As Bonnie Prince Willy jaunts around New Zealand on his regal tour with around 60 foreign journalists capturing his every forced smile and hoping he'll spill tomato sauce on his suit at the upcoming governmental barbecue, much has been written about the value to 'brand New Zealand' in terms of the positive exposure his jet-lag infused trip will generate.
Speaking of international exposure, let us take you back into the mists of time so you can to feast your eyes on some old New Zealand tourism ads, one of which is particularly creepy, both because of the extended male gazes and the scary, cult-like voice at the end that exclaims: "Go there. Now."
Like a drug dealer cutting off supply to its addicted clients, Facebook once again pulled the rug out from underneath publishers and brands as part of its ongoing mission to 'make the world a better place'. The main shift, which has been happening in various forms for a few years, is a newsfeed tweak that will prioritise engaging content from friends and family, rather than news from media companies or brands. So what does it mean for publishers, brands, agencies and the world in general? Here are some of the best takes on the issue.