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The Hunger Games: Marketing Strategies and Takeaways

The first movie in a four-movie franchise based on popular book trilogy, “The Hunger Games,” hits theaters at 12:01 AM this Friday. Excitement has been mounting among fans of the series for months, fueled by a phased digital campaign strategy which kicked off last year.

As tends to be the case with movie promotions, “The Hunger Games” marketing efforts have included promotional giveaways, enticing previews, and public appearances and television interviews with many of the movie’s young stars; however, the marketing team responsible for promoting this particular movie heavily focused their attention on the online social networks and platforms frequented by their young target demographic.

While most products and services lack the buzzworthy characteristics of an action-packed bestselling book series-turned-movie phenomenon, there are many valuable lessons for marketers to learn from the trajectory of “The Hunger Games.”

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