Christmas 2017: The Top 10

Colin Pye
Colin Pye
November 15 3 min read

It's that time of the year when retailers battle it out for the best Christmas advert of the season. We partnered with audience platform Lucid to test the emotional response of over 3,300 people in the UK, watching 55 videos during a week, mid November 2017.

Emotion recognition technology was used to collect emotional responses. These ad rankings are based on individual adverts’ EmotionAll® scores – a 1 to 10 performance score which compares videos’ emotional performance across our entire database of over 10,000 previously-tested videos. This EmotionAll® score can be segmented by age, gender or other metrics such as income. 

RANK      BRAND     CAMPAIGN (%) Score
1 Coca-Cola Gogglebox...Holidays Are Coming 96 10
2 Vodafone A Christmas Love Story 95 10
3 McDonalds Carrot stick Christmas 93 9
4 M&S Paddington and the Christmas visitor  85 9
5=6 Currys PC World Merry Techmas 84 8
5=6 H.Samuel Beautiful girls 84 8
7=8 Waitrose Christmas together 81 8
7=8 Heathrow  Bear Christmas 81 8
9=10 Pandora Do get what you wish for 80 8
9=10 Tesco Turkey, every which way 80 8

Alongside Coca-Cola and McDonald’s, Tesco was another top 10 ad to feature typical household situations. Authenticity, providing a more honest representation of 'real-life'  Christmas, was a leading theme this year. 

Romance was another, being featured in four out of the top ten, H. Samuel, Heathrow and Pandora joined Vodafone in trying to capture people’s hearts. Further down the list of the 55 videos, lower-performing ads had a more rational approach with more attention given to products than narrative. Unwrap other findings by downloading our study.  

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