At a time when words like 'feminazi', 'man hater' and 'snowflake' are thrown around quite freely, Bridget Taylor thinks the gender debate is still worth having.
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When Contagion launched a few years back, it was loudly beating the digital and social drum. It still is, but it's also doing more of what some would call traditional agency work. So is it selling out? Or is getting in on the groundfloor by offering specialist skills that clients seem to be looking for and then gradually taking a bigger chunk of the business a smart strategy?
Colenso was named as TVNZ's 'agency of choice' in October 2009, when the Brent Smart/Jason Paris agency-client combo was in effect. But, judging by some of the national broadcaster's recent projects, that doesn't appear to be the case any more.
May the fourth be with you as Contagion announces a creative promotion and a new piece of business, McDonald's adds two to the grill, Rawdon Christie makes it an English breakfast, nzgirl finds its new general manager, Datamine welcomes a new geek, Sir Dryden Spring steps down and Phantom Billstickers crows about a new Auckland site.
Most of Tourism New Zealand's sizable marketing and comms budget now gets directed towards digital channels in an effort to get 'active considerers' on the plane. And its latest work via Contagion is trying to tempt the Gen Ys back for some backpacking with Storiesbeatstuff.com, something the agency believes is "possibly the largest social media campaign a New Zealand agency has produced".
The Air New Zealand business is thought to be up for pitch, with a rumoured list of Saatchi & Saatchi, DraftFCB, Special Group and the incumbent .99/Colenso all gunning for one of the country's best-loved brands.
The unofficial word was out a while back that Dean and Bridget Taylor were heading back to New Zealand with some big plans. And now the official word is out: the couple have taken up the reins as directors of a new outfit called Contagion that will, from October, partner with Vivaki to lead the Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) business won by Razorfish in moderately interesting circumstances back in May.