I don’t think a whole lot about my Klout score until an enterprising company offers me something special because of it. Not too long ago, I was approached by Fox to spread the word about a new show they were launching called “Lone Star”. I wasn’t particularly interested based on the premise, so I didn’t follow up/accept. The show lasted two episodes, I think.
However, a couple of weeks ago, I got an email from Disney inviting me to attend a free advance screening of “Tangled”, which is set for release on November 24th. It’s a 3D animated comedy based on the story of Rapunzel. This is more my speed, frankly, so I readily accepted and I took my two older daughters (they are 9.5 and 4.5 years old).
We arrived about 10-15 minutes before the scheduled screening time of 7:30pm. I saw a gigantic line wrapping halfway around the building, and I was concerned. As we were walking up, I asked someone if that was the line for “Tangled”, even though I already knew that it had to be. My heart dropped a little bit. I was worried about disappointing my little girls, since I didn’t see how everyone in that line could possibly fit into an average theater.
We took our place at the end of the line, and it began to move….slowly. I noticed that most of the people around me were holding large passes. Was I supposed to have these? Maybe I should have gone to the box office first. Ugh. Someone mentioned that they were hoping to get a seat, but if not, it was no big deal to them. It was a big deal to me, since there was no talk of limited seating on the email or info I had received, and I had two girls who were stoked about seeing this movie.
As we approached the corner for the final straightaway to get to the actual door, a guy came around to the crowd and said this:
“If you received an email from Disney giving you front-of-line access, please come see me.”
Could it be?
I walked a few feet over to him, and I mentioned that I had received an email from Disney, but I didn’t know if it granted us special access or not.
“What’s your name, sir?”
“Yes, you’re on the VIP list. Come with me, please. You’re in the special reserved section of the theater.”
I gathered my daughters and our hands were stamped, then we were whisked inside, leaving a couple hundred folks outside looking bewildered.
The sole complaint about the evening was the fact that I was forced to return to my car before the movie, since I had an iPhone with me and it has a built-in camera. I think this could have been more clear in the instructions.
We all loved the movie, and I’ll write a separate review on one or more of my blogs sometime soon. It’s definitely worth seeing, and a few scenes were laugh-out-loud funny. The animation was lush and beautifully rendered. I was impressed.
They’re supposed to be mailing me a kit of “Tangled” goodies sometime soon, too, including a t-shirt, etc. It didn’t ask for a shirt size, so I’ll be interested to see what they send now. 🙂 I think I’m supposed to include this rather official sounding disclosure, which is the truth, too:
I was given a free product or sample because I’m a Klout influencer. I was under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company.
Congratulations to Disney Pictures! You are the 210 Consulting Social Media Winner of the Week. I have little doubt that your efforts will help “Tangled” to be a big-time success through the holidays.