DDB New Zealand is the only agency in the country with an experiential creative director. And with brands increasingly looking to create more memorable experiences for consumers, you only have to look at recent campaigns like Cadbury's Billboards to Bags campaign, ANZ's Rugby World Cup promotion and Cadbury's 'Share the Joy' Kiwi roadtrip to see this events mentality is infusing itself into more and more of the agency's advertising. And the 'Snow Globe' it created in Auckland just before Christmas for Kraft Foods NZ was deemed to be one of the best examples of that, taking out gold in the PR/Experiential category. Colenso and Yellow also took gold in this category for Yellow Chocolate, as well as two more bronzes, one for 'A Rubbish Idea' for Heart of the City and the other for 'Beer: The Untold Story' for DB Export'.
While the industry focus is often placed on flashy bits happening on the surface, Contact Energy chief customer officer Vena Crawley says it's often the hard graft beneath the surface that makes the difference.