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Augusto has stepped into the political fray, helping Labour to pull together a TV ad featuring new party leader Jacinda Ardern.
Later this year, New Zealand will host some of the world’s golfing superstars during the Mckayson New Zealand Women’s Open. And to build the hype, sports marketing agency The Clubhouse and Augusto turned Auckland backyards into a green for Lydia Ko.
Augusto has just added Discovery’s Everest Rescue Series to its growing portfolio of global TV series and documentaries. We chat to agency’s general manager Oliver Sealy and executive producer Cass Avery about the arduous journey it took to get this thing off the ground.
With the appointment of Angus McNab as new chief strategy and international officer, Augusto has signalled its intent to move beyond local borders. We chat to the new recruit, managing director Michelle Walshe and general manager Oliver Sealy about exploring new frontiers.
Following the sneak peak earlier this week, today Adidas revealed the new All Blacks’ jersey with a Facebook video by August that racked up hundreds of likes in the first half an hour. And while the jumper stands to improve the players’ game, what generates all the hype for fans? The All Blacks’ success and a sci-fi video appear to have done the trick.
Earlier this month, a young Auckland professional made headlines for using Facebook to try and land his dream job. Edward McKnight used ads on the social media site to target ASB staff as a way of applying for the role of youth and innovation sponsorship manager at the bank. And while McKnight has yet to be offered a job at ASB, it’s a sign that the traditional recruitment process of sending in a CV and crossing your fingers may be in need of a shake-up. Hoping to do just that is the new recruitment platform PreviewMe. Set to have its beta version go live early next month, the website hopes to reduce the pain points of both candidates and employers by introducing video to the recruitment process.
TV has had a rough time of it recently, with declining audience figures causing some to consider it dead. Now Mitre 10 has made a play to take advantage of the shifting audience, by creating its own On Demand video streaming channel, via Augusto, servicing DIY spirited Kiwis with a host of original home improvement themed content.
Wendy’s has launched a TVC to promote its new pulled beef range. The spot, via its new agency Augusto, features team members of the Vodafone Warriors taste-testing the range and getting covered in its saucy fillings in the process.
The traditional perception of golf usually evokes images of diamond-patterned shirts, cheese cutters, pastel sweaters, loafers and affluent white men. This long-standing myth is so entrenched that it even led to the urban myth that the word golf was in fact an acronym for ‘gentleman only, ladies forbidden’. This, of course, isn’t true, but the stereotype has long prevailed in golfing, leading to it being seen as a rich man’s sport or a hobby for retirees.
360-degree video, which has been described as the next big thing in tech for 2016, is slowly gaining traction in New Zealand as brands begin experimenting with it in creative ways. Here’s a rundown of how a few of them have been using it so far. PLUS: a first-hand account of Augusto’s experience with the technology.
V has jumped on the 360-degree video bandwagon and created one of its own in a promotional video featuring drifter Cole Armstrong via Augusto.
Late last week Cure Kids’ campaign consisting of a video clip for a song, dubbed Team, Ball, Player, Thing as a fight against Batten disease and a Rugby World Cup sendoff featuring, well, pretty much every New Zealand celebrity blew up, with news of the clip dotted all over the internet. Cure Kids and Augusto worked tirelessly on the campaign and faced some big challenges (like not having all of the featured celebs in the same room when filming, for instance). Here’s a look behind the scenes to see how this enormous project came together.
The All Blacks brand has become a huge commercial force in recent years and the players are regularly wheeled out to participate in campaigns for New Zealand Rugby’s sponsors. While there a whole host of fairly strict rules around those appearances, those campaigns still have an agenda attached. And while we’ve seen work like Telecom/Spark’s Backing Black or, further back in time, Steinlager’s Stand by Me aiming to galvanise fan support around the team, New Zealand Rugby hasn’t done a campaign for themselves (aside from a few Super Rugby efforts). But as the All Blacks prepare to defend the Rugby World Cup, that’s changed with ‘Belong’, an initiative aimed at getting fans to show their love for the team and join the “online clubroom” Team All Blacks.
Adidas has released a new TVC by Augusto promoting its new campaign ‘Force of Black’ featuring some fierce footage of our boys in black.
Adidas has released a new global campaign about seizing the moment, which features some of the world’s top athletes, including All Blacks Richie McCaw and Sonny Bill Williams. The campaign features 30-second TVCs of top athletes from around the world who are at the top of their game in their respective sports, delivering short monologues about why they “take today”.
With cricket excitement reaching an all-time high in New Zealand, plenty of commercial parasites are trying to make hay while the sun shines (top prize goes to Calendar Girls for its classic plane-based ambush advertising at Eden Park). Even golf is getting in on the act, with Lydia Ko and Israel Dagg reuniting to drum up interest in the sport—and support for the Black Caps.
Author, creative and eccentric innovator Jimi Hunt founded depression charity Live More Awesome to try to give other sufferers of depression the help he didn’t feel he had received. And while he says it has been hard to find large brands willing to be linked to the charity, that’s starting to change, with Spark Foundation and the ZM radio network recently coming on board as sponsors and Samsung releasing a clip via Augusto showing Hunt putting its Galaxy Note 4 to good use. PLUS: get your tickets to the next edition of the World’s Biggest Waterslide.
Tech companies have long focused on how their products can augment life. Google has released a few stunners, like the amazing story of Saroo Brierly; Apple’s iPad Air campaign featured Yaoband, Jason Hall, Cherie King and Esa-Pekka Salonen putting the product to good use; and Samsung has employed the services of corporate mascots like Lebron James and, more locally, Israel Dagg. Now the local branch of Samsung is focusing on arts and crafts by showcasing how jewellery designer Rachel Sloane from Naveya & Sloane uses the Note 4 to help bring together the real and the digital.
By his own admission, Israel Dagg had a tough season on the field, but he’s been in top form when it comes to endorsing Samsung products. And, following on from the S5 Days clip that was released a few months back, he hit the streets of Chicago during the All Blacks’ recent visit to put the Gear S smartwatch through its paces.
Yesterday, New Zealand’s mainstream media was up in arms on account of the All Blacks having been snubbed in a World Cup 2015 ad that features Charles Dance—the actor who played Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones—giving a speech to group of fans in a locker room. Notably absent from this group is a fan or player representing the the current holders of the World Cup trophy. Fortunately, All Blacks Tours has filled this void with a new TVC (produced by Augusto) that depicts 2011 World Cup-winning couch Sir Graham Henry giving a team talk in a plane. But rather than having the aircraft filled with representatives from various rugby playing nations, the ad only features former player Stephen Donald sitting in one of the seats.
Jockey announced its sponsorship of the All Blacks and All Blacks Sevens teams early this year and gathered together a host of buff professional rugby players to parade about in their gruts for the black and white launch campaign. Now it’s added some colour—and given a cheeky nod to its support of the ‘boys’—for a campaign leading into the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship.