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It’s September and that means it’s time for new fall TV! Over the next few weeks, the big networks will roll out their new TV series. Not all of these series will survive the year; some will be cancelled within a few weeks. One of our favorite exercises each fall at Union Metrics is to dig into what Twitter thinks about the new fall TV shows. What can we learn from early Twitter conversation and what can that tell us about whether or not a show might be cancelled?
Like last year, all of the new network series have official Twitter accounts and hashtags, so they’re all actively participating on Twitter to promote their premieres and encourage viewers to tune in. However, not all the new shows are doing well on Twitter. Let’s take a look at the crop of new shows to see how they’re doing on Twitter, and what that means for their cancellation chances.
The best of the best
First, let’s talk about the fall TV shows that are doing well on Twitter. Theses are the series potential viewers are most excited about, the ones stirring up controversy and conversation on social media. We’ll start with the front-runner, Scream Queens.
FOX’s new show Scream Queens is absolutely crushing all other the new programs on Twitter. There have been more than 330,000 tweets about the show in the past month alone. That’s more than 5x the tweet volume of its closest competitor. Scream Queens generated more tweets in the past month than even the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which started this week. The official Twitter account has already collected more than 126,000 Twitter followers. Why?
— Scream Queens (@ScreamQueens) September 12, 2015
The marketing team behind Scream Queens has been working hard for months to promote the show across social media, sharing teasers and news and behind-the-scenes pictures, starting early this spring. And of course Scream Queens’ celebrity firepower doesn’t hurt. It stars Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande, Lea Michelle and a host of other well-known names. It’s also created by Ryan Murphy (who created American Horror Story, which has performed very well on social media over the past few years). And finally, the demographic this show is targeting is perfect for Twitter – that young, hip audience so many advertisers want to reach. So it’s no surprise that no other show comes close to Scream Queens’ numbers on Twitter. It’s practically perfect for social media. But what about the others?
The rest of the best
Beyond Scream Queens, there’s a handful of other shows that have excited Twitter. A few of these are expected to be big hits and have had huge marketing campaigns around them, so it’s not surprising to see them here. All of them have generated at least 1,000 daily tweets on average over the past month. They are:
- The Muppets on ABC
- Heroes Reborn on NBC
- Blood & Oil on ABC
- Quantico on ABC
- Supergirl on CBS
Here’s a look at how they compare in terms of tweets over the past month.
Supergirl doesn’t premiere until the end of October, so it’s likely to continue to gain momentum over the next six weeks. The Muppets and Heroes Reborn are nearly tied right now, and premiere just a couple days apart the week of September 21. Blood & Oil has had a few flurries in tweet activity recently (see the purple spikes on the chart). And Quantico is performing well so far.
— The Muppets (@TheMuppets) September 3, 2015
— Heroes Reborn (@heroes) September 1, 2015
The mediocre middle
In order not to leave any shows out, there are a set of new series that are doing fine on Twitter. There has been some conversation about them, but nothing record-setting or particularly impressive (good or bad). We’ll monitor these are they get underway to see if they trend up or down, but for now, here are the mediocres:
- Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris on NBC
- Minority Report on FOX
- Blindspot on NBC
- Grandfathered on FOX
- Rosewood on FOX
Best Time Ever premiered this week on NBC, and gained a little traction during the premiere. The first episode only generated about 20k tweets on premiere day – that’s a fairly small showing for a brand new show with such a big name star.
The back of the pack
Not all the new shows are doing well. There are a few that haven’t made much of an impact at all on Twitter. As we’ve seen in past years, some shows just don’t make the cut – on Twitter or on television. Maybe their marketing departments haven’t spent enough time promoting the shows on Twitter, maybe the concepts just don’t excite potential viewers, maybe the cast hasn’t been active enough in their own accounts. But these six shows haven’t generated very many tweets (some of them getting 50 or fewer tweets a day!) and are in risky territory.
