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Twitter Chats and TV Stars Just Don’t Mix

gwenchatTwitter chats are the bane of my existence and if you’re trying to market a television show, they should be yours, too. They are messy, hard to follow, and usually not that interesting at best. At the very least, the show or star should ask the questions, not the other way around.

Like Monday night’s Twitter chat with Gwen Stefani, promoted by Twitter, “The Voice” judge was taking questions and promoting her new album. The chat was supposed to be moderated with the hashtags #BabyDontLie, the name of her new single, and #AskGwenStefani.

No one expects a Twitter chat with a primetime celebrity and musician to be deep. But what could be good publicity — like a Reddit AMA — ends up in the social media ether on Twitter. Like this:

Or this:

In all, she answered about 20 questions in the half hour block after the “The Voice” on Monday night, sifting through abuse and nonsense. Once upon a time, a Twitter chat was a good idea, a way to see how much you could engage with your followers. These days? There has to be a better way.

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Drama Between ‘The Voice’ Judges Boosts Social Engagement

thevoiceYou could watch “The Voice” when it airs or catch it on Hulu. Or you could just read their Twitter feed. The sing-off competition is one of the most popular social television shows during its broadcast but you can get a full recap from the videos posted to their social media accounts.

Live-tweeting is hard to do. If you actually read through the #Scandal hashtags, you don’t get a full picture of everything that’s going on. It’s reaction and emotion based. “The Voice” team doesn’t engage viewers in the competition aside from the “Instant Save” or retweeting who your “judge boo” is, which is all pretty standard Twitter fare. Read more

‘Law and Order: SVU’ Premiere Tops Twitter Ratings

lawandorderNBC’s “Law and Order: SVU” premiered it’s sixteenth season last night and made Nielsen’s Top 5 in Twitter ratings. That has everything to do with the show’s efforts in building a Twitter presence.

Like “Scandal” has gladiators, SVU has #SVUDiehards. Law and Order:SVU is the one in the whole franchise that has given its characters more backstory, more drama, and it helps that they’ve been getting into life and death situations later. In fact, there should be a “Scandal” and “SVU” tweet-off.

Showrunner Warren Leight is active in promoting the week’s episode and live-tweeting during the broadcast.It doesn’t hurt when the whole cast is involved, too:

In between Leight’s interaction with fans, the writers gets in on the fun:

During the show’s airing, you’ll see multiple hashtags trending. Some are official, like the #SaveBabyBenson that went with with plot and some are just jokes amongst fans, like last night’s #NewGuy.

While “Big Brother” and the new “black-ish”beat the show in impressions, it will be interesting to see how they work it all season. Maybe their #WCW is a little cheesy, but “Law and Order:SVU” is no joke on the social media side.

Fall TV Fail: NBC’s Marketing Wednesdays All Wrong

wcwIf NBC is thinking about winning over women on Wednesday nights, it might want to rethink its strategy. “The Mysteries of Laura,” a new Debra Messing show about a tightly wound cop trying to be a good mom premiered last night, upsetting critics and fans.

Next week, it will open for Chicago P.D. and Law and Order: SVU — both of which have strong social media followings.

Marketing the lineup as #WCW just feels weird. “Women Crush Wednesday” is problematic for many reasons, the first of which is that it’s juvenile. Either you are targeting middle school girls with Instagram accounts for your Wednesday night lineup, or you’re trying to emulate ABC’s Shondaland Thursdays and have totally missed the mark. Neither situation is ideal or makes sense.

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Predicting Fall TV’s Hits and Misses With Social Data

viralheatlogoLet the fall TV games begin. As networks start premiering new fall television shows, figuring out which shows will be the new hits on air and social media isn’t an exact science. Yet.

Viralheat, a platform for monitoring social media behavior for brands, thinks they’ve cracked the code. For the upcoming season, they’ve tracked six network shows that have been heavily promoted on social media to see how they stack up; which will be “Must See TV” and which warrant a channel change. Below is their baseline research in an infographic. Throughout the season they plan to monitor how engagement with the shows evolves, and to answer the following questions, according to  Viralheat’s spokesperson Tim Cox:

  • Does it make sense to acquire fans and build a huge fan base, or to cultivate a large following organically?
  •  How does a network’s social media promotions correlate with fan acquisition and engagement?
  • Can predictive social analytics help entertainment brands identify early and often the likelihood of commercial success/failure and how to allocate marketing dollars for their movies, shows and actors?

