“Give fans recognition and shine; that’s not precious to TV, it could apply to any fans out there”, said Tom Chirico, VP digital and social engagement for VH1. He appeared on a Social Media Week New York panel on Tuesday about social fandom, moderated by Lost Remote‘s Natan Edelsburg, along with Don Steele, VP digital marketing and fan engagement for Comedy Central and Tom Fishman, VP of social media for MTV.
“Fandom is different than fans, and it implies a different level of passion than casual fans. Being ‘superfans’ means having a long-term relationship with a show”, said Fishman. Passionate fans aren’t a new phenomenon, as anyone who watched the 50th anniversary of the Beatles‘ arrival in New York noted. Of course now with social media fans have more ways to interact with their favorite shows and performers than meeting their planes at the airport or mobbing their limos.
The panelists shared their conventional and unconventional methods for sparking fans’ interest.