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Results announced at this year’s Big TV Festival hosted by Channel 4, ITV and Sky Media

2019 marked 100 years of Tesco bringing families up and down the country together to celebrate Christmas with good food. In this unique cross-TV collaboration, we saw our loveable delivery driver magically channel-hop to deliver food to some of the nation’s best-loved shows. The partnership has reinforced the value of context, collaboration and creativity in the TV industry. Nick Ashley, Head of Media and Campaign Planning at Tesco

Tesco today announces the results of its Christmas campaign with Channel 4, ITV and Sky Media at the broadcasters’ annual Big TV Festival, now in its third year. 

The collaboration campaign cut through at the most competitive time of year and helped the supermarket achieve its fifth year of Christmas growth. The results announced at the Big TV Festival follow on from last year’s call to brands and agencies to present the broadcasters with a joint brief, which Tesco subsequently proposed. 

“The collaboration with Tesco demonstrates how creative TV advertising has the power and reach to drive both emotional engagement with our viewers  and fantastic brand value for our advertisers.”

Simon Daglish, Deputy Managing Director, Commercial at ITV

Tesco and MediaCom worked with the three major broadcasters to create ten second clips from their talent and shows including I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, Hollyoaks, The Chase, A League of Their Own and Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday to air across all three stations. It was the first time a brand has brought all three broadcasters’ talent and shows together in a ‘one TV’ creative partnership.

The ten second clips, produced by MediaCom and Somethin’ Else, were stitched together to form ‘super spots’ that saw  Tesco’s time-travelling delivery driver hop through time and channels to deliver Christmas to eight of the nation’s most loved TV shows. The ads were contextually placed on linear and VOD to run during the shows which they feature.  

The campaign had strong recall, with 72% of those viewing contextual ads recognising the advertising – smashing the benchmark of 49%. And, the contextuality had additional benefits with viewers seeing the advertising as “capturing the magic of Christmas” (71% contextual versus 59% non-contextual) and being “inspirational” (50% contextual versus 36% non-contextual). 

Ultimately, through its relevance and collaboration the advertising worked to increase purchase intent for Tesco.com by 60% amongst viewers of contextual ads compared to non-viewers, at a highly competitive time of the year.

“TV has always helped brands drive fame and business results, but when Tesco took us up on our offer to collaborate the results not only looked great on screen but cut through and delivered for Tesco at the most competitive time of year.”

John Litster, Managing Director at Sky Media
TV advertising remains unique in its ability to deliver powerful results at scale and we are hugely proud of this brilliant creative collaboration with Tesco and our fellow broadcasters. Matt Salmon, Interim Sales Director at Channel 4

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