You know what I love best about the WestJet Christmas promo video that was soaring to 4 million YouTube views when I started writing this tonight?
Not the fact that the airline’s project lead for this campaign is a former employee of mine.
Not the fact that I was secretly (?) tipped off by a WestJetter the week before it came out. No, not by my ex-Trojanite!
Not the fact that I probably wasn’t being tipped off, but in fact being used as an influencer to hopefully spread the word.
Not the fact that I cry much too regularly at Christmastime, a condition I blame on Jimmy Stewart and his performance in my fave flick of all time, It’s a Wonderful Life.
No. The thing I love best is that this video was done by a company, WestJet, that treats its customers like it’s Christmas 365 days a year.
This has long been their differentiator and it’s entirely genuine. Hence, when you see this video (and if you haven’t, stop reading my drivel, grab a box of tissue, find a quiet place, dial up Google, and get ready to smile), you believe it to be genuine. Even though, in reality, it’s a stunt. A marketing activity. A promotion. Scripted. Contrived. Amplified. What could be more horrific?! Marketing!
Doesn’t matter. It’s a beautiful piece of marketing by a company that walks their talk.
So kudos to WestJet. Not just for the video, but for a little lesson for all of us in marketing.
Imagine if we all treated our clients like everyday was a holiday?