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Bravo Measures 'Silicon Valley Status'

In the run-up to the Nov. 5 launch of the Randi Zuckerberg
executive produced series Start-Ups:
Silicon Valley
, Bravo is launching a digital companion called Silicon Valley Status that will allow
fans to measure and test their own social media influence.

Visitors to will get a Silicon
Valley Status (SVS) score that measures their influence online and on social
media. Then, they will be able to see how their SVS stacks up against their
friends, cast members and celebrities from other Bravo shows. They will also be
able get tips from cast members on how they can improve their score.

Start-Ups: Silicon
follows the lives of a group of young entrepreneurs as they work to
become the next big tech success story and is designed to tap into the growing
interest in "Silicon Valley and all that is going on in digital with start-up
companies and entrepreneurship," noted Ellen Stone, Bravo's senior VP of
marketing in an interview.

It is one of two upcoming digital themed Bravo original
shows. In addition to Start-Ups,
which premieres on the channel Nov. 5, Bravo will bow LOLwork on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

In developing its social media campaign for the show, Stone
noted that they wanted to create a digital experience that would tap into the
growing interest in technology and Silicon Valley start-ups.

"We built this campaign on the insight that being successful
in Silicon Valley isn't just about having the next big idea," Stone added.
"Someone's popularity, ability to pitch, friends, and the way they're perceived
online all play a vital role."

The SVS score is based on a person's popularity, influence
and image, Stone notes. The site uses a person's Facebook, Twitter and
Instagram presence to create and assign an overall rating.

To boost interest, Bravo also added some competitive
features. Six digital billboards on U.S. Highway 101 between San Francisco and
Silicon Valley will show users with high SVS scores between Nov. 5 and Nov. 11.

High scores will also be featured on Facebook and

Anyone who registers for, will be
entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a ticket to the series' VIP
premiere party on Nov. 4 in San Francisco.

"It's meant to be fun," but at the same time tie in closely
with the huge interest in "what makes for success or failure in Silicon
Valley," she adds.