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We all know how weather is a critical part of our success in local TV news and increasingly a key ingredient in the information we offer in social and mobile. As we start 2015, we should ask ourselves if we have reviewed our three screen weather recently for how well we living up to our promises of urgency and impact that we keep in our on air news stories. If we have made a commitment to bringing the viewer the most up to the minute, live, and impactful information in the lead story, the same effort should be made with weather, which one can argue, is a never ending local breaking news story on all screens.
A check list can help the team discuss what we will do together to win weather on all screens. This series of questions are meant to help focus everyone…producer, anchor, weather, director, social media manager and digital producer… It is not just for the weather to create all this value…it is the station team.
The teams are ready. Patriots vs. Seahawks in an east vs. west coast contest. The Super Bowl has a gravitational field unequaled in TV. It pulls in people who usually do not watch local TV and even draws in those who have no interest in sports. You can choose to ignore the Super Bowl if it is not on your air, even take the night out of the book…or you can see if some of that massive audience can be brought to your station during this important sweeps period.
BIG AUDIENCE WATCHING TV
Since many people will have their TV on for many hours, a strong TV station will explore how can their team can get a share of that massive audience to leave the NBC station and come to their station. The audience may be exposed to NBC promos but still seek out their favorite TV newscast team if given a reason to.
As we work to clear our heads (and inboxes) after the holiday fog (and eggnog), February is racing towards us faster than a Super Bowl kick-off return (and yes, that’s upon us, too). And so our team at SmithGeiger has a dozen story ideas teed-up to feed your special reports calendar in the coming weeks.
As you head into February two of your primary missions with Facebook should be to maximize engagement and effectively recruit to view. To get there you want to pay attention to the Three T’s: TOPIC, TIMING and TREATMENT.
TOPIC: Not all topics are created equal. Just because it’s in the newscast doesn’t mean it belongs on Facebook. If you spend even a moment digging around in Facebook insights you’ll likely notice what virtually every television station that carries news notices: 2/3 to 3/4 of your engagement is coming from women. While some of these will be your loyalists many will also be the often sought after female switchable - hungry for the latest news, always primed for new weather information and particularly sensitive to stories surrounding safety and security. Help them satisfy those needs by empowering them to SHARE vital information that can improve their community.
With the weather changing more often and its impact on the commuter playing a bigger role on a daily basis, it is important for morning newscasts to constantly evolve and augment what the viewer sees on their digital device in the morning. The key to understanding viewers’ very high interest in morning weather is to understand that they are looking to you to help them plan their day….in a language they can clearly understand. Yes, it can still be detailed, precise weather information….but it has to be about clearly helping the viewer to understand how weather will unfold throughout the next 12 hours.
Are you ready to deal with that - ready to produce, write, and anchor news on one screen while viewers shuffle through what else interests them on other screens?
This year, there will be more distracted viewers than ever before. Multiple screen use while watching TV news is not a new issue, but its upward trajectory makes it as important as any issue in 2015.
Attacking the issue will add new dimensions to what you do - beginning with newscast critiques. The post-newscast question for 2015 is this: At what point(s), did you make me look (up)?
Simple question. Necessary question. With, tangible answers.