The poll below from Harris Interactive suggests that television shows drive social media engagement; people interact with each other online through Facebook and websites as a result of programs they’ve watched.
Governments, associations and nonprofits have the hardest time dealing with video and television creation. They see it as an impossible mission; too expensive and beyond their capacities.
That’s a shame. There are community access television stations (not public television stations) that will create television shows for a couple hundred dollars. There are other sources like government cable access stations who will work within your budgets.
There are hand-held video cameras costing less than $150.00 with the capacity to include a lapel microphone. The secret to great video is good sound and lighting.
Video and television strategies are useful components in generating traffic for your issue. Look at the pronominal growth of YouTube. If 14 year-olds understand video, why can’t we?
There are resources far better than this post as to creating video and television shows (see Steve Garfield Video in the resource section on the right hand side of this site).
Your job is to consider these options. They are easier and less expensive than you think. If you need help, contact me.
Are The Online Marketing Efforts of TV Shows and Programs Worthwhile?
Many go online to further engage with content seen on TV; men and women and adults of different ages do so in different ways
New York, N.Y. – March 30, 2011 – Marketers are increasingly spending time, money and creativity to reach their audiences in non-traditional ways. A recent 24/7 Wall St./Harris Poll on Social Media and Television set out to see if these efforts are paying off. It found that many Americans are participating in this type of interactions. Among online U.S. adults, two in five say they have gone online or utilized social media to comment, post, watch or read something about a television show or program (43%). Among these 80-some million people, a third say they have done so after watching a TV show or program (33%) and fewer say they have done so either before watching (18%) or while watching (17%) a TV show or program.
These are some of the findings of a new 24/7 Wall St./Harris Poll survey of 2,526 U.S. adults surveyed online between March 11 and 15, 2011 by Harris Interactive.
Younger online adults are much more likely to take part in these activities than are older people- six in ten of those 18-34 say they have engaged with TV programs in this way (59%), compared to fewer adults aged 35-44 (40%), 45-54 (36%) and 55 and older (28%) who say the same. When adults are doing these things also varies by age. Three in ten of those 18-34 years (31%) say they have gone online to do these activities while watching a TV program, compared to very few adults 55 and older who have done the same (5%). Adults 55 and older, on the other hand, are most likely to go online after seeing a TV program (22%) if they are going to go online at all.
This poll also finds that:
- Half of adults who engage with TV shows or programs online (53%) do so in an individual forum such as by posting on their own or a friend’s Facebook page, Twitter account or blog, 44% do so on a website or page created by the TV content provider such as a TV network’s Facebook page or website, and a third (33%) do so on a separate media outlet’s site, such as an entertainment or news site;
- Women are more likely than men to engage in an individual forum (57% vs. 50%), while men are more likely than women to do so on a separate media outlet’s site (38% vs. 27%);
- Younger adults are more likely than those older to engage individually while older adults are somewhat more likely to do so on a site or page created by the content provider;
- Two in five online adults are a fan or a follower of a TV network, program or show on Facebook or Twitter (39%) while the same number are not (41%); one in five do not use Facebook or Twitter (20%);
- Three quarters of adults who engage with TV programs or shows online say that it provides more information, which is an important reason why they do it (76%), two thirds say the analysis or summary is important to them (68%) or it’s a source of additional entertainment, which is important (67%); half say that it’s important that they engage with other viewers (51%);
- All age groups are equally likely to place importance on finding additional information online (between 75% and 77%), but younger adults are more likely to place importance on engaging with other viewers (54% of those 18-34 and 56% of those 35-44 compared to 40% of those 55 and older); and,
- Among the online adults who do not comment, post, watch, view or read anything about TV programs or shows online, six in ten say it’s because they don’t want or need to (60%), a third say they don’t think about it (34%), one in five say they don’t have the time (20%) and fewer list privacy (12%) or other reasons (7%).
Many TV networks, programs and shows are investing in websites, online programming and social media outreach to further capture and engage their audiences, and, most online adults are aware of these efforts – almost six in ten say that when watching a program on television they are aware of additional material available online (57%). However, depending on who a marketer wants to target, they might be well advised to focus their efforts accordingly since this poll makes clear that different groups sign online in different ways, and at different times.