What began as a natural phenomenon — you see something on TV, you say something on Social Media — has the attention of every TV exec these days.
That wasn’t quite as true a year ago.
From record engagement to major campaigns to multi-million dollar acquisitions, there’s no question that Social TV has a future. Nobody is clear on what that is, but the point of this post is to look back.
Here is my list of 10 important moments for Social TV. It’s far more idiosyncratic than scientific, and surely I missed something big and good, but it offers a glimpse how much happened in this critical year for the space. Feel free to add to the list.
(Just a few notes first: I did not factor in app roll-outs, per se, although two new arrivals were important beyond the app technologies. And I’m not looking at brand campaigns, though there were many excellent ones, including the Voice, Nissan, True Blood’s #makersday and many more.)
10. Twitter hires Fred Graver as “head of TV” (read Ad Age)
This was fairly quiet news, but everyone already knows Twitter became the king of Social TV without really trying that hard. Graver, a longtime TV exec, is helping the company become a more purposeful trailblazer. ”There’s a whole ecosystem being described here,” he told Ad Age, “and we’ve only begun to map out that frontier.”
9. American Idol’s finale scores big (read Bluefin Labs)
By the time American Idol drew 1.4 million Social Media comments for its May finale, the overall trend of greater engagement was already clear. What amazed people was American Idol set the Social TV record for biggest finalewhile dropping in the Nielsen ratings from the year before.
8. Shazam enters Social TV
With a quarter-billion users and big-time brands as partners, Shazam entered Social TV with a bang. First it was the Super Bowl. Then it was the Olympics. Then Shazam settled into every day TV. Scan for a song while watching TV and you’re getting the message that Shazam wants to be a player.
7. CNN wins the Social TV election war (read Forbes)
Both on election night, and throughout the campaign, CNN won the Election 2012 Social TV battle over its cable and broadcast opponents. It was a reminder that the cable network is still a big digital player.
6. MTV VMAs catch The Grammys (maybe)
In what was arguably the most sophisticated Social TV integration yet, MTV landed in the #2 all-time slot for mentions, or #1, depending on who was counting. It confirmed two things: 1) MTV is awesome at Social TV; 2) There is no standard for Social TV measurement … yet.
5. The Grammys grab 13 million mentions (read Forbes)
The Grammys’ Social TV numbers were more remarkable, however, because no one saw them coming. Surpassing the Super Bowl and all expectations (including those who measure Social TV), the show had one last surprise: It wasn’t necessarily the Whitney Houston tribute that drove the chatter. In fact, the Twitterverse relatively quiet during that section of the show.
Read the rest of the story at http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelhumphrey/2012/12/13/social-tvs-top-10-moments-for-2012/.
Via Tony Obregon, Tom Bowers, liaoyong