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My current station is a CW affiliate.  What’s hot on the CW?  The superhero shows!  We’ve got Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and DC’s Adventures of Tomorrow.   If you want to go a step further and add some of their other comic book related shows, you’ve got iZombie and Riverdale.

Why not capitalize off this branding and identify the whole station with a “comic book” style look.  We are currently a few stages in, but plan on doing more.  Here are a few examples of things you would see throughout the day, including legal IDs, show combos and line-up spots:


Legal ID

Game Show Combo


Comedy Combo


Menu Lineups

I’ll post additional ones as we get finished with them.


Keep it Local Campaign

Posted: September 7, 2012 in Campaigns
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This is a campaign I initiated on all platforms a couple years ago, and it works!  It’s gained viewers, clients & awards.  People say the slogan wherever we go.  So I’ll go into a little detail on this one.

The TV station I work at has many off-network 2nd run shows (Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, etc).  These are shows you can get on DVD, Online…and of course cable.  It’s killing stations like ours.  I compared it to the local shops competing with the WalMarts, or the local Farmer fighting against Monsanto.  It’s like us trying to launch an off-net comedy like BIG BANG THEORY, when it’s also being launched on TBS.  Why should the local viewer care?  Because TBS doesn’t employ locals, and they don’t spend money in our community.  Our TV station does.  I thought that might be something the locals could get behind.  Watch us and you are sticking it to the man!

This first sample is the on-air spot that kicked it off.  It was a minute long.  So I had to make room on the inventory.  We also had a similar radio spot hit the air as part of our media buy.

As you can see, we also made a few promises to include more locals.  We also pointed out one obvious advantage we have over the other sources…our contests guarantee a local winner.  Our viewers aren’t competing with people all over the country.  So their odds of winning or more likely.  So, we initiated a few contests during the launch of this campaign:

In this contest we told our viewers to go make a funny video about one of our comedies.  Take a look.

Traditionally these video contests usually don’t get a huge response.  But I knew a few people would enter, and a lot more people would see them…and most importantly…they would see that we were keeping our promise to put more locals on the air.  We actually did get some pretty funny entries.

To see all stages of this Video Contest, click here

Part of this campaign included a large out-of-home media buy (mostly outdoor).  These ads placed (obviously photoshopped) pictures of our show’s stars in local situations & places.  We wanted people to notice them, so we did a contest that forced them to not only look at them, but again…put the viewers on TV and on our social media.

To see the different phases of this Billboard Contest, click here.

The last phase of the launch of this campaign was simply to put locals into 10-second promos, where they told us which comedy they “kept it local” with, while their friends or family members held our logo up behind them.

The goal was to go out to a recognizable local spot, once a week, and for 2 hours, get as many people to do this as possible.  We’d air them for a week, the post them on Facebook and tag each person in it, so they would be shared among their circle of social connections.

And when I was planning this out, there were a few things I hoped would happen:

1) After these appeared on the air and online for a month, I was hoping people would start to request to do these.

2) We could start selling them to clients.  We’ll do one of these in front of your business.   And eventually the businesses would start requesting them.  “Hey, when are you going to do one of those in front of my store?”

3) We’d eventually get a bunch of local (as well as some national) celebrities to do these and always keep them in rotation.

I’m happy to say, the plan worked…all three happened.

Here is how it worked as a sales promotion, in front of a client’s business.  Not only would they get their business on screen in the background various times throughout the day for a week, but we would also drive our viewers down to this location at the designated day & time with this “call to action” promo…

Here is a quick snapshot of what the posts look like on Facebook, as well as the tagging and feedback from others that see it in their circle of friends…


This next example hit the air just as we were launching How I Met Your Mother. Neil Patrick Harris, who plays Barney on the show, grew up in Albuquerque. So how could we not pass up the opportunity to include him in one of our Keep it Local promos?

Each ratings sweep since we’ve launched it, we’ve updated & kept this campaign alive.  However, with each update, we still had to go in fresh and educate new viewers all over again.

With each update, we would try to include something current.  This next example was an update just after the SuperBowl that featured the Chrysler commercial that told how tough (and local) Detroit was.  We adapted that message to some degree.

On the most recent update, we wanted to include a message that we had new episodes in rotation (we were getting a lot of calls about the multiple repeats)…


During each media buy period, we usually included radio ads as part of the mix.  Here are a couple samples…

This campaign won us a local Emmy Award for branding in 2011, a National Silver Promax Award in 2012, and nominated for best editing at the Regional Emmy Awards in 2012 (waiting to hear the results now).

I was looking for a theme for an upcoming sweep period for the late-night comedy combo (Seinfeld & Friends).  We found out Jerry Seinfeld was going to be performing at a Las Vegas venue and decided to send some of our viewers out there as part of a package.  Keeping Vegas in mind, I decided to call the comedy block the “Laugh Pack” based on the whole “Rat Pack” era of Las Vegas, Sammy Davis Jr, Frank Sinatra, etc.

I had two spots created.  Both similar, but slightly different.  Here is spot #1.

Here is spot #2…

When contest week rolled around, we ran this contest version of the campaign…

I also placed web ads online (one for the image spot and another one for contest week), and had the radio stations we used on our media buys include theme on their sites as added value…

Laugh Pack Web Ad    Laugh Pack Web Ad

This campaign was also sent to Sony’s Marketing Department, and helped us win a market visit from Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi.

This campaign was created to highlight two of the current top comedies on our station, Friends & Seinfeld.  At the time, when each sweep period rolled around, we came up with a new way to promote these two shows.  This idea was based on two ideas.  1) For the most part, these two comedies didn’t rely on “bathroom humor” to get a laugh.  2) We wanted to push the envelope a little to get some attention.  The end result was 3 different on-air spots (plus radio spots) that highlighted the cast members talking about the various stages of going to the bathroom.

As you will see, if you play all of the spots, we had a “poop” version, a “pee” version and we also did a combo one.

When we launched this campaign, we also sent out press-releases to all local media (newspapers & radio stations).  The press release was attached to a toilet seat, with images of the cast members laminated on the seat.

This campaign first ran on the Orlando station I worked at, then it was later updated graphically and run in the Albuquerque market as well.

Overall, it accomplished what we intended it to do, and usually still gets a laugh from the viewer to this day if they are not offended by the topic.

Our economy was tanking hard, and George Bush was initiating the Bail Out plan to save the banks & car industry. I wanted to remind people that they didn’t have to spend money to get some entertainment. All they had to do was watch TV.

Here are 3 spots that ran during one of our sweep periods in equal rotation…




This was mostly an on-air campaign, and it actually could have been better. I wanted to show it to you, so you can see how I do tie-in current events to the campaigns I initiate, and look for a way to hook our viewers.