In January, Vodafone announced that it was reviewing its global media account, which has been held by Omnicom's OMD for half a decade. And this process could have repercussions for local account holders.
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Moves and shakes at Carat, DDB, Cannes Lions, 3rdeye, Dow Design, WOW, Pfizer and Word of Mouth.
ASB's Like Loan promotion, where Facebook fans determine how low its home loan borrowing rate will go, is back for a second round. This time live TVCs, banners and radio streams have joined the mix as the bank tries to draw participants into a conversation.
Following a competitive pitch involving two other agencies, Carat has been awarded the media planning and buying business for Barfoot & Thompson. But that silver lining comes with a fairly big cloud, because Dick Smith has left the Carat building.
Changes at DDB, Carat, ASB, Snakk, Nielsen, Auckland Airport, Darkhorse and Provoke.
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.
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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.
Ikon Communications has won 2degrees as a client, snatching the number three telco away from its previous partner Carat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.