The Point: The past two years have forced people to reinvent how they celebrate the festive season. And while people’s parties might have shrunk over the last few years, they’re actually celebrating more often than before. As people reframed how they experience the festive season, they created new ‘mini moments’ to celebrate. These new traditions are sticking around, making the 2022 festive season unlike any other.

This year, festive shoppers plan to celebrate as much as they can. They’re finally ready to throw the parties that they've been dreaming of for the past few years. Big Halloween bashes. Formal winter fests. Huge festive dinners with everyone they’ve been waiting to see.

But big is only half the story. During the pandemic, people adapted. They swapped the big parties for intimate gatherings with immediate family and close friends—organising events such as gift-wrapping parties or festive film nights. And now these smaller mini moments are here to stay too.

Our research shows that this is a festive season unlike any other. One that blends big and small, monumental and mini, tradition and innovation. And for festive shoppers, it’s all starting right now. Which means that your festive season needs to start now, too.

In the UK, 80% of people on Pinterest say they use the platform to plan for both big and small moments in their lives. That means everything from the winter holidays, to smaller traditions they’ve created with family or friends and want to keep going for years to come. This year, they plan to have more “mini moments” throughout the holiday season, punctuating their bigger festivities with every chance they can get to celebrate, connect and create new traditions.1 That includes fun new traditions like harvest festivals, leftover parties and group trips to see festive lights.

This is especially true on Pinterest, where people are more likely to plan fun festivities throughout the season. People who use Pinterest are 2.2x more likely to enjoy creating new festive traditions, compared to people who don’t use Pinterest.2

In 2021, Pinterest advertisers who activated against multiple seasonal moments saw a 4x higher increase in conversion rates than those who only activated for Christmas.3

More moments mean more ways to win
Adding more seasonal moments to your festive season ad mix pays off. In 2021, Pinterest advertisers who activated against multiple seasonal moments saw a 4x higher increase in conversion rates than those who only activated for Christmas.3

In other words: Don’t save all your spend for December. Those big festive moments do still matter, but you’re better off allocating your festive season campaigns and budget throughout a longer, more varied season. Take advantage of the smaller micro-moments throughout the season AND the bigger, more traditional moments for maximum payoff.

Brands on Pinterest see 5x more conversions when people are exposed to their ads earlier in the season, compared to brands who wait to advertise until later on.4

Early adds up

On Pinterest, the festive season kicks off with Halloween and goes well into January of the following year. But here's the thing: the planning starts way before the celebrating. To maximise your festive season opportunity, you need to start promoting your festive ideas and products months before the actual moments hit.

For example: take Halloween. As we all know, it’s celebrated on 31st October. But our data shows that the peak ad opportunity for Halloween actually runs all the way from August to October.5 Brands that wait for that last month, miss out. Brands that start running their Halloween content during the summer reach more shoppers, and reach them earlier in the planning process.

Consistent, timely marketing throughout the season leads to better results. Brands on Pinterest see 5x more conversions when people are exposed to their ads earlier in the season, compared to brands who wait to advertise until later on.4

Pilgrim wanted to increase online sales over the busy Black Friday and Christmas periods. Targeting key interests and trending keywords, their Pinterest campaign achieved a 4x higher return on ad spend than other social media platforms.6

Think about this opportunity spread over so many festive marketing moments throughout the season—there’s always someone in each phase getting ready to plan, shop or buy.

Big festive moment5
Halloween
Christmas
Chanukah
New Year's Eve

Peak ad opportunity
August–October
July–December
November–December
November–January

Make every moment count

As festive shoppers prepare for a celebration-packed season, they're actively searching for all sorts of ideas for the festive season. And Pinterest is where they come to find them. Take advantage of this moment in time and influence their big and small festive celebrations while they’re still in planning mode—not documenting them after the fact.

Act on insights

Activate more moments
Start planning your campaign schedule now, and think about including a mix of those classic bigger moments and smaller mini moments that your brand can speak to. Think about natural ties between what you offer—and how people celebrate. Maybe your products are especially relevant for a topic such as gifting or a certain time of the season. Really lean into the ways your specific company can help to amplify and support people’s celebrations.

Help people to plan multiple moments at once
Festive shoppers have overlapping needs throughout the season. They might be shopping for Friendsmas, planning a festive dinner and picking décor for New Year’s, all at once. Think about different objective types and how they can complement each other. Make sure that your festive season campaigns include a mix of objective types, so you can ensure that you meet shoppers every step of the way.

Make gifting a breeze
People come to Pinterest open-minded and undecided about what to buy. But they do have targeted recipients in mind—so they search for gifts using keywords such as relationship (mother, brother, etc.) or the recipient’s interests. Infuse this specificity into your creative assets to meet your audience where they are.

Still craving more tips?

Watch our festive season webinar to get unique insights about festive shopping on Pinterest and recommendations on how to build your media plans for the season.

Written by TINA PUKONEN
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