Lost Remote recently had the opportunity to meet with Dan Sacher and Jonathan Mallow, SVP and VP, respectively, of Connected Content at VH1. Sacher and Mallow walked through the network’s recent successes and future plans, and it is clear that the network is now a linear, digital, and social juggernaut.
In 2013, VH1 enjoyed triple-digit year-over-year follower growth on Facebook and Twitter, becoming the third-most social non-cable sports network. The executives attributed part of their success to VH1’s willingness to experiment, take advantage of what’s trending, and employ a 24/7, 365 approach to social programming around shows. The network focuses not only on building buzz for upcoming episodes, but also on leveraging its digital assets – including VH1.com and the VH1 app – to host exclusive content and keep fans of shows engaged throughout the rest of the week and the year.
The soundness of this approach is reflected in the numbers. Linear ratings are up 33% in the coveted 18-49 demo, and the average time that visitors to VH1.com spend with video is more than double that of visitors to Bravo or TLC (129% and 136% more, respectively), and more than six times that of E! (550% more). Read more