Ford Studios® film promotion is a whole different service that most filmmakers don’t like to do, but it is one of the most important tasks after and before making a film. Film promotion is done in various creative ways. Promoting a film means making the correct audience aware of an upcoming film. The main cast and director usually promote a film by talking about it in talk shows, interviews, reality shows, etc. Other essential ways are releasing a trailer, teaser, having posters circulated, driving incremental awareness and impressions through social media channels, and much more.
For an independent film, the above-mentioned high-end formulas and film marketing strategies might not be possible. As a low-budget filmmaker, the best way to promote and market your film is through digital campaigns. The sheer vitality of film promotion brings us to this article where we discuss the top 16 online marketing and PR Strategies for your independent film. Before one decides on a marketing strategy for a film, one must analyze three crucial factors which lead to successful marketing:
- Budget: An independent film has a minimal budget allotted for marketing and promotion. Thus, as a distributor or producer of the film, it is imperative to precise the final account that needs to be invested in the marketing campaigns. Once the budget is vivid, you can proceed to plan an effective marketing campaign.
- Target Audience: When you decide to make a film, your instinct will let you know your primary target audience. Target audience is the concept that narrows down the infinity of viewers to a specific age group and class. The familiarity of your film’s target audience helps to design the perfect marketing campaign in the ideal medium that tends to make your movie a commercial success.
- Medium of Marketing: The final step is to narrow down the medium of marketing. The decision of either choosing a traditional media platform or a digital platform must be vividly taken. You can also venture out to transmedia methods of marketing.
After you know the perfect media for promoting your film, the process of the positioning of your campaigns can begin. Once the primary factors narrow down the objectives of marketing designs, you can finally decide how to market your independent film.
For the last decade social media has played the most important part in promoting a film. From YouTube to Facebook and now Instagram, film studios create so much enthusiasm about the film months befoe the release date.
Merchandise and the suspense keeps people searching for more information on social media and websites and the word ultimately spreads out to everyone. And that’s the reason, without an online marketing plan, films have lower chances of box office success.
Several filmmakers have made their independent films a commercial success by applying correct promotional strategies. Marketing strategies and public relations strategies are very close yet different from each other. One uses direct techniques to promote films, and the latter uses subtle formulas to create a feeling of desire among the masses. Both techniques contribute to the effective promotion of your film.
- Film Trailer
- Social media campaign
- Influencer Marketing
- Online Ad agencies
- Film website or blogs
- Create social media profiles
- Viral Marketing
- Teaming up with Radio Channels
Let’s get into some detail about the above mentioned film promotion strategies for your independent film.
1. Film Trailer
Independent films are known to be creative and fabulous in their own ways. The trailer of your film must be a thrilling glimpse of your film. Remember not to reveal too much through your trailer or make it long. A trailer must engage the audience with its storytelling elements in the first few seconds.
2. Social Media Campaign
One of the biggest boons to the world is social media. With the introduction of social media, the marketing scenario has seen a drastic evolution. A social media campaign promoting your film might just be what you need. Social media marketing has stepped up in the marketing game with the popularization of hashtags. An independent film can be popularized among the exact target audience by using algorithms. However, more than technicalities, the content matters. You must have engaging content that will make a generic social media user who’s a compatible target audience stop scrolling.
3. Influencer Marketing
Social media campaigns promoted via an influencer works 10x times more. Ford Studios® uses online influencer marketing that has contributed to the efficient growth of publicity. Influencers with high followers can be hired through us to promote your film in their own innovative way. This appeals to their audience, and your film spikes up engagement. Another reason why online influencer marketing has gained popularity is comparatively inexpensive than traditional influencer marketing. One can consider this method as an effective marketing technique for an independent film.
4. Online Ad Agencies
The copyright game has been strengthened in the online world after the sheer popularity of internet services. With an upsurge of multiple online ad agencies, we have witnessed brilliant success stories and some great advertisements. Hiring Ford Studios® with our inventive ways to market brands can be another best choice for low-budget film promotion.
5. Film Websites or Blogs
Ford Studios® works with a plethora of websites that celebrate film. Our online marketing strategy always targets websites that have a dedicated audience. Film websites can be paid to review your film or talk about it. As a result, their audience will come to know about your film from an influential medium. Thus, your low-budget film will attract the right audience. We can also create a website of your film with blogs and news about the shoot, release dates, and interviews.
