Ogilvy Media is the latest agency to win work for the Auckland Council Group (Auckland Transport, ATEED and Auckland Council), after being appointed to a panel of creative providers earlier this year.
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StopPress understands that 99 will serve as lead agency on the project, supported by Colenso BBDO and OMD.
Rather than appointing set agencies for each of its major arms, Auckland Council is looking for a panel of providers to meet its advertising needs. And some in the industry have expressed concern about what this could mean for the agencies involved.
It might seem advertising feeds our capitalist society but sometimes agencies offer up their creativity to support a cause. Sugar Partners and Phantom Billstickers recently proved that point when backing efforts to save Otuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve in Auckland by launching and promoting a virtual occupation of the land.
Outdoor digital advertising has had a slow roll out in Auckland due to council regulations about visual impact and safety, and this means that Auckland doesn’t quite have the digital glow of New York’s cityscape just yet. However, outdoor digital advertising is gaining momentum in the Super City, and the Auckland Council is showing a willingness to engage with out-of-home media owners on the incorporation of new digital sites. While outdoor advertising company APN was the first to unleash a digital billboard in Auckland city, other companies were soon to follow. And one of the latest is iSite, which has just announced a new billboard collection called ‘Aura’ that will feature two high profile sites in the heart of Newmarket in June, according to iSite Media chief executive Wayne Chapman.
Following on from Auckland Council’s appointment of DDB as its lead agency, Goodfolk has been appointed the digital communications agency and Alt Group will be responsible for arts and culture communications. This announcement brings the long-running process to an end, and gives the agencies until the next mandatory RFP process to work with the Council. PLUS: Goodfolk wins Fletcher Building account.
New Zealand lags behind a number of other developed counties on the recycling front, but it’s slowly getting its act together, with the Love NZ campaign’s big mission starting to bear fruit and the vast majority of New Zealanders now having access to kerbside recycling. But there’s still a long way to go when it comes to reducing waste and, judging by the angry all staff email sent out to the StopPress yesterday about banana skins being left in the recycling bin, some are still in need of education. This is a problem the Auckland Council also faces, so it’s employed the services of two animated characters rather prosaically named Tin Can and Plastic to teach Aucklanders what goes where.
After a five month pitch process, DDB and Spark PHD have been named as lead creative and media agencies for Auckland Council, beating out .99 and the incumbent Ogilvy & Mather. But Council has yet to decide which agencies will be handling its digital and arts and culture accounts.
The Auckland Unitary Plan is an important step for the future of the country’s biggest city. So, rather than leaving it to the usual folk who interact with/complain about the bureaucrats, it’s hoping to get a wide range of society to consider the issues and help guide the decision-making. And to help do that, and at the same time simplify some rather complex issues, Auckland Council has released an online housing simulator.
There were rumours of a few hearty celebrations at Ogilvy yesterday and while nothing has been able to be confirmed, it seems the frivolity is on the back of news that it has, in line with most predictions, retained the big Auckland Council account, beating out Colenso BBDO/.99 and DDB. Standby for an update.
The pitch for the Super Council account is well-underway and it’s now a three-horse race between Ogilvy, DDB and Colenso/.99 after DraftFCB pulled up lame last week.
I’m always reluctant to get into discussions about logos because I don’t think I’m overly qualified to talk about them (and because everyone else thinks they are overly qualified to talk about them). Generally, those that bleat the most about logos are those that know the least about marketing; the ones who think branding is a sticker you put on an apple before you export it to Japan. But I feel the need to make a wee exception.