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25 November 2016

Christmas Countdown - Ad of the Week: John Lewis 'Buster the Boxer'

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Now that Thanksgiving has passed, we can officially start getting excited about Christmas – and more importantly, the festive ad treats that brands and retailers the world over have started serving up over the last few weeks. 

To kick off our Christmas countdown, over the next few weeks we’re going to share some of our festive favourites of the holiday season. Tell us what you think in the comments below.  

Without picking favourites, the first of the bunch has got to go to John Lewis for its 'Buster the Boxer' Christmas campaign. It's a story about a young girl named Bridget who love to bounce. But when her mum and dad buy her a trampoline for Christmas, they soon discover that she isn't the only one with a passion for jumping... 

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07 November 2016

Why John Lewis Christmas advertising works: 10 key ingredients

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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:

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04 November 2016

Charity Ad of the Week: Girlguiding '#ForTheGirl' (UK)

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Girlguiding, a leading UK charity for girls and young women, has launched its first ever awareness campaign that challenges outdated perceptions of women and encourages people to think twice about the charity. 

The film, entitled #ForTheGirl, highlights the barrage of negative voices girls are exposed to every day through the media and promotes the charity's role in raising girls' aspirations, building their confidence and tackling inequality. It was developed in response to Girlguiding research which shows that 70% of 11-21 year old girls say sexism is so widespread that it affects most areas of their lives.  

Produced with youth marketing agency Livity, the film shows a series of apparently positive scenarios for girls – but when the girls turn to camera or speak to each other, the voices heard are not their own. Instead they are the voices of familiar media personalities offering a sexist commentary on an aspect of female identity and their role in society. 

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11 July 2016

Why brands can’t afford to ignore #Unstereotype

If brands want their advertising and marketing communications to resonate with women, then they have to understand that using simplistic one-dimensional stereotypes in their messaging no longer works.

Arguably, the statistic prompting the biggest reaction at this year’s Cannes Lions Festival was revealed by Unilever’s Keith Weed. During his presentation on why and how the FMCG giant is radically changing its female-focused advertising strategy, he announced that 40% of women do not identify with the images of them portrayed by most ads, while just 3% of Unilever’s ads feature women in leadership roles and 1% show women being funny.

As Weed disclosed more and more of the findings, a vivid picture emerged of the huge gap between how female identity is evolving and the version presented by advertising. Credit was widely given to Unilever for committing to develop more culturally relevant and resonant work to combat gender stereotyping and more accurately reflect society.

However, Weed was also keen to point out that the change in tack wasn’t just driven by altruism, but was firmly underpinned by a commercial imperative. The research not only uncovered how female identity is evolving at break-neck speed, but also highlighted the opportunity for brands to do something about it and reap the reward.

Based on work Unilever carried out with The Futures Company to identify the evolving nature of female identity, Unilever have galvanized behind their goal to create more communications which show a progressive vision of female identity, by challenging themselves on three key dimensions of how women are represented: through their role, personality and appearance.

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04 July 2016

Think digital. Upfront.

We’re gearing up towards a milestone in the history of digital advertising. It’s something that has been predicted for a while now, but next year total digital ad spend will surpass TV for the first time. eMarketer predicts that, in 2017, it will hit $77.37bn in the US, taking 38.4% of the total ad spend, exceeding TV’s predicted $72.01bn (35.8%). A major driver is mobile video, which grew by 94% in 2015, according to the IAB.

But rather than seeing digital as a threat to TV advertising, the key is to think about it as a complement by enabling a user experience fit for the digital sphere. The explosion in online video usage and the proliferation of technology and devices have unlocked a wealth of opportunities for brands to tell their story through audio and visual means, yet research from Millward Brown found that 90% of online video is just repurposed TV material. The fact is that this just won’t cut it anymore.

There has never been a greater need for video content to be produced and tailored for the digital environment from the outset – it should no longer be just an afterthought. There’s no underestimating the power of TV to create that wonderful theatrical, cinematic experience, but it takes a different approach to deliver that same impact digitally.

Not enough focus is being put on digital in the early planning stages of campaigns. When developing a TV ad brief, there needs to be more of an emphasis on how video ad content is going to work in the digital world where there’s a wide range of screen sizes and formats to consider, not just for TV or cinema.

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27 April 2016

Free your social conscience

The latest Persil #DirtIsGood campaign shows just how powerful brands can be when they align themselves with the right cause, says Lou Garrod of Sense.

“Daily outdoors time is probably the most important part of my day,” says an inmate of Wabash Maximum Security Prison in Indiana, USA in the latest Persil TV ad.

“To walk out that door and feel the sun on your face, it’s everything to me,” says another.

Each inmate is allowed at least two hours outside ‘yard time’ every day. But what has this got to do with Persil?

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17 November 2015

Top Christmas ads 2015… so far

Christmas ads have become a bit of an event in themselves. No longer do consumers wait for the Coca Cola Christmas truck to grace their screens to mark the official start of Christmas, but a host of other brands have earnt themselves a bit of a name in bringing in the festive season. And this year has served up quite a few Christmas crackers.

Check out our pick of the top 7 festive ad offerings of 2015 so far…

‘Man on the Moon’

Brand: John Lewis
Agency: Adam&Eve/DDB
No of video views: 13,391,765*

One of the most eagerly anticipated Christmas ads of the year, British retailer John Lewis tells the story of a young girl determined to bring Christmas to a lonely old man living on the moon.

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06 November 2015

Christmas Ad of the Week: John Lewis ‘Man on the Moon’ (2015)

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With Halloween now behind us, British retailer John Lewis sure knows how to get us in the Christmas spirit and what better way to mark the start of the festive season than unveiling its 2015 Christmas ad this morning (November 6).

In fact, it has become quite the tradition now as consumers around the world eagerly await this day every year (in fact, I even heard one say that they get more excited about the John Lewis Christmas ad than Christmas itself!)

And this year’s offering certainly doesn’t disappoint. Taking the key elements that have proven so successful in its past campaigns – tapping into customer emotions, centring on the connection between two characters and linking perfectly with the message to ‘Show someone they’re loved this Christmas’. 

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