Extreme fishing show ‘River Monsters with Jeremy Wade’ balances entertainment with myth-busting factual content to offer a unique angle on the wildlife documentary format.
The show’s fast-paced approach combined with Jeremy’s angling experience gives it a broad appeal, whilst remaining credible with fishing fans. This unique formula has attracted an enthusiastic and evangelical online fan base which, until recently, has been solely cultivated by River Monsters’ US TV network – Animal Planet.
To tie-in with the January 2012 launch of Series 3 on ITV, Icon Films were keen to capitalise on existing online buzz around the show by launching a UK-focused social media presence that would also serve to support the PR campaign carried out by Spirit PR.
With lead times a challenge, we chose to focus solely on Twitter and (working alongside Spirit PR) launched the UK-specific profile @RiverMonstersUK. Twitter also offered an opportunity to interact with fans in real-time during each episode, spread positive word-of-mouth about the show while it was being broadcast and recruit new viewers for the following week.