Monthly Archives: February, 2016
Fanta and NZME are taking their latest campaigns to the streets in the hopes foot traffic will provide ultimate brand engagement.
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.
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.
After only eight weeks in development Flick Electric Co. released a new app this week, called Choice, that gives Kiwis information about the carbon impact of the electricity they are using in real time.
Electric Kiwi has named Saatchi & Saatchi as its creative agency, after a pitch which took place in January.
With its announcement of the upcoming Survivor New Zealand TVNZ isn’t only searching for contestants keen to be stranded on an island during Survivor NZ. The broadcaster is also looking for brands that might want to get in on the action.
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.
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.
McDonald’s, DDB and Robber’s Dog want burger fans to join John Smith and make history by creating their perfect burger.
It’s been an advertising trope for years, but brands are increasingly shifting away from racy imagery in favour of a more inclusive alternative. Elly Strang investigates the trend.
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.
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’.
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.
L&P is going the online route for its major brand campaign this year, launching a weekly talk show, fronted by comedians Tim Batt and Guy Montgomery.
One Plus One Group founder recently read ‘Tim Bell: Right or Wrong’ – The Memoirs of a Spin Doctor’, and what he came to learn about the famous British ad man reminded him of similarly larger-than-life personality closer to home.
Ziera’s traditional ‘spray and pray’ approach to marketing was proving to be both expensive and ineffective, so it approached Bauer to help create its own more fashionable twice-yearly magazine and app. And that experiment has paid off big time.
The Tiaki fishing approach, which includes innovative nets and a mobile app, is being trialled in a bid to enable consumers around the world to see where their fish came from and how it was caught.
In a staff email sent out this afternoon MediaWorks confirmed that veteran Mark Jennings is moving on from the organisation after 25 years leading 3News.
At last weeks Retail NZ’s shop.kiwi event, the CEO of the US National Retail Federation Matthew Shay said a shift in attitudes towards spending means consumers are spending more in houses and home renovations.
DB and Toyota recently pulled ads in social media commenters expressing concerns that the creative was inappropriate. And while this is a nod to the effectiveness of self-regulation, it’s worrying that ASA board played no part in the decision to pull these spots.
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.
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.
Robbie Spargo, responsible for branded short-form content on TVNZ OnDemand, pinpoints five digital video trends that marketers should be looking at in 2016.