Monthly Archives: January, 2014
Gender stereotypes in advertising are often inaccurate and outdated. But the real issue is that they’re ineffective, writes Lucinda Sherborne.
The SuperBowl has become the red carpet event of the year for the advertisers, in the sense that they get to unleash the work that they are proudest of on arguably the most well-watched stage in America. This year, the hype has not disappointed, and major brands have unleashed a plethora of high-budget teasers and ads, some of which have already attracted millions of views. So, here’s a rundown of the some of the more popular offerings thus far.
Christchurch Airport is no longer the sole airport listed in APN Outdoor New Zealand’s ledger, because the company has just announced that it has won the Auckland Airport account.
While most annual reviews are jargon-loaded examples of corporate self-adulation, some businesses see it as an opportunity to engage with consumers by using a more creative and accessible approach. Over the last few years, four corporations that took latter approach were Z Energy, Warby Parker, Adris and Heinz.
In late November last year, Ikon restructuring led to the rather unexpected ousting of then-managing partners Lee Parkinson and Tom Davidson. And now, fewer than two months later, the pair has announced the launch of a new agency called The Family.
Getty Images has released an innovative calendar for 2014 that allocates specific galleries to every day of the year, thereby making it easier for website owners to update their sites with content (and imagery) relevant to a specific day.
Hamilton-based King St’s chief executive Chris Williams has confirmed that the agency has struck the Wendy’s New Zealand account from its ledger. This news comes at time when Auckland Uni, another of the agency’s big accounts, is accepting pitches from competing agencies.
There’s no reason New Zealand can’t be world class when it comes to online TV. If broadcast viewership was eclipsed by massive online engagement it’d be a win for viewers, networks and advertisers alike. So why is it so hard to make this digital product work online?
Little Giant has kicked off 2014 with a revamped one page scrolling site for this year’s Beer Festival which allows different organisers to chip in with content. The site is an iteration of last year’s, when it overhauled the festival’s branding.
Bernie, the somewhat disturbingly dubbed mascot of the National Rural Fire Authority, has been reworked into a 2D character for a pair of TVCs that encourage Kiwis to ‘check it’s alright before you light.’ This is the first makeover that the rotund character has had in its 16-year history.
How can companies ensure that fans who inadvertently use the wrong nomenclature continue to feel good about buying, using and recommending their products? Jennifer Duval-Smith, a recent recipient of some unexpected legal communication, offers a few suggestions.
Hungarian pop singer Csemer Boglarka has undergone a live Photoshop face transplant for her new music video. And although such uses of Photoshop are by no means new or original, the way in which it is done in this video is particularly impressive. All the changes made to Boglarka’s face are effected while she is singing her new song.
Eric Rowe’s not just being pedantic when he tells people they shouldn’t be careless with the term page impression. That’s because he’s seen marketers waste millions due to misunderstanding.
By tapping into a marketing budget that other companies could only dream of, Old Spice has launched a series of nine websites dedicated to fake (and unavoidably uncool) products. But instead of actually sending the products to those who attempt to purchase them, Old Spice commissions the services of the bare-chested one to conduct an ‘internetavention’ to encourage buyers to stop making stupid decisions.
The Outdoor Media Association of New Zealand (OMANZ) today announced a fourth quarter revenue total of $18,659,878, up 1.3 percent from the same time last year. This figure brought the revenue total for 2013 to $66,455,096, which OMANZ says is a 13 percent increase from 2012.
SodaStream is no stranger to controversy—and, in quintessential challenger brand style, no stranger to directly confronting the big drinks companies it competes against. It had its first major brand ad pulled in the UK for being “too disparaging towards soda manufacturers” and its Super Bowl spot from last year was rejected by CBS because it showed truck drivers in clothing featuring Pepsi and Coke logos (in the end, it ran a tweaked version of the UK ad). There’s obviously a fair bit of PR value in having your ad banned from the Super Bowl (and these banned ads often live on in the online world) and, surprise surprise, this year SodaStream’s ad featuring ambassador Scarlett Johansson, who utters the the line ‘sorry, Coke and Pepsi’, has also been knocked back.