Game of Thrones Exhibition Gives HBO a Boost in Social Currency

Game of Thrones Exhibition

Game of Thrones Exhibition Gives HBO a Boost in Social Currency

“Game of Thrones” fans are a passionate bunch, so for its third annual Game of Thrones Exhibition tour, HBO amped up its footprint to create more opportunities for fans to snap and share photos, videos and other interactive experiences across their social media networks. The Game of Thrones: The Exhibition 2015 program kicked off in London on Feb. 9, and will travel to Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Madrid, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris. At each stop, local HBO broadcast partners will offer subscribers and the general public tickets and exclusive access to the exhibition.

The Game of Thrones Exhibition invites fans to immerse themselves in the fictional world of Westeros. Attendees are first asked to register and “pledge allegiance” to their favorite character’s house through a digital event companion called GOTExhibit.com. Once registered, they receive a video message from a character from the show thanking them for their bravery.

Game of Thrones Exhibition photo experienceInside, fans can explore scenes from the show and snap selfies with authentic props, costumes and weapons like the iconic throne. At a photo activation, attendees can transform themselves into a ghoulish White Walker through a CGI and facial recognition technology that delivers the photo right to their phones. At a video activation, fans can step in front of a fire-breathing dragon and instantly receive a video that depicts them being burned to a crisp. An Oculus Rift interactive from year-two of the program (Agency: Relevent, New York City), invites fans to put on a pair of goggles, step into an elevator and ascend the 700-foot ice wall featured in the show, and then experience the thrill (and terror) of falling once they reach the top. At the end of the experience, fans are rewarded with another special message from their chosen house’s main character, and an exclusive blooper reel.

Rewarding fans and driving word of mouth is the central strategy for the three-year-old initiative, and this year’s enhanced digital efforts were designed to help make it easier for passionate fans to share their excitement for the series and HBO.

“We earn a currency with our audiences and the fans that gives us more value than traditional advertising,” says Elana Loewenthal, director of International Marketing at HBO. “We’re giving them something to celebrate their fandom and the opportunity to get closer to the show that they love so much by seeing the artifacts straight from the set, and participating in interactive activities that really place them in the world of Westeros.”

Loewenthal says that since its London event HBO has seen an increase in social engagement around the show. Agencies: PBJS, Seattle, Chicago; POKE, London; Publicis, London.

Jessica Heasley
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Jessica worked for more than 15 years in marketing and events before joining Event Marketer in 2007. She earned her master’s degree from t he Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and her bachelor’s from the University of Washington (go Huskies!). Her last gig before coming to Red 7 was at Psychology Today magazine. Her proudest professional accomplishments include fixing a branded 1972 VW bus accelerator pump on the side of a highway in South Carolina with a paper clip and some string the night before a 30-city college tour; convincing Dr. Laura that she wasn’t writing a piece about lusty event marketers having lurid affairs on the road (which she kind of was); and, while at an independent film dot-com called AtomFilms, using about fifty bucks worth of chocolate chip cookies and a couple gallons of milk to lure film festival attendees away from Steven Spielberg’s (now defunct) big budget “Pop! Multimedia” booth to her company’s tiny living room event space. Although she is a native of Seattle, she never once owned an umbrella or rain boots until she moved to Brooklyn, where she currently resides with her husband and daughter. She was born in Everett, WA, home of the pulp mill.
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