John Lewis Christmas ad: social media reaction

The John Lewis Christmas ad, which broke online this morning, has been mentioned on social media nearly 40,000 times within the first few hours.

The 'man on the moon': how will viewers react to the star of this year's John Lewis ad?
The 'man on the moon': how will viewers react to the star of this year's John Lewis ad?

As many would have predicted, this year's Christmas TV ad by John Lewis has provoked a lot of reaction already.

As of 11am, three hours after the ad broke online, there were 39,872 mentions of the ad's hashtag #manonthemoon on Twitter, including mentions of the teaser hashtag #onthemoon.

The ad, created by Adam & Eve/DDB, sees a young girl named Lily who earnestly tries to send gifts to a man who lives on the moon, whom she has seen through a telescope.

The soundtrack is the Oasis B-side song, Half a World Away, performed by Aurora, a Norwegian singer. According to data compiled by Hotwire, there have been 7,315 mentions of the singer's name between 10am and 11am today.

However, the same data search found that sentiment for the ad has so far been largely neutral (88 per cent); with only 10 per cent of Twitter users expressing a positive sentiment and just 2 per cent saying anything negative about the ad.

Last year's John Lewis Christmad ad, "Monty the penguin", saw its hashtag mentioned 97,257 times within the first 24 hours.

Here is a selection of messages sent to @Campaignmag by Twitter users reacting to the John Lewis ad:


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