Published on July 7, 2009
Viral Marketing Villiers Park: Contemporary British Film
Viral Marketing Originally, viral marketing referred to word of mouth advertising... one person tells all their friends, who in turn tell all their friends, and so on. In practice, this rarely worked out well. With the development of the Internet, suddenly more viable... You don't have to know your consumer personally to reach them with a blog, video, or web page. Word of mouth can reach 100s, perhaps 1000s, the moment someone hits the post button, it’s instant.
Good Viral Marketing Ideally, a viral ad does not seem like an ad at all... The most successful viral marketing technique is to make something entertaining that people will want to share.. Making something people want to share and giving them easy access to do so, helps make campaigns successful.
In the Film Industry, viral marketing appears in many forms... Emails / e-Cards Websites Flash Games and in the last few years... MySpace, Facebook, Youtube, Bebo etc...
The Social Networks Share with your friends! MySpace Transformers takeover homepage... MySpace homepage given a Transformers theme. myspace “Choose your side” campaign; themes your myspace page with Autobots or Decepticons Facebook Fan Pages... Sending Updates directly to their “fans” Facebook homepage facebook Movie Clips exclusive to each site.
2007, JJ Abrahams announced the website for his new ﬁlm project.. ‘1-18-08.com’ featuring photos of party guests, destroyed boats missing posters and mysterious remains of some kind of creature.
Next, a website for ﬁctional Japanese drinks company, ‘Slusho’, owned by Tagruato Corp. ‘Slusho’ also appears in US TV drama, Alias; another JJ Abrahams production. The company that main character, Rob Hawkins is leaving New York to work for. Website mentions discovering a “deep sea ingredient”.. starting to build a hype about has caused the events in the upcoming ﬁlm.
News Reports are leaked on the internet following an attack on their drilling rig, just off the coast of New York. Footage shows, debris ﬂying out of the water as workers ﬂee... ...something supernatural?? News reports start to give a visual tease that starts to build a possible background story for the ﬁlm. Director, Matt Reeves when asked about the marketing campaign said... “The Internet sort of stories and connections and clues are, in a way, a prism and they're another way of looking at the same thing. To us, it's just another exciting aspect of the storytelling”
Interactive Content Marketing for british ﬁlm ‘Shifty” (2008) was criticised for its use of Viral Marketing.. Website allowed you to “Stitch Up A Mate”, sending them an email to imply they are being investigated for drug use Advertising Standards Agency banned the campaign ruling that “Stitch Up A Mate” was “distressing and irresponsible” as it was not made clear that it was a prank and was an advertising material.
Teaser Trailer Villiers Park: Contemporary British Film
What is a teaser trailer? A “Teaser Trailer” or “Teaser” is a short trailer advertising an upcoming ﬁlm. Unlike typical trailers, Teasers are very short (between 30-60 seconds) Usually contain very little, if any, actual footage from the ﬁlm. Often released in cinema trails and online a long time in advance of the ﬁlm, sometimes over a year.
How do they work? Less to tell the audience of any content of a ﬁlm, but to let them know something/it’s coming. Lack of information/content entices the audience into wanting to know more... “teasing” them. Often a simple, original and inventive idea is the key...
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Discuss Discuss recent advertising campaigns that you have seen.. Where have you seen them? Was it very obvious, or more descrete advertising? Did it give a lot of information or did it leave a lot of gaps?
Your Teaser Trailers Keep It Simple Be Creative What Information are you going to give and hold back? Storyboard and Plan well.
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