#Flashbackfriday seems to be a thing on Twitter. And a few socially-aware brands are joining in the fun so we can laugh at the past. For example, this quality Air New Zealand ad from the ’60s imploring New Zealanders to fly south and do the twist on a mountain-top, or ANZ’s classy, fashion-forward print ad.
Monthly Archives: June, 2013
We speak to Premier League Pass co-founder Tim Martin about the business of sports in New Zealand and the technology behind the new sports broadcasting platform competing with Sky TV’s virtual monopoly.
Current Idealog editor and ex-roving adland reporter Hazel Phillips has just released her new book Sell: Tall tales from the legends of New Zealand advertising. It’s a triumph, a tour de force, a gripping romp, and it tells the story of how the local ad scene came to be and the characters who helped create it (keep an eye out for an extract in the July/August edition of NZ Marketing magazine). We’ve got a couple of copies to give away, so go back into the mists of time and post your favourite Kiwi ad in the comments section. The two commentors with the best taste will get the literary spoils.
Frucor’s V brand has pushed a number of marketing envelopes in the New Zealand market and, given it’s at the head of the field in the energy segment, that seems to have paid off. Frucor also has global ambitions for the brand, and it’s looking to climb the ladder in Europe with a campaign centred around internet trolls.
Powershop has managed to find a solid niche in New Zealand’s energy market as a cheeky challenger brand that gives its more than 50,000 customers additional information about their energy usage, lets them buy power online and shows them plenty of love. And now the Meridian-owned business is taking that model to Australia.
Levi Hawken had his five minutes of fame when Nek Minnit started doing the pop cultural rounds. He’s milked it a bit since then, with cameos on TV3 with the likes of Food in a Nek Minnit and New Zealand’s Top Nek Minnit, but the opportunists cashed in on the phrase as well, selling a range of t-shirts and paraphernalia. So what do you do when the flames are petering out and the zeitgeist has moved on? You do an innuendo-filled ad with local ‘glamour model’ Kelly Windsor to spruik berry-flavoured lube, of course. Feels Delicious indeed.
New Zealand is basically the Canada of the South, with a loud, obnoxious neighbour, a passion for wood chopping and a strange combination of pride and self-doubt. So PopPress is confident this passport-based experiment by Canadian beer brand Molsons will be right up Kiwis’ alleys.
The New Zealand advertising scene is always pretty proud of its per capita hauls in the world’s big creative awards. And 2013 appears to be no different, with the combined awards won between Kiwi agencies—a record haul of 32—placing us 9th on the list at the 60th Cannes Festival of Advertising.
Cannes Lions? Pffff. The TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards are the ones they’ll mention in your eulogy. And after much scratching of chins/stroking of beards among the judges, the finalists have been announced.
Programmatic ad buying is a cornerstone of online advertising, spread by the influence of global ad networks such as Google. But MediaWorks Interactive and Ecostore have attempted to flip that model on its head—and they are shouting from the rooftops about their results.
The Online Media Standards Authority (OMSA) is open for complaints from next Monday (1 July). Says the Law Commission’s single regulatory body recommendation will take too long.
Airmail app is Sim Ahmed’s new go-to productivity tool. It’s simple and unobtrusive, just the way an email client should be.
There’s been plenty of change at TBWA\ over the past few months, with Todd McLeay and Toby Talbot coming on board to take over from David ‘I’m not fucking retiring’ Walden and Andy Blood. And now there’s some more change, with Eleven PR’s founder and managing partner Kelly Bennett leaving to set up his own corporate public relations business.
Pizza. It’s delicious, but no one has time anymore to walk down to the local pizza joint and wait for a box of carbohydrates, protein and other supposedly edible miscellany to heat up. Domino’s Pizza New Zealand is hedging on this to happen and predicts by 2016 4 out of every five of its sales dollars will be made online.
New Zealand design company Hardhat has won best packaging in the non-alcoholic beverage category of the Dieline Package Design Awards 2013 for cups designed as part of its re-branding of fellow Kiwi’s Coffee Supreme. And Curious Design and Think Packaging came second in the same category for their work on Bolu Tea.
Gina’s restaurant certainly isn’t averse to a bit of saucy advertising (its radio ads are filled with innuendo and good-natured male objectification). And its latest billboard, which features a shirtless Italian stallion with his jeans unbuttoned, the line ‘mozzarella with balls’ and two extra letters that change everything, continues this trend.
.99 has continued its golden run of new business, winning the local L’Oréal business after a competitive pitch.
Internet service provider (ISP) Slingshot is pushing the boundaries and risks stirring up the wrath of the TV and movie industry with its Global Mode product, which helps users circumvent location-based restrictions placed on overseas content.
From Women Laughing Alone With Salad to Awkward Stock Photos, plenty of time can be wasted looking at ridiculous stock imagery. Getty Images has a whole host of them at its disposal as well and it’s chosen ten of the most bizarre. See the slideshow here.
The New Zealand chapter of global social media giant Facebook has doubled its revenue in 2012, although it still remains in the red on the back of increased employee benefits.
Getty Images already offers a range of grants to photographers, and it’s added another one that aims to recognise excellence in portrait photography by emerging photographers.
Retirement planning isn’t the sexiest of subjects. But AMP and Running With Scissors have added some human interest to the world of KiwiSaver schemes by conducting a psychological experiment to illustrate that a little bit of willpower now makes things all the sweeter in the future.
‘Creatively-led, humanity-obsessed’ agency/production company Augusto has done some good work for Adidas in recent times, like the 60-minute documentary on the history of the All Blacks jersey and the Supersounds campaign. And for its latest trick, it’s got Richie McCaw, Dan Carter and Israel Dagg to embrace their domestic sides to promote the arrival of iron-on numbers on fan jerseys.