Festive Flamingos

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

By creative salon

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


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