- Life in Pieces on CBS
- Limitless on CBS
- The Player on NBC
- The Grinder on FOX
- Code Black on CBS
- Dr. Ken on ABC
Now just because a show isn’t generating many tweets, that doesn’t guarantee it’ll be cancelled. But many shows that can’t find a Twitter audience probably aren’t finding a TV audience either. If no one’s talking about it, that either mean no one’s watching it or they’re watching it but it’s just so dull there’s nothing to talk about. That’s a good first step for cancellation.
The most surprising show in this bottom group is FOX’s The Grinder, which stars Fred Savage and Rob Lowe. These are two big names who should draw in a bigger crowd. The show doesn’t premiere until the very end of September, so it has a couple weeks to grow, but we would expect more early chatter for this one. The same goes for ABC’s Dr. Ken.
Some shows still have some time before they premiere – a set of new series don’t start until mid October or November. We’ll keep an eye on those are we get closer to their premiere dates, as they still have time to develop a larger audience on Twitter. That includes Truth Be Told and Chicago Med on NBC, Wicked City on ABC, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on The CW, and Angel From Hell on CBS.
We’ll check back in on these numbers in a couple weeks, once most of these shows have premiered. In the meantime, what do you think? What shows will stay? Which will get cancelled?
Want to monitor tweets (or Instagram or Tumblr or Facebook) about your show this fall? Take a look at the social media analytics we provide at Union Metrics.
Stephen Colbert kicked off a new era at the the Late Show last night, with the premiere of his first show as host. Twitter was excited to have Colbert back.
Yesterday, there were more than 113,000 tweets about Stephen Colbert and the Late Show. During the episode itself, fans posted nearly 50,000 tweets. Here, you can see the buildup in tweets in the week leading up to the episode, with an increase in volume the day of, a huge spike during the episode, and lots of tweets discussing the show after.
How does Colbert stack up to the other late night talk show hosts? The top five hosts according to Twitter are Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, John Oliver, Conan O’Brien and Stephen Colbert. Take a look at how they compare on Twitter over the past few weeks.
Jimmy Fallon leads the late night pack on social right now, followed by Jimmy Kimmel, but Stephen Colbert is only a little bit behind them and his show just started. Fallon typically generates around 15k tweet mentions a day, Kimmel around 7k, and John Oliver and Conan O’Brien around 4k daily. Colbert has gotten around 5k tweets daily over the past month, with that number growing every day (he averaged almost 7k per day over the past week).
In addition, @fallontonight has nearly 3M followers, so Jimmy Fallon is speaking to a much larger audience than the other late night hosts. He’s also been hosting the Tonight Show for 18 months, so he’s had more time to grow his social following. @colbertlateshow has just under 80k followers right now, so Colbert has a lot of room to grow over the next few months as his new show gains its footing. He’s already gained 20k followers in just the past day or two.
We’ll keep watching to see how Colbert’s team takes advantage of Twitter and other social media to engage their fans and share new content. But for now, it looks like his first show was a success! What do you think? Did you watch?
Interested in monitoring tweets or other social posts about your TV show or brand? At Union Metrics, we can help! Get to know our social media analytics product and let us know if you have any questions.
Everyone has their favorite social network just like they have favorite shows and celebrities, so we thought it would be interesting to look at how the conversation around those favorites has evolved across different networks. Even if you’re not in entertainment marketing, this post should give you a deeper look at the language and culture of various social platforms, giving you a better idea of which one is the best fit for your brand. (Hint: It’s always the one where your audience prefers to spend time.)
Twitter: Live-tweet your heart out
Twitter is, of course, known for the live-tweet: Join in with thousands of others as they tweet along to an awards show, their favorite show each week, or a movie they’re just seeing for the first time. Hollywood has caught on to this phenomenon and extended the sense of intimacy social media gives to fans of celebrities by encouraging the stars of shows to live-tweet along with their fans when the show airs, doing Q&As and sharing their own behind-the-scenes photos and videos. Stars Hayley Atwell and Bridget Regan were active live-tweeters during Agent Carter, and Hayley Atwell continues to post fun behind-the-scenes shots during the off-season to keep fans engaged.
