A Wonderful Christmas Message: #GiveWhatYouCan

I first wrote about Hafod Hardware of Wales last year when I discovered the wonderful Christmas advert they had put together, for a grand total of just $130. Well, they did it again this year. For 2020, the family-run businesses’ advert, with the tagline #GiveWhatYou Can, shows three-year-old Arthur secretly gathering household items, such as … Continue reading A Wonderful Christmas Message: #GiveWhatYouCan

I Waited All Year for This, and…

I feel guilty saying that I'm a little disappointed. I'm talking about this year's Christmas advert from John Lewis/Waitrose. It's always been one of the highlights of the Christmas season for me, since they have produced some memorable ads over the years. But I didn't think this year's ad lived up to the high standards … Continue reading I Waited All Year for This, and…

Is This the Best Grade School Performance Ever?

Every year, Cannes Lions explores the value of creativity in branded communication: from product and service development to the creative strategy, execution, and impact. Since I'm such a fan of commercials, I always look forward to seeing what the winning ads were from the Festival. The winning ad in the Film Lions category was a … Continue reading Is This the Best Grade School Performance Ever?

The Best of Britain’s 2018 Christmas Commercials

I've noted before that Christmas commercials in the U.K. are like Super Bowl commercials in the U.S.; it's one of the highlights of the advertising world. I've already written about my favorite British Christmas commercial of 2018, the ad by John Lewis featuring Elton John. If you missed it, here it is; if you've seen it before, … Continue reading The Best of Britain’s 2018 Christmas Commercials

British Firm Has the Nerve to Poke Fun at John Lewis’s Christmas Commercial Featuring Elton John

Last week I wrote about the great Christmas commercial British retailer John Lewis came out with this year which features Elton John. The Boy & The Piano opens with 71-year-old Sir Elton sitting at a piano at home, playing the first few notes of his famous hit Your Song. From there, it works backward through his life, from … Continue reading British Firm Has the Nerve to Poke Fun at John Lewis’s Christmas Commercial Featuring Elton John

Some Gifts Are More Than Just a Gift – the 2018 John Lewis Christmas Commercial Is Here!

It's one of the annual traditions I've looked forward to for the past few years, the release of the John Lewis (a British retailer) Christmas commercial. This year feels a little bit extra special after spending last winter in London and getting to visit the John Lewis flagship store on Oxford Street. This year is the first … Continue reading Some Gifts Are More Than Just a Gift – the 2018 John Lewis Christmas Commercial Is Here!