Christmas Letter for Santa: the most awarded Toys & Games Ads

PICTIONARY – Quick Draw Wins Campaign




Advertising Agency: Ogilvy Malaysia
Executive Creative Director: Gavin Simpson
Copywriter: Adam Chan, Donevan Chew
Art director: Yee Wai Khuen, Tan Chee Keong
Illustrator: Milx
Year: 2011
Gold Lion for the campaign

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SCRABBLE – Elephant/Guitar/Submarine/Camera/Samurai

Advertising Agency: JWT Chile
Executive Creative Director: Leo Farfan, Matias Lecaros, Sergio Rosati
Copywriter: Matias Lecaros
Art director: Matias Lecaros
Photographer: Cristian Gastelo
Year: 2009
Silver Lion for the campaign

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LEGO – Caterpillar/Monster/Whale


Advertising Agency: Ogilvy Malaysia
Executive Creative Director: Gavin Simpson/Robert Gaxiola
Creative Director: Eric Yeo
Copywriter: Greg Rawson/Ross Fowler
Art Director: David Stevanov
Year: 2011
Silver Lion for the campaign
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PLAYSTATION 2 - Boxer/Soldier

Advertising Agency: BBDO Chile
Creative Director: Cristian Schinadeermann
Copywriter: Matias Lopez, Marcelo Correa
Art Director: Emerson Navarrete, Fernando Riveros
Photographer: Lautaro
Typographer: Ricardo Salamanca
Year: 2006
Gold Lion for the Campaign

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LEGO – Accountant/Electrician/Engineer

Advertising Agency: Serviceplan, Munich
Executive Creative Director:Matthias Harbeck
Creative Director: Alex Schill/Oliver Palmer
Copywriter: Frank Seiler
Art Director: Sandra Loibl/Julia Koch
Year: 2011
Bronze Lion for the campaign

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 LEGO – Spaceship/Beetle/Deep Ocean Explorer

Advertising agency: Leo Burnett, Moscow
Creative Director: Mikhail Kudashkin
Art Director: Arina Avdeena
Copywriter: Rodrigo Linhaners
Year: 2011
Gold Lion for the campaign

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HOT WHEELS – Big Boy


Advertising agency: Ogilvy Mexico
Creative Director: Miguel Angel Ruiz
Copywriter: Abraham Quintana
Art Director: Ivan Carrasco, Mario Salgado, Jaime Gonzales
Year: 2010
Bronze Lion

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MACHBOX – Ant


Advertising agency: Ogilvy Brazil
Creative Director: Zuza Tupinamba
Copywriter: Zuza Tupinamba
Art Director: Marcos Paolo Juliano
Year: 2001
Silver Lion

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MACHBOX – Mustang/Eldorado/Fleetwood


Advertising agency: Ogilvy Frankfurt
Creative Director: Stephan Vogel
Copywriter: Stephan Lenz
Art Director: Marco Weber
Year: 2008
Gold Lion for the campaign

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SPHERE ACTION FIGURES – Pararescue Jumper/16 Air Assault/7th Marines/Desert Rats


Advertising agency: TBWA/Singapore
Creative Director: Mark Bamfield
Copywriter: Robert Kleman, John Sheterline
Art Director: Marcus Rebeschini
Year: 2004
Gold Lion for the campaign

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GAMEBOY ADVANCE – Prison

Advertising agency: Lowe Brindfors, Stockholm
Creative Director: Hakan Engler
Copywriter: Johan Holmstrom
Art Director: Richard Villar
Year: 2005
Gold Lion for the campaign

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MEDAL OF HONOR (EA Games) – Goodbye/Proud Mother/Back Home

Advertising agency: FP7 Doha
Creative Director: Fadi Yaish
Copywriter: Kalpesh Patankar
Art Director: Kalpesh Patankar
Year: 2008
Gold Lion for the campaign

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PLAYSTATION 2 – Rebirth


Advertising Agency: TBWA Paris
Creative Director: Erik Vervroegen
Copywriter: Eric Helias
Art Director: Jorge Carreno
Photographer: Dimitri Daniloff
Year: 2003
Grand Prix in Press Lions

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PLAYSTATION 2 – Veteran


Advertising Agency: TBWA Paris
Creative Director: Erik Vervroegen
Copywriter: Eric Helias
Art Director: Jorge Carreno
Photographer: Marc Gouby
Year: 2003
Silver Lion for the campaign

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PLAYSTATION 2 – Doll


Advertising Agency: TBWA Paris
Creative Director: Erik Vervroegen
Copywriter: Guillaume Ulrich Chifflot
Art Director: Cedric Moutaud
Photographer: Dimitri Daniloff
Year: 2004
Gold Lion

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PLAYSTATION 2 – Potato Head


Advertising Agency: TBWA Paris
Creative Director: Erik Vervroegen
Copywriter: Manoelle Van Der Vaeren
Art Director: Sebastien Vacherot
Photographer: Dimitri Daniloff
Year: 2004
Gold Lion

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PLAYSTATION 2 –  Adultery


Advertising Agency: TBWA Paris
Creative Director: Erik Vervroegen
Copywriter: Benoit Leroux
Art Director: Philippe Taroux
Photographer: Dimitri Daniloff
Year: 2005
Gold Lion

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PLAYSTATION 2 – Moulds


Advertising Agency: TBWA Paris
Creative Director: Erik Vervroegen
Copywriter: Manoelle Van Der Vaeren
Art Director: Sebastien Vacherot
Photographer: Dimitri Daniloff
Year: 2005
Gold Lion

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PLAYSTATION 2 – Plugs


Advertising Agency: TBWA Paris
Creative Director: Erik Vervroegen
Copywriter: Matthew Branning
Art Director: Chris Garbut
Photographer: Dimitri Daniloff
Year: 2005
Gold Lion

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PLAYSTATION 2 – Scars


Advertising Agency: TBWA Paris
Creative Director: Erik Vervroegen
Copywriter: Guillaume Ulrich Chifflot
Art Director: Cedric Moutaud
Photographer: Dimitri Daniloff
Year: 2005
Gold Lion

