Fans are asked to pose with pineapples and use the hashtag (what else?) #pineappling to share pics.
Digital agency 360i and USA Network have teamed up to promote Season Six of comedy/drama Psych, which premieres tonight. To do so, they're tapping into the show's existing online community in a lighthearted way with the help of some fresh fruit.
For the show's "fan appreciation day" on October 6, the network invited 1,000 fans to attend a screening of the first episode with the cast and crew at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. The episode was also streamed on Facebook for fans who couldn't attend in person.
A rep says almost 25,000 fans entered the lottery to win tickets to the event.
Because a pineapple appears in every episode, USA launched a new meme at the event, #pineappling, in which it encouraged attendees to pose with pineapples and use the hashtag when sharing the images on Twitter. According to 360i, "hundreds" of people have used the hashtag since then. And the Psych Tumblr post that introduced the meme has received more than 400 likes or reblogs.
Sarah Hofstetter, SVP of strategy and emerging media at 360i, says, "Beyond lending consistency to episodes, the pineapples also create interactive experiences by viewers who look forward to spotting them or identifying references to them each week."
"(It) brings (fans) closer to the show by encouraging them to mirror a key Psych theme in a fun, interactive way," Hofstetter said.
360i also encouraged people to use the hashtag #PsychFanDay when discussing the event.
In addition, the show has a new Tumblr blog. On it, USA Network shares video clips, quizzes, photos and other content. Hofstetter says it was created to reach an audience of Psych fans known as "Psych-Os" that are already active within the Tumblr community. They're also active on other networks – the show has more than 2 million Facebook fans and 61,000 followers on Twitter.
There was also a custom location on Foursquare for #PsychFanDay, where attendees could check in, as well as a GetGlue integration. More than 5,000 fans checked in on GetGlue for a Psych Fan Appreciation Day sticker, according to 360i.
Join the Industry's Leading eCommerce & Direct Marketing Experts in Chicago
ClickZ Live Chicago (Nov 3-6) will deliver over 50 sessions across 4 days and 10 individual tracks, including Data-Driven Marketing, Social, Mobile, Display, Search and Email. Check out the full agenda and register by Friday, August 29 to take advantage of Super Saver Rates!
Lisa Lacy is senior staff writer at ClickZ. In addition to ClickZ, her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Luxury Spot, LearnVest, MarthaStewart.com, GoodHousekeeping.com, amNewYork, and The Wall Street Journal. She's a graduate of Columbia's School of Journalism.
The Marketer's Guide to Customer Loyalty
Customer loyalty is imperative to success, but fostering and maintaining loyalty takes a lot of work. This guide is here to help marketers build, execute, and maintain a successful loyalty initiative.
The Multiplier Effect of Integrating Search & Social Advertising
Latest research reveals 68% higher revenue per conversion for marketers who integrate their search & social advertising. In addition to the research results, this whitepaper also outlines 5 strategies and 15 tactics you can use to better integrate your search and social campaigns.
September 23, 2014