“There’s a comforting predictability to the holidays. Decorations go up and the shopping countdown begins. There’s a predictability to the holiday ads as well — most of which scream big sales and hot products,” Ken Segall writes for Observatory. “What we don’t expect to see is an advertiser taking a risk. Which is why I find Apple’s 2013 holiday spot so interesting.”

“Ever see a company spend nearly half of its holiday commercial depicting the downside of its own product?” Segall asks. “Apple has done just that — painting the picture of a kid seemingly more interested in the virtual world of his iPhone than the family around him.”

“The twist, of course, is that this kid is different. Far from withdrawn, he’s actually inspired. He’s using technology to give the family a gift from the heart — one that will be treasured for years to come,” Segall writes. “It’s a clever concept. The spot relies on our own stereotypes to lead us to an incorrect assumption, setting the stage for the second half of the spot to pull our heartstrings so effectively.”

There are tens of millions of people who will stop in their tracks at this commercial and wipe a tear from their eye. As a result, they will feel slightly more attached to Apple, which is the marketing purpose of this spot,” Segall writes. “Far from depressing, this ad is wonderfully optimistic. In the most human terms, it says that the right technology can bring people closer together. It’s a perfect thought for the holidays… Once again, Apple demonstrates it’s a different kind of technology company. Most talk about what goes into their phones — Apple shows what we can get out of them.”

Read more in the full article – recommended – here.

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