Technology was meant to make life so much easier. Paperless offices. Cheap communication tools. And, of course, robot vacuum cleaners. But instead we're lonelier, more stressed and getting our hair eaten by our electronic assistants. Woman's Day has noticed this shift as well, so, as part of a big—and quite rare—$1.5 million campaign via FCB, it's foisted a Zsa-Zsa Gabor-esque character upon the nation in an effort to give its readers permission to take a break without feeling guilty about it.
As a quintessential challenger brand, independent, family owned oil company Gull has tried a few things to get noticed, from themed toilets, to aggressive pricing (and criticism of the pricing structure of its national competition), to road rage reduction tools to docking wages of staff for customer theft. And, in an effort to draw attention to its biofuel, Gull Force 10, it worked with Contagion to create an edible billboard as part of its sponsorship of the Splore music festival.
A couple of years ago, Lion and Shine attempted to modernise the Speight's brand and launched a campaign featuring a nice Kiwi chap swimming against a tide of rudeness in New York. At the time, some felt it was a bit too close to Steinlager territory, but the sentiment of the Southern man was there in the tagline ‘knowing what matters since 1876'. Now the brand has gone back to its heartland territory with a big new campaign via DDB that focuses on the idea of mateship.
Last week's report on magazine readership and circulation figures once again reiterated that print is undergoing a period of transition as audiences shift their media consumption online. And looking at Nielsen's readership and ABC's circulation results, it's more of the same. However, there was some good news for the rural and community publications.
Since launching its 'Do your thing better' brand a few years back, Vodafone has generally looked for laughs rather than warm fuzzies (although it managed to tug a few heartstrings with its Warriors stunt on mother's day). But it decided to focus on the emotional power of connection for its Christmas push and it's taken Colmar Brunton's Ad Impact Award for its efforts.
The radio industry isn't alone in this bid to provide more accurate information to clients. Recently, the Magazine Publishers Association (MPA) announced the launch of a new Nielsen-provided methodology that quantifies the total audience potential (TAP) of a magazine by incorporating pick-ups into magazine reach and frequency schedules.
Last night, the New Zealand Direct Marketing Awards again celebrated the best examples of direct marketing in the industry. And it proved quite a fruitful night for the Clemenger Group as JustOne/.99 and Colenso BBDO/Proximity walked away with impressive hauls. PLUS: JustOne/.99 managing partner Amy Watson breaks her toe during over-zealous celebration.
Typically, agency folk harness their creativity to help clients’ businesses. But occasionally that creativity is put towards their own projects. And that's exactly what globally recognised young creative and burrito aficionado Ben Polkinghorne has done with the Bangerrito, a burrito-flavoured sausage that's made its way onto a few high end supermarket shelves and, all going to plan, might soon be seen in other markets.
ASB and Saatchi & Saatchi NZ have previously shown their prowess for Facebook campaigns through the hugely successful 'Like Loan' iniative, and the pair have now returned to the platform. But rather than focusing on home loans, the latest campaign aims to convince Kiwis to take up life insurance. The new campaign takes the form of a survey in a series of questions that aim to determine if you're replaceable.
For the first time since public relations company Edelman first ran its trust barometer survey, which gauges the levels of trust societies have in various organisations, search engines have overtaken traditional media as the most-trusted source for attaining general news and information.
With innovations in digital payment methodologies, our society is becoming increasingly cashless. And, according to a new Mastercard survey, Kiwis are slowly becoming okay with that, with many starting to warm up to the idea of digital wallets. The survey of shopping habits showed 75 percent of New Zealanders regularly shop online and two thirds are open to the idea of using a digital wallet.
Digital is no longer the siloed side project that's only tapped into if there's enough budget left over. It's now an integral part of the comms strategy of most major brands, and its prominence is only becoming stronger as the online audience grows. To investigate the changing face of digital, StopPress has launched 'Rise of the machines', a new series in which we chat to few brains in the industry about how the channel is evolving. First up is DDB's digital creative director Hadyn Kerr.
For those of you who have longed to put yourselves in the shoes of a criminal defence lawyer, now you can, in the digital world at least. TV2 has launched a new campaign in the form of an online game to promote its show How to Get Away with Murder, through the release of a murder mystery game that casts the player as part of a criminal defence team fighting to clear a client's name.
According to Spark Home, Mobile and Business chief executive Chris Quin, fewer than 40 percent of small businesses have a website. And of those that do, only a quarter have a website that's mobile responsive. So, in an effort to remedy this problem, Spark has released new promotion that offers business customers 24 months' access to a Putti mobile-responsive website.
Despite approaching his 80th birthday, contemporary pop artist Billy Apple (something of a human brand) hasn't lost the desire to create. And now, in collaboration with Saatchi’s design director Derek Lockwood, he has released a Billy Apple-branded cider.
Who's it for: Hallensteins by Lachlan McPherson and Friends and Perceptual Engineering
Why we like it: Hallensteins has made a habit of filming its ads overseas, and, judging by its sales results, it seems to be working. While this isn't quite as enthralling as the last one shot on the Bonneville Salt flats, you can't lose with a bit of Cuban exoticism. And the revolutionary aspects of the country's history tie-in nicely to its brand of 'brothers'.
Who's it for: Warriors by Special Group and 8com.
Why we like it: The 'fans staring seriously at the camera while reciting an earnest poem about their team/sport' is fairly common, some might even say a bit cliched (ANZ is currently slamming it in our faces with its 'Dream Big' campaign). But the fans seem to love this one. And that's the important bit.
Who's it for: Neon by DDB
Why we like it: Emotion generally tops rationality in advertising, as this clever piss-take shows. And unlike Lightbox, which took the 'look at all our shows' approach (and in a similar fashion to its Murmuration spot last year), Sky has gone with a more abstract idea to promote the launch of its SVOD service Neon. Given some of the reviews it has received so far, let's hope this doesn't fall into the 'good advertising making a bad product fail faster' category. Although with Sky still raking in the profits from existing subscribers, it can probably afford to join what chief executive John Fellet called a 'suicide pact'.