For anyone who has young children, younger siblings, has some relation to a child or.. who has been a child knows that having children running around a house when there are precious things about can be a major source of anxiety and/or potentially despair. This ad for John Lewis Insurance, featuring a young girl dancing around her house will have you on the edge of your seat, expecting the worst to happen at any moment. But the anxiety is worth it.
Monthly Archives: August, 2015
Jetstar introduced its new flight destinations today after running a Facebook-based campaign where it uploaded videos of its regional tour and asked its Facebook fans for advice on which activities to partake in in each destination.
Orcon, Slingshot and Flip will come under the creative direction of a single agency, following confirmation that Rapp will take over all three brands. This move brings an end to Orcon’s partnership with Contagion, Slingshot’s with Mr Smith, and Flip’s with Sugar & Partners, and it will also see the PR responsibilities associated with each of the ISPs also redirected to the DDB offices as Mango takes over.
TVNZ’s news department has been basking in impressive ratings in recent months. And Matt McLean has been part of the reporting and presenting team for around seven years, moving between Close Up, Breakfast and One News. The 28-year-old shares his love of Buzzfeed quizzes, pop music and TJ Perenara.
As Auckland grows, so too does Auckland Transport (AT), the body in charge of the city’s public transport. Since it sprung from the loins of the Super City in 2009, it has, understandably, been focused more on operational improvements than commercialising its assets. But that’s set to change with AT consolidating its outdoor advertising and signing a nine year contract with Ambient Group, which was acquired by the soon-to-launch QMS Media back in May for an undisclosed sum.
It has become commonplace for the organisers of corporate events to encourage those in attendance to Tweet about the experience. And last night’s TVNZ NZ Marketing Awards was no different. Throughout proceedings, references were made to #TVNZmightymarketer and some of the well-dressed folk responded had a bit of fun on the platform. Here’s a rundown of the action as told through Tweets.
It isn’t difficult to find someone making a negative comment about Sky TV’s service on social media. The broadcaster is a proverbial punching bag, with shots regularly flying in from Kiwis across all the available channels. And yet, despite the continuous stream of negativity, Sky’s revenue and profits continue to rise at a time when digital disruption is cutting a huge chunk out of the profitability of the other broadcasters.
With networks financing audience surveys independently, broadcasters selling advertising packages across multiple media channels, streaming services selling video ads and national radio striking commercial partnerships, radio has gone gaga recently. Damien Venuto finds out if there’s method in the madness.
Almost 800 people filled The Great Room at The Langham last night to celebrate the best in the marketing business at the 24th TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards. And Chorus’ Gigatown campaign, which effectively informed Kiwis about UFB, drove interest in the economic and social benefits it could offer and generated millions of dollars of media value for the brand, took the big one, with Jules Lloyd-Jones from Foodstuffs named as the marketer of the year.
Reaction videos have become one of the staple products served through the YouTube interface. For every weird, horrifying or disgusting viral video, there are a slew of follow-on clips showing people reacting to the content. And in an effort to make its YouTube ads a little more engaging, UK-based BT TV has launched a new campaign that asks viewers to guess what celebrities are watching.
Social media might seem as easy as publishing a varied assortment of brand-related material onto a profile. But, after a chatting with a few Kiwi brands doing it well, Joshua Riddiford discovered that it’s harder than it looks.
Humans regularly pay for having their photo taken (when it’s horrible and it gets posted on social media, or when looking back and wondering why you ever thought that hairstyle was a good choice). But, following on from a tease at its I/0 event, Google decided to let people pay with a photo to promote the enhanced search functionality of its upgraded Photos app.
For those who waste their pay cheque on things like shoes or coffee, beer and other consumables this ANZ online game will see you doing your best to stay on track (in the digital world), mainly because of the lure of the potential win of $5,000
Since its inception in 2013, Radio New Zealand’s (RNZ) digital brand The Wireless has grown quickly, attracting a new audience of readers that were largely disconnected from the legacy structures of the state broadcaster. This upward trajectory has seen the website’s average audience climb from 700 daily users last year to 3,000 this year. And the RNZ executive team is now hoping to spread this success across all its digital properties with the appointment of The Wireless editor Marcus Stickley as the digital features editor. PLUS: digital teams restructure, a tale of two Tobys and a RNZ new website on the cards.
The Best Design Awards’ Best Effects category showcases design that goes above and beyond, bringing a profitable outcome for the clients involved. Here’s a breakdown of this year’s finalists.
Last week, there was plenty of media interest in Bansky’s brilliant ‘bemusement’ park by the sea, Dismaland. And while it’s not particularly suitable for children—and while tickets sold out in an hour—he and his gang of subversive artists have released an ad showing a family visit to ‘the happiest place on Earth’.
It’s never been easier for marketers to learn about their audience. All they need to do is go to social media, look at what they’re posting and what’s trending among their target age demographic. Brands have begun travelling to their audience to market to them too, launching social media campaigns, joining Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, whatever it may be. But something else we’ve noticed recently is brands going to their audience and essentially asking for advice, crowd-sourcing ideas for products like websites, food, even ads. Here are a few examples from here and abroad.
Back in the early days of the internet, pop-up ads started, well, popping up. Originally, they were seen as a way for advertisers to fight against the early stages of banner blindness and get in front of users without being directly attached to the content of a website. But readers found them intrusive and annoying and, eventually, technology was developed to block them. And it’s happening again as Ad Blocking software grows in popularity. So are the supposed evils of online advertising worthy of drastic action? Or is it another unfair stake in the heart of publishers already dealing with a digitally-inspired existential crisis?
Media companies are continually pushing the strength of their particular medium (or combination of mediums). And one popular way to show off capabilities, get creatives thinking about how to use the medium effectively and line up a few leads is to run a creative competition. NZME has its Advertising Challenge. Adshel ran the Creative Challenge for its charity client Surf Lifesaving NZ. And now APN Outdoor is joining in the fun with Pixel361°, a scheme that invites creative minds to create a digital outdoor campaign to raise awareness of the Men’s Health charity.
Co-branding is fairly common practice in marketing and it pretty much always involves complementary brands, rather than direct competitors. But the Burger King global and Y&R NZ are taking the idea of co-opetition much further and challenging McDonald’s to celebrate Peace Day by asking it to join forces and create the McWhopper.
In this day and age, it’s becoming increasingly clear that people don’t like being obviously advertised to. We don’t have the time, patience or interest anymore. A modern audience is a more distracted audience, it’s true. Content marketing company Scribble knows this, and it came up with a clever initiative to get Twitter users in the marketing realm (but not necessarily) spreading some ad hate in an attempt to champion content marketing
Having already covered all aspects of retargeting from the basic to specialised in the Get with the Program(matic) series, AdRoll’s Ben Sharp looks at how marketers can measure their results more effectively.
The New Zealand Fire Service has released two new ads, the first since FCB became its creative agency. The ads, part of a campaign called ‘Your only voice’ warn that a working smoke alarm is often one’s only voice to warn loved ones and friends of a fire.
At the centre of Lotto Powerball’s brand ad, released in July, was a story about the relationship between a dad and his son. And now with Father’s Day fast approaching, the brand has jumped on the opportunity to consolidate its ‘Imagine’ positioning with a touching spot that depicts the classic Kiwi scene of some backyard cricket.