In 2016 Countdown embarked on a redesign of its home brand products and along for the ride has been Brandhub, which has been responsible for the supermarket’s Fresh offering. StopPress talks to Karla Douglas, Brandhub’s managing director and account director, about the process of establishing a new look, and how Australian and New Zealand customers differ.
BNZ has launched its first major brand campaign in some time.
Admittedly, consumers don’t always buy sustainable products. But TRA senior consultant Jon Carapiet warns that this doesn’t mean businesses get to do whatever they want.
Pandora, Paperboy and Ponsonby Business Association—won’t someone stop with all the P’s?
MediaWorks executive creative director Ant Farac tells StopPress about the artist that inspired the much-maligned Three logo.
Tearing up the marketing rulebook since the very beginning, Garage Project has paved its own unique path to success. Now entering a new phase of growth with the opening of its Hawkes Bay brewery, Garage Project co-founder Jos Ruffell explains both the benefits and challenges of foregoing an overarching brand, how it works directly with artists in lieu of agencies, and its relentless commitment to remaining an independent brewer.
Breaking into a well-established market is no easy task. But by coupling a strong product with the some-might-say mad decision to front his own advertising, Doug Hastie has made Chanui one of the more recognisable brands on the supermarket shelves. And for him, this is only the start of much bigger things.
Mighty River Power and Mercury Energy have been conflated into a single brand with a greater focus on renewable energy. Now trading under the name Mercury, the updated brand comes complete with a new look.
Around four years after revamping its brand, Z Energy has now released a campaign, via Assignement Group and Robber’s Dog, that touches on the four concepts integral to the brand. “This is the biggest refresh of the brand since it was re-launched in 2012,” says Z Energy corporate communications and investor relations manager Jonathan Hill. PLUS: we question whether Z Energy’s sustainability push is another example of corporate greenwashing.
It’s no secret that MediaWorks had a tough year in 2015, with major changes in its current affairs lineup provoking ire among both industry commentators and viewers and declining ratings for some of its big reality TV shows making things tough commercially. But it’s hoping a new year signals new beginnings, and the media company is kicking off 2016 with a new logo.
The Christchurch Arts Centre recently brought in creative duo Ben and Libby Crawford to rethink its branding.
New Zealand’s combination of pride and self-doubt means we still seem to crave foreign endorsement. And a report by Brand Finance, which “specialises in brand valuation and strategy, evaluates the financial impact of the image and reputation of the top 100 countries”, has given it to us, showing New Zealand sits at number five on the list of healthiest country brands.
While the news has been filled with reactions to the flag, our newly designed bank notes seem to have taken a back seat. They aren’t cheap either, at a ‘mere’ $80 million, and if we are looking at shedding the shackles of the monarchy in the form of the Union Jack, should the Queen be departing our bank notes too? And what about core design principles. Do our notes stack up to the aesthetics of those from other nations? We talk to designer Brian Slade, creative director for Insight Creative for a commentary on another facet of New Zealand’s branding, our currency.
Lewis Road Creamery’s Peter Cullinane says the premium dairy brand he founded in 2011 has re-energised the white milk sector and now has over 50 percent of the organic milk market in New Zealand. Now Goodman Fielder has taken the cow by the teats and released its own range of three premium organic milks under the Puhoi Valley brand. But Cullinane has come out swinging, saying it is “pathetic plagiarism” and shows a “staggering lack of imagination”.
Auckland’s been the City of Sails and the Big Little City. Aucklanders have been JAFAs and (long before that) Rangitoto Yanks. But none of these holdovers from the good ol’ days of the share market boom, the America’s Cup or the John Banks mayoralties work for the diverse ‘super city’ of 1.5 million people that Auckland is becoming. And after a comprehensive review of Auckland’s economic development strategy, Auckland Council’s economic growth agency Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) is undertaking Global Auckland, a rebranding project chaired by NZME’s chief executive Jane Hastings.
Over the last few months, Jay Alvarrez has become something of a YouTube and Instagram sensation through a series of videos and images that show him skydiving, surfing, flying helicopters, visiting tropical islands and just living what appears to be the ideal life. And in case there was any doubt that the ridiculously good-looking Alvarrez and his annoyingly gorgeous girlfriend had way better lives than pretty much every other person in the world, Hallenstein Brothers has now confirmed it by commissioning the pair to appear in its new brand spot.
Wellington-based craft beer brewery Garage Project has grown from humble beginnings since Pete Gillespie, brother Ian Gillespie and Jos Ruffel started out in 2011 using a 500 litre “glorified home brew kit” to moving to a 2000 litre tank and say a large part of their success is not just the quality of the beer, but also its unique branding approach, hiring different artists to design the labels for individual beers. The brewery has also been a frontrunner in the canning of its craft beer, much to the scepticism of some. But it has worked. Demand is strong, and over 140 beers later, a slew of awards and a team that’s grown from three to about twenty, it’s showing no signs of slowing down yet.
Humans love a good list. And research companies love putting them together. So, for the first time, Ipsos has put New Zealand brands under the spotlight of its Influence Index. And among the usual suspects from here and around the world, there were a couple of bolters, with the Department of Conservation and Consumer NZ featuring in the top 15.
You might not think there are too many similarities between treating syphilis and differentiating brands, but you’d be wrong, says Andrew Lewis, because it illustrates the importance of combining theory with practice.
As media agencies strive to reinvent themselves, FCB Media’s Rufus Chuter says they need to remember the unspoken power of brand behaviour—and their role in brand building.
This Sunday the All Blacks will take on the United States in a widely hyped exhibition match in Chicago. While the United States certainly can’t be described as a rugby playing nation, all 61,500 seats at the Soldier Field have been sold out. Such is the star power of the All Blacks that they are capable of filling a stadium in a country where rugby ranks below badminton, ten-pin bowling and pro wrestling in terms of popularity. And given the seeming supernatural ability of those who don the increasingly tight black shirts to make people interested in things that they don’t necessarily care about, it comes as little surprise that Kiwi brands have shown such a willingness to attach their labels to rugby players. StopPress looks at how rugby players are helping brands get noticed.
A great digital user experience has an absolute correlation to a great brand experience, says Springload’s Adam Cansino.
In the lead up to this year’s edition of McHappy Day—the signature fundraising event for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)—McDonald’s has launched a YouTube video that draws attention to the charitable work the organisation does to assist families who have children suffering from illnesses. The video features compilation of clips heart-wrenching clips of families living in on the Kiwi-based Ronald McDonald Houses.