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White Stores Christmas Campaign 2023: Where creativity meets collaboration

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Published Date 15.04.2024

Wow! Starting at White Stores as a social media team of one, completing a successful Christmas influencer campaign (my first one), and now a finalist announcement for the prestigious Global Social Media Awards in the Influencer Campaign of the Year category. Something is telling me that 2024 is going to be a great year for my confidence as a marketer, and for my professional career moving forward. I’m incredibly humbled and blown away to be in contention with this group of marketing creatives. This might be the boost I need to keep that dreaded imposter syndrome at bay for a while.

At White Stores, we’re passionate about connecting with our audience in meaningful ways, and our Christmas 2023 campaign, anchored by the iconic Norbert the Nutcracker initiative, embodied that commitment. Norbert isn’t just a product of ours; he’s a beloved symbol of holiday cheer, and I saw an opportunity to leverage his popularity to create something truly special amongst our creative bunch of influencers. The idea; to flood instagram on Saturday 18th November 2023 with content of Norbert created by our influencers. The choice was up to them on how they went about creating the content, all I asked was that they had some fun doing so, and they did not dissapoint. We had Norbert on days out to the local parks, in swimming pools, and even dressing up like the Grinch. The content was then repurposed and shared on our social media accounts, which went down very well with all audiences.

Central to the success of our Christmas 2023 campaign was our collaboration with 50 carefully selected influencers. These partnerships allowed us to extend our reach far beyond our organic audience, tapping into diverse communities and engaging with consumers in authentic and impactful ways. I’m sure you’re all aware of the powers UGC has in the world of marketing, and so it was incredibly important to success of this campaign to liaise with our influencers on the types of content I would like to repurpose, whilst not loosing their authentic way of posting. Through a combination of familiar faces and emerging voices, we were able to spark conversations, foster connections, and drive brand advocacy on a scale we hadn’t imagined.

During the campaign, I was also approached by Charlotte Dawson @charlottedawsy to collaborate on two nutcrackers which were to be featured in a photoshoot for Closer magazine, and shared on her social media channels. We had a working relationship with Charlotte in the past, so this was a perfect collaboration to round off our campaign.

But our approach went beyond mere collaboration; it was rooted in strategy, careful planning and data-driven decision-making. By providing each influencer with unique discount codes and UTM links, we were able to track and measure the impact of their contributions with precision. This not only allowed us to assess the effectiveness of our campaign in real-time but also provided invaluable insights for future initiatives, ensuring that every marketing pound spent on gifting our influencers was maximised for impact.

Being named a finalist for the Global Social Media Awards is not just a validation of my work; it’s a testament to the power of the three C’s in marketing – creativity, collaboration, and community. I’m incredibly proud of what I have managed to achieve with the Norbert the Nutcracker campaign, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be recognised among other marketers on a global stage.

Being a finalist for these awards fills me with a sense of excitement and gratitude. Whether I take home the top prize or not, this journey has been an incredible one, filled with learning, growth, and above all, the unwavering support of the entire marketing team at White Stores.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey. Together, we’ve proven that when creativity and collaboration come together, there’s no limit to what we can achieve. Here’s to the future, filled with more moments of inspiration, connection, and Norbert the Nutcracker.

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