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Stone and O’Sullivan in the driver’s seat?
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StopPress has heard from a reliable yet sneaky mole that Andrew Stone and Mike O’Sullivan’s new shop will be opening its doors shortly and, apparently, it won’t be too dissimilar from Assignment, with the two ex-Saatchi’s chaps planning on working with clients on strategy and creative and then outsourcing the grunt work to a pool of freelancers. But the big Fleetwood Mac is that the new shop might be opening its doors with a fairly big name on the roster: Toyota.

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[email protected]: 11 February – 17 February
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This week on [email protected], David Tua locks horns with the Blues for Rebel Sport. Next up: Tua vs Chabal; pity about that Whitney Houston concert; and the Creme Egg Goo Therapy campaign taps into the undying human love for slow motion. What humans don’t like are shrinking confections made of orang-utan oil. Whittakers chocolate, on the other hand, very much enjoys telling consumers about such things and has even put together a TVC about Cadbury’s recent takeover by Kraft.

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Creative fires stoked – and stroked – in advertising doco
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If you’re sick of hearing about how consumers don’t trust brands anymore and feel as though they’re being constantly bombarded by trashy advertising that makes them stupid, drunk and morbidly obese, then Doug Pray’s Art & Copy, “a dynamic exploration of art, commerce, and human emotion”, could be the film for you: it focuses on some of the positive aspects of advertising and interviews the inspirational brains behind some of the world’s most successful campaigns. And it’s coming to the Documentary Edge film festival in Auckland in March.

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Qualmark gets rub of the green
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In an attempt to court increasingly environmental tourists – and reward environmentally-minded accommodation providers – AA Guides and Qualmark this week released a travel guide listing only businesses that meet both Qualmark quality and environmental criteria.

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End of summer brings misery; also brings new beer
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The end of summer is usually a miserable time, with the relentless passage of the earth around the sun typically leading to an epidemic of Kiwi self-pity and climate-related woe. But Monteith’s is instead celebrating the changing seasons by releasing its first autumn beer, Monteith’s First Harvest ale, in late March.

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Tablets mana from heaven for forward-thinking publishers
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Over the past few years, there have been numerous attempts to make magazines more interactive. Sadly, most of those attempts tended to revolve around gimmicky, impractical augmented reality stunts, where a magazine might be held up to the computer screen and a photo ‘comes to life’. There was already a medium for this: it was called video. And there was plenty of it on that thing called the internet. But for the first time in a long time, if some of the app demonstrations deliver what they promise, the integrated digital content soon to be offered up appears to offer actual benefits to everyone involved in the process—the readers, the advertisers and, if the money starts coming back, the publishers.

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Microsoft reels in a Kiwi Snapr for SXSW
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At any given moment we can log on to Facebook or Twitter and tell our friends what we have been up to without actually having to talk to them. Ah, technology. Bless. But for those who want more precision, two clever Kiwis have come up with a snappy wee iPhone and web-based application that blends maps and photos to instantly enable you to show your friends not only what you’ve been up to, but where you were when you got up to whatever it is you were up to. Got it?

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Get in the hole
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Most sports organisations aren’t run for profit. In fact, “not-for-loss” is often a more appropriate term for many New Zealand sports clubs, primarily because any surplus is usually channelled into maintenance or improvements. So can strategic marketing help make these clubs more profitable?

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No Mau stalking
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Just when you thought New Zealand was a relatively paparazzi-scandal-free zone, think again: ACP Media, publishers of Woman’s Day, have hit back at allegations made by Ali Mau on TVNZ’s Breakfast in which she claimed the magazine has been stalking her and her family.

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Kiwi researchers win prestigious US marketing award
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Professor Sylvie Chetty, a marketing researcher from Massey University, and Professor Colin Campbell Hunt of Otago University, have won a prestigious award for a 2004 article that challenged existing theories and showed companies export in their own “Kiwi way”.

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MPA revamp awards for 2010
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The Magazine Publishers Association is calling – nay, yelling – for entries to the revamped 2010 Magazine Awards. It’s a chance to win recognition for yourself, your title and your team (and, if you win, to shamelessly dance on the tables).

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Change perceptions, not reality, says adman
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Rory Sutherland, vice chairman of Ogilvy Group, takes to the stage at the TED conference to opine on the benefits of intangible value, placebos and how tinkering with perception can be better than trying to fix reality. An erudite and rather comical talk from the quintessential adman about the psychology of marketing. And his conclusion has interesting consequences for how we look at life. Highlight of the speech: his idea to solve the world’s environmental problems by making all convicted paedophiles drive Porsche Cayennes.

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Kiwi papers suffering from bad circulation (but faring much better than the Brits)
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In this installment of Michael Carney’s Marketing Week: The latest readership results are out. Grim reading, of course. But don’t wallow in self-pity. Laugh at the misfortune of others instead. Telecom announces modest sales of TiVo. But can CASPA change that? Can the iPad do for TV what the iPod did for music? The Travel Channel gets set for landing. The case of the missing asterisk. ComCom cracks down on misleading promotions.

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Rugby mag sports multiple strip
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For north of Bombays

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Winning team 2010

New Zealand Rugby World was one of the few magazines to defy the overall downward trend in circulation, growing 20 percent for the year ending December 2009.

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Mixed bag for mags
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Big up

Slow down

It’s a mixed bag for mags in the latest audited circulation results, with most mags reporting year-on-year declines. But there are a few notable exceptions.

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[email protected]: 4 February – 10 February
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To celebrate the weekly arrival of [email protected], Vincent Heeringa, esteemed publisher and gadabout, has penned a song: “[email protected]/[email protected]/Oh how we love you [email protected]/Studies have shown/And experts agree/that a surprising number of viewers seem to like them more than the actual news/”. Nice isn’t it. Best use of fingers in an ad this week goes to Webjet. And Westpac features on the list of big ad spenders, which is a good enough excuse to link to this rather boganic financial promotion.

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For men who want to smell like a man
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Old Spice, a scent most commonly associated with squash changing rooms, swarthy, salty old seadogs and dads/granddads, gets with the programme and delivers a series of very humorous machismo-soaked ads with a pitch that goes: “We’re not saying this body wash will make your man smell …

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iPad takes the iBiscuit
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The world – well, mainly the technorati – once again went temporarily gadget mad a few weeks back when Steve Jobs waltzed on stage, resplendent in a tucked in t-shirt and blue jeans, to show off his new iPad, Apple’s latest shiny weapon in the fight for convergence. And Nielsen has gathered a few numbers that show the product launch is about to break records when it comes to online discussion.

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