My voice is a bit hoarse today, but you can’t read it through the newsletter.
I was belting out “Karma is a cat,” “You’re being too loud,” “I’m the problem, it’s me,” and other assorted Taylor Swift lyrics in a cinema hall with a few hundred swifties.
After the screening, I checked some more info about the movie launch.
And it’s a masterclass in content design.
The whole Eras Tour Movie campaign was done to maximize the fans’ experience and create a deeper connection with the brand Taylor Swift.
There are limited screenings, and they are designed to mimic the real-life concert experience. The shows run only Thursday through Sunday, and there are limited dates for each country.
With the movie draught we’re currently experiencing, Swift could’ve easily gotten additional screening slots at a discount.
But she knows that more screenings will dilute the experience.
Just think about it.
More empty seats. More people who were dragged to the screening by friends and didn’t really want to spend 3.5 hours watching a concert. Fewer people in pink and sequined dresses, sharing friendship bracelets and… well, belting out most of the lyrics while dancing in their seats.
Taylor Swift knowingly sacrificed additional revenue to maximize the fan experience. By doing so, she also introduced scarcity, making her opening weekend and overall screening numbers break all the records.
As marketers, we often hedge our bets.
“Let’s make the promotion longer.”
“Let’s try to please more people.”
“Let’s expand the reach.”
But by niching down, aiming for the exclusive, and trying to service our truest fans, we can win more.
Make your content the ideal fit for your core audience, and you’re set for success.
P.S. What brands masterfully service their fans? I’d love to hear your examples!
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