Peek of the Week – Christmas edition [updated]

Yes its already that time again… here is our round up of the most viewed, talked about and expensive Christmas commercials starting with The Bear and the Hare, the £7 million John Lewis Christmas TV commercial;

Its arrival heralds the start of the festivities, according to economists, although the rival M&S campaign, unveiled this week, began the annual drive to make us stop budgeting and start indulging. M&S’s poster girl, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, in lingerie naturally, will be vying against a cartoon bear, the star of the John Lewis campaign. It’s beauty versus the beast.

Taking a different approach is Tesco that goes down the nostalgic route;

Morrison is playing it safe with celebrity endorsement

ASDA doesn’t give up on the price war, even during Christmas;

A very cute and massive unwrap from Cadbury

One of my favourite LEGO;

But Sainsbury probably created the most buzz this year with Christmas in a day. Last year they asked people to send in their personal video and so Christmas in a Day features heart-warming home footage of celebrations. Directed by Oscar-winning Life In A Day director Kevin Macdonald, His award-winning 2011 Youtube film featured 80,000 crowd-sourced clips. The ’Christmas in a Day’ 50-minute film, which took 14 months to make, documents the different experiences of a range of UK families to capture the diversity of celebrations across the country.

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Will Video Ads Sink Facebook? Social Media Giant Faces User Backlash

The video ad market is on the cusp of a multi-billion dollar expansion that could transform Facebook and Instagram into syndication platforms putting pressure on the existing TV model, but those users may not accept commercials as readily as major online video sites.

TV advertising is a big business, but online video ads are projected to grow even more rapidly. eMarketer says that advertisers in the U.S. will spend $66.4 billion on TV ads this year, compared to $4.1 billion online. However, it foresees 40 percent growth in video ads.

Facebook Has the Potential To Generate $1 Billion in Ad Revenue

Morgan Stanley financial analysts are predicting that Facebook could generate over $1 billion next year in video ad revenues and as much as $6.5 billion by 2020. Advertisers are willing to pay a premium to Facebook because its ability to reach the coveted 25-34 demographic can exceed TV networks’ reach, Nielsen has found.

Facebook is especially attractive to advertisers during primetime hours. Nielsen has found that it is “a strong driver of duplicated reach—meaning that a marketer could reach the same consumers online and on TV.” Facebook complements TV ads and is overturning the perception that the Internet is only for niche audiences by becoming a channel for “broadly messaged, brand advertising,” Nielsen said in a July report. What’s important to note is that Facebook has served as extension to the main TV experience by bringing value through second screen activities. The Nielsen report noted that: The emergence of far-reaching publishers like Facebook, however, means that marketers now have another option for reaching consumers en masse. Likewise, the availability of true cross-screen metrics enables them to understand how digital can reinforce and complement their TV investment.

Facebook User Attention Span Is An Issue

Facebook has the scale to do this with its 1.15 billion monthly active users, but actual consumer interactions with its video ads could deviate from what analysts are expecting. Consumers are willing to sit through 30 or 60-second advertisements on online video platforms like YouTube,Hulu and UVidi, because they want access to the content. The social consumer is different – they don’t have the same attention span.

Moreover, Facebook doesn’t have a content strategy to hold users’ attention. The majority of the content that it distributes is user-generated and short-form, thus greatly reducing the likelihood that anyone is going to want to sit through a commercial to watch their friend’s cat fall off a couch. As video consumption evolves, we are seeing that 15 and 30 second pre-rolls are effective when users want premium content. It’s likely you will see much shorter messaging on social platforms with pre-roll that is 5 to 8 seconds long. Early testers will try to create branded content and use Facebook as a distribution source, but currently it can’t compete with the big video platforms because it won’t deliver equivalent results with its existing videos.

