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Be Broadcast’s Mission Control Decodes Success Secrets of Christmas Ads: John Lewis Leads, But Others Are Close Behind

The festive season heralds the arrival of eagerly-awaited Christmas adverts, and Be Broadcast’s Mission Control has been analysing their impact. The data reveals John Lewis as a frontrunner in audience engagement, with Waitrose also gaining momentum in the holiday advert arena.

Despite controversy, M&S remains a topic of discussion, and celebrities are proving to be a significant draw for these festive campaigns. Major broadcasters like GB News and BBC have been giving these ads ample coverage, yet the brands themselves seem reticent in media engagement.

Asda, Waitrose, and Amazon are emerging as formidable players in the holiday advertising field, showcasing the crucial role of storytelling in these campaigns.

Mission Control’s innovative tool provides real-time insights into broadcast news, analysing 2,431 editorial mentions related to Christmas adverts from November 1st to 13th, 2023. This analysis highlights the ways broadcasters discuss and engage with each Christmas ad launch during this competitive season.

John Lewis: A Tradition of Christmas Excellence

Despite a slight dip in excitement, John Lewis remains a Christmas advertising powerhouse, leading in mentions and enjoying predominantly positive sentiment.

Luke Tracey, Director at Be Broadcast, observed, “John Lewis has mastered the art of creating Christmas magic, but it’s fascinating to see that even the most beloved brand isn’t immune to a few Grinches.”

M&S and the Controversy of a Hat-Themed Ad

M&S’s hat-themed advert, which drew parallels to the Palestinian flag, stirred controversy and extensive coverage by BBC News and GB News. The follow-up advert focused on Hannah Waddingham, navigating through the storm stirred by the initial ad.

Celebrity Influence in Christmas Advertising

Celebrities like Graham Norton, Hannah Waddingham, Michael Buble, and Kevin the Carrot are stealing the spotlight, with their presence in adverts generating significant buzz.

Broadcasters Leading the Discussion

GB News, BBC One, ITV, and TalkTV have been the most vocal about Christmas ads, particularly driven by the M&S controversy. Following them are BBC Solent, BBC Leeds, Heart Cambridge, Northampton, Gloucestershire, and Cool FM.

An Opportunity Missed by Brands?

A noticeable trend this year is the limited interaction of the featured brands with the media, missing a chance to enhance sentiment and depth in their advertising campaigns.

Waitrose’s Rising Star

Waitrose has been consistently mentioned in discussions, indicating a growing presence in the minds of presenters and audiences alike.

A Festive Advertising Roundup

The fierce competition among brands for consumer attention is evident, with several relegated to mere mentions. It highlights the importance of strategic engagement during the festive season.

Beyond John Lewis: Other Winners Emerging

While John Lewis continues its reign, brands like Asda, Waitrose, and Amazon are making significant inroads in terms of depth, sentiment, and longevity.

Luke Tracey adds, “Christmas adverts are more than just marketing; they’re a part of our traditions. We’re seeing a shift in sentiment and engagement, but the magic of these adverts endures. It’s a testament to the power of storytelling in the most wonderful time of the year.”

For a more detailed analysis, visit https://bebroadcast.co.uk/.

Sam Allcock
Sam Allcockhttps://businesslancashire.co.uk/
Sam Allcock is a highly regarded digital entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in online marketing for some of the World’s biggest brands. He has extensive knowledge and experience in SEO and digital marketing. He is based in Cheshire but has an interest in all things going on in the North West and enjoys contributing local news to the site.


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