Monthly Archives: April, 2010

News
Tell us new rules for the Southern Man, win brews with a new view
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134 years ago, rugged Southern Men roamed the Mainland prairies and would religiously swig from their bottle of Speight’s after a tough day of clearing gorse, lambing ewes, breaking in horses, tilling soil and mining. And it’s exactly the same down there today. Of course, New Zealanders hate change, but there comes a time when it’s unavoidable, so the Speight’s box is getting a bit of a spruce up. And what better image to signify the Pride of the South than the tussock-clad fields of the Lindis Pass.

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Woman’s Day offers cocktails and air miles
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The cold winter months are just around the corner and pretty soon the sun’s warmth will seem a distant memory. Fortunately Woman’s Day magazine has just opened its Fiji 2010 trip offering media buyers and their clients three days and three nights at the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa later this year.

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Stone, O’Sullivan and Alomajan cut ribbon on Kiwi arm of Droga5
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It’s been almost six months since Saatchi & Saatchi’s then chief executive Andrew Stone and executive creative director Mike O’Sullivan packed their bags and wandered out the doors. Not surprisingly, the rumours about their future plans were plentiful, but the major one, that the pair would be getting into bed with Droga5, has now come to fruition. 

Awards/events
Call for entries! Marketing Awards are open for business
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Heyho! The TVNV-NZ Marketing awards are all go, for 2010. And somehow that rhymes.  Now in their 19th year, the 2010 TVNZ–NZ Marketing Awards celebrate proven excellence in New Zealand marketing. The awards are run as a joint venture between NZ Marketing magazine and the New Zealand Marketing Association (NZMA). And there’s some exciting news, too.

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DDB turn it up and bring the noise
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Today is Noise Awareness Day so, in an effort to draw attention to the perils of ‘loudocity’, DDB has created a nifty campaign for the National Foundation for the Deaf that aims to alert Kiwis to some of the DIY tools that could cause permanent damage.

Opinion
Web boffin eyes paragraph to his left suspiciously
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Questions were asked and the answers were given by Julien Smith, the keynote speaker at the upcoming Social Media Junction and New York Times bestselling co-author of Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust, which was singled out by Amazon.com as one of the top 10 business and investing books of 2009.

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Škoda New Zealand goes Big
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Škoda New Zealand has appointed Big Communications as its strategic and creative agency, with James Yates, general manager of Škoda New Zealand saying that the agency presented a compelling strategy for the brand in a three-way pitch.

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DDB banks on universal truisms
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DDB’s brand TVC relaunch campaign for ANZ empathises with everyday New Zealanders and aims to demonstrate the bank “lives in their world”. Awww, those caring banks. The ads were shot by local director Adam Stevens from Robbers Dog and were filmed in and around Auckland (check out …

Opinion
How much is your fan worth?
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Mashable recently published an article highlighting research done by a social media management firm called Virtue, which looked at the value of a Facebook fan. According to its research, a fan was worth US$3.60 per year. Bear with me as I get mathematical.

Opinion
Mobile whizzbangery still lying dormant on most phones
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In this edition of Michael Carney’s Marketing Week: Feature creep: how we really use our phones (and brains). Radio: now online and maybe even with pictures. The perils of mobile stalking via GPS. All hail the Super Marketer. If you’re going to spoil your kids, at least do it properly

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The internet: it’s popular
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In case you hadn’t noticed, that digital internet thingee has become relatively popular of late. And the second bi-annual survey by AUT’s institute for culture, discourse and communication (ICDC), along with a few other esteemed research outfits, have offered up a range of percentages to prove it. 

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[email protected]: 15 April – 21 April
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A virtual cornucopia of televisual commercial messages for your perusal. In the tick category, the new ANZ campaign has a bit of a laff at the expense of others (and also gets empathetic, claiming to understand what its embattled customers have to put up with); McDonald’s push into the family dinner market with a lying father; and, advertising a product that’s renowned for fairly boring adverts, Panasonic’s heatpump ad is a breath of fresh fantastical air.  In the cross category, South Australia tourism decides to bore its audience into coming for a visit.

Awards/events
Media Mingle: the musical
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Following the success of the last Media Mingle, with an enormous turnout of mingling media seen busily snapping up delectable slices of pizza, downing free drinks and posing for glamour shots, the next Media Mingle will return to Sale St. Over 150 turned up last month and the event is continuing to grow in popularity, which means you got to get in quick. It’s not far away, either: the next installment is Tuesday, 27 April from 6pm, so don’t live with a lifetime of regret. Register at www.mediamingle.co.nz.

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Adshel dances the Charlton
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Adshel has announced the appointment of Peter Charlton as its new sales director, Australia and New Zealand, replacing previous sales director Adam Butterworth who was promoted to chief executive officer of Clear Channel Singapore early this year.

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Gratuitous animated sexual inyourendo changes Sesame Street forever
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We always seem to be dishing out warnings for our raunchy videos (you marcomms folk are so precious) and, once again, we’re heading swiftly down the slippery slope towards the lowest common denominator this week. There’s gyrating, thrusting, writhing and exploding. But it’s also an amazingly well-made …

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TVNZ delves into supply and Ondemand
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TVNZ Ondemand is coming to a PlayStation3 (PS3) near you, with gamers now able to watch TVNZ programmes through their consoles in their living rooms, rather than through their computers in a dark hovel surrounded by empty chip packets and coke cans.

Opinion
Keepin’ it brief
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The old theatre line “if it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage” rings true whether it’s David Mamet’s latest taut masterpiece, or Tracy the acccount manager’s brief for new improved Wheaty Bites. But take a look at the majority of ads around you. Any memorable lines? Resonant insights? Emotional journeys? The results suggest all is not well in creative brief world.

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