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Holly Willoughby Highlights ‘Must-Haves’ in M&S Christmas Ad

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Grey London-created festive campaign for the brand's clothing and home ranges will run on social media and TV

Holly Willoughby Highlights ‘Must-Haves’ in M&S Christmas Ad
What do this season’s most stylish Christmas jumpers, a classic Bridget Jones scene and the nation’s favourite Holly Willoughby have in common? You’ve guessed it – they are all in this year’s hotly anticipated M&S Clothing & Home Christmas campaign, launched on social media this morning.

Constructed around the must-have moments that make Christmas truly special for busy families, the campaign covers everything from decorating the tree to dealing with the washing up on Christmas day, via Christmas parties, Christmas movies and even Christmas present envy.

Starring M&S ambassador Holly Willoughby, the campaign highlights the important role that M&S plays for families at Christmas, and features a once-in-a-lifetime cameo of David Gandy gamely sporting marigolds to tackle the Christmas Day washing up mountain. Crucially, the campaign is also focused on customer Christmas missions. 

In addition to the 60-second ad, M&S is launching three 20 second edits for its customers’ biggest Christmas “Must-Have” categories – partywear, knitwear and sleepwear. Each advert and additional content will launch to coincide with when customers are buying these products based on extensive research and analysis of search and sales data. This starts with partywear on Thursday, November 15th and runs throughout December with knitwear and sleepwear. 

Set to ‘Give a Little Love’ by Tom Jones this fun-filled gallop through Christmas, created by Grey London, M&S is looking to win the hearts, minds and wallets of busy families who are always on the go, which is why the campaign is designed to be mobile first with content that plays out across digital platforms. As well as the all-important TV ad, M&S will be using a variety of channels from shoppable Instagram, programmatic display and Google Shopping in this fully integrated campaign. 

What’s more, there are a number of alternative endings to the advert that add additional humour and wit to keep customers engaged throughout the season. 

The ad went live at 6am on social media, with the first TV airing during Good Morning Britain which is watched by millions of families as they get ready for their day.
The “Must-Haves” that make the Christmas campaign will be seen by customers across all their interactions with M&S – from social posts, to store window displays, to visuals on the M& homepage. Colleagues will even be wearing the “Must-Haves” in M&S’s biggest stores as they help customers pick stylish outfits and gifts for the festive season. Customers can join in the festive conversation and share their “Must-Haves” using the hashtag #ChristmasMustHaves. 

Vicki Maguire, Chief Creative Officer at Grey London said, “This is a celebration of all the M&S ‘Must-Haves’ that help make Christmas so special. It’s been an amazing team effort to create this campaign and we can’t wait to hear what customers think.”

Nathan Ansell, Director of Marketing for Clothing & Home at M&S said, “For the busy modern family Christmas is all about quality time together and having some fun - I know it is for mine. And this year we’ve worked incredibly hard to tap into the key moments of the season that matter most to busy mums & dads -from the office party to the evening where you watch the classic Christmas films all together. We’ve built a campaign to show we have the Must-Have products to add magic and sparkle to these moments and we’ll be executing it based on detailed research about when customers want and need these products. 

“For the High Street there’s no time of year that’s more crucial than Christmas so whether customers are purchasing on the app, on Instagram or in a city centre store we want them to know M&S is the destination for the Must Haves that make Christmas.” 

Holly Willoughby, M&S Brand Ambassador said, “Christmas in the Willoughby household is a pretty big deal! It is such a special time of year, and for me it really is all about family; I absolutely love it. Christmas to us means new PJs for all the family on Christmas Eve, all jumping into our bed Christmas morning to see what Santa has bought us, filling our faces with turkey and mince pies, then a bit of squabbling over the washing up on Christmas afternoon before cuddling up in comfy jumpers to watch a Christmas classic on TV so M&S has pretty much summed up a typical Christmas day, which is why I am so excited to be part of it.”
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Post Production / VFX

CG Supervisor: Mike Little

Colourist: Jean-Clement Soret

Post Production Company: MPC

VFX Producer: Louise Unwin

VFX Supervisor: Dan Sanders


Edit Company: The Play Room

Editor: Adam Spivey, Rich Woolway

Production Company

Director: Gary Freedman

Director of Photography: Danny Cohen

Producer: Chris McBride

Production Company: Independent

Creative Agency

Account Director: Izzy Falcon

Account Executive: Lucy Patterson

Account Managers: Emilie Jenner

Assistant Producer: Amie Nedwell

Business Director: Dana Richter

Chief Creative Officer: Vicki Maguire

Chief Strategy Officer: Matt Tanter

Creative: Matthew Kennedy & Georgia Horrocks

Creative Agency: Grey London

Group Business Director: Katie Jackson

Head of Communications Strategy: Luke Pearson

Media Agency: Mindshare

Planning Director: Sarah Oberman

Senior Creatives: Tom Houser & Christopher Keatinge

Senior Planner: Charlie Brenninkmeijer

Senior Producer: Thea Evely


Head of Production: Mary-Ann D’Cruz

Sound Company: 750mph

Sound Design: Sam Ashwell

Genres: Music & Sound Design, People

Categories: Retail and Restaurants , Retail Stores

Grey, Tue, 13 Nov 2018 13:42:54 GMT