Do we have Black Friday in the UK?

Will you be shopping on Black Friday?

Though the trend of the shopping peak before Christmas originated from the US, it seems to have caught on in the UK, with online retailers pushing for Black Friday deals all over the place it would seem. This image is from Amazon UK:

Black Friday pushed by UK retailers including Amazon - the Shopper Discounts and Rewards blog

What really IS Black Friday?

Well, according to Google and Wikipedia, Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving in the US, and marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season…

What is Black Friday? The Wikipedia definition on the Shopper Discounts and Rewards blogThe day’s name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving.

When did Black Friday start?

Use of the term started before 1961 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation was made: that retailers traditionally operated at a financial loss (“in the red”) from January through November, and “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or “in the black”. For many years, it was common for retailers to open at 6:00 a.m., but in the late 2000s many had crept to 5:00 or even 4:00. This was taken to a new extreme in 2011, when several retailers (including Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Best Buy, and Bealls[8]) opened at midnight for the first time.

Why has it spread to the UK?

Amazon and Apple have recently introduced Black Friday to countries outside of America and Canada, such as the United Kingdom. A number of other online and instore companies are now celebrating the American tradition, although the majority appear skeptical, with one trade publication labelling it ‘simply an Americanism, which doesn’t translate very well.’ Read Retail Week: Why we should ignore Black Friday in the UK.

Apple brings Black Friday deals to the UK - Shopper Discounts and Rewards UKSo, will you be shopping this Friday? Without Thanksgiving being a factor, have you already started hunting for discounts? Let the Shopper Discounts & Rewards team know!

Join the discussion @shopperdisc

Share Button

Sainsburys World War I Christmas Advert: Watch Now

Sainsbury’s could have taken the crown from John Lewis this year, with a 4 minute advert about the trenches on Christmas Day in World War One.

Many of us know the story about the troops playing football together, both the English and the Germans, but this portrayal gives the story real context and depth.

From the YouTube upload, Sainbury’s gives the following statement:

Made in partnership with The Royal British Legion, it commemorates the extraordinary events of Christmas Day, 1914, when the guns fell silent and two armies met in no-man’s land, sharing gifts – and even playing football together.

Sainsburys Christmas Advert 2014

With the major retailers and supermarkets with their Christmas Adverts all out, which do you prefer? Has Sainsbury’s made a film to rival John Lewis’ Monty the Penguin?

Click on this image from rival Tesco’s Christmas Advert 2014 to see the full video:

Tesco Christmas Advert 2014

Would love to know which is your favourite, so please comment below!

Share Button

Marks and Spencer Christmas Advert 2014: Magic and Sparkle

No celebrities for Marks and Spencer Christmas Advert

From the Marks and Spencer Christmas Advert

The Marks and Spencer Christmas Advert for 2014 brings back the notion of ‘magic and sparkle’ from last year’s advert, but in the form of two fairies. M&S have gone the ‘non celebrity’ route, and actually it seems to work very well. Watch the advert in full here:

The advert, to the soundtrack of Julie London’s Fly Me To The Moon, is enchanting, with sweet references to family time and also finding love. What do you think?

Do you think it compares well with John Lewis’ Christmas 2014 Advert?

Share Button

The New John Lewis Christmas Advert for 2014

Unveiled… the John Lewis Christmas Advert 2014

John Lewis Christmas Advert 2014 - Monty the Penguin

Introducing… Monty the Penguin

This morning John Lewis unveiled their Christmas Advert for 2014, featuring Monty the Penguin, and you can watch it in full here:

The soundtrack is Tom Odell’s Real Love, which some have described as “overly sentimental“.

John Lewis Christmas 2014 - Monty the Penguin in SnowThe story is a fairly simple one. A small boy has what he thinks is a pet penguin, and it shows them having fun together: watching TV, playing in the snow, the penguin sleeping on the end of the bed.  Through the film we see the boy recognise that Monty the Penguin is lonely, and so he presents him with a mate on Christmas Day morning. It is then that we see through the parent’s eyes as he holds two toy penguins under the Christmas tree. The film ends with these words:

Give someone the Christmas they’ve been dreaming of

John Lewis does is again with Christmas Advert 2014

What do you think of the John Lewis Christmas Advert for 2014? Do you like the story?

Share Button

Will HMV Celebrate this Christmas?

HMV got a shot in the arm…

It looks like Hilco gave HMV a massive shot in the arm, as the company looks set to reclaim its crown as Britain’s biggest entertainment retailer, according to the Telegraph.

HMV symbol for entertainment retailer - Shopper Discounts and Rewards
Courtesy of Beverley, Creative Commons http://goo.gl/06QPAj

Hilco bought HMV out of administration in April last year, saving 2,500 jobs and 125 of the chain’s 400 stores.

… but will they catch Christmas trade?

This turnaround, reported in August, may just mean that HMV does well this Christmas, when it comes to presents of music, DVD boxsets and films. With new stores opening in town centres, HMV looks ready to sell, sell, sell over the festive period, but there will be heavy competition. Being a physical store has advantages over Amazon in terms of availability and worry about shipping times, but the store will have to bring something else to the table: real value for customers.

HMV chairman Paul McGowan, chief executive of Hilco
HMV Chairman Paul McGowan on the Shopper Discounts and Rewards blog

“It’s only a matter of time before we overtake Amazon.“HMV is re-engaging with music shoppers and getting them back into shops. This is about being an authority in music, not selling music as a commodity.”

