Over 500 advertising and marketing folk descended on the Langham last night for the final and, some might argue, most important event on the awards calendar. The Effie Awards are so highly coveted because the judging process places enormous emphasis on the business results achieved by creative ideas. Winning the big awards is notoriously difficult, and this was again reiterated this year with only seven gold gongs being handed over the course of proceedings. Here's the lowdown on who won what.
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The 2016 NZ Effie Award finalists have been announced by CAANZ after a panel of 150 industry judges narrowed down the entries to a shortlist of 102 across 17 categories.
CAANZ has elected a new president in PHD chief executive Louise Bond, following Simon Lendrum’s decision to step down after his two-and-a-half-year tenure.
MediaWorks' Hal Crawford on the death of quality journalism, making money from news and standing out on social media
EMANZ (the Experiential Marketing Association of New Zealand) is set to merge with CAANZ PREScom (PR, Social and Experiential Committee) after six months of discussions in a bid to help future-proof the experiential industry.
Ahead of the upcoming CAANZ PresCom event on the commercialisation of content, The Spinoff's Duncan Greive gives his $0.02 on the matter and says that while there are some prickly ethical issues to deal with, brand-funded content offers a glimmer of hope for the craft of journalism and can work in everyone's favour when done well.
On a dark and windy night, six advertising-employed goth bands slithered into the King’s Arms, fishnets, face powder, bad eyeliner and all, to pay homage to the likes of 1980’s goth bands The Cure, The Cramps and movement-starters Bauhaus. And despite straying from the theme and playing songs which you couldn’t really call gothic, Colenso BBDO aka Pegasus and the Job Numbers were crowned the winner of this year’s Battle of the Ad Bands organised by CAANZ and Flying Fish, after a polished and upbeat set that wooed the crowd and judges alike.
CAANZ unveils two IPA courses, aims to improve marketers' negotiating prowess at the executive table
Last night, at an event hosted at the Pullman Hotel, CAANZ kicked off its partnership with its UK counterpart, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, by introducing two new courses to the local market: The IPA Effectiveness Test and the IPA Commercial Certificate (CAANZ also plans to release a third paper focused on search marketing before the end of the year). And CAANZ chief executive Paul Head says that these courses are designed to improve the ability of marketers and agency type to contribute to meaningful conversations around the executive table.
Industry happenings at PHD, Snakk, CAANZ, Darkhorse, Lily & Louis, ZM, My Food Bag, the Marketing Association, CIevents and TedX.
379 entries across 75 categories have made it through to the finals of the Axis Awards, with FCB leading the way on 54, followed by Colenso BBDO with 49 and DDB with 47. Special Group has 31 finalists and Saatchi & Saatchi rounded out the top five with 26 finalists.
Industry happenings at MPA, MediaWorks, OMD, CAANZ, The Pond and Unity Films.
New season ranges at Fairfax, Nielsen, Bayleys, NZME and CAANZ.
After more than 170 preliminary judges and 60 category judges pored over the entries for the 2014 Effie Awards, 113 of them have made the finalist list, with FCB New Zealand topping the charts on 23, Colenso BBDO/Proximity New Zealand on 18, DDB and Saatchi & Saatchi on 11 and Ogilvy & Mather on ten.
Industry happenings at Touchcast, Healthy Life Media, BOTAB, CAANZ and Blockhead.
The trade blogs are renowned for snarky, often anonymous comments that call into question the motivations for campaigns or their claimed success. But as part of it drive to get more entries for the upcoming Effie awards, CAANZ and .99 are aiming to show that, due to the focus on real-life results rather than the shiny, new and enticing, a trophy in this awards programme will go a long way to silencing those critics.
FCB's already well-awarded 'Bottled Walkman' campaign has landed three nominations, while Whybin's 'Effies Results Don't Lie' campaign has received two nominations in the Design category at Cannes.