eBay’s New Holiday Campaign Captures the Excitement of Giving the Perfect Gift

National television ads feature the incredible gifts that can only be found on eBay, and inspire shoppers to give thoughtfully this holiday season

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--eBay (www.ebay.com) today unveils a new holiday campaign, “The Gift They’re Waiting For Is Waiting on eBay,” and debuts television spots on November 9 – marking the brand’s first holiday national television ads in nearly two years. The efforts are part of eBay’s broader holiday mission to help shoppers find perfect gifts for everyone on their list, by offering the best choice and amazing deals all season long.

“Our new campaign illustrates why eBay is a top destination for holiday shopping – delivering incredible inventory and inspiration, along with a seamless shopping experience,” said Suzy Deering, Chief Marketing Officer for eBay North America. “As a global marketplace, eBay is the only place to find this year’s most in-demand items, from small and mid-size sellers to top brands like Mattel®, to one-of-a-kind personal or bespoke items. We empower shoppers to be the ultimate gift-givers with our unparalleled selection.”

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eBay collaborated with the San Francisco-based advertising agency Pereira & O’Dell to develop the new television creative. The marquee spot, titled “The Giver,” takes viewers on the emotional and gratifying journey of finding and giving perfect holiday presents. The marketing campaign also uses digital video, display ads and social media to inspire shoppers looking for unique gift ideas this season.

“While the convenience of holiday shopping has increased, the thoughtfulness of gifting has simultaneously decreased,” said PJ Pereira, Chief Creative Officer and Co-founder of Pereira & O’Dell. “The holidays are about spending quality time with family and friends, and the gifts we exchange should reflect these special relationships. eBay is uniquely positioned to help people find perfect gifts for the ones they love, and the new campaign brings this idea to life.”

The Gift They’re Waiting For

Each year, it becomes increasingly difficult for shoppers to find gifts they truly can’t wait to give. Last year, two-thirds of Americans gave up on their holiday shopping due to a lack of time or inspiration. Even more challenging is that consumers are failing to find great gifts at great prices; 74 percent of Americans surveyed struggled to find deals for the gifts on their shopping lists.

“In the lead up to this holiday, no single standout gift has emerged, which represents a significant departure from past seasons,” said Hal Lawton, Senior Vice President of eBay North America. “Since shoppers aren’t clamoring for a specific must have item there’s actually more pressure to find perfect gifts. With more than 1 billion listings, only eBay promises unique items and exclusive deals, combined with a cutting edge shopping experience, fast and free delivery, and great service.”

Throughout the holidays, eBay will feature some of the most competitive deals on must haves from top brands across electronics, fashion, home and toys:

     * eBay’s Holiday Hub (http://www.ebay.com/holiday) combines gift inspiration with amazing deals and inventory from brands like Mattel® and Sony PlayStation®. Browse and buy the season’s most coveted items – pieces from KENZO x H&M and FENTY x Puma, along with Adidas YEEZY Boosts, an iRobot Roomba, and the Nutri Ninja® – and visit eBay’s Daily Deals page (deals.ebay.com), where 100% of items ship for free.

     *  On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, eBay will host a collection of deals exclusively created for mobile shoppers using the eBay app, making it even easier to shop on-the-go. eBay will also introduce a new feature on the Holiday homepage – a countdown clock – to enable shoppers to track when new deals will be released.

All season long, eBay will reveal new gift inspiration and innovative ways to shop, as well as one-of-a-kind experiences through eBay for Charity benefiting a variety of causes. Visit ebay.com/holiday for more information.

eBay By the Numbers

-    eBay, Inc. has 165 million active buyers worldwide
-    81% of all merchandise sold on eBay is new, and our wide selection keeps growing
-    ~87% of items sold on eBay are Buy It Now – no bidding necessary
-    Approximately 1 billion listings at any given time
-    100% free shipping on all items in Daily Deals

About eBay

eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) is a global commerce leader including the Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. Collectively, we connect millions of buyers and sellers around the world, empowering people and creating opportunity through Connected Commerce. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay is one of the world's largest and most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. In 2015, eBay enabled $82 billion of gross merchandise volume. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.

About Pereira & O'Dell

Pereira & O'Dell is an international, award-winning advertising agency that combines techniques from traditional advertising, digital, PR and design to create innovative campaigns, programs and products that are in sync with how consumers behave today. They constantly re-evaluate practices, strategies and partnership structures to stay nimble in an ever-changing industry. The agency has offices in San Francisco and New York, representing clients such as eBay, Coca-Cola, Realtor.com and Fox Sports, among others. Pereira & O'Dell is the first advertising agency to win an Emmy against regular television programming, winning "Outstanding New Approach to Television" for the social film "The Beauty Inside" for Intel. The agency was most recently named by both AdAge and Creativity in 2016 as a Standout Agency. For more information, please go to: www.pereiraodell.com.