Browsing: Carat

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Money talks: ASB takes more empathetic—and scientific—approach to comms and content in new Succeed On campaign
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It’s fair to say the last major campaign launched by ASB didn’t go as well as planned, with the shouty, bearded frontman Brian Blessed being sent back to Blighty a bit earlier than expected. The bank’s Succeed On tagline remained, however, and, after being in a bit of a holding pattern as far as its comms were concerned, ASB has now returned with a new campaign via Saatchi & Saatchi that aims to show how New Zealanders really talk about money—and the ASB products and services that might be able to help them deal with it.

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Kiwi agencies vie for dodgeball glory
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Forget the rowing world cup, forget the basketball world cup; the real action last week was at Yahoo’s Dodgeball Keg Cup. Eight agencies competed in the tournament for the honour of winning the moderately prestigious Keg Cup and the highly coveted 50-litre keg of beer.

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From agency to muesli – Jono Sorensen’s next venture
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When Jono Sorenson left advertising agency Carat in March to become a sales director at Diverse Media, he signed up there for only three days a week – because the rest of his time he now devotes to muesli.
He and fellow muesli-fan/fiancé Lucy Leckie have launched The Muesli Hub – “a platform to build your own muesli online and have it delivered to your door”. They want to inspire people to re-prioritise breakfast.

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Who’s chosen Carat? Dick has
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Carat recently had to say goodbye to 2degrees after Ikon won the business in a pitch. But it’s made up for that loss with the recent addition of Dick Smith to the client roster.

Movings/shakings
Movings/Shakings: 14 May
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It’s goodbye to the O’Connors, Caulton and MediaWorks go steady, Adshel welcomes a new marketing manager, Haystac adds three to the pile, The Sweet Shop focuses on features with big new partnership, Spark PR and Activate joins The Collective and Aamplify raamps it up with a new hire.

Movings/shakings
Movings/Shakings: 2 May
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Changes ahoy at VodaClear, Anthony Gardiner to go it alone, new hires for iSite, Ooh!, Shout, PR Shop and PPR, APN flicks off its southern titles, Madant starts a new experiential division and NZ PC World gets a new editor.

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Ogilvy drinks in Pernod Ricard win
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Last week was a rough one for Ogilvy, with Kiwibank deciding to scratch its seven year itch and shack up with its STW stablemate Assignment Group. But it’s balanced out the bad with a bit of good after winning the remainder of the Pernod Ricard New Zealand account and being installed as its strategic and creative communications agency.

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O’Connor’s purple lip slug and soul patch combo wows judges
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Coloured facial hair is usually reserved for those who drive housebuses, members of hair metal bands or Billy Connolly. It’s certainly not too common in this biz, but Carat’s business director Gareth ‘Connolly of the South’ O’Connor has used colour to great effect and been rewarded with the mo of the week title.

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Carat gives the marcomms industry a hirsute haka
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The time has cometh once again, when the upper-lips of men around the country—and the world—are given a temporary hairy embrace as part of Movember celebrations. And Carat has stepped up to the plate and challenged the rest of the marcomms industry to get growing and support the cause.

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Adidas ups the All Blacks interaction with Game Day app
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Sponsorship is less about logos on hoardings and more about activation these days (although ANZ might disagree after its logo-fest at The Cloud for Valerie Adams’ gold medal ceremony last week). In fact, some believe the old ratio of three dollars for every one spent on the sponsorship should now be upped to five. So in an effort to offer some added value to All Blacks fans, Adidas and Carat have unveiled Game Day, a Facebook application that lets them follow live commentary, comment on the game, track up-to-the-minute stats, access player and team profiles, weigh in on referee calls, vote for man of the match, and buy Adidas gear.

Movings/shakings
It’s the circle of life: O’Neill jumps back on board the ASB train with senior Saatchi role
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Saatchi & Saatchi officially welcomed ASB into the building at the start of July, along with around 12 new staff across its account service, digital, production and creative teams. And while there’s no title on his business card, Philip O’Neill—ex Mitchell’s and TBWA\ managing director and self-proclaimed “adman at large”—has joined the agency as the main man on the account.

Movings/shakings
Movings/Shakings: 6 July
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Skinny welcomes a new Paul, Jo Hartley trades OMD for Carat, Studio Alexander appoints a general manager, Acumen Republic ups its events firepower, Volkswagen goes human hunting, and iStart and Software Shortlist get together to embrace the pay-per-lead model.