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PLAYSTATION 2 – Baby


Advertising Agency: TBWA Paris
Creative Director: Erik Vervroegen
Copywriter: Xander Smith
Art Director: Javier Rodriguez
Photographer: Yann Robert
Year: 2005
Gold Lion

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PLAYSTATION 2 –  Sleeping Beauty


Advertising Agency: TBWA Paris
Creative Director: Erik Vervroegen
Copywriter: Bjoern Ruehmann/Joakim Reveman
Art Director: Bjoern Ruehmann/Joakim Reveman
Photographer: Eugenio Recuenco
Year: 2005
Gold Lion

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PLAYSTATION 2 – Head


Advertising Agency: TBWA Paris
Creative Director: Erik Vervroegen
Copywriter: Sebastien Vacherot/Jessica Jerard- Huet/Loic Cardon/Ingrid Varetz
Art Director: Sebastien Vacherot/Jessica Jerard- Huet/Loic Cardon/Ingrid Varetz
Photographer: Yann Robert
Production Company: DEF 2 Shoot, Paris
Director: Thomas Marque
Year: 2006
Gold Lion

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PLAYSTATION PSP – Handcuffed


Advertising Agency: TBWA Espana, Madrid
Creative Director: Juan Sanchez/Guillermo Gines
Copywriter: Vincente Rodriguez
Art Director: Bernardo Hernandez
Year: 2008
Silver Lion

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PLAYSTATION 2 – Welcome


Advertising Agency: TBWA Espana, Madrid
Creative Director: Angel Iglesias/Guillermo Gines/Agustin Vaquero
Copywriter: Guillermo Gines
Art Director: Angel Iglesias
Year: 2005
Silver Lion

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LEGO – Street Building


Agency: Ogilvy & Mather Santiago
Creative Director: Cesar Agost Carreno
Copywriter: Felipe Manalich
Art Director: Sergio Iacobelli/Sebastian Alvarado
Photographer: Juab Carlos Sotello
Year: 2005
Grand Prix (Outdoor Lions)

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LEGO – Periscope


Agency: FCB Johannesburg
Creative Director: Bret Morris
Copywriter: Lance Vinning
Art Director: Lance Vinning/Charles Foley
Photographer: Gerard Turnley
Year: 2006
Grand Prix (Press Lions)

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LEGO – Fire Station/Hangar/Train Station


Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore
Creative Director: Andy Greenway
Copywriter: Stuart Harricks/Roger Makak
Art Director: Stuart Harricks
Photographer: Dean Zillwood/IDC
Year: 2006
Silver Lion for the campaign

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LEGO – Builders of tomorrow

Advertising Agency: JUNG Von MATT, Hamburg
Creative Director: Arno Lindemann/Bernhard Lukas
Copywriter: Daniel Schaeferk
Art Director: Szymon Rose
Photographer: Achim Lippoth
Year: 2007
Gold Lion

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SCRABBLE – Beautiful World Campaign

Advertising Agency: Ogilvy & Mother France
Creative Director: Chris Garbutt
Copywriter: Arnaud Vanhelle, Benjamin Bregeault, Mihnea Gheorghiu
Art Director: Antoaneta Metchanova, Alex Daff, Najin Ha
Year: 2008
Silver Lion for the campaign

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PLAYSTATION PSP – Guide Dog

Advertising Agency: TBWA/Madrid
Creative Director: Juan Sanchez/Guillermo Gines
Copywriter: Vincente Rodriguez
Art Director: Hely 
Sanchez
Year: 2007
Bronze Lion
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TAMIYA MODEL KITS – LightsBulb/Frog/Watermelon


Advertising Agency: Creative Juice G1/TBWA, Bangkok
Creative Director: Thirasak Tanapatanakul/Prangthip Praditpong
Art Director: Kittitat Larppitakpong/Jon Chalerwong/Thirasak Tanapatanakul
Copywriter: Nutchanun Ciaphanumas
Photographer: Anuchai Sricharunputong/Nok
Year: 2005
Gold Lion and Silver Lion for the campaign (Press&Outdoor)


The Sexy Side of a Christmas Tree

Erotische Verberlin (Erotic Shop) – Christmas Tree

Advertising Agency: Publicis, Brussels
Year: 2004

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Lust Erotic Boutique – Christmas Tree

Advertising Agency: Uncle Grey, Denmark
Year: 2011

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Wonderbra – Christmas Balls

Advertising Agency: Euro RSCG, Madrid
Year: 2005

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Yael Landman Lingerie – Christmas Tree

Advertising Agency: McCann Erickson, Belgium
Year: 2004

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Playboy – Christmas Tree ornament

Advertising Agency: Young & Rubicam, Brazil
Year: 2005

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Excite Search Engine – Christmas as you’d like it

Advertising Agency: Lowe Lintas Pirella Gottsche & Partners, Milan
Year: 2001

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Playboy – Christmas Baubles

Advertising Agency: Young & Rubicam Brazil
Year: 1999

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Selu Lingerie – Xmas Balls

Advertising Agency: Scarpato, Argentina
Year: 2001

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Triumph – Lingerie

Advertising Agency: D’Adda, Lorenzini, Vigorelli, Milan
Year: 2000



Canadian Tire – Christmas Spirit Tree (the first Christmas tree powered by Christmas Spirit)


Canadian Tire is lighting up the holiday season and spreading Christmas cheer across the country with the launch of its state-of-the-art, 30-foot Christmas Spirit Tree. The tree, unveiled today at Toronto’s Union Station, has 3,000 LED lights that are powered by messages of positive Christmas spirit on social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and posts to ChristmasSpiritTree.ca

“At this time of the year, everyone’s talking about holiday spirit. We wanted to show it,” says Rob Shields, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Canadian Tire. “Canadian Tire is thrilled to see the Christmas Spirit Tree come to life and celebrate the joy of the holiday season with all Canadians.”

According to a recent survey* commissioned by Canadian Tire, 37 per cent of Canadians won’t mail cards this year, but rather will use online channels. In fact, 28 per cent said they share their Christmas spirit by posting messages on social networks; 16 per cent send e-cards and 8 per cent use Skype or iChat. The research conducted by Canadian Tire also found that in 2010 more than 1.6 million social media messages were posted about the Christmas season inCanada.

