason George, CEO of Telescope, Inc. “We are delighted to be the first platform to launch a mass scale vote with Messenger on MTV’s VMAs, which has always led the way in finding new ways to engage its audience and enable fans to meaningfully impact one of the music industry’s biggest events of the year – all across social media.”

A media and broadcast solutions partner to Facebook, Telescope technology helps clients build the best experiences on Facebook and Instagram that maximize the reach and passion of Facebook audiences. On the heels of Live Studio, its live streaming and audience engagement product suite for Facebook Live, Telescope is debuting Messenger, which will further allow for audiences to better interact with their favorite brands and talent across Facebook. Telescope technology combines voting and polling tools, data visualizations, UGC content submission and moderation with broadcast and in-venue integration to enable content owners to see what consumers are responding to—and what they aren’t.

About Telescope

Telescope works at the intersection between content and audiences to provide solutions for media businesses to create, publish, and monetize content through a range of social amplification tools that reach a modern consumer base.

An industry leader in real-time participation, unique native social applications, and video solutions, our technology enables clients to curate and display rich user generated content, deploy 24/7 applications, and launch real-time campaigns – ensuring content owners connect to fans in innovative ways through the delivery of relevant interactive content and engaging social experiences.

Based in Los Angeles, with offices in New York and London, we are entrusted by the world’s largest media brands and social platforms – including Facebook, American Idol/FOX, The Voice/NBC, NASA, CNN, NBA, NASCAR, Universal Music Group, Target and more.