“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” sang Andy Williams to ring in Christmas, and while his song referenced carolling out in the snow, New Zealand and its summer-weather don’t miss out on the fun. One of the local celebrations setting the Christmas tone is the Farmers Santa Parade.
After 21 years at Farmers over two stints, former head of marketing Dean Cook has hung up his purple tool belt, swapping it out for a red one with a move to The Warehouse Group. We sit down with Cook to reflect on the past two decades and how far the marketing and advertising industry has come in terms of in-house agencies, the proliferation of media channels and data. Plus, we hear his thoughts on how local retailers can compete with Amazon.
Farmers head of marketing Dean Cook has joined The Warehouse Group.
The pre-Christmas and summer-themed campaigns meant Colmar Brunton was spoiled for choice when determining the winner of the Ad Impact Award for November but above all, it was Farmers’ ‘Secret Santa’ by FCB that stood out.
Charity Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) is about to be on the move, taking its classes to cancer patients around the country in a decked out shipping container organised by Boyd Public Relations, which enlisted a bunch of Kiwi brands including Mazda, BP, Mitre 10 and Sistema to help with the project.
We’re gradually seeing a shift in retail advertising where shouty retail spots are being swapped out for more emotive material. Simply announcing a sale or displaying an item in a catalogue-inspired style isn’t enough to get through to an increasingly distracted and fragmented audience. Farmers recently cottoned onto this and continues to show its change in approach in its upbeat ad for its new season collection via The Workshop.
At last weeks Retail NZ’s shop.kiwi event, the CEO of the US National Retail Federation Matthew Shay said a shift in attitudes towards spending means consumers are spending more in houses and home renovations.