Browsing: Ben Goodale

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Sweet and sour: .99 wins U20 FIFA World Cup account, but also confirms staff cuts
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StopPress understands that .99 has won the FIFA U20 World Cup account after a competitive pitch that involved what is thought to have been four agencies. But it isn’t all good news at the agency at the moment. It has also been confirmed that .99, like its fellow Clemenger-owned agency Colenso BBDO, is currently in the process of letting some staff members go. PLUS: TVNZ wins rights to broadcast 22 games during for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Kiwis tell power companies to stop the knockin’, Genesis listens
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Genesis Energy, the largest electricity and gas retailer in the country, announced yesterday that it would not be knocking on doors and offering switching sweeteners after a survey showed, lo and behold, that New Zealanders found the practice intrusive and annoying. So it’s launched a campaign via .99 and justONE that asks Kiwis to return the favour and go knocking on Genesis Energy’s door when they begin their search.

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As media changes, are the ASA’s ad spend figures still relevant? Senior industry figures weigh in
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Although the release of last week’s ad spend figures by the ASA served to confirm trends that have been obvious for quite some time, a general consensus among those in the industry is that the figures don’t give an accurate reflection of changes that are occurring in the industry. Several senior industry figures share their thoughts on the structure of the annual ad spend report.

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Tower assumes the role of a lighthouse keeper, promises to watch over Kiwis—UPDATED
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.99’s latest TV spot for Tower invokes the nautical metaphor of a lighthouse keeper to illustrate that the insurance giant is always looking out for its clients. Throughout the 45-second TVC, the bearded protagonist draws a parallel between lighthouse keepers and Tower, in the sense that both are “always on watch” and have wisdom on “how to avoid danger and how to put things right.” Updated with 2013 ad spend figures for insurance companies.

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Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand breaks the silence
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In November last year, Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC) got 12 celebrities to silently stare at a camera as part of the ‘silent treatment’ campaign. And now, only three months later, that silence is being broken with the stories of Kiwis who have decided to shave for cure. The integrated campaign, once again developed by .99 and brought to life by Blockhead Visual Effects, aims to spread awareness for the annual ‘Shave Week’ appeal that runs from 17 to 23 March.

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The Year in Review: Ben Goodale
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This year, the Clemenger Group made a significant addition to its offering by fusing .99 and direct/CRM/1-to-1 agency justONE. And with Ben Goodale taking the reins as managing director of a team of over 100 people, the move seems to have worked well thus far. In addition to shrinking New World’s merchandise and putting smiles on Kiwi faces everywhere, the collaboration also led the field in terms of nominations at the NZDM Awards. It thus comes as no surprise that Goodale was optimistic when it came to sharing his thoughts on a year fraught with change.