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Independent Liquor floats down the mainstream with new Ranfurly offerings
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Independent Liquor’s marketing manager Adam Maxwell, who won the TVNZ-NZ Marketing marketer of the year title a month or so ago, says the company has doubled its beer business in the last two years. And it intends to repeat that performance. Cue the first ever TV campaign for its Ranfurly beer brand and the release of two new mainstream varieties, Ranfurly Frontier Lager and Ranfurly Station Pale Ale.

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The cup runneth over for Effie revellers
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The industry is gearing up for its Effie fest on Thursday night. And for those lucky/immensely talented enough to have made it through to the finals, as well as all the other tag alongs present for the festivities, there are plenty of extra-curricular activities on offer from the event sponsors, including the official post-awards shindig that’s being put on by The Radio Bureau (TRB) and New Zealand Post Targeted Communications’ slightly mysterious mobile-phone related tomfoolery.

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AIM Proximity and TVNZ butcher latest Ondemand campaign
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It brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘meat pack’: AIM Proximity and TVNZ have teamed up to deliver one of the largest, and almost certainly the meatiest, direct mail campaigns in New Zealand history after sending a packing crate filled with a 60kg hindquarter of Angus beef to the nation’s leading creative directors in an effort to educate ad agencies about the creative ways the Ondemand platform can be used.

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At the marcomms altar we bow down and give thanks to…
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…new PR accounts, the success of an ex-Telecom employee, an attempt to inspire some enthusiasm for the local body elections, New Zealand’s biggest free concert, digital braaaaiiinnnnns, the dynamic international retail market, MTV keepin’ on truckin’ (kind of), the country’s most popular tech websites and videos of tiny humans.

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Round and round she goes…
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No sooner has the last staff merry-go-round post gone live than a host of other rotations come to light, including the departure of OMD Auckland’s managing partner Rosanne Robinson, a few big snafflings by the Clemenger gang, TVNZers heading to APN Online, a new NZRU comms gatekeeper and a fresh big cheese for PMP.

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TVNZ cuts rates, robs Peter, pays Paul
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TVNZ has announced it will be reducing the January rate card by 11.1 percent from its 2010 rates to reflect the controversial drop in agency commission from 20 percent to 10 percent on 2 January 2011. So, according to mathematical sources who apparently know how to use calculators, that appears to be an overall rate increase of 0.1 percent.

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Rentokil Initial establishes new, larger Republik
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After a successful five-year relationship with Rentokil Initial New Zealand and its appointment to the Australian pest control business 18 months ago, Freeman’s Bay indie Republik has impressed the powers that be enough to be appointed to take care of marketing strategy, creative development and media placement across the entire Asia Pacific region.

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Colenso wins yet another thing
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Colenso BBDO was singled out for praise in the role it played helping BBDO win network of the decade in the YoungGuns International awards and also for helping New Zealand reach second place on the list of top performing countries. And these acknowledgments were obviously well-deserved, because it’s also taken out the YoungGuns agency of the decade honours.

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Old becomes new as ecostore cobbles together postmodern eco-billboard
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The last billboard ecostore put up outside its flagship Freeman’s Bay store in Auckland was an image of what looked like a dog covered in spaghetti sitting in front of a curtain. And it has followed up the ‘un-billboard’ with another artistic and environmentally friendly effort, an ‘eco-billboard’ created by Special Group and DDB’s ex head of art Mike Davison to advertise its spring sale. 

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Social Media Junction: part deux
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After a hugely successful inaugural conference in May that attracted more than 200 Kiwi marketers, Social Media Junction is returning for its second edition with six international speakers on 16-17 November at SkyCity in Auckland. And the theme this time around is ‘Achieving ROI in your Social Media Marketing Strategy.’

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Dow milks Anchor for all its worth
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Colenso’s new campaign for Anchor set about breathing some new life into milk—a product that had, as a result of a focus on price, become seen as a something of a commodity—and create a point of difference for the brand. And, as well as a stellar TVC, outdoor and print campaign, Dow Design has had its wicked way with the packaging and given Anchor a new “vibrant, upbeat” look. 

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Creative directors dropping like flies as Davis departs Y&R
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Vaughn Davis

Parnell’s creative stocks have taken a battering in the last couple of days: Saatchi & Saatchi announced yesterday that its executive creative director Dylan Harrison was offski after just seven months in the job. And Y&R Auckland’s creative director Vaughn Davis is also leaving after ten years with the agency. 

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DDB takes top spiky honours, Colenso nips at its heels
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The Spikes Asia spikes were dished out last night and the 2010 ‘Asian Cannes’ was a bit of a two-horse race between DDB New Zealand, which was named Agency of the Year and helped DDB Group Asia Pacific to Network of the Year accolades, and Colenso BBDO, which was named Media Agency of the Year and placed third for overall Agency of the Year.

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Strutting, preening and rampant ‘Blue Steeling’ ensues as top advertising models chosen
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Like us, you’ll probably feel a little bit dirty for even being interested in this, but Colenso’s Tim Smith, resplendent in a luxurious velvet jacket, and Saatchi & Saatchi’s Gemma Copas, dazzling onlookers with her polka dots, have left the other hideously unattractive finalists in their ridiculously good-looking wake after taking out APN Outdoor’s inaugural Advertising’s Next Top Model competition.

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Around the world in 60 seconds
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Who’s it for: House of Travel by Saatchi & Saatchi Auckland and Thick as Thieves

Why we like it: In the middle of a filthy New Zealand spring, a bit of global gallivanting seems like a particularly good option. And, with the internet taking plenty of wind out …

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International Rescue gets very animated
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Auckland-based artist agency International Rescue is now representing animators in addition to its list of photographers and illustrators. And co-director Rob Finn says the move will not only allow clients to save costs and time by working directly with animators, but it will also offer access to a wider range of animation styles because the work of the 17 existing illustrators can also be animated.

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Things get steamy at McCafe
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It’s been a fairly wild and chilly Spring, so what better way to entice bundled up Aucklanders to their nearest McCafe to thaw out over a coffee than with a steaming Adshel bus shelter?

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