Hello, holiday advertisers! We asked Santa aka Bidtellect’s in-house creative agency their mandatory tips for engaging holiday creative assets. Don’t you want your brand on on the high-engagement “nice list?”

Remember, no matter how great your platform’s placement and optimization capabilities, bad creative assets (we’re talking images, videos, and copy) will kill engagement faster than you can say, “Is this coal?!”

So here’s what you need to know.

1. It’s the Happiest Time of Year – Keep Your Holiday Creative Assets & Messaging Positive!

 

Simple as that! Use positive adjectives in headlines coupled with happy images to increase CTR. Cold, monotone creatives do not bring joy. Bonus: add puns or rhymes to make it even more…puntastic.

2. Keep the Holidays Front of Mind in All Creative Assets

 

‘Tis the season: remember to include at least one holiday reference in the image or copy in all holiday creative assets, or you’ll risk seeming out of the loop (as well as suffering poor engagement).

Use the concept of “gift guides.” Offer helpful, valuable tips and create content that’s great to drive to. Think: find the perfect gift for “X” which doubles as calling out the targeted demographic, but in a fun, holiday way. Be a holiday thought leader – and help your shoppers out!

3. Refresh Your Holiday Creatives For Engagement & Re-Engagement

 

Switch up your holiday creative assets! Better yet: rotate based on the event, as you count down to Black Friday, that big holiday sale, or new holiday release. Bidtellect’s advanced platform optimizes to best-performing creatives (read more on Dynamic Creative Optimization) and our team will manually rotate creatives to find your best performance.

Plus, you’ll want to re-engage with users thanks to our sequential messaging tech and other re-engagement tactics – so you’ll need fresh content!

4. High Impact Units Are Your Best Gift

 

Take your holiday creative assets up a notch with high impact creative units: cinemagraphs, scroller units, and carousel units are major engagement givers. These are highly effective at telling a short story and conveying a specific setting or emotion. They also drive maximum in-unit engagement. One advertising agency found that cinemagraph content tends to have more virality, with 71% higher organic reach than still photographs. Don’t believe us? Check out this case study or this one.

5. Incorporate Video into Your Holiday Creative Assets

 

9/10 people report wanting to see more videos from brands, according to Hubspot. So go ahead, give consumers the gift of video ads in your holiday creative assets this season – and you’ll give your brand the gift of higher engagement. Keep them short, sweet, and positive – and be sure your message can be conveyed with and without sound.

Bidtellect’s context-driven solutions ensure your video ads will be relevant to the content surrounding it – a good thing since 74% of consumers are likely to remember an ad if its message relates to the content around it.

6. Make Sure You Offer Deals and Promotions in Your Headlines

Santa with Sale Sign

 

Everybody loves a sale – especially during the holidays! So include deals, discounts, incentives, and reward programs in the copy of your holiday creative assets. Bidtellect’s [b]+studio consistently sees highest performance for headlines including a discount.

Examples: promo codes, flash sales, bundle deals, free shipping, etc. Combine promotions (discounts or a special offer) with the shipping deadlines to incentivize your customers to start shopping. Most predict consumers will start shopping even earlier this year.

Brands and advertisers, we hope these tips for engaging holiday creative assets are helpful!  The holiday 2022 shopping season is going to be a great year!

For more holiday advertising tips, check out These Are The Top 3 Trends Predicted for the 2022 Holiday Shopping Season

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