Covid Featured Case Study-Setting the stage for some extra festive fun


Experiential marketing experts N2O helped bring Christmas cheer to Tesco shoppers. At a time when the country was under the severest conditions of lockdown this campaign delivered on two fronts, providing some heart warming entertainment for shoppers as they queued to get into store whilst providing employment opportunity for the cultural industry, which was perhaps the hardest hit sector after frontline workers.

This innovative campaign was based on providing a live Panto experience in short, 3 minute sketches ending with a song (repeated every 20 minutes) and at other times the cast would interact casually with customers. In addition, every 3 hours there was a 30 minute carol and song service.

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The cast of 775 were professionally sourced, rehearsed and costume fitted. The scripts were specifically written for three old Panto favourites; Aladdin, Cinderella, and Peter Pan. These entertainers performed at 125 stores over two days and brought much needed cheer to well over 1m customers queuing to get into store because of restricted access. This campaign was a winner on so many levels.

Judges’ quote

“N2O’s campaign for Tesco was full of festive spirit. Creating panto magic to put a smile on shoppers’ faces without demanding anything in return, creates goodwill with customers well beyond the pandemic. To also provide work to nearly 800 actors when theatres were closed, showed how a campaign can benefit everyone involved – Oh yes, it did!”

N2O; Nigel Clifton, Head of Creative

Tesco; Will Baker, Head of In-Store Customer Communications