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Last night, we hosted The Goodstuff Media Showcase, almost 300 of the UK’s top marketers and creative agencies took to their seats to witness the most innovative, and inventive initiatives the industry has to offer.

Congratulations to Channel Four who clinched the victory, winning over the audience with their idea to “Grow the Proud Planet”. They are inviting brands to join in a commercial initiative to make travel safer, better, and more inclusive for the LGBTQ+ community. Check out all the highlights from the night here.

If you’d like to hear more about The Goodstuff Media Showcase or register your interest for 2024 please get in touch

As per our regularly scheduled programming, we’re bringing you another brand-spanking new edition of Stuffed to kick off your Friday. This week, we cover some of the newest Christmas adverts and how Channel Four is using data from Tesco Clubcard to broaden its audience insights…

So, grab a brew and enjoy.

From your friends at Goodstuff.

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Even Santa Needs a Break from Christmas, in McDonald’s newest ad

The festive season is just around the corner, and whilst the season brings a lot of joy, the holiday period can also bring a lot of stress. That’s why, this year, McDonald’s wants people to know it’s there for them. The fast-food chain’s newest ad showcases the irresistible lure of a Big Mac, inviting the nation to ask friends, family, and co-workers if they “Fancy a McDonald’s” this season. The creative is a departure from McDonald’s longstanding “Reindeer Ready” Christmas work, which sought to build an emotional connection with audiences.

Lack of representation in ads causes disengagement in much of the UK audience

Advertisers risk disengaging much of the UK, by failing to depict diverse and appropriate representation in their ads, according to research from Spark Foundry. Spark Foundry’s Insights Accelerated Report, which covers the third quarter of 2023, found that 57% of the UK said they disengaged from media and ads if they felt they were unrepresentative, with this percentage rising significantly for underrepresented communities.

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Planting the seed of a new tradition

Nothing confirms Christmas is around the corner like the release of the highly anticipated John Lewis Christmas ad, complete with its Rejecting Christmas conventions, John Lewis encourages us to embrace new traditions because Christmas will still be Christmas after all

Kill the tradition, not the turkey

PETA aims to change hearts and habits this Christmas, taking a more sinister angle, with this dark animated film. In their campaign, they encourage viewers to acknowledge who is on their plate, aiming to inspire consumers to leave animals off the table this Christmas.

Love over Hate with Marmite and Elton John

Marmite has partnered with The Elton John AIDS Foundation to encourage that which is most important in the world, love over hate. The limited-edition marmite jar perfectly captures Elton’s love for marmite, but it also stands for something more meaningful and important. Every jar purchased will continue to provide life-saving treatment and care worldwide to those most at risk of HIV and AIDS.

A bag is for life, not just for Christmas

JD celebrate 25 years of the brand’s iconic drawstring bag symbolising the epitome of British youth culture in their new campaign, “The Bag for Life”. Whether used as a boot bag, a record bag, a school bag, or carried as a crossbody, it is undeniable that the JD bag has been an unwavering companion throughout generations.

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C4 joins the Club(card)

After Channel 4 announced its most successful year yet across their VOD platform, they have now improved their overall package even further, by adding Tesco Clubcard data to customer targeting. As it has already obtained Nectar and Boots advantage cards, this will add an extra 14.4 million users to its data collection. This is a huge win for Channel 4, as this decreases the likelihood of any advertising wastage across clients’ VOD campaigns, allowing advertisers to deliver their strategy to extremely specific audiences. This deal is a key addition to Channel 4’s Future4 strategy, which aims to bolster its data-driven targeting offering.

Earnings seasons project more of the same in 2024 for advertising

As most people’s eyes turn towards Christmas decorations and Christmas adverts, those immersed in media have been captivated by the dynamic movements of the financial markets this week, with the earnings season taking centre stage. Whilst 88% of reporting companies have surpassed the estimates of experts, the major broadcasters operating in the UK have posted mixed results.

For example, ITV posted its results last week, which subsequently led to a drop in its stock price to its lowest value since last year. Despite this drop, the UK broadcaster did better than anticipated when considering the difficulties within the current advertising market. On the other hand, Disney also revealed a fall in ad revenue across both streaming and TV. The revenue loss across their streaming platforms was driven by Hulu, which is having a bit of a moment now that the platform sits entirely in Disney’s hands. Lastly, Warner Bros Discovery has seen a 12% decrease in ad revenue on its TV networks, however, this insight was offset by an impressive 30% increase in its streaming services in Q3.

2024 is set to be a remarkably interesting year in Adland as brands and consumers battle the cost-of-living crisis. Whilst an end to this tumultuous period is not within reach, there is a bit of hope that in 2024 things will bounce back to some sort of normality.

No sign of JCDecaux hitting the buffers with rail OOH deal

In OOH media owner news, JCDecaux has bolstered its National Rail offering by securing the contract of First Rail, operator of Avanti West Coast, Great Western Railway, and South Western Railway. This three-year contract brings most of the UK Rail advertising under JCDecaux, with a further 390 stations added to their current offering. This will bolster their share of Rail frames up to 71%, accounting for 83% of impressions. The domination of JCDecaux within the rail space may prove difficult for future pricing due to their monopoly within this space.

Thanks for tuning into the 159th edition of Stuffed.

Catch you next week.