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Legion meets Blippar, Powerless in Kik and #NETFLIXnSTICK: Today’s best digital activations

Legion meets Blippar, Powerless in Kik and #NETFLIXnSTICK: Today's best digital activations

Who’s raising the bar in terms of innovative TV activations? Find out in our latest round-up […]

Santa Clarita Diet: Incorporating the Series’ Themes into Engagement Initiatives

Zombies have long made their way into popular culture and show creators who wish to pick up on the subject run the risk of boring audiences with yet another horror series about the dread of the undead. Victor Fresco, the showrunner of “Santa Clarita Diet”, chose to go another path by creating a twisted comedy that picks up on critique of modern suburbia intermingled with gory zombieism.

The release of the first “Santa Clarita Diet” teaser left many viewers puzzled and raised more questions than it answered. Apart from being baffled by the dazzling cast that includes movie star Drew Barrymore, viewers are also left in the dark about the overall genre and theme of the show. The teaser first seems to sing the virtues of one of those modern diets any stereotypical middle-class suburban wife and mother might wish to try out, when a sudden dark twist is added, as the diet requires eating ‘whoever you want’. The stark contrast between suburban everyday-life and gory cannibalism is what makes this Netflix Original so unique.

Netflix releases original horror comedy series "Santa Clarita Diet" / Copyright: Netflix, Inc.

Netflix built the promotional campaign for “Santa Clarita Diet”, on this odd interplay of comedy and horror and promoted the unusual diet of main character Sheila Hammond as a “real” diet that will leave people feeling more alive and energetic, just as the suburban mother and wife feels after turning into a zombie. The show was released worldwide on February 3, 2017. […]

February 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Chat about chatbots – a new engagement tool for broadcasters

Over the past two years, artificial intelligence systems and automation technologies have become increasingly popular tools for enhancing sales, marketing and customer services.

Chatbots in particular have gained immense popularity in 2016 and numerous companies and brands have launched their own bots in order to enhance their services and engage with customers.

Although not yet as widely discussed as another quickly evolving technology – virtual reality – chatbots may influence the future of not only brands but also entertainment.

Media companies and broadcasters can benefit from the use of chatbots, and the new experiences they enable, as well. Over the past few months, they have already begun to dip their toes into chatbot waters, illustrating the potential this technology offers and how it presents a new way to extend the content offer and drive fan engagement.

Whether chatbots really evolve into a useful, value-adding technology for the TV industry remains to be seen. But some TV and production companies are already putting them to work. We put together some pioneering chatbot examples, covering possibilities for formats and drama series, which might pave the way for future best practices. […]

Homeland, Santa Clarita Diet & Got Talent: Today’s best digital activations

Homeland, Santa Clarita Diet & Got Talent: Today's best digital activations
Who’s pushing the boat out in terms of innovative TV activations? Find out in our latest round-up

Homeland: Surveillance Mission (Showtime, USA)
Gearing up for season six of political thriller series “Homeland”, which is set in New York City this time and will premiere on January 15, Showtime created an interactive New York City walking tour. The ‘Homeland: Surveillance Mission’ tasks fans to head to different physical show-related locations and unlock exclusive content from the new episodes. Additionally, fans can enter a sweepstakes from December 19 through December 30 for the chance to win cash and goodies. […]

Chatbots: a special VAST REPORT

Chatbots: a special VAST REPORT
Over the past two years artificial intelligence systems and automation technologies have become increasingly popular tools for enhancing sales, marketing and customer services. Especially chatbots have gained immense popularity in 2016 and numerous companies and brands have launched their own bots in order to enhance their services and engage with customers. […]

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life – You’ve been Gilmored

Netflix launched its "Gilmore Girls" revival in November
Almost a decade after it went off the air in 2007, “Gilmore Girls” returned with four 90-minute episodes on Netflix on November 25. The new episodes let fans revisit the beloved characters and settings and brought them back to Stars Hollow, the fictional Connecticut town in which the series is set. […]

December 8th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , |

Narcos, Discover Westworld & Virtual Democracy Plaza: Today’s best digital activations

Narcos, Discover Westworld & Virtual Democracy Plaza: Today's best digital activations
How to speak like Pablo Escobar and more, in the latest & best online activations of TV shows!

Narcos: Speak Spanish Like El Patrón (Netflix, USA)

On September 5, 2016, shortly after it released the second season of its hit drama “Narcos”, Netflix teamed up with online language learning platform Babbel to help viewers and fans improve their Spanish. Under the slogan ‘Speak Spanish Like El Patrón’, a free demo has been released on Babbel. It teaches fans some of the terms used in the show with the help of real dialogues. The lesson, consisting of five parts, is available in six languages, including English, German, French, Italian, Swedish and Portuguese, and uses original photo and audio material from the show. It is promoted over Netflix and Babbel’s social media accounts, and has its own hashtag in different languages. […]

Stranger Things, Dexter & #VMASongOfSummer: Today’s best digital activations

Stranger Things, Dexter & #VMASongOfSummer: Today’s best digital activations
Who’s pushing the boat out in terms of innovative digital activations? Find out in our latest round-up

Stranger Things: Stranger GIF (Netflix, International)

“Stranger Things”, Netflix’s new supernatural horror series about a boy who mysteriously disappeared, was released on July 15, 2016. In the series, the mother of the boy paints a type of ‘speak and spell’ or Ouija board on her living-room wall and uses christmas lights to communicate with her missing son. Netflix picked up this element and launched a GIF-creation tool that allows fans to send encrypted messages, ‘Stranger GIFs’, to their friends. […]

Narcos: Live hunt for Pablo Escobar on Twitch and Facebook by Netflix

Narcos: Live hunt for Pablo Escobar on Twitch and Facebook by Netflix
The second season of the critically acclaimed series “Narcos” was released on September 2nd, 2016, and revolves around the legendary hunt for the Columbian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Netflix Germany invited four popular gamers to hunt down “Narcos'” Escobar themselves by competing in a number of challenges, both physically and mentally challenging. The whole event was titled ‘Jagd auf Escobar’ (Hunt for Escobar) and was streamed live on Twitch and Facebook at 6pm on September 25th, 2016. […]

Netflix and HBO Get Smart for “Narcos” and “Westworld”

Netflix and HBO Get Smart for "Narcos" and "Westworld"
Before its anticipated sci-fi series “Westworld” lands Oct. 2, HBO went all out with a new promotion for the series: a unique web site that does more than just tout the show, according to a report from VAST MEDIA.

HBO in late August launched the website ‘Discover Westworld’, a fake travel landing page that has all the makings of a real tourist destination, including room bookings, park information, and even an employee login area. You wouldn’t know it was fake if you just happened upon it, and might just try to make a reservation for the theme park.

The web site does two things: it not only serves as a promotion for the series, but adds a layer to the key question the series poses to viewers: who would you become if you’re in a fantasy world? […]

September 10th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , |