Macy's Invites America To Join The Believe Campaign For Santa

Research Project ~ Santa Project For The Internet

Macy's aims to express optimisim using their belief campaign through the Internet this holiday season. As part of the annual Believe campaign, Macy;s will launch The Santa Project as a nationwide movement to fill the Internet with positive affirmations of belief. America can post photos, messages, or videos with #SantaProject via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube to show their beliefs.

New York City Press Release ~ Macy's will join The Santa Project this year by calling on all American people of all ages to post their expressions or responses to social media.  A selection of responses will be featured in a Macy's television commercial this year in December to reflect the positive affirmations under the Believe campaign.  

“The story of Virginia O’Hanlon and the importance of believing have been the inspiration behind our iconic holiday campaign for the past eight years,” said Joe Feczko, senior vice president of brand marketing for Macy’s. “This season, we want to do everything we can to boost the spirit of Santa for future generations. When you look at the Internet right now, there is a lot of negativity out there. We’re asking people to come together this Christmas to flood the Internet with a groundswell of positivity that preserves belief for kids everywhere.”

The Santa Project is the magic of Santa that has been shared by word of mouth for generations using books, film and television to tell the story of why the national movement existed.  The Internet provides an influential channel to continue this legacy today, and children have unparalleled access to expand their information for many generations at the touch of their fingertips.  All answers can be achieved using the Internet for answers and when inquiring about Santa, the answer is not so nice.  That's why it is Macy's mission to bring change to all using the hashtag #SantaProject starting this month to encourage people to flood the Internet with their expressions of belief in Santa and the Christmas spirit.  

Macy's vision for sharing a response to capture the importance of believing and what Santa means to them is a role that is taken to ensure the future.  Magic for the holidays will come alive in a place that is familiar to all "the Internet" where Santa lives and will continue to live on for future generations.  The Santa Project will come to life this year in a short film featuring children as they discuss what it means to believe in Santa.  In addition, a television commercial, inviting America to respond, will air during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (trademarked), the official kick-off to the holiday season.

About The Research

The Santa Project conducted national quantitative and qualitative research investigating the importance of belief in Santa and the current state of belief across the country.

According to a recent Ipsos survey, two out of three people with kids in the home (66 percent) think it is important to believe in Santa (54 percent for all U.S. adults). However, 44 percent of U.S. adults think that belief is decreasing, versus just 8 percent who think it is increasing.

According to Dr. Jacqueline Woolley, leading expert in the field of child psychology, studies have shown that belief improves creativity and imagination, while also strengthening critical thinking.

“The kind of thinking involved in imagining how reindeer could fly through the sky is the same kind of thinking required for imagining solutions to today’s biggest problems,” Woolley said. “This kind of thinking — engaging the border between what is possible and what is impossible — is at the root of all scientific discoveries and inventions, from airplanes to the Internet.”

An additional qualitative study, commissioned by Macy’s, was conducted with 40 children, ages six- to nine- years-old, to study belief in Santa. Interviews showed that belief in Santa can build family traditions and rituals, and instill ideas of morality and generosity.

Join The Santa Project

Here’s how to get involved:

  1. Create a response that will help fill the Internet with belief, in the form of a short message, photo or video on why you believe in Santa and the spirit of the holiday season (filmed via smartphone, held sideways in landscape format)
  2. Post on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube with #SantaProject
  3. Encourage your family and friends to join the movement and spread the spirit of belief

Select video responses will be featured in a Macy’s television spot in December.

The Santa Project is part of Macy’s Believe campaign, which benefits Make-A-Wish®. Customers can drop their letters to Santa at Macy’s or send digitally at macys.com/believe. For every letter collected in-store or online, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish, the organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

To learn more about The Santa Project, visit macys.com/believe. Visitors can view a counter that will keep track of expressions of belief being spread throughout the holiday season, including an updated list of Top 10 states in the country that are showing the most belief via social media, letters to Santa, visits to Santa at Macy’s Santaland, and visits to macys.com/believe.

The Santa Project was created by Macy’s in partnership with Figliulo&Partners.

For media materials and video assets, visit http://pimsmultimedia.com/macys-holiday2016/believe.php.

Ipsos Methodology

This survey was conducted by Ipsos on Oct. 28, 2016, on behalf of Macy’s. For the survey, a sample of 1,006 U.S. adults over the age of 18 was interviewed online, in English, including 328 adults who have children under the age of 18. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for all respondents surveyed, and 6.2 percentage points for parents.

About Macy’s

Macy's, the largest retail brand of Macy's, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at 734 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy's offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy's is known for such epic events as Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy's flagship stores -- including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California -- are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy's helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

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