Slumdog Millionaire is an example of a film that pushed the boundaries though.
Viral Marketing and Convergence helped this film get where it is now, overcoming the mass American film industry; for example their website uses Flash Technology to run a series of awards and reviews as an introduction to the website, giving the audience easy access to information about the film but it also has an option to skip it so this stops the audience becoming bored and switching off the website.
As well as this the website is also packed with Video clips, trailers, pictures and downloads to make the audience feel more involved in the film. Also the downloads are a way of free advertising, for example if someone has the background on their phone or a ringtone friends might ask where it was from and it would help spread information about the film through word of mouth.
The links on the website are in the Who wants to be a Millionaire question box, a recognisable symbol of the TV programme, so the website and the film help promote the TV show too.
Viral Marketing is a new and successful way of promoting films. The film Monsters (2010) used the social networking site Foursquare to set up Infected Zones this allowed people to check into places and get exclusive access and an entry into a prize draw, this encouraged people to look for these zones but also introduced the film to people who knew nothing about it.
Slumdog Millionaire released a Viral Trailer before the film release in the UK allowing people to put it onto blogs and other social networking websites and spread the word of the film.
Although Social networking sites can be used as an advantage of easy advertising they can also have a negative impact. For example if people post bad reviews of a film onto blogs, Facebook, twitter or even YouTube in a video format, this would spread negative views on the film and discourage people to pay to see this film in the cinema. Word of mouth is one of the strongest forms of marketing and if people spread bad reviews this could cause a serious decline in profits, an recent example of this is The Rum Diary (2011) online reviews and newspapers were terrible and so after the first lot of people went to see this film it slowly declined in audience numbers.
To counteract the negative reviews films companies use viral marketing to fight back. Odeon Cinemas gave an extra 50 points to Odeon Premiere Club members if they bought tickets to see The Rum Diary as a way to encourage people to go and see a film that had bad reviews.
Slum Dog Millionaire was predicted to do badly but the actor