The Year in Review: Liz Fraser

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  • December 14, 2012
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The Year in Review: Liz Fraser

While MediaWorks' ownership and debt issues continued to bubble away this year, there were plenty of positives for those working at the coalface, including Four's media brand of the year award and a very successful first run of The Block. Liz Fraser, who moved from MSN and chair of the IAB to take up the role of director of sales and marketing at Mediaworks TV, has her say. 

1) Favourite campaign that isn’t yours this: a group of us in the big café on National Park down at Mt Ruapehu having lunch. My daughter Jessica comes back to the table squealing with happiness that she’s found a Coke bottle with HER name on it.  “Guess what”, she says, “I found a Coke bottle with MY name on it and I’m going to share it with my friends." That campaign worked.

2) Favourite campaign that is yours campaign that was created internally at Mediaworks for The Block was exceptional work. The creative was inescapable and it gave viewers the opportunity to align themselves with a team.  With series two next year, we’ll be looking for viewers to fall in love with their favourite team all over again.

3) Least favourite campaign happened to be singing the tune of “Ain’t nothing gonna break my stride” this morning and Jessica yells out “You’re watching too much TV mummy”. Clearly, that State ad has stuck in my mind.

4) Best brand

Without favouring one client over another, I believe the best brand still lies with Four. Having seen, heard and read about the launch of this great channel, and winning Media Brand of the Year, it is exciting to see the growth and excitement around this very cool and entertaining brand. 

5) Best stoush

The banks are battling it out for all of our business. BNZ’s ‘money is good/bad’ campaign made an impact, and the ANZ/National merger was a gigantic effort, then Westpac rolls out its colour campaign trying to say red is best and forget blue and green. 

6) Heroes New Zealand continues to blow me away with its fantastic marketing campaigns and how it tightly associate itself to big events. Its recent association with The Hobbit and how they ‘owned’ Wellington, particularly flying over the red carpet, was spectacular.

7) Predictions for 2013

Consumers sourcing content on multiple platforms is a no-brainer. The research has shown for a while now that marketers need to be active on all screens.  The trick though is to know what to do on all those screens. Testing and trialling new ideas and activities is something we all need to do more of. 

As I’m now back in tele-land, I’m predicting that TV ad spend will continue to grow next year. I’m feeling very optimistic writing this one week before Christmas. But I say that confidently, as the ideas and opportunities that we’re working on are staggering, and that will definitely help grow the market.

Personally, I can’t wait to sing on X Factor NZ next year.  It will be the biggest television event ever to be produced in New Zealand. But I’ll be in the oldies group now…

Enjoy your holidays everyone. 

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