Monthly Archives: November, 2013

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Writing poems for peanuts
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In addition to the creamy goodness of crushed peanuts, every jar of Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter also comes with the deep and meaningful musings of Taumaranui poet Bill Smith, whose work is printed on the reverse of the label.

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Learning from the Lions: Cannes chair Terry Savage on emerging trends, the ascent of creativity and how to win gongs
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The Cannes Lions has become the world’s pre-eminent advertising awards ceremony. And its chairman Terry Savage was in Auckland this week where he presented at Colenso BBDO as part of its Love This Speaker series and announced the return of the Young Lions in association with Val Morgan. Here’s what he had to say about purpose, creativity, data and competition.

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Auckland City Mission avoids tear-jerkers, opts for subtlety instead
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Auckland City Mission has revisited its 2010 and 2011 ‘Become Someone’s Angel’ campaign with a new 30-second TVC that aims to pull at the heartstrings of Aucklanders over the month of December. But rather than following the previous trend of including a depressing case study, this year’s commercial has instead opted for a subtle approach that shows the difference that a donation can make to people who are closer than you think.

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Black Caps score new website, apps the next delivery
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New Zealand Cricket’s overhauled blackcaps.co.nz site is designed to satisfy the appetites of fans who can’t resist a peek at the score on their mobile behind a restaurant menu, or who leave the action running on a small browser window at work. The demand to view live scoring is at the heart of the revamp.

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Ikon restructures: hierarchy gets a shakeup – UPDATED
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Ikon, which recently added the 2degrees account to a client portfolio that includes the likes of Coca-Cola New Zealand, Kiwi Bank, L&P, Mercury Energy and Trademe, announced that it has decided to restructure its offering, and as a result both managing partner roles have been made redundant.

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MetService forecast shows strong chance of shark terror
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To promote the 26th edition of Shark Week, Discovery Channel’s longest running stunt, Sky TV sent five omionous shark fins to infiltrate the MetService website. The campaign, which was conceptualised by OMD, has been described as “a nicely executed creative idea that isn’t obtrusive and gets across the message in a simple yet clever way.”

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Ellen DeGeneres removes all cigarettes from Mad Men
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Ellen DeGeneres has removed all the cigarettes from Mad Men to draw attention to the Great American Smokeout, an annual anti-smoking campaign arranged by the American Cancer Society that encourages nicotine puffers to stop for a day on the third Thursday of November.

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Sledge-cancelling headphones
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With sledging cricketers grabbing headlines this week, it’s timely to put the spotlight on tuning out hardcore abuse. One NBA superstar’s solution is a poker face and a set of Beats By Dr Dre headphones.

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Ron Burgundy: the promos continue
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The promotion for Anchorman 2: the Legend Continues has become a multi-faceted advertising stunt that makes it seem as though Will Ferrell has actually morphed into the gaffe-prone news anchor from the film. Now, after two trailers and cross-promotion with Dodge Durango, Ron Burgundy and his crew have decided to educate the world.

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Winging it
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British Airways and creative partner Ogilvy UK have come up with a smart way to show off their range of destinations with billboards that communicate with its planes. It’s so simple even toddlers can #lookup.

Opinion
The frenzy for first
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We all know the those types who are first to get online and tell us what we need to know, what to try and what they think. They’re leaders in the frenzy to be first, and it’s a trend Webby Awards managing director Claire Graves says has risks and rewards for brands.

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Google makes another grab for heart strings
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Google seems to be making a habit of making us get all emotional. In a recent effort in India, it told the story of how search can bring about a touching reunion, now it’s showcasing a French boffin’s labour of aircraft love.

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‘Intelligence applied’: The Briefing embarks on a quest to target the top two percent
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There’s been a fair bit of carnage in the local business and trade press in recent years, with The Independent closing, Fairfax flicking on a few of its titles and moving Unlimited online, and Mediaweb seemingly hanging on for dear life at present. But Vincent Heeringa, publisher of Idealog and NZ Marketing, is hoping to fill what he thinks is fairly large information void with The Briefing, a membership-style media offering aimed at leaders from the C-Suite “who share the determination to transform their business in a world of radical change”.

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Kiwis aim to crash the SuperBowl Party with their ad
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Every year, Doritos, the tortilla chip producer owned by PepsiCo, hosts a competition that gives fans the chance to create an advert that will appear during the brand-loaded Superbowl. Previously, this competition was only open to entrants in the United States, but this year the restrictions were lifted, thereby giving a team of Kiwis the chance to enter.

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