Monthly Archives: March, 2012
Beyoncé, Britney, the Beckhams… All around the world, celebrities endorse perfumes—and, increasingly, sell their own. We can’t think of too many Kiwi stars spruiking fragrances at present, but that looks set to change soon because we’ve learned the NZRU is set to launch its own scent called Scrummâge.
State Insurance went large in 2010 year when it launched its ‘Love your Stuff’ positioning with the ‘My Favourite Things’ campaign. And Colenso BBDO has taken that musical approach even further for the next iteration with a big new TV and radio campaign showing how quickly State can get things back on track.
AA Insurance has said adios to Ogilvy and appointed Special Group and direct and digital specialists Twenty following a competitive RFP and a rigorous two month pitch process.
Social media means friends appear to have turned into a commodity to be crowed about these days. And, thanks to an original 1974 Volkswagen Kombi van, Fly Buys managed to increase its Facebook fan base ten-fold in December, with a total of 55,000 likes in three weeks (up from 5,500) through its ‘Dream Machine’ promotion, a finalist in the 2012 CAANZ Media Awards.
A galaxy of stars/people with faces for radio gathered at Atico Cocina in Auckland yesterday to listen to the year’s best radio ads. And, like last year, when Murray Watt from DraftFCB took both the Grande Orca and the people’s choice awards, and the year before that, Publicis Mojo’s Hadleigh Sinclair and Jack Delmonte walked away with both prizes, a giant cheque and a trip to the Cannes Lions for a very funny Subway campaign that detailed fat-related afflictions such as double chins, cankles and bingo wings.
A call for entries like you’ve never seen (given it’s about a fastidious porn director, let’s call it mildly not safe for work).
Celebrities read tweets about themselves.
Mr T gets his sell on for Old Navy.
Axe embraces …
Hallensteins has been trying valiantly to add some coolness to the brand in recent years. And, if the much improved first half results for parent company Hallenstein Glasson are anything to go by, that approach is working. But its latest ad, The Power of the Suit, which was made by Publicis Mojo and directed by new Thick as Thieves recruit Jae Morrison, is easily its edgiest yet.
Pak N Save’s Stickman is a cheeky wee chappy. And he recently peeved off a few militant vegetarians and upholders of political correctness with a recent Meat Week ad. But rather than bow down to the vocal minority, as often seems to be the case these days, DraftFCB and Foodstuffs had a bit of fun instead and decided to placate the flesh avoiders with a modified version.
In an effort to reward the ads that worked hardest—and the agencies responsible for them—we kicked off the Ad Impact Awards with Colmar Brunton early last year. Between February 2011 and February 2012, approximately 4000 Kiwi consumers were asked four key questions via an online panel about the new TV campaigns that had aired that month: did you notice it? Did you know who it was for? Did it engage you, stand out and arouse your interest? And how did you feel or act after seeing it? We focused on brand building ads, rather than those communicating special offers, and the results were then compared to Colmar Brunton’s vast normative database, which is based on the more than 72,000 ads that have been tested around the world over the past 30 years. The six ads below were at the top of the pile, and we will announce the overall winner next week. But we thought we’d try a bit of an experiment first to see if the opinions of the industry folk matched the opinions of the consumers. So help us out and pick the ad you think got the most bang for the advertiser’s buck.
While the vast majority of Sky TV’s content comes from overseas, a lot of the content on its sport channels is produced “in New Zealand, for New Zealand”. And, in an effort to localise the brand a bit more and reflect the pride felt by the crews that make it, DDB and Flying Fish have created a series of sports-related vignettes to run at the end of the local productions.
Last year outdoor apparel brand Patagonia took out a full-page ad in the New York Times and other papers for Black Friday and Cyber Monday—the days around Thanksgiving that get the tills ringing loudest for US retailers—with the bold headline ‘DON’T BUY THIS JACKET’. Urging consumers to buy only after making a considered choice was obviously a risky move, but despite this, its sales were still up 28 percent on Cyber Monday. And, according to chief executive Casey Sheahan, who was speaking at the Better By Design CEO summit in Auckland today, this bold attitude permeates the brand.
More than 190 people from across the marketing community heard from an impressive list of speakers about how creative PR ideas can achieve business goals during the International PR Forum put on by the CAANZ Marcomms Leadership Group in Auckland last Wednesday. So here’s a rundown on all the good stuff.
Launched pre-Google and pre-Facebook, nzgirl was one of the first kids on the online block with its first release all the way back in December 1999. Since then it’s had a few incarnations and we’ve ventured into clothing and merchandise, retail stores and an advertising network. But the one constant amongst 13 years of change has been that it keeps on keeping on. And through all the twists and turns I’ve taken it on in pursuit of the holy digital grail, the site itself, which was relaunched today, has continued to perform.
