Tesco helps commuters 'Become More Christmas' with OOH activation

The OOH activation in Kings Cross was created by BBH, Kinetic, N20 and EssenceMediacom

By creative salon

Tesco elevated the daily commute in central London as part of its mission to help people Become More Christmas, with a showstopping OOH activation in Kings Cross.

Created by BBH, Kinetic, N20 and EssenceMediacom, the activation started off as an everyday billboard, featuring some of the highlights from Tesco’s festive product range this year. But, in the most literal spirit of helping people Become More Christmas, over the course of 48 hours, the billboard completely transformed to create a larger than life Christmas experience.

The digital screen in London Kings Cross slowly filled up to display a mouthwatering festive Tesco banquet, before exploding out of the billboard and overflowing into the station. The final experience featured giant baubles, stars, Christmas trees, and fairy lights spilling out of the billboard and onto the concourse, filling the area - a well trodden route for commuters who may be in need of a little lift - with festive cheer.

And just as Christmas spirits escalate throughout the festive months, so too did this OOH experience which culminated with a spectacular show featuring a choir singing Christmas carols on the 15th of December. Across the two days, commuters were also treated to samples of the festive banquet which are displayed on the screen such as Mince Pies and Chocolate Yule log.

Emma Botton, Group Customer Director at Tesco said: “Our campaign is built around the insight that the lead up to Christmas can be just as exciting as the big day itself. So whether you are the type of person already in full-on Christmas mode, just warming up or not even there yet - we hope the commuters enjoyed our delicious food samples, the festive experience, and that it went a little way to helping them Become More Christmas!”

Felipe Serradourada Guimaraes, deputy ECD BBH added: "A poster that becomes more Christmas over time is a simple yet charming way that demonstrates just how big the idea of #BecomeMoreChristmas really is.”

Across Roadside and Rail DOOH, Kinetic and DOOH.com used anonymised first party data from Tesco’ Clubcard to ensure the most suitable creative plays at each site depending on audience data. To complete the localisation of the campaign, the creative also directed shoppers to the nearest Tesco store.

The activation is part of Tesco’s wider Christmas campaign, 'Become More Christmas', to help get the nation into the festive spirit. The campaign kicked off with a film that captured the moments that bring on that Christmas feeling in a weird and wonderful way, tapping into the insight that for many of us, Christmas is about so much more than the big day. While there will always be the ‘Big Christmas Shop’, the need for festive goods and festivities in general starts a lot earlier than the 25 December.


Client: Tesco

Campaign name: Become More Christmas

Client Credits

Group Customer Director: Emma Botton

Group Marketing Communications Director: Murray Bisschop Head of Seasonal Campaigns: Alicia Southgate

Head of Media & Campaign Planning: Tom Mardon Campaign Manager: Toni Hamilton

Seasonal Media Manager: Sophie O’Sullivan

Agency/BBH credits

Creative Agency: BBH London

Global Chief Creative Officer: Alex Grieve

Deputy Executive Creative Director: Felipe Guimaraes Creative Director: Felipe Guimaraes

Senior Copywriter: Elliott White

Senior Art Director: Wil Maxey

Group Strategy Director: Saskia Jones

Strategy Director: Hannah Slapper

Senior Strategist: Tom Papaloizou

Art Producer: Anna-Marie Mennecier

Business Lead: Tori Meadows

Account Director: Sammy Mendel

Account Manager: Imogen Brooks

Account Executive: Talia Morrow

Retouching and Artworking: Wellcom London

Creative shot by:

Photographer and Director: Louise Hagger Quality DOP: Simona Susnea

Value DOP: Adrian Wolfson

Focus Puller: Benjy Kirkman

2nd Camera Assistant: Will Gething

Digi Op/DIT: Sam Reeves

Digi Op/DIT: Sophie Bronze

Chief LX for Motion: Cullum Ross

1st Lighting Assistant Stills: Max Barlow

1st Lighting Assistant Stills: Philip Bradley (covered for one day) 2nd Lighting Assistant: Beth Crutchfield

Prop Stylist: Alexander Breeze

Prop Stylist Assistant: Megan Thomson

Props Stylist Assistant: Vivi Garcia (covered for one day) Food Stylist: Sal Henley

Food Stylist Assistant: Jake Fenton

Food Stylist Assistant: Anna Belsey-Hiddleston

Food Stylist Assistant: Kathy Kordalis

Food Stylist Assistant: Troy Willis

Food Stylist Assistant: Ems Simpson

Producer: Jenny Day

Hand model: Roxanna Barnard

Hand model: Nadine Mendes

Hand model: Lazara Brown

Photographer Agent: Frances Leahy

Event photographer: http://freelanceeventsphotographer.co.uk Media creds

Media agency: Essencemediacom Senior Associate Director: Harry Pearce Account Director: Eliz Ustusoy


Heather Williams - Account Director

Annabelle Cunningham - Senior Account Director Harry Smith - Senior Account Manager


John Dick - Client Services Director Polly Courtney - Account Director Jonathan Schultz - CEO

N20 creds

Louise Feek – Account director

Joanna Riddle – Account director

Nigel Clifton – Head of creative services Steve Frith – Senior art director

Peter Bath – Senior artworker

Daniel Wood – Senior field operations manager Sally MacMillan – Head of talent management


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