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Game of Thrones Season 4: Updated Twitter numbers

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We’re three episodes into the fourth season of Game of Thrones on HBO and the talk has certainly not died down since the premiere and just keeps growing: 845.5k tweets have been posted  from 420.7k contributors for a unique reach of 141.7 million users, all around the show and its latest season, since April 6th. (That’s 500k+ more tweets, 20ok+ more contributors and nearly 30 million more unique accounts reached since our last post!)

While actress Sophie Turner’s tweet is still in the top three most retweeted around the show’s conversation, the announcement of being renewed for two more seasons from the show’s official account has taken the number one spot with over 12k retweets:

Followed closely by another of the show’s official tweets:

Top tags continue to be those promoted and supported by the show’s brand (and they now include #purplewedding for events from the second episode) and the show’s Twitter account is the top contributor to the conversation, followed closely by entertainment brands- @peoplemag@RollingStone, and @MTVnews - supporting and spreading GoT talk to interested fans and followers. These accounts share a mix of show recaps, behind-the-scenes interviews with cast members, and even some fan RTs; all great supporting materials to HBO’s own Game of Thrones Viewer’s Guide.

HBO’s heavy involvement in the show’s fandom online illustrates the balance brands need to strike in social television: Give the people what they want in terms of special, behind-the-scenes access and places to discuss the show and characters that they love, and work to add to the conversation with hashtags and resources without dominating it. HBO is nailing it.

Written by Sarah

April 21st, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Game of Thrones Season 4 on Twitter

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The fourth season of Game of Thrones premiere on HBO last night, and Twitter was more than ready for it. Starting Friday, April 2nd and leading up to Sunday night’s premiere 344.3k tweets came from 206.8k contributors, for a unique reach of 112.1M Twitter users, all around Game of Thrones.

The most retweeted tweet came from the actress who plays Sansa Stark on the show, Sophie Turner:

With over 3k retweets and 2k favorites, this tweet was followed closely by one from the official show Twitter account, reminding us all that the next installment is only a week away:

Shows and actors getting more involved in the social conversations around their work is an important trend in social television, and the engagement from fans and followers shows it’s a smart move. Fans feel like they’re getting special access to their favorite shows and actors, and official accounts know what the ongoing conversation around their brand is. It’s hard to be surprised by a “sudden” turn in viewer sentiment if you’ve been part of the conversation all along.

HBO clearly knows this, and the top hashtags were all official hashtags supported and promoted by the brand:

#GameOfThrones

#TakeTheThrone

#GoTSeason4

#GoT

#GoTViewersGuide

The last hashtag leads to an in-depth behind-the-scenes section of HBO’s site, designed to help viewers understand the complex array of characters, relationships, and more behind the show, up to the current season.

Smart move to refresh viewers new and old alike and keep them engaged as season 4 rolls on.

Written by Sarah

April 7th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Game of Thrones season 3 premiere on Twitter

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GoT S3 Premiere Reach

97.6 million accounts were potentially reached on Twitter about the Game of Thrones premiere last night

Tweet Stats GoT premiere

Game of Thrones premiere tweet stats

The internet was excited for the season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones on HBO last night. You can see the spikes in Twitter reach about it in the graph above (reach in blue, exposure in yellow, times in PDT), particularly leading up to and during the premiere – nearly 98 million unique Twitter accounts received GoT tweets yesterday. In total, 330k people churned out more than 596k tweets yesterday. The top 5 hashtags were #GameofThrones, #GoT, #GoTSigil and #jointherealm (these two are about the ability to create and share your own house sigil), as well as #GetGlue.

The last one is for social television app GetGlue: you check in to the show or sporting event you’re watching and then you can see how many others are watching with you, leave comments about it, comment on other’s posts, and more. You also have the option to share on Twitter and other platforms what you’ve checked into on GetGlue, automatically adding the #GetGlue hashtag.

This is particularly interesting in the wake of a recent study from the Time Warner Media Lab (via AdWeek) which found that emotional engagement on television viewing is higher if you watch with someone else, or if you log in using a social app like GetGlue:

Social TV emotional attachement

Did you watch Game of Thrones last night? Was it social? In person or digitally? Tell us about it in the comments!

Written by Sarah

April 1st, 2013 at 9:39 am