What is the Mediaverse Meme?

What is a mediaverse? A mediaverse is an immersive array of media platforms centered about a brand. The purpose is to abide to aggrandize on a accustomed idea/brand by aberration out with added platforms to added appoint the user down the aerial hole.

Ok, let’s see if we can analyze that with an example. One of the best case examples of a mediaverse is NBC’s Heroes brand. The apple started with the TV appearance itself but bound afterwards the barrage hit the affidavit of abstraction metric, a array of acknowledging platforms were released. As the appearance has gone on the belvedere array has evolved, developed and become added interconnected. Here’s a anatomization of the Heroes mediaverse:

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oThe amount Heroes TV show.

This is acutely the antecedent for the absolute cluster. All the episodes are accessible online so that humans who absence the appearance or are added web aggressive can be pulled into the show’s gravity. The big added benefit of the online re-watchability is that

-it gave admirers a acumen to appear to the website

-made the appearance shareable to friends

-strengthened the loading berth for all the approaching platforms

-provided added ad acquirement channel

oGraphic Novels – The website offers users chargeless admission to after clear novels about the show. The novels started to arch the gap amid account episodes. This gave ansy, dying-to-see-what’s-next admirers the adeptness to dig into agent artifice curve and get added appearance information. Again, this provided an added acquirement approach by accepting Nissan Versa sponsored adds throughout the downloadable content.

*Sidenote* Nissan in division 1 was its own key actor in the Heroes media ballad and did a ability job of acrimonious the appropriate horse at the appropriate time. The busy Nissan that Hiro uses in the appearance became an accustomed artefact endorsement that echoed in several of the Heroes mediaverse channels.

oBlogs and Websites

This is absolutely breadth the immersive agency of the Heroes apple started to spider out in added directions. The casting launched a alternation of websites and blogs that all chronicle to the world. Abounding of the characters are represented as able-bodied as the affecting companies. Here’s a list:

Primatech Paper

Vote for Petrelli

Yamagato Fellowship

Activating Evolutions

Corithian Casino

Hana’s Blog

Primatech Video Surveillance

Claire’s Myspace

And I can’t acquisition it now but there was a Hiro blog

The point actuality is that the mediaverse grew based on actualizing the fabulous world. Also, they best channels that were accordant and fabricated analytic sense. For archetype the Vote Petrelli website was absolute both for this years media assertive acclamation altitude and that Nathan Petrelli would acutely accept a political website. Just as a myspace page for the boyish superhero Claire was a abundant fit. The collections of website provided added means to acutely appoint with the show.

oThe Heroes Wiki

The Wiki was addition able-bodied put calm idea. A acceptable allocation of superhero admirers adulation to beatnik out about abstruse appearance abstracts and the wiki gives an admission for all that advice to get compliled. Additionally, anyone absent to get summaries and accordant assembly advice could jump in and admission those details. And back the wiki belvedere is accessible antecedent and chargeless it took little assets analogously to put this section together.

* Note – the Heroes Wiki is a fan congenital website that accretion abundant acceptance to be included on the official NBC site. Check out the account in the comments of this article.


The website provides a alternation of walkthroughs anniversary by anniversary of all the seasons. The walkthroughs braid abounding of the added platforms and accommodate a abode of users to animadversion and ask questions. This ability rocks because it creates a timeline blog cataloging the aloft contest anniversary to anniversary of the world.


The Istory affection is an alternate anecdotal belvedere for the casting which allows users to accomplish choices that affect the provided narrative. This is a solid adjustment of the archetypal turn-to-page books that acclimated to be actual popular. Everyone speculates during movies and shows as to what they would in a accustomed bearings and now admirers are accustomed that opportunity. The characters are all specific to the Istory so again, admirers are accustomed addition average to added acutely appoint with the casting and the producers get acknowledgment on what sorts of things admirers would like to see happen.


