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McDonald’s has welcomed in the new year by bringing back its Kiwiburger with the help of How To Dad’s Jordan Watson.
Who are New Zealand's biggest spending brands? Nielsen has shared the top 30 spenders on advertising for the last three years and each list appears to be a shuffled version of the one that came before.
Why did the chicken cross the road? To find out the truth about McDonald's free range eggs in a new campaign by McDonald's by DDB, OMD, Mango and 90 Seconds.
TRA brand strategist Tim Gregory goes back to McDonald's early days to see how its golden arches became a cultural symbol, and why there's a fundamental category-culture disconnect between the values and worldview of a significant and growing segment of Western society and the everyday business the fast food giant.
Another month, another round of TVCs hitting our screens and after feedback from New Zealanders, Colmar Brunton has crowned McDonald's ‘Middle Seat’ spot by DDB the February Ad Impact Award winner.
Traditionally seen as the short straw of the car seat raffle, McDonald's and DDB share the bright side of the middle seat berth to launch its new brand campaign for the year.
McDonald's has revamped its executive team through a trio of recent appointments. David Howse has stepped in as managing director, Jo Mitchell has been promoted to director of marketing and Brid Drohan-Stewart has joined the organisation as head of marketing. PLUS: former director of marketing Chris Brown and former managing director Patrick Wilson depart.
McDonald’s, DDB and Robber’s Dog have joined forces to launch a campaign calling on burger fans to join John Smith and make history by creating their perfect burger.
McDonald's is having a reasonably rough time of it at the moment, with falling sales in some of its bigger markets and more trouble brewing with those pesky, transparency-seeking, provenance-loving, fast-casual fans known as millennials not really lovin' it as much as they once did. But it's trying to change and, as a recent campaign in Australia shows, it's trying to be 'very unMcDonald's', whether it's through the launch of premium burgers, new branding, clever packaging or global days of creativity. It's also looking to recruit digitally savvy staff as it aims to bring "a start-up mindset to one of the world’s largest and most iconic brands" and, in an ad on LinkedIn, it seems to have attempted to illustrate what it thinks those staff might look like.
A round of applause for Maggi, McDonald's, Hallenstein Brothers, F. Whitlock & Sons and NZ Olympics.
McDonald's pushes on with provenance, gets its pound of flesh from 'patty investigator guy' Guy Montgomery
McDonald's may be struggling globally as fast casual chains and the popularity of premium burgers eat into its share, but the Kiwi arm managed to lift sales by two percent last year. And, as part of its mission to be more transparent with the Our Food, Your Questions campaign, it's got comedian Guy Montgomery to take punters through the patty manufacturing process. PLUS: more packaging innovation, this time for cyclists.
Kleenex, McDonald's and Red Bull step onto the podium this week.