Publicis rebounded from its failed merger with Omnicom, acquiring Sapient Corp. in a effort to expand its digital capabilities. Alex from Target happened, revealing just how strange and confusing the internet is. And digital isn’t going anywhere — Forrester Research predicts interactive spending will hit $103 billion by 2019.

Here are five ads to watch this week:

1) Mistletoe | Gap

Sofia Coppola directs a series of ads for Gap, highlighting the strange moments that make the holidays memorable.

2) Paris / New York | Open Skies

To promote British Airways’ non-stop flight from New York to Paris, the brand released a video showing the vibrancy and life of the two cities. The split screen juxtaposes time-lapse views of city skylines and busy streets.

3) The Next Black | Electrolux

The washing machine industry isn’t typically looked to for its advertising, but this 46-minute documentary on fashion and technology from Electrolux is fascinating and visually arresting.


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4) #MontyThePenguin | John Lewis

Watching John Lewis’s Christmas advertising is a special event for some in the industry. And the brand did not disappoint this year. The heartwarming advert follows a boy and his pet penguin, bringing to life their friendship.

5) #LowesFixInSix | Lowe’s

BBDO New York has created another set of Vine videos, expanding upon the original series that earned the brand and agency a Bronze Cyber Lion at Cannes.

Originally published Nov 7, 2014 9:00:00 AM, updated December 03 2014