Monthly Archives: August, 2010

News
Up the talk, decrease the violence
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Who’s it for: Campaign for Action on Family Violence by DraftFCB

Why we like it: DraftFCB has been staking a serious claim for the title of social change specialists in recent times (and in very recent times it has apparently started production on what has …

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Show your wine-related punmanship, win some arty wine
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Some wine is good. Some art is also good. So why not combine forces for a new wine, thought a wine company and an artist. The result was the seemingly socialist booze that goes by the name of The People’s Wine. And we’ve got heaps of it, in two different colours, to give away.

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New magazine smell not quite as memorable as new car smell
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If you happened to look up from your iPhone as you strolled past a bookstore, dairy or supermarket, you may have noticed a collection of strange things made out of paper. They often call these quaint periodicals ‘magazines’. And a fresh, shiny new September-October NZ Marketing could just be among them.

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From rags to riches to business recognition for adman Addis
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Alan Dale, left, and Kelly Addis

When he was growing up, Kelly Addis dreamed of being a rock star. His first job as a butcher’s apprentice at Onehunga Foodtown was pretty much diametrically opposed to rockstardom. But now, almost three decades on, he’s living the dream, heading up award-winning Melbourne ad agency BoilerRoom. And last weekend he was honoured by his alma mater as one of three inductees into the Onehunga High Business School Hall of Fame.

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TVNZ’s result shows outrageous ad fortunes of 2009 on the improve
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Turns out TV isn’t dead: in the middle of what TVNZ chief executive Rick Ellis calls “the media industry’s greatest international downturn”, the national broadcaster has reported underlying earnings of $12.9 million for the financial year to 30 June, a $2.8 million (28 percent) increase on the previous financial year.

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Taste of Kiwi dished out as Welly restaurant pops-up in Sydney
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Since April, Positively Wellington Tourism has been on a mission to lure more of our Aussie friends across for a visit and smash a few misconceptions. And all indicators suggest the ‘There’s No Place Like Wellington’ campaign, which aims to showcase the region and its creative edge, has worked very well so far. But it’s taking things up a notch and getting experiential with WLG, a pop-up restaurant that will be operating in Sydney for two weeks next month in a bid to generate some buzz about the city.

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Design project finds practical use for ‘blogorrhea’
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Wondering what to get the blog-hater who has everything? Well, young Wellington designer Josh Barr has the answer: Blog Roll, a sculptural piece that “challenges the notion of graphic design as two-dimensional and questions the value of digital communication”. And it’s so good it’s been selected to show at the upcoming Anti Design Festival in London.

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Low hanging fruit hurled at religion in controversial new poster campaign
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The modus operandi of Eshe, a Kiwi streetwear clothing company that was started in 2008, is to take things back to the glory days of skating counter-culture; to slaughter a few metaphorical sacred cows. And it’s managed to inspire some fairly contrived controversy with a combination of sacrilege and old-school Garbage Pail kids imagery with a new poster campaign in Auckland.

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APN Outdoor praised for model behaviour
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The first, rather large musical instalment of APN Outdoor’s ‘Friends in High Places’ series was a fairly  successful and well-attended venture (particularly given the distinct lack of B2B activity from APNO during the previous year). And the next event in the series is tapping into the Next Top Model phenomenon in an effort to discover adland’s dreamy hunks and smokin’ babes.

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Giraffe milking! Gravy! Freakonomics! Hot drinks!
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It’s pretty hard to get any weirder than the Skittles tree boy ad. But this one comes very close.

It’s all about targeted magazines at the moment. And you don’t get much more targeted than Ancient Gravies.

For those of you …

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Art and grapes collide with The People’s Wine
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StopPress always feels a little bit sorry for Radio NZ journalists, partially because they’re poorly paid bureaucrats, but primarily because they’re not actually allowed to accept free stuff. We sold our journalistic integrity many years ago (on Trade Me) and are firm believers that getting free stuff is easily the best part of the journalist’s job. Still, sometimes we have to wonder why so much of this free stuff is sent to us by PR companies, as a large proportion of it is of little editorial interest. But occasionally something fairly interesting gets delivered, like The People’s Wine, which looks as good on the outside as it tastes on the inside. 

Opinion
Te Radar and 2degrees shine at TVNZ-NZ Marketing awards
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It was a night that had almost everything: surprisingly loud and seemingly dangerous explosions; a fair bit of rowdiness from the 2degrees/TBWA tables; a hilarious mad scientist poking fun at everyone; strange glowing beakers; an array of confusing acronyms; polite clapping; attentive listening; and prodigious amounts of inter-company sexy dancing as big names from big and small Kiwi companies got dolled up for last night’s TVNZ-NZ Marketing awards at the Langham Hotel in Auckland. And the general consensus was that the quality of the winning work was world-class and that the awards themselves just keep on improving.

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And the winners are…
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The New Zealand marketing community was in celebration mode at the 2010 TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards at the Langham Hotel in Auckland tonight. And, after months of trawling through a huge number of entries, some rigorous judging and a fair bit of finalist back-patting, New Zealand’s newest, quirkiest mobile network 2degrees came away with the most back pats on the night, winning three of the big gongs.

Opinion
Smackdown laid, can of whoop ass opened on SMEGS
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As I’m sure you’re all aware, this week is SMEG Awareness Week. Social media expert guru (SMEG) numbers have been increasing in New Zealand in the last 12 months due to a combination of the tidal impacts on the Orinoco river and the recession. So here’s a handy field guide to help you spot them.

Opinion
Topping the list
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In this instalment of Michael Carney’s Marketing Week: In the supermarket, it’s all about the shopping list. And it’s being made before going inside. Sky TV releases its annual numbers. And gets back into internet TV. Kiwi bucket list shows we’re really pretty boring. The numerous business opportunities of the iPad explained. Networks squeeze through football broadcast loophole across the ditch.

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Going digital: boffins’ brains picked on how to get organisational buy-in
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The humans are digitising. And the adspend is following suit. Hell, you can even get fridges that connect to the internet these days. So, given that it’s still considered by many to be a rather intimidating, mysterious realm, it’s not surprising to find that the marcomms community can’t get enough of that educational digital stuff. As such, the Marketing Association/Jericho’s Brainy Breakfast gathered together a few of the country’s successful digital exponents to offer some of their insights and tell marketers how they can convince their corporate gatekeepers to fully embrace digital marketing.

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Apple to confused clients: “Thou shall not show iPad being used in iPad app ads”
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Anyone who has had the pleasure of dealing with corporates, government departments or academic institutions presumably knows there are an almost limitless number of seemingly ridiculous rules that have to be obeyed. Many of these rules fly directly in the face of common sense and are generally frustrating time-sucks. But StopPress can’t recall a rule that seems quite as ridiculous as this one from Apple.

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