Welcome!

Wearables Authors: Carmen Gonzalez, Liz McMillan, Yeshim Deniz, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White

News Feed Item

Tools Replace Tech in this Year’s Holiday Ad Race, According to Ace Metrix

Ace Metrix®, the new standard in television and video analytics, today announced the top holiday ads of the year, a list led and dominated by Craftsman and Sears, which together aired four of the top 15 holiday ads of 2012. The winning ad was for the Craftsman Max Access Locking Wrench, achieving an Ace Score of 658, 29 percent above the retail category norm of 509. Notably absent from the list were the technology ads that led the 2011 holiday race won by Apple, and also featured Nintendo and Best Buy. This year, leading the technology pack (though absent from the top ranking) was Samsung’s “Santa Landing” ad with an Ace Score of 594.

“Tis the season for Sears,” said Peter Daboll, CEO of Ace Metrix. “Craftsman ‘manned up’ with a very detailed and effective portrayal of its products, while Sears underscored the breadth of its offerings.”

Most Effective Holiday TV Ads of 2012*

Rank     Brand     Ad Title     Ace Score
1     Craftsman     Maximum Versatility     658
2     USPS     Extra Pair of Hands     645
3     Duracell     Toys for Tots     628
4     JCPenney     Spirit of Giving     627
5     Hallmark     Christmas Memories     621
5     Hallmark     Just Tell Me     621
7     Old Navy     Colorful Christmas     619
8     Philadelphia Cream Cheese     Holiday Favorite     616
9     Target     Dream Big Magic     615
10     Pizza Hut     Big vs. Huge     612
11     Craftsman     Happy Men Love Tools     611
11     Craftsman     Bolt On Power Tool System     611
11     Dodge     Brighter Season     611
11     Lowe's     Remember the Decorations     611
11     Sears     Wise Baby     611
           
*Definition: Ace Score is the measure of ad creative effectiveness based on viewer reaction to national TV ads. Respondents are randomly selected and representative of the U.S. TV viewing audience. The results are presented on a scale of 1-950, which represents scoring on creative attributes such as Relevance, Persuasion, Watchability, Information, Attention, etc. This list is comprised of the highest scoring new television advertisements to have first aired nationally during the 2012 holiday season and through 12.18.2012.
 

Santa Takes a Holiday; Brands Choose to Recycle

“Not one of the top scoring ads this year feature Santa Claus, while last year the big guy starred prominently in the top 3 and was featured in 7 of the top 15,” said Peter Daboll, Ace Metrix CEO. “Interestingly, the brands that hired Santa last year didn’t make the list this year, including Apple, Coca-Cola, Macy’s, and Best Buy.”

Another trend this year is to recycle classic creative. “While new holiday ad volume appears to be steady, many brands are recycling some of their seasonal favorites. We have seen brands like Allstate, Audi, Campbell’s, Cheerios, and Folgers airing holiday season classics several years old,” continued Daboll.

“Reddi-whip for example, recut several of their ads for this season. Their ‘Oil or Cream’ ad has increased 7 percent in overall effectiveness from its original debut, both top quintile ads. The ability to achieve similar if not increasing effectiveness scores calls into question conventional wisdom about wear-out particularly when spaced over time.”

Non-retail Winners

Retail ads weren’t the season’s only winners. Beleaguered USPS aired a single holiday ad (Ace Score: 645) that ranked just behind the #1 Craftsman ad. No other delivery service ad came close.

Duracell’s ad promoting its partnership with Hasbro to benefit Toys for Tots, was the third most effective holiday ad of the season, with an Ace Score of 628. Missing from this year’s list was Coca-Cola, but its “Help Protect the Polar Bear” cause ad did lead the list of non-alcoholic beverage ads this season with a 590 Ace Score.

Philadelphia Cream Cheese was the single packaged food to appear in the Top 15, achieving an Ace Score of 616, while Pizza Hut’s “Big Vs. Huge” dinner box ad was the only restaurant ad to rank among the top 15 with a score of 612.

Finally, Dodge’s “Big Finish” ad promoting its Charger, Challenger, and Dart was represented in the Top 15 and as the #1 automotive holiday ad scoring a 611.

Other Retail Winners

Ellen DeGeneres helped JCPenney achieve the 2nd highest scoring retail ad of the holiday season (Ace Score 627), and Hallmark aired two separate ads in the Top 15, each with Ace Scores of 621.

Old Navy’s ad for colorful pop pants achieved Top 15 status with an Ace Score of 619, and Target’s magical “Dream Big” ad scored a 615, representing the 6th most effective retail ad this holiday season.

Finally, of the two new holiday ads aired by Lowe’s this year, one ranked within the Top 15, scoring a 611 matching scores with three of the Craftsman and Sears ads, which showcased the Craftsman “Bolt On Power Tool System,” happy men receiving Craftsman tools, and a baby luring his dad away from the tool department to an earring display in Sears.

About Ace Metrix

Ace Metrix® is the new standard in television and video analytics, dedicated to delivering better, faster, and more cost-effective solutions for evaluating video advertising within competitive context. Through the Ace Metrix LIVE™ platform, companies can now access timely, actionable data wherever, whenever they need to, enabling real-time advertising campaign optimization. Combining leading edge technology and patent pending methodology, Ace Metrix is revolutionizing the way marketers measure themselves and their competitive landscape. The Company is privately held and is backed by leading venture capital firms and industry leaders including Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Palomar Ventures, Leapfrog Ventures, and WPP.

Follow Ace Metrix on Twitter for sustained insight: @Ace_Metrix.