TVNZ was left to lick a few wounds after its $15-ish million TiVo blow-out. And there’s also been plenty of movement among senior staff since then, with the broadcaster still operating without a chief executive or a head of news and current affairs. But despite those difficulties, it’s managed to turn things around, with a half year unaudited net profit after tax of $19.2 million, an increase of $14.3 million on the prior year.
As a way to showcase the mass of multi-media content Getty Images now has on offer, it runs an annual—and global—competition called Mishmash that challenges creatives, filmmakers, mini-documakers and anyone with a vision or idea to create short stories, video art or music videos using a mix of high res video, stills and music from the Getty library. And Kiwi entrants Marcia Hawira and Shay Morris took first prize in the Asia Pacific section for their video Natalia.
The big list of judges was announced last month and The CAANZ Media Awards Committee has announced the 18 media agency representatives who, with a group of 12 representatives from clients, media owners and creative agencies, will engage in some robust debate and determine the 2012 finalists during this week’s category judging.
Back in July 2010, we wrote a story about a merger between Advocate Advertising, Wag the Dog and MediaR. At the time, Andy Taylor, co-founder and director of the three-pronged entity that called itself Wag the Dog Agency, waxed lyrical about the new set-up, but according to a story in the NBR yesterday, it has a date in the Auckland High Court on Friday after the IRD applied to have the company liquidated. And New Zealand’s biggest indie Affinity ID has swooped in to snaffle the existing business.
TVNZ Ondemand launched on 20th March 2007 as Australasia’s first catch-up television service. Five years on and the TV industry is nigh-on unrecognisable and while all major broadcasters face plenty of challenges coping with the rapid change, TVNZ’s ‘inspiring New Zealanders on every screen’ philosophy means there are also plenty of opportunities for the growing online platform.
We’re huge fans of stock imagery here at StopPress. When we’re feeling down, we just take a few minutes and check out some pics of women laughing alone with salad, men laughing alone with fruit salad, women struggling to drink water or awkward stock photos and all is well with the world. We’re also huge fans of pictures of corporate over-enthusiasm and are always impressed with businesses that can create such a high level of excitement. So imagine our joy when we received this email offer from Action Actors. Maybe you could hire one of these guys to hang around your desk.
There’s been plenty of chatter about the BNZ of late after a regional realignment meant it parted company with Sugar and, rather unexpectedly, shacked with Colenso BBDO. But before that all kicked off, the old pairing had time to come up with a new campaign pushing the bank’s offset mortgage product TotalMoney.
Start spreadin’ the news… NZ’s own Dave King, M&C Saatchi NZ’s executive creative director, has won the prestigious Irving Wunderman award at the 34th John Caples International Awards Gala, held recently in New York. In fact, the entire Kiwi contingent will be ‘waking up in the city that doesn’t sleep’ to find they’re ‘king of the hill, top of the heap’–between them they managed to bring home 50 awards from a record 51 finalist places (that’s one more than Australia, thank you very much), including seven Golds, 12 Silvers, six Bronzes and 25 Finalists. That’ll melt those little town blues.
Whenever a slightly controversial/deliberately antagonistic campaign is released, many would argue that the campaign gets a tick when those who are bound to be outraged by it come out and show their outrage. Almost without fail, St Matthew in the City’s ‘progressive’ billboards roil the religious types. And DB Export Dry’s ‘Great Wine Depression’ TV ad, a light-hearted parody of the beginnings of New Zealand wine snobbery that was made by Colenso BBDO and The Sweet Shop, also appeared to have its desired effect when a couple of wine lovers took the wine-bashing to heart. Well, now they’ve got a few new print ads to get up in arms about as well.
2degrees and TBWA\ claimed victory in the March 2011 edition of Colmar Brunton’s Ad Impact Award with its animated ‘Bruce & Brian’ spot. And it’s come out on top again with a brand ad that trumpets the continuation of ‘the 2degrees Mission’.
In this exciting installment of who goes where; Carly Flynn hits her Target, a Barrell role for Samsung, Plankton floats across the Tasman, Carat dangled to Sewpershad, a US import for MediaCom, Simpson’s lovin’ it at Macca’s, JML Communications expands its girth, Adshel adds Atkinson, Touchpoint’s independent new chair, and Urlich is ‘worth it’ for L’Oréal NZ.
Korean carmaker SsangYong had 300 percent growth in New Zealand last year. And it’s confident that signing up one of New Zealand’s great hardmen, Colin Meads, as the face of its new Actyon Sports Ute will help maintain that level of growth in 2012.