Big Lots is All About Joy for the Holidays in New Campaign from OKRP

November 7, 2017 – Big Lots’ new holiday advertising campaign from O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul celebrates the season with the song “Joy to the World.” But it’s not the traditional Christmas carol version you’d expect. It’s the classic-rock anthem made famous by Three Dog Night.

Breaking nationally in early November, the new advertising takes a fresh look at the holidays through the eyes, ears, hearts and hip-checking moves of customers as they decorate, bake, travel and welcome grandma home while emphatically singing along to “Joy to the World.” The up-close-and-personal vignettes of cookie decorating, light hanging, car rides and more, were inspired by real stories and memories of the holidays shared by the creative team at OKRP.

“Our goal was to connect more emotionally with our core customer, who we refer to as ‘Jennifer.’ We believe the stories we are telling within the campaign really touch the heartstrings while showing the small ways Big Lots helps bring the holidays home,” said Lisa Bachmann, EVP, Chief Merchandising and Operating Officer. “The music has become a signature for our brand, enabling us to instantly connect with Jennifer and to stand out from competitors.”

The ads were shot to look like user-generated content, giving them a more emotional feel and and providing a wide variety of clips for social media. The multi-format production includes boomerang sequences, time lapses and short clips interspersed within the stories. The content will be used to extend the campaign online with digital video, digital display, native ads, rich media, paid social, Facebook video and more. In shooting the campaign, OKRP captured over 20 moments to be used as short content bites across social.

“Holiday spots usually paint a picture of how things should be—aspirational and often times unattainable. For Big Lots, we sought to embrace the beauty of the holidays for what they really are — perfectly imperfect moments of joy and togetherness, said Marian Williams, Creative Director at OKRP. “As a new holiday anthem, Joy to the World has a universal, inclusive quality that feels right for our time.”

The campaign is anchored by a 60-second anthem ad that will run in cinema and online. Additional ads include :15 and :30 second spots for broadcast and online, and radio ads that feature a partnership with iHeart Radio across its holiday channels.

About Big Lots, Inc. 
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a community retailer operating 1,429 BIG LOTS stores in 47 states, dedicated to friendly service, trustworthy value, and affordable solutions in every season and category – furniture, food, décor, and more. We exist to serve everyone like family, providing a better shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. Big Lots supports the communities it serves through the Big Lots Foundation, a charitable organization focused on four areas of need: hunger, housing, healthcare, and education. For more information about the Company, visit

About OKRP
Chicago-based O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul (, Advertising Age’s “Small Agency of the Year” 2015, is a new model advertising agency that delivers big agency brand creativity with startup ingenuity. With its belief that success as a new model agency relies on the ability to be nimble and to bring together the best talent for its clients, O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul has practiced the “high art of selling” on behalf of clients such as Chili’s, Groupon, Gildan, Big Lots, YUM! Brands, Ace Hardware and Turtle Wax, among others. The independent agency is supported with minority backing from the Interpublic Group of Companies.