Heineken is giving two lucky people the chance of enjoying the 2014 Heineken Open tennis action from a specially designed pop-up apartment overlooking centre court at ASB Tennis Arena. The competition has been launched on the Heineken Live website as part of an eight-week promotional campaign that will lead into the tournament’s 6 January commencement date. PLUS: read which brands have come onboard to sponsor the Heineken Open and the ASB Classic this year.
Author Damien Venuto
It’s been a busy week for Air New Zealand with asset sales and a dip in shares value. But somewhere in all that chaos, the airline still managed to find time to release a commercial that aims to remind everyone that the company has a distinctly Kiwi flavour. The TVC forms part of the ‘Middle-earth is closer than you think’ campaign, which also includes a competition that gives entrants a chance of winning a trip to Los Angeles to watch the premiere of The Hobbit: the desolation of Smaug. PLUS: Google also gets in on the Hobbit action with an interactive journey through Middle-earth.
This is the story of Lee Reid, a neuroscientist who overcame a debilitating pain disorder to write an app that makes it easier for people to compose music. Following on from the success of this original app, he has once again defied the odds by releasing a pro version that offers a range of new features.
Redwood Cider Co, which was purchased by DB Breweries last year, recently approached Running with Scissors to assist in the creation of a new product for the premium cider market, which is growing like topsy at the moment. And it responded to this challenge by creating the branding for Orchard Thieves, a fruit cider that’s available in either mandarin and lime or raspberry and vanilla. PLUS: is Rekorderlig actually a cider?
Kiwibank has centralised some of the key details about the property market in a new app that’s designed to enable prospective homebuyers to access all the information they need in one place. The app can be used to obtain pre-loan approval, peruse available houses, track the number of sunshine hours a home receives and check which homes are available in a neighbourhood.
The second instalment of Lindauer’s “national girls’ night out” took place on 15 November at various nightspots across the country. And to ensure that the blokes didn’t feel too abandoned on this night of feminine revelry, Lindauer and BBD arranged a few celebrity man-sitters to entertain the sullen couch dwellers at home.
To promote the global release of the new Xbox One console, the folk at Microsoft and Pead PR dropped one into the shark tank at Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium. Until the official release date at midnight on 21 November, the highly coveted device will be protected by the ocean’s apex predator. And this publicity stunt continues a long tradition of using sharks in marketing.
On 17 November, Saatchi & Saatchi NZ and Coca Cola Amatil (NZ) launched Pump’s ‘grab life by the bottle’ TVC, which showcased a host of Kiwis having a good time with a Pump bottle in hand. PLUS: read how adventurous Kiwis can send in entries to become part of the next commercial.
Kiwibank has released a new promotional video to show prospective homebuyers that they still have options in spite of the recent legislative limits that increased the minimum deposit to 20%. The hilarious video, which features a quirky script and home made out of cardboard boxes, could easily double as a parody of a Campbell Live case study.
The phrase ‘print is dead’ has become ubiquitous in the industry, but there is still an argument to be made for region- and industry-specific publications that target certain groups of people. And in the last few months, four new titles have appeared on the market, and the teams working on these projects are optimistic about the future of print in New Zealand.
Developing a video that’s representative of an entire country is difficult, because it has to include as many people as possible while simultaneously not upsetting those who have been excluded due to time constraints. This unenviable task was handed over to Assignment Group and Designworks, and they responded with a collaborative effort that Government was proud enough of to release on 6 November.
Non-profit animal rights organisation Safe is pulling at Kiwi heartstrings with a new TVC that aims to spread awareness about factory farming in New Zealand. StopPress takes a look behind the scenes to see what it takes for a non-profit organisation to produce a TVC.
Ogilvy and Mather’s compares hazardous substances to weaponry in its new campaign for the EPA. The provacative campaign has been placed in industrial areas in the hope it will catch the attention of those who use dangerous products every day.
Following the successful brand projects for Jazz and Envy apples, Turners & Growers approached BRR with a unique brief to take the Bonita brand and export label and create an engaging brand for generations of kiwi banana lovers. Inspired by the flair for life in South American culture, BRR saw the opportunity to introduce a sense of personality, energy and positivity into the Bonita brand and the wider category.
Willie Jackson and John Tamihere announced during their show that they will not return to RadioLive for the remainder of 2013. This comes shortly after all advertisers refused to run their ads during the pair’s show.
Foursquare, Memphis Meltdown and Freedom Farms all got some decent brand exposure in front of 80,000 people at this year’s instalment of the Red Bull Trolley Grand Prix. PLUS: Red Bull wins friends and influences companies with its cool factor.
Yesterday marked the second anniversary of fuel-saving discount scheme AA Smartfuel, which has thus far accumulated over 1.6 million unique registered cardholders since its inception in 2011. PLUS: read about comedian Urzila Carlson’s involvement with the programme.
Tourism New Zealand, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Education New Zealand lauched the ‘New Zealand Story’ campaign on 6 November. The multi-channelled campaign features a website, video and toolkit to encourage prospective investors to bring their business to New Zealand.
ASB’s new HQ in Wynard street seamlessly combines the corporate and public sphere with an office space that’s both inviting and practical. PLUS: find out how they have incorporated eco-friendly heating and cooling systems into the building.
MediaWorks has announced that all primetime series from Fox “will be immediately replaced in the schedules,” meaning that shows like The Simpsons and Modern Family have already been removed from scheduling.
KiwiRail Freight and KiwiRail Scenic have released television commercials in an effort to remind Kiwis that rail is still relevant and enjoyable. Auckland-based agency Hot Mustard took charge of the Freight campaign, while Wellington-based Clemenger BBDO held the reins at KiwiRail Scenic Journeys.
Following the success of last year’s ‘what word do you hate the most?’ campaign, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC) has now gone in the opposite direction by encouraging Kiwis to keep their Facebook lips pursed during Cancer Awareness Week. PLUS: Kiwis can also join the cause via a Facebook app.
Hallenstein Brothers has collaborated with Coca-Cola and Will.i.am to produce a range of eco-friendly suits targeted at millennials that are manufactured from up to 25 recycled PET plastic bottles.
Alice and Caleb Pearson were crowned the winners of the second edition of The Block NZ, and the husband-and-wife team took home $261,000 for their efforts over the last 10 weeks. And they weren’t the only winners, with TV3 recording its highest primetime share in 25-54 since records began in 2005.
According to Yahoo Finance, Americans spend about US$8 billion on Halloween every year, with the biggest chunk spent on costumes. And while Kiwis are yet to fully embrace the trick or treating culture, there’s definitely a buck to be made. PLUS: MOTAT’s Halloween event lures the ghoul lovers.
Nielsen’s readership and the ABC’s circulation results do not bode well for the print versions of New Zealand newspapers. Most of the major publications recorded significant drops on both reports, leading to suggestions from some that it might be time to adapt the way statistics are collected so that readership can be measured across all platforms.
No longer afraid of having their masculinity questioned, modern Kiwi men are following the likes Gordon Ramsay, Manu Feildel and Michael Van de Elzen into the kitchen, and this has created a gap in the market that Cerebos Gregg’s hopes to exploit by giving their F. Whitlock & Sons range a distinctly masculine appeal.
Following a major shakeup of the senior hierarchy at Fairfax earlier this year, attention has now shifted to the rest of the conglomerate, with more job cuts looking inevitable. Plus: how the changes affect Fairfax Magazines.