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Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Supernatural Promotions

If you walk into the wrong nightclub bathroom these days, you might get a scare. It seems that the producers behind the new show "Supernatural" on the WB have sent special mirrors to nightclubs across the country showing a frightening image of a ghost from the TV show. What do pictures of ghosts in a nightclub mirror have to do with TV shows? It seems that in the copycat world of television, the networks are even copying marketing ideas. ABC last year garnered publicity for such marketing stunts as messages in bottles left on a beach to promote "Lost" (something Mark has written about on this site) and for laundry bags used to promote "Desperate Housewives".

In a recent article in the Los Angeles times, Michael Benson, ABC's senior vice president for marketing, recently was quoted as saying, "If you do things right, you get higher 'talk value,'...It's about creating something that you want to tell your friends about, and show your family members."

Apparently TV execs are finally paying atention to Rule number 3 of Mark's rules of attraction- "Create an exclusive community of super-users". By gaining hardcore audiences from the start, these viewers will actually go out and evangelize the show for them- which is far more powerful than typical advertising ever could ever be. How can you get some "super-users" in your own business? Subscribe to our weekly business update for some tips on doing just that.


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