Note: Ace Metrix®, the Ace Metrix logo design, Ace Score®, and Creative Lifecycle Management® are registered trademarks and Ace Metrix LIVE™ is a trademark of Ace Metrix. Other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
Almost two-thirds of companies either have or soon will have IoT as the backbone of their business. Though, IoT is far more complex than most firms expected with a majority of IoT projects having failed. How can you not get trapped in the pitfalls? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan, Chief IoTologist at Wipro, will introduce a holistic method of IoTification, which is the process of IoTifying the existing technology portfolios and business models to adopt and leverage IoT. He will delve in...
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settle...
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
Who are you? How do you introduce yourself? Do you use a name, or do you greet a friend by the last four digits of his social security number? Assuming you don’t, why are we content to associate our identity with 10 random digits assigned by our phone company? Identity is an issue that affects everyone, but as individuals we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ben Klang, Founder & President of Mojo Lingo, discussed the impact of technology on identity. Sho...
There are 66 million network cameras capturing terabytes of data. How did factories in Japan improve physical security at the facilities and improve employee productivity? Edge Computing reduces possible kilobytes of data collected per second to only a few kilobytes of data transmitted to the public cloud every day. Data is aggregated and analyzed close to sensors so only intelligent results need to be transmitted to the cloud. Non-essential data is recycled to optimize storage.
SYS-CON Events announced today that SD Times | BZ Media has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. BZ Media LLC is a high-tech media company that produces technical conferences and expositions, and publishes a magazine, newsletters and websites in the software development, SharePoint, mobile development and commercial UAV markets.
“We're a global managed hosting provider. Our core customer set is a U.S.-based customer that is looking to go global,” explained Adam Rogers, Managing Director at ANEXIA, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
In today's uber-connected, consumer-centric, cloud-enabled, insights-driven, multi-device, global world, the focus of solutions has shifted from the product that is sold to the person who is buying the product or service. Enterprises have rebranded their business around the consumers of their products. The buyer is the person and the focus is not on the offering. The person is connected through multiple devices, wearables, at home, on the road, and in multiple locations, sometimes simultaneously...
China Unicom exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, in November 2016. China United Network Communications Group Co. Ltd ("China Unicom") was officially established in 2009 on the basis of the merger of former China Netcom and former China Unicom. China Unicom mainly operates a full range of telecommunications services including mobile broadband (GSM, WCDMA, LTE FDD, TD-LTE), fixed-line broadband, ICT, data communica...
As businesses adopt functionalities in cloud computing, it’s imperative that IT operations consistently ensure cloud systems work correctly – all of the time, and to their best capabilities. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Bernd Harzog, CEO and founder of OpsDataStore, will present an industry answer to the common question, “Are you running IT operations as efficiently and as cost effectively as you need to?” He will expound on the industry issues he frequently came up against as an analyst, and...
WebRTC is about the data channel as much as about video and audio conferencing. However, basically all commercial WebRTC applications have been built with a focus on audio and video. The handling of “data” has been limited to text chat and file download – all other data sharing seems to end with screensharing. What is holding back a more intensive use of peer-to-peer data? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Dr Silvia Pfeiffer, WebRTC Applications Team Lead at National ICT Australia, looked at differ...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with 20th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry p...
IoT offers a value of almost $4 trillion to the manufacturing industry through platforms that can improve margins, optimize operations & drive high performance work teams. By using IoT technologies as a foundation, manufacturing customers are integrating worker safety with manufacturing systems, driving deep collaboration and utilizing analytics to exponentially increased per-unit margins. However, as Benoit Lheureux, the VP for Research at Gartner points out, “IoT project implementers often un...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Technologic Systems Inc., an embedded systems solutions company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Technologic Systems is an embedded systems company with headquarters in Fountain Hills, Arizona. They have been in business for 32 years, helping more than 8,000 OEM customers and building over a hundred COTS products that have never been discontinued. Technologic Systems’ pr...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IoT Now has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. IoT Now explores the evolving opportunities and challenges facing CSPs, and it passes on some lessons learned from those who have taken the first steps in next-gen IoT services.
SYS-CON Events announced today that WineSOFT will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Based in Seoul and Irvine, WineSOFT is an innovative software house focusing on internet infrastructure solutions. The venture started as a bootstrap start-up in 2010 by focusing on making the internet faster and more powerful. WineSOFT’s knowledge is based on the expertise of TCP/IP, VPN, SSL, peer-to-peer, mob...
SYS-CON Events announced today that delaPlex will exhibit at SYS-CON's @CloudExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. delaPlex pioneered Software Development as a Service (SDaaS), which provides scalable resources to build, test, and deploy software. It’s a fast and more reliable way to develop a new product or expand your in-house team.
The security needs of IoT environments require a strong, proven approach to maintain security, trust and privacy in their ecosystem. Assurance and protection of device identity, secure data encryption and authentication are the key security challenges organizations are trying to address when integrating IoT devices. This holds true for IoT applications in a wide range of industries, for example, healthcare, consumer devices, and manufacturing. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lancen LaChance, vic...
With billions of sensors deployed worldwide, the amount of machine-generated data will soon exceed what our networks can handle. But consumers and businesses will expect seamless experiences and real-time responsiveness. What does this mean for IoT devices and the infrastructure that supports them? More of the data will need to be handled at - or closer to - the devices themselves.
The Internet of Things can drive efficiency for airlines and airports. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Sudip Majumder, senior director of development at Oracle, discussed the technical details of the connected airline baggage and related social media solutions. These IoT applications will enhance travelers' journey experience and drive efficiency for the airlines and the airports.