5 Holiday User-Generated Content Campaigns We Love

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It’s no surprise that companies need to kick it up a notch around the holiday season. People are shopping more, and the competition for consumer dollars is even higher. This means marketers are tasked with the difficult challenge of making their respective brand stand out in the holiday shopping chaos. 

Enter: User-generated content.

According to Nielsen, “92 percent of consumers around the world say they trust earned media, such as word-of-mouth and recommendations from friends and family, above all other forms of advertising.” 

When marketers delegate these brand-building responsibilities to consumers, they’re increasing both awareness and trust through word-of-mouth marketing – a smart move during the holiday season.


1. Starbucks' #RedCupArt Campaign

Over the years, it has become a tradition to decorate your Starbucks cup. In April 2014, Starbucks launched a White Cup Contest prompting customers to decorate their iconic white cups. And over the holidays, those decorations switch to the iconic red cup.

This year, Starbucks decided to launch another cup-decorating contest – this time for the holidays. Thirteen chosen designs cover the red cups this holiday season, but you can see all the entries on on Instagram with the hashtag #RedCupArt  or at www.redcupcollection.com.

2. Hallmark’s #KeepsakeIt Campaign

Hallmark is known for its emotional holiday campaigns, and this year is no different. Except this year it’s using real people to show the emotional effect a Hallmark keepsake can have on the family. 

To promote its Keepsake Collection, Hallmark asked consumers to share pictures of their special holiday moments with the hashtag #KeepsakeIt. While the hashtag makes these moments easy to search on social media, Hallmark also makes the campaign beneficial  for online shoppers with a curated list of favorites hosted on the Hallmark website. 

3. Coca Cola's #ShareaCoke Holiday Campaign

There's nothing more classic than Coca Cola's Santa Clause holiday can. That was, until, in 2014 when Coke released cans covered with personalized names. Now, around the holidays, those names turn into #Santa," "Someone Naughty," "Someone Nice," and more. 

The company's social media accounts encourage consumers to share posts of who they're sharing a Coke with this holiday with the hashtag #ShareaCoke.  

4. Oreo's #Colorfilled Campaign

Oreo, the world's best selling cookie, jumped on the adult-coloring book bandwagon last holiday season using its packaging to boost sales. The brand's packs featured illustrated black and white designs of waving snowmen, singing partridges and hugging penguins. 

Consumers went online to order a package and design each to their liking. Once consumers completed their holiday Oreo package, Oreo prompted consumers to share on their social accounts with the hashtag #Colorfilled. 

5. Budweiser's #HolidayBuds Campaign

Last year, Budweiser decided to use a holiday campaign to target a specific audience: Millennials. Appealing to Millennials' love of nostalgia (and beer), Budweiser sold vintage crates and bottles of its beer and encouraged people to share photos of them on social media with #HolidayBuds.

Budweiser also debuted a television commercial featuring its advocates talking about friends, family, or whomever else they'd like to share a Budweiser with.  


Ready to try a UGC campaign for next year's holiday season? Sign up for a demo to see how Social Media Link can help your brand's holiday influencer and advocacy marketing. 

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Katie is the Marketing Coordinator at Social Media Link. She assists in the content creation and strategy for digital and social marketing efforts aimed at building awareness around Social Media Link’s offerings and impact.