— Bridget Regan (@BridgetRegan) February 18, 2015
This activity actually boosts overall tweeting about the program, based on research from Twitter themselves:
“As it turns out, one of the most powerful and direct ways to drive conversation about a program on Twitter is to have the stars of the show engaged on Twitter, particularly during the airing. In fact, we found that shows live-Tweeting from cast members during the premiere had 64% more Tweets that day compared to programs that did nothing.”
Aside from live-tweeting, fans tend to tweet about how excited they are leading up to a broadcast, or make a lot of cynical jokes about it if it’s an awards show (but hey, they’re still watching it!). They’ll follow official accounts and chat with each other about different fan theories, but this is obviously all a bit truncated due to the 140-character limit on tweets. Fans who want more, more, more on their favorites- especially during the off-season- head to Tumblr.
Tumblr: Where fandom lives
Tumblr is the undisputed home of fandom. This is the place fans go to share their fan-fiction (fanfic), write posts about different character and storyline theories (or their own “fanon”; things they’ve read in fanfic or theories they’ve seen reblogged that they’ve added to the canon of the show for themselves) and theories about the larger universe behind a show or film franchise, write about the actors who portray their favorite characters and share photos of them, create and share fan art, and so much more.
You might read that and think, well, isn’t that what fans do on every social network? What makes Tumblr so special? And the answer is the reblogging feature: Being able to reblog someone else’s fan theory and add your own thoughts to it really accelerates the conversation and makes it deeper. Certain posts become inside jokes for a fandom, and fandoms even create their own “official” blogs, run right alongside official blogs from a network. (The official Doctor Who Tumblr often reblogs fan art and other fan posts to keep their readership engaged.)
Sometimes fandoms merge into super fandoms, like SuperWhoLock, a mix of Doctor Who, Sherlock and Supernatural fans. Sometimes the actors themselves get involved in a fandom, like Orlando Jones and the Sleepyheads (Sleepy Hollow fandom).
All of this adds up to fans being very engaged in their shows between seasons, and giving an even longer shelf-life to Tumblr content as old fandom posts can resurface to be rehashed and reblogged again and again with newer insights and theories.
Facebook: Beware spoilers
There are a few different forms of fandom on Facebook:
- Pages built as hubs for fandom outside of Tumblr to share information, as seen here.
- Individual, often spoiler-filled posts on your NewsFeed from various friends and family members after a big finale like Game of Thrones.
- Posts from Facebook themselves around different fandoms like March Madness.
Facebook is the perfect place for a friend to drop a link about your favorite show onto your wall or even set up a private group to plan a viewing party, but fandom doesn’t go as deep here as it does on Tumblr, and it’s more difficult to live-Facebook a show than it is to live-tweet it. Twitter feeds move much faster than Facebook News Feeds do, making them much more ideal for sharing the experience of a live-viewing with an audience.
Instagram: Fans share excitement in photo form
It might not seem like the most intuitive way to use Instagram, but fans definitely post about their favorite shows and the actors in them on their Instagram accounts alongside their personal photos. Sometimes they share official promotional photos from a show’s upcoming season, or maybe the set-up for their viewing party. Smart brands know about this activity and capitalize on it, becoming part of the conversation that’s already happening. For examples see how Teen Wolf fans post about the show on Instagram, and learn from the very best in terms of audience engagement with ABC Family’s Instagram activity.
Sports fans are active in their Instagram activity too, and you can see examples in our posts about The World Series on Instagram: San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals or The NHL on Instagram: On being official, fans, and more.
The majority of the connection and amplification of posts on Instagram comes through hashtags; fans can find other fan accounts they may want to follow by using Instagram’s improved search, and any entertainment brands who want to get in on those conversations would be wise to listen to the talk that’s already happening before figuring out how to encourage it and join in.
The bottom line?
