National Geographic Uses Back Issues of NY Times To Promote History Show
The channel and the newspaper collaborated to create a dynamic ad experience for the TV program, Killing Lincoln.
One of the greatest difficulties the New York Times has had in the digital era, is how to deal with online advertising. Searching for a way to make the content interesting and interactive, the company launched a new ad platform last week in conjunction with its digital archive TimesMachine. The National Geographic Channel was the first to test road the platform, using the April 15, 1865 headline to advertise its first original drama, Killing Lincoln.
The advertisement is a custom built interactive unit, that uses the overlay of the 1865 issue and is clickable, leading to both video content for the show and the TimesMachine archive for issues around that time period. Says Todd Haskell, Times Group VP of Advertisting: