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Covering An Event – Part 2: Generating Content on the Fly

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[ http://tier10lab.com/2012/10/09/covering-events-marketing-generating-content/ ] This is the second part of a two-part series chronicling the steps Tier10 Marketing took to cover the Accord Cash Car event in Times Square on Saturday, Oct. 6th ...

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Covering An Event – Part 2: Generating Content on the Fly

  1. 1. Covering An Event – Part 2: Generating Content onthe Flyhttp://tier10lab.com/2012/10/09/covering-events-marketing-generating-content/October 9, 2012By Xavier VillarmarzoThis is the second part of a two-part series chronicling the steps Tier10 Marketing took to cover the 2013Accord "Cash Car" event in Times Square in NYC on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Click here for Part 1.Arriving at around 6:30 a.m. the day of the event, Tier10 secured an excellent parking spot on Broadwayand 47th, just a few yards away from the plaza where the stage was set, with the 2013 Accord providedby Paragon Honda in Woodside. Approximately half a million people visit Times Square every day,according to the Times Square Alliance, so the car would be sure to attract a lot of eyes in such a closespot for over 12 hours.  
  2. 2. “We knew exactly where to park it,” said Scott Rodgers, partner and Creative Director at Tier10. “Thereare just five – maybe six – parking spots in the heart of Times Square, and we had to have the first one.”Once parked, Tier10 did a quick recheck of the social media coverage for the event, following up on itsinitial audit. The first thing found was that there was no place to check in for the event. There was also noInstagram account for it or the 2013 Accord, for that matter.Tier10 created a Foursquare check-in for the event and an Instagram account for the 2013 Accord. Tier10then established a set of hash tags to attract followers quickly, including #accordcashcar, #2013accord,#nyc and #timessquare. In its first day of existence, the account averaged 11 new followers for every hourthat the event took place. The agency also provided a play-by-play account of the event on Tier10Marketing’s Twitter using similar hash tags to the one used on the Instagram account.While generating live and interactive online content for an event is crucial in today’s market, it was onlypart of the approach Tier10 took that day.“Video is the highest-value piece of digital content online a brand can arm itself with,” said Joseph Olesh,Emerging Media Director at Tier10. “Only the agile agencies and brands can be positioned to produce onthe fly. Tier10 Marketing has proven to be an aggressive leader in this way.”Olesh, who captured both stills and video using a Canon 5D and a Canon 24070mm f/2.8L lens, took abasic outline of the shots he knew he would be able to get and the shots he and Rodgers wanted to get.As he would also be doing all of the post-production himself, he also leaving room for any potentialdifferent directions his initial vision could be led to on the day of the actual event.As for the 2013 Accord Tier10 parked in the heart of Times Square, many onlookers stopped to look at itas expected, especially since the factory window sticker was still on it listing of all the vehicle’s features.Tier10 even demonstrated some of the functions to visitors, including the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®,USB/iPod® integration and rearview camera, which now come standard on all models. The most popularfeature demonstrated, however, was optional Honda LaneWatch™ blind-spot display, which uses acamera system mounted on the passenger mirror for an enhanced view of the passenger-side roadway.One such passerby on a bicycle, who said he had just purchased a 2012 Accord in April, expressed howimpressed he was with the 2013 model in an expletive-laden way only a New Yorker could pull off withcharm.In addition to the social media content Tier10 developed on the fly and the video it would produce, it alsomade a mark with consumers at the event and at Times Square, which is a crucial part of Tier10’s holisticstrategy.http://www.Tier10Lab.comhttp://www.twitter.com/Tier10Labhttp://www.facebook.com/Tier10Marketinghttp://www.Tier10Marketing.com  

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