Our sister publication Idealog recently chatted to James Hurman on a book he wrote called 'The Boy and the Lemon', illustrated by Juliet Burton, which he says is an attempt to teach kids to be lucky. Hurman's about to launch a Kickstarter this week, hoping for a bit of luck himself so he can fund its production.
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Humans love a good origin story. And, in the business world, the power of the overnight success narrative often means the extremely difficult period of starting and growing a business is conveniently overlooked in the mythology. The latest Kiwi business to join that club is Stolen Spirits, which was started around five years ago in a bedroom in Mt Eden and this week sold a controlling interest to US company Liquid Asset Brands and Spirits Investment Partners for $21 million. And it's another great example of a Kiwi business that has understood the power of marketing to create a huge amount of value in a short amount of time.
James Hurman's annual Gunn Report run-down of the campaigns that have won both a Cannes Gold Lion and a gold Effie shows that the most effective campaigns drive ‘viral’, ‘word of mouth’ or ‘fame’ effects far beyond the norm. And two of them are from this part of the world.
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Yesterday, at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Committee for Auckland announced some of the key findings that have been compiled in its latest report called ‘Auckland as a Creative City’. The principle theme delivered during the breakfast event was that “Auckland needs an over-arching strategy to unlock the potential of its creative sectors and grow the economy to make the city more globally competitive.”
Since normal companies tend to be dissatisfied with their levels of innovation, it might be time to take a slightly more abnormal approach, argues James Hurman.
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Inspired by a conversation with Al Brown on the new-found optimisim surrounding Auckland, James Hurman set out to discover why people were feeling so good about the city. Then, after speaking to 50 leading Aucklanders, he compiled a report that aims to create a shared understanding of ‘New Auckland’. These are some of the main insights.
After a couple of years as managing director at Y&R NZ, James Hurman has taken the best bits from his life in advertising and started up an innovation consultancy called Previously Unavailable that aims to help Kiwi companies create better products and services. So why did he do it and what will he be doing?
After serving as the managing director of Y&R NZ for fewer than two years, James Hurman is set to bid farewell to the agency.
Back in 1964, sci-fi writer and biochemistry professor Isaac Asimov wrote an article for The New York Times predicting what life might be like in 2014. He got a few things right (although he was off in other areas, but humans do tend to remember the hits and overlook the many misses of futurists and psychics, something often known as the Jeane Dixon effect). And while there's no doubt we live in a remarkable age, filled with an array of remarkable innovations designed to make our lives easier, we're still obviously a long way from cracking the audio-to-text puzzle, as this transcript of an interview Vincent Heeringa recently gave to James Hurman that was converted by an automated online service attests.
This new year we’ve again gathered together a family of campaigns that represent something of a high water mark of achievement in our industry. To be judged Gold at Cannes and then Gold at the Effies is evidence of an advertising idea that is beyond reproach, both in terms of the commercial or behavioural impact it creates for its client and the way it moves our industry forward through sheer imagination and innovation. And in 2013, 12 campaigns achieved this remarkable distinction.
James Hurman has been in the Y&R hotseat since mid 2012. And there's been plenty of change since he arrived, with a swanky new office, a number of big hires and, after a few unsuccessful pitches, some wins with the Co-op Bank, Westfield and Interislander last year. Here he is having his way with 2013.
Lorde's insistence to produce something that’s of true quality and distinctiveness, yet also absolutely mainstream, is the hallmark of truly great commercial innovators. That's exactly what New Zealand is striving to be, says Y&R New Zealand's James Hurman, and he believes her rise has plenty of relevance for those working in this industry.
We're big fans of doppelgangers here at StopPress. And while there's been a lot of talk about Lorde's Royals featuring in Samsung's new ad, 'The Developer', no-one's mentioned the important fact that Lionel Messi is a dead (but beardless) ringer for Y&R NZ's managing director James Hurman.
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