Success Story: WXIN

Major Sponsors sign on for WXIN ‘Fan of the Day’ Facebook Contest powered by SocialNewsDesk

WXINWXIN is an Indianapolis based TV station with strong ties to its community. The sales team was looking for a new way to engage its long-time sponsors. They needed something exciting to entice their advertisers to spend more on something new! The WXIN team turned to SocialNewsDesk to create a ‘Fan of the Day’ social media sponsorship package which would become a recurring revenue stream for the station.

What’s in it for the Sponsor?

The SocialNewsDesk Simple Entry Contest Facebook App presented an ideal way for WXIN to create an interactive social experience for viewers while also giving sponsors a new way to connect with potential customers. The SocialNewsDesk ‘Fan of the Day’ Facebook App exists on WXIN’s Fan Page but encourages participants to ‘Like’ the sponsor’s Page, showcases the sponsor’s logo and clicks through to the sponsor’s website. The prize is furnished by the sponsor. And any data collected from participants such as name, address, email, etc can be delivered to the sponsor in a spreadsheet. A Package Deal: Because social media sponsorships are uncharted waters for most advertisers, WXIN packaged the Facebook App with more traditional ad space. WXIN’s ‘Fan of the Day’ package included:

  • Exclusive naming rights for 4 weeks.

  • 100% Share of all Ad Elements for Facebook ‘Fan of the Day’ section on www.fox59.com

  • 25 integrated on air promotional commercials per month

  • Link to the sponsor’s Facebook Fan Page from Station’s Fan Page

  • Min 100,000 additional banner ad impressions

  • Facebook Fan of the Day Video Reveal by news anchor in 7A hour and 4P hour M-F for 4 weeks

Getting Set Up:

It took only a few minutes to launch the contest app to WXIN’s Fan Page. Viewers who visited the WXIN Fan Page on Facebook were required to ‘Like’ the WXIN Fan Page and then enter a name and email address in order to be considered in the drawing for WXIN’s ‘Fan of the Day.’ This data was collected into a spreadsheet for download.

Winning Results:

WXIN has more than 150,000 Likes on its main Fan Page and works hard to continue to grow. Because of its impressive reach, WXIN has been able to consistently garner $6,000/month for the ‘Fan of the Day’ Sponsorship Package.


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