Top 10 Christmas ads 2019: Very beats John Lewis for emotional engagement

Nov 19, 2019 | Ads, Content marketing, Social, Social media, Video, Viral

UK clothing retailer Very has beaten John Lewis Christmas ad as the most emotionally enaging Christmas Ad Of 2019, with an animated tale of community spirit and seasonal goodwill, according to new research

The data, from ad tech company Unruly, analysed all of this year’s ads using surveys and machine learning, with ads from Sainsbury’s, Barbour, ASDA and Dogs Trust also making the top 5.

Very’s ”Get More Out Of Giving” tells the story of a community coming together to give Sidney, a lonely man, a Christmas he’ll never forget.

John Lewis and Waitrose’s first-ever joint campaign, “Excitable Edgar” campaign, featuring an accident prone dragon, came second.

In joint third was Sainsbury’s epic tale, “Nick The Sweep”, and Barbour’s animated“Thanks Mrs C”.

A tear-jerking campaign from The Dogs Trust and ASDA’s “Make Christmas Special” were joint fifth.

Othe ads to make it into the top 10 include Aldi’s “Leafy Blinders”, Walkers’ “All Mariah Carey Wants For Christmas” and Argos’ nostalgic “Book of Dreams”. Ads from IKEA, Debenhams and Boots did not make the top 10.

Most Emotionally Engaging Christmas ads of 2019:

Very’s ”Get More Out of Giving” finished top after 40% of viewers had a strong emotional response to the campaign, twice as intense as the UK norm. The animated ad was also four times more heart-warming, three times more likely to make people happy and twice as sad as the average UK ad. That put it just ahead of John Lewis and Waitrose’s excitable dragon, Edgar, which left 38% of viewers feeling very emotional.

Rebecca Waring, Unruly’s Global VP, Insight & Solutions, said: “This is why I love content testing! Some may be surprised to see Very at the top ahead of John Lewis & Waitrose, but this shows how valuable it is to test ads against a large sample of people who accurately represent the mood of the UK. Very has tapped into this year’s zeitgeist with great success. The ad is whimsical, old-fashioned and innocent, with an emotive soundtrack—features that are shared by several of 2019’s top Christmas ads, such as John Lewis and ASDA. However, where other brands have gone for spectacular storytelling, Very has chosen to focus on a straightforward social message about community, intergenerational relationships and much-needed seasonal goodwill.”

Thirty-six per cent of viewers of the Very ad came away with a more favourable view of the brand. However, the ad that scored the highest for brand favourabilty was The Dogs Trust’s “Dog For Life”, with 42% of people who watched the ad coming away with a better impression of the brand.

View the top 10 videos below:

1. Very
Get More Out of Giving

2. John Lewis

=3. Barbour
Thanks Mrs C

=3. Sainsbury’s
Nick The Sweep

=5. Asda
Make Christmas Special

=5. Dogs Trust
Dog For Life

=7. Visa

=7. Aldi
Leafy Blinders

=9. Walkers
Mariah Carey

=9. Iceland

=9. LIDL
Xmas You Can Believe In

=9 Argos
Book of Dreams

10 M&S
Go Jumpers



Unruly analysed the emotional responses of 3,071 UK consumers to 19 Christmas ads released this year using its content measurement tool, UnrulyEQ. The results were then compared to Unruly’s database of thousands of ads.

Source: Unruly

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