Getting ready for Super Sunday

jacksonsquare_270x270We’re on the ground in NOLA gearing up for Super Bowl XLVII. Many of our shows, crews, and talent have been here for days. Now it’s a whole lot of buildup and anticipation for super Sunday — the biggest day of the year in television, sports, advertising, and marketing.

For many people, it’s a national celebration — a day of fun, cheering, bonding, eating, and drinking in front of the TV. For teams it’s an epic battle, the single biggest day of the year for sports. For advertisers, it’s a rare and valuable opportunity to command the attention of the entire country in one fell swoop. And for CBS it is the ultimate promotional platform — a chance to tell the nation which shows and stars are on our network. It’s also a chance to expose our audience to other parts of CBS, such as CBS Sports Network and Showtime, which some people don’t realize is part of the CBS family.

Although I am onsite for the event, in all my years at CBS I have never actually been seated inside the stadium for the game. This year will be no different. Along with my counterparts in CBS sales and operations, I’ll be hunkered down in a trailer in our production complex at the Superdome, monitoring the broadcast and ensuring that everything goes smoothly. We make sure all the commercials and promo breaks run as planned, and are ready to make changes on the fly if needed. And after all, the game is so much better on TV!

We’ve got a lot of really special promotional spots on deck this year and are so excited to debut them during game coverage. Until then, I’ll be posting updates and photos from my Twitter account @georgetv so follow my adventures at the #CBSSuperBowl, and, as always, stay tuned!

Marketing 101: Know your audience

tvcity_270x270One of the ways to know your audience is through research. My never-ending quest as a TV marketing guy is to understand viewer behavior and how to influence that decision-making process. We study why TV viewers choose what they choose.

Recently, I traveled with members of my team to Las Vegas to ask these questions and more at our world-class CBS Television City research facility at the MGM Grand Hotel. The 9,000-square-foot space is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge technology, and an expert research staff. This is where we test audience response to new TV shows as well as our advertising.

The input we gather from real people who represent a good cross-section of our audience helps us shape our marketing campaigns to be the most effective. We learn what they like, don’t like, how they watch, and what is important to them. It’s all great feedback that helps us do our jobs smarter.

Oh, yes, in the “I wish I had thought of this” category: one of the most interesting observations during the trip: Restroom TV and ads at the sinks in the MGM Grand Hotel (see picture below). Only in Vegas.

Stay tuned!

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The new year is in gear

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Welcome to 2013. We’re getting ready to welcome America to a trifecta of supersize TV events in the next 40 days:

We call these “tent pole” events because they get most of America watching CBS, bringing them under our “big tent.” The value of big event TV is more than just the audience gathered and the advertising dollars collected; it’s the hugely valuable exposure we get for marketing our shows and building awareness for millions and millions of people.

Those who may not regularly tune in to CBS get to see what they’re missing, and loyal viewers get teased with exciting previews for their favorite shows. What makes big events like these so special is that people watch them together — live — and talk about them on the couch or on social media.

And because a powerful platform requires messaging that makes a big impact, our promo creative department is always upping its game. The team is constantly inventing fun, clear, and effective new ways to get attention and drive viewership. If you’re planning to tune in to our Sunday trifecta, you’ll see what exciting stars, shows, and stories we’ll be promoting in the year to come. We’ve got a lot in store, so watch closely, and, as always, stay tuned!