Monthly Archives: October, 2013

Opinion
Review: The Most Dangerous Man in the World
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Some see him as a journalistic pioneer. Others see him as a narcissistic megalomaniac. And Andrew Fowler’s chronicling of Julian Assange’s rise and fall will help you decide which side of the fence you sit on—and should be of interest to anyone with a passing interest in the media—writes Kelly Bennett.

News
Six of the year’s best Halloween ads
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Our American counterparts have turned Halloween into a huge commercial resource that can be tapped into annually. This year, the ad agencies across the Pacific have once again illustrated how far the simple premises of horror, costumes and bucket loads of treats can be stretched.

News
Kiwi marketers still not convinced by Halloween – UPDATED
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According to Yahoo Finance, Americans spend about US$8 billion on Halloween every year, with the biggest chunk spent on costumes. And while Kiwis are yet to fully embrace the trick or treating culture, there’s definitely a buck to be made. PLUS: MOTAT’s Halloween event lures the ghoul lovers.

News
From digital to dollars: gaming gets serious
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The burgeoning games industry is making money for Kiwi exporters – and an increasingly diverse gamer audience with more devices than ever is force to be reckoned with. Two pieces of new research highlight strong growth in gaming, with a local survey showing mobile games made in New Zealand have been downloaded more than 130 million times in the last year.

News
TVNZ bolsters growing Media Solutions department with new general manager and additional customer insights resources
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As the rise of content marketing changes the way some clients are choosing to advertise, integration/media solutions/native advertising/branded content/advertorial/*insert another buzzword here*, is a big growth area for TV networks—and other media. And TVNZ has referenced that shift by appointing Lyndsey Francis as general manager of media solutions and customer insights and adding some more research firepower to the team.

News
Kids on candy
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Kiwi ads have used many visual metaphors to illustrate the power of fast telco networks. Telecom had coloured flares and exploding balloons in their 4G ad, Vodafone took us back to the future in a speedy Delorean. US provider AT&T’s new spot sympathises with parents everywhere whose kids have been on a candy-induced sugar high.

Opinion
Patents are a virtue: Springs and sleeps

Patent publication is often the first sign of new technology initiatives. Patents are usually published well before the technology is commercialised. Searching intellectual property databases is an effective way of learning where others in your industry are heading. AJ Park patent experts Anton Blijlevens and Jillian Lim touch on some of the interesting patents to look out for on the shelves.

News
VW keeps it in the family
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DDB Sydney’s ‘Welcome to the family’ campaign to celebrate VW’s 60th year in Australia kicked off this weekend with a TVC that showcases the full range of models on offer—and, with an ad hoc cricket match, a helium-breathing grandfather, a nana meeting Bradley’s ‘special friend’, tree peeing and copious tea drinking, it also showcases the diversity of modern Australian family life.

News
TVCs of the Week: 29 October
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Fresh Up’s all-too-powerful thirst quenching, perception shifting from The Warehouse, more moving personalisation from NZ Police and NZ Golf’s entertaining coattail riding.

News
Beyonce does haka, goes viral—UPDATED
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After her October 19 show, Beyonce was treated to a haka performed by a local crew. Rather than cowering in fear like an international rugby opponent, Beyonce enthusiastically joined in and even gave a great Miley Cyrus impersonation at the end.

News
Magazine readership and circ numbers a mixed bag, industry aims to change the conversation
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Once again, Nielsen’s latest readership results and the ABC’s circulation numbers don’t make for particularly pleasant reading for the magazine sector, with all weeklies charting declines deemed significant on the same time last year, plenty of other significant declines and a rare few increases. And, perhaps not surprisingly, the MPA and the various publishers are hoping to change the conversation from a one-dimensional discussion about quantity, to a multi-dimensional discussion about the quality of engagement across a number of platforms.

Movings/shakings
Affinity ID celebrates its fifth birthday, adds two big names to help drive growth—UPDATED
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Affinity ID kicked off in 2008 when Geoff Cooper and Angela Day took the agency into private ownership from the Clemenger Group. It began life with 27 staff and has grown to almost 80 digital specialists across a range of disciplines. And it has added two more big names to its board and senior management team, with Nigel Tutt joining as group general manager and Roger Shepherd joining as an independent director.

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