What Carrie Bradshaw Did For Manolo Blahnik…

The New York Times is running a story about product placement on steroids.

In the first episode of “Lovespring International,” a new comedy on the Lifetime channel about a dysfunctional dating service in Southern California, the owner of the agency storms into an office, furious at two employees.
“Do you know how many people have signed up for Perfectmatch.com in the last five minutes?” she barks. “1,623.”
In real life, Perfectmatch.com is a subscription-based online dating service with more than three million members. On “Lovespring International,” Perfectmatch.com will appear throughout the season as a faceless nemesis that is mentioned flatteringly as it steals clients from Lovespring.
Call it sponsorship, branded entertainment or product integration, but Perfectmatch’s deal with Lifetime is increasingly common in advertising — weaving the name of a product into a television show or film, not as an obvious ad, but as a distinct part of the story.

The deal weaves Perfectmatch.com into the storyline for the entire 13-episode run. In my view there’s more value in this deal than could be had by merely running TV spots during the show.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. Not to get in trouble for avoiding the obvious issue here of sit com service placement~
    Because i enjoy an online life, too. What ever happened to that line in the sky?
    I think they called it radar love?
    Don’t need no computer? No. TV? No.
    I think it was– “don’t need no radio at all.”
    Who knows?

  2. FYI, the Lifetime Channel’s integration with Perfectmatch.com continues through their online advertising —