While Volkswagen dominates overseas, research showed that Kiwis thought the brand was too cold, too bland and too European. So to change that, it invested heavily in indigenous research and advertising, launched some very successful new products and quickly went from ‘niche street to main street’. National marketing manager Denise Goodwin opines on the year that was.
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Marcomms folk chatted, the huddled masses voted, a fair amount of live broadcast awkwardness ensued at Tyler St Garage and common sense eventually prevailed at the always extremely popular Fair Go Ad Awards, with DDB, Lotto and The Sweet Shop’s ‘Lucky Dog’ epic taking out Best Ad and ‘Kerrrazeee Lily Salter’ from Big Save Furniture fronting up to accept Worst Ad honours.
Ah, [email protected] Welcome back. We’ve missed you. In this edition, unlike ANZ, Westpac thinks life can be perfect; Mitsubishi lets one rip; State continues the stop-motion approach and offers car protection instead of car replacement; Specsavers attempts to save the short sighted from humiliation; Big Save keeps yelling; Stihl’s dark humour makes a welcome return, as does the Spray and Walk Away guy; Hyundai launches a new model, while Ford harnesses the design strengths of the All Blacks for its AB35 project; MasterCard taps into its World Cup sponsorship by revisiting a classic match; and Infratil goes large with the big ‘Z’ launch campaign while BP fights back with a fairly hard to swallow petrol love fest.