Olympus was a Canadian / British co-produced fantasy television series that premiered on Syfy in the USA, Spike uk and Super Channel in Canada – now available on Netflix.
The story of how several brave men and women banished the gods from Olympus to the unconscious realm, a place dubbed as the Kingdom of Hades, or the underworld. A young man, Hero, attempts to find the truths of his past and shed light on the future, which will inevitably link back to the gods themselves.
As an unproven television property, Olympus and its producers were hesitant to spend heavy with online advertising.
A comprehensive social media campaign was conceived and launched within the span of 21 days and was driven by a minimal ad spend that resulted in massive organic returns. Olympus developed a rabid online fan base that would vigorously petition the networks to see the show continue. #OlympusTV
To feed the enthusiastic online sci fi fan base – design, development and implementation of a fan engagement strategy on both Twitter, Instagram and Facebook was conceived and implemented to drive viewership. Online advocates for the show and its brand were sought out and rewarded for their continued support of the show in its premiere season. Olympus brand ambassadors (Olympians) became a crucial ingredient in online engagement and assisted in drawing in new viewers to the show with each new episode release.
Online Campaigning Included:
- Development, consultation and implementation of live Twitter events across multiple timezones
- Planning, consultation and execution of worldwide contesting soliciting fan art and meme’s from online fans
- Reach out to online science fiction bloggers and podcasters to drive online awareness
- Development and execution of editorial calendars for all social channels
- Implementation of online tools for the tracking of analytical information on all social channels
- Creation of all online collateral material for social channels
- Working directly with multiple television marketing teams to drive awareness through Olympus, Spike, SuperChannel and SYFY properties
- Consultation and development of best practices for solicitation of online brand advocates
- Consultation and development of online rules of engagement, brand standards and editorial rules documents – negating any confusion with the large scale of parties involved in campaigning on multiple properties
- Establishment of a private Facebook Group for show actors; disseminate collateral material for use in social streams by the actors
- Assist and coach actors in online best practices, and continue to keep actors motivated over a 15-week broadcast span
- Weekly reporting of analytical information to show producers with consultation in regards to strongest path forward to commandeer a deeper fan base, ultimately driving those fans to view the show and its past episodes
Combining the terrestrial broadcast with live online events and contests drove an ever growing online community, a community that included not just the online advocates but weekly involvement of all of the primary players in the production, including both the actors and episode directors.
Live Twitter Events
With both actors and directors of the series spread across the globe, live Twitter events in each time zone were executed for each show broadcast in its respective timezone – providing fans and online brand advocates a direct connection with the shows cast online via Twitter during the broadcast.
Using the hashtag #OlympusTV saw the show and its cast become a trending topic both worldwide and in its broadcast country on numerous occasions. Online brand impressions soured to over 12 million per episode and a direct effect was felt by broadcasters who started to see viewership increase week over week.