What the Holidays are (also) About.

Jordana here, LCI’s Assistant Account Executive. The holiday season is a time to give thanks for what we have and to give back to those who have not. During this time of year, we see a great number of spirited holiday campaigns in both the PR and advertising spheres, aiming to promote this very idea.

There was a time when I would have been appalled to see a holiday ad on TV the day after Halloween. Those were my pre-PR days. In the world of public relations, we are already knee deep in holiday strategy by mid-July, so it’s only natural that we now expect the overnight décor changes in malls across the nation on November 1st.

This time of year is typically the height of ad spending for major corporate brands, which leaves the average shopper feeling bombarded by in-your-face consumer-luring ad tactics: a snow-blanketed house and crackling fire act as the backdrop to a scene where a beautiful woman receives diamond earrings from her wool-sweatered husband, or the key to her new Lexus, parked in the driveway and topped with an inconceivably large bow. They capture our hearts (and wallets) with shots of kids in scarves and expertly decorated holiday table-settings only Martha Stewart could create.

So, how do we top these attention-grabbing tactics with public relations? We don’t. Our goal is not to further overwhelm the already overwhelmed. Our strategy is to remind consumers that the holidays aren’t just about giving the latest and greatest. They’re also about supporting great causes and finding creative ways to shop smart while also giving back. Here are some creative and worthy-cause campaigns for the 2011 holiday season:

  • From October 1st through December 31st this year, LCI-client Lotus Bakeries, makers of world-famous Biscoff Cookies, will donate 10% sales from its festive new holiday product, Biscoff Holiday Cookie Totes, to nonprofit Teach For America, an organization that works to improve the education of at-risk schools. (Totes are priced at $16.95 for a set of three).
  • Coca-Cola is supporting its long-time mascot, the arctic polar bear, with its new white can this holiday season. Sales of this special-edition can help support the World Wildlife Fund and endangered polar bears.
  • LCI client, the California Academy of Sciences, a non-profit world-class museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, offers holiday shoppers nationwide a chance to explore the world of science with their new “Budding Scientist Kit.” Complete with a 25-piece microscope set and a copy of Oh Yuck! The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty, by Joy Masoff. Sales on the $79 kit go to support the Academy’s leading global scientific research and exploration.

 

What’s your favorite 2011 holiday campaign? Email me at [email protected].

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8 Comments

  1. david Reply

    Jordana – great campaigns, all of them. My new favorite is Benjamin Moore’s “Color Care Across America.” They’re painting 50 shelters in 50 days across America, in conjunction with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. I’m heading to Anchorage, AK this Sunday for it and will blog about it when I return. In the meantime, take a look at some endearing stories here: http://apps.facebook.com/bm-colorcare/
    Cheers, David

  2. Donna Reply

    Very nice post, Jordana. One of my all time favorite holiday campaigns was also by Coca Cola – an enormous group of carolers singing “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.” It was before the time of some of the folks in the office, but some of us will remember it. A feel good classic.

    • Jordana Reply

      Donna, thank you for the compliment! I actually do remember that campaign…I think it was called Hands Across America!

    • david Reply

      I’m old enough to remember! 🙂

  3. Rob Reply

    Jordana — It used to be really disturbing to see holiday decorations on November 1st, but I’ve now grown to like it — or at least accept it. Good PR and marketing is all part of the seasonal fun. These days, the more viral the better. Looking forward to the onslaught of “elf-yourself” emails in the coming months!

  4. Rob Reply

    Jordana — It used to be really disturbing to see holiday decorations on November 1st, but I’ve now grown to like it — or at least accept it. Good PR and marketing is all part of the seasonal fun. These days, the more viral the better. Looking forward to the onslaught of “elf-yourself” emails in the coming months!

  5. Jessy Reply

    Jordana,

    Thanks for sharing. I love holiday campaigns; I think they are generally the most creative and inspired.

    Best,
    Jessy

  6. Nathania McNally Reply

    Great post, Jordana! A couple of really nice gift ideas too…