That’s just what we’ve seen looking at fan activity in these places over the years. Does your personal network look different? Tell us about it in the comments, or on Twitter @UnionMetrics.
You’ll also notice we haven’t talked about fan activity on Pinterest, Snapchat, or live-streaming apps. How have you seen fans or fandoms using those?
Until now all of Netflix’s original programming has been binge-able; whole seasons released at once that fans park themselves to consume on the couch while they tweet about it. This changed with the recent release of Between, a show developed in partnership with a Canadian channel that follows the traditional one-new-episode-released-per-week formula. Episodes air on City TV in Canada then become available on Netflix several hours later.
How this affects the conversation
As expected, the biggest spike in Twitter conversation around Between so far in terms of the number of people tweeting and the subsequent reach of their tweets was the day the first episode was released, May 21st, followed by a second, smaller spike the day the second episode was released, May 28th: The most tweets, however, came the day after each episode aired:
And nearly all of the most retweeted tweets came from the show’s star Jennette McCurdy:
— Jennette McCurdy (@jennettemccurdy) May 29, 2015
Or from Netflix’s Twitter account:
— Netflix US (@netflix) May 21, 2015
What does this tell us?
Although the overall numbers for this show are lower than around Game of Thrones or fellow Netflix original Daredevil, that’s to be expected for a small, original show without a fanbase to draw on from previous seasons (GoT) or a successful comic book universe (Daredevil, part of the Marvel Universe). It does, however, have star Jennette McCurdy’s existing fans to draw on; those who grew up watching her on iCarly or Sam and Cat are older and excited to see her take on a darker, more serious role in this sci-fi show, so it makes sense that she’s promoting her latest project to her fans and followers on Twitter, encouraging them to tune in when it’s available and even offering to tweet with her fans while they watch.
The episodes become available on Netflix at 11:30pm Eastern, which explains why more tweets around the show are made the next day; fans might be tweeting about their excitement around the latest episode the day it airs, then discussing it or live-tweeting a second viewing (or a first, if they have an early bedtime) the day after it originally airs on Canada’s City TV.
The overall success of a serialized television show on Netflix vs a binge-able one remains to be seen, but they’re doing everything on the social promotion front right on Twitter, including show-specific hashtags and live-tweeting hashtags:
They could be doing a little more on other networks where their target audience has a presence: Instagram, for example. The official Netflix Instagram account has one photo referencing the show vs. much more promotion for their other original series (Marco Polo, Orange is the New Black, Daredevil, etc) , but this likely has to do with the City TV partnership and the fact that City has established their own Instagram profile for the show. Netflix could still use a third-party app to do some re-gramming, however.
The prevalence of the second screen and social television have been established for some time now, but how does the conversation differ around a show when the whole season is released at once and the audience has the option to binge-watch it all in one go?
We looked at the Twitter conversation around Netflix’s recently released Daredevil to find out.
The overall conversation
345.5k tweets have been posted about Netflix’s latest original series since the beginning of April, from 137.5k contributors, for a total unique reach of 76.2 million. That’s smaller than the few days of Twitter conversation around the fourth season premiere of Game of Thrones on Twitter, but consider that Game of Thrones was working with an established fan base and audience who were anticipating the season premiere. Daredevil does have an existing fanbase from the success of other Marvel projects, Netflix originals, and of course the original comic book character to draw from, but new shows still have to prove themselves and the social conversation is becoming an increasing part of that success. Netflix and Marvel know that, so their Twitter accounts are at the forefront of the conversation, along with two of the show’s stars, Rosario Dawson and Deborah Ann Woll if you take a look at the top contributors to the Daredevil conversation:
- Rosario Dawson
- Deborah Ann Woll
- THR (The Hollywood Reporter)
And these accounts consequently have some of the most popular tweets (by retweets):
— Daredevil (@Daredevil) April 9, 2015
As expected Game of Thrones chatter only got louder as the season progressed as each episode was released in the traditional serialized manner. With a show available all at once, what do we see? The answer that the biggest spike in the conversation happened on April 10th, the day Netflix released the full season, probably does not surprise you:
The day of release
Netflix releases new shows at midnight Pacific Time (3am Eastern) on Fridays (weekend timing makes it perfect for binge-watching), and announces that move with a tweet:
Which coincided with a spike in the conversation for that day, too:
As for the conversation itself, there was some self-aware humor around binge-watching reflected in some of the most retweeted and other prominent tweets:
#Daredevil doesn’t have “previously on…” montages because they know you just watched the previous episode 19 seconds ago.
