The 2018 Investec Super Rugby season is set to be fast-paced and entertaining if its promotional campaign by Sugar & Partners is anything to go by.
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In light of Emirates Team New Zealand's epic triumph, Stickman's been quick come out with his own reenactment of this morning's action.
With the All Blacks vs Lions matches an occasion for both hardcore enthusiasts and fairweather fans alike, plenty of brands have been quick to grab a slice of the sport's lucrative commercial pie. In honour of this, we present to you our completely arbitrary set of awards for rugby mania in adland.
From a boppy spot about Kiwi cliches to a somewhat awkward tour around Auckland's best 'training grounds', there's been no shortage of ads promoting the much anticipated Lions Tour. Many of the ads have focused on highlighting New Zealand's scenery and culture, and Flying Fish has continued the tradition with a spot for Sky Sports UK.
Adidas Rugby wants to know what’s next, so it’s posed the question with a star-studded energetic campaign via Augusto.
With sports teams, we often speak in the possessive, referring to "our team", "our win" or "our home turf" even though none of those things actually belong to us. Well, BNZ is looking to give the endless stream of possessive phrases some more meaning with a new campaign that allows New Zealanders to claim a piece of the Crusaders' turf for themselves.
Sick of tossing around that crusty old Gilbert? Feel like you deserve the best in life? Want to celebrate an All Blacks victory with that special something? Then you need some Chanel rugby balls.
In this week's instalment of 'The Big Game', a prestigious award dished out to the best example of euphemism usage from non-sponsors hoping to ride the attention train during the Rugby World Cup, the award goes to Pak'nSave for its punny egg-based Facebook post.
Judging by the watercooler discussions and the blanket media coverage—from the above board chat on outlets like Radio New Zealand to the below board banter inside a giant scrotum as part of the Alternative Commentary Collective's Champagne Rugby, you could be forgiven for thinking the nation has a collective 'code boner' over the Rugby World Cup at present. But is rugby losing its lustre in New Zealand? And is there a limit to the All Black appropriation?
Try, try and try again: what analysis of the All Blacks' chances at the RWC can teach businesses about big data
Dr. Paul Bracewell, founding partner and chief data scientist at Dot Loves Data, says the statistics being thrown around in the media about the 2015 Rugby World Cup are typical of many applications of analytics in the business world: there are few actionable insights being provided. So he crunched the numbers and showed that the simplest solution is often the best.
As the All Blacks depart to defend the Webb Ellis cup in the UK, the nation is gearing up for a few weeks of early morning code watching. It's obviously a pretty big deal for a rugby-loving nation and, as we saw during the Cricket World Cup, the clicks are likely to follow. But the Herald might be taking it a bit far with the branding of its rugby hub, which is sponsored by—who else?—Steinlager. Syrian refugee crisis? Pfffffff.
Try time: witty banter from Samsung, race-based discrimination from Lucozade and tales of tenacity from Guinness
Rugby rash is spreading quickly among the marketing community, with tournament sponsors, team sponsors and filthy ambushers all riding that World Cup train like Tom Cruise in an action movie. We've already seen plenty of local activity and here are a few from the host countries.
During the Cricket World Cup, ANZ used its Dream Big initiative to get cut-through the marketing noise during the Cricket World Cup. Rather than focusing exclusively on the event, the bank brought its Black Caps sponsorship to life by travelling around the country showing its support for grassroots cricket by upgrading the facilities at various grounds around the country. And now, with the Rugby World Cup fast approaching, ANZ is at it again, this time renovating Waitemata Rugby Club in a new video posted to Facebook. The difference in this instance is that ANZ isn't even a sponsor of Rugby New Zealand, the All Blacks or the Rugby World Cup.
Technology has a history of subversion. Apple's classic 1984 ad showed its beliefs very literally. Streaming and internet-enabled piracy are changing the media and entertainment business. Google changed the way we advertise. And now businesses like Airbnb, Uber and many others are fighting against powerful incumbents and antiquated regulation to give consumers better services. While the confiscation of a few cowbells from a rugby game at Westpac Stadium in Wellington certainly isn't in the same category, MEA Mobile and app partner (and Chiefs sponsor) Deosan have showed their subversive side by developing a digital substitute for Chiefs fans.
The recent Warriors campaign was all about the fans—and the emotional rollercoaster they ride every year. The wider Super Rugby competition has embraced the fans too with its Play Your Part campaign. And the Blues and its agency Big have also tapped into that supporter-focused sentiment with Join the Game.