Netflix and Hulu both recently released documentaries on the same subject: Fyre Festival and its creator, Billy McFarland. They each tell the story differently and are fascinating to watch. Fyre Festival was marketed so well with video and flashy photos along with big-name social media influencers and models like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski and more. People bought tickets to this one-of-a-kind music festival and expected to have the time of their lives. But in the end the whole thing fell apart and was a big, public flop.
In this episode we talk about the marketing of Fyre Festival and how they were able to make the marketing a success and build such a buzz around the event. We also discuss what went wrong and try to take a few lessons away on community management and influencer marketing.
- Billboard’s Fyre Festival Article
- Fyre Festival Pitch Deck
- Fyre Festival Wikipedia
- Refinery 29’s Fyre Festival Article
- Influencer Marketing Hub’s Fyre Festival Article
On This Episode
Social Media Services Manager
As the Social Media Services Manager for Hubbard Interactive, Missy Young’s position entails working with clients and team members to drive social media strategy and lead initiatives to identify new technologies and digital best practices. She develops customized micro and macro campaigns that drive online interaction, promotes and creates content that enhances the customer experience and creates lead generation for medium to large-scale companies. She regularly speaks at local and national events on a variety of subjects including: social media, PR, analytics and content strategy.
Social Media Coordinator
A recent college grad (University of Wisconsin-River Falls) in marketing communications with a minor in business communications, Anna Johnson started her own brand called Just Anna. She also branded her non-profit, The Butterfly Path, that launch this past November where she helps others in her community with mental health. If Anna’s not at work, talking social media, or helping others brand their business, she can be found drinking endless cups of coffee or shopping at local businesses.
Digital Content Specialist
Pat has over 10 years of creative production experience and has produced radio shows, video campaigns, podcasts, and other digital content. Pat is an outgoing introvert, a spreadsheet lover, an Oxford comma advocate, and an avid Mountain Dew drinker.