Yes the platforms accumulate on coming. Webisodes in their own appropriate are acceptable a business meme. I adulation this abstraction as webisodes are cheaper to aftermath and accommodate admired testing and abstracts accumulating opportunities to yield concepts abounding bore through added channels. Addition archetype I’m acquainted of that went from web to TV is the Sanctuary alternation on SciFi. In anycase, the Heroes webisode, afresh creates addition admission for users to engage. Even the webisodes themselves spider out as users can admission abaft the scenes videos, photos and wallpapers apropos to the platform.

oCreate Your Own Hero

This belvedere anon pinged users to accord acknowledgment as to what appearance they would like to see in the Heroes world. I adulation it, testing and absolution with a benefit of hooking the users who voted on the appearance in the aboriginal abode with the advantage to accompany in agent up winners. It looks like the called appearance is traveling to get his own aftereffect appearance or webisode.


Santiago – the champ from the actualize your own hero belvedere – gets a microseries. I anticipate by now you’re starting to see the arrangement actuality how one belvedere spurs on addition and creates alternation amid added platforms in a independent mechanism.

oInteractive SMS

The SMS gimmicks abounding brands accept acclimated about don’t calculation appear architecture a mediaverse but live, during advertisement polls, quizzes and trivia absolutely does. The $5000 sweepstakes is a nice allurement and of advance the casting aquires buzz numbers and argument messaging privileges to abundant fans.

oHeroes Magazine

This is a web alone copy but back there is so abundant traveling on central the apple it makes faculty to accept a annual bend advantage of the accomplished interworkings. The annual aswell fills the abandoned of accepting casting interviews which is abnormally defective from all of the added platforms. I’d assumption this is because a lot of of the platforms are alive to actualize a fiction to absoluteness aftereffect and casting interviews breach the fabulous dream so to speak.


As if you didn’t see this one coming… All kinds of amateur and quizzes to asperse in. This has been ailing done by abounding brands but amateur and superheroes are absolutely a acceptable fit for the Heroes world.

oMessage Boards

Some of the aloft platforms accommodate the befalling for fan alternation but bulletin boards hone in on this. Speculation and all of the admirable fan action that happens on letters boards adds to the world. And again, you see the pattern. This is yet addition belvedere to added acutely appoint with the brand. And what are they talking about on the boards? All of the added platforms and elements of the Heroes mediaverse.

oTake It – Widgets and Icons

After all of the aloft you’d anticipate the mediaverse would be complete but new platforms consistently emerge. Countdown widgets, AIM icons, wallpapers and ecards galore. This belvedere spreads the casting via fan administration and owns baby user absolute acreage beyond assorted channels.


OK you get the abstraction with the boutique I hope..

Whew! So as you attending up at the continued account of platforms that array calm into the Heroes mediaverse you can see how its helped balance the casting and accommodate connected agreeable in a average that commonly thrives on acquisitive anticipation.

OK if you’ve fabricated it this far you may be asking, how does this administer to added acceptable brands? Can it plan with annihilation added than tv and movies? Absolutely the abstraction of a mediaverse leans itself appear ball channels. You could bandy books into the mix as able-bodied such as the massive Harry Potter authorization which has spawned a apple of its own.

I anticipate we’ve apparent a lot of attempts and poor beheading in this breadth after accepting an all-embracing action in place. The abutting I’ve apparent are some of the cine viral campaigns like the latest Batman release.

So here’s the challenge:

Pick a non ball industry or casting (no movies, TV or books) and explain your eyes for a casting mediaverse or point out on currently in existence

My aces is Nikon. Nikon has leveraged photosharing technology such as Flickr to tag images taken with a Nikon camera and launched their own website showcasing user created content. Photography contests accept continued been a acceptable business arm of camera companies. I anticipate you could extend this with sites agnate to aberrant art to aftermath masses of user generated agreeable from Nikon cameras. Aswell exclusivity business would be huge such as affairs up key photography spots at contest like celebrity awards or antic contest and alone acquiesce Nikon cameras in the area. There are ton of mini blog possibilities actuality for comedic images or any added emotionally agreeable theme. Just anticipate how acute it would’ve been in Nikon had launched something as meme inducing as Ihaschzburger or the like.

Let me apperceive what you think.

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