Very introduces Festive Flamingos for Christmas
Created by The Gate, the 'Let’s Make It Sparkle' campaign portrays Very customers and staff members as flamingos
01 November 2023
Online retailer Very has unveiled the brand platform ‘Let’s Make It Sparkle’ through its Christmas campaign, positioning itself and its customers as vibrant, pink flamingos to encourage customers to transform everyday experiences into 'something wonderful'.
The new creative platform and Christmas campaign, developed by The Gate, brings to life Very’s revamped brand strategy; ‘there’s good, and there’s Very good’. The retailer’s Christmas TV ad opens with a dull cityscape, where grey pigeons and pink flamingos are dutifully Christmas shopping.
For the first time, viewers are then introduced to Very’s new brand characters; fun, flamboyant flamingos called Kerry, Terry and Cherry. Pink thunderclouds roll in against a backdrop of a remastered version of Girls Aloud’s ‘Merry Christmas, Everybody’, and the pigeons are left awestruck by a team of pink delivery flamingos who are gracefully carrying Very parcels. As the parcels are delivered, Kerry, Terry and Cherry’s homes erupt into enormous clouds of magical pink glitter.
According to Very audience research, the brand's customers share a particular approach to life. Despite external pressures and uncertainties, customers want to make life as good as it can be – using ingenuity, individuality and creativity to make life bigger and brighter for themselves and their families.
'Let’s Make It Sparkle’ taps into Very customers’ mindset. Grounded in audience insight, the new brand platform is built to deliver success over the short and long term. Following their debut in the Christmas ad, the flamingos hope to infuse the brand with rich personality and excitement to drive brand love and recognition.
Very partnered with System1 Group to test the creative in line with the marketing and brand consultancy’s key principles of fame, feeling and fluency. System1 Group’s research revealed that the new brand proposition delivered above industry benchmarks, resonated powerfully and created an emotional connection with Very’s family-focused target audience, delivering strong brand recognition.
Very appointed The Gate as its lead creative partner in June 2023, with the agency’s customer knowledge, strategic thinking and distinctive creative idea standing out during the competitive pitch process. The new brand proposition has subsequently been developed to bring Very’s multi-category digital retail and flexible payments offers together under one platform, which will now fuel the entire marketing ecosystem.
Very’s Christmas campaign will run nationwide across TV, cinema, VOD, OOH, digital and social media. The animation and characters were designed and produced by Nexus studios, directed by Paloma Baeza. Media planning and buying was handled by Dentsu.
Jessica Myers, chief marketing officer at Very, said: “We know Very customers are as imaginative and enthusiastic about everyday moments as they are about Christmas, and we want to celebrate and enable that sense of joy and fun all year round as part of our commitment to our purpose; helping families get more out of life. ‘Let’s Make It Sparkle’ brings that spirit to life brilliantly, and we’re so excited for the opportunities this new creative platform will open up in 2024 and beyond.”
Lucas Peon, chief creative officer at The Gate, added: "It's been brilliant to see the platform and script we pitched with brought to life over the past few months, and to finally introduce our feathery friends to the world. We’re excited to see the magic unfold’’.
Client: The VERY Group
Product: VERY Brand/Christmas
Chief Marketing Officer: Jessica Myers
Head of Creative: Julie Phelan
Senior Brand Marketing Lead: Kat Delaney
Brand Marketing Lead: Tash Godlee
Brand Marketing Exec: Holly Graham
Brand Marketing Exec: Louise King
Marketing Planning & Strategy: Frazer Halliday
Senior Creative Manger: Chris Beech
Creative Manager: Elisher Abel
Advertising agency: The Gate
Chief Creative Officer: Lucas Peon
Creative Director: Rob Bovington
Creative Team: Hannah Bituin & Becky Reynolds
Managing Director: Charlotte Wolfenden
Account Director: Rachel Furness
Account Manager: Georgina Smellie
Chief Strategy Officer: Kit Altin
Senior Planner: Ben Milligan
Agency Executive Producer: Sonny Botero
Media buying agency: Dentsu
Media planner: Denstu
Production company: Nexus Studios
Director: Paloma Baeza
Executive producer: Paige Sullivan
Producer: Belinda Isaacs
Production Manager: Ruyi Meer
Audio post-production company: Grand Central Recording Studios
Sound Designer: Munzie Thind
Audio Executive Produce: Hils Macdonald