The CW Network introduced Upfront Week’s two most ambitious new ploys to keep digitally savvy viewers from skipping past its ads. The first is a Bingo-like game called CWingo: Viewers will go to CWTV.com or Facebook to find a card with images from a show, and cross off squares when the image on the card matches what’s on the screen. “Watching commercials earns viewers more squares,” CW entertainment president Dawn Ostroff told advertisers today. Winners will receive prizes, of course. Another new service, called Shoptick, also will enable advertisers to reward viewers who watch their commercials. CW shows will have a visual cue telling viewers to turn on their smartphones before the Shoptick ad airs. Spots will ask consumers to do something to “identify that they’re watching the ad,” Ostroff says. CW’s efforts to lure young viewers who watch shows online to also watch commercials appear to be paying off. The network says 94% of the digital media ads run to completion. Execs say that online viewing of CW shows is up 55% this year and online viewing time is up 175%. Only 7% of these people also watch the shows on TV.
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