A couple of senior departures from DDB, an addition at DraftFCB, Julie Elstone joins Waitemata Films, Charles Miller takes the reins at Mailshop, Belowtheline shows its stripes at APPA and announces new clients, Siobhan Keogh joins Datacom, Voice Brand Agency opens up in Oz, InMobi announces a new Australia/New Zealand leader and Ecoya chooses a new PR agency.
Following on from its performance in the recent APMA Star Awards, marketing and promotional agency Belowtheline has won big at this year’s APPA Awards, taking home five awards including a gold, two silvers and two bronzes.
Mike Knowles gets a slice of Farrimond, Tangible bids adieu to Julian Andrews, digital agency Gladeye shifts from a budgie cage to an eagle’s nest, CAANZ and The Sweet Shop announce their Young Lotuses, Audi and MIT share the love, Australasian promotional products don Bill Kestin takes up an international post, and say hello to our little friend, new Movings/Shakings sponsor The Pond.
For the last two days, I’ve been relentlessly judging things. I’m a fan of judging, particularly if it’s harsh, unfair, rude, superficial and based solely on first impressions. On this occasion, however, I wasn’t judging for mere sadistic pleasure. It was for a slightly more legitimate purpose: I was part of the esteemed panel tasked with choosing the winners of the Australasian Promotional Products Association’s (APPA) annual awards. So let me take you on a long-winded journey through the oft-times surprising world of promotional products.