That’s the challenge: Facebook offers a very different customer experience from other content distribution sites. A model that could work would be to complement a TV advertising package with a Facebook extension that includes video to target mobile devices. More than 40 percent of Facebook’s advertising revenue and 68 percent of its traffic come from mobile customers, according to its Q2 earnings call in late July. That’s assuming users want ads.

Consumer sentiment could be why Facebook is moving so cautiously with video ads. It wants its ads to display in ways that aren’t distracting or alienating towards users the Wall Street Journal reports. “Striking that balance between consumer happiness and commercial opportunity has been a challenge for the young company, leading to delays and frustrations among the marketers it is trying to woo,” the report said.

While Facebook tinkers, established video platforms are better positioned to drawn display budget because of the duration of the videos. Morgan Stanley predicts that YouTube will generate $5.7 billion in video ad revenue next year, which is estimated to grow to approximately $17 billion by 2019.

Facebook could meet the street’s expectations, but that’s only true if consumers buy in. Content is king and will influence consumer interactions with video advertisements.

Adweek’s Video Ads Leaderboard – Top 5 May 2013

Sony and Microsoft stormed Adweek and YouTube’s Ads Leaderboard in May as both companies introduced their next-gen gaming consoles—the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One—in teaser videos. Both of those clips made the top five this month. But they were eclipsed by a teaser for an actual video game, which took the top spot.

Elsewhere on this month’s list, Old Spice nailed down two spots in the top 10 for the second straight month. And Kmart followed up April’s enormously successful “Ship My Pants” ad with “Big Gas Savings,” which reached less stratospheric but still respectable levels.

Audi of America placed high on this month’s list with its hilarious spot starring Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto. And Cruzan Rum also snuck in with its amusing take on laid-back island life

TOP 5 most watched video ads in may;

#5 Xbox One “Unveil Video” (5.6 million)

New tech, a new all-in-one entertainment system…of course people were curious to see the video showing it off:

#4 Audi: “Zachary Quinto vs. Leonard Nimoy: The Challenge” (5.8 million)

Capitalizing on the new Star Trek movie, this much-discussed Audi ad was 4th on the list:

#3 Old Spice “Baby” (6.5 million)

Terry Crews and crazy Old Spice crack the top 3 with cracked craziness:

#2 Sony “PlayStation 4” (7.1 million)

This teaser for the new video game system, which pretty much shows nothing and tells you to go to E3 to get a good look, still got lots of people to watch:

#1 Call of Duty “Ghosts Masked Warriors Teaser Trailer” (10.9 million)

Adweek is quick to point out that Call of Duty’s “Ghosts Reveal Trailer” has 13 million views, but it doesn’t recognize “game play trailers” and only live-action ones for some reason.  Strange.  Anyway, anything Call of Duty is going to get huge numbers, and the live-action teaser is no different:


Nielsen’s Tops of 2011: Advertising

From Volkswagen’s adorable Darth Vader-inspired Super Bowl spot to Purell’s memorable placement on The Big Bang Theory, Nielsen names the top advertisements and integrations of the year. The lists demonstrate that reality and scripted shows continued to find innovative ways to integrate brands into their broadcast primetime programming. The best liked ads reflect the enduring value of traditional ad elements that have withstood the test of time – strong creative, simple and engaging messaging, and a solid emotional connection.