The Christmas Spirit Tree will capture all real-time blog posts, tweets, public Facebook messages and other online content containing specific Christmas keywords and transform them into data that is then visualized via the lights on the tree. Canadians may also text message “Christmas” to 70734 to affect the lights on the tree.

The brightness and colour of the lights will vary depending on the source of the messages. For example, posts from Twitter and other social media are represented as white lights on the tree, whereas messages from ChristmasSpiritTree.ca or text messages are visualized as a spiral of blue lights moving up the tree accompanied by flashing strobe lights all over. And, the brightness of the lights represents the total number of per-minute messages being shared across the country, so at times when online sharing is at its highest, the tree will shine at its brightest.

Canadian Tire’s Christmas survey also provides a glimpse into Canadians’ feelings about the festive season and their own Christmas spirit:

  • Putting up the Christmas tree (93%), holiday shopping (92%) and attending children’s holiday pageants (86%) are the activities that most spark their Christmas Spirit
  • 27 per cent feel that Santa Claus most represents their Christmas spirit because he’s a jolly gift-giver
  • 18 per cent most relate to Santa’s elves because they are busy finishing last-minute Christmas errands
  • 50 per cent claim that they can name every reindeer that pulls Santa’s sleigh
  • The majority (84%) of Canadians unwrap gifts with their families on Christmas Day with only 44 per cent reporting they do it on Christmas Eve

The Christmas Spirit Tree will be on display at Toronto Union Station from December 12-26 from 6:00 a.m. tomidnight EST daily and can be viewed via live stream at ChristmasSpiritTree.ca and on screens at Yonge-Dundas Square. Media are welcome to film and photograph the tree. Daily Spirit Tree metrics and statistics, including provincial breakdowns, are available on request.

Advertising Agency: Tribal DDB, Toronto
Creative Director: LP Tremblay
Associate Creative Director / Art Director: Mara Binudin
Associate Creative Director / Copywriter: Ryan Lawrence
Year: 2011


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Coca-Cola – I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke (the story of Hilltop)


In 1969, The Coca-Cola Company and its advertising agency, McCann-Erickson, ended their popular “Things Go Better With Coke” campaign, replacing it with a campaign that centered on the slogan “It’s the Real Thing.” Beginning with a hit song, the new campaign featured what proved to be one of the most popular ads ever created.

The story behind the song
The song “I’d Like to Buy The World a Coke” had its origins on January 18, 1971, in a fog. Bill Backer, the creative director on the Coca-Cola account for McCann-Erickson, was traveling to London to join two other songwriters, Billy Davis and Roger Cook, to write and arrange several radio commercials for The Coca-Cola Company that would be recorded by the popular singing group the New Seekers. As the plane approached Great Britain, heavy fog at London’s Heathrow Airport forced it to land instead at Shannon Airport, Ireland. The irate passengers were obliged to share rooms at the one hotel available in Shannon or to sleep at the airport. Tensions and tempers ran high.

The next morning, as the passengers gathered in the airport coffee shop awaiting clearance to fly, Backer noticed that several who had been among the most irate were now laughing and sharing stories over bottles of Coke. As Backer himself recalled in his book The Care and Feeding of Ideas:

In that moment . . . began to see a bottle of Coca-Cola as more than a drink. . . . began to see the familiar words, “Let’s have a Coke,” as . . . actually a subtle way of saying, “Let’s keep each other company for a little while.” And  knew they were being said all over the world as sat there in Ireland. So that was the basic idea: to see Coke not as it was originally designed to be—a liquid refresher—but as a tiny bit of commonality between all peoples, a universally liked formula that would help to keep them company for a few minutes.

Backer’s flight never did reach London. Heathrow Airport was still fogged in, so the passengers were redirected to Liverpool and bussed to London, arriving around midnight. At his hotel, Backer immediately met with Billy Davis and Roger Cook, finding that they had completed one song and were working on a second as they prepared to meet the New Seekers’ musical arranger the next day. Backer told them he thought they should work through the night on an idea he had had: “I could see and hear a song that treated the whole world as if it were a person—a person the singer would like to help and get to know. I’m not sure how the lyric should start, but I know the last line.” With that he pulled out the paper napkin on which he had scribbled the line, “I’d like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company.”

The three members of the writing team that night each brought a different perspective to their task. Billy Davis, of McCann-Erickson, had toured as a member of the singing group the Four Tops and had written several songs for the powerful and popular Motown music production organization. Roger Cook, a native of Bristol, England, had teamed with Roger Greenaway to write several 1960s pop standards including “You’ve Got Your Troubles” and “Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress).” Bill Backer was from Charleston, South Carolina, and had written the jingle “Things Go Better with Coke” as well as the jingle for “The Real Thing” campaign.

Appropriately, then, each contributed something different to the song they wrote together that night. Davis provided the core idea for the opening line, that everyone needs a home. Backer gave it the same pattern as the line he’d written, so that it became “I’d like to build the world a home.” And perhaps because this was, after all, the late 1960s, the three decided that the home should be furnished “with love.” Cook might have drawn on British folksong imagery when he contributed the line “Grow apple trees and honey bees, and snow white turtle doves,” which Backer and Davis at first thought too grand but eventually accepted for its poetic quality. Next, Backer penned a variation of the opening line: “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.” Coming full circle, the last line expressed the song’s original idea: “I’d like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company.”

The melody was based on a Roger Cook-Roger Greenaway song that Cook and Davis reworked to incorporate the melody used for the campaign slogan “It’s the Real Thing.” This allowed them to weave the updated slogan “It’s the real thing, Coke is what the world wants today” into the new song’s harmonizing voice parts. This was the result:

I’d like to buy the world a home and furnish it with love,

Grow apple trees and honey bees, and snow white turtle doves.

I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony,

I’d like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company.

It’s the real thing, Coke is what the world wants today.

