The halls are decked, Santa is prepped, and "Fairytale of New York" is on repeat. The most wonderful (and expensive) time of the year is here, with nearly 40% of annual sales expected to be transacted in the final quarter of 2017.
But with every brand vying for fickle consumer attention and inboxes overflowing with the same old offers, how do brands stand out from the crowd, and be more like Rudolph and less like the others whose names we forget?
Well, our clients have done just that, putting an exciting and innovative twist on the traditional advent calendar, revealing engaging new elements daily to encourage repeat visitation throughout the holiday season. Whether it be giving fans the chance to enter the sweepstakes, or perhaps unlocking a sneak peek video clip to build anticipation, the reveal campaign can be used to help achieve a plethora of business goals. Using these reveal campaign activations can do wonders for your brand, not solely at Christmas, but for any occasion throughout the year.
To provide you with some inspiration as the new year approaches, we have pulled together a selection of our top four Advent Calendar campaigns created on Cheetah Experiences, plus some useful information on how this activation can be used to meet specific business goals throughout the year. So heat yourself up a glass of mulled wine, and have a read of this year’s top advent calendars.
Priceline.com Introduces 12 Days of Deals to Brighten the Holiday Travel Season
Objective: Reward participants and inspire travel bookings with deals and offer incentives
Throughout December, Priceline.com is engaging website visitors with 12 exciting days of deals, offers, and prize giveaways. The advent calendar encourages visitors to come back every other day to unlock a new window, where they can submit their personal details in return for the chance to access the exclusive deal. From tickets to a warm Mexican vacation getaway to an exclusive 5% off Express Deal hotels, the calendar is sure to put a smile on follower’s faces this Christmas. And, even if the day has passed, Priceline.com still inspires travel bookings by including a "book now" call-to-action on each window.
Nectar Joins Forces with Santa in a Five Million Secret Points Giveaway
Objective: Drive repeat website visitation and engagement amongst Nectar cardholders
To drive engagement amongst consumers throughout December, Nectar has teamed up with the main man himself (yes, Santa!), to give away five million of his Nectar points, equivalent to a whopping £25,000. To get involved, cardholders must open a door on the Christmas tree advent calendar every day, and answer the given question for the chance to bag themselves at least 200,000 Nectar points. Each door holds a small clue to the question that participants must answer, where they must submit their personal details to enter. What’s more, Nectar is giving away a bonus prize every Saturday, so participants have every reason to get involved!
HGTV Canada Celebrates the Festive Season with 15 Days of Holiday Tips, Tricks, and Prize Giveaways
Objective: Capture valuable audience data and HGTV Canada newsletter opt-ins
As the Christmas decorations start to make their annual appearance, glistening lights take over the streets, and mulled wine begins to hit the shelves, the countdown to Christmas is officially underway. HGTV Canada is capitalizing on the seasonal occasion with an engaging, "15 Days of Holiday Giveaways" advent calendar to build excitement throughout the festive season for its channel, HGTV Canada. By revealing plenty of holiday content, tips, tricks, and not to mention 15 exciting prize giveaways, participants have every reason to get involved! Participants can submit their personal details and also choose to opt-in to receive the HGTV Canada newsletter for the latest updates, providing HGTV with valuable audience data that can be reused in future marketing promotions.
H.Samuel Boosts Its Social Following With #SparkleThisChristmas Advent Calendar
Objective: Maximize social following on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
Signet Jewellers is adding a dash of holiday sparkle to its store, H.Samuel, with a month-long advent calendar. Each day, H. Samuel is revealing an exclusive prize giveaway on selected jewelry items. To get involved, participants must follow H.Samuel on social media using the Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook icons provided, and are required to submit their personal details to confirm their entry. To support in helping to boost its social following, H.Samuel is also using the hashtag #SparkleThisChristmas to drive social conversation and maximize campaign awareness.
The flexibility of reveal campaigns offers marketers a truly meaningful and exciting way to engage brand advocates with fresh content reveals day-by-day. There is no restriction on the number of promotions you can reveal, and there are multiple customizable layouts available for how it can look. Some benefits include:
- Increase campaign engagement through repeat audience visitation
- Tell compelling brand stories with daily interactive, unique content reveals
- Drive consistent data acquisition across multiple digital channels
For more ideas, inspiration, and examples on how to utilize the reveal campaign activation to drive measurable marketing results or to learn more about Cheetah Experiences and how it can help your brand capture valuable, permissioned data, request a demo today.
Jessica is a Marketing Coordinator and Content Writer for Cheetah Digital. After graduating from the University of East Sussex with a first class degree in Marketing and Business Management, Jessica has spent the next part of her career helping brands connect with modern consumers through interactive experiences that capture zero-party data. When not busy in the tech space, Jessica enjoys cooking new cuisines, and training with the Cheetah Digital Run Club.