The best Black Friday ads ever

Black Friday is almost here. Are your ads ready?

The kick-off to the holiday shopping season is a big deal. In the US alone, customers spent an average of $335 during the Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday period in 2017. And spending has been steadily going up every year.

Now’s the perfect time to get in front of consumers. And what better way than to create a great ad for your latest social media campaign?

If you’re ready to get started right now, we’ve got some awesome Biteable ad templates ready to go. Just pick your favorite, customize it and you’ll have an ad ready in minutes.

If you’re not sure what kind of ad to make and want some inspiration, here’s a list of 10 of the best Black Friday ads of all time to get those creative wheels turning.

1. Amazon: Let the deals come to you

Cardboard person? Slow-mo running? This Black Friday ad from Amazon has it all (all of those two things, that is). The ad tells a simple (yet surprisingly common story): that of the busy office worker who hates getting ready for Black Friday.

The ad highlights the convenience of ordering from Amazon: the thing that makes it perfect for busy customers rushing around getting ready for the holiday season while still trying to hold their lives together.

Make your own: Show your customers how your Black Friday offer makes their lives easier. Cardboard people optional.

2. Target: Get ready

This ad from Target’s 2010 Black Friday campaign starring Maria Bamford holds up well because it captures the spirit of the weekend while poking fun at it. Our hero spends her days training, counting down the days, making sure she’s got what it takes.

We all know someone who has this intense approach to shopping — and seeing it in a comical context highlights that Target’s sale is worth all the prep, subconsciously implying to viewers that there’s really something to get excited about here.

Make your own: Think about the shopper archetypes: which one connects with your ideal customer? Use it in your ad.

3. Dreamworks: Trolls make everything better

Dreamworks leveraged the power of their popular characters to create a short Black Friday teaser ad for a social media marketing campaign. It’s catchy because it’s extremely short, kind of weirdly hypnotic, and it’s square, making it perfect for platforms that use square video like Instagram.

Make your own: Create a teaser ad featuring your office mascot, a product customers love, or members of your team/the company pet to make a quick, fun connection.

4. J.C. Penney: Highlight your products

An ad doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective. The J.C. Penney marketing team use motion graphics and simple stop motion animation to highlight specific products in a fun way.

Make your own: Think about your products and services. Which ones fit with the Black Friday theme? Create an ad that shows them off and communicates the reason your customers need to buy them.

5. Verizon: If it’s good enough for Santa…

The Verizon holiday deals are so good, even Santa goes out of his way to get them. Verizon tied in Black Friday with the upcoming Christmas holidays, creating a continuous theme.

Make your own: Black Friday is close enough to Christmas that you can start hinting at it in your ads by adding characters, references, and maybe even a sprig of holly or two.

6: McLendon Hardware: All about Christmas

With so many households getting ready to decorate their homes, this charmingly silly and low-budget ad from McLendon Hardware doesn’t pull any punches: It plays right into the holiday spirit. The ad shows off various decorations without feeling like a product-focused ad. This is because the spotlight is on the story.

Make your own: If you sell holiday products (or the perfect gifts and services) tell a story that brings them together and shows them off.

7. AussieBum: Straight from the movies

Can an ad about underwear on sale really be that exciting? Yes.

This ad from AussieBum closely mirrors famous video logos, like 20th Century Fox, Marvel, and Warner Brothers. These logos are designed to create excitement and anticipation; to get an audience warmed up and put them in the right mood to watch a movie. This ad embraces that spirit with great success.

Make your own: You can riff on famous movie openings or pop-cultural references that your audience will appreciate and relate to. Just make sure you stay on the right side of copyright law.

8. Dorothy Perkins: Simple elegance

UK retailer Dorothy Perkins goes for simple elegance in this ad. The upbeat, jazzy background music, bright colors, and great graphic design set the scene for showing off some of the best holiday wear in their collection at 50% off. With office Christmas parties just around the corner, this offer is both timely and appealing to customers.

Make your own: This is the classic way to approach a Black Friday advertising campaign: by simply focusing on showing off the products you have on sale. If you manage to look as stylish as this while you’re doing it, it’s a win.

9. Kohls: Into the arms of pop-culture

Before you click this video, there are two things we have to say to you: Sorry. And good luck getting that song out of your head.

Kohls’ 2011 ad played into a popular pop-culture phenomenon: Rebecca Black’s song “Friday.” Turns out, Black Friday fit the lyrics perfectly.

Make your own: While pop-culture jacking can be tricky, when done right it brings a certain level of fun and excitement to your ad that’s hard to get otherwise.

What’s going on (that your customers care about) that you can reference? A word of caution before you do, however: Just make sure the reference is on-brand.

10. Walmart: A fresh twist

When you mention Black Friday to most people, you might detect a little anxiety and frustration. Walmart flips that, by channeling excitement about the deals and turning this Black Friday shopping experience into a family trip everyone can enjoy.

Make your own: How can you flip the Black Friday sales into something your customers would love? Don’t be afraid to get a little creative.

Have fun and stay on brand

Black Friday ads are a great opportunity to have a little fun, embrace the holiday spirit, and make your customers laugh (while persuading them to buy your products.)

So grab your favorite Biteable ad template and get your business ready for the holidays by putting an awesome ad together.