The Kiwi landscape stars this week as Godfrey Hirst, Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand take centre stage.
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A protracted applause for Tower Insurance, Air New Zealand and Westpac this week.
Air New Zealand has run the full marketing gamut for its 75th anniversary celebrations, from the Te Papa exhibition (and associated travelling plane nose), quirky inflight experiences, social media giveaways, big discounts and plenty of archival footage put to very good use in its advertising (although, disappointingly, it's removed its 50 Cent tribute video). Much of that has been quite whimsical, which is in keeping with the brand values. But it's wrapped all that activity up and tried to hit the audience right in the feels with a 60 second brand ad that shows how the history of the airline is inextricably linked to the history of the nation.
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The Air New Zealand lollies are something of an institution in this country and many a Kiwi kid has had the pleasure of delivering them at the end of a flight. Now it's planning on adding a new rugby-themed flavour to the roster so it played a bit of an early April Fool’s day prank on a few All Blacks in the form of a taste test.
Air New Zealand (x2), Westpac, Toyota and William Hill all get giant cheques this week.
2014 was a good year for True, with its business growing to four times that of the previous year after developing new working relationships with Vodafone, ANZ (including the current Dream Big campaign), Four Square and Mission Estate Wineries. And now it's added another client: AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand.
The three-year epic journey of collaboration that Air New Zealand and The Hobbit series have undertaken is finally being concluded with a blockbuster of a safety video filmed by Taika Waititi that features cameos from Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Dean O’Gorman (Fili the Dwarf), Sylvester McCoy (Radagast) and Sir Peter Jackson. PLUS: how the campaign has impacted visitor arrivals.
As part of our series dedicated to celebrating good work and inspiring a bit more generosity, Mark Easterbrook, executive creative director at Goodfolk, plumps for Vodafone's Mother's Day tear-jerker at a Warriors game.
True opened its doors in 2011 after a few senior protagonists from .99 felt the need to go it alone and break away from the nurturing bosom of The Clemenger Group. Like any new business, the first few years were tough going and it focused on growth rather than profit, but it's gaining momentum, it's working with big brands like Air New Zealand and Vodafone, it's moving into areas outside traditional advertising and it currently employs 25 staff. Managing director Matt Dickinson spills the beans on its philosophy.
The creative agency True has collaborated with Adshel and the mobile application business StQry (pronounced story) to turn Britomart concourse into an ad-hoc gallery for World of WearableArt (WOW) by putting up 22 large, photographic artworks, which have been carefully chosen from 'WearableArt,' a new book that celebrates the WOW Awards Show.
Lorde's letter of thanks to fans in the lead up to last month's Grammy Awards and her Auckland Laneway makeup gig was the judge's pick for January's News Works Ad of the Month. And they reckon it wouldn't have worked in any other medium except the venerable newspaper.
Directories group Yellow's first foray into augmented reality in its app is all about entertainment, but it has plans to get serious with the technology as part of its transition from print to digital.
Air New Zealand has created an expectation that its safety videos won't be boring. But travellers can only handle seeing a fake plastic fish bouncing around in Bear Grylls' backpack, Lord of the Rings gags, or a lycra-clad maniac so many times before the novelty wears off. So Air New Zealand and True have launched another new—but old—safety video starring ex-Golden Girl Betty White and a cast of oldies.
The Herald on Sunday can stop chasing now it has a new lead, Westpac is on the hunt for a GM of strategy, products and marketing, Cooper Street gets Time on its hands, Devlin is back in the fold for Radio Sport and True bolsters its leadership ranks.