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Entertainment Marketing Strategy 101: What Makes A Good Brand Vehicle?

Stacy Jones | August 3, 2022 at 8:30 AM
Stacy Jones

Why Brands Should Evaluate Their Opportunities

Partnering with brands and featuring them in projects can yield cost-saving production benefits, amongst others. But before looking into these types of opportunities, a production should be evaluated and it should be determined whether or not they offer something that the brand feels is beneficial.

Always part of our entertainment marketing strategy for brands is showcasing the different aspects of production to our clients. In this blog, Hollywood Branded shares 3 key questions brands should always ask before partnering with a production.   


1. Does it have a relatable message?

A storyline that brands can embrace is important. The brand is hoping for the consumer to buy into their product as they are buying into the ethos of the entertainment of which it is being exposed through. Does the story’s message match that of the brand’s marketing tactics? Does it have a positive message that the brand wishes for that very consumer to see in their own product? Even projects with themes of horror, blood and gore, though they may not appear to be enticing to most brands, may be welcomed by a few.

2. Does it target an audience that brands would be interested in capturing?

Different types of projects appeal to specific crowds. Family-targeted brands will have interest in films that bring the family to the theaters, while brands that target teens will perhaps look to horror films or dark TV shows, which tend to draw viewers ages 18-25.


3. Does it have known and recognizable talent?

A brand marketer isn’t going to sign on to a feature film if they don’t recognize the cast. In order to get maximum exposure, a project carrying a big name is going to be much more alluring to brands.

Think of what else you can offer the brand that provides the brand with content in your film or show and beyond.


Creative Ideas And Resources Pay Off

Even a project that lacks one of the three elements can still be a successful project when creative ideas and resources are utilized. Think of social media call outs during production, exclusive behind the scenes footage available for brands to stream on their YouTube channel, meet and greets with their executives and your cast, premiere party sponsorships that would lend opportunities for PR. The possibilities are endless. Keep your mind open, be willing to strategize, and you will be much more likely to entice brand partnerships. 

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Topics: Strategic Partnerships

Stacy Jones

Written by Stacy Jones

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.