If ever we needed definitive proof that John Lewis has Christmas advertising all wrapped up, it may not come as a surprise to many but John Lewis' blueprint for how to create Britain's most watched, loved and profitable Christmas advertising campaigns was recently awarded the IPA Effectiveness Awards Grand Prix 2016.
The prestigious prize was awarded to John Lewis’s agencies adam&eveDDB and Manning Gottlieb OMD for proving how their heart-warming Christmas campaigns between 2012-2015* increased sales during the festive season by 16% on average, and produced over £8 of profit for every £1 spent. As a result, John Lewis’s annual market share has increased to 29.6%, its highest level ever.
The award-winning submission – entitled 'adam&eveDDB, Manning Gottlieb OMD, IPA Awards 2016 – The gift that keeps on giving: John Lewis Christmas advertising 2012-2015' - highlights the importance of the Christmas season to John Lewis’s business: it accounts for around 20% of John Lewis annual sales and 40% of profits, from which staff bonuses are generated.
To drive this growth, adam&eveDDB and Manning Gottlieb OMD executed a number of Christmas campaigns that created emotional rather than retail messages; ones that provided engaging stories about thoughtful giving set to carefully selected music, rather than overt selling messages and excessive references to the store or its products.
So what's the secret to its success? The paper revealed 10 key ingredients that make for the perfect recipe of Christmas advertising success. Check them out below: