Twitter has launched a first-of-its-kind like animation as part of a promotion for the latest ‘Scream’ film, which is released in cinemas this week, and brings together a mix of the original series actors and new stars, as it seeks to connect the franchise with a broad range of fans.
As you can see here, the new Scream animation will display differently in dark and light mode, a first for the app. The animation will be triggered when users who follow @ScreamMovies like tweets that include the #ScreamMovie hashtag, an expanded set of actions that could help to boost engagement around the movie.
It’s the latest social media activation for the film, with the Scream team also releasing a range of AR filters across Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram.
As well as custom ‘hashflag’ characters linked to the #12ScreamsForTheHolidays and #ScreamMovie hashtags.
And a dedicated Q and A experience on Messenger, via Movie Mate.
With a strong retro vibe, the latest film in the ‘Scream’ franchise looks set to be a pop culture sensation, sparking all new trends, which could engage a broad range of viewers both young and old.
And with cinema attendances still impacted by the pandemic, that could be the best way forward for film promotion in the current age, working to build up hype, and tap into social media trends, as a means to maximize interest and chatter around the release.
Which is why these new activations are interesting to observe, with the Scream PR department going all-in on social media promotion, across various apps, as it looks to hook into digital consciousness – i.e. where modern consumers are active.
From afar, it’ll be interesting to see whether these more participatory, engaging social media activations end up driving stronger results for the film’s promotion, as they could well highlight the best way forward for promotional spend, if they end up driving more people to the cinema as a result.
Clearly, a lot of the film’s promotional budget has gone into these activations. Will that shift the balance in future promotional approaches – and will that have any impact on consumer habits and expectations moving forward?
Either way, it’s a new experience on Twitter, which could pave the way for new promotional opportunities in the app.
Meta Will Shut Down its Newsletter Platform Early Next Year
Another sign of Meta’s fleeting interest in the latest trends, the company launched Bulletin in April 2021, as part of an effort to take a piece of the growing newsletter market, with platforms like Substack seeing massive growth in facilitating direct connection between writers and their audiences. Twitter also acquired newsletter platform Revue, and it had seemed, at the time, that newsletters could offer a new, supplementary income stream for creators, aligned with social apps.
In addition to this, Meta also saw an opportunity to provide a platform for local publications that had been shut down due to the pandemic. With ad dollars from local businesses drying up, due to lockdown measures, many smaller publications had to shut down, and Meta viewed this as a chance to make Facebook an even more critical element of community engagement, by providing a direct pathway for independent journalists to serve their audiences through the app.
As part of its initial push, Meta allocated $5 million in funding for local publications to convert to Bulletin instead.
And it sort of worked. Bulletin, at last at one stage, supported over 115 publications, with more than half of the creators on the platform reaching over 1,000 subscribers.
But this year, amid tougher market conditions, Meta lost interest.
The company has been gradually scaling back its investment in news and original content in recent months. Back in July, The Wall Street Journal reported that Meta had reallocated resources from both its Facebook News tab and Bulletin, in order to ‘heighten their focus on building a more robust Creator economy’
In other words, Reels – Meta’s main investment focus for the future of the Creator Economy is short-form video content, which drives more views, more engagement, and is the big trend that Meta’s chasing right now.
As a result, Meta says that it will shut down Bulletin by early next year.
As per Meta:
“Bulletin has allowed us to learn about the relationship between Creators and their audiences and how to better support them in building their community on Facebook. While this off-platform product itself is ending, we remain committed to supporting these and other Creators’ success and growth on our platform.”
So long as they create Reels, I guess.
Again, the decision here is no surprise, but it does serve as another reminder that Meta chases whatever trends it can, and it has no real, long-term commitment on any of its new pushes.
Video is the thing, as it has been several times before, and Meta will keep pushing that till audiences lose interest. Then it’ll be something else that Meta’s pitching to brands, publishers, users, etc.
Logically, Meta follows the latest trends in order to maximize the benefit of such within its tools. But it is worth noting that, when it does lose interest, it tends to move on entirely, leaving anyone who’s invested in its last whim out in the cold.
Overall, Bulletin isn’t huge, and it won’t impact a heap of writers and publishers, as such. But even so, for those that have invested in the platform, in good faith, it’s a bitter pill, and while they will now be able to move on to other platforms as well, it’s good to remind yourself that Meta chases trends, and moves on quick.
‘Don’t build on rented land’. ‘Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket’. Don’t trust social platforms to keep supporting that feature or platform that you’ve come to rely on.
The closure of Bulletin may seem like a side note to many, but it’s an important reminder that you need to diversify your strategy to avoid such impacts.
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