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) April 11, 2015
— E! Online (@eonline) April 10, 2015
As well as good old-fashioned jokes that only make sense if you’re familiar with the main character— or start watching the show to be in on it:
Mashable and Netflix even brought Twitter’s new live-streaming sister app, Periscope, into the conversation by using it to discuss why you should binge-watch the show and to bring fans behind-the-scenes content:
— Netflix US (@netflix) April 3, 2015
A Periscope URL wound up being one of the top URLs in the overall conversation, alongside articles around the show (like the one from Entertainment Weekly in the tweet posted above) and a Netflix link to the show itself. Something for brands- and perhaps especially for entertainment brands- to take into consideration as part of a promotional content marketing plan.
Whether or not you’re an entertainment brand or have anything to do with social television and the second screen at all, you still want to maximize your social listening. Daredevil caught criticism for being a show about a blind superhero that was released without a way for visually impaired fans to fully enjoy it. Netflix heard this, however, and several days later an audio description track was added for the show, along with news that the service would be expanded to its other original series.
That’s taking a blunder, really listening to your fans and followers, and fixing it in a timely manner that results in good PR.
That’s an excellent lesson for any brand.
Do you binge-watch series? Do you tweet about it? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for This Week in Social Analytics and our favorite posts of the past week in the world of measurement, analytics, and social media. See a great piece we missed? Link to it in the comments, or tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook.
Twitter and social television:
10 Secret #Twitter Tips, Tricks and Hacks (That You Probably Don’t Know) [from AllTwittr; written by Shea Bennett]
A good list of tips and tricks to browse, even if you’ve been on Twitter for years.
“. . .it’s also important to remember that prospective customers aren’t really interested in you singing your brand’s praises on Twitter. What they are looking for, however, and why they report they follow SMBs on Twitter is to learn about new products, show support for products and brands they already love and to get information they can use. Keep that in mind as you’re crafting your social media strategy and the content you create and share in social media channels. This research may be specific to Twitter, but I’d guess it can easily be extrapolated across other social media channels as well.”
“As video becomes more fluid online, social engagement will become essential to finding and retaining loyal viewers for a show, as some have even said, social media is the new TV guide.”
Six ways social media is changing the nature of TV forever [from Econsultancy; written by Juliet Stott]
“Social media and social TV are two of the reasons why watching live TV is still so strong, says MTV Finland’s executive producer.
‘People cannot miss the show when it comes on air because they would miss the conversation – it’s part of the draw,’ says Rasimus.”
Instagram and Pinterest:
Integration (social buttons on your site and cross-posting Instagram images to other social networks where you have a presence) is a key strategy in this list. After all, if your customers don’t know you’re on a platform, how can they follow you there?
Instagram Grows As Teens’ Social Network of Choice [from Marketing Charts; written by staff]
“Roughly three-quarters of respondents reported using the visual platform, up from 69% in the previous survey.”
The profile of Pinterest users [from We Are Social; written by Deniz Ugur]
“. . .almost two-thirds of users are in 16-34 age bracket and there are more women than men on the platform.”
Click through for the full infographic.
On digital storytelling and marketing psychology:
Harness the Power of Negativity Bias for Positive Marketing [from SHIFT Communications; written by JJ Samp]
“Your ability to resonate with your audience is enhanced by the finesse with which you can identify negative sentiment and gracefully associate it with a positive message.”
