Coca-Cola’s “The World Needs More Santas” Tops Ranking Of The Most Effective Christmas Ads

LONDON – November 14, 2023 – Coca-Cola’s “The World Needs More Santas” tops the list of the most effective Christmas ads of 2023.

Barney Worfolk-Smith

Barney Worfolk-Smith

14 Nov 2023

That’s according to creative effectiveness platform DAIVID, which today launched a ranking of the festive campaigns most likely to have the biggest impact on the hearts, minds and wallets of Xmas shoppers this festive season.

Coke’s ad, which features a city of Santas performing acts of kindness, sits proudly on top of the chart after managing a Creative Effectiveness Score (CES) of 7.61 out of 10 – a composite metric which combines the three main drivers of effectiveness: attention, emotions and memory.

Coke’s ad gained top spot after eliciting an intense positive emotional response from 72.5% of the people who watched it – the second strongest reaction of any of the festive campaigns launched so far. It also generated the third highest attention levels of any ad in the chart, while 82% of viewers could recall the brand correctly after watching the spot.

That helped put it just ahead of LEGO’s “Holiday Hero” (7.55) and Boots’ “Give Joy” (7.27) in second and third respectively. Spots from Duracell (4th), Shelter and John Lewis (joint 5th) make up the rest of the festive top 5.

Other brands to feature in DAIVID’s top 10 include M&S Food (6th), Lidl (7th), Morrisons and Amazon (joint 8th). Xmas campaigns from Aldi, Asda, Waitrose, Argos, Sainsbury’s and M&S Clothing all missed out on top 10 places.

Top 10 Most Effective Xmas ads of 2023

1 Coke “The World Needs More Santas” 7.61
2 LEGO “Holiday Hero” 7.55
3 Boots “Give Joy” 7.27
4 Duracell “Bunny Saves Christmas” 7.12
=5 Shelter “Good As Gold” 7.11
=5 John Lewis“Snapper: The Perfect Tree” 7.11
6 M&S Food “This is M&S Christmas Food” 7.09
7 Lidl “A Magical Christmas” 7.08
=8 Morrisons “More of The Winning Feeling” 7.07
=8 Amazon “Joy Ride” 7.07
9 Very “Let’s Make It Sparkle” 7.05
10 Disney “A Wish For The Holidays” 7.02

Ads were evaluated using facial coding, eye tracking and survey responses to determine which had the biggest emotional and business impact on viewers. Altogether, 3,600 respondents took part in the study, which analysed 24 Christmas campaigns.

Ian Forrester, CEO and founder of DAIVID, said: “Coke certainly brought the Christmas fizz with its ‘The World Needs Santa’ campaign, which generated one the strongest emotional reactions of any Xmas ad this year. But the spot did more than just pack an emotional punch. Like LEGO and Boots’ ads, which make up the rest of the top three, it grabbed people’s attention by trying something different from the usual festive fare and combined it with strong branding.

“Other ads, such as Shelter, also did well, but missed out on the top three because of poor brand recall. With so many festive ads coming out at the same time, advertisers need to do everything they can to wrestle attention away from their competitors by doing something different and memorable.”



DAIVID is a creative effectiveness platform that helps advertisers create better-performing ad campaigns. The UK-based company uses advanced technologies — including facial coding, machine learning and computer vision – to help brands optimise the impact of their creative and media strategies. DAIVID is constantly training an AI in attention, emotions and creative attributes data so it can explain why advertising will work or not. Partners include EssenceMediacom, Omnicom, Nestle, Meta, Coca-Cola and ADK.