Monthly Archives: July, 2010

News
Pizza, booze and pressure leads to Creative Challenge diamonds
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The judges had their opportunity to judge harshly at Adshel’s Creative Challenge a few nights ago and, while it was a pretty tight race, they eventually decided that the thought behind Publicis Mojo’s campaign was the best (read all about the one hour-long pressure cooker creative escapade here). But what would the stupid judges know? See if you agree with their decisions and impose your own judgements on these, the top three entries.

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[email protected]: 20 July – 29 July
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This week on [email protected], Sunsweet ‘Amazins’ go high on the crapometer; Mt Ruapehu forks out for serious prime time; the Campbells stock spots tickle a fancy or two; Toyota and Saatchi continue the current trend for paper-based ads; Wattie’s tries to sell chicken in a can by making cans into chickens; and two of the best campaigns on TV at the moment, Kiwi Bank and 2degrees, keep delivering the goods.

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Find funny foreign products, win fancy foreign book
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Lürzer’s Archive is considered to be one of the most prominent and influential voices in the world of advertising and design. And with four issues of the bi-annual 200 Best Ad Photographers worldwide and three issues of 200 Best Illustrators worldwide under its belt, it’s now added the 200 Best Packaging Design worldwide 2010/2011 to the list. And we’ve got some Lürzer’s goodies to give away.

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Publicis Mojo spills creative juices all over rivals, claims victory in Creative Challenge
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There were beautiful flowery turds, a range of moderately offensive slogans and even a picture of a woman smoking a baby in a pipe. But only one idea could take home the $125,000 prize on offer at Adshel’s inaugural Creative Challenge last night and, in the end, it was Publicis Mojo’s campaign ‘Leave with more questions than answers’ for the Auckland Fringe festival that was chosen as the best.

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Assignment given A+ by Josh & Jamie
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It was an offer too good to refuse and after just six months in operation, indie agency Josh & Jamie have made their first creative signing: the entire Assignment Group staff roster. Or, slightly more accurately, J&J founders Josh Lancaster and Jamie Hitchcock will soon be nestling into the nurturing bosom of Assignment Group.

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Saatchi Wellington unveils harrowing new Women’s Refuge campaign
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The tagline for the 2010 Women’s Refuge appeal almost says it all: ‘Living in fear isn’t living’. But Saatchi & Saatchi Wellington have managed to say a bit more about the scourge of domestic violence in New Zealand with their creative work. And by raising awareness of what it’s like to live in psychologically or physically abusive homes, it hopes more funds can be raised to help the women and children leading fear-filled lives.

Opinion
Finding the viral Holy Grail: dumb luck or good management?
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Online video has been an integral part of marketing campaigns for years, and a video going gangbusters on YouTube and other video sites is like the Holy Grail of marketing. Support, content, timing and knowing your audience are all elements that have to be included in the mix. But what’s often glossed over is the above-the-line support that is typically needed to get the ball rolling.

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Josh & Jamie develop a taste for the good Stuff
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Small, very New Zealandy and not very old agency Josh&Jamie is steadily becoming not so small, continuing its solid run of victories after taking Fairfax Media’s online news-site Stuff.co.nz off incumbent Big Communications in a competitive pitch.

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Scantily clad marketers get sexy, turn envelopes into mmmvelopes*
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Candida, Kinetic 121 and New Zealand Post Targeted Communications have sounded the horn for entries into this year’s Art of the Envelope awards. And while the creative postal interpretations will be sure to arouse all who lay eyes upon them, the bcg² campaign that shows some well-known marketing characters bringing the sexy back to the humble envelope is possibly even more stimulating.

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V’s likely ladders and NZ Post’s paper cuts
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Who it’s for: Frucor/V by Colenso BBDO

Why we like it: It was always going to be hard to top the success of—and mystery inspired by—the previous V campaigns, but ‘Pomparkour’, the new spot—and new sport—from Colenso and independent director Nathan Price …

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ASB’s departure leads to digital comings, creative goings and a new focus for TBWA\
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The big news in agency land recently has been the large ASB related cloud hovering in the TBWA\ atmosphere. And it’s just experienced some more inclement weather after its creative director Guy Roberts and his creative partner Corey Chalmers decided to up sticks and head across to Droga5. But as TBWA chief executive Dave Walden says in his inimitable style: “You’ve got to look at the silver lining in every fucking cloud”. And the silver lining on this one is the promotion of digital guru Ross Howard to creative director of Tequila\ as part of an explicit decision to up the agency’s digital ante.

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TV vs online: who’s winning the best bang for buck battle?
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While the anatomy of TVC and online advertising mediums has been much discussed, a direct comparison of advertiser value is more elusive. But with so much video now consumed online (and online content consumed via TV and other screens) and more advertisers placing TVCs there, directly comparing the value of each medium comes into question. So, which one offers the best bang for buck? And how does one go about comparing value?

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DraftFCB adds host of new humans to staff arsenal
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After some big account wins last year, DraftFCB has gone on a bit of hiring spree to keep up, signing on Nick Smith as the head of craft, Steve McCabe as senior writer, Roslyn Koskela as the new HR manager, and four other humans for account service, media planning and creative.

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Sweet Shop and DDB best of Kiwi bunch at Adfest
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The strife in Thailand had its wicked way with Adfest, the Asia Pacific advertising awards. But the dates were changed a few times and, instead of the usual Thai beach resort location, it was decided the big name judges would converge on Tokyo this week to make their decisions. And it’s fairly slim pickings on the finalist front for Kiwi agencies.

Awards/events
Best in the Kiwi marketing business recognised as award finalists announced
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With three times as many entries than the 2009 edition, the esteemed judges of the 2010 TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards had a pretty tough job ahead of them deciding on the finalists. But after plenty of discussion, dissection and deliberation, the judging has come to an end and NZ Marketing magazine and the New Zealand Marketing Association (NZMA) can announce this year’s leading contenders.

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Champagne broken on wall as Harvey|Cameron and E2 get serious
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Five years ago Gary Lee, the founder of E2 Digital, and Neil Cameron, the managing director of Christchurch advertising agency Harvey|Cameron, had lunch. And what they talked about at that lunch—joining forces to create a fully integrated communications company—physically came to fruition earlier this week. 

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Kiwis finally get to give iPad the finger, but it’s slim pickings on App front
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For months the New Zealand tech retailers have been displaying a range of iPad paraphernalia for sale in their stores and, as of today, they actually get to sell the object all that paraphernalia is associated with. But after all the hype, all the talk of publishing revolutions and all the feverish Tweetbooking about Jobs Almighty and his newest hero product, there seems to be a surprising dearth of local applications available on the day of the iPad’s release in New Zealand.

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NZ Post lets Genius loose, big time granularity floats marketing boats
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When New Zealand Post isn’t deciding what marketing-related events to sponsor, it’s devising ways to make some more money to pay for them all. And the Targeted Communications team thinks it has a big one on its hands with Genius, a ground-smasher of a new data segmentation product that aims to provide Kiwi marketers with the most targeted consumer information available in New Zealand.

Opinion
Single tear rolls down cheek as old television order changeth
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Wise New Zealand marketing oracle Michael Carney peers into his crystal ball for this week’s installment of Marketing Week. Analogue TV is either dead or on death’s door overseas. How long has it got to live here? How to catch the elusive black swan. Are you overlooking the oldies? The paywall prognostications come thick and fast. So how is Rupert faring? What people really think of advertising? The social media horse is starting to bolt. And there’s still time for marketers to try and mount this difficult beast. Tips and tricks for post-recession category management.

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