The best art is often laced with subversion and provocation. And the same rules often apply to the best advertising. Now those two things have been combined with Saatchi & Saatchi's campaign to promote the recently re-opened Govett-Brewster art gallery in New Plymouth. Updated with new creative.
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The re-design of the New Zealand flag has been a source of vigorous debate. New Zealanders have questioned whether we can afford the $26 million when so many other social systems need attention. Other New Zealanders have wondered whether we ought to redesign it at all when our forefathers fought and died under the flag while others think the change is long past due and we ought to rid ourselves of the Union Jack for another emblem more befitting of our current identity. Then of course there’s the design perspective. Some have questioned whether sourcing designs from the public was the way to go and have wondered whether the panel has enough design nous to make the right decision. We asked Designworks owner Sven Baker who had five designs make the long-list what he thinks and also had a chat to panel member and Saatchi & Saatchi chief executive Nicky Bell to see what the panel thinks a good flag should represent.
Future Tense: Fairfax's Simon Tong on bloody noses, the fallacy of clickbait and the benefits of scale
When we think about domestic abuse, examples that readily come to mind are likely the physical and verbal kind. Women’s Refuge is highlighting the fact that these aren’t the only concerns with its latest campaign which aims to fight against and raise awareness of technology’s role in abuse.
The kids aren't alright: Child Labor Free and Saatchi & Saatchi bring conscious consumerism to the fore with new scheme
A few years ago, Michelle Pratt and Nikki Prendergast were sourcing toys for their New Shoots early childhood centres. And they realised they had no way of knowing where the products came from – or if children made them. So they created an accreditation system and charity foundation Child Labor Free to help businesses show consumers that their supply chains are free from child labour and, after two years and with the help of Saatchi & Saatchi, EY and DLA Piper, it launched last week and it already has New Zealand Fashion Week on board as a partner, with fashion brands such as Hailwood, Kate Sylvester, Nom*D, Ruby and Stolen Girlfriends Club piloting the scheme.
While the era of managed corporate communications and non-disclosure agreements means pitching is far less public than the days of clients announcing how much their business was worth and which agencies would be fighting for it, the process is still all about competition. There is a winner (and occasionally winners) and there are losers. And in the recent Harcourts pitch, which was won by Contagion, it seems no-one wanted to be a loser.
The Effies Worldwide Index was released last week and, after tallying up the points earned through finalists and winners in the local Effie awards shows, FCB New Zealand and Colenso BBDO were ranked fifth and eighth respectively in the individual agency rankings, with Barnes Catmur fifth in the independent agency rankings. PLUS: all the Kiwi wins from the Asia Pacific Effies.
Toyota's busy period of marketing has continued with the launch of a new campaign via Saatchi & Saatchi that features a pair of possums—named Steve-O and Dave-O—discussing the high likelihood of being run over by a Toyota on account of "one in four" vehicles on Kiwi roads having been manufactured by the Japanese car company.
Air New Zealand (x2), Westpac, Toyota and William Hill all get giant cheques this week.
Toyota and Saatchi & Saatchi put Dai Henwood's comedy skills—and automotive stereotypes— to good use
Toyota is one of the country's most trusted brands and has been a regular on the Reader's Digest list (despite a couple of high-profile international recalls in recent years). This is a big part of the reason it's still top of the pops when it comes to overall sales. And it's playing on that trust—and on the fear people have of being ripped off by automotive cowboys—in a new campaign via Saatchi & Saatchi for its Genuine Parts business that sees Dai Henwood taking a leaf out of the Eddie Murphy/Martin Lawrence acting book and playing three different characters.
Last month, Saatchi & Saatchi released a new Pump commercial alongside Flying Fish featuring a group of good-looking enthused water-drinkers jumping on a trampoline in an effort to grab bottles of water.
A congratulatory bum pat to Anchor, ASB, Pump and the Warriors this week.
Last year, New Zealand retail giant The Warehouse announced it would stop selling all R18 games and DVDs. It also announced that it would introduce a living wage for many of its staff. These moves will cost the company money in the short-term. But, as Janisa Parag writes, brands that put people and purpose first outperform those that focus on profit.
Tui's Catch-a-Million campaign captured the imagination of the Kiwi public, the Kiwi media and global ad awards judges last season. And, with a bit of tweaking, the idea is back for the ICC Cricket World Cup, which kicks off on Saturday in Christchurch. PLUS: ANZ pimps out a pitch as part of its Dream Big campaign.
Over the past five years, chief executive Nicky Bell, the recently departed Antonio Navas, head of planning Murray Streets and many others have helped Saatchi & Saatchi regain some of its former glory after what they all admit was a fairly rough patch. It's won some big accounts, it's put a few big awards on the mantelpiece and it's lured a few big names across its newly renovated offices on The Strand. But due to a reduction in client spend—particularly from Spark—and an evolution in the kind of work the agency is being asked to do, it has had to restructure the business.