The next day, Backer, Cook, and Davis presented the lyrics and melody they had created during their all-night brainstorming session to David Mackay, the arranger for the New Seekers, with instructions to make his arrangement warm and appealing but not too cute. It was immediately decided that the ad should begin with New Seekers vocalist Eve Graham in order to have a woman initiate the message. And after trying out several versions in which the New Seekers attempted to sing the song as a typical advertising jingle, Backer and Davis convinced them to relax and use their own folk/pop style instead. Several weeks later, on February 12, 1971, “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” was shipped to radio stations throughout the United States.

It promptly flopped. The Coca-Cola bottlers hated the ad and most refused to buy airtime for it. The few times the ad was played, the public paid no attention. Bill Backer’s idea that Coke connected people appeared to be dead.

Backer persuaded McCann to convince Coca-Cola executives that the ad was still viable but needed a visual dimension. His approach succeeded: the company eventually approved more than $250,000 for filming, at the time one of the largest budgets ever devoted to a television commercial. Backer then spent weeks canvassing the McCann creative staff for ideas, until Harvey Gabor, a young art director, proposed that the song be treated for television as a “First United Chorus of the World.” He envisioned a group of young people from all nations, in clothing representing their nationalities, singing the song on a green hillside. Gabor’s idea prevailed, and McCann prepared to shoot the commercial.

Producing the ad, however, proved to be one of the most challenging projects in the agency’s history. What kept the project alive was belief in the strength of the ad’s basic message, that Coca-Cola is a bond connecting people to one another.

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The Shooting
Because London had been the song’s starting point, the ad’s creators decided that the “green hill” of its setting should be the storied cliffs of Dover on England’s southern coast. By March, 1971, a McCann production crew including Billy Davis, Harvey Gabor, and agency producer Phil Messina traveled with photographer/director Haskell Wexler to England to begin work. The chorus, they decided, would consist of several thousand British school children and would feature sixty-five principals who would be seen at close range. The children were cast and rehearsed “lip synching” moving their lips silently as though they were singing—to the New Seekers rendition of the song. Filming was set to begin on April 8, but three days of continuous rain, with more forecast, forced postponements. The McCann staff decided to move the shoot to Rome, which promised a more favorable climate.

In Italy, the producers had to cast a new group of children by searching schools and youth hostels. One English singer, the “head girl,” was brought to Italy to reprise her role. Production was to begin at 7:30 on the appointed morning with close-up shots of the sixty-five new principal singers in the flattering morning light. Unfortunately, it rained that morning for the first time in weeks. When the rain cleared in the afternoon, the leads were filmed singing the song while the “extra” children waited. Finally, late in the day, some twelve hundred children were spaced out on the top of the hill for the climactic shot from a helicopter. With light fading after only a few takes, the children broke ranks and began running down the hill to get more Coke from the truck carrying the props.

When the film was developed there were some unpleasant surprises. The zoom lens used for the close shots was faulty: every frame was out of focus. Additionally, the light levels on the helicopter shots were too low. The lead female singer then informed the crew that she had just been married and was going on her honeymoon and would be unavailable for any additional filming. McCann had now used its entire budget waiting for the rain to end in England and generating unusable footage in Rome.

To keep the ad alive, the McCann production crew went back to the drawing board. They cut the number of children in the youth chorus from twelve hundred to five hundred and began the search for a new female lead. They filled the ranks of the chorus by contacting the foreign embassies in Rome and drawing from their residents. As principals, they selected some forty young people between the ages of fifteen and nineteen. And when they spotted Linda Neary, a British governess living in Rome, walking down the street pushing a baby carriage, they decided she looked perfect for the part of the female lead. Two days before shooting was scheduled to begin, Neary agreed to take the part and the cast was set.

A new local film company, Roma Films, was contracted to film the commercial. Billy Davis rehearsed the young people lip synching to the New Seekers’ recording, and filming began on a different hillside the following day. Roma Films changed the strategy that had been used for the earlier shooting, filming the larger group shots first as Davis conducted the chorus. The aerial views showing the entire group from the vantage point of a helicopter were filmed next, while the tight close-ups were actually filmed at a racetrack near Rome.

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The Commercial
The television ad “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” was released first in Europe, where it garnered only a tepid response. It was then released in the U.S. in July, 1971, and the response was immediate and dramatic. By November of that year, Coca-Cola and its bottlers had received more than a hundred thousand letters about the ad. At that time the demand for the song was so great that many people were calling radio stations and asking them to play the commercial. Clearly, “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” had struck a chord deeper than the normal response to the advertisement of a commercial product, and Billy Davis asked Bill Backer to rewrite the lyrics without the references to Coke.

Because the New Seekers were initially unavailable to record the new version, a group calling itself the Hillside Singers recorded it with a country-and-western flavor and released it as a single. When the New Seekers began an American tour several weeks latter, they re-recorded the new lyrics and released a second single. Both version sold well in fact, at one point, the New Seekers version was listed among the top ten songs on the American pop music charts while the Hillside Singers version was number thirteen. Such successes were repeated around the world as the ad’s popularity expanded. Recordings of the song and versions of the sheet music appeared in a variety of languages to fill an ever-increasing demand.

“I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” has had a lasting connection with the viewing public. Advertising surveys consistently identify it as one of the best commercials of all time, and the sheet music continues to sell more than thirty years after the song was written. Such is the power of television advertising that through the enduring popularity of this ad, at least, Coke has borne out something of Backer’s ambitious claims for it, becoming a common connection among people.

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Behind the scenes

- Hilltop” is the first historical ad ever to be restored in High Definition (HD). It can still be viewed by the public as it was donated to the Library of Congress in Washington DC in 2000.

- The international cast included actors from more than 20 countries.

- The opening scene was shot at a horse racetrack outside of Rome forcing unusual camera angles during the opening scene as the director tried to avoid having telephone wires in the background of the shots; the rest of the commercial was shot on the hilltop.

- Within 10 days of the U.S. release of “Hilltop,” The Coca-Cola Company received 10,000 letters from consumers thanking the Company for the message in the ad. Consumers also called television stations asking when the commercial was scheduled to air.

- The song “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” was written in less than 24 hours.

