Monthly Archives: January, 2016

News
Noel Leeming shows there’s more to retail than price and product in continuation of ‘maximise your machine’ campaign
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In 2014, Noel Leeming took a break from the regular retail approach of shouting about price and product to revamp its brand and launch a platform that focused on explaining what the items in store—and their underlying technology—enabled. This repositioning cost the company around $5 million, and it is now looking to build on this investment by rolling under a series of new spots that again focus on telling the stories of the products.

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A real woman?
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Imagination comes in all shapes and sizes, and now, so does Barbie. This year three new body types will be added to the Barbie empire including petite, curvy…

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Come watch with us: Neon offers Netflix’s VPN clampdown victims an alternative
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Last year, the Global Mode legal battle provided a feisty introduction to the competitive banter that would unfold as the SVOD market started to mature in New Zealand. And although, we are only a few weeks into January, there are already a few jabs being thrown in this space. Following on from news that Netflix was going to clamp down on backdoor users accessing its US version, Neon has been quick to play its first hand with a responsive media release titled “Never fear NEON is Here”.

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New year, new eyes
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The new year is a time where we all reevaluate our position in life. We think about our wishes, our resolutions and our fresh starts. But, it should also be a time where we think the lives of others, whose wants and needs are simpler than ours. French community service association Deuxième Marche aimed to remind us of the homeless and their needs this new year, by giving them more visibility to express themselves.

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Volvo forks out $1 million to get Kiwis over to Sweden
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Scandinavian trends have worked their way into our homewares and design industry, but can they take on the car market? Swedish car brand Volvo’s latest campaign is pushing to get more Kiwis buying its cars through a deal that lets them travel to its motherland for free, so long as they buy a brand-new Volvo car.

Features
Dancing on the ceiling: the worrying absence of executive women in advertising
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When it comes to the role of women in advertising, things have come a long way from the days of sexism, smoking and secretaries portrayed in Mad Men. But the top positions in the industry are still dominated by men. So why are there ‘too many dicks on the dancefloor’? Is anything being done to address the issue? And what are the benefits of more gender diversity? Holly Bagge investigates.

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How are infomercials still a thing?
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Mention the NutriBullet, the Transforma ladder or Thin Lizzy in conversation, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a Kiwi who isn’t aware of at least one of these products. Such is the enduring power of the infomercials, which continue to grace our free-to-air screens during off-peak viewing times, that these brands have essentially been embedded into the Kiwi psyche through brute force. At a time when buzzphrases such as ‘transmedia storytelling’, ‘digital disruption’ and ‘omnichannel marketing’ are habitually thrown around conversation, the infomercial is made to seem anachronistic, a living fossil of a bygone era on the verge of extinction. But this isn’t the case at all… Look at Nielsen’s ad spend figures from 2015 and you’ll notice the presence of Brand Developers in sixth position, behind the big-spending retail giants Progressive, The Warehouse, Harvey Norman and Foodstuffs.

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Not just for old, rich men: NZ Golf and Augusto look to get girls onto the green
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The traditional perception of golf usually evokes images of diamond-patterned shirts, cheese cutters, pastel sweaters, loafers and affluent white men. This long-standing myth is so entrenched that it even led to the urban myth that the word golf was in fact an acronym for ‘gentleman only, ladies forbidden’. This, of course, isn’t true, but the stereotype has long prevailed in golfing, leading to it being seen as a rich man’s sport or a hobby for retirees.

Opinion
So long, and thanks for all the fish
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As Ben Fahy skyrockets through middle management and passes the editorial baton of NZ Marketing and StopPress on to Damien Venuto, he valiantly searches for the meaning of life (and marketing).

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Crafting the craft: illustrators use creative flair for beer
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Since the craft beer industry started booming over the past few years in New Zealand, we’ve seen some beautiful labels adorning supermarket shelves and bar taps. These labels are often less about trumpeting the brand and more about celebrating the distinctive personality of the beer, often expressed through creative illustrations and inventive names. We had a chat with The Wireless’s Toby Morris about his experience illustrating for beer brands, and look into why illustration has become a popular promotional tool.

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Not exactly what you believe
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French publication La Croix (translating to The Cross) struggles with the perception that its publication doesn’t cover serious issues and instead focuses only on religious topics. Admittedly, it is a Roman Catholic publication, and religious content certainly takes up some of the column inches, but the paper is on a mission to show that it might not be exactly what people think it is. Here’s a look at the ad campaign it’s using to spread this message.

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‘What do you do for a living?’
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We’ve all been unemployed at some point in our lives and probably will be unemployed again. And sure, when we’re younger it’s socially acceptable. But as we move through our twenties and beyond there is more expected of us, and when in between jobs (or just.. without one) it’s never fun to be asked what you do to pay the bills. That’s what these ads for Careers 24 address.

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Lewis Road Creamery shows its cheeky side on TV—UPDATED
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We are all big kids when it comes to milk according to Lewis Road Creamery, whose latest campaign leaves no time for table manners when enjoying dairy products. Problem Child and Exposure have created two 30-second TVCs that share the stories of individuals caught in a moment of indulgence with the dairy products.

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