Launched on 3 February with live social coverage of the party organised by Tv Sorrisi e Canzoni and Grazia at the Hotel Royal in Sanremo, which involved the competing artists and many celebrities, the week of the 69th edition of the Festival ended with great success for Tv Sorrisi e Canzoni.
Thanks to the initiatives and special content dedicated to the event, the Mondadori Group brand confirmed its leadership position in the world of entertainment, with a record of audience and engagement on the site and on social networks. The traditional presence of Sorrisi at Sanremo, which involves the transfer to the Ligurian coastal town of the magazine's newsroom, this year transformed the area designated as its headquarters into an authentic lounge with an annexed recording studio, reinforcing the digital coverage during the entire Festival: over 500 items on all the platforms, with 140 videos, 35 live social events and 230 live stories on Instagram.
The Sorrisi.com site, in addition to the advance traditional publication of the lyrics of the songs and the official videos of the acts in competition, progressively collected the reactions and comments, as well as the week's most significant and moving photos and videos. On the debut evening of 5 February at the Ariston theatre alone, Sorrisi.com saw a 125% increase in the number of sessions compared with 2018, whereas, across the whole week the site recorded more than 2 million sessions (Source: Google Analytics), an increase of 136% compared with the previous year.
The numbers were excellent also on social networks which in the period from 4 to 10 February reached 2.8 million people, +59% compared with 2018, with a peak increase in engagement on Instagram, that was up +61% on last year. The live morning breakfasts on Facebook with the editor Aldo Vitali along with artists in competition such as Anna Tatangelo, Irama, Francesco Renga, Achille Lauro and Il Volo, were followed by a total of over one and a half million people. Exclusive content included, the daily video-diaries from the Festival of Il Volo and Federica Carta & Shade.
Over the course of the week all of the artists and guests of the Festival passed by the Tv Sorrisi e Canzoni lounge, giving live interviews on social media, like the exclusives with Eros Ramazzotti and Luis Fonsi, and in some cases enjoying themselves with an Instagram Takeover of the Sorrisi account in order to talk directly with users. And there were also surprises, such as Cristina d'Avena who sang some of the legendary theme tunes to cartoons along with the entire editorial team. Sorrisi also put together a number of immediate reactions and declaration by the artists on their performance: as well as the traditional presentation of the winner Mahmood after the final on Saturday, the extraordinary improvisation made by Loredana Bertè after her performance at the Ariston, which to the editorial team by surprise with an interview that became a live Facebook event which drew some 200,000 views.