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A matter of trust: Patrick Gower on improving Newshub’s political polling
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Combining the best of the old with the rise of the new, Newshub has implemented a new methodology that hopes to get opinion polling right. We talk to political editor Patrick Gower on the reasons behind this change, why polling matters, whether politics is becoming a two-horse race and whether we can still trust the polls (and the media) in light of last year’s shock political events.

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How is this still a thing? The TV Guide’s resilience in the digital era
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TV is apparently dead. And as corollary a magazine about TV should already have a strong onset of rigor mortis. However, in a great display of resilience in a fragmented media world, The TV Guide is holding strong as New Zealand’s number one selling magazine. We go back to the magazine’s beginning and talk to editor Julie Eley to see how it’s secured itself as the armchair companion to many New Zealanders.

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A case for the resurrection of mass media
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The promises of targeted digital marketing were big and bold, and marketers and agencies heeded the call. But FCB head of strategy David Thomason argues that we’ve perhaps moved too far and too fast, jettisoning some of the core long-term thinking that has always typified effective marketing.

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MediaWorks’ Hal Crawford on the death of quality journalism, making money from news and standing out on social media
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A news chief claiming that the phrase ‘quality journalism’ should be left to die was always going to spark a bit controversy—even more so when he’s brought in to replace a much-loved stalwart of New Zealand’s news scene, Mark Jennings. We chat to new MediaWorks news chief Hal Crawford about his eyebrow-raising opinion that arrived in New Zealand before he did, the challenges and opportunities of the modern media environment and his aspirations for the organisation.

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From rags to dollars: the purpose behind Offcut Caps
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Consumers have become a lot more conscious these days, spending far more time researching before purchasing, not just picking up a product because it looks pretty on the shelf. We chat to Adrien Taylor about his cap brand Offcut Caps – which rose from scraps of offcut fabric – about his brand’s ethos and why it’s crucial for brands to have a purpose beyond making a profit.

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Andrew Scott on rebuilding Whybin\TBWA
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Last year, Andrew Scott took over the chief executive chair of an agency that was enduring one of its most unstable patches in recent memory. And now nine months into his gig, he’s celebrated his first major account win and he thinks there might be a few more to come. We talk to him about what he’s done to steady the ship.

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Churn baby churn: is high staff turnover hurting the industry?
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It’s no secret creatives work hard and like all of us, want to find some fulfilment in their roles. But as time shortens and the workload piles up, that satisfaction is replaced with stress and they want out. Erin McKenzie dives into adland to see what’s going on in agencies and what churn means for the wider industry.

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Clemenger BBDO/Proximity: familiar name, new style
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Clemenger BBDO/Proximity might be considered a traditional agency, but it’s certainly not operating that way. We caught up with the agency’s three leading lights to find out what they’ve been working on, what they think of the industry at the moment and how their NZTA campaigns manage to nail it every time.

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Facebook looks to move from social to mass media
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Tom Hyde, Facebook’s creative agency partner across New Zealand and Australia, dislikes the word ‘content’, almost as much as he dislikes the fact Facebook is being used as a dumping ground for so much of it. We chat to him about how he’s working with local agencies to move the platform from being a social afterthought to the centre of advertising to a mass market.

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The rise of retail magazines
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Are branded magazines the new mail order catalogue? An increasing number of retailers are dipping a toe in the editorial waters, both online and offline. We talk to Crane Brothers founder Murray Crane and Barkers’ 1972 magazine publisher and editor Duncan Greive about this trend, and what it takes for companies to get into the content-creating business.

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In your space: True
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The advertising industry is renowned for its creative offices. And hot-to-trot independent agency True’s new space in Auckland doesn’t disappoint.

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‘Fear nothing, live life as it comes and all will be well’: the story behind Lewis Road Creamery
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At the end of 2014, Lewis Road Creamery founder Peter Cullinane said that after creating New Zealand-made butter he intended to move further down the dairy aisle. And since the company’s founding, this has come to fruition, with the dairy don moving from butter to milk and cream, to chocolate milk and now on to ice cream. We revisit Ben Fahy’s feature published in the November/December 2014 edition of NZ Marketing and discover the strategy behind the hype.

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Dancing on the ceiling: the worrying absence of executive women in advertising
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When it comes to the role of women in advertising, things have come a long way from the days of sexism, smoking and secretaries portrayed in Mad Men. But the top positions in the industry are still dominated by men. So why are there ‘too many dicks on the dancefloor’? Is anything being done to address the issue? And what are the benefits of more gender diversity? Holly Bagge investigates.

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