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Posts tagged with Movies

What Anchorman 2 taught us about content marketing

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d be hard-pressed to have avoided the promotional carpet-bombing that surrounded the release of Anchorman 2 last month. 

In the four months that preceded the Anchorman sequel’s December release, Ron Burgundy and his ridiculous Channel 4 News Team friends were everywhere.

Ron Burgundy appeared on various local news stations, opined on the Australian elections and sold cars in a cross-promotional campaign that lead to a 40% increase in Dodge sales.

Not only that but Ron ‘released’ an autobiography, exhorted viewers to contribute filmed auditions for his news team and even had his own mobile app.

With content marketing being so hot right now – you’d think that we’d know everything there is about how to do it properly.

Turns out Anchorman 2 still has some things to teach us...

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Creative heresy? Using data in Hollywood to ensure box office success

Epagogix is a company that analyses scripts in an attempt to forecast US box office performance or TV audience size.

On the back of this script analysis, the company recommends box-office-increasing enhancements.

Nick Meaney of Epagogix was speaking to the audience at PUNCH, the Festival of Marketing’s creative-focused event in the East end of London.


Facebook: little more than an extra for Hollywood?

Hollywood and social media may seem like a match, but if Facebook is a big part of 'social media', the movie version of the relationship may not have a happy ending.

Last year, just as the world's largest social network was prepping to go public, it was publicly dissed by automaker GM, which said it was cutting its spend on paid Facebook paid ads.

Now it looks like movie studios, not sure of the ROI from their Facebook investments, may be following in GM's footsteps.


Stats: How online music and video affects Australian media consumption

Our Internet Statistics Compendium has seen another bumper update this month, with an impressive swathe of data focusing on the internet landscape in Australia.

The latest report released by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCi) gives a comprehensive overview into how the internet has become integral to Australians as a social tool, a shopping platform and an entertainment channel since 2007.

Yet, it is the report’s insight into audio and video trends which are some of the most interesting, with online perhaps not eating into consumption habits of traditional media as much as we might expect. Be sure to check out the Australia and New Zealand edition of our ISC for more from the region.

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Moviegoers increasingly influenced by mobile: report

Hollywood may not have a reputation for embracing new channels, but it's increasingly clear that new channels have the ability to help Hollywood's biggest companies succeed as consumers use technology to interact with content in new ways.

This is especially evident in the world of social media. It's increasingly evident that social channels can impact the small screen, and even though television and cable networks may not fully understand what this means yet, many of them are experimenting and investing in social because they see the potential to benefit.

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Mad Men season premiere sparks big social chatter

A mere decade ago, the water cooler was still the ideal place to discuss the movie you saw over the weekend or the TV show you watched last night. But with the rise of social media, the water cooler is, for many viewers, online.

When it comes to talking about the latest happenings on the big screen and the small screen, connected devices are creating an entirely new dynamic, one in which viewers talk about the content they're consuming with large audiences in real-time.


Google rolls apps, movies, music and ebooks into Google Play

There are numerous differences between Apple's content ecosystem and Google's. One of the biggest: through iTunes, Apple offers a unified and arguably superior experience. Whatever you're looking for, be it music, apps or books, can be purchased and downloaded in a single place.

This apparently hasn't been lost on Google, which today announced that it's combining Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBookstore into a single entity dubbed Google Play.


Monkeybars wants to reward fans for buying content online

Music is arguably one of the most popular things in the world (who doesn't listen to music), but it isn't exactly easy being a musician. That's particularly true for indie artists who don't have huge audiences and major record label backing.

The pains of the music industry, coupled with its overall sexiness as a business, have made the music space one of the most popular for startups.


HMV launches on demand video rentals

Beleaguered retailer HMV has announced a new online rental service as it continues to move into new digital channels.

The new offering at hmvon-demand.com went live today with new releases Bad Teacher and X-Men: First Class.


Will Amazon move aggressively into content?

Amazon may be the internet's dominant ecommerce company, but its ambitions extend well beyond retail.

It has fast become a key player in a market that is expected to become very large -- cloud infrastructure -- and now it appears to be making some moves into content which could be harbingers of things to come.


Five minutes on YouTube, a $30m Hollywood contract

Many big media companies are still trying to figure out how to cash in on the internet, but for some talented and lucky individuals, the internet has proven to be the perfect place to cash in on big media.

Recently, I wrote about the success realized by the creator of Sh*t My Dad Says. Thanks to a 700,000 strong following on Twitter, 28 year-old Justin Halpern was able to land a book deal and television comedy project before he hit 100 tweets.


Is a new broadband 'tax' to fight piracy on the way?

The battle against digital piracy is one of the most controversial subjects when it comes to the online economy.

The wide availability of peer-to-peer filesharing services and websites that promote content sharing has been a thorn in the side of the recording and movie industries.