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Horse’s Mouth: Louise Bond, PHD
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With PHD New Zealand named Media Agency of the Year at the Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity 2017, we revisit our in-depth NZ Marketing interview with CEO Louise Bond and find a few hints as to what makes an agency successful.

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Anarchy in the New Zealand media landscape
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Amidst the sea of change sweeping over the media industry, the Commerce Commission has the temerity to stand like King Canute – doing its best to thwart the waves of progress by saying ‘no’ to mergers like this one, writes JustOne’s Ben Goodale.

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Happy birthday Google?
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Google is celebrating its 18th birthday in its typical Doodle fashion, however, you would be forgiven if you missed the party because it has a habit of changing the date.

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The dark side of SEO: reputation management, article spinners and ethical dilemmas
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In 2008 Canadian musician Dave Carroll was travelling with United Airlines. During a layover he heard a fellow passenger remark that baggage handlers on the tarmac in Chicago were throwing guitars. He arrived at his destination only to discover his $3,500 guitar was severely damaged. After an unsatisfactory response from the airline, he used his musical talent to create a song he dubbed ‘United breaks guitars’ with a music video and all. The song went viral and the incident created a PR disaster for the airline. But now, when Googling the airline, there is no mention of the incident. This is an example of the power of search engine optimisation (SEO) and its role in protecting brand reputation. We chat to Pure SEO’s Richard Conway about this idea and the threat of negative SEO.

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The channel of choice
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During last night’s Academy Awards broadcast, Google pulled at the heartstrings with a heartfelt spot for its Android product. And what’s interesting about this is that the big G isn’t the only major tech company tapping into TV to get its messages to the people.

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The ten ads Kiwis watched the most on YouTube in 2015
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From taking bathroom breaks to hitting the skip button as aggressively as possible, Kiwis will in most instances do all they can to avoid ads—something that’s evident in the rapid growth of ad-blocking software. However, every year, there are a handful of ads produced that Kiwis actively search for and share with their friends. And this year was no different, with YouTube’s leaderboard of ads showing that Kiwis are happy to sit through an ad if the idea is strong enough.

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Google shows its love for Star Wars
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To celebrate the impending release of the latest movie in the franchise, the Google has launched a pair of quirky digital activations that will almost certainly appeal to fans across the world.

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Valspar weaves its brand through Sunday magazine—UPDATED
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In addition to performing a cameo on TVNZ show Reno Rumble and taking over the Herald homepage with an interactive ad, Kevin and Donna also made an appearance in Sunday magazine as part of an execution that saw the Valspar brand integrated across numerous pages. UPDATE: see the Valspar chameleon interrupt Reno Rumble.

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A message from Barrack Obama
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In an effort to draw attention to continued murder of humanitarian aid workers, Action Against Hunger has released a moving campaign that features a young boy called Barrack Obama calling on world leaders to provide support to the aid workers who are trying their best to feed those caught up in the misery of war.

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Will work for food
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Humans regularly pay for having their photo taken (when it’s horrible and it gets posted on social media, or when looking back and wondering why you ever thought that hairstyle was a good choice). But, following on from a tease at its I/0 event, Google decided to let people pay with a photo to promote the enhanced search functionality of its upgraded Photos app.

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