6. Social Media Profiles
Movie franchises like Marvel and DC, are great examples of creating a social presence online. These franchises make a unique presence over the viewers months before a film is finally released through their aesthetic, social media profile.
Ford Studios® can create profiles on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter with an open space for creativity. We keep your fans updated about your movie and behind the scenes. Sticking to a dedicated format or aesthetic increases engagement. We have found Instagram and Twitter to be great mediums for film marketing and promotions because of obliging algorithms. Social media marketing techniques have been creatively used to promote films in the digital era.
7. Viral Marketing
Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight was marketed extensively through a very creative technique called viral marketing. It is so far the best marketing of film on a transmedia platform. With the liberty to use the online medium, Ford Studios® can develop several techniques and content that tend to go viral. Contests, surprise gifts, some transmedia games, etc., are minute inspirations to learn from. The only purpose of viral marketing is to make people talk about your film with a thrill. It is vital to analyze geographical and psychological factors before experimenting with content designs so that your movie unintentionally doesn’t attract negative publicity.
8. Radio Channels
You might consider radio as a forgotten mass communication platform, but it is still a prevalent medium that plays a significant role in brands’ marketing. Radio jargons and jingle are effective ways to grab audience attention and make a long-lasting impact. Radio shows talk and review your film and develop innovative techniques and contests that grab instant audience attention. Not the primary, but a fundamental approach is a radio.
- Press Conference
- Live sessions with the Star cast
- Talk shows and reality shows
- Supporting a cause
- Online game contests
- Film festivals
1. Press Conference
Ford Studios® helps the public to know about your film and what it represents. The psychological studies reveal that word of mouth in any industry is crucial to building the foundation of a project’s success. The best way to elaborately introduce your audience to your film is by holding a press conference. A press conference is an event where journalists are invited by newsmakers who want to make an announcement or answer an important question. You can talk about how your film was shot, the film’s budget, the special training taken by the star cast to justify a character, etc. People always like to know about things that led to a film and its characters.
2. Live Sessions Star Cast
The star cast of your film might have an individual fan base that can be of great use. It is typical for us to work with filmmakers and their star cast to indulge in Instagram, Facebook, or youtube life to talk about their upcoming venture. Ford Studios® has used this tactic to draw attention from the netizens and make the film a success. Live sessions of the star cast have a personal influence on their friends and followers, making the audience watch a film. However, independent films are also a medium to introduce new actors in the industry who may or may not have a considerable fan following. These actors can use intriguing techniques to announce their film and talk about it so that their profile gets more engagement.
3. Talk Shows & Reality Shows
Ford Studios® can create an online medium like youtube to host several talk shows where your film can be talked about. These talk shows are meant for the primary purpose of promoting and marketing movies and brands, whichever format it believes in following. The talk shows are one of the common concepts where you can talk about your film, how it was filmed, behind the scenes, etc. briefly, talk shows are an excellent way to initiate gossip about your venture that’ll eventually lead to your film’s engagement. Measures must be taken before appearing in talk shows so that no significant spoilers are revealed or controversies are originated. These can backfire on your upcoming project.
4. Supporting Causes
Your film’s story may or may not highlight an issue (societal, political, psychological, or personal). The best way for Ford Studios® to make your film a trending topic is to engage with activities that indirectly help you gain an audience. If your film revolves around a social issue, you might get involved with organizations that work for the betterment of society. These tactics not only make you inclined towards the betterment of society but also indirectly promotes your film.
5. Online Game Contests
Ford Studios® digital marketing campaigns involve games and contests have tended to engage target audiences and secondary audiences. Some wildly successful films have used this strategy to highlight their films among the millennials. Fantastic Beasts used clues on digital posters that made curious audiences log on to their official website and consume content. This led to hype about the upcoming film and its grand aesthetic. Similarly, The Dark Knight’s marketing strategy created a buzz among the public with Gotham’s virtual world. Initiated 15 months before the film’s release, the marketing campaign extensively attracted audiences through online games, leading to the characters’ grand revelations.
6. Film Festivals
If you believe your film to be an appropriate fit for a film festival, Ford Studios® will register your film to one of those. Various film festivals are taking place in different parts of the world. We can register your film for different categories and expect to get nominated.