More on what movies will be promoted during the Super Bowl

The list isn’t huge – though a later update adds Noah to the list – since studios may be playing a longer game and looking at less expensive events later in the year. A stark change from seven or eight years ago, when it seemed a full quarter of Super Bowl ads were for movies.

Instead, all of the tentpoles without Super Bowl pushes will get promoted elsewhere — perhaps during the upcoming Winter Olympics, which will also attract a massive audience and cost slightly less for airtime. Or their studios will go straight to the Web with trailer launches, a move that will quickly get the ads shared to audiences via social media and prove more cost effective.

via Which Movies are In, Out of the Super Bowl | Variety.

Thank God I wasn’t college material

Chris Thilk:

An interesting post about the value of higher education and how it might not be for everyone. He might have a point, that there’s value in vocation-specific advanced learning but that the stigma assigned to those who opt-out of the system needs to be lifted.

Originally posted on The Matt Walsh Blog:

I remember when I first learned that I was destined to be a failure.

I think it was ninth grade, or maybe tenth, and I was sitting in afterschool detention. I’d been sentenced to hard time for being late to class, even though I had a valid excuse. See, I was only late because I hated school with a burning passion. I dreaded every class, every assignment, every test, every worksheet, every mound of busywork, every shallow and forced interaction with peers I couldn’t relate to or connect with or understand; every moment, every second, every part, every inch of every aspect of my public educational experience. I hated it. I hated all of it. I was suffocating.

It had been ten years of public school up to that point and it wasn’t getting better. It never would, and I knew it. I was able to hang on for a long time, managing adequate grades, even…

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Pitch Perfect buzz

This is the second story I’ve read recently about Fizzology and their work mining social media sentiment for Hollywood studios.

Handley and her analysts found a surprise: The film, which hadn’t yet been released, was drawing buzz on Twitter among college students. Not only that, but much of the social media conversation was coming from men–and Universal had previously banked on the film, whose biggest stars were actresses, primarily attracting a core female audience of Glee fans. They unexpectedly discovered that many people paying attention to Pitch Perfect on Twitter didn’t appear to mention Glee on social media, and that an unexpectedly large number of positive tweets came from males who had attended screenings with women in the expected core audience.

via “Pitch Perfect” And How Analytics Are Transforming Movie Marketing | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

Tracking 2014 movie buzz

Two separate stories about tracking buzz and anticipation for some upcoming movies:

First, Buzzfeed and Variety are working together to track social media buzz and headlines around the movies nominated for Golden Globes.

 The BuzzFeed Movie­Tracker (methodology below) measured online interest for Dec. 15-29 and found “Wolf of Wall Street” racked up most page views for best picture drama, with Leonardo DiCaprio on top as lead actor.

More generally, the LAT reports on research from Fizziology about buzz for movies coming later in 2014 to see who’s getting strong word-of-mouth lifts.

Research firm Fizziology used social media data to rank the 10 most buzzed-about movies for the upcoming year and gave the top spot to “Divergent,” Summit Entertainment’s futuristic action-adventure coming out in March. The movie is getting “Hunger Games”-like buzz from young female fans of the young-adult book by Veronica Roth.

100 years of movie trailers

Huh. If I were still running a movie marketing blog I might have a field day with this news.

Once an afterthought filmed with cue cards after a picture wrapped (hence the term “trailer”), the coming attraction has become Hollywood’s primary marketing salvo, a staple of Super Bowl commercials and YouTube, where surfers watched 1 billion trailers the first three quarters of 2013, the most recent figures available.

via After 100 years, movie trailers are still must-see viewing.

OMG a Tweet in an ad! Let’s all freak out RIGHT NOW!!

This isn’t all the shocking. I’ve seen tweets pulled for trailers and posters in the past. But I guess it’s a big deal, necessitating no end of media hand-wringing, when they’re used in a paid ad placement and when the quote in question comes from a big-name critic.

In a case of the digital snake eating its own tail, the New York Times ran a full-page print advertisement on Saturday that featured a single tweet from its critic, A.O. Scott, flacking the movie “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

via New in Movie Marketing: The Printed Tweet | Re/code.

I could say more, but I’ll just include the new trailer for Muppets Most Wanted, which either intentionally or not offers some meta-commentary on the situation.

Digital/Social’s role in marketing and forecasting

If I were still writing MMM on a regular basis I could have a field day with this story about social media’s impact and usefulness in not only movie marketing but box office prognostication.

Twitter has claimed a decent impact on water cooler conversations, Buzzfeed has reinvented (or at least smartly repackaged) native advertising and Tumblr has used the momentum after its acquisition by Yahoo to position itself as the new echo chamber for fan engagement. Budgets have been steadily shifting towards digital media, and digital savvy has become the new must-have. Overall levels of relevance, mass reach, sophistication and smart spending have increased tremendously in 2013.

via Digital Data on December Movie Releases: 47 Ronin, Anchorman 2, More | Variety.

Veronica Mars trailer

This is largely material we’ve already seen in some clips and early promo videos, but it still feels really good to have a formal, official theatrical trailer for the Veronica Mars movie. And it’s pretty great on top of that, which is completely expected but still nice to see.