Share Button

David Beckham stars in new Haig Club whiskey advert

Haig Club introduces David Beckham

David Beckham appears in Haig Club whiskey advert - Shopper Discounts and Rewards blog
Still from YouTube Haig Club advert feat. David Beckham: http://goo.gl/8GhKg9

Here’s another whiskey advert with a bit of class, as David Beckham joins a group of models in the Scottish Highlands to share a glass of whiskey and a photo opportunity.

The advert is now live on YouTube, and will appear on UK TV screens tonight, Friday 17th October 2014. See the full length Haig Club advert here:

In case you were wondering, the soundtrack to the ad is Left Hand Free by Alt-J.

The Guardian reports: “Given Alcohol Concern has given David Beckham a bit of stick for promoting a booze brand, after spending most of his football career teetotal, it’s not surprising that he is not actually seen having a sip of the product he helped develop alongside brand Beckham impresario Simon Fuller.”

Nevertheless, we think that it’s a great advert and could put Haig Club at the top of the Christmas list this year for whiskey lovers.

What do you think? Let us know @ShopAndReward

Share Button

The New Kia Soul Advert: Dancing Hamsters

Have you seen the new Kia advert?

The latest instalment of the Kia hamster advert series introduces a “sexy” new character in the form of a female hamster, transformed into a full size shapely icon after being ‘zapped’ by the car making machine. Here she is, emerging from the Kia Soul EZ…

Kia advert on the Shopper Discounts and Rewards blog

The new hamster character

And here she is introduced, in all her (slightly creepy) glory:

Hamstar Kia advert 2015The male hamsters then appear to completely shun her as they rush to the new-look car and whizz off into the distance, but it’s clear what their intentions are when they return.

The new Kia car advert with HamstersThey race back from the pet shop armed with pet hamsters, only to ‘zap’ them and create a dancing possy of human-sized female hamsters. The best part of the advert is probably the dance, performed to Maroon Five’s new song Animals.

You can actually learn the dance over on the Kia YouTube channel!

What do you think of the new Kia advert? Are the hamsters really funny or just a bit weird?

You can get involved by tweeting #HamstarDance


Share Button

Oleg discovers Africa in new Compare the Meerkat advert

Compare the Meerkat goes abroad

Compare the Meerkat goes to Africa - August 2014In the latest phase of the popular Compare the Meerkat advert series, Aleksandr and Sergei take their adopted pup Oleg to his ‘homeland’ of Africa. Aleksandr describes a zebra as a ‘stripy… pyjama… horse’ and leads Oleg to a watering hole, before being scared off by a herd of Elephants. This looks to be the first in a series of adverts about Oleg in Africa, so lots to look forward to for Compare the Meerkat fans!

The Safari series

Compare the Meerkat Safari Oleg toyThis advert series is seamlessly linked to a new toy that Compare the Market has introduced to it’s Compare the Meerkat offering for customers looking for insurance.

This is the description of the new toy on the Compare the Meerkat website:

“This is limited edition Oleg you can adopt by demonstrates you know the difference. Arriving on your doorstep in Africa themed box inspire by his homeland. He will be just as cute as the real Oleg but 89% less dusty. Oleg will be wear specials designer pyjama horse themed baby grow with fresh nappy underneath perfectly fitted by Sergei”

What do you think of the new advert? Is the safari Oleg toy worth trying Compare the Market for car or house insurance? Comment below or tweet @ShopAndReward!

Share Button

Assassin’s Creed Rogue Announced This Week

Assassin’s Creed Rogue for PS3 and Xbox 360

Image courtesy of Game Informer http://goo.gl/wQClKs
Image courtesy of Game Informer http://goo.gl/wQClKs

Excitement for Assassin’s Creed fans as this week it was announced that there are two new games coming soon – Rogue and Unity. PS3 and Xbox 360 users will be pleased that Ubisoft is bringing out a game for these consoles, as well as developing Unity for the PS4.

About Assassin’s Creed Rogue

As it’s described on the official website:

“18th century, North America. Amidst the chaos and violence of the French and Indian War, Shay Patrick Cormac, a fearless young member of the Brotherhood of Assassins, undergoes a dark transformation that will forever shape the future of the American colonies. After a dangerous mission gone tragically wrong, Shay turns his back on the Assassins who, in response, attempt to end his life. Cast aside by those he once called brothers, Shay sets out on a mission to wipe out all who turned against him and ultimately become the most feared Assassin hunter in history.” ~ Assassin’s Creed website

Assassin’s Creed Rogue will be released in the UK on 11th November, and is available to pre-order at Amazon for £42.85 from today.

The Assassin’s Creed Rogue video trailer

Which is your favourite Assassin's Creed game from this list?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Share Button

What is shopperdisc.co.uk?

About shopperdisc.co.uk

Shopper Discounts & Rewards members can enjoy 30 days free membership before they pay a membership charge. This charge is described on your bank statement as ‘shopperdisc.co.uk’ or ‘shopperdisc 0800 731 9935′, depending on how much room the bank allows for a fee description.

FAQs

Have a look at the FAQs on shopperdisc.co.uk, or contact us on the details below.

There is also a Shopper Discounts & Rewards video which explains the benefits.

Membership benefits

Members of the Shopper Discounts & Rewards team can not only claim an initial cashback welcome reward, but also an ongoing monthly cashback reward, as well as discounted giftcards and 10% cashback at over 650 online stores.

Get in touch

If you would like to talk to a member of the team, simply contact 0800 731 9935, email customerservice@shopperdiscountsandrewards.co.uk or use this contact form:

shopperdisc.co.uk - contact Shopper Discounts and Rewards

Share Button