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Our agency is often asked by reporters - and brands - what benefits exist for brands who participate in an active Product Placement program. My response to that question is that there are so many benefits, that after twenty years of being immersed in this field, it still astonishes me that EVERY brand doesn't pursue this affordable celebrity marketing platform.
Yet despite some of the biggest brands in the world so strongly believing in Product Placement - brands like Apple and Beats, GM, Ford, Coke, Chevrolet, Mercedes, Pepsi, HP, Samsung, Starbucks all have active Product Placement programs - that they have created entire teams to support the programs. And yet it is a somewhat elusive-to-many marketing practice to many brand marketers. In this blog, Hollywood Branded shares 10 reasons why brands do Product Placement and how they leverage the on screen exposure to get the most out of their Product Placement programs.
Product Placement provides a number of benefits to both productions and the brands who appear in films and television productions. Let's look at 10 of the top reasons:1. International exposure to an engaged audience. The reach of a Hollywood film or television production is no longer just specific to North America – it now is watched in every corner of the globe. And for a brand like FLIR who has tremendous international presence, this offers extreme PR value.
2. Employee morale increases for companies who participate in product placement. We have often created programs solely for this reason – there is such a positive feel-good when something you spend your life doing day in and day out gets recognition through an entertainment vehicle. We have had numerous brands leverage this with company screenings, internal newsletter, blogs and social media - and even Hollywood trips to premiere parties as incentives.
3. Consumer recognition that the brand is ‘legit and approved’ by a source they feel is credible. The perception is that if the biggest Hollywood studios and stars are willing to work with a brand, then that brand appears to have a ‘seal of approval’.
4. Incredible CPM (cost per thousand people reached) in comparison when measuring against actual engagement to any other type of advertising. In films, Product Placement ranges from ‘free’ with loan/trade to a production to fees ranging in the $50k to $500k range. There are instances where there are million dollar deals, but that is still not that common. A lot of consumers – and brand marketers - think everything is sold and paid for on screen. But there is a natural reason for placement in film and TV, and that is a very practical one – it saves productions a lot of money, and allows them to produce better content when they have that cost savings, and can direct the money into the production. In the case of FLIR, the thermal camera technology is extremely unique – and the cameras quite expensive. Productions love working with the company because they get a very cool ‘futuristic’ technology while not having to invest cash into utilizing it on screen.
5. Positive reception by viewers – our recent survey showed that 80% of consumer respondents favor product placement and see it as a form of ‘organic’ marketing.
6. Product Placement also offers brands the opportunity to build a comprehensive off-screen campaign around the film. This can include co-branded advertising run by the brand with key artwork from the film, sweepstakes, retail point of sale, premiere party sponsorships, website takeovers, social media and more.
7. Increase of sales – in our entertainment marketing study released this year, 85% of marketers stated that entertainment marketing works to boost sales. Not only does product placement work to increase sales from viewers – as well as from those who become familiar with the brand on set!
8. Market to niche consumer groups. For a brand like FLIR, they have a very strong B2B product line – and their authentic usage of FLIR products in military movies, as an example, is an effective way for FLIR to showcase technologies to military decision making buying personnel as they sit at home, feet on the couch, relaxing and watching their favorite movies. Our entertainment marketing survey results showed that 51% of viewers make cognizant decisions to purchase based on seeing a product in a TV show or feature film, driving consumer sales.
9. The variety factor. Instead of seeing a brand in same-old traditional advertising commercial spots, print ads or pre-roll videos, Product Placement allows brands a new platform to be seen on - and it just so happens it is a very hip and cool platform that provides incredibly high engagement.
10. And last but certainly not least... the star factor. Being in a scene with a celebrity creates a perceived celebrity endorsement and stardom on the brand that truly is...just priceless. Or perhaps not priceless - but brands would have to pay quite a bit of money to get that same association through a celebrity endorsement.
Our agency's blog post where I share the history of product placement sheds light and details how the marketing practice has - and has not - evolved over the years.
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Stacy Jones, Hollywood Branded's founder and CEO, has over twenty six years of leadership experience building global entertainment branding campaigns for top Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of brands. Her career started after receiving her BFA in Theater Production & Scenic Design from the University of Arizona. Acknowledged as an expert in the field, she has appeared on CNN and MSNBC; spoken at conferences around the globe from Germany to Beijing; and has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, Financial Times, The Economist, Brandweek, Advertising Age, Variety, B&C and Mediaweek amongst others. Originally from Texas, you will still hear her ya’ll as she gathers the team for strategy planning sessions. Like all true entrepreneurs, Stacy is an adventurer at her core – having sky dived, hang glided off bi-planes, swam with crocs while rafting the Zambezi in Africa, photographed grizzly bears in Alaska, trekked Mayan ruins in Belize, explored the ocean as an avid scuba diver, and who loves owning an advertising agency where she swims with a different type of Hollywood shark on a daily basis.