- The cast did not actualy sing “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke,” but rather lip-synced to a New Seekers recording

Interview with Bill Backer
Interview conducted with Bill Backer about his role in creating the famous Coca-Cola ad, “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke.” Backer co-composed the ad with Billy Davis, Roger Greenaway and Roger Cook in January 1971. Backer was the creative director for McCann Erickson when the ad was made. The Coca-Cola Archives interviewed Backer in 2007.

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The Christmas Version
In the mid-1970s, another version of the commercial was filmed for the holiday season. This reworking featured the same song, but showed the group at night, with each person holding a lit white candle. In the final zoom-out crane shot, only the candle flames remain visible, forming a triangle reminiscent of a Christmas Tree; this impression is cemented by a Coke-bottle logo superimposed at the top of the “tree”, and the words “Happy Holidays from your Coca-Cola bottler”below. This version was reused for many years during the holiday season.

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The Hilltop Reunion
In 1990, a follow-up to this commercial, called “Hilltop Reunion”, aired during coverage of Super Bowl XXIV. It featured the original singers (now adults) and their children, and culminated in a medley of this song and the then-current “Can’t Beat the Real Thing” jingle.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup
In 2010, Coca-Cola once again used the song in a television commercial featuring the entire line of its sponsored NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers. The commercial included the drivers singing the song while driving in a race. The following year, information on how many dollars it would take “to buy the world a Coke” was given in a commercial featuring the red silhouette of a Coke bottle and the melody of the song.

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Cover
British band Oasis were sued after their recording “Shakermaker” borrowed its melody and some lyrics directly; they were forced to change their composition. Oasis tribute band NoWaySis released a cover of  “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing”, entering the British charts at No.27 in 1996.


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In 2007, Campaign magazine called it “one of the best-loved and most influential ads in TV history” It served as a milestone—the first instance of the recording industry’s involvement with advertising.Marketing analysts have noted Coca-Cola’s strategy of marrying the idea of happiness and universal love of the product illustrated by the song.

Advertising Agency: McCann-Erickson, USA
Creative Director: Bill Backer
Art Director: Harvey Gabor
Director: Roberto Malenotti
Agency Producer: Phil Messina
Music: Billy Davis, Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway, Bill Backer


25 Best Not-So-Christmas Ads

1 – Roeschke & Roeschke Porn Blocker – CHRISTMAS


Advertising Agency: Springer & Jacoby, Hamburg
Year: 2008
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 2 – Corporacao Fantastica (Production Company) – CHRISTMAS TREE


Advertising Agency: Santa Clara, Sao Paulo
Year: 2010

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3 – ESPN Telespectaculo (Cable TV) – CHRISTMAS


Advertising Agency: Ginko Saatchi & Saatchi, Uruguay
Year: 1999

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4 – Seat Altea XL – SANTA CLAUS


Advertising Agency: Atletico International
Year: 2007

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5 – St. Matthew-in-the-city – JOSEPH & MARY


Advertising Agency: M&C Saatchi, Auckland
Year: 2009

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6 – Niko Movement Detectors – SANTA IN JAIL


Advertising Agency: Mortierbrigade, Brussels
Year: 2007

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7 – SCI-FI Channel – MERRY CHRISTMAS


Advertising Agency: BETC Euro RSCG, Paris
Year: 2007

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8 – RFSU Sex Toys – SEXIER CHRISTMAS


Advertising Agency: Naked Swedwn, Stockholm
Year: 2010

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9 – Axe Deodorant Spray – SANTA CLAUS


Advertising Agency: Lowe, Sao Paulo
Year: 2005

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10 – Lawrance & Mayo (opticians retail showroom) – SANTA CLAUS


Advertising Agency: Joshbro Communications, Mumbai
Year: 2008

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11 – Tylenol – SANTA

Headline: There are some questions that are such a headache.
Advertising Agency: Vale Euro RSCG, Maxico
Year: 2009

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12 – Integrationhaus (Charity Appeal) – CHRISTMAS AD


Advertising Agency: Y&R, Vienna
Year: 2011

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13 – Omino Bianco Colour – LAUNDRY BEFORE CHRISTMAS


Advertising Agency: Publicis, Milan
Year: 2008

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14 – Stihl Chainsaws – CHRISTMAS TREE


Advertising Agency: Cummins & Partner, Melbourne
Year: 2005

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15 – Stella Artois – RUDOLF

Advertising Agency: Eye Sociedad Publicitaria, Puerto Rico
Year: 2010

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16 – Heinz Baked Beans – SANTA

Advertising Agency: Unknown
Year: 2006

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17 – Cultura (book, music, movies & games) – CHRISTMAS

Advertising Agency: DDH Bordeaux, France
Year: 2007

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18 – La Cucina Italiana (magazine) – SANTA

Advertising Agency: DLV/BBDO, Milan
Year: 2010

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19 – Fondacja Azylu pod Psim Aniolem – DOGGIE

Advertising Agency: Mather Communication, Warsaw
Year: 2010

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20 – BBQ Meat Restaurant – BUON NATALE

Advertising Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, Milan
Year: 2010

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21 – Mooter Search Engine – SANTA CLAUS


Advertising Agency: Dentsu Kansai, Osaka
Year: 2007

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22 – Mercedes GL 500 – BE THE FIRST


Advertising Agency: Jung von Matt/Donau, Vienna
Year: 2007

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23 – Stamyl (antiflautolento y digestivo) – GAS CAMPAIGN


Advertising Agency: Maruri Grey Ecuador
Year: 2008

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24 – Pro BTP Builders Insurance – CHRISTM-ASS


Advertising Agency: Leg Agency, Paris
Year: 2007

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25 – Kit Kat – HAVE A BREAK


Advertising Agency: JWT Dubai
Year: 2006



Merry Christmas from your Advertising Agency

Merry Christmas from Lowe Brussels: THE SMALLEST WISH CARD IN THE WORLD (2008) 

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Merry Christmas from Wieden+Kennedy, Amsterdam: VIRTUAL HOLIDAY DINNER (2010)

The brief was to make a Christmas card on behalf of WIEDEN+KENNEDY AMSTERDAM – something that we could give to clients, family, friends and even strangers. We realized what people want most around the holidays, more than any trinket or card, is to simply be together. No distance should keep loved ones apart. And so we decided to create a virtual holiday dinner, using the Internet to create a new type of Christmas greeting and blowing the traditional Christmas card out of the water.
This Christmas message was especially relevant in our office, which is 75% expatriate – there are 130 people from 20 different countries. Nothing could have been more meaningful to our people than enabling them to connect with people far away.

