Vodafone is taking control of its digital advertising by announcing a new set of rules to ensure its brand does not appear alongside hate speech and fake news.
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As YouTube's brand safety concerns continue to come to light, Holden, Vodafone and Tourism New Zealand have suspended advertising on the video-sharing website, with MediaWorks and FCB weighing in on the debate.
Vodafone New Zealand has announced a news offering, dubbed Vodafone News, which will launch on its corporate site next week. The aim, according to the telco, is to open the company’s doors to customers and stakeholders as well as giving its staff a voice. We speak to head of communications Andrea Brady about the move.
Hats off to Warehouse Stationery, Vodafone, MediaWorks, Rodney Wayne and The Co-operative Bank.
As those of us watching the election results last night can vouch, the state of things can change very quickly. Although a tagline: “Things change” rings particularly true today, FCB did not have the state of the world in mind when they came up with the campaign for Vodafone’s My Flex Prepay offering.
Spark has expressed its concerns over the proposed merger between Vodafone and Sky by making a submission to the Commerce Commission, New Zealand’s competition regulator.
Today, Vodafone started its search for New Zealand’s ‘Best Best Mate’, who, as it turns out, will need to strand themselves on a barge in Auckland Harbour in an act of self-sacrifice so their friends can live it up in Fiji.
Vodafone has launched a campaign, via FCB, to tap into the much-desired youth market, pushing its new customisable mobile packages and other deals, saying the initiative is different from anything it’s done before. And next week it will be marooning someone on a barge in Auckland Harbour as part of the promotional activity. We talk to Vodafone head of segment marketing Delina Shields about the thinking behind the campaign and why it’s placed such an emphasis on the young’uns.
Vodafone recently called on Red Bull stunt driver Mad Mike Whiddett to help showcase the reliability of its 4G network. Warning: not to be viewed by those with a debilitating fear of stuttering streams.
Vodafone has used Blacksand and FCB to promote its new Vodafone xone business accelerator programme and to tell the story of Kiwi entrepreneurs taking their startups to the market.
In the latter part of last year, Spark appointed Shine as its strategic partner and Colenso BBDO as its above-the-line agency as it looked to evolve the brand. Now, after what has been quite a long gestation period, the Kiwi telco has launched its first major brand ad through its new partners.
At a press conference, held on Thursday, Vodafone chief executive Russell Stanners sat alongside Sky chief executive John Fellet, Sky chief financial officer Jason Hollingworth and Sky chairman Peter Macourt, during a presentation that saw the executives outline their motivations and plans for forming the joint company. And, as is often the case with such events, the most interesting discussion happened when journalists started asking questions.
With Vodafone and Sky in talks over a merger, which would result in a multi-faceted content giant, Receptive.tv's Sam Aldred suggests a quiet panic and a regroup for the rest of New Zealand media.
It's hard to deny the sweet temptation of a loyalty programme. But how many people actually buy enough coffees to get a free one or spend enough money to earn a voucher? Vodafone decided not to follow this tack with its Fantastic Fridays programme by making all its customers eligible for a reward and replacing the loyalty card with an app. Now, it's celebrating 10 million giveaways.