Thinslicing The Hunger Games

Plenty has been written about the significant role played by a carefully organised and orchestrated social campaign for The Hunger Games. So I’ll simply jump to my ‘thinslice,’ namely how the movie marketers used fan response to tweak as they went along. First of all though consider that this process is much like gaming company wooga carefully monitors user response to tweak aspects of its online games to help boost engagement and thus ROI.

Secondly, to get back to The Hunger Games, and to illustrate what this means – the value of feedback from fans – to be able to optimise your campaign here’s a key quote from Lionsgate’s senior vice president for digital marketing Danielle DePalma:

“What seemed to work the best, too, was fan-created content. I mean, the Peeta memes were always the top performers. That’s how we were really learning about what our audience liked most, through those Facebook results.” This character-focused social media strategy is also backed up by Crimson Hexagon’s analysis of the factors impacting on the success of Julian Fellowes, creator of the popular period drama ‘Downton Abbey’, with the US version, ‘The Gilded Age’ soon to be launched:

“Our analysis indicates that in order for Fellowes to recreate “Downton Abbey” with “The Gilded Age,” he must develop compelling, witty characters with strong moral convictions.”

In other words (ref: my previous post on the value of thinslicing), joining together how your audience behaves (qualitative) with what the data tells you (quantitative), gives you the intelligence to optimise your campaign as you go along – providing you possess the level of organisation and flexibility to allow that to happen (context) effectively. That’s what we’ve been doing at Sony EU in Q3 to good effect too, on the back of the colossal success of ‘Skyfall’.

What this means is that social media marketeers have to think and act on fan data much more like online gaming companies if they are going to both engage their customer base, and deliver real returns.


My creative contribution to ‘Skyfall’

As it is the official premier of James Bond film ‘Skyfall’ today (though it opened in LA yesterday?) I wanted to post my contribution to the event from a Sony business pov.

Bond TV advert

Bond also involves the theme of ‘product convergence’ with Sony looking to use the film to show Bond use many of its different devices, from Xperia phone to Vaio laptop. And in consumer terms it’s looking to prove to customers that it’s worth investing in inter-connected Sony devices. For example my little Xperia mini pro also works as a remote control for my Bravia and Google TV box.

To help bring this potential to life my suggestion is pretty tried and tested:

1. Post a competition on Facebook for people to show a short video of their use of old and new Sony devices, and display their creativity.

2. The winners get invited to a day long ‘hackathon’, where they will get to play with all the best Sony devices, to create something exciting.

3. The day and the end result will also be video’d of course.

4. The winner will get further coverage, and it would be good to have one VIP creative on hand during the day in Apprentice like fashion to hand out advice, and to help judge the end result.

So what do you think, does it fly?