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Interbrand has released the 11th annual 100 Best Global Brands rankings and, out of the corporate turbulence seen over the past 12 months, it’s the high profile technology brands that have performed best.
After we posted this story about the companies and organisations that were deemed to have the best reputations in the eyes of Kiwis, we had a few requests for details about the Corporate Reputation breakfast seminar. Originally, this event was aimed at the 20 companies featured in the study, so they could find out about their rankings and those of their competitors, but there was enough interest from outside this exclusive club to open it up further. So Core Communications and AMR Interactive have extended an invitation to anyone interested in hearing about the New Zealand study, the international index and global best practice for reputation management from AMR’s reputation expert Oliver Freedman.
The faces have been put forward, the votes have been cast and the six hottest humans in the marcomms biz have been chosen for APNO’s inaugural Friends in High Places Advertising’s Next Top Model.
As Air New Zealand’s young, slightly more controversial upstart brand, grabaseat has always been given a bit more marketing rope than its parent. It’s certainly come up with some slightly unusual promotions in its time and it openly claims to do things in a way “that sometimes offends, sometimes makes you laugh, sometimes makes you cry and sometimes is just plain dumb”. But whatever grabaseat does, there’s always someone out there who will tell them how to do things better, apparently. So instead of fighting against the haters, it has decided to harness the creative power of the masses with the grabaseat billboard website.
In this instalment of [email protected], Eco Strand gets a little bit ‘matrixy’, DraftFCB’s campaign to stop family violence strikes a chord, Axxis steel framing could be ramping up its presence after being given a fillip by the quake, State and Tower go head to head and a host of retailers yell loudly about their various specials.
Over 1000 New Zealand made photographs across ten different categories were entered in the 2010 Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards. And New Plymouth came out on top, with Tony Carter taking out photographer of the year for the third time, Chris Hill winning the commercial/advertising category and Niki Coates winning the portrait category.
For its latest customer service trick, ASB has fully embraced social media, gone completely virtual and launched a real-time, secure, person-to-person banking application on Facebook, something it claims is a world-first.
Colenso BBDO’s planning director James Hurman will be delivering his ‘Thinking3’ course at the CAANZ/AUT Communications School from Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 September. And there are still places left for anybody in the advertising and marketing industry who wants to improve their strategic thinking abilities.
DDB has nabbed a host of new (and some old) talent for its retail department, with ex DDBer Mark Lorrigan returning to the mothership and teaming up with Jordan Sky in the newly-created role of joint head of retail positions, and three more newbies adding some firepower to the arsenal.
Ten Kiwi companies have been recognised for creativity and innovation in their campaigns in the sixth annual Fly Buys Marketing Awards, with New World Wellington taking home the supreme award, as well as awards for Customer Retention & Behaviour Change and the Best Use of Database for their Lifestyle Mailer.
Air New Zealand recently launched its new ‘Seats to Suit’ option for flights between New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands, giving customers the opportunity to choose between four different ways of flying — Seat, Seat + Bag, The Works and Works Deluxe. And, in now fairly traditional Air New Zealand/.99 style, it’s created a quirky piece of promotional content to highlight the different options.
Loyalty New Zealand and Datam have flown the creative Wellington flag overseas, winning the hotly contested direct mail (DM) category in the Asia Pacific and Japan HP Digital Print Awards for the Fly Buys Points Summary mailing.
More proof, if any were needed, that New Zealand is still hitting it out of the park when it comes to creativity in advertising after the Adschool at Auckland’s Media Design School was named the fourth best (a very good position, as DDB’s Moro campaign shows) advertising school of the decade on account of the gongs its students have taken home in the first ten years of the YoungGuns Awards.
Is TV dying? Or is it just evolving? And what do the big changes mean for the important bits between the programming, the ads? Death, Taxes and TVCs, an event being organised by the generous folk from Pure Productions, will delve into this issue to find out what the future of television advertising in New Zealand holds. And while the inaugural event, which features a stellar speaking line-up, is an invite only occasion, StopPress has got five tickets to give away.
Get your read on with a host of entrancing tales about new RWC sponsorships, BIG moves, renaissance buses, the power of cinema, Pauline Hanton, photography, cool new campaigns, the Effies, online pre-research shopping tools, MINI art, sustainable business accolades, rock paper, the branding success of the Smokefree Rockquest and so much more.
There were plenty of celebrations when the team behind interactive online TVNZ drama Reservoir Hill won the country’s first ever International Digital Emmy in Cannes earlier this year. And there were a few more last week after mobile marketing company Run The Red and KHF Media took home the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand (TUANZ) Innovation Award for best mobile application of the year.
The marketing campaign for the Art of the Envelope awards was pretty sexy. And so are the first three monthly finalists, with Dave Rogers from Geon Group, Guy Needham from Les Mills and Antony Wilson, Iain MacMillan and Kate Murchison from DraftFCB all making the cut.
We’re big fans of heated debates here at StopPress and a heated debate kicked off yesterday after the Christchurch earthquake relief efforts of t-shirt company Mr Vintage were pegged by Ana Samways in her NZ Herald Sideswipe column as a cynical marketing ploy to try and make a quick buck from the disaster.
It received a fantastic response from StopPress readers when it went live and, not surprisingly, Special Group, Exposure and Salt Interactive’s ‘Living Office’ banner for Orcon has also found favour with the judges of the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s September Bolly Award.
The New Zealand Marketing Association’s RSVP & Nexus Awards is the only awards programme dedicated to celebrating marketing that demands a reply, stimulates a conversation or prompts some deeper brand involvement that leads to a measurable-response. And marketers, agencies, consultancies and suppliers who have been involved in the development of a project or campaign that demonstrates brilliance in response-driven marketing are asked to prepare their entries so they can be recognised as leading the way in New Zealand marketing.
They’re the producer and director duo responsible for DairyNZ’s ‘Other Countries’, the NZBlood campaign, Fisher & Paykel’s ‘Lost My Sock’ and L&P ‘Tourism Paeroa’. And after doing the business with Automatic Films, Mike Oldershaw and Johnny Blick have decided to form their own production company called Waitemata Films.
The sixth biennial Market Research Effectiveness Awards were held at Auckland’s Hilton Hotel on Friday. And with not a pie chart, pocket protector or sellotaped pair of glasses in sight, the science boffins of the marketing world converged with their clients to prove just how effective good market research can be in driving business and marketing success.
TVNZ ‘s recently departed head of advertising sales Dave Walker has accepted a role as national sales manager with Prime Media Group in Australia, putting to bed a few rumours that ex-TVNZ and now MediaWorks chief executive Jason Paris had implemented some kind of dastardly scheme to poach the whole TVNZ staff after Walker, Sharon Daly and general manager of marketing Charlotte Findlay all departed in quick succession.
After clocking up 11 finalist nominations for the 2010 Best Design awards, the staff from Strategy design and advertising in Christchurch celebrated in the appropriate fashion on Friday night. But they didn’t expect to come back to such a mess on Monday.
Despite the ‘uncooperative’ economic conditions, entries for the Auckland round of the New Zealand Retailer’s Association Top Shop Awards were up 34 percent on the 2008 edition. And 123 of those entries have been chosen as finalists across eight different categories.