Ads for real estate companies have long been filled with happy families, keys and smiling real estate agents and while these same tropes still apply, recently real estate companys’ ads have become a lot more heartwarming. A campaign for Harcourts via Contagion called ‘With you all the way’ illustrates this, and follows a young family and their experience as time passes and they move from house to house through a longstanding relationship with Harcourts.
Monthly Archives: September, 2015
Shouting out random things in a public space isn’t the best conversation starter in real life. And TRA’s Colleen Ryan argues the same applies in social media.
BNZ has released a depressingly confronting campaign called ‘Shred my mortgage’ via Colenso BBDO, which includes two TVCs of a man and woman in their twilight years who are still working laborious jobs to pay off their mortgages.
Lewis Road Creamery’s Peter Cullinane says the premium dairy brand he founded in 2011 has re-energised the white milk sector and now has over 50 percent of the organic milk market in New Zealand. Now Goodman Fielder has taken the cow by the teats and released its own range of three premium organic milks under the Puhoi Valley brand. But Cullinane has come out swinging, saying it is “pathetic plagiarism” and shows a “staggering lack of imagination”.
In addition to venomous fauna and teenage hoodlums, the chromatic pairing of black and yellow has come to typify Pak ‘n Save in the Kiwi retail industry. However, this year, in a show of support for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF), Pak ‘n Save will set aside its colour allegiance and turn its ‘Number 8 wire’ ad pink in the ten days leading up to the annual Pink Ribbon Appeal, which takes place on 9 and 10 October this year.
Judging by the numerous rugby-related office discussions and the blanket media coverage—from the above board chat on outlets like Radio New Zealand to the below board banter inside a giant scrotum as part of the Alternative Commentary Collective’s Champagne Rugby, you could be forgiven for thinking the nation has a collective ‘code boner’ over the Rugby World Cup at present. But is rugby losing its lustre in New Zealand? And is there a limit to the All Black appropriation?
It’s been a rough year for MediaWorks, with TVNZ reigning in the ratings department. And despite its hopes that its pick up of Masterchef NZ’s sixth season would pull a decent few pairs of eyes over to the network, the show has rated significantly lower than its preceding seasons. But, as Auckland physiotherapist Tim Read was crowned as Masterchef NZ 2015 last night, the show’s final episode went out on a ratings high. PLUS: Seven weeks on, Story’s ratings are no match for Seven Sharp’s.
The New Zealand Transport Agency has run various campaigns encouraging drivers to focus when behind the wheel. Much of the attention thus far has been placed on the distractions caused by mobile phones. However, a recent investigation conducted by Jono and Ben has found there might be a much bigger problem that’s being largely overlooked—namely, giant billboards featuring scantily clad All Blacks all over the nation.
Griffin’s recently launched an online competition campaign called ‘Super Little Bakers’ via Assignment Group, which urges kids (or rather, their parents) to submit recipes to a micro-page within Griffin’s Facebook to go in the draw to win prizes. An overall winner will be crowned Griffin’s Super Little Baker of 2015 by the end of the week, after over 170 recipes were submitted.
Mozart, the Egyptian goddess Ma’at, the Apollo 11 mission and ancient Greece were some of the subjects among the entries for Google’s ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition. Young’uns from years one to 10 submitted entries for a Google logo design about where they would go and what they would do if they could go back in time.
Sealord has confirmed the appointment of Ogilvy & Mather NZ to its digital account less than a year after handing its business to The White Agency.
Emojis are on their way to global takeover. They’re appearing in all sorts of campaigns, including a recent spot by Spark for Morepork home security, which features a family of emojis that talk and think in emojis. Even the Pope has been emojified. Digiday asked ad creatives, strategists and account manage to describe a day in their lives with emojis, here are the results.
With the entire nation not necessarily willing to wake up ridiculously early to watch all games of the Ruby World Cup, daily highlight reels are playing an important role in keeping fans informed of the daily proceedings. And Whittaker’s is now getting in on the highlights action but it’s going about in a very different way. Rather than showing clips from the actual games, the chocolate company, recently chosen as New Zealand’s most trusted brand, is re-enacting key events with the use of All Blacks chocolates and an assortment of children’s toys and posting these to its Facebook page.
New Zealand is increasingly seen as two nations: Auckland and the rest. Unsurprisingly, the growth in Auckland is sucking up plenty of attention—and plenty of money. But ‘the rest’ is still crucially important to the nation’s prosperity and the regions remain the engine of the Kiwi economy. Marketing is all about understanding—and connecting with—your target audience. And when it comes to media habits, those in the marcomms sector, as last year’s Nielsen survey showed, can’t really be described as normal. As a result, city slickers who work in this industry are in danger of falling into an urban echo chamber and may not understand the important role newspapers still play in the regions (who’s going to argue with Warren Buffett and WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell?). So test—and improve—your regional knowledge by taking our quiz and all those who complete it will go into the draw to win a two night Air New Zealand Deluxe Mystery Break for two somewhere in New Zealand*.
Air New Zealand’s big ‘where to next’ brand ad, featuring Gin Wigmore’s rendition of Tomorrow, has picked up the Colmar Brunton Ad Impact award for August.
DDB’s Nick Dellabarca and Liz Richards scooped up the supreme award out of 53 teams which entered Pixel 361°, APN Outdoor’s first annual outdoor creative challenge. The win will see them head to SXSW in Austin, Texas in March next year while both the highly commended and people’s choice awards went to Aaron Carbines and Mike Felix of Us&Co.
MediaWorks has taken legal steps against online men’s brand NZ Blokes, sending the editors of the site a cease-and-desist letter in regard to the promotion of an event called NZ Crate Day on the NZ Blokes Facebook page. The letter from MediaWorks stipulates NZ Blokes recently commenced marketing activities in relation to the NZ Crate Day and that this constitutes an infringement given the similarity between the names and the fact that both events were scheduled to occur on 5 December.
Fairfax has teamed up with Sky Sport, linking its Fan Pass offering to the Stuff news site allowing rugby fans to live stream the World Cup games for a fee. Fairfax’s national sports editor Aaron Lawton shares his insights on the partnership.
As indicated by the proliferation of headphones fastened to the ears of runners and gym goers, a personal soundtrack has become something of a necessity for an exercise regime. Given this affiliation between music and exercise, organisations such as Beats by Dr Dre has released a plethora of ads featuring sports stars using its products. Similarly, Spotify has also been making moves into this space, developing playlists specifically targeted at those engaging in exercise. And now, the music streaming service has taken it one step further by launching a feature that plays tracks matched to the pace the runner is moving at.
Michael Goldthorpe reckons Tumblr might be stepping on the toes of a few copyright holders. So is there anything the industry can do about it or is it just a sign of changing times?
Since online advertising first emerged, publishers have been selling their ads with the promise that they’re targeted to specific audiences and trackable. And this is true to some degree. The tech platforms available on the market today certainly do have the ability to serve ads onto specific websites, but whether those ads are seen by humans or anyone at all is completely different issue.