Monthly Archives: February, 2016

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Fast, sexy, funky: Farmers continues down the non-shouty path
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We’re gradually seeing a shift in retail advertising where shouty retail spots are being swapped out for more emotive material. Simply announcing a sale or displaying an item in a catalogue-inspired style isn’t enough to get through to an increasingly distracted and fragmented audience. Farmers recently cottoned onto this and continues to show its change in approach in its upbeat ad for its new season collection via The Workshop.

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Linking arms: why Fairfax, MediaWorks, NZME and TVNZ formed KPEX
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When the Australian media companies attempted to come together to form a similar alliance across the ditch, the effort failed because various players were simply unwilling to collaborate. But the local players did not allow the same to happen. Setting aside their partisan differences and prioritising the importance of creating a strong local programmatic network, Fairfax Media, MediaWorks, NZME and TVNZ successfully came together to form KPEX.
Here’s why the execs determined the move was worthwhile.

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NZDM Awards: Saatchi and ASB nab supreme, JustOne/.99 claims biggest haul, Foodstuffs crowned direct marketing organisation of the year
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Every year, with the growing prominence of data, the skills used in direct marketing to target specific segments with personalised messaging becomes more important to marketers. For this reason, direct marketing is shifting from the fringes, where it existed as uncool but necessary, to play a key role in the industry. And as was indicated by the creativity on show at this year’s edition at the annual New Zealand Direct Marketing Awards, the industry is also doing a good job at improving its cool factor.

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KFC celebrates rugby fandom and family ties
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Super Rugby sponsor KFC has launched a new campaign via Ogilvy & Mather called ‘For the fans’, which celebrates that sense of camaraderie fans experience when heading to a game. It’s also released a spot for its picnic hampers, which is a bit of a departure from its usual ads, swapping light-hearted humour for the heart-warming family time card.

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FreeviewPlus shows streaming doesn’t have to be a chore
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Tiny mobile screens. Precarious cables traversing a room. Shared headphones and a laptop in bed. All familiar scenes to anyone who has delved into online streaming. And while any of these examples are acceptable in certain circumstances, a new campaign from Freeview NZ shows there are some advantages to the bigger television screen, particularly when watching a show with someone else.

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The pipes, the pipes need filling
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As Faris Yakob argues, attention is a finite resource, yet the amount of content continues to grow, so something has to give. From inane Facebook posts to in-depth investigative pieces, the term content is nigh-on useless as a descriptor because it is so broad. And, writing in McSweeneys, Kendra Eash illustrates that brilliantly with her story ‘And on the Eighth Day, God Created Content’.

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Self parking chair?
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The solution to a cluttered office is here, with Nissan creating a self parking office chair inspired by the park assist feature on its cars.

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Lumojo looks to make a buzz in the honey market with elegant design
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While many of us probably take the honey sitting in our pantry for granted, mentally placing it in the same family as the marmite, jam and peanut butter, if you really think about it, honey is a small miracle. There are so many vital variables that make the production of the golden sweetener possible. Newly launched honey brand Lumojo has attempted to reflect honey’s value as a premium product through strong design, creating minimalist and streamlined packaging with Alt Group to, as it says, pay homage to the “natural designers” aka the bees. PLUS: we delve into the apparent increase of ‘premium’ products and take look at the honey industry in New Zealand.

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Rainbow flags, sequins and bubbles: brands join the Auckland Pride Parade
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The annual Auckland Pride festival (5 February – 21 February) has been running for the past four years and the highlight is the Pride Parade, which saw colourful floats and well-known drag queens sashaying down Ponsonby Road on Saturday. Here’s a look at how the parade’s sponsors were involved to show their support for the rainbow community.

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A nice touch
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Marketing doesn’t always have to shouted onto a television screen, splurged across the pages of a mailer or hammered into a Gmail inbox. Sometimes, the most effective marketing comes instead as a subtle suggestion. As was discovered by a member of the Tangible Media business team, sometimes this suggestion can take the form of a friendly email, which in this instance came from Powershop asking a customer moving out of a home to remember to leave important information—such as the rubbish day, neighbours’ names, best local takeaway and the nearest dairy—for the next person moving in.

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