MBIE and Motion Sickness launch new campaign to help small businesses

Small businesses are being encouraged to upgrade their digital literacy and online presence thanks to a new integrated campaign via Motion Sickness for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Digital Boost initiative.

Digital Boost already has over 30,000 New Zealand small businesses using the platform and is looking to grow users exponentially by the end of September 2022.

“As small business owners ourselves, we wanted to acknowledge you don’t need to be taking over the world with hundreds of employees to be a success in your own right. In the same way, Digital Boost isn’t about trying to mould businesses into a cookie cutter one-size-fits-all solution. The beauty of Digital Boost is that they meet you where you are, and will help you achieve what you actually want to achieve as a small business – even if that means just making life a little easier,” says Hilary Ngan Kee, Head Of  Strategy / Partner at Motion Sickness.

The campaign features real small business owners who are on their own digital journey. The cast of real small business owners are from around Aotearoa; each offering unique products and services. From Alpaca breeders in the far north, to custom casket builders in Tāmaki Makaurau and LARPing (Live action role play) costume specialists in the Bay of Plenty. 

The campaign ‘Make the internet work for you’ aims to help business owners make the most out of the digital economy. No two small businesses are the same, therefore each business requires different digital solutions to the multifaceted challenges of the online experience. 

In addition to the TV and digital rollout, a series of bespoke OOH and print took the message directly to ‘digitally reclusive’ small businesses. With small business owners often being time poor, and hard to get hold of it was important to grab their attention in an overtly direct manner; this took shape by activating outdoor placements with a message directly for them, right outside their place of work, morning commute and existing ads. 

“Beyond attention, we’re quickly moving into the nitty gritty of motivating small businesses to sign-up. The economic conditions of an industry, relevant digital tools, their perceived barriers, and what their life and business goals may be, are just a few variables to consider when framing and delivering our messages,” says Josh Hawke, Head Of Media at Motion Sickness.

The ABL campaign is live across TV, radio, outdoor, print and digital/social over the next eight weeks with a supporting digital campaign running over the next 12 months. 



Client – Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Amanda Wayman – Principal Marketing and Communications Advisor

Tessa Mckegg – Communications and Stakeholder Advisor


Agency – Motion Sickness

Executive Creative Director – Sam Stuchbury

Creative Director – Jordan Stent

Head Of Strategy – Hilary Ngan Kee

Business Director – Alex McManus 

Senior Creative – Will Macdonald  Production Assitant – Freddy Riddiford

Graphic Designer – Josh Hart-vrijkotte

Account Manager – Priya Marshall

Head Of Media – Josh Hawke


Production Company – Motion Sickness

Director – Sam Stuchbury

Producer – Joseph McAlpine

DOP – Crighton Bone

Art Director – Dion Boothby

Wardrobe Stylist – Miranda Raman 

Editor – Jolin Lee

Colourist – Billy Wychgel 

Music – Danny Fairley

Sound Design – Bigpop Studios

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