US – The feature film Trolls World Tour is using audio playlists in lieu of traditional marketing.
The collaboration with audio platform Pandora plays on the film’s music-focused narrative, in which trolls set out to destroy music genres from techno to country and classical. To market the film, musicologists at Pandora created dedicated mix tapes for each troll character, custom-designed to capture their personalities and music preferences, which are available for subscribers to stream on the platform.
Taking an alternative approach to traditional film advertising, in lieu of out-of-home billboards, the digital marketing campaign promotes the premiere of the film on streaming platforms. It represents the first mass-market feature film to replace its theatrical opening with at-home streaming due to Covid-19. Therefore, the customised mix tapes offer an additional touchpoint for consumers to interact with the narrative and characters.
As interactive audio experiences become ever-more important in a peak visual world, Trolls World Tour demonstrates the potential for audio content in the entertainment industry.