Activision needed a clever, unexpected way to generate massive buzz about their casting of Kevin Spacey as the villain in their upcoming game, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
To drive media and fan speculation, an audio clip was leaked to the press containing a secret spectrogram image revealing that Kevin Spacey was somehow associated with the franchise.
Generating maximum speculation and reaching a mainstream audience, the audio clip was featured by Complex, Entertainment Weekly, and Variety, ultimately landing in a coveted position on Yahoo! Games’ homepage.
Fans and influencers of the game continued to spread the buzz, confirming the existence of the spectrogram image in YouTube videos and blogs.
The execution generated over 300M potential impressions, generated 90% positive sentiment, and helped lead to a record-breaking 21M views of the game’s reveal trailer.