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Anne Zeiser on Star Wars Marketing for HuffPo

Anne Zeiser was on The Huffington Post this week to discuss the runaway success of Transmedia Marketing of the Star Wars brand. They also quoted from Anne Zeiser’s seminal text, Transmedia Marketing: From Film and TV to Games and Digital Media.

Walt Disney Studios

Walt Disney Studios

Many successful digital and viral entertainment marketing campaigns develop content that first, creates mystery around a passion topic or project; and second, rewards audiences by making them feel special or in the know. The powerful tension between these emotions has an amplifying effect. It’s accomplished first by providing teaser content that asks as many questions as it answers to create pent-up audience demand; and then, by releasing desired content and clues in a drip-feed to sustain the demand. This places superfans in the position of having content or information first. They share because their tribe will be interested and because they want to show they’re in the know.

So, you must reverse-engineer your content. Design a carefully-orchestrated narrative around it and decide how, to whom, and when to tell your story. Seed “Rabbit Holes” or clues to connect audiences to a story universe or simply deliver ongoing project news. Use online content to reveal a character’s POV, deliver production news, or release poster art, teaser trailers, or preview Web sites to flesh out an intriguing fictional or non-fiction narrative. This technique works well as a teaser campaign for films, TV programs, and games. Over time, the narrative takes shape on both digital and traditional media and your audience helps sustain the storyline’s momentum.

Read the entire article here.

 

Transmedia Marketing

Transmedia Marketing: From Film and TV to Games and Digital Media (2015)

Anne Zeiser is a critically-acclaimed producer and media strategist who has stewarded iconic series for PBS, produced news for CBS, managed national brands for marketing firms, and founded Azure Media, which develops transmedia projects on air, online, and on the go that fuel social impact in communities, in schools, and in capitals. With media partners from PBS and the BBC to Miramax and Sikelia Productions, Zeiser has successfully launched and marketed film studios and media organizations, feature and documentary films, television series and specials, mobile games and apps, and online video and media communities.Zeiser is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a board member of the Filmmakers Collaborative, and an adjunct professor at Emerson College. She contributes to the Huffington Post and has been a featured speaker at American Film Market, Making Media Now, AFI Docs, StoryCode, World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, and the Asia Society. Follow Zeiser at Twitter: @azuremedia and Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-zeiser/

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