The rustling faux fireplace, festive holiday table and well-dressed mannequins set the scene.
Mannequins were fitted with screens as faces and connected to Skype so people could simply call in and with the help of their webcam, appear on the face of one of the dolls at the table. The cameras on their foreheads let the people at home have a real-time view of the space and everyone at the table. To make this dinner as realistic as virtually possible, we partnered with a robotics specialist to build a unique facial tracking software. Users could move their mannequin’s head by simply moving their face from side to side. Thus, diners could turn and focus on each person.
We packaged the invitation and booking system onto a website and spread the news via Facebook, Twitter and email.

At the end of the three days there were 16,000+ twitter mentions and 3,800 Facebook likes. Most importantly, 156 people, from 6 continents had gathered together for a holiday dinner. There were romantic dates, cross-continental family reunions and even first time meetings.
Voted 2010’s Best Agency Holiday Cards by Adweek.
Adverblo called it, “A lovely Christmas gift from W+K Amsterdam.”
Fast Company said, “The dinner was an undeniable success.”
“WIEDEN+KENNEDY AMSTERDAM make it possible to sit down with faraway family and friends for a virtual holiday dinner.” 
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“Now, I really have to dinner with my family!” 
Brandsplat Report

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Merry Christmas from Tequila/TBWA Auckland: SNOWMAN (2006)

The brief: create the annual Christmas card for New Zealand agencies Whybin\TBWA & TEQUILA\ to send to clients, suppliers and business partners.
Disrupt Christmas conventions (ie: send a card). Stand out from the ho ho ho hum. We sent out a plastic bag containing water, a pipe, a carrot and two round black stones. The attached message was simply: “Warmest Christmas wishes from Whybin\TBWA & TEQUILA\”.

The Christmas mailer exceeded all expectations and snowballed into a huge promotional piece for the agency. Recipients loved it (whether they got it instantly or had someone busting to explain it to them). More than that, they started talking about it and testing it on their friends. Before long, it was being picked up and discussed on radio stations and profiled in the national newspapers. Generating thousands of dollars worth of free publicity for the agency – and an unexpected ROI of over 1100% on agency costs.

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Merry Christmas from Mother London: GIVING IS GLORIOUS (2010)

Brief and target audience: To show existing and new clients, as well as creatives in the industry, that Mother London is one of the the leading creative agencies. Strategy: Millions of electronic Christmas greeting cards are sent around nowadays. It’s considered by many as something that clutters your inbox rather than something to appreciate. We turned this on its head by creating one email that appears to be just another piece of junk mail but was in fact one of the most important emails that you received all year.
We gave a corporate Christmas gift/card in a unexpected way, the first honest spam, which strengthened the brand as a inventive creative leader. A gift that was entertaining for both existing and new clients as well as creatives in the industry.
We decided to spend our whole budget on a christmas gift to one person.
A spam e-mail offering $10 000 for the first one to reply, was sent out to hundreds of clients and partners. Only one guy replied and we gave him a visit. We filmed the experiment and sent another email to all the people who got the spam. We explained ‘On the 10th of December we offered you $10 000, but you didn’t reply’. Attached was the link to the film. Both our clients,as well as everybody else, could enjoy the film as it spread online.
A quater of a million views on YouTube in a couple of days. 5th most viewed clip in the UK on YouTube (that month). It also reached a number three on the subjects ‘most Twittered about’ during the first days.

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Merry Christmas from Brey Leino Bristol: CHRISTMAS CARD (2006)

“This year, instead of Christmas cards we’re donating money to the NoMore Landmines Trust. Best wishes from all of us at Bray Leino Bristol.”

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Merry Christmas from Shackleton, Madrid: XMAS REVISITED (2007)

We used the excuse of the Christmas Seasons Greeting for an action to demonstrate in the most practical way the creative capacity of the agency.
Objectives:
• Seasons Greetings: Send our clients and prospects our Christmas and New Year wishes
• Display the creative capacity of the agency
• Anchor the image of “creative and integrated agency” in our clients and prospects.
The solution: an exercise full of humor and irony, playing on what is generally the daily relation between “client-agency” in relation to the IDEAS.
We wrote a book following the structure of a “meeting report” where we address, consecutively the surrealistic propositions and comments from both the client and the agency on different aspects of Christmas, such as:
The characters (Father Chrismas/St.Klaus, etc…
The customs (grapes, roscón: kings’ cake, etc…
The location (urban rules in Bethlehem, etc…)
The ambient (climate changes, etc…)
The company’s Christmas present.
Results:
• 531 emails of Thank you and cards (67% SPONTANEOUS answer)
• We got 26 agency presentations when the expected standard would have been less than half.

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Merry Christmas from Young & Rubicam Brands, Milan: GREEN CHRISTMAS (2011)

Christmas greetings card that challenges the receiver to save energy. Recipients were delighted by receiving a typical greeting card that to address a very important theme uses irony.

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Merry Christmas from Grey Mexico: TEDDY BEAR (2005)

Brief: send an original and emotional Christmas card to all Grey Global Group clients that communicates the spirit of the holidays.
We decided not to send a regular Christmas card, but a 3D mailing. A box containing a teddy bear with instructions of what to do with it. It must be given to a street child, and the smile that it generated was Grey’s present to our clients. 
Most of our clients returned the coupon which translated into a donation to an orphanage. We received lots of emails and letters congratulating Grey for such an original and emotional Christmas mailing. All of them gave the teddy bear away.