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#ThursdayNightFootball Kicks Off On Twitter

thursday-night-footballCBS rang the NYSE opening bell this morning to celebrate it’s $300 million Thursday Night Football deal. Nevermind that #TNF kicked of last night on NBC.

Next week, CBS officially kicks off, going all out with a Jay-Z theme song, and opening narration by Don Cheadle.

On social media, CBS is already working on hyping and warning their viewers:

 

 

But some football fans with cable subscriptions in mind were already lamenting DirectTV’s negotiations with NBC that lasted until just before the game. Fans in Ohio, Florida, and 16 other states were using antennae and social media to commiserate.


Others were already worried that they wouldn’t be able to watch #TNF through CBS.com, which has no plan to stream games, unlike FOX, which will stream games and playoffs.

Stats Roundup: VMAs and Emmys Dominate Social on Back-to-Back Nights

980x551In retrospect, it seems unfair to have pit the VMAs against the Emmys in a contrived social TV battle.

According to Nielsen Social, the VMAs are the most social event of the summer across all television with over 12.6 million tweets.  The event also generated a total of 259 trending topics.  Combined across Vine, Tumblr, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, MTV saw nearly 63 million social interactions during the night of the show.

MTV’s success isn’t just limited to social, or to the night of the show. The network posted the full show online Monday morning, drawing in over 7 million streams within 24 hours. On the mobile front, the MTV app saw its largest day of visitors and installs to date. Read more

The Emmys Were Boring

fmentionsMaybe we had our hopes set too high. But there was little to no great use of social media last night at the Emmys.

Facebook and Access Hollywood promised to embarass celebs (and themselves) by bringing a Facebook Mentions question box, but it was used little on the Red Carpet. NBC promised it would be the “most social” Emmys ever, but even a Twitter zip line and Vine stations missed the mark.

So what gives? It’s all about trying too hard. Like flirting, there’s a thin line between too much and not enough. Networks were begging for social engagement last night and it looked a little desperate. Did we talk about the Twitter zip line camera?

All of this begging for a little Internet love and you can’t even watch the Emmys online. Sure, you can stream a little Red Carpet on E! but it cuts as soon as the main event begins. You want people to watch and interact? You should make it easy for them. Not having a livestream on your homepage makes you look grumpy, networks.

The again, viral selfies can only happen when you’re least expecting them. And an awards show where Breaking Bad and Modern Family win every other category? Bo-ring. Weird Al is great, but he’s no Beyonce. Social media engagement only works when there’s something to talk about. Am I the only one who couldn’t bring herself to scroll through Emmy tweets last night?

VMAs Bests Emmys on Facebook with Triple the Engagement

vma-2014For the past week, the social conversation has centered on the VMAs and Emmys, which aired on back-to-back nights. Each had its share of buzzworthy moments, from Beyonce’s VMA performance (followed by a Jay-Z and Blue Ivy appearance) to Billy Crystal’s tribute to Robin Williams during last night’s Emmys

But which awards show captured the attention (and engagement) of Facebook users? Sunday night’s VMAs saw 13 million people with over 30 million interactions; 6.2 million people had 10.9 million interactions related to the Emmy Awards last night.

While the VMAs trumped the Emmys on Facebook, the Emmys improved compared to last year’s numbers. For the 2013 Emmys, 4.8 million people had 7.1 million interactions around the 2013 Emmy Awards. Read more

NBC Local Stations Launch Second Screen Companion ‘Challenge’ Ahead of Primetime Emmys

Emmy trophyTo gear up for the 66th Primtetime Emmy Awards, which takes place on Monday, August 25, NBC’s Owned Stations division has launched the second screen companion game, ‘Emmys Ballot Challenge’ on its local station websites.

To participate fans can visit their local station website and select who they think will win an Emmy in 10 categories, playing individually or as a team.  On the night of the awards, they will be able to see how their answers stacked up against the rest of their team. Users can invite their friends via an integration with Facebook’s API to form a team, tracking team predictions along with scores in real-time.

Prediction data from around the country will be featured in on-air live visualizations via ExciteM’s API and an integration with vizRT and Chyron. Read more

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