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Hot Clips: October 2016

Hot Clips: October 2016

Our October batch (or patch?) of Hot Clips comes with a strong sense of urgency and impact, including an anchor who is downright tired of budget stories...

I Haven't Seen What Happens (KNXV, Phoenix): the Live Desk anchor teases video that he hasn't even seen yet

It Makes My Face Numb (KUSA, Denver): an anchor begins a budget-related story by explaining how it makes him feel

Live Shot Kick-Started (WDBJ, Roanoke): it's late at night and there's a dark background, so how do you make this live shot at least memorable?

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Story Ideas For Sweeps

Story Ideas For Sweeps

With November approaching, here are 10 story ideas you can produce in your market that also offer outstanding opportunities to engage your viewers on social media.

________ While Black - this is an opportunity to examine race relations in your market. Driving While Black would be a great TSR for stations. What does it look like in your market? Are there statistics you can gather that make it more of an investigative story than just a reaction piece? You could also do companion stories like Shopping While Black, etc. These stories are highly sharable.

Affordable Home Security Solutions - think it has to cost a fortune to protect your home? Think again. Learn about some affordable home security solutions.

Bounce House Hell - there are a number of fall festivals popping up that feature bounce houses. Just how safe are these?

Closing the Government Pay Gap - learn how one town narrowed the gap. How does your local government stack up?

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What Twitter's Recent Changes Mean For You

What Twitter's Recent Changes Mean For You

While Facebook is the LeBron James of social media, Twitter is doing its best Dirk impression and doing all it can to stay competitive and relevant.

Twitter dominates during games and events. It’s a gamechanger on gameday and a great way for all your station’s talent to engage followers on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during football season…and beyond. ShareRocket’s Chris Kraft confirmed what I suspected “Twitter is still the king for ‘live tweeting’ and live updates during a game”.

Twitter announced these changes in May but they recently went live to reduce the 140-character limit in certain scenarios. From Twitter’s blog:

  • Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.
  • Media attachments: When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!

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How We Covered Severe Weather On Social Media

How We Covered Severe Weather On Social Media

We need to be active and aggressive on-air and online during severe weather situations. The key is providing compelling, informative content that serves our viewers, fans and followers. Find out how incorporating video, strong images with clear messaging helps us achieve that.

From Hurricane Hermine to the flooding in Baton Rouge, severe weather has dominated the headlines the last few weeks. We know that the majority of U.S. adults get their news on social media. Let's examine how local stations across the country took advantage of this to inform and engage viewers in the digital space during our recent severe weather situations.

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Hot Clips: September 2016

Hot Clips: September 2016

September's selection of Hot Clips features recent on-air and promo examples from the flooding and tropical weather events in the Southeast...

Mr. WIllie Flooding (WAFB, Baton Rouge): identifying a key member of the community helping-out during this crisis.

Sheriff Validates Coverage (WAFB, Baton Rouge): a proof-of-performance flooding spot using audio from the Sheriff himself.

Storm Surge Demonstration (The Weather Channel): using augmented reality to help visualize a hurricane storm surge.

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Hot Clips: August 2016

Hot Clips: August 2016

This month's batch of Hot Clips is dedicated to the science of standing-out, both from a storytelling and showcasing point of view...

INVESTIGATIVE TABLE TURNING (KNXV, Phoenix): this reporter gives one organization a taste of its own medicine, infused with creative editing

SHAKE THE BLUR OFF (WCAU, Philadelphia): interacting with some simple effects inside of a stand-up

FB LIVE IMAGE SPOT (WRTV, Indianapolis): call it a "Social POP," with this station back-selling its Facebook Live benefits

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Digital Coverage Strategies For Football Season

Digital Coverage Strategies For Football Season

With football season here, it's time for your sports department to consider how it's providing coverage not just during sportscasts but also on digital and social media.

Consider this: Twitter will stream Thursday night NFL games on Periscope. Snapchat signed a content deal to show highlights from the Rio Olympics. Twitter will stream a weekly NBA pre-game show and another secondary show.

Sports fans expect content on social media. Your sports department is in an outstanding position to be a leader in your market to leverage content that provides unique insight, exclusive coverage, engaging pre-game, in-game and post-game experiences on both digital and social media.

