How to leverage the buzz

2 Apr

How to leverage the buzz

You may have heard of the buzz swirling around the Dune 2 Movie promotional popcorn bucket - and trust us, it’s not your typical popcorn container. Some might even argue it's the most peculiar and, dare we say, unsavoury way to enjoy your favourite movie snack. But before you scoff, let’s take a closer look at why this oddity is creating waves across the internet and how it could be the unexpected marketing goldmine for the movie release.

Unconventional Design: Resembling the iconic sandworm from the Dune universe, this popcorn bucket is far from your standard cinema fare. Its unusual appearance has sparked debates, memes, and a plethora of reactions across social media platforms.

Viral Sensation: Despite its dubious aesthetics (not suitable for the workplace) and reported ineffective functionality, the Dune 2 popcorn bucket has achieved that elusive status of a viral sensation. It’s everywhere, Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel Show, other late night talk shows to Instagram stories, drawing attention and commentary from popcorn enthusiasts and movie buffs alike.

Get people talking - Lean into the Hype: Now, you might wonder, how can a product with such polarising reviews benefit a new movie release? Well, it’s all about leveraging the buzz. By embracing the quirky allure of the Dune 2 popcorn bucket, the movie gains invaluable exposure, with potential viewers curious to see what all the fuss is about. It’s also been likened to a private, not suitable for the workplace device, adding to the intrigue and the ‘conversations’.

Even the stars of the movie have weighed in, as Josh Brolin reacted with "I’m not sticking my hand in that."

It has certainly created a viral life of its own and captured the attention of the  social media loving public, with fans, creating memes and videos about the Dune 2 popcorn bucket.

Turn negatives into positives. Rather than avoiding the unconventional aspects of what initially appeared as a failed promotional popcorn bucket, it has evolved into a global sensation in its own right.

Despite initial perceptions of failure, this product has unexpectedly become a significant promotional asset for the blockbuster movie release.

What can we learn from this?  By embracing the unexpected and capitalising on the hype surrounding this unconventional product, marketers have the opportunity to turn setbacks into strategic advantages, amplifying exposure and engagement with the target audience.

Talk with 2 Creative Media on how to salvage setbacks and maximise unexpected opportunities.