Apple’s Siri (s aapl) ad featuring Santa Claus was 2011’s most effective holiday advertisement according to viewer reaction as measured by Ace Metrix, a TV ad analysis firm. The Apple spot also exemplified a bigger trend this year: according to Ace Metrix, “Santa sells.”
Ace Metrix scores ads based on perceived effectiveness by a selection of randomly selected viewers, which it says are “representative of the U.S. TV viewing audience.” Apple’s Siri ad, which you can see below, scored a 652 overall out of a total possible 950 points, which tallied from respondent scores on criteria such as relevance, persuasion, watchability, information, etc. Apple’s 652 was 8 percent higher than the average score for ads in the same tech-oriented category.
Other ads that did well include spots from Pillsbury, (s gis) Coca-Cola, (s ko) Nintendo and Duracell. (s pg) Santa was featured in 35 new ads during the holiday 2011 season, including Apple’s, and each of those campaigns performed above their category average.