In this week’s [email protected], we’re taking the simplistic, overly repetitive yet highly effective Auckland Glass approach: *smash* StopPress *smash* StopPress. *smash* StopPress. If it’s about ads, call StopPress. We’ve only just recovered from the horror that is the Foreno tapware TVC. The happy wife gauge may be high. But so is the ‘wow, that’s a really crap ad’ gauge. And how ’bout that Sydnicity?
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The cold winter months are just around the corner and pretty soon the sun’s warmth will seem a distant memory. Fortunately Woman’s Day magazine has just opened its Fiji 2010 trip offering media buyers and their clients three days and three nights at the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa later this year.
Heyho! The TVNV-NZ Marketing awards are all go, for 2010. And somehow that rhymes. Now in their 19th year, the 2010 TVNZ–NZ Marketing Awards celebrate proven excellence in New Zealand marketing. The awards are run as a joint venture between NZ Marketing magazine and the New Zealand Marketing Association (NZMA). And there’s some exciting news, too.
Sustainable business just got whole lot hotter, or cooler, with the launch of Celsias Weekly, a newsletter and daily new service and social media website for green business.
The next round of New Zealand Post Targeted Communications’ hugely popular (and free) direct marketing workshops is upon us and marketers are urged to book their places as soon as possible to avoid a lifetime of bitter regret, low self esteem and other forms of emotional damage.
There have been a plethora of announcements about finalists and nomination lists for international advertising awards in the last few days. And just a select few Kiwi agencies have garnered accolades and praise for their handiwork.
Another day, another dollar, another story, another story after that, and then a few more stories to finish. Who said story-telling is dead.
Questions were asked and the answers were given by Julien Smith, the keynote speaker at the upcoming Social Media Junction and New York Times bestselling co-author of Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust, which was singled out by Amazon.com as one of the top 10 business and investing books of 2009.
Not content just being the chief executive of the Clemenger Group, Jim Moser will also take up a role on the Board of Trustees for the Auckland Festival, with Colenso BBDO becoming a Gold Sponsor of the 2011 event in return for advertising services.
Following the release of the winning Auckland Super City logo last week, the Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ), which was already fairly bitter about the whole crowd-sourced process, doesn’t think it’s too late to salvage some respectability, but only if the new Auckland Transition Agency engages a professional design agency to ensure it is developed as a “sophisticated, contemporary and effective” visual identity and subsequent brand for the city.
The chosen ones (via nzherald.co.nz)
A virtual cornucopia of televisual commercial messages for your perusal. In the tick category, the new ANZ campaign has a bit of a laff at the expense of others (and also gets empathetic, claiming to understand what its embattled customers have to put up with); McDonald’s push into the family dinner market with a lying father; and, advertising a product that’s renowned for fairly boring adverts, Panasonic’s heatpump ad is a breath of fresh fantastical air. In the cross category, South Australia tourism decides to bore its audience into coming for a visit.
Following the success of the last Media Mingle, with an enormous turnout of mingling media seen busily snapping up delectable slices of pizza, downing free drinks and posing for glamour shots, the next Media Mingle will return to Sale St. Over 150 turned up last month and the event is continuing to grow in popularity, which means you got to get in quick. It’s not far away, either: the next installment is Tuesday, 27 April from 6pm, so don’t live with a lifetime of regret. Register at www.mediamingle.co.nz.
Facebook updated its terms of service in December 2009 and in doing so incurred a user backlash against some of the changes. This backlash largely related to ownership of material posted onto users’ and brands’ Facebook pages, with the new terms of service suggesting that content posted on Facebook pages becomes the property of Facebook.
Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand has continued its frenetic period of hiring, this time managing to lure top London creative Angus Wardlaw and ex-DDB suit Simon Wedde to the Auckland office.
The geeks inherited the Earth (well, the StopPress comment wall) after the nzherald.co.nz announced a “strategic change in direction by moving away from page impressions as a predominant measure of a site’s success and towards metrics that provide greater transparency to advertisers”. The comments flowed, the debate raged and the acronyms came thick and fast. A few doubts were raised about the motivations behind the site’s new approach to measurement, but the Herald also had plenty of friends, including a few in high places, like the national broadcaster.
The number of New Zealanders shopping online has reached an all-time high, with over 1.4 million making a purchase on the internet in the past 12 months, an incremental increase of 2.4 percent on the previous year according to research conducted by Nielsen.
Starcom MediaVest group executive vice president Paul Maher, who has had a long history with the company having been general manager TVNZ agency sales around ten years ago and being involved in late 2006 in helping develop the company’s strategic plan, “Inspiring New Zealanders On Every Screen”, has been named TVNZ’s head of sales and marketing.
MediaWorks TV is launching an alternative music channel, C42, to compete against its alternative music channel, C4. It will launch on May 1st on Freeview’s Channel 9 to coincide with NZ Music Month. It’s promising 30 percent local content and will feature no hosts, just the music, ma’am.
Tangible Media has announced the launch of TO, the official magazine of the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA). The quarterly publication will be sent directly to TIA’s 1,500-plus member tourism operators and to major stakeholders in the industry.
The findings of a nationwide survey into how PR-generated media coverage is measured and whether Advertising Equivalent Values (AVE) was an appropriate method to do so contain no real surprises but the industry-wide debate generated has been invaluable, say the CAANZ Marcomms Leadership Group.
TVNZ has released its ratecard for the July – September 2010 period, with TV ONE rates rising by two percent and TV2 up six percent on the back of improved numbers. But not everyone appears to be on the same optimistic page as the national broadcaster, if the apparent stoush with media agency OMD is anything to go by.