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M&S features Mrs Claus in its 2016 Christmas campaign

LONDON, 2016-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tonight (11 Nov 2016), M&S launches its 2016 Christmas campaign, with the release of its much anticipated Christmas advert Christmas with Love. Christmas with Love is its most customer-centric campaign to date, with input from thousands of its 32 million customers across the UK to develop the star of their Christmas ad – Mrs Claus.

The ad will premiere tonight, Friday 11th November, at 9pm. It is also M&S’s most socially immersive campaign to date, launching in the first ad break of Gogglebox to more than three million viewers, alongside landing on YouTube, M&S’s website and to its five million Sparks members.

It tells the story of Jake, who’s spent the last year squabbling with his sister Anna. As Christmas approaches, Jake decides he wants to do something special for her. So he writes to Mrs Claus (played by British actor Janet McTeer) who helps him give the perfect present with love to Anna – red, glittery trainers. And Mrs Claus helps out in her own stylish way, flying from Lapland across London in her helicopter to get Anna’s present to her on Christmas morning. As she departs, it magically begins to snow, delivering a white Christmas for all to enjoy.

Created by RKCR/ Y&R, the ad was directed by Oscar-winning British director Tom Hooper and has an original cinematic score composed by talented British composer Rachel Portman.

Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, Executive Director of Customer, Marketing & M& said: “Our Christmas with Love campaign is a brand new approach for M&S this year, one that has been created with our customers and for our customers, with their feedback at the heart of our strategy. Our ambition is for M&S’s customers across the nation to experience something special this festive season.

“Mrs Claus is the result of thousands of conversations that we had with our customers to understand what they want from M&S – which is warmth, empathy and a touch of humour presented in a modern and contemporary way. She epitomises the huge efforts our customers put in to making the festive season special and represents the love and togetherness that customers want to feel and see in abundance at Christmas.

“That’s why we’ve brought Mrs Claus and her world to life outside the ad in our most immersive and mobile Christmas experience yet. Across social, in store, mobile and online she’ll be there to help our customers with the build up to the big day by taking over our communication channels and surprising customers as they shop, ensuring that everyone will #LoveMrsClaus this year.”

Mrs Claus will be helping M&S make every moment special for its customers this Christmas. Living beyond the ad, she’ll open her world and point of view outside the TV ad – from social media takeovers featuring her own emoji and hashtag #LoveMrsClaus to offering outfit and gift inspiration on in store décor. M&S’s store teams will be getting involved by carrying out 15,000 acts of Mrs Claus kindness for customers, from free coffee for a Café regular to a party makeover for a customer in need of a pick-me-up.

Along with its media agency Mindshare, M&S has created an exclusive partnership with Channel 4 to launch the campaign. Following a week of co-branded teaser activity across the Channel 4 network and in social media, Mrs Claus will appear in a special ad break where she will officially kick off the festive season on the channel. A specially created spot narrated by David Mitchell will see Mrs Claus give seasonal style tips to Dawn O’Porter, Christmas decoration suggestions for Kirsty and Phil and festive food inspiration to Jimmy Doherty. This spot will launch as part of a break takeover alongside the M&S Christmas ad tonight, with more content to be released in the run up to Christmas on air and in social media

To create a campaign that is warmer and more special than ever before, M&S has listened to thousands of customers to ensure that Christmas with Love is highlighting the most relevant products at the right time throughout the festive season. The campaign will be aligned with customers’ personal Christmas calendars as they work towards the big day, from the search for a great Christmas jumper in early December, to the last minute dash for cream on Christmas Eve. For Food, this means the continuation of their mouth-watering ‘Adventures In’ TV ads, under the title ‘Tis the Season,’ with a festive twist to the iconic Clean Bandit track that complements the ads. For Clothing, it means targeted advertisements across multiple press, outdoor and digital channels. M&S’s top stores will have seasonal gift highlight areas at the front featuring all the products from the ads, ensuring these advertised lines are easy for customers to find.

The sentiments behind the campaign will also be reflected in how customers experience the brand in-store and online. From the redeveloped Christmas Food to Order website which is now easier to shop, with more choice and more collection-slots, to their best ever range of innovative and special festive food and gifts, to the warmth of their 70,000 store colleagues. This season M&S will truly make every moment special for customers, with a magical Mrs Claus touch.

Notes to Editors 

  • Mrs Claus was created by Alice Burton & Psembi Kinstan from RKCR/Y&R working with Smuggler (Tom Hooper). Editing by the Quarry, Post Production by The Mill and Sound Design by Wave.
  • There are four versions of the advert (3m, 2m, 60” and 30”) to be played on Television, Social and M&S’s own channels.
  • The track composed by Rachel Portman will be available to buy and stream through Universal from Friday 11th November, it will also be played on Bill Turnbill’s Classic FM morning show
  • All products featured in the advert are available in selected M&S stores and online, including Anna’s glittery trainers

For further information, please contact:

Corporate Press Office: 0208 718 1919

Source: Marks & Spencer

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