Ad of the Day: Cost Plus World Market shows a boy playing trumpet to llamas in touching holiday spot

A boy playing trumpet to a field full of llamas might seem an odd way to celebrate the holidays, but in the hands of agency BarrettSF, in its latest work for Cost Plus World Market, the concept becomes a touching way for a family to connect.

The three-minute digital short film tells the story of a young boy who ventures outside to nervously prepare for his holiday trumpet recital. After practicing alone for a short time, the boy soon finds himself performing to an unexpected audience: a herd of llamas from the hills behind his family’s home. Day after day the boy goes outside to practice, each time improving and gaining more and more support from his new llama friends, until he finally takes the stage for his big holiday performance, with his mother having put a llama ornament from Cost Plus in his trumpet case before his big moment for support.

“We obviously want more people to buy gifts at Cost Plus World Market”, said BarrettSF account director Molly Warner. “But we also see this time of year as a chance to simply put a little joy into the world. If we can do that, we know we’ll get our fair share of holiday shoppers.”

The llama ornament was also front-and-center in BarrettSF’s recent holiday food campaign for World Market, and will be present in all other holiday messaging.

The full film will live on the store’s website and will run as a long-form ad unit on YouTube, while teaser trailers of various lengths will run on social and streaming channels.

As a tie-in to the young boy’s trumpet playing in the video, World Market has partnered with VH1’s Save the Music Foundation to create an exclusive, limited-edition reusable shopping tote. Proceeds from the sale of each bag will help the Foundation restore music education programs in schools.

The holiday campaign will utilize in-store activations and contests, brand partnerships, interactive mobile units, digital display, social media, broadcast video on-demand, subscription video on-demand, and a digital short film to showcase Cost Plus World Market’s wide array of holiday décor and llama-themed decorations.

For in-store initiatives, BarrettSF’s creative team worked with World Market to develop three separate in-store programs. Throughout the holiday season, there will be a ‘Golden Llama Treasure Hunt’ taking place across World Market locations, where shoppers can receive daily merchandise rewards when they find a golden llama hidden in the stores. Additionally, there is a ‘Peru-se Our Store’ scratcher for the first 100 customers on Black Friday weekend that will send a few lucky shoppers to Peru to visit the original home of the llama. For National Llama Day, December 9, the team helped create the ‘Lotta Llama Love’ contest, where shoppers will be asked to snap a photo with a llama cut-out and post on social media for a chance to win $500 gift cards.

In addition to these programs, there will be a variety of unique in-store activations for shoppers as well. Taking inspiration from the young boy’s trumpet recital, a number of World Market locations will be hosting concerts for young local musicians. Stores will also be raffling off a Kaiser Instruments trumpet to help inspire other young musicians.

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Kyle O'Brien

I am a reporter for The Drum covering a wide array of topics but always trying to tell the best stories possible. I am a former west coaster from California and Portland, Oregon, now living in Pennsylvania — with time spent in NYC each week.

I also play saxophone professionally.

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