Lowlifes 2.0… whodunit• Characters: – reveal intrigue, clues, histories – have moods: sympathetic towards you or not – real-world time availability (coffee break, sleeping) – surprises – reversals & follow-ups• Personalized experience – via character behavior and… – help mode on or off – feedback on progress (e.g. “60% complete) – personalized calls-to-action/reminders based on position in story• Out-of-world communication from author integrated with in-world communications from characters• Measurable – how deep people play – time to respond – A/B testing to improve results• No cookies, plug-ins, apps or registration forms: played on email, Twitter and SMS• Entirely scripted, no AI and no coding
Metrics• Marketing budget = $0• Production budget = $500• Total Net Kindle Revenue (2011) = $1748• Total shipments on Kindle Jan 1st to Dec 31st 2011 = 972 (retail price at Amazon.com $2.94)• Number of people connecting to Lauren Ortega on email = 83 = 9% of total sales• Video views of Episode 1 (Jan 1st to Dec 31st 2011) = 4727
Sales vs Social Media (Lowlifes) Nb: “video views” used as simple proxy for trend of social media activity. Wasn’t the sole activity also included email, Twitter, Facebook etc.
Sales vs Social Media (Lowlifes) Tipping point
Audience variables Email Contact Details Twitter Mobile Language? Community-level Groups Level? personalization Trait? Health? Individual –level Custom Fields Stamina? personalization Power NB: Custom Fields also available for other entities such as Characters and Touchpoints
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WORKFLOW: Mask of the Red DeathShort story Synopsis Transmedia Funding Write Feature Psychophol Write Strategy Approved Script Experience Psychophol Defined Story Director’s Wastelander Create Create Vision Experience Card Card Defined Mechanics Story Information flow Storyworld Write Wiki (Bible) Webseries Key Documents Story writing Experience