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How to Get Creative with Holiday Marketing

The holidays are a time to be generous, bask in nostalgia, and channel universal emotions. It may even be time to break a few of your brand guidelines along the way.

When you’re busy decking the halls and harking the herald angels, the last thing you want to do is think about marketing. But you don’t want to let the most lucrative time of the year pass your business by either.

Fortunately, you can have all the hard work finished long before the ho-ho-holidays roll around. Start early so that when the time comes, all you need to do is deploy your strategy and sit back with a hot cup of cocoa. Here’s everything you need to know before you get started.

Why Should I Run a Marketing Campaign During the Holidays?

Let’s start by answering an important question: why run a marketing campaign during the holidays in the first place?

Really, there’s never a bad time to market your business. But the holiday season is notoriously lucrative, which makes it the perfect time for a campaign. Here’s why:

  • There’s an increase in demand and buyer urgency
  • It’s easier to connect emotionally with customers
  • Shoppers are eager to discover new products and brands

These are just a few of the reasons why the holidays are a great time to sell your products and services. Even if your offerings are more relevant during the warmer months, you can provide discounts, bundles, and other special offers to spark interest from holiday shoppers.

How Does Holiday Marketing Differ from the Rest of the Year?

The holidays are a special time of year. Scrooge becomes generous, the Grinch’s heart grows by three sizes, and your customers may experience transformations of their own.

With this in mind, we recommend you go bold and try something different for your holiday campaign. Use this unique season as an excuse to create something really emotional and fun—your audience will likely be even more receptive to this type of content than usual. Start by:

1. Anticipating the Needs of Your Target Audience

Is there something about your product or service that makes it especially appealing during the holidays? For example, do you provide a service that could make hosting Thanksgiving dinner easier? Or do your products work as a gift for Christmas?

If you can anticipate the needs of your target audience and think of ways your offerings provide the solution, you’ll be well on your way to creating something impactful.

2. Thinking Outside the Box

As you begin to craft your strategy, keep in mind that the holidays are a great time to market your business . . . and just about everybody knows this. As a result, the competition will be fierce.

That’s why we recommend you think a little outside of the box for your holiday campaign. Don’t believe you can stamp a Christmas bow on your logo and call it a day. Instead, find ways to dig deeper—perhaps by getting more personal and vulnerable with your marketing than ever before.

3. Keeping Holiday Traditions and Rituals in Mind

The holidays are fraught with traditions and rituals. It’s possible that this will work in your favor…but it’s just as likely that it will not. For example, selling turkeys on Thanksgiving is a cakewalk. Selling hot dogs, on the other hand, may be a bit trickier.

In other words, sometimes you’ll want to lean into holiday traditions. Other times, you’ll want to subvert expectations. Most likely, you’ll want to do a little bit of both.

4. Breaking Brand Rules when Necessary

We’ve talked extensively about brand guidelines and how they should dictate all of your marketing moves. Well, the holidays are a time to throw that out the window.

Just kidding.

While we don’t recommend leaving your brand guidelines totally in the rearview mirror, you can sometimes stretch and break your own rules. If these “rules” are holding you back creatively or making it difficult to channel the magic of the holidays, we think it’s okay to break them this one time. We won’t tell.

The holidays are a time to be generous, bask in nostalgia, and channel universal emotions.

How Do I Channel the Magic of Christmas?

We are all familiar with that special, warm and tingly feeling that we get around Christmas time. Ideally, you’ll want your marketing campaign to tap into that feeling . . . but how? Channeling holiday magic can be tricky, especially if you want to avoid sounding cliche or cheesy. But here are a few ways you can bring the cheer of Christmas into your campaign.

Be Generous

Part of why Christmas evokes good feelings is because it’s a time of generosity. So, if you’re looking to spread some holiday magic, we recommend you get generous with your campaign. You could be generous with your customers by providing a discount or some other special offering. Or, you could be generous with people in need and let your customers take part in the experience. Check out this example of a generosity-driven Christmas campaign by WestJet.

Put a Fun Spin on a Classic

One of the best parts of the holiday season is rewatching favorite movies, eating favorite foods, rereading favorite books, and finding other ways to bask in nostalgia. So if your holiday campaign invokes memories of an old classic, it’s more likely to resonate with your audience. In 2018, Google ran a successful campaign with the help of Macaulay Caulkin. Watch this video to see how they put a fun spin on a classic holiday movie.

We put a fun spin on a classic Christmas song for last year’s holiday campaign, here’s some artwork. The link to the full video is towards the end of this article.

Tap Into Universal Emotions

For most people, Christmas is about family, faith, and making the world a better place. So if you want to truly channel the holiday magic, you can tailor your campaign around these ideas and emotions. One of our favorite examples of an emotional Christmas campaign is Coca-Cola’s 2020 commercial. No, we’re not crying; you are! Remember, the more time you give yourself to brainstorm a creative idea, the better. You can start as early as January! Whether you go with generosity, nostalgia, emotions, or all of the above, give yourself plenty of time to think and strategize.

How Does Myriad Approach Holiday Marketing?

At Myriad, we practice what we preach. Swing by our social media channels any time during the month of December and you’ll see what we mean! In 2022, we ran a fun, tongue-in-cheek campaign titled The 12 Days of Christmas. You can view it with this link or below. For this campaign, we ran with the “put a fun spin on a new classic” idea to transform the traditional 12 Days of Christmas trope into a clever representation of the funny and strange requests creatives get from clients. (Over 50,000 views) When you’re ready to try a holiday campaign for your own business, give us a call. Our team is here to help you set goals, brainstorm ideas, and deploy the campaign. Just say the word!
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