Monthly Archives: January, 2017
Scams are getting increasingly sophisticated, which is why Trade Me’s latest video—starring the company’s own staffers—is looking to get people clued up on the perils of purchasing online.
Last week, online magazine The Spinoff launched its new app, which has since seen nearly 700 downloads. And while introducing an app may seem a natural move in today’s one-click-away society, editor and publisher Duncan Greive says the move was sparked by Facebook’s algorithm changes. We talk to him about creating an alternative distribution channel and the decision to put a price on it.
Samsung has become well-versed in the narrative of failure over the last year, with its product malfunction costing billions. However, rather than veering away from the F-word, the brand is embracing it in a new Colenso BBDO campaign, featuring Kiwi BMX star Sarah Walker.
We aren’t as rational as we imagine ourselves. Everything from the colour of an item to the music playing in the background can influence our decisions. So, with this in mind, Andrew Lewis reckons marketers should take context seriously when targeting consumers.
Our national airline is warming hearts in the lead up to Valentine’s Day, with a new campaign ‘#goingthedistance’ that explores what love means to different people by asking viewers who they’ll be missing on the special day.
Whether it’s a door-to-door salesperson or a multi-national retail firm with an intricate online store, the basic principle of selling remains the same: you show people something that you have and ask them to buy it. However, with the advent of virtual reality, it’s becoming increasingly common to sell things that don’t yet exist.
The print industry has been through tumultuous times lately, so to most, it might seem like an unwise idea to start up a magazine. Together Journal founder Greta Kenyon thought it was a risk worth taking, and the gamble paid off – the design-driven publication created in New Zealand is now stocked in stores globally, including over 300 Barnes & Nobles stores in the US.
StopPress sits down with the recent import that 99 managing director Paul Manning described as the most important appointment he’ll make this year.
Katie Mills, the former head of brand and marketing at MediaWorks, has followed some of her previous crew to private tertiary education conglomerate Aspire2.
Wellington agency EightyOne rounded off 2016 with two account wins; LifeDirect by Trade Me and David Reid Homes.
After spending the early part of the summer weathering an onslaught of anger from the Lewis Road Creamery army (along with the wider dairy industry getting a smackdown after unsuccessfully complaining about a provocative Greenpeace campaign), Fonterra is trying its best to get past the white noise and get back to the facts. Not ‘alternative facts’, to borrow a Kellyanne Conway-ism, but the cold, hard, scientific ones.
Contagion’s Dean Taylor reckons it’s time for advertising to catch up with the men and women who have been marching around the world.
While many around the world watched in fear as Donald Trump was sworn in as president, The Netherlands—well it’s satirical news show Zondag met Lubach—decided it was best for both countries to get along, so it made an introductory video that speaks to Trump in his own language.
Paper Plus has launched a sarcastic new ad campaign, via FCB, that’s a dramatic shift from its previous marketing. With no blobby green alien mascot in sight, the stationery retailer is engaging with the millennial market by taking a shot at their addiction to social media sharing.
Warehouse Stationery has placed 99 in charge of its CRM and business-to-business loyalty programme, BizRewards, and has also appointed 99PHD (an integrated service between 99 and PHD) as its agency in charge of digital media and search. PLUS: find out who the incumbents were.
What at first starts as a standard celebrity endorsement video for a new product quickly descends into one man’s—completely unhinged—obsession with running in Nike’s new video series, featuring comedian Kevin Hart (and his glorious beard). The series is introduced via a short clip, showing Hart excitedly unboxing the new product. From there, the madness ensues, with Hart putting on his best impersonation of Forrest Gump crossed with the protagonist from Into the Wild.
Anyone who has crawled along one of Auckland’s motorways in bumper-to-bumper traffic will know the confused—albeit elated—feeling that comes when the traffic just starts moving again. As you accelerate out of the jam, a few questions are invariably left unanswered: What was the hold-up? Where was the accident? And why did the traffic just start moving again? Well, Work Communications creative Marco Ermerins took it upon himself to find a few answers to these pressing questions.
After joining Airpoints last year, Tower has come out with a new ad, via Barnes, Catmur & Friends Dentsu, urging customers to insure their things—then leave it all behind.
YouTube reveals the five most popular ads of 2016.
Our relationship with money is typically something of an afterthought, generally restricted to advice columns and finance pages. However, Kiwibank is taking it mainstream in a new series called Mind Over Money with Nigel Latta, a fully funded series centred on the psychology of money. We talk to general manager of marketing Regan Savage and TVNZ general manager of content solutions Lyndsey Francis about the series and Kiwibank’s decision to take a leap.
Breaking into a well-established market is no easy task. But by coupling a strong product with the some-might-say mad decision to front his own advertising, Doug Hastie has made Chanui one of the more recognisable brands on the supermarket shelves. And for him, this is only the start of much bigger things.