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Olympic Strategy: Top 10 for NBC Stations

Olympic Strategy: Top 10 for NBC Stations

As an NBC station the Road to Rio will provide great opportunities with double digit ratings heading into your late newscast- even if it is getting displaced later than usual. Unlike the two most recent Olympics in Sochi and London many of these events will be live as Rio is just one hour ahead of EDT. The exposure your station will get in all day parts with different audiences means in addition to your loyalists plenty of roving loyalists and switchables will be in play.

Coming off the acrimony of the presidential campaign the Olympics can be a time to bring people together- a little patriotism can go a long way especially given that Rio (Aug 5-21) comes right after the GOP and Democratic conventions in July. Rio is also taking place as many communities start up the new school year too- offering a great platform to image your brand. Certainly a BIG, bold, patriotic feel in your promotions and social posts makes good sense to bolster your image in these fractured times. To help you capitalize on the event on all platforms here are 10 opportunities to consider:

1. Late newscasts- Stick with the key focus areas and make sure it is urgent and quick paced to help them forget about the close finish in the USA basketball game. Accentuating your commitment to NEW, NOW and NEXT is more important than your strategy of potentially including TSRs. Some nights that might include a highly produced cold open that hooks viewers to watch multiple stories and others you will want to jump right into the Big Story as quickly as possible.

2. AM News- The Olympics provides a gold mine for our morning news with enhanced sampling from people who may never see your mornings but left the station on NBC after the night before. Consider a separate look or area to present this information each morning to help set up my day to sample Olympics on every platform. Be my Olympics companion in the morning.

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Olympics Strategy: Top 10 for Non-NBC Stations

Olympics Strategy: Top 10 for Non-NBC Stations

It's the middle of summer. Vacation-season is in full swing. And now the Olympics are back - but not on my station. Time to raise the white flag? Absolutely not!

In fact, it's a great opportunity to make some headway on your NBC foe in the market, reminding consumers that you - as the news leader - will never compromise live coverage of breaking news and weather for the gold medal round of... handball (we actually like handball, but like disruptive weather better).

Our team at SmithGeiger has compiled a Top 10 list of tactical and strategic initiatives for non-NBC stations during the Summer Games:

  1. Own News When They Can't: the Games will pre-empt most 4pm, 10pm, and 11pm newscasts on NBC stations. (See the NBC Coverage Plan here). If there's breaking news or weather, go all-in during these newscasts. See bullets 4, 5, and 6 below for digital ideas on how to remind consumers a station in the market won't make you wait for news.
  2. Be Better Competitively: in the AM and Early Evening time periods, we'll still be head-to-head with the local NBC station, but while they're caught-up in long live shots, talk-backs, feature profiles, and highlights from Rio, let's hammer-home the news of the day. Be sure we're loaded with live reporters, breaking news, and a constant promise of weather coverage, especially in those A-blocks.
  3. Hold Our Morning Ground: we always hear notions of an "Olympics halo" that helps an NBC-station the next morning. Not true, at least not consistently during the 2014 Games. Make the AM newscast your priority during the Olympics, as it likely is every single day, and simply put: plan on winning with great, consistent coverage.

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What Facebook's Latest Algorithm Change Means For Your Station

What Facebook's Latest Algorithm Change Means For Your Station

Facebook has done it again. They're changing their algorithm, again, to prioritize user content over Publisher content. Meaning, users could see more selfies, cute baby pics and brunch photos versus news headlines in their feeds.  Facebook said the change is based on feedback from users and its community with the goal of ensuring users don't "miss stories from their friends".  Plainly put: Facebook's success is built on keeping viewers engaged on its site.  It doesn't want to become MySpace.  Facebook wants to keep its users on the platform and keep them happy at the same time.

As it relates to your Page there are some important considerations.  Facebook’s values state “friends and family come first".  After that, Facebook research has shown that News feeds should “inform and entertain”.  Facebook says that its users "value stories they consider informative" and that "people enjoy their feeds as a source of entertainment".  This can, obviously mean different things to different users.  For some, entertaining and informative content could mean a video featuring a recipe created by a celebrity chef.  For others, it's local news, weather reports or sports discussions.  Facebook admits this could affect reach and referral traffic, something stations rely on to drive users back to their websites and recruit viewers to the broadcast products. 

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