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Alton Towers attracts younger crowd with CBeebies Land

16 Oct

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CBeebies, the dedicated TV channel for under fives which is home to shows such as In the Night Garden and Charlie and Lola, may be losing viewers but that’s not enough to discourage Alton Towers from launching CBeebies Land.

Merlin Entertainment is planning on rebranding part of the park to bring the struggling CBeebies brand to life – through rides and live experiences. It will also give children the opportunity to meet their favourite characters. Think of it a bit like Disney World but without the excitement.

Although it’s not been disclosed if the BBC will financially benefit from the project, it’s great for brand awareness – with its core target market already allowed free access to the park. But I’m yet to see how it will increase viewers. Surely young people’s emotional attachment to the characters stems from them already being fans of the programme. Not the other way round. And most kids don’t have influence over the remote control anyway.

After the BBC was urged to do more for young people, this just comes across as a money-making stunt that ticks boxes with bosses a the same time.

The news has generated a lot of national and regional coverage but I think this is as good as it gets. In my opinion there’s nothing more to say (unless someone gets hurt at CBeebies Land.) The attraction’s got a limited audience because few will pay Alton Towers’ prices for it. And if they do it won’t have a significant impact the channel’s growth.

It’s simply a ‘nice to have’ rather than a well thought out step to strategic success. What do you think?

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Pelican sexes up show with ice sculpture

21 Mar

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Excuse me for being surprised. I’ve worked in the foodservice industry for a few years now and don’t think I’ve seen such a simple, yet effective, PR stunt that grabs attention and even makes waves in the marketing press. Well, The Drum anyway.

Pelican PR produced a seven-foot ice wall to represent seven years of frozen food growth for its client – the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF).

Situated at the International Food and Drink Exhibition, which took place at the ExCeL centre this week, the wall included images of frozen foods to represent new stats showing 5.4% year-on-year growth for the sector.

My only fault with this stunt is that it’s saturated with branding which detracts from the primary key message: frozen food is on the up.

A good stunt is a subtle stunt: the client takes a back seat, tells its story and gets the quality coverage. Agreed?

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