The commercial spirit was strong this Mother's Day, with New World, Countdown, Air New Zealand and a few others giving a nod to the matriarchs of the nation.
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It's Mother's Day next weekend, and Lotto is bringing our attention to all the things that magically happen thanks to the unspoken efforts of mum.
Lotto New Zealand has a long history of selling more tickets by focusing on the joy of the big win. But, more recently, it's also tried to sell more tickets by focusing on the joy of giving, promoting the fact that those tickets help fund various community projects around the country. Last time it was Jesse Mulligan telling some of those stories. Now it's turned to a young, fictional football player called Dylan who sees his life change with a single kick of the ball.
Since launching its over-arching Winning Happens tagline, NZ Lotteries and DDB have been aiming to show punters what it feels like to win. First up was its Instant Kiwi campaign, and next came Powerball and an overly-enthusiastic high-fiver called Craig. And it's done the job and caught some attention, because that campaign has taken out the February round of Colmar Brunton's Ad Impact Award.
Knucks for Lotto, NZ Beef & Lamb, Jim Beam and the Axis Awards.
Inanimate objects often seem to be having quite a lot of fun. And now Lotto and DDB have anthropomorphised some of those weird inflatable tube people that used car salesmen often put outside their yards to show what it might feel like if you won the Christmas Triple Dip.
Bell Tea's historic arm-related journey, H Brothers keeps it cool, Kiwirail heads for the country, Lotto honours the chilly bin for summer and the Axis Awards shares the love.
The residents of StopPress towers are huge fans of both dad dancing and awkward high fives. And NZ Lotteries and DDB have made all our dreams come true by combining these two wonderful things into one ad in an effort to drive sales of Lotto tickets for Fathers Day.
Judging from the (unusually) complimentary comments on StopPress, the pundits seem to like the new—and quite bizarre—Instant Kiwi campaign. And, to launch NZ Lotteries' new overarching tagline of 'Winning Happens', DDB has also released a series of entertaining radio ads featuring monkeys, kung fu masters and tense reality show music that aim to drum home the fact that there's a winner every second-and-a-half across the whole portfolio.
Another bumper edition of TVCs of the Week, with Tourism New Zealand, Unitec, AUT, Lotto, Telecom and Pak 'n' Save making it on to the (extended) dais.
Some see it as tax on the stupid. Others see it as a golden ticket. But whatever your opinion, Lotto is part of the Kiwi furniture. And to celebrate its 25th birthday, it's launched a new campaign centred around the joy of Saturdays.
Could Wilson the Lotto dog get any luckier? Lotto is launching another installment of its award-winning Lotto campaign–and in it the popular canine hero Wilson finds a girlfriend. Lotto is also getting into the spirit of Valentine's Day, and sharing the love... name the lucky bitch, and you could win prizes.
The Death Star has landed a couple of big fish, won some big awards, launched some big ideas and welcomed—and farewelled—some big creative boffins this year. DDB's managing director Justin Mowday dives into the choppy waters of 2011.
Marcomms folk chatted, the huddled masses voted, a fair amount of live broadcast awkwardness ensued at Tyler St Garage and common sense eventually prevailed at the always extremely popular Fair Go Ad Awards, with DDB, Lotto and The Sweet Shop's 'Lucky Dog' epic taking out Best Ad and 'Kerrrazeee Lily Salter' from Big Save Furniture fronting up to accept Worst Ad honours.