For Producers: How To Know If Your Project Can Make Money From Product Placement


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Partnering with brands and featuring them in projects can yield cost-saving production benefits, amongst others. But before looking into these types of opportunities, productions should evaluate their project and determine whether or not they offer something that the brands feel is worth riding along for. In this blog, Hollywood Branded is sharing 4 key questions to ask of your production.


Blog For Producers Can YOUR PROJECT Make Money From Product Placement

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 Being In Front Of?

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.


4. Does It Have Distribution?

While this can be a hard one to be able to share prior to shooting, there are ways you can help explain how your production will be distributed.  Brands are traditionally looking for some guarantee of impressions for providing you not only with fee-paid integrations but also for products that are loaned or gifted to the production. No one wants to send a product out that has a hard cost, and invest their brand's time in the logistics of getting that product out, to only find out that no one will ever even see the property. 

Productions have to find a way to paint a picture of potential distribution channels, or they will not get a brand onboard with one exception. That exception? If there is A-list caliber talent involved in the project.  Without distribution AND without a very well-known lead in the cast, your project has very low hope of attracting any interest by brands. Even to be given 'free stuff'. There is always a hard cost to that 'free' - including shipping.  

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 callouts 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, and premiere party sponsorships that would lend opportunities for PR.  The possibilities are endless.  Keep your mind open, and be willing to strategize, and you will be much more likely to entice brand partnerships. 


So How Can A Brand Best Partner?

Are you interested in integrating product placement into your production, but simply don’t know where to start?  There is more to product placement than you may think,  and it is important to be educated about the key tactics to best fit brands.  Download our Product Placement 101 Infographic today to start learning more!

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