McDonald’s is taking on one of the challenges of the today’ connected world, with a touching spot by DDB about a grandfather spending time with his grandchildren.
This evening, 2degrees will be taking over the TV channels for 60-seconds as it rolls out a new brand campaign, via DDB, that shows how its services are an intrinsic part of everyday life.
In response to the criticism at the level of commitment of the players, the Vodafone Warriors marketing team has launched a campaign that features players talking openly about what it feels like to hear these accusations in the press and on social media.
In the wake of Y&R Media’s rebrand to Y&R Engage, we sit down with national general manager Nicky Greville to reflect on the past year, her time in the industry and where improvements can be made.
The industry will this week again be raising a glass to the most effective advertising in the country at the Effie Awards. But this year, the event takes place in slightly more inhospitable conditions, with many questioning what marketing success even means anymore. Is it about ROI? Is it about long-term or short-term results? And if it is about long-term results, then why do we have awards events every year. This year’s international judge Chris Baker answers the big questions swirling around the Effies.
Y&R Media has a new name in Y&R Engage, following a rebrand to bring the agency in line with its vision for media.
Can you remember the excitement of writing a letter to Santa and getting a response? New Zealand Post has been spreading cheer by sending letters to and from ‘Santa’s Workshop, North Pole 0001’ for many a Christmas, and this year it’s been given a digital makeover.
It’s time to tick off those to-do lists according to Warehouse Stationery, which in a new brand proposition by 99 is showing off the capabilities of its products. It’s hope is to build consumers’ emotional connection to the brand and create context for a product range that extends well beyond traditional stationery.
US elections are the biggest communications campaigns in the world. JWT managing director Simon Lendrum takes a look at Trump’s success through that lense to see what can be learnt from it.
You know it’s mayoral election time when your street, mailbox and favourite cafes become flooded with images of smiling candidates. It’s usually not long until someone puts spray paint to billboard, which often solidifies the images even more in one’s memory. But, having your face plastered over different types of media isn’t cheap and this is a luxury Auckland mayoral candidate Chloe Swarbrick, who has next-to-no funding, doesn’t have. We chat to Swarbrick about what it’s like running a campaign with little money and if this would have been possible at all ten years ago.
The New Zealand Blood Service took part in the largest ever global donor recruitment campaign last month, where the letters A and O were removed from logos, brand names and social media accounts to draw attention to the urgent need for more donors. We chat to NZBS National Manager Marketing and Communications, Asuka Burge about the experience rolling out the campaign in New Zealand and what challenges came with it.
Home magazine, full of beautiful design and architecture, is not somewhere readers would expect to see a campaign that
raises awareness about domestic violence. However, as it turns out, the Home pages made the perfect place for ‘It’s not OK’ to reach an audience.
Ask any parent of a teenager and they’ll likely tell you their kids don’t want to be told what to do, and the approach to encouraging them on how to choose a university has traditionally been to shout so-called inspirational messages at them through a TV screen. But this year, Bauer sought to approach potential students differently, providing them with an experience instead, in the form of an activation run at Auckland City Limits on behalf of Lincoln University with its partner Nudie Jeans.
Sky has ventured back into Snapchat territory to attract a younger audience by creating ‘Tiny Trailers’ with comedian Melanie Bracewell.
Samsung has launched the second iteration of its local campaign via Colenso BBDO following the ‘Now you can’ initiative. The ad focuses on the light capabilities of the Galaxy S7 and Edge camera, using young, lively people enjoying their nighttime experiences in a variety of ways to get the message across.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople broke box office records with an opening weekend take of over $1.2 million and it has gone on to win critical acclaim across the world. There’s no doubt that the film is a local cinematic pleasure, but sometimes this isn’t enough to secure commercial success. Marketing, or the lack thereof, can often play a major role in whether or not a film succeeds. Fortunately, there was quite a hefty campaign behind this one.
The way the word ‘digital’ is thrown about in the media industry suggests it’s a platform still in its early days. And while many brands are still coming to terms with digital capabilities, Stuff is celebrating its 16th birthday. In that time the news provider has built up a monthly audience of two million New Zealanders. Now, coinciding with its birthday, it is putting the focus on the audience, with a refreshed version of its ‘Go Full Spectrum’ campaign via Shine, to remind audiences what it does for them.
Opt-in mobile ad serving platform Postr has been pretty busy of late. After launching Skinny Collect late last year, it’s now launched a lock-screen video format, doubled its subscribers in the past six months and is expanding into South East Asia.
Three-hour queues, people pulling up on bikes to snatch away chocolate and a determined three-year-old boy are just a few indicators of the success of last year’s Wondrous Wellington Advent Calendar campaign run by the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency. Here’s how the agency combined the digital with the physical to bring joy to city-dwellers.
The Health Promotion Agency has launched a new campaign for the Health Star Rating system through Y&R on the health star rating system, featuring a couple of lovable animated cereal boxes having a bit of an existential crisis about their health content.
Referencing important moments throughout history—both local and international—a short video clip from Greenpeace elaborates on the important role that civil disobedience has played in the fight for human rights over the years. Rosa Parks, Mahatma Gandhi, the suffragettes and Apartheid activists are all appear in the clip, reminding viewers that civil disobedience is justifiable if a cause is important enough. And in this instance, Greenpeace is arguing that climate change is an issue that merits civil disobedience.
Saatchi & Saatchi/ Interactive Solutions Poland and Saatchi & Saatchi Switzerland have teamed up with GSK, a research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare company, to fight the flu during Poland’s winter by placing a thermo-scanner camera in Warsaw. The camera measures the users temperature to assess whether or not they have a fever, a symptom of flu, before taking a photo.
The new year is a time where we all reevaluate our position in life. We think about our wishes, our resolutions and our fresh starts. But, it should also be a time where we think the lives of others, whose wants and needs are simpler than ours. French community service association Deuxième Marche aimed to remind us of the homeless and their needs this new year, by giving them more visibility to express themselves.
New(ish) kid on the block, Flick Electric, has launched a quirky new campaign highlighting its point of difference from other power companies, which features a few familiar faces.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand launched a swanky, interactive website built by FCB to show off New Zealand’s new bank notes. But, it’s more than just a website, it’s also the centre of a wider campaign around the roll out of our new paper (or rather, plastic) which spans over several other mediums.