Get ready for a visit from another planet: For the second season of “People of Earth” (@PoE_TBS), TBS (@TBSNetwork) wanted to increase awareness of and interest in the show in an extraterrestrial way. To get people more personally engaged with the story, TBS created an out-of-this-world experience that would let people adopt an alien from outer space through a chatbot in Direct Messages. An adopted alien needs attention though: Its newfound caretaker would need to feed, entertain, and put the alien baby to bed.
TBS collaborated with VaynerMedia, which used Direct Messages on Twitter to create a chatbot that allowed people to adopt, raise, and engage with an alien. They then used the Direct Message Card to create Promoted Tweets that would let people start chatting and interacting with the alien in a single tap. These Promoted Tweets showed up in the timelines of people interested in science fiction, geek culture, video games, comedy, and late-night television, ensuring the campaign got in front of the right audience.