The digital divide between generations is something that will presumably always be with us (and will be presumably always be equal parts entertaining and frustrating for the young folk who have to teach the oldies how to use new technology). But Vodafone reckons its tech ninjas can help. And its TV spot featuring a grandfather who is taught how to communicate with his grandson has taken out Colmar Brunton’s Ad Impact Award for September.
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The idea of multiple discovery is that "scientific discoveries and inventions are made independently and more or less simultaneously by multiple scientists and inventors." It happened with the theory of evolution, it happened with the discovery of oxygen and it's happened a lot in advertising, something James Hurman discussed in a story in Idealog a few years back. And, following on from the Vodafone spot that chronicled the struggles of a courier driver trying to locate the owner of a piglet named Piggy-Sue, BP and Ogilvy & Mather also pulled at the heartstrings with a 90-second spot that showed a motorcyclist going to extreme measures to reunite a bunny with its young owner. So won the battle of the lost creatures? According to Colmar Brunton's Ad Impact research for May, it was BP that won out over Vodafone, despite being beaten to the punch by the telco.
Vodafone's telco tear-jerker gets a fist bump after winning Colmar Brunton's most impactful ad of 2014
After a year of judging new brand ads in New Zealand, Colmar Brunton has announced that Vodafone and FCB's festive ad 'Dinner for two' has taken out the award for 2014’s Most Impactful Ad, with Samsung's G5 Days and Nestle Purina's 'Herding Cats' also claiming big fist trophies for the most persuasive and most enjoyable awards respectively.
Nivea Sun has won the January 2015 Colmar Brunton Ad Impact award for ‘Take Care Out There’ for an ad created alongside American artist Thomas Leveritt that gives a very literal view of how sunblock can protect your skin.
New World has been in fine marketing fettle in recent months, with two delightfully insane adverts involving bread-based real estate and vegetable-based romance and one mad ad for its netball sponsorship. And while its Christmas campaign wasn't quite so surreal, the ads featuring Santa Claus hiding in plain sight as a supermarket employee named Noel also caught viewers' attention and managed to take out Colmar Brunton’s Ad Impact award for November.
A coliseum, a thunderous crowd and charging warriors, all shot in ultra-high definition (UHD) in an Auckland Quarry. This was Samsung’s global spot for its curved UHD TV, which was shot by Kiwi Nathan Price, and it's taken out the Colmar Brunton Ad Impact award for May. PLUS: Behind-the-scenes shots and a Q&A with Price.
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Remember the slightly creepy corporate robot ad in 2011 for Visa Paywave? It almost made cash look cool. But in April this year the marketing changed tack with a sepia-coloured, quirky fantasy world made of skate bowls and skater girls and boys. It made contactless Paywave cards look so smooth the ad took out the Colmar Brunton Ad Impact Award for April.
Want to know what an ad with massive impact looks like? Then check out Honda’s ‘Hands’ advert that aired in New Zealand during March and clocked up the highest impact score Colmar Brunton has seen since it began running the Ad Impact Award study in 2011.
A child promoting the joys of coffee might not initially seem like a good idea for a campaign, but Caffe Aurora's 'Stop Searching', which follows Modern Family's Rico Rodriguez as he hunts for the perfect espresso, has obviously caught the attention of the masses, because it has taken out the December round of Colmar Brunton's Ad Impact Award.
Cadbury took the win in the March round of Colmar Brunton's Ad Impact Award with its animated, bicycling easter bunny. And it's added another trophy to its cabinet with the launch ad for Mini Drops taking September's title.
After a long period of flying under the radar, Auckland-based food company Tasti Products came out all Kiwiana guns blazing with a cliche-filled online and print campaign in September last year. A few months back it took the next logical step down that path, launching its first ever TVC with a very colloquial remix of OMC's How Bizarre and some completely over the top, almost ironic patriotism. And while some in adland didn't seem too keen on it, consumers seem to be, because the ad has taken out the August instalment of Colmar Brunton's Ad Impact Award.
Showing good looking human specimens in their undies is a well-proven advertising strategy. Often it's all a bit OTT, with ridiculous smell the fart acting and liberal photoshopping. But Bonds has kept it casual, upbeat and slightly self-aware with its latest campaign, leading to a win in the May round of the Colmar Brunton Ad Impact Award.
According to a study in the UK, more than a third of 16 to 23-year-olds didn't know that bacon came from pigs and four in ten failed to link milk with an image of a dairy cow. That lack of understanding around provenance is quite concerning, but Silver Fern Farms and Colenso BBDO embraced the farm to show consumers how easy they've made their lives with the ‘Going to Great Lengths’ campaign. And, with a win in the April round of Colmar Brunton's Ad Impact Award, it seems to have worked.
Around 15 percent of Cadbury's total revenue is thought to come over Easter. So it's a very important time of year for the Kraft/Mondolez-International-owned chocolate makers. And, judging by the fact that its Easter ad won the March round of Colmar Brunton's Ad Impact Award, it might even be higher this year.
It's certainly not the sexiest of products, but that hasn't stopped Blu Tack's colourful little monster from capturing the attention of Kiwis and taking out Colmar Brunton's Ad Impact Award for January.