Monthly Archives: March, 2013

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OK Go wants you to make its next music video
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OK Go – possibly the world’s most creative band – is offering filmmakers free access to its brand new track I’m Not Through from its upcoming fourth album. Why? Well, as part of the OK Go Saatchi & Saatchi Music Video Challenge 2013 in partnership with global creative platform Talenthouse and music video curators BUG, the band is inviting creatives to make a video for the song, with the chance to go to Cannes Lions and more.

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Tour guides for the smartphone generation
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In six weeks Tourism Radio’s apps for campervan operators like Maui, Britz and Motorhome Republic have been downloaded 4500 times. It’s a modest starting point, but the company has high hopes for taking a slice out of New Zealand’s $15 billion tourism economy using smartphones.

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Telecom confirms up to 1230 jobs to be axed – UPDATED
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Between 930 and 1230 jobs will be cut at Telecom in a round of cost cutting measures, the company has announced to the New Zealand Stock Exchange. This may be a “necessary evil” for a top heavy company with more than 2870 staff earning six-figure salaries.

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Things: The amazing, transforming Acer Iconia W510
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Windows 8 tablets are still finding their footing in the pantheon of consumer devices, with various form factors and device-types being tested along the way. The Acer Iconia W510 tablet-laptop hybrid is a throwback to the days of the netbook in both design and purpose.

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Rebrand brings about a new Union
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Full service digital agency Federation Media has rebranded as Union, a change that “reflects the company’s focus on the strategy, delivery and analysis of insight-led digital campaigns” and also aims to remove a bit of confusion in the market about its offering.

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Carl’s Jr and Special Group explore radio loophole, embrace theatre of the mind
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There was a bit of kerfuffle recently when Carl’s Jr. had its American television commercial promoting its new Memphis BBQ Burger banned from television in New Zealand by the Commercial Approvals Bureau for using sexual appeal in an exploitative and degrading manner to sell an unrelated product. It responded by running a digital campaign driving people to view the ad on its YouTube channel. And it’s continued to embrace the controversy, with Special Group letting imaginations run wild by repurposing the TV commercial for radio.

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Taxi Impact gets tracking with new GPS tech
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Accountability is often seen as an achilles heels of the out-of-home industry, and with no measurement system like Australia’s MOVE, it seems to be becoming an increasingly thorny issue in New Zealand. But Taxi Impact is trying to improve the situation through the use of GPS technology.

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Saatchi & Saatchi and Media Design School embark on a mission to discover ‘digital Columbuses’
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A collection of bureaucrats, educators and ad folk gathered together in an old building on the corner of Halsey and Packenham Streets in the Wynyard Quarter this afternoon to eat chicken sandwiches and hear about a new partnership between the Media Design School and Saatchi & Saatchi that will see the creation of a new Graduate School focused on digital innovation—and hopefully add some fuel to the ICT fire in Auckland’s innovation precinct.

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Snakk Media doubles revenue
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New Zealand-based mobile advertising company Snakk Media has more than doubled its unaudited revenue for the October to December quarter from $686,000 in 2011 to $1.439 in 2012, according to an announcement made on the stock exchange.

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Special Group puts on the gummies, dabbles in rural humour
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There’s gold in them thar hills and the rural sector is still the undoubted engine of the New Zealand economy, but agricultural clients aren’t generally regarded as being particularly creatively rewarding for the shiny arsed agency folk and the vast majority of campaigns for rural products tend to stick to a tried, true and fairly bland formula. So Special Group has tried to add some humour to the mix with its ‘Prevention is better than cure’ campaign for Zoetis’ Teat Seal that shows what farmers could be doing instead of dealing to mastitis.

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Y&R’s digital kickstart
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A couple of weeks back, Y&R held one of its Digital Kickstart breakfasts featuring executive creative director Josh Moore, new executive digital producer Bruce Murray, InMobi’s Mark Copplestone and the chairman of global digital agency network VML and Y&R’s global chief digital officer Matt Anthony, who looked at where the world of digital is going and how New Zealand marketers can learn from the best digital strategy and creative work globally.

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Shifting sands: Saatchi & Saatchi merges art with politics for Maori Electoral Roll campaign
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The Electoral Commission’s new campaign aims to spread the word among Maori about the choice available to them in the Maori Electoral Option, a legislated event that runs approximately every five years. And to do it, Saatchi & Saatchi enlisted the services of “performance painter” and sand artist Marcus Winter and embarked on what it calls a true collaboration.

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Maori TV launches new look website
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At the heart of Maori Television’s redesigned website is its core mission to revitalise the use of Te Reo in New Zealand. With that in mind the new look site puts an emphasis on its dual-language options.

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Agencies’ rural research blasts a few stereotypes out of the water
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The image of the staid, forelock-tugging old-school soul of the land who only reads things on paper and drinks beer in front of the races still has a degree of truth to it. But things are changing quickly and King St and Tracta are hoping the results of two research projects might help clear up a few misperceptions about the rural market, both in terms of media usage and the role of women.

Movings/shakings
Movings/Shakings: 25 March
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Spark Group’s silo-breaking, DDB to welcome some senior muscle, Dow Design adds a senior (and musical) creative, Nikki Walker joins Finch, Yukfoo looks overseas, Air New Zealand honoured (again) and Social Media Club gets a jolt.

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Canon Media Awards finalists announced
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A record 1,389 entries encompassing more than 7000 pieces of work made up this year’s Canon Media Awards nominees. The full list of finalists is available on the Canon website in an excruciating and drop down-laden format. We’ve raked through the muck to organise the list below, for which surely StopPress will be nominated for next year’s Best Innovation in Multimedia category.

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