iris gets PocketTV on Channel 4

This is a great example of how branded content, well executed, can grow bigger than a marketing campaign and generate real revenue back to the brand and agency.  Great work iris!

Channel 4 to air Sony Ericsson mobile programme

Sony Ericsson’s mobile music and entertainment programme, ‘Pocket TV’, is to air for the first time on Channel 4.

Pocket TV: Sony Ericsson mobile programme to air on Channel 4

Pocket TV: Sony Ericsson mobile programme to air on Channel 4

Channel 4 has acquired the rights to the show, which has been a hit online and on mobile platforms, attracting 8.4 million views across YouTube, PS3/VidZone and MSN during series two.

The show, developed by Iris as branded content for Sony Ericsson, was originally created for the mobile platform and hosted a number of four- to six-minute interviews and live music tracks from artists including Ellie Goulding, Chipmunk and Sean Kingston.

A TV version will now be aired on Channel 4’s T4 and 4Music slots from 4 August.

The programme will include 11-minute shows featuring three videos each. The programme’s dedicated YouTube channel will run until the end of December.

Shaun McIlrath, executive creative director of Iris, said: “This is a great example of a marketing asset generating a value of its own because of the audience it has created. ‘Pocket TV’ has become quite a phenomenon”.

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iris PR – Social Marketing Case

Great little piece of PR work by one of our strategists.  It is a great campaign and innovative approach.  Well done Luis and the whole strategy team.

Iris Digital tries no advertising conversation-only strategy

by Daniel Farey-Jones, Brand Republic 26-Mar-09, 12:20

LONDON – Iris Digital is experimenting with bypassing traditional media buying and using only social media conversations to promote a competition for football fans to win tickets to a Sony Ericsson VIP party.

The strategy involves the agency seeking people out on Facebook, Twitter and football forums and blogs instead of buying targeted media.