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Academy Awards Social Media Competition


And the nominees are in! This year’s picks for Best Picture have been announced and, once again, we’re keeping up on the social growth of each nominee week-by-week. We’ll see who’s benefited the most from a nomination and see if we can’t predict a winner before the big night in February. Keep up with our blog as we analyze growth and revenue all the way to Oscar night!


And the nominees are…

La La Land

Manchester By The Sea




Hidden Figures


Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water


Here’s what we tracked so far:


La La Land

Stay tuned for more updates!


The Importance of Geo

When building a mailing list, the number one thing you want to collect is the email address. But what is the second thing you want to collect? Name? Birth date? Blood type?

For most marketing purposes, we see geographic information as the most useful data point when carrying out effective email targeting.


Reasons why you need Geo

  • If you are on the road touring or have a string of live events, you can send relevant event updates to subscribers that are in that area.
  • If you are planning a tour, geographic information is also useful. Discover cities with a growing fanbase or unexpected places that have a strong fan presence. You may uncover low-hanging fruit that would have gone overlooked.
  • Where you have a reach amongst your fans is also data that potential brand partners would be interested in. If a corporate sponsor wants to tap into a certain market that you just so happen to have a strong connection with, that makes you an attractive channel to invest in.


How to collect Geo

You could track down each subscriber individually to get this info, but there are some best practices that are more efficient and less intrusive. To start, aim to get the most exact geo data. If your sign up forms ask for email address and country, that’s a good start, but your Los Angeles fans may not be the best audience for reminders about your East Coast tour dates.

And to be both specific and accurate, aim to get the zip or postal code for your subscribers. Just like in the previous example, your Portland, Oregon fans might not want email campaigns targeted to your Portland, Maine subscribers. And if you have a lot of Springfield, United States fans, good luck narrowing them down.

Springfield US

Along these lines, avoid pre-set geographic categories for fans to self-select like “Nearest City”. This leaves room for interpretation on a piece of information that is rather concrete. You also don’t want new subscribers to feel uncategorized if a group doesn’t fit their location. Getting the exact geo data for each subscriber lets YOU be the judge of what defines a fan region.

Be wary of creative answers. When fans complete a signup form, try to make the fields as error proof as possible. For example, it’s very possible for someone living in Mississippi to accidentally miss one of those double “s”s. Make country and state/region <select> instead of <input type=”text”> because typos happen even to the beast best of us. Other than errors, be on the look out for NYC as New York City, LA instead of Los Angeles, and other geo shorthands. You want your database as uniform as possible so your data isn’t fragmented.

Having an existing mailing list database shouldn’t prevent you from trying to get new information from old fans.Try collecting information gradually, instead. If you worry that requiring a zip code or a city will turn off new subscribers, use Drip Campaigns to lead them down a path of updating information after submitting an email address. Use messaging in your campaigns to let subscribers know why you are asking for the information like “Be sure to put your zip code and country on file so you’ll know when we are performing in your area.” Make it clear why the fan benefits from providing these details.

Completed all your geo updates?
Check out the new Fan Map from FanBridge and see how local or global your reach is.


Fan Map

When building a database of fans, geographic information is incredibly useful to have. And with signup forms, landing pages, and automated geo updates, FanBridge aims to help you collect thorough information as easily as you can. But now that you have it, what can you do with it?

We regularly see email newsletters sent using our Intelligent Targeting for targeting specific countries, cities, or zip codes. Now, we are excited to expand our geographic features with the Fan Map.

Fan Map

What does it show me?

See the most populated 10 cities of your entire database, or use the Intelligent Targeting to see the geographic data for particular groups or FanRanks or more.

Accounts on the Gold plan or higher, or that have the Analytics Add-On can also enjoy a visualization of your list and all its segments. Search:

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Where new fans are located.



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Where your most engaged non-US fans are.



You can make your search queries from the Overview page found under the Fans tab. You’ll see the Fan Map option near the top of the page.

What can I do with Fan Map information?

  • See where your most engaged fans are and use those insights for planning future tour dates.
  • If you’re already on tour, compare where you are playing with where your fans are to anticipate which cities are heavily populated with fans and which ones might need a bigger marketing push.
  • Running geo-targeted ads? Compare where you are spending money with where your email audience is. Are your marketing dollars leading to mailing list conversion?
  • Are there strategic brand partnership opportunities in your top cities? Your biggest population of readers can inform how you approach potential sponsors.

Do you know where your fans are?

See for yourself and start searching!


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