Anna Gervai joins JWT, a couple of changes at DB, Sarah Fenton moves up the Yahoo! chain, Vodafone gives Jane Wilson a call, Stephen Williams joins Adcorp, Senate adds a pair, Hypermedia adds Hobday, Terabyte Interactive gets the nod in AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards and the EMANZ crew wag chins.
JWT has powered up its social offering by hiring Anna Gervai as a community manager.
Gervai is fresh from independent work and previously ran her own digital design agency Orchid Design. Before that she was digital director at Lassoo Media & PR and she recently wrote an enlightening piece on the rules marketers need to heed if they want to stay on the right side of Facebook.
In other JWT news, the Parnell based agency will soon be moving to a space in the new Imperial Lane development.
Tui’s marketing manager Jarrod Bear has stepped up the ladder a bit at DB Breweries and has been appointed as group marketing manager. He will now oversee both the Tui and Monteith’s brands.
“There is a garlic bread on the café menu at the Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka named after Jarrod Bear, so be assured that Jarrod would never leave Tui,” jokes comms advisor Simon Smith.
Russell Brown is the other group marketing manager and he looks after Heineken, Export (Gold, 33, Dry) and Tiger beer.
Elsewhere in DB land, communications manager Jo Jalfon has swapped booze for phones and is now the acting head of external media/PR at Telecom.
Up the chain
Yahoo! New Zealand has promoted Sarah Fenton to agency sales manager in its digital sales team. She will be responsible for driving new advertiser acquisition, account management and go-to-market strategy for the agency advertiser channel, and delivering ‘best in market’ communications and advertising campaigns to clients.
Fenton was formerly Yahoo! New Zealand’s group sales manager and prior to working for Yahoo! New Zealand, gained international media experience with roles at AOL UK, CBS Outdoor and London’s Financial Times. She has over 12 years traditional and online media sales experience.
“Sarah is a motivated leader who is focused on delivering great results, both for advertisers and the business,” says Yahoo! New Zealand sales director, Louis Niven. “Sarah has tremendous energy and enthusiasm in everything she does. Her passion for online media and proven track record in sales and management make her the perfect candidate to lead the agency sales team. 2012 is an exciting year for Yahoo! New Zealand with our market-leading ad products coming into their own. With Sarah at the helm of our mobile, performance, video and custom solution offerings, we know we are in good hands.”
According to the NZ Herald, former TVNZ programmer Jane Wilson “has taken up a senior role at Vodafone, an appointment that is believed to be linked to Vodafone plans to develop initiatives on the new ultra fast broadband network”.
Joining the corp
Adcorp NZ has hired Stephen Williams, the digital producer behind the award-winning Orcon Living Office banner, to the new role of senior digital producer.
Adcorp is an Australian-owned (ASX-listed) full-service agency with New Zealand offices in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Tauranga.
Williams is ex-Salt Interactive (interactive producer) and has previously managed projects across many digital channels, including banners, EDMs, touchscreens, Facebook and mobile apps, and full websites.
“This is a big hire for us, as our digital portfolio is growing rapidly,” says Adcorp general manager Catherine Spiller. “Our clients tell us daily that they see a big future in digital, and we’re investing in that future.”
To the senate
SenateSHJ has appointed Kimberley Pickworth and Emma Field as new consultants in its Auckland office.
Pickworth has recently returned to New Zealand after four years in London working in healthcare and pharmaceutical communications. She has over five years communications experience with expertise in both country-specific and global healthcare remits. Her healthcare experience includes PR and communications, medical education, disease awareness and communications strategy development in a number of different disease areas.
Field comes to the agency after working in print, television and most recently for Mediaworks Radio. She was named as young journalist of the year in 2007 and was a finalist in the 2011 Broadcast Journalist of the Year Awards.
Highlights of her journalistic career include covering two election campaigns, working in Tonga following the sinking of the Princess Ashika, and leading coverage of the Christchurch earthquakes, Pike River tragedy and the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Mark Hodbay has swapped taxis for shopper marketing after taking the role of sales account manager with Hypermedia.
He has been in media sales for the past 15 years and has helped to launch several magazine titles in jobs with FitnessLIFE magazine and IT Media. Most recently he helped introduce new OOH media company Taxi Impact into the New Zealand market place.
“His true passion is building strong and trusting client relationships and after many years of developing this list he looks forward to working with agencies and clients under the Hypermedia banner and presenting them with the most innovative and cost effective in-store marketing opportunities NZ has to offer,” says the release.
Terabyte Interactive has been selected as a finalist in the 2012 AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards in the Sales and Marketing category, joining a record 48 other finalists.
“It’s thanks to our clients who put their trust in Terabyte to help them achieve their online business strategy and the very positive success stories in our portfolio that enabled us to enter these awards with credibility. In ten years this is the first time I feel we’ve got close to my vision for our company and that, as a successful business, we’re in a position to enter these awards,” says Doug Hanna, Terabyte’s chief executive.
“This honour follows international recognition of our work in the ‘Oscars of the Internet’, The Webbys, run out of New York, where our projects have received Webby Honouree Awards 11 times since 2005. However, it’s our client’s business success that is more important to us and this makes being a finalist in the AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards particularly gratifying,” says Hanna.
For Dean of AUT Business School Geoff Perry, being aligned with the awards provides an important opportunity to build on the school’s existing engagement with industry.
“The Excellence in Business Support Awards are regarded highly among industry, providing organisations the chance to benchmark their performance alongside others in their field. As a Business School, it’s important for us to celebrate the businesses that contribute to the economic and social development of our region, so that together, we can continue to add value to the changing world of business,” says Dr Perry.
The robust entry and evaluation process of the awards enables finalists to reflect on how effectively their organisation achieves business excellence in all key areas including leadership and planning, customer and market focus, provision of business support, evaluation and improvement, and business results.
Terabyte was founded in 1990, is “one of the oldest interactive companies in the world” and now has 32 staff.
Are you experienced?
EMANZ held its quarterly member gathering recently at the Longroom in Ponsonby, with representatives of the 17 member agencies in attendance. Representatives from CAANZ, The Marketing Association, ATEED and Waterfront Auckland were also on hand to meet with members and build relationships to increase cooperation in the areas of education and training, Auckland event development and Auckland Council site management.
Key elements of the discussion were EMANZ’s continuing engagement with Auckland Council on the current lack of Street Trading By-Laws and guidelines. Chairman Mark Pickering announced that EMANZ has been invited by the Council to work with them on building best practice guidelines for experiential marketing agencies and brands wanting to use Council space for activation campaigns.
Also discussed was EMANZ continuing to work with the CAANZ Marcomms Leadership Group (MLG) and education institutions AUT and University of Auckland, putting in place a research study to place a benchmark measurement process for experiential marketing. This has the aim of giving clients full value and ROI on their campaigns in comparison to other media.
Megan Clark of Copper Brand Experiences and chairman of the CAANZ Marcoms Leadership Group reported back on the growing experiential industry in the USA after returning from a visit to the Event Marketing Summit in Chicago last month. Experiential and event marketing continues to grow in scope and budgets for brands internationally and NZ is now not far behind in bringing great ideas and production to the table in this area. This article from Forbes also reports on this trend.
“As we’ve seen at the recent AXIS Awards, experiential has become an accepted marketing tool and NZ is now catching up with the rest of the world in terms of spend and creative ideas,” says Pickering. “With experiential budgets on the rise across the world we are expecting another boom year for the industry and EMANZ is continuing to push best practice forward with our members and their clients.”