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Merry Christmas from Happiness Brussels: GIFT A STRANGER (2011)

The typical yearly agency brief: create an agency Christmas Card.
As Christmas is a traditional period of gift giving, we at Happiness Brussels wanted to push that giving spirit of Christmas just a little further…
We created Gift a Stranger: a website that allowed people to send a gift to a random person somewhere in the world, and spread a little bit of happiness
The site automatically found a random address somewhere in the world. People could then print out this address, and send their gift to this unknown person. Their gift appeared on the map, with all other gifts from people all over the world.
Results and Effectiveness:
–       More than 700 gifts sent during Christmas
–       75.000 unique clicks on the website
–       Gift a Stranger was featured on leading blogs
–       More than 6.000 impressions on Twitter, Facebook & Tumblr

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Merry Christmas from H57, Milan: RE-PACK PROJECT (2011)

H-57 loves and respects the environment. For this reason, during Christmas, we decided to launch an initiative that would promote our agency and be useful at the same time. We have therefore implemented a very simple idea, but in our opinion very effective to make people understand the importance of reusing old boxes/ envelopes/packagings even after the Christmas holidays, to produce an awareness on environment issues (even with a small action), to protect and save a lot of trees!
The challenge was to promote our agency doing a good deed. We started thinking to a very simple creative idea with low production costs. Moreover, it would have been perfect if we could find something that would help to “educate”our clients to respect the environment/nature.
The idea came one day while we were at work in the agency. There were some boxes and we tried to close one of them inside out then we had the idea to reuse all the boxes that we had here in office. We personalized the boxes with a red sticker to make the idea understandable, elegant and cool without being cheap. Our concept has been published on many blogs and our customers liked and appreciated our funny promotional operation too.

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Merry Christmas from Grabarz & Partner Hamburg: RECYCLED CHRISTMAS CARD (201o)

The task was to design a Christmas greetings card for clients and business partners of the advertising agency Grabarz&Partner with the advice that money would be donated to a charity in their name. The aim was to generate affinity for Grabarz&Partner.
Presentation boards of Grabarz&Partner campaigns that had been rejected internally were cut up into postcard-size pieces and dispatched with Christmas greetings. Grabarz&Partner received many positive reactions from clients and business partner.

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Merry Christmas from Vitruvio Leo Burnett, Madrid: THE GIFT IS US (2009)

The main goal was to say Merry Christmas to other agencies in a special way. We wanted to give an honest gift, inspired by generosity and love, that reoresented the values of Christmas. We wanted to present them with a gift that would be hard to forget, something that would leave the best impression of our agency on the advertising industry.

Each creative went with a special kit, which included: one numbered laptop bag, two t-shirts (one for each day), 1 pendrive with the goodbye email and some goodbye sweets. They worked with new accounts and new bosses. The decision about which creative had to go to each agency was made studying the profile of each creative, in order to really help the agency with their capabilities, all of our creatives went to their designed agency with the intention of helping out and doing the best possible job. It was the only way to approach the main goal of the campaign.
The experience was greater than we could imagine:
– A pitch won.
– A print campaign published.
– 3 webfilms created.
– More than 90% of our ideas were presented to clients.
– And the most important thing, according to our objectives: more than 500 new friends were acquired.
The best thing we could do to leave a good impresion on the agencies was to do something valuable for them, something they would remember us by. We offered them our time and our work to help them to go forward with their own projects. Is there a better gift for an agency than that?

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Merry Christmas from Ruf Lanz, Zurich: RUF LANZ CHRISTMAS MAILING (2009)

Over the Christmas season, customers receive many greeting cards and mailings. Most are placed straight in the wastebasket. The challenge was to create a distinctive mailing that would get the agency noticed both in its idea and execution – and one that customers would not forget for a long time.
Each year at Christmas, the Ruf Lanz advertising agency sends their customers a surprise. With 2008 having been such an economically difficult year, this Christmas they wanted to make it a special surprise.
During the Christmas period, many people like to light candles. That’s why the heads of the four members of the creative board were reproduced as candles. A mould of each of the four heads was elaborately hand-carved in wood. They were used to pour 150 sets of candles – and then hand-painted by the French artist Martine Siragusa. The candles were sent in a wooden presentation box.
The customers responded enthusiastically to the quality mailing. Many put the candles in their offices– and lit them. Some even took them home and decorated their Christmas tree with them. The mailing was also sent to potential customers: one subsequently brought his advertising budget to Ruf Lanz.

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Merry Christmas from Nitro, London: UNSUBSERVIENT SANTA (2008)

Nitro’s alternative Christmas card comprised of an interactive microsite called Unsubservientsanta.com. Users we’re invited to write their Christmas wish in the dialogue box and submit it to Santa. Santa would be woken by a flashing light and the request appearing on his printer. Using the latest in interactive technology, Santa would blatantly ignore the request and do something unseasonably unpleasant such as make a rude gesture, smash up the presents or cut down the Christmas tree with a chainsaw. The site proved incredibly popular with staff, clients, friends and the general public.

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Merry Christmas from Wunderman Zurich: WAKE UP SANTA (2006)

The annual greetings for Christmas and the New Year are a part of Christmas like Santa Claus and the Christmas tree. The tradition of these greetings is to be maintained, without being traditional. The agency network Wunderman/Futurecom should therefore look for a solution, which stands out against the flood of Christmas cards, amuses and at the same time underlines the expertise of the two agencies on their creativity and integrated communication.
The Solution: Wake up Santa, an unconventional sort of Christmas communication via an entertaining and engaging mailing and web game: Wunderman and Futurecom sent the selected recipients a printed Christmas card that asks them to be a hero. They should save Christmas online. This means waking up Santa by choosing the correct combination of waking-up-methods. http://www.wake-up-santa.ch is an interactive site: each try to wake up Santa is shown live via video streaming. The videos were produced in-house, by the agencies themselves. Despite the fact that the visitors had no possibility to win anything or got any other kind of incentive on the website, the campaign obtained remarkable results.

