All the major retailers are picking up the pace, in anticipation of Black Friday. Or in Walmart's case, the gradual spreading out of Black Friday. They announced this week that their big deals won't be exclusive to that one day, but rather spread out over the week. Good call.
So far my favorite campaign, and it is still early in the season, is the new #HolidayBuds effort from Budweiser.
They've launched a vintage wooden crates timed to the holiday season. There are only 10,000 of them, so if you are lucky enough to be able to pick one up, the brand is encouraging you to snap a shot and post it on social media. But of course.
The limited edition crates are just one decoration on this holiday campaign, as the brand is looking to reunite old friends to spend the holiday together.
Get it? This kind of sentimentality is traditional for this brand, we've come to love and expect it.
A new video/advertising intros the concept with real folks looking to get reacquainted with their friends, encouraging others to do the same. The brand will fund a number of "reunions" as part of the gig ... sure to generate lots of content that will bring holiday smiles to our faces.
This is the stuff of great holiday marketing.
What's your experience? JIM