Matchbox Pictures is a film and television production company that makes world-class screen content for a global audience. Their diverse roster of programming includes feature films, documentaries, limited series, and television shows spanning a range of genres, including drama, comedy, fantasy, thrillers, children’s, reality television, and more.
Assemblo has been working with Matchbox Pictures since 2018, supporting the launch and release of Matchbox programs with digital advertising strategies and campaigns.
Taking an Australian television series to new heights
Strategically leveraging targeted advertising to increase ratings and build engagement for Matchbox Pictures and the second season of their TV show The Heights.
Matchbox Pictures came to Assemblo during a time when the entire media landscape was changing. With the rise of on-demand services, television consumers were no longer restricted to viewing programs at set times. With this in mind, Matchbox Pictures were looking to effectively market the second season of their program The Heights.
With the consensus that season one of The Heights could have been promoted more successfully, the goals for season two were to:
- Reach new audiences through cost-effective advertising activity
- Build interest in the program from international networks
- Increase ratings, in particular attracting newer, younger audiences to the show
- Build the case for a third season to be commissioned
Our aim to reach national audiences in a younger demographic meant leveraging new technology to draw in these elusive viewers. We developed a strategy to hint at the bigger dramatic moments of The Heights via social media in order to engage these audiences.
With ABC iView available for people to catch up on shows when they wanted, we teased upcoming storylines in a bid to encourage viewers to watch live TV, rather than waiting to watch later and potentially encountering spoilers. As drama is such a strong aspect of the show, we wanted to allow users to engage with each other through social media and leverage this interaction in our campaigns.
Through our preliminary planning, alongside our intial targets, the ambitious target of reaching 300k viewers in a night was set as a stretch goal.
With these goals set, we initiated a content-led digital marketing campaign which ran from March 6, 2020 to October 18, 2020. A comprehensive content schedule was developed with the campaign marketed across Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, adapting a mix of creative including video, photography, custom graphics and even memes.
In addition to content creation and advertising, Assemblo also oversaw community management and created follow-up collateral designed to drive traffic to stream the series online, while building a database for future promotions for the series.
The campaign exceeded its goals and modest budget to deliver an excellent result for Matchbox Pictures, including:
- An average of 250k national ratings a night
- 312k national ratings in a single night (excluding ABC iView) – achieving our ambitious stretch goal
- +23% overall ratings increase
- +86% ratings increase from people aged 25-54
- Over 3 million complete digital video playthroughs
- +286% increase in Facebook followers
- +130% increase in Instagram followers
The Heights received massive levels of passionate engagement from fans and drew new audiences eager to join the conversation online each week.
Assemblo’s marketing campaign for season two of The Heights perfectly exemplifies how content-led digital marketing functions as an extremely cost-effective channel to reach and capture new audiences in a highly competitive industry.
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