KBR has announced a new exclusive partnership with an Aussie mobile marketing company Geronimo. We talked to managing director Grant Hyland to get the inside skinny on the deal, what it means for KBR’s capabilities and what’s next on the ambitious company’s agenda.
In business, it’s almost a cliche: Everyone talks about the importance of building relationships. But for digital media services company KBR Digital, it’s not just lip service. It’s an obsession.
With digital spaces opening up new ways for magazine brands to extend beyond the page, we take a look at which titles are best utilising social media to engage audiences.
KPEX’s Richard Thompson and Dentsu Aegis Network’s Alex Radford have announced a new a digital consultancy business, Future State Consulting.
Adshel New Zealand has completed the expansion of its Adshel Live digital street furniture after adding 70 additional screens as part of the phase three roll-out.
Following the launch of the Magazine Publishers Association (MPA) Magazine 360 website, we ask media strategists how they’ve incorporated it into the planning mix and how it’s changing the perception of magazines.
While New Zealand’s sports teams are being put to the test on the world-stage, Manrose is putting banner ads to the challenge in a new responsive digital campaign via Havas.
In the past week, both Adshel and APN Outdoor have announced another phase in their digital expansion.
Nielsen has kicked off the year by announcing its Digital Ad Ratings service is now commercially available in New Zealand, following a local trial last year and its international release in 2011. We spoke to Nielsen New Zealand director Tony Boyte about how it’s set to change the digital game by enabling advertisers to compare digital audiences to those of TV.
NZME is expanding the scope of its Vision studio by entering the lifestyle genre with a series of new shows to be rolled out across its digital channels. And not only are they only set to appeal to audience demand for lifestyle shows, with some already piloted for advertisers and agencies, they’re extending NZME’s commercial offerings.
The New Zealand Herald is trumpeting growth across both its print and digital readerships this week. We speak to NZME managing editor Shayne Currie about how its managing print growth in a digital era.
Adshel has launched New Zealand’s first national digital roadside network, Adshel Live, and, to celebrate its screens, it’s giving Kiwis the chance to win one for themselves.
Media companies are continually pushing the strength of their particular medium (or combination of mediums). And one popular way to show off capabilities, get creatives thinking about how to use the medium effectively and line up a few leads is to run a creative competition. NZME has its Advertising Challenge. Adshel ran the Creative Challenge for its charity client Surf Lifesaving NZ. And now APN Outdoor is joining in the fun with Pixel361°, a scheme that invites creative minds to create a digital outdoor campaign to raise awareness of the Men’s Health charity.
Newcastle Brown Ale has long been know for taking the mickey with their advertising. So much so that it has become a central part of their brand identity. Now they are taking another stab at their favourite target, Super Bowl ads, with possibly their weirdest idea yet.
Ever felt the urge to go for a casual skydive, snowboard, mountain bike, bungee and jet boat ride all in under an hour? Did you know that this was even possible? Well, a new video from Tourism New Zealand confirms it most definitely is.
If you are sick of “having your heart toyed with like a meaningless plaything” in the real world, you now have the opportunity to experience the very same thing in the digital realm, with Wellington/Amsterdam web savants Resn creating an interactive artwork to accompany the song ‘Look Away’ from SBTRKT’s soon to be released album, Wonder Where We Land.
In a world where ad blockers—and ad fatigue—are on the rise, embracing digital design thinking can create benefits for brands and consumers, say Josh Barr and Ben Glazewski.
Whether it’s movies, music or experiences, filters both online and analog have become quite adept at serving up exactly what consumers want. And that could be a problem, writes Greg Whitham.
Samsung has been one of the big movers in the mobile space in recent years, and, with a series of quality ads based around its ‘Next Big Thing’ tagline, has had plenty of success from taking the fight directly to Apple. While the late Steve Jobs rejected the idea of a stylus, Samsung has fully embraced the idea for its Note series and, to demonstrate the kind of artistic trickery the newest model is capable of, Colenso BBDO and Samsung collaborated with the New Zealand Herald’s legendary satirical cartoonist (and one of the oldest fathers in the world), Peter Bromhead, in an effort to go beyond the banner and become part of the content.
Digital isn’t just about technology, says Dean Taylor. It’s also about people.
While Google’s AdWords scheme has taken plenty of wind out of the sails of print media—and traditional directory services—here and around the world, one thing Google lacks is the sales force on the ground to sell to the small to medium enterprises that make up such a big chunk of the economy. So, to remedy that, it partners up with resellers and New Zealand-based tech company Gopher has become the third local company alongside Yellow and Localist to be named as a Google AdWords premier SME partner.
Following the worldwide unification of TBWA’s digital operations into the Digital Arts Network (DAN), Whybin\TBWA has announced that its digital consultancies Tequila and Shift have officially been melded into DAN\Auckland. And in a coup for the local agency, the Auckland arm was chosen to build DAN’s user experience (UX) lab, the network’s global centre of excellence for digital user experience design.
News of three senior defections at Fairfax in Australia surfaced yesterday, following on from last week’s news that it planned to cut 1,900 jobs—or around 20 percent of its staff—as part of a restructure aimed at facing up to the challenges of digital publishing. News Ltd is also set to cull staff, although it has said the number is “significantly less” than Fairfax (its own press appears to be looking on the bright side of that decision). And while New Zealand’s newspaper biz is still doing it tough at the moment, Fairfax NZ chief executive Allen Williams told the NBR it was a “case of two different markets, in two different timeframes”, so going tabloid and putting up paywalls wasn’t on the agenda–yet. Add in the Leveson enquiry in the UK and it’s tough out there in media land, so it was interesting to see the results of the 5th annual Oriella Digital Journalism Study, which showed the world’s media were cautiously upbeat despite continued uncertainty in the global economy and “digital technologies have affected the practice of journalism less markedly in New Zealand” than elsewhere.
Swipe HQ, a Kiwi offering with echoes of US payment technology Square, is on track to hit the market in August. But founder Manas Kumar, chief executive of local tech company Optimizer HQ, which listed on the German stock exchange this year, says it’s more than just a transactional technology. It’s an “end to end” business solution.
The gamification of marketing and branding is here to stay. According to M2 Research, corporations spent USD$100 million on gamification in 2010, with that figure expected to rise to $2.8 billion by 2016. That’s a serious amount of cash—and a serious amount of fun and entertainment. So if you feel the time is ripe for you and your brand to jump in and explore this new marketing trend, Gamedojo (in partnership with Idealog and NZ Marketing) is putting on The Gamification Lab, which is to be held on two consecutive half-days, 26 June and 3 July.