First it was Droga5, and now, in the classic 'Christmas dump', where bad news is saved up for when everyone's focusing on some well-earned festive cheer, it was announced yesterday that Publicis Mojo's time in New Zealand is also up. It will be replaced by a new agency called Joy in the new year.
As a wise man once said, those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. So, given all the opinions that have flowed forth over the past week from a range of marcomms cutters and thrusters (never fear, we've got a few more up our sleeves to ease you into 2013), it seemed remiss of us not to do a bit of reflecting ourselves, both on the industry we cover and on the evolution of StopPress and NZ Marketing.
What's more Christmassy than an inappropriate pash at the office party? Or a deep ham and alcohol coma? Or the disappointed look on your greedy kids' faces when they don't get what they want? A festively-themed, avian-heavy dollop of digital show-offery, says the gang from audio-recognition app Pluk. So Pluk the video and see what happens.
The tenth year of Auckland indie Big Communications has been another solid one, with new clients like Motorcorp, Barfoot & Thompson, ATEED and The Langham, and more good stuff as part of the long-running Vero campaign. Managing director Ant Salmon goes long.
When it comes to mergers, it doesn't get much bigger than ANZ shutting the stable door on the National Bank. Everyone knew it was coming eventually, but having to say goodbye to the much-loved stallion still came as a shock to many. And from the relatively smooth IT switchover (thought to be the biggest IT project this century in New Zealand) to the roll-out of the different phases of communications, most would agree they did a pretty bloody good job of it. Matthew Pickering, head of retail marketing, pipes up.
Five Kiwi apps have floated above the rest in Apple's pick of this year's best in the New Zealand App Store.
Mango Communications continued to fan (or, when required, put out) the flames this year, with big experiential campaigns for Cadbury, Pascall and Lindaeur, and new clients like Qantas and Tourism Fiji on board. Managing director and recently departed CAANZ board member Claudia Macdonald sends out her release.
A single salty tear runs down our cheek because it's the last instalment of Woops of the Week for 2012, with Dan News' always popular yearly blooper wrap-up; Rube Goldberg vs. Isaac Newton; fake fun with lights; driving music; make it count; BBC's Christmas festivities; a Twitter-powered billboard; an old school musical mash-up; a year in the life of The Yoob; we need more Hobbit; trolling turned on its head in Warm wishes from Adland; an interesting/interactive take on Maurice Levy's annual address; YouTube's advertising leaderboard for 2012; poor Dr Hedgeh and the perfect gift for the malodorous.
2012 was a comeback year for the Whybin\TBWA Group after something of an annus horribilis in 2011. It put Middle-earth into New Zealand, oversaw the biggest thing in banking with the surprisingly smooth National Bank/ANZ fusion, launched the Digital Arts Network by merging Shift and Tequila\, and its PR arm Eleven won a couple of PR agency of year awards. So chief executive David Walden, who sold a few shares and began the hunt for a successor, ended the year a pretty happy chappy.
While MediaWorks' ownership and debt issues continued to bubble away this year, there were plenty of positives for those working at the coalface, including Four's media brand of the year award and a very successful first run of The Block. Liz Fraser, who moved from MSN and chair of the IAB to take up the role of director of sales and marketing at Mediaworks TV, has her say.
With a new office in Amsterdam, a host of awards, some massive international clients, a few stroke-inducing side projects and a cause-based cat telethon to promote internet freedom, Resn has further cemented its well-earned reputation as one of the world's best—and most experimental—digital agencies in 2012. Kris Hermansson and Steve Le Marquand log on.
Tourism New Zealand and Whybin\TBWA’s 100% Middle-earth, 100% Pure New Zealand campaign has been the subject of much discussion recently, plenty of it based around the perceived gap between the fantasy of the slogan and the reality of the country's environmental situation. But after some negative media coverage, it's put one in the plus column by winning the World's Leading Destination Marketing Campaign in the World Travel Awards 2012.
New Zealanders really enjoy a catchy tune mixed with a bit of schadenfreude, a fact demonstrated by the most searched for ad on Google this year.
After saying goodbye to BNZ, 'recalibrating' the agency and adding a couple of ex-Ogilvy chaps to its creative arsenal, Sugar&Partners had plenty to contend with this year. But it took it in its stride and released some quality campaigns for TAB, new challenger telco Flip and, slightly controversially given its similarity to a popular cat video, Mammoth Insulation. Dave Nash and Damon O'Leary sum up their 2012.
Creative ideas increasingly need to be media ideas—and specifically social media ideas. And OMD recognised this earlier this year by hiring social strategist, self-proclaimed 'askhole', opinionated mofo, treasure hunt lover and enthusiastic supporter of the Herne Bay Local Anthony Gardiner. So get these opinions down 'ya gullet.
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