Retail Gazette Loves: Twitter’s #NotARetailStore Christmas advert for John Lewis (the man)

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The Retail Gazette’s favourite “computer science educator, father of four, social liberal, atheist, and not a retail store” has become the unlikely star of Twitter UK’s first Christmas advert, dubbed #NotARetailStore.

John Lewis (the man) is a Virginia-based lecturer who receives over 50,000 tweets aimed at the department store every year due to his easily-mistaken Twitter handle @johnlewis.

This includes what he describes as a “massive spike” each time the retailer’s hotly-anticipated Christmas advert is released.

Lewis created his Twitter account before the British department store did, which uses the @jlandpartners handle.

He has now been celebrated by the social media platform for his patient and often hilarious responses to the endless tweets misdirected at him every year.

Not only have his responses earned him his very own advert and more followers than the actual retailer’s customer service profile, but last year John Lewis (the store) sent him a bag of presents to say thanks for dealing with wayward tweets.

“I think it’s hilarious that people mistake me for the UK store and I do my best to direct them to the right place,” he said.

“I see a massive spike in tweets at this time of year and I always watch the John Lewis advert, especially as it becomes a big part of my conversation.”

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