With a send out of 2750 addresses the Website generated:
– 3 784 visits
– 2 287 visitors, 20.4% of it regular
– average of 176 visits daily
– average of 5,27 minutes spent on the website
– 2990 waking attempts or approximately 15 000 streamed waking video clips
– 220 reminder registrations (9,6% of the visitors)

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Merry Christmas from Villarrosas, Barcelona: CHRISTMAS AGITATION FRONT (2007)

The Brief
At Christmas, the agency sent its season’s greetings to its clients and friends by creating the Christmas Agitation Front (F.A.N. in Spanish). “

The Solution
A kit was sent by post with templates of slogans for windows and a spray, calling all the group’s followers to action. The themes on the templates were the F.A.N. logo, a Christmas ball-bomb, “Happy Climate Change”, “More ham and less syrup”, “Pay rise!” and “Consume moderately. It’s your responsibility.

The Results
250 welcome packs for the Christmas Agitation Front were sent in total.

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Merry Christmas from Wunderman Germany: CHRISTMAS DINNER (2006)

The Brief: develop an attention-grabbing mailing for the agency’s business partners, that:
-differentiates Wunderman from other agencies
-proves the creative excellence of Wunderman
-works as the perfect Christmas greeting.

The Solution: Christmas time is greeting time. And it’s also the time of perfect dinners.
Wunderman links both together. By sending out an eatable mailing, that – even if it’s made of paper – tastes like the classical Christmas turkey.
It was realized by Chicago’s chef Homaro Cantu, who developed a patented method to print the taste of different dishes to eatable paper.

Results. It’s fascinating, by attention and surprise. This innovative greeting supports the positioning of Wunderman as competent and creative dialogue-agency. Even if there was no response required, 36% of the addressees felt inspired to answer – some of them by inviting our Board of Executives to a Christmas Dinner.

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Merry Christmas from KMS Team, Munich: BUILDINGS BRANDS CHRISTMAS GREETING (2011)

The task was to develop a Christmas greeting for clients and partners on behalf of KMS TEAM, a company for brand strategy, brand design and brand communication.
The Christmas gift had to meet the following requirements: establish a personal connection, take up the topics of “brand” and “Christmas”, and invite the recipient to become active.
As a Christmas greeting, the brand agency KMS TEAM sent its clients and partners a personalized LEGO set: a conference room with the logo of the respective recipient as an image projection. Under the title, “Building brands”, the accompanying card established the connection to KMS TEAM’s core expertise. Thus a classic gift (LEGO for Christmas) became a delightful means of communication.
Many recipients of the present personally thanked the sender and had very positive things to say about the Christmas greeting.

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Merry Christmas from Advertising Depot, Brisbane Australia: ISTANT CHRISTMAS TREE MAKER (2005)

Brief: to generate new business without having to plead with prospective clients for lunch dates.
We created a Christmas gift that challenged expectations and was interesting enough that prospective clients would give us a call, instead of the other way around. In a market rife with predictable Christmas Gifts, the Instant Christmas Tree Maker aimed to turn expectations on their head and position us as an agency that achieves cut-through and can add new dimensions to our clients’ advertising.
The majority of prospective clients contacted us to say thank you, presenting us with an opportunity to set up a meeting to discuss their account. We have consolidated 3 substantial accounts as a direct result of the campaign, increasing our billings by approximately 30%.

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Merry Christmas from Red C Advertising, UK: CHRISTMAS NUMBER ONES (2008)

Wish clients a Merry Christmas in a fun and interactive way that shows how the agency is now producing work both online and offline. Include some form of Christmas present in the idea to prompt response.
Over the last year the agency had taken steps to offer online services alongside traditional offline services. This included the ability to film and edit digital video, build forms and design and build websites… no mean feat for what was once known as a traditional DM agency. We decided that the big rush to become Christmas No.1 would be a fun way to show off our skills to our clients… so we created an alternative Christmas No.1s competition with staff starring in their own pop videos and singing their favourite Christmas songs. Visitors to the site could then vote for their favourite and be entered into a draw to win an IPOD Touch. We sent out 300 cards, and had over 150 entries into the competition, giving us a response rate of well over 50%. With one very lucky person then going on to win an IPOD Touch!

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Merry Christmas from Lowe Roche, Toronto: HOLIDAY BUTTONS (2006)

Because in this magical time of goodwill and cheer, it’s easy to lose sight of what makes this season truly special: controversy.

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Merry Christmas from Leo Burnett, Milan: THE JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS PARTY (2005)

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Merry Christmas from Creature, Seattle: CREATURE TOE HOLIDAY GIFT (2008)

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Merry Christmas from Young & Rubicam, New York: THE UNGRATEFUL BASTARDS (2010)

Y&R NY launched a new website called “The Ungrateful Bastards.” If you received a gift during the holidays that you don’t want (and who didn’t?), you can visit this site and trade for someone else’s unwanted gift. “Because one man’s stupid, unwanted holiday gift is another man’s treasure.”

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Merry Christmas from Saatchi & Saatchi, Slovenia: GREEN SANTA (2009)

Y&R NY launched a new website called “The Ungrateful Bastards.” If you received a gift during the holidays that you don’t want (and who didn’t?), you can visit this site and trade for someone else’s unwanted gift. “Because one man’s stupid, unwanted holiday gift is another man’s treasure.”

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Merry Christmas from Recreate.lu, Luxembourg: XMAS ROAD SIGNS (2010)

Nice little guerrilla action noticed in the streets of Luxembourg. Road signs have been discretely decorated in Christmas fashion. Charming initiative in this holiday season.

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Merry Christmas from 180 Amsterdam: CHRISTMAS MESSAGE (2007)

The Christmas card is a light-hearted attempt to contribute to current debates raging about multiculturism, secularism and the true meaning of Christmas. It’s also an appropriate greeting from an agency that boasts over 24 nationalities.
Recipients are invited to assemble their own nativity scene from an empty stable and an accompanying sticker-sheet that features a whole mélange of characters. Choose Santa over Joseph or a Burka-clad woman over Mary. Further options include an array of gift bearers, animals, stars and gifts (many of which are courtesy of the agency’s clients). The broad selection guarantees endless fun and limited offence.
The Christmas message was sent out to clients, colleagues, partner agencies and competitors as a funny way to spread Christmas cheer and also awareness of the agency’s ability to execute an idea in an irreverent and entertaining way.
The Christmas card created a stir and was noticed and appreciated in a season that generally is drowned in clutter..

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