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Leaders

Why the right music is key to cracking Christmas campaigns

By Heather Andrew, UK CEO, Neuro-Insight... With Christmas ad spend set to hit an all-time high, the race is on again to achieve the coveted most memorable ad. Previous years have taught us that the aim of the game with festive spots is emotional...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Why brands are striking a chord with emotive campaigns this Christmas

This November - just like every November in recent years - the nation waited in anticipation for their favourite Christmas ad to officially usher in the beginning of the festive season. Below, Greg Clark, MD of Sheffield-based creative agency,...

Posted by: Über Agency
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Inspiration

Here's all the best 2021 Christmas ads in one place!

All the 2021 Christmas campaigns in one place As we all know, there’s no Christmas without a heartwarming, tear-duct-shattering series of lovely Christmas campaigns. Brands and agencies line up every year to release a stream of Christmas ads...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Best Advertising Campaigns of 2020

10 of the best marketing and advertising campaigns from 2020. A global pandemic wasn’t enough to stop the advertising industry. In fact, I dare argue this was one of the most poignant, engaging and compelling years for advertising ever. We...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Industry

Behind the Idea: How the Sainsbury's 2020 Christmas Ads came to life

Six years ago, Sainsbury's made one of the most unforgettable and compelling ads in the history of advertising. 1914 is quite easily one of the best Christmas ads ever made, showing the power of stories bringing people together - even in...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Here's all the best 2020 Christmas ads!

All the 2020 Christmas campaigns in one place Every year the same story: agencies and brands coming together to release a stream of beautiful Christmas ads for the joy of us all. It has almost become tradition. There’s no Christmas without a...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Leaders

2016's Top Ten Most Powerful Christmas Ads

Whilst it might not have gathered as much media coverage as other campaigns, Lidl's Christmas Turkey has been found to be 2016's most powerful Christmas TV spot according to research carried out by Kantar Millward Brown. It tested 19 of this year's...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Have you already seen Christmas ads go up? Here's why

There’s been an ever increasing sense of unease around the industry in the past few weeks, as a number of retailers announced that supplies have been slow to come, and there is a labour and stock shortage in the UK expected to last until...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

The Top 15 Most Inspiring Lockdown Campaigns

The best campaigns made during the COVID-19 outbreak No matter how crippling of a blow it receives, the creative industry will always be ready to stand back up and prove its resilience. Even earlier in the year, with the world preparing to shut...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Features

How neuroscience can save Christmas for brands

Yes, it's September, and you're not the only one wondering where the year went right now. Excuse the 'C' word, but Christmas is around the corner, at least for consumers. Brands will already have most of their planning ready for this year, and they...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

How M&S brought the virtual world of Christmas ads to life

Every year, the highly anticipated Christmas advertisements mark the start of the festive season. As in previous years, the Christmas ads in 2019 follow the same generic theme of an emotionally-driven story where the public falls in love with the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Tesco continues time-travelling theme in Christmas campaign

British supermarket Tesco has continued the trend of taking viewers back to past times with its Christmas ad for 2019, while continuing to celebrate its 100-year anniversary. In the ad, created by BBH London and Stink, one of the retailer's delivery...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

International Day of Peace: five Lion-winning campaigns for good

Today marks International Peace Day 2018, an event sanctioned by the United Nations and observed annually around the world on 21 September. To mark the occasion, James Cooper, head of digital content at Cannes Lions, offers five Lion-winning...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Leaders

Ads of the Week: Christmas comes early (again) and other stories

Adam&Eve/DDB - John Lewis It's that time of year again. John Lewis has unveiled its hotly anticipated Christmas spot with new star Moz the Monster, who lives under a boy's bed. The ad tells the story of a boy called Joe who is kept awake by the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

The Top Advertising Campaigns of 2016 from the Industry

Whilst 2016 has been something of a banner year for many horrible things, it's been business as usual in advertising, and business navigating new frontiers. One thing that appears to have come to the forefront this year is the coming together of...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

Agency Christmas Cards: The Best of 2016

Celebrating the beauty and loud/quiet wonder (depending on your preference) of the festive season is something all agencies are essentially required to do, otherwise they'd undoubtedly be labelled as scowling humbug merchants. Still, some agencies...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

The Top 5 Ads of the Week: Christmas Special Part 3

Gravity Road – Three As someone with two parents, both of whom have birthdays in the week before Christmas Day, this is one ad I can really relate to. This week, Three launched its festive campaign “Merry Birthday,” to celebrate everyone in...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

Have we become desensitised to Christmas?

So by now you’ll all have seen John Lewis’s #ManOnTheMoon ad. It’s probably also true that you’ve had your say on it - whether on social media, in lunchtime chats with office colleagues, or in heated discussions with family...

Posted by: We Love Digital
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Leaders

Top 5 Ads of the Week: Christmas Special

It's that time of year again when brands start milking our emotional connection to Christmas, so here I'll be looking at a few of the more interesting Christmas-themed ads to debut in recent weeks. I won't be featuring the annual John Lewis spot from...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

B&Q unleash Christmas

B&Q is adding its Christmas ad to the festive fray with a new spot from WCRS that takes a less serious and emotional route than competing campaigns from Sainsbury's and John Lewis, and aims to “Put the fun back into Christmas” with...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Mother claim 'Most Creative Radio Ad' for their Boots Christmas spot

The 'Radio Advertising Bureau' has recently announced the results of their 'RadioGauge' from the latter half of 2013. The RAB's bespoke tool tests campaigns throughout the year against 11 statements which match the 5 'creative Ls' which are...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

It's a wrap. Introducing this year's best Christmas campaign.

Understandably there's been quite some fuss about the John Lewis 'Hare and Bear' Yuletide spot. Not only is it high profile and eye-catching, but the cartoon alone cost somewhere in the region of £7m. With that sort of investment, you 'd hope it...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

Hey, sugar. Is John Lewis' Christmas ad too treacly?

Could they have been the most expensive two minutes in advertising history? Well, if they weren’t, they certainly weren’t far off. Last Saturday during X Factor - and therefore requiring the sign-off from pop mogul Simon Cowell himself -...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

Beware of the dog. Is WKD's Christmas campaign really unacceptable?

by Magnus Shaw. At this time of generosity and giving, who could resist the wide-eyed pleading of a little doggie, hungry for a simple bone? Well, alcopop brand WKD think their customers would quite happily ignore Fido if there was a blue drink in...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

All the best campaigns of 2021 in one place!

After the terrific display of creative prowess from the industry in 2020, 2021 could only be a further step up for advertising campaigns all over the creative & mar-comms field. With campaigns to push vaccinations and groundbreaking ideas from brands...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Workshop

3 simple ways to gracefully turn down freelance work this Christmas

This Christmas is set to be one of the biggest ever, as the world returns from a couple of years in lockdown looking to really enjoy the holidays this time around. Some freelancers have been struggling to find work in the last few months of this...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

The 10 best ever Christmas ads that you should watch today

It’s that time of the year! In mid-November, brands usually rush to release their best Christmas ads and capture a precious slice of attention from their target audiences. Due to the shortage crisis, this year was a bit different, but...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Workshop

Can you be forced to take annual leave or to work over Christmas?

As the Christmas period draws near, businesses are starting to plan their work over the holiday period. And while December tends to be a quiet month in the industry, there are still posts to schedule, projects to complete and deadlines to meet. This...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo

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