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Inflight Safety Videos: A New Opportunity for Entertainment Marketing

Stacy Jones | June 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Stacy Jones

An Unexpected Form Of Entertainment

If you're like most travelers, you've probably conditioned your brain for years to fall asleep during the monotonous safety announcements right before takeoff. You know to fasten your own safety mask first, and that your seat cushion doubles as a flotation aid. 

Recently, however, Delta Airlines released a video that exemplifies an emerging trend: entertaining inflight safety videos. These wacky, comical, and even musical displays of safety instruction are going viral, even changing people's flight preferences, and thus display a perfect new world of opportunity for entertainment marketing.


The most recent contribution to this trend was Delta's internet meme-filled video, although Delta entered this market previously with its outrageous 80's themed version.







Virgin Airlines dominates the entertaining inflight safety reel by capitalizing on catchy. Shown below are two musical renditions of the instructions, one (Virgin America) featuring celebrity dancers and the other (Virgin Atlantic) animated.






Air New Zealand

Much like many of New Zealand's tourists, this airline wants to take you on an adventure with a whole story. Air New Zealand's inflight safety instruction narratives have drawn from influences such as The Hobbit and a safari. (PS: It doesn't hurt that they have their own hashtags right in the title to spread the content virally!)







Similarly, though less kitschy than the musical or humor approach, United Airlines wants to make safety into a global adventure.




How Airline Brands Can Benefit


1. Customers aboard look forward to the content

Simple: if the video is enjoyable content, it adds an asset to the inflight experience.  It truly becomes engaging content - which can save your life.

2. Over time, the airline garners a positive brand image

As they continue to produce creative, entertaining, and trendy videos, airlines like Delta and Virgin garner a reputation of being more cool, hipe and up-to-date, as well as appearing to care more about the overall experience and enjoyment of their passengers.

3. Potential use of celebrities in the content acts as a new endorsement strategy

Major celebrities haven't been utilized quite as much yet for this medium. A starring or even cameo role for a celebrity gives the airline an instant brand image revival, much like a traditional endorsement ad would.

However, Old Navy did a fun parody of an inflight video in years past which was chock full of celebrities, and could be something to learn from!







How Associated Brands Can Benefit

1. Product Placement

Whatever the theme or story of the inflight video, production will likely need some type of product, wardrobe, and/or set dressing. The airline and/or production may not want to have a lot of insert logos, but organic placement may fit very well. It all depends on the video content, and how the brand and the airline choose to partner together; inflight video exposure could even be the start of a new way to partner among brands!

2. Brand Integration

Building upon the partnership potential and the flexibility of the video narrative, brands could even pay to be woven into the story in a more prominent way. Exposure would be very similar to an integration in a music video, television or digital content, with the added bonus of a stronger bond with the airline brand as well as any celebrities that may be featured.




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Be sure to keep up with our blog for more insight into strategic brand marketing strategy and trends in the entertainment industry! 

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If you're like most travelers, you've probably conditioned your brain for years to fall asleep during the monotonous safety announcements right before takeoff. You know to fasten your own safety mask first, and that your seat cushion doubles as a flotation aid.

Topics: Celebrity Partnership, Opportunities

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.