In the wake of Prime Minister John Key's resignation, Barnes, Catmur & Friends Dentsu managing partner and executive creative director Paul Catmur has a confession to make.
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2016 has been the year of Justin Bieber. So how did this once cringe-worthy teenage pop sensation turn into a worldwide superstar, and what can brands learn from his transformation? TRA marketing coordinator Claire Tutill takes a look.
A lot can change in 25 years. And what represented a brand a quarter of century ago isn't always going to be applicable today. This point is particularly pertinent for a brand like MYOB, which in that time has gone from floppy disks to the cloud. We chat to the company's executive general manager of marketing Natalie Feehen about the process of getting the brand in line with what the company actually does today.
New Zealand's combination of pride and self-doubt means we still seem to crave foreign endorsement. And a report by Brand Finance, which "specialises in brand valuation and strategy, evaluates the financial impact of the image and reputation of the top 100 countries", has given it to us, showing New Zealand sits at number five on the list of healthiest country brands.
President of the Harvard Business School Association of New Zealand Marc Potter explains why we need more people such as Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor to exploit brand New Zealand and why this would be good for Kiwi business.
Designworks has just completed work to reposition the University of Canterbury and help attract prospective students, which has been a bit of struggle since the earthquakes. And it is urging Canterbury businesses to follow the university’s lead and take a fresh look at their positioning if they want to grow in the future.
A short history of nearly everything: TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards celebrate 21st in fine style with new awards and new look
The TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards turn 21 this year. And like all good 21-year-olds, it's received an oversized key, downed a yardie, taken a good hard look at itself and emerged into adulthood with a snazzy new 'Everything Marketing' brand and eight new categories.
Not too long ago, Volkswagen was seen by Kiwis as a brand that was too expensive, too Germanic and too standoffish. So the European car maker set about changing that and, with the help of DDB NZ, it's been making some serious inroads into the Kiwi market, with the 2011 results achieving records for both its passenger and commercial vehicles. Now the pair are hoping to continue the upward trajectory with a new series of ‘the same, but different’ TVCs running in the pre-weather spot on ONE News.
Tasti Products Ltd is celebrating 80 years of making bars and baking bits this year and to make sure it's looking its best for the important milestone it has shouted itself a whole new brand wardrobe and appointed Contagion as its creative partner.
One of the perennial bug-bears of the marketing industry is the fact that it's often seen by the bean counters as a cost to be cut in times of economic hardship, rather than an investment that will pay off when things pick up. And, according to the research of a top marketing professor who’ll be speaking in Hamilton on Friday March 30 as part of the Excellence in Practice seminar series offered by Corporate and Executive Education at Waikato Management School, billions of dollars of shareholder value are destroyed each year by companies that tie their marketing budgets to the business cycle.
Back in 2008, swarthy old seadogs Roger Holmes and Jamie Duff ditched their fancy London day jobs and returned to New Zealand to launch Stolen rum. Since then, the sugary nectar has won a few awards, added names like Peter Gordon, Nick Worthingon, Brent Smart and James Hurman to the investor list and, through a combination of savvy PR and branding and a good product, is now stocked in a number of classy bars, swanky restaurants and luxury lodges. And, to launch a new rum variety called SX9 that's aimed squarely at the hospitality industry, it's taken a leaf out of the 42 Below book with a potentially controversial campaign enlisting the services of local mules to help smuggle its illegal contraband into Australia.
Tait Communications is one of New Zealand's best under-the-radar business success stories and is a great example of a local tech company finding its niche and selling its wares in the international market. And, in an effort to better reflect the company's transformation into a "world-leading solutions provider" rather than just a radio manufacturer, Designworks Wellington has given it a spiffy new visual identity, slogan and website.
Barnes, Catmur & Friends won the Tourism Fiji account in mid-2009 and set out on its mission to grow New Zealand visitor arrivals from 100,000 per year to 120,000 by 2011. Since it took over, and despite the ongoing political uncertainty, arrivals have gone up 18 percent on the back of some good creative comms, including an enticing TVC, a billboard that showed how hot it was in Fiji during the New Zealand winter and a well-received Adshel promotion that 'Fiji'ed' a few hundred locals. But, despite these local results, Tourism Fiji has decided the best approach to "ensure the best possible return on the Fiji Government’s significant annual investment in marketing Fiji to the world and to effectively position Fiji competitively into the future" is to find a lead global advertising agency to develop and implement a new global masterbrand strategy.
It's tough being a charity at the moment. More charities mean there's a heap of competition for the donated dollar, a drop in the level of donations seems to show that givers may be suffering from a form of 'compassion fatigue' that makes them immune to charitable overtures and, in many cases, there's confusion about what the charity actually does, something evidenced by the story of the newly rebranded Leukemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.
Parallel importing. That’s been legal in New Zealand for ages, hasn’t it? Well, yes and no. If we’re talking about branded goods and not music, films or software, then parallel importing has been legal here since 2003 and it's allowed traders to import genuine goods bearing a trade mark (think L’Oreal perfume or Sony cameras) that are sourced from an overseas supplier rather than the authorised distributor in New Zealand. So what legal weapons are available to local businesses whose investment is being put at risk by cheap imports?