Baratunde Thurston on How to Make Digital Storytelling Fun [from Social Media Today; written by Mary Ellen Egan]
“. . .Baratunde emphasized the importance for companies to match their brand and their mission to their digital stories. If stories come off as inauthentic or tone deaf, consumers will revolt.”
Click through to watch the full video of his presentation.
Finally, some bonus stats on holiday shopping expectations:
Survey: Social Media To Influence Half Of Holiday Shoppers from Marketing Land and 41 percent of shoppers plan to spend more online this holiday season from Marketing Pilgrim.
It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for This Week in Social Analytics and our favorite posts of the past week in the world of measurement, analytics, and social media. See a great piece we missed? Link to it in the comments, or tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook.
Looking to go in a new direction with your next campaign? Use these examples to inspire.
The Highest Converting Images to Use on Social Media Networks [from Social Media Today; written by Jesse Aaron]
The right image can make all the difference in catching your audience’s attention.
Why It Might Be Time to Completely Change Your Social Media Strategy [from Convince & Convert; written by Jay Baer]
“In the shotgun approach, you don’t worry as much about building a big audience in any particular network, but instead building a touchpoint corral around each of your customers and fans. The holy grail isn’t one million Facebook fans, but being connected to each of your fans in as many places as possible. The more places you are connected to your customers and fans, the more places you have permission to contact them, the greater the chances that you will actually be able to contact them somehow, somewhere.“
A Social Media Contest, Cole Haan, Pinterest, and the Rules [from Spin Sucks; written by Gini Dietrich]
While this happened a while ago, it’s a good reminder that brands need to know the rules before launching a campaign on a new platform. No one wants to be the one that gets made an example of by the FTC.
Want more on Pinterest? Here’s 7 Ways to Make Your Video Stand Out on Pinterest and The secret to Pinterest: no faces and new heights [Infographic].
“In the B2B realm, there are a few common areas that are always useful, and some information that is only useful in specific circumstances. Here’s the down-low on what you should consider when building your buyer persona.”
This piece covers 6 Twitter Community Structures Simplify Your Work; below is the Brand Cluster Twitter Structure:
“High visibility, popular brands and celebrities attract large Twitter followings who tweet, comment and share information about them. BUT followers have NO connection to each other.”
These communities tend to have large or very large followings but little connection between all of the accounts that make up the following. Also:
“It’s interesting to note that…Brand Cluster Twitter Communities do very little of their own tweeting.”
Click through for some actionable marketing tips around this Twitter community structure. Also great from Heidi this week: 7 Tactics For Content Curation Success.
“Snapchat, Tumblr and Pinterest ‘have the potential to change the way the industry thinks about real-time marketing,’ said Kevin Lange, Starcom MediaVest Group’s svp of social.”
“One of the most well-developed marketing plans in the industry, the marketing campaign for True Blood is a four-part ongoing project. The online campaign features strategic blogger outreach and behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. HBO most excels in maintaining the True Blood image throughout multiple platforms: the show recently created a blog for one of the ‘newly-turned’ vampires.”
Comedy Central now takes requests for its online, sketch series CC: Social Scene, hosted by comedian Paul Scheer. Twitter users can use the hashtag #CCSocialScene to make suggestions based on each week’s topic for a chance to have it included in the next sketch.
This use of a hashtag on Twitter is a natural social extension of the interactive nature of improv and sketch shows at most comedy clubs, taking suggestions from the audience for upcoming scenes. While the episodes haven’t been shared across platforms yet, doing so would maximize exposure to reach each part of their audience where they prefer to spend their time, still drawing them back to Twitter if they wish to participate.
Executing that would make this an excellent example of a cross-platform campaign.
Want tips for running one of those yourself? Check out 3 dos and don’ts for making it work.
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:
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) April 8, 2014
Followed closely by another of the show’s official tweets:
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) April 8, 2014
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.
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:
Today is the day #GoTSeason4
— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) April 6, 2014
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:
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) April 7, 2014
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:
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.