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Guardian Labs teams up with Visa for Christmas

The innovative multi-platform campaign champions the UK’s local high street.

Guardian Labs is working with Visa on a creative campaign spanning The Guardian’s complete advertising portfolio across audio, video, online, print and social — as part of Visa’s message to inspire people to shop locally this Christmas, in a deal brokered by Starcom media agency.

Launching this week, the campaign joins up with A Million Ads, a company specialising in dynamic creative and personalisation in digital media, to create localised adverts within The Guardian podcasts, including flagship daily news edition Today in Focus. The ad slots will serve listeners with a relevant advert for a merchant local to them, so people listening to a podcast from The Guardian will hear bespoke placements from their area.

Visa will also take over all advertising space across The Guardian newspaper, theguardian.com and mobile, and pass the slots to independent retailers and businesses from across the UK, including Hull, Newport, Glasgow and Great Yarmouth with the regionally-targeted adverts served to both print and online readers. 

Three mini documentaries will explore the diversity of the UK’s high streets and how thriving retailers are bringing people together to serve local communities, with cut-down versions featuring in pre-roll video slots and on The Guardian’s social platforms. Guardian Labs will also publish ten immersive online articles, celebrating the UK’s local high streets.

On Saturday 23th November, regionally targeted cover wraps of Guardian Weekend will feature local shopkeepers from either London, Glasgow, Ilkley or Bristol, with readers seeing one of the four retailers depending on where they are in the UK. The cover wrap will include a first-person profile, allowing readers to learn more about their story and local business.

Adam Foley, Director of Sales and Strategy, Guardian Labs, says: "We're delighted to be working on this partnership with Visa to support the UK's high streets. With Visa and their local high street partners getting 100% share of voice across all The Guardian ad slots as well as using our most innovative content formats, such as localised audio ads and short video documentaries, we have been able to create the platform that this cause deserves at such an important time of year for retail."

Suzy Brown, Marketing Director, UK & Ireland, Visa, says: “To support independent retailers and their high streets, we are investing across more channels than ever. Our innovative partnership with Guardian Labs is enabling us to build on the success of last year’s campaign to give even more small businesses a voice as we look to inspire everyone to shop locally this Christmas. Together we can all play a part in setting up our high streets and communities for success in 2020 and beyond.”

The Guardian content is part of Visa’s wider Christmas campaignWhere You Shop Matters’, which is encouraging shoppers to switch their focus from what they buy to where they buy and inviting people to support their local high street this Christmas and beyond. 

by Hannah Ohm Thomas 21/11/19

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