DraftFCB is no more, with Carter Murray, the 39-year-old global chief executive of the Interpublic-owned network, announcing this morning that it has changed its name to FCB.
Last night’s Axis Awards, hosted by Newstalk ZB’s Andrew Dickens at the Viaduct events centre, delivered a plush showcase of the country’s best creative talent for the 34th year in a row. The theme for this year’s edition was ‘share the love,’ and this was certainly a sentiment that all 800 people in attendance embraced as smiles around the room were as ubiquitous as celebratory drinks. Here’s a rundown of how the event went.
Last night’s 26th edition of the annual NZ Direct Marketing Awards at Auckland’s Langham Hotel was a lavish affair, which was hosted by comedian Ben Hurley and the Marketing Association’s chief executive Sue McCarty, who recently resigned from her position. In total 41 different awards were handed out over the course of the event, and by the end of the night the attendees from Colenso BBDO/Proximity and iSite Media must’ve had tired legs due to the number of times they were called to the stage.
Yesterday, APN released a new campaign to promote the addition of OPTA, a rugby analytics tool, to its recently launched rugby portal, which serves as a discrete hub for anything related to the sport. In the campaign, titled ‘Talk like a rugby pro,’ the laconic observations of a rugby novice are juxtaposed to the in-depth analyses of a fan who has access to extra rugby intel (possibly thanks to the information available on the Herald). PLUS: read about which agency lost APN’s creative account.
Following the decision of the two big Aussie supermarkets, Coles and Woolworths, to remove New Zealand-produced goods from their house brand labels and Shane Jones’ request for a Commerce Commission investigation into the way Progressive Enterprises treats its suppliers (and the inevitable Facebook campaign asking Kiwis to boycott the company), Foodstuffs has taken the opportunity to remind the nation that the big brands under its umbrella—Pak ‘n Save and New World—are full-blown Kiwi.
DraftFCB’s campaign for the Neurological Foundation was as much about capturing minds as hearts as it seized on Valentine’s Day to tell people about the true source of love. The foundation is a partner in the upcoming Brain Week which raises money for brain research.
The creative love may have been shared in the call for entries campaign, but now the creative competition begins, because the 2014 Axis finalists have been announced and Colenso BBDO/Proximity is in a familiar position atop the list with 56 nods, followed closely by DraftFCB on 54, DDB on 37 and Saatchi & Saatchi on 30. Plus: Clemenger BBDO’s new Axis logo.
Lorde’s letter of thanks to fans in the lead up to last month’s Grammy Awards and her Auckland Laneway makeup gig was the judge’s pick for January’s News Works Ad of the Month. And they reckon it wouldn’t have worked in any other medium except the venerable newspaper.
Adshel has unveiled a new summer appeal poster based on Colenso BBDO’s idea that won the Creative Challenge in 2012. The new poster was initially meant to employ DraftFCB’s winning concept from last year’s competition, but the agency could not complete the poster in time for the summer appeal. Fortunately, Running with Scissors (the agency that currently holds the Surf Life Saving account) stepped in to update Colenso’s concept.
Rather than adopting the shock-inspired approach, DraftFCB has instead chosen to use a PR stunt to show off the utility of the new Sony waterproof MP3 player. The Auckland-based agency dropped the product into a bottle of water and then placed it in vending machines located in areas where the target market would be likely to pass them.
DraftFCB ended 2012 with the much–loved Driving Dogs campaign, and in 2013 the agency continued in this good vein of creative form by producing a range of memorable ads. In addition to sending voices to the moon for Dr Who’s 50th, DraftFCB also encouraged Kiwis to say “no more beersies,” introduced us to the cringey cool dad and revisited the over-the-top antics that pervaded ’80s action films. Given that it’s been a good year for the team at DraftFCB, it comes as no surprise the executive creative directors Regan Grafton and Tony Clewett had a bit of fun when sharing their thoughts on the last 12 months.
Vodafone has made the most of Adshel’s Immerse product, which uses EL (electroluminscent) paper to give the impression of a Christmas tree lit with neon. The campaign with Spark PHD and DraftFCB saw the poster illuminate in different parts, with an animation sequence creating the neon sign effect.
Prime TV and DraftFCB have taken out the November round of News Works Newspaper Ad of the Month for ‘Dish—Doctor Who Moon Bounce’, while DB and Saatchi & Saatchi took a highly commended for their Big Boys Toys Tui Breweries Lager voucher.
We’re big fans of dad dancing—and of the powerful parenting technique of embarrassment—here at StopPress. And those two things have been combined to good effect in a new campaign for the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) via its agency DraftFCB that aims to draw attention to an upcoming law change around the supply of booze to young’uns.
While most Kiwi boaties now carry life jackets on their vessel, they’re only worn 70 percent of the time, largely due to an erroneous belief that they’ll be able to whip them out and put them on if they get into trouble. So Maritime NZ and DraftFCB have attempted to illustrate the ridiculousness of the carrying-but-not-wearing scenario by harnessing the immense power of the ‘80s buddy cop drama.
From next year, the CAANZ Media Awards will be replaced by the revamped Beacon Awards, which in addition to featuring a new name will also have a new digs and a flash new look.
In 2013, the students enrolled at Media Design School and AUT Adschool caught the attention of several leading agencies with work that was not only creative but also commercially viable. So impressed were the bigwigs in attendance at the end-of-year shows that they swooped in and hired several of the young bloods shortly after the event.
Earlier this month, DraftFCB sent Dr Who fans’ voices to moon, and now, to continue the 50th birthday celebrations of the popular TV show, the agency has launched an online time machine that sends viewers spiralling through the history of the interwebs.
BMW’s promotion of the new X5 is a case study in why there’s no substitute for local — and for getting hands on in our country air, complete with a whiff of dung.
Ad awards season is pretty much over for another year, but there were a few more announcements over the weekend, and once again Kiwi agencies and clients did very well, with DraftFCB’s Driving Dogs taking Best in Show at the Caples and Colenso BBDO taking most awarded agency at both Caples and Digital Asia Awrds.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, DraftFCB has came up with a campaign for Prime that enabled fans of the show to send an audio transmission of their voices on a voyage to the moon. UPDATE: feedback from DraftFCB about the campaign.
DraftFCB has had a stellar year in 2013 and a few of its award-winning campaigns seem to be the kind that inspire the ‘I wish we’d thought of that’ phenomenon among competing agencies. That marks a change from previous years when it wasn’t quite as highly regarded for its creative output. But it’s tough to imagine its new Paper Plus campaign featuring anthropomorphic rapping presents will sit in that category.
Russell Browne heads to Brazil, Angela Spain gets some Asia-Pacific props, Veitch subs in for Deaks, Brent Smart moves up the Saatchi chain, 3rd Eye adds twins, Otago University students impress at Australian Planning Idol and Kenexa names New Zealand’s top workplaces.
When it rains it pours, and new business is pouring all over Colenso BBDO at the moment, with the latest addition to its growing roster being George Weston Foods.