Humans have been talking to chatbots since the 1960s, but the tech has never been closer to going mainstream than it is now. TRA cultural strategist Antonia Mann considers what this means at a time when customer-centricity has become the buzzword of the day.
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Xero's CEO shares what he's learned about building a global company and how tech can be used to promote equality.
Some wearables will last while others won't. NIB's Ben Rose looks at a few examples that might just go the distance and crack the holy grail of wearable tech.
As Germany fights off the last of its dreary winter season, Mexico is looking to spice up those spontaneous bouts of rain with a storm cloud full of its national delight.
After launching in Australia more than five years ago, global experiential marketing agency Because has landed on New Zealand shores.
An app, still in its infancy, called Sidekicker is looking to use technology to well and truly disrupt the temping industry. Here's its story.
An ethical fashion rating app was launched yesterday, dubbed Good On You, which is free for Kiwis to download and provides a way for consumers to see how fashion brands in New Zealand stack up in regard to ethical practices.
'Sounds like a game changer': Brendan Boughen pledges to publish a book of technology-themed cartoons
We’ve had a couple of stories recently about the extracurricular creative pursuits of people in the ad industry. So we thought it only fitting to cover those of Brendan Boughen, a Microsoft PR aficionado by day, cartoonist named Jim by night, who’s on the home stretch of his Pledge Me campaign to fund a book of cartoons and writing about people’s obsession with technology.
The story of a thieving taxi driver and an accommodating Uber driver help paint a picture as to why W3 Digital’s Mark Cameron believes that in the face of technological disruption, the best way for a business to stand out from its competition is to deliver an outstanding and integrated customer experience.
Australian-owned marketing technology company Squiz has recently expanded in New Zealand, adding an Auckland office to its pre-existing Wellington base. Upon the move, we talked to New Zealand managing director Patrick Fitzgerald about the changing landscape of marketing technology, how the lines are blurring between marketing and IT departments and what the technology developers are doing to help.
FCB digital strategy director Dan West believes our love affair with AI might lead to a very banal existence for humans.
Spark’s ‘North Star’ brings its vision of the future to life, as NZME embarks on one of its biggest branded content projects yet
Visions of the future are fertile territory for psychics, science fiction writers and highly paid consultants. And as Spark attempts to move from dumb pipes to digital services, it’s joined in the fun and created Spark Life 2025 to show what life might be like ten years from now. And NZME has helped bring its vision to life online. PLUS: Branded content advice from a master of the art, Time Inc's Melanie Deziel.
In addition to performing a cameo on TVNZ show Reno Rumble and taking over the Herald homepage with an interactive ad, Kevin and Donna also made an appearance in Sunday magazine as part of an execution that saw the Valspar brand integrated across numerous pages.
There has been a lot of talk and hype about virtual reality in recent times. And just in the past month we’ve had a few sets of cardboard virtual reality goggles sent to the office from PR companies, which shows it’s very much in the public consciousness. One brand, which jumped onto the VR trend early in a marketing capacity, is Contiki. We had a chat to Contiki’s global CEO Casper Urhammer to find out more about the travel brand’s use of it. PLUS: with the amount of research and development going into virtual reality, is it better to wait?
SelfieJobs, a Stockholm-based startup, is shaking up the recruitment industry with an app that approaches recruitment and job hunting in much the same way that millennials are going about dating. The app requires users to pitch a 22-second pitch video and then swipe through available jobs in their region.