The social media team behind the Waikato Civil Defence account need an honoury medal of some sort. And if a suitable hunk of metal does not exist for them, one should promptly be created. The reason being that these brave folks perform a great public service every day, providing life-saving weather updates.
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When we last caught up with Attitude Group, which creates documentaries telling the stories of Kiwis living with disabilities, in October last year, it had reached 16,000 fans on Facebook, and less than six months later it’s now reached 100,000 followers, quickly growing its audience by spreading its inspiring stories far and wide. We chat to Attitude Group's Hamish Smith about the $8 trillion disability market, opening corporate doors and misconceptions about people with disabilities.
Isentia's Richard Spencer with some tips on how to tap into China's enormous digital economy through social media.
Ask difficult questions, do your homework and look for a strong support structure: Trustpower’s Wayne Ramshaw on choosing an ad tech partner
Sarah Pearce on humans' insatiable need to be listened to, and how if brands use social media effectively, this need can be used to their advantage.
To connect with the growing Chinese community in New Zealand, some major brands are delving into Chinese social media by starting accounts on Weibo or WeChat, which combined have 800 million active accounts. The opportunity that exists in this cannot be overstated. However, in the same way that simply starting a Facebook business page offers no guarantee of success, placing your brand onto a social Chinese social media channel isn't necessarily going to result in instant stream of new revenue. So to better understand the role WeChat and Weibo play in Chinese social media, StopPress chatted to James Shi of Bananaworks, a cross-cultural communications agency specialising in helping kiwi companies to engage with the Chinese community in New Zealand and abroad.
Inside the NZME newsroom: the Herald's Shayne Currie on video, investigative journalism and 'extraneous noises'
The StopPress editorial team recently took a tour of the new NZME offices and chatted to the NZ Herald's managing editor Shayne Currie, editor Murray Kirkness and NZME digital audience engagement general manager Lauren Hopwood about why the move made sense. And in case you were wondering, this story does have a reference to "extraneous noises" which likely came from a toilet in a room adjoined to a recording studio.
DB and Toyota recently pulled ads in response to social media commenters expressing concerns that the creative was inappropriate. So is this an example of the industry self-regulating or is the angry mob creating a culture of fear among advertisers?
ASB has announced that it will be launching a new account on the popular Chinese social media website Sina Weibo (Weibo) in a move aimed at diversifying ASB’s means of communication with one of New Zealand's fastest growing demographics.
With Facebook poised to give the world a range of emoticon options, Jacqui Copas ponders whether this poses new social risks for brands.
Over 50 percent of the New Zealand Herald’s mobile traffic comes from social, but is this a good thing?
With users logging into their social accounts on mobile multiple times a day and scanning the newsfeed for anything that might interest them, the smartphone has become a key battleground for the publishers vying for consumer eyeballs. And with NZME data showing that 50-58 percent of all the traffic to the Herald’s mobile site came from social media channels over the last few months, we look at how news publishers are becoming increasingly dependent on social media channels.
The Warehouse is getting into the Christmas spirit by jumping on the bandwagon of random acts of kindness campaigns.
Depending on your viewpoint, Facebook is set to get either creepier or more effective because the social media giant has announced the introduction of photo recognition to its popular Messenger app.
When a bunch of Jaguar Facebook fans signed up for a "virtual reality" ride at the Big Boys Toys expo in Auckland earlier this month, they didn't expect to get the real deal. But when they watched the video after the event, they realised they'd been duped. And, much like Y&R NZ's trick campaign for Land Rover earlier this year, it caught a fair bit of attention.
Outdoor/indoor flow: billboard battles lead to social chatter after NZ Rugby and Sugar & Partners stoke regional coals
For the latest season of MKR NZ, TVNZ played the regional card pretty hard in an effort to drum up some parochial support for the contenders. And it seems to be a successful strategy, because Sugar & Partners, Carat and NZ Rugby are claiming victory after its outdoor and social media campaign got the punters talking about the ITM Cup.
Ogilvy & Mather's executive director reckons not-for-profit organisations don't necessarily need massive budgets to reach broad audiences. They just need to be smart when it comes to using digital channels.