Top 10 Most-Liked New Ads
Rank Title Ad Description (Seconds) Likability Index
1 Volkswagen Super Bowl: Passat — A little boy dressed as Darth Vader believes he used “the force” to turn on a car (:30) 231
2 Oreo Boy wakes up father at midnight for a Father’s Day treat (:15) 201
3 St. Jude’s Shaun White sits with kids, who wear wigs matching his hairstyle (:30) 191
4 Hallmark Recordable Storybook — Deployed soldier shares holidays with family when he flips through recorded storybook (:30) 190
5 Real California Milk Cow tells mom to change her “mom jeans” and show off her “bundt cake” (:30) 189
6 Doritos Super Bowl: A man licks snack crumbs off his coworker’s fingers (:30) 188
7 Target Boy in gecko costume uses sticky gecko hands to take all of the candy when trick-or-treating (:15) 187
8 M&M’s Pretzel — Candy and pretzel combo prefer to be eaten by attractive woman than man they call “Hungry Eyes” (:30) 186
9 Marie Callender’s & Reddi-Wip Boy is happy to sit at the adult table but returns to eat with the kids when they are served pie and whipped cream. (:30) 185
10 Pepsi Pop stars like Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Britney Spears, Kanye West, and Mariah Carey perform and drink soda. (:30) 184
Source: NielsenData from January 1, 2011 – November 30, 2011. Broadcast Prime. Only new ad executions considered. The Likeability Score is the percentage of TV viewers who report to like “a lot” an ad they were exposed to during the normal course of viewing TV (among those recalling the brand of the ad). These scores are then indexed against the mean score for all new ads during the period (Likeability Index). 100 equals average.Read as: With a Likeability Index of 231 the top ranked Volkswagen ad has proven to be 131 percent better-liked than the average new commercial during the measured period.

Top 10 Most Remembered Branded Integrations – Dramas/Sitcoms
Rank Brand Branded Integration Description Program (Network/Air Date) Recall Index
1 Purell Sheldon uses hand sanitizer after he puts a live snake in a desk drawer. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Oct 27) 271
2 Red Bull Tessa describes the official drink of suburbia; people drink it repeatedly. Suburgatory (ABC, Sep 28) 214
3 Milton Bradley Twister — Amy suggests that the group play the travel version of a game. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Nov 17) 208
4 Ferrari Beckett drives a car after Castle explains that it is a high performance vehicle. Castle (ABC, Feb 7) 207
5 Subway Big Mike says that his kidnapping hasn’t been that bad because his kidnappers brought sandwiches. Chuck (NBC, Mar 21) 206
6 Wizards of the Coast Games Dungeons & Dragons — Wolowitz comments on the way that Sheldon plays a board game. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Oct 6) 205
7 Rolex Laura comments on the price of a watch she purchased before she realizes it may have been stolen. Pan Am (ABC, Oct 30) 204
8 Snapple Waldon drinks a beverage while talking to Alan about his breakup. Two and a Half Men (CBS, Oct 17) 203
9 Hasbro Scrabble — Dick tells Susan that he’d rather play Scrabble than talk to her. Desperate Housewives (ABC, Jan 16) 200
10 Hasbro Monopoly — Penny wants to play a board game after getting home from a trip with Tom. Desperate Housewives (ABC, Oct 2) 199
Source: Nielsen
Data from January 1, 2011 – November 30, 2011. Broadcast Prime. The Recall Score is the percentage of television viewers who can recall within 24 hours the brand/product of a branded integration they were exposed to during the normal course of viewing Dramas/Sitcoms. These scores are then indexed against the mean score for all integrations occurring in this genre during the time period (Recall Index). 100 equals average.
Note: For this analysis, branded integrations were only considered if the occurrence had visual elements (i.e., was “seen” on-screen) or both visual and auditory elements (i.e., was both “seen” and “mentioned”). Only first-run episodes were considered. Both planned and incidental exposures were included.
Top 10 Primetime Programs with Product Placement Activity
Rank Program Network Total Number of Occurrences
1 American Idol FOX 577
2 The Biggest Loser NBC 533
3 The Celebrity Apprentice NBC 391
4 Dancing with the Stars ABC 390
5 The X Factor FOX 312
6 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ABC 224
7 America’s Got Talent NBC 220
8 Friday Night Lights NBC 201
9 America’s Next Top Model CW 178
10 The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business CBS 161
Source: Nielsen
Data from January 1 – November 30, 2011. Primetime entertainment programming on five Broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, and NBC). First-run episodes only. As a result of coding enhancements implemented in 2009, occurrence counts now reflect the total number of show segments in which a brand/product appears or is mentioned.