It’s Halloween tomorrow, and plenty of Kiwi brands are jumping on board the ghost train. Some campaigns are spookier than others, but Contact Energy’s ‘Trick or Treat’ pre-roll ad on YouTube takes the opportunity to let viewers choose their own adventure. PLUS: the rise of Halloween as a retail event in New Zealand.
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People love to complain, particularly when it comes to ads. “Why does it always become louder during the ads?”, “I hate this ad”, “I swear they screen ads longer than they used to” – are all common complaints heard around the endangered television set. The Advertising Standards Authority has released a report on the top 10 most complained about ads from last year, here’s the rundown.
Contact Energy and one its agencies, JWT, are diverting from their traditional audience focus with promotions based around events. A Twitter contest to help decide the People’s Choice winner at this year’s Fringe Festival is aimed squarely at a youth demographic.
To get Kiwis excited about the New Zealand Festival season of Power Plant, Contact Energy, one of the annual event’s sponsors, has added thousands of lights to the Wellington cable car tunnel.