New Series of Offspring Creates Buzz with Facebook Promotion

Every now and then a Social Media Marketing Promotion comes along that is brilliant. Channel 10 (Australia) has just produced such a Promotion.  It involves a Television Show (Offspring), thousands of fans, an Episode they all want to see, and the Facebook Like Button.

Offspring
When Facebook Promotions Meets Advanced Screening Access to one of the most Popular TV Shows in Australia: Like Like, Likety Like.

Want to know more?  Oh and if you are an Offspring fan, you REALLY want to know more.

Yesterday I was working (yes working) on Facebook and I noticed a post on the Facebook Newsfeed that made me stop in my tracks. My friend and Top Blogger Nikki Parkinson from Styling You was apparently watching the first episode of my favourite series “Offspring” online.  What the?  Here I was, eagerly awaiting the start of the new series next week.  Had I missed it?  What the? What special powers did she have?  I clicked on the link and there it was.  Access to the First Episode.  Oh Joy.

Here is how Channel 10 Australia struck gold with their online, viral, video promotion:

  1. Take a hugely popular series – Offspring (see below to meet the wonderfully quirky and dysfunctional Nina Proudman and her family if you live overseas and have not met them yet!). And don't get me started on the hunky Dr Patrick.
  2. Take thousands of fans waiting for the start of the new season.
  3. Place the first episode of the new season online and like-gate the access to it.  What does this mean? When Fans click on the link posted on the Offspring on Ten Facebook Page, they are asked to “like” the page in order to access the video.
  4. Access is granted to watch the first episode (and yes, it was a Hummdinger!).
  5. As soon as you start viewing, your activity is “shared”, with a post appearing on the Newsfeed announcing to all of your friends that you are watching it!
  6. Rinse.
  7. Repeat.

Here is how they promoted their little viral experiment:

Offspring Promotion
How Channel 10 Caused an Offspring Buzz on Facebook Yesterday

Here is what appeared on my Newsfeed:

Offspring Newsfeed Post
And so the viral reach begins...

Note their clever use of language in the description:  “exclusive content”, “first episode” and “before it airs”.   And the post appears on the newsfeed as soon as you start watching (not when you are finished) so it all happens in real time.   Very clever Channel 10.

And here is their Pinned Post on their Facebook Page (…great use of a Pinned Post by the way) announcing the Promotion:

Offspring Promotion
Using a Pinned Image is a great way to showcase the Promotion

Oh, and for those of you that can't wait to watch it, go to the Offspring on Ten Facebook Page to follow the instructions to the Link.

But Hurry – it won't be up for long!

Now if you are not Female, 30-something, Australian and totally in love with Offspring, click here for a synopsis about the show and why we all love Nina Proudman (and why we are in love with Patrick).  To fill you in:  Nina is a 30-something obstetrician with an excellent fashion sense, dysfunctional family, quirky work-colleagues, crazy love life and a tendency to drift off into irrational thoughts of fantasy!

Here is a taste if you want to meet Nina Proudman and see a sneak peek of the afore-mentioned episode:

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To Channel 10, I say: Brilliant. I am sure that your Facebook likes are skyrocketing right now as I write this.

Did you click Like and watch the Episode of Offspring?  What did you think?  Have you seen or participated in any other clever examples of viral Facebook promotions?

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Donna Moritz

Visual Social Media Strategist at Socially Sorted
Donna is a Visual Content Strategist and founder of Socially Sorted, listed by Forbes as a "Top 5 Social Media Blog You Need to Know About in 2019". Donna helps brands leverage the power of visual storytelling and content strategy in their business. Her content has been featured in publications such as Forbes and Entrepreneur Online and she is a contributor to Social Media Examiner. Donna speaks about digital and visual content for the marketing and tourism industries internationally.