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ITV signs multi-year deal with Monterosa as preferred partner for programme companion apps

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Monterosa is already a trusted partner providing some of our biggest show apps and I’m pleased that ITV’s digital team will be working with them on a series of major projects in the coming years.
— William van Rest, Online Editorial Director, ITV Digital Studios

We are delighted to announce that ITV has signed a multi-year deal with us to create a range of apps for its key formats. It comes hot on the heels of the highly successful I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! (2016) app, the all-new ITV Racing app and last month’s newly launched Britain’s Got Talent app.

The deal will see Monterosa create new apps for the upcoming series of Love Island, starting Monday 5th June, and later in the year for The X Factor and I’m Celebrity. 

The apps will be powered by our award-winning LViS platform and innovative Fan Companion product. Fan Companion is an all-in-one native app experience that enables fans to interact with a show format throughout the week. It drives loyalty and provides a proven way to maximise the true value of fan data.

In the last 12 months Monterosa has powered over 515 million fan interactions and scored nine #1 apps in France, Portugal, Sweden, Chile and the UK - including I’m a Celebrity and Britain’s Got Talent for ITV.

William van Rest, Online Editorial Director, ITV Digital Studios: Monterosa is already a trusted partner providing some of our biggest show apps and I’m pleased that ITV’s digital team will be working with them on a series of major projects in the coming years. In selecting a preferred partner, we recognised Monterosa’s mix of creativity, technical and commercial capabilities with the reliability of the LViS platform which handles the huge number of fans that our shows attract.

Tom McDonnell, CEO, Monterosa: “ITV audiences love to interact with TV formats both live and between shows and we’re proud to have achieved many millions of app installs in the last 6 months alone. With this new commitment, we’re looking forward to evolving ITV’s fan interaction strategy by providing the best voting, play-along games and exclusive content to fans, and new digital activation for sponsors for new and existing shows.”

We'll be creating new apps for the upcoming series of Love Island, starting Monday 5th June, and later in the year for The X Factor and I’m Celebrity. 

The ITV Racing and Britain’s Got Talent apps are both available to download now from the App Store and Google Play, with others to follow later in the year.

ITV saddles up with Monterosa to produce horse racing companion app

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Horse racing is a major priority for us and we see the app as a crucial way to reach new and existing fans of the sport
— Sheena Peirse, ITV

ITV has once again selected Monterosa to create a bespoke fan interaction product; this time an app to accompany their horse racing coverage, which the channel has taken over the exclusive UK terrestrial broadcast rights for.

The app forms part of ITV’s commitment to bring racing to a wider audience and will feature interactive and exclusive content, video clips, racecards and results and the exciting ITV7 competition, which allows viewers to pick 7 winning horses for the chance to win a grand prize of up to £100,000. The app and competition are free to download and enter to all UK residents aged 18 and over.

Having recently delivered the hugely successful I’m a Celebrity fan interaction app for ITV, Monterosa leads the way in companion products to accompany television programming and sports events powered by our fan interaction platform LViS.

Sheena Peirse, Online Editorial Director, ITV Digital Studios: We’re very pleased to be working with Monterosa again on this exciting new product. Horse racing is a major priority for us and we see the app as a crucial way to reach new and existing fans of the sport and launch the ITV7 competition.”

Ben Barker, Director of Sport, Monterosa: With horse racing returning to ITV for the first time in 31 years we wanted to ensure that the app allowed ITV to engage both core racing punters, but also the wider ITV audience. The app powered by the Monterosa LViS platform is well-suited to deliver the huge scale that ITV will see for the main festivals of the racing calendar, whilst also delivering multiple capabilities during the course of the year.”

The ITV Racing app is available to download now from App Store and from Google Play for android soon.

From engagement to affinity - do we need to stop worrying about views and likes?

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What if that briefest moment of their day is precisely how long that potential customer has spent thinking about, or engaging with, you?

From engagement to affinity -  do we need to stop worrying about views and likes?

We all want to be liked, right? Nowhere is this more true than on social media.

The rules of marketing have been almost entirely re-written in the past decade, and social or content is a massive focus of budget, time and energy for brands wanting to engage key audiences around sport and entertainment properties. Not long ago a few hundred, thousand or better still tens of thousands of, ‘likes’ of a Facebook post, Instagram image or Tweet had everyone in a marketing team congratulating themselves for a job well done. Not only had all of these people seen the hilarious/incredible/groundbreaking 140 characters, story, video or picture, but they had taken the time and liked it too! These are still positive barometers for how consumers feel about what brands create, but should we stop there or use this engagement to go further?

We believe that the world has moved on and what we can now do with this attention has evolved dramatically..

Reality has hit; all this effort and expense channeled into creating fabulous online content, but for what? Other than the rare (and probably unplanned) gem that goes truly viral – where is the value in a ‘view’ or a ‘like’ to a brand?  What if that briefest moment of their day is precisely how long that potential customer has spent thinking about, or engaging with, you?

And that’s what smart brands are looking for now – engagement and interaction. A meaningful relationship or affinity with their audience that adds genuine value and provides a measurable return on investment.

While the definition of ‘fan engagement’ may be unclear, ‘fan interaction’ is clear, definitive and measurably valuable. It’s what we do at Monterosa every day. The best digital fan interaction products provide experiences where repeated interactions can be created, linking a fan with his or her passion point and a brand. They look to create a valuable exchange, where a fan is able to benefit from digital interaction, putting them into a state of mind to greater appreciate a brand and its products. Be it giving fans a voice by voting on big moments or in key sporting tournaments, or playing an addictive game - competing alongside millions of other fans.

Fan interaction and ultimately getting into the palms of new audiences is vitally important for sports rightsholders, brands and entertainment organisations. Once we capture their attention, we take them on a journey leading to greater affinity, loyalty and conversion to sign-up or buy. Whether educating fans about a new sport, re-engaging a lapsed fan, or turning an event follower into a fanatic, it’s all about focussing on the interactions that deliver the best, most valuable experiences.

You see I don’t just want you to like me. I want us to be friends.

Ben Barker, Director of Sport

This article first appeared on DigitalSport.co