ABC Family Stars Discuss Reaching Millennial Viewers And The Evolving Relationship With Fans

Ask most female Millennials about their favorite TV channels and ABC Family will likely top their list. According to Ypulse research, it’s the most popular network among Gen Y. Fully 63% of high school girls say they tune into the network regularly, as do 47% of college age females. These stats should come as no surprise considering that the channel has captivating yet relatable programming, and it consistently attracts teens as well as twentysomethings. ABC Family also understands the evolving needs of fans and not only how to reach young viewers, but also how to interact with them.

We attended the network’s 25 Days of Christmas Winter Wonderland event this past weekend where its success in marketing to Millennials became especially clear. We chatted with the channels’ stars about how their respective shows reach Gen Y and how their personal relationships with fans via social media is changing the traditional nature of television viewing.

Social media supports fandom, providing viewers with an extension of a show and its stars.

ABC FamilyABC Family’s hit show “Pretty Little Liars” is groundbreaking in terms of its social media success, with the finale for its latest season generating the most social buzz in the history of TV. Gen Y is dominating the social space, and Twitter and Facebook are a key part of how they consume content. They’re engrossed in social media to find out more about their favorite shows, stay updated on its stars, and feel part of a community of fans who rally around a show, even during the off-season. Social media is supporting the ever-evolving fandom among young viewers and ABC Family taps into this trend.

Several of the networks’ stars weighed in on the importance of social media and how it’s impacting their relationship with fans. Alexandra Chando of “The Lying…

 
 
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Three singles from Ariana Grande’s sophomore album My Everything have already infiltrated the top 10 on iTunes before its release, but she is going beyond online hype for a triple marketing threat. The 21-year-old will appear with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj in a 2-part commercial that tells the story of a night out and its aftermath using clips from their music video collaboration. The commercials, branded with Beats and Target, will air during the MTV VMAs where Grande will also perform live, all one day before the album drops. (WSJ)

SoundCloud is going the way of Spotify by introducing a tiered subscription service that will also bring advertising (read: revenue) to the platform. The first Partner tier offers helpful feedback and basic statistic tools and will be free for the 10 million plus creators heard on SoundCloud each year. This announcement comes months after new streaming services like Beats Music flooded the market, and its latecomer status may prove helpful for Millennial listeners who are already accustomed to in-app ads or paying to opt out. (TechCrunch)

First pizza becomes a one-button business, and now video editing is being democratized for the masses with new app Fly that “makes big-time, Cannes-ready cutting room floor techniques as simple and intuitive as a flick of the finger.” The one-touch, video editing app makes simple edits like cuts and transitions, but also allows users to put videos side-by-side and stitch together different cameras to capture multiple viewpoints of an event. (Netted)

Millennials have been experiencing a disconnect with “luxury,”and Louis Vuitton has been seeing declining sales across Asia despite its prominence and ubiquity with global consumers. To hold onto its market, LVMH is diversifying into entertainment, specifically into K-pop. The company has bought millions of shares in South Korea’s YG Entertainment, one of the major players in K-pop’s explosion and the same enterprise that represents the genre’s hottest stars and fashion icons: Psy and G-Dragon. (Quartz)

Approximately $458 million was spent last year investing in wearable tech, but as product offerings become more diverse across patches, watches, and clothes, they’re losing a focused purpose and the attention of the general Millennial buyer. In a study from textbook service Chegg, out of 1,000 college students, 67% had not even heard of the term “wearables,” and of the 18% who do own a wearable device, the majority had bought inexpensive activity trackers. (PandoDaily)

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