“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.
Breast cancer is the third most common cancer in New Zealand. And given the pain it causes to Kiwi families, Farmers decided to fight back.
Air New Zealand’s big ‘where to next’ brand ad, featuring Gin Wigmore’s rendition of Tomorrow, has picked up the Colmar Brunton Ad Impact award for August.
While most retail advertising released today features little more than price, product and sale shouted through every available megaphone, there are also some examples of retailers returning to a more creative approach when it comes to their advertising. And the most recent example of this is the new Farmers brand ad. PLUS: should marketers focus on the emotional or the rational? Should they be doing more brand or retail ads?
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.
Since Jess Hall joined Farmers in 2011, the scope and scale of its direct marketing campaigns has radically grown. Hall has grown with it. And the News Works Rookie marketer of the year wouldn’t have it any other way.
Whereas previously data analytics was confined to the laboratories of marketing research agencies, it is now becoming as commonplace in a marketing department’s arsenal of weapons as A/B testing and the now-ubiquitous brand blog. And a trio of New Zealand’s leading corporate marketers from BNZ, Farmers and Telecom shared their recent experiences of turning data interrogation into a competitive advantage at this year’s last DAN Dialogue event.