Ritson: ‘Read the nation’s mood before you commit to your Christmas campaign’

Christmas comes but once a year. That’s certainly true. But it comes a lot earlier for marketers. Rewind back through buying media, producing ads, creating copy, planning a campaign, formulating the strategic goals and – lo and behold – September is pretty much when most marketing minds turn to Christmas.

Thanks to John Lewis and a raft of other big brands in recent years, Christmas has become a vital communications period for brand building. And that is just the ‘long’ of it. For many brands Christmas is also the crucial sales period, with between 50% and 80% of total revenues often generated in these last few weeks of the year.

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