Increase Brand Sales With Talk Show Product Placement


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We are often asked if having a brand appear in a segment on a talk show or as product placement in a TV show leads to actual sales.

And our answer? We think so - but too many times clients don't have analytics in place to measure results.  But when they do, it can make a MASSIVE impact.

Talk shows air five days a week, and some show a lot of brands within their content.  Some placements are good, and others are absolutely great.  And there is a little bit of magic sauce that can take it to the next level and actually impact brand sales along with the brand awareness talk shows offer. 

In this blog, Hollywood Branded shares a case study (not one of our own!) on how one brand found a way to increase sales with talk show product placement, and what the magic of this rocket fuel was.

Increase Brand Sales With Talk Show Product Placement

Some Major Assumptions

In this blog, we are going to make some assumptions, as we don't have access to the brand's metrics, nor have we spoken to their brand management team.  We don't know if they have paid an agency to secure their success, or if the sheer coolness of the product itself has made people take notice and WANT to include it in their content.  In fact - we would argue that it doesn't matter if the success was agency (and fee) driven, driven by the segment host who partnered with the brand, or word-of-mouth driven.  The only thing that does matter, is they have succeeded in securing exposure on Talk Shows and in TV Sitcoms.

And that the exposures have absolutely led to their sales success.

Why do we know it has been successful? I watched the segment, opened my computer, looked up their website, and purchased not one, but two of the products for my family and for my mother.  And trust me, after twenty-plus years of doing this, I have pretty strong blockades set up against the impact of commercials.  Or so I thought.

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The Segment

In the segment, the show's producers brought on a specialist to talk about a common problem we all have - keeping closets organized and clean.  The timing is just that - timely.  It's the beginning of the year when people are full of self-improvement plans, which extend to home organization.


The guest specialist walked the host of the show through a variety of topics, including what hangers to use (and where to buy a fantastic selection of them where she plugged The Container Store), sorting your clothes in the closet by color, and hanging items based on long sleeve/short sleeve/skirts and pants. Did you know you should always hang your pants by the cuffs? She also discussed putting boxes together of seasonal items and labeling them outside for swimsuits, hats/gloves and putting out of season on top of the closet shelves, and in season on the bottom shelves. And then it led into the whammies.  Sweaters should never be hung up. But how do you keep them organized in your drawers and shelves?

The answer - Flip and Fold.

 The Brand:  Flip and Fold

Through intensive hands-on demonstration, the guest specialist led the host into a whirlwind of how-to-fold demonstrations.  The brightly colored plastic of Flip and Fold caught the audience's eye as it made a mundane task took - possibly - fun.  And even super easy.

Why, with that little piece of plastic, everyone could start to solve all of their problems in life, starting with their disasters of a closet and drawers! 


And seemingly the demonstration worked because it led to a sales purchase an hour later when our CEO couldn't stop thinking about it.  And we are surmising that it led to a lot of other sales success stories too.

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Measuring Traffic

Flip and Fold may or may not closely measure their Google Analytics traffic from show exposures like these.  But we think the likely answer is a strong yes based on their order process.

After you login choose which product you want to buy, and start to enter your information, a really important - and smart - question pops up on their form.

The question?  It asks where you heard about the product.  And it lists EVERY major TV show exposure they have had.  That means sales success can be measured from a single exposure on a show even weeks or months later, versus same-day analytics looked at for immediate sales impact.

We've rarely seen a brand do this.  And we think it's super smart.



So when you go to purchase in this case, you see a list that names The Big Bang Theory, and Dr. Oz Show as well as their other advertising mediums ranging from store usage, a friend has, google advertising or search, a video on YouTube, a Twitter or Pinterest post or their blog. And we assume soon... The Today Show, which if they had known about it previously and shared the fact it was to happen with their online sales team, would have been golden.  But we bet they will add it later this week. 



Bragging Rights Used For To Get Sales


Another smart thing Flip and Fold has done is mention on the homepage of their website that they were seen on The Big Bang Theory.  Did they pay for this? Absolutely no. The show just doesn't take cash dollars to feature brands without a mega-million media buy.  But they got the product in front of the right people either through their agency or through word of mouth/advertising, and the writers thought the product was funny and cool enough to write it in with Sheldon, who is known to be persnickety at best.   And likely a perfect folding machine!


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Ready To Use Talk Shows & Product Placement For Sales Success?


There are a lot of talk show options for brands to explore, and the right one is going to be determined based on your brand's budget, the type of partnership you want, and a number of other factors that we talk about in this blog: A Brand's 9 Step Guide To Working With Talk Shows


You also may want to read our blog 5 Ways Brand Marketers Secure Product Placement To Increase Sales, and check out these blogs on product placement as well:




Have you ever wondered how a comprehensive product placement program works? Or do you want to know how to create a promotional partnership strategy with a movie partner? This video will answer all of your questions as it shows the steps and processes taken by Hollywood Branded that lead to your brand increasing both consumer engagement and sales!


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