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Vodafone’s newly connected granddad spot wins Colmar Brunton’s Ad Impact Award for September
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The digital divide between generations is something that will presumably always be with us (and will be presumably always be equal parts entertaining and frustrating for the young folk who have to teach the oldies how to use new technology). But Vodafone reckons its tech ninjas can help. And its TV spot featuring a grandfather who is taught how to communicate with his grandson has taken out Colmar Brunton’s Ad Impact Award for September.

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Beast wars: BP’s lost rabbit beats Vodafone’s lost pig in Colmar Brunton Ad Impact award
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The idea of multiple discovery is that “scientific discoveries and inventions are made independently and more or less simultaneously by multiple scientists and inventors.” It happened with the theory of evolution, it happened with the discovery of oxygen and it’s happened a lot in advertising, something James Hurman discussed in a story in Idealog a few years back. And, following on from the Vodafone spot that chronicled the struggles of a courier driver trying to locate the owner of a piglet named Piggy-Sue, BP and Ogilvy & Mather also pulled at the heartstrings with a 90-second spot that showed a motorcyclist going to extreme measures to reunite a bunny with its young owner. So won the battle of the lost creatures? According to Colmar Brunton’s Ad Impact research for May, it was BP that won out over Vodafone, despite being beaten to the punch by the telco.

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Vodafone’s telco tear-jerker gets a fist bump after winning Colmar Brunton’s most impactful ad of 2014
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After a year of judging new brand ads in New Zealand, Colmar Brunton has announced that Vodafone and FCB’s festive ad ‘Dinner for two’ has taken out the award for 2014’s Most Impactful Ad, with Samsung’s G5 Days and Nestle Purina’s ‘Herding Cats’ also claiming big fist trophies for the most persuasive and most enjoyable awards respectively.

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All New World’s Christmases come at once with Ad Impact Award
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New World has been in fine marketing fettle in recent months, with two delightfully insane adverts involving bread-based real estate and vegetable-based romance and one mad ad for its netball sponsorship. And while its Christmas campaign wasn’t quite so surreal, the ads featuring Santa Claus hiding in plain sight as a supermarket employee named Noel also caught viewers’ attention and managed to take out Colmar Brunton’s Ad Impact award for November.

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Smooth Visa-card-toting skaters take April Ad Impact Award
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Remember the slightly creepy corporate robot ad in 2011 for Visa Paywave? It almost made cash look cool. But in April this year the marketing changed tack with a sepia-coloured, quirky fantasy world made of skate bowls and skater girls and boys. It made contactless Paywave cards look so smooth the ad took out the Colmar Brunton Ad Impact Award for April.

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Gratuitous Kiwiana wins the day as Tasti and Contagion take Colmar Brunton’s August Ad Impact Award
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After a long period of flying under the radar, Auckland-based food company Tasti Products came out all Kiwiana guns blazing with a cliche-filled online and print campaign in September last year. A few months back it took the next logical step down that path, launching its first ever TVC with a very colloquial remix of OMC’s How Bizarre and some completely over the top, almost ironic patriotism. And while some in adland didn’t seem too keen on it, consumers seem to be, because the ad has taken out the August instalment of Colmar Brunton’s Ad Impact Award.

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Bonds’ booty shakin’ takes out May Ad Impact Award—UPDATED
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Showing good looking human specimens in their undies is a well-proven advertising strategy. Often it’s all a bit OTT, with ridiculous smell the fart acting and liberal photoshopping. But Bonds has kept it casual, upbeat and slightly self-aware with its latest campaign, leading to a win in the May round of the Colmar Brunton Ad Impact Award.

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Going to great lengths pays off as Silver Fern Farms takes April Ad Impact Award
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According to a study in the UK, more than a third of 16 to 23-year-olds didn’t know that bacon came from pigs and four in ten failed to link milk with an image of a dairy cow. That lack of understanding around provenance is quite concerning, but Silver Fern Farms and Colenso BBDO embraced the farm to show consumers how easy they’ve made their lives with the ‘Going to Great Lengths’ campaign. And, with a win in the April round of Colmar Brunton’s Ad Impact Award, it seems to have worked.

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Cadbury’s bicycling bunny receives a special Easter treat
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Around 15 percent of Cadbury’s total revenue is thought to come over Easter. So it’s a very important time of year for the Kraft/Mondolez-International-owned chocolate makers. And, judging by the fact that its Easter ad won the March round of Colmar Brunton’s Ad Impact Award, it might even be higher this year.

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Westpac’s bickering oldies usurp the throne once again with Ad Impact win
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‘Flatties’, the entertaining home loan-related follow-up to Westpac’s ‘Start Asking’ brand campaign by DDB and Prodigy, managed to beat out its big brother in the Jan/Feb instalment of Campaign Review in NZ Marketing magazine after taking second place. And it’s followed that up by winning the November round of the Colmar Brunton Ad Impact Award.

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Branded Bond mission ‘The Express’ nets Heineken Ad Impact Award
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There was plenty of discussion about James Bond adding Heineken to his list of favoured tipples in Skyfall. But product placement/branded content/integration/cap in handing is an accepted part of the film and TV business these days (as Daniel Craig told Moviefone: “The simple fact is that, without them, we couldn’t do it. It’s unfortunate but that’s how it is. This movie costs a lot of money to make, it costs as nearly as much again if not more to promote, so we go where we can”). And the tie-in appears to be working for the brand because Heineken’s ‘The Express’ ad, which features the raspy tones of own Gin Wigmore, has won Colmar Brunton’s Ad Impact Award for October.

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Kleenex cleans up with Ad Impact Award
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Bum wiping and high fashion are fairly strange bedfellows. But Kleenex’s Paper Dresses campaign has been mixing the two surprisingly well since it launched in 2009. And the final cog in this year’s nine-month campaign, which upped the ante thanks to a collaborative effort between Ogilvy, Kimberly-Clark and TVNZ, has come out on top of the September round of Colmar Brunton’s Ad Impact Award.

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TBWA\ strikes again with 100% Pure Ad Impact
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TBWA’s ‘The Mission Continues’ for 2degrees took the annual Colmar Brunton Ad Impact award, and it’s continued its winning streak by claiming victory in the August round for its 100% Middle-earth campaign for Tourism New Zealand.

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When things are this good, you win the Ad Impact award
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The Ad Impact Awards are often closely fought and the July round proved no exception, with both Steinlager Pure and V performing above the norms as impactful TV ads. But Taika Waititi’s comedic effort in DDB’s Steinlager Pure ‘When things are this good’ ad was too strong, pipping Colenso BBDO’s V Motion Project.

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Tui’s half-time mercy dash takes out May’s Ad Impact Award
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As one brave man does the half-time mercy dash to the liquor store to replenish stocks for the group during a footy match, it seems there’s little that can distract him from his sport, not even a slew of hot women who just happen to be lining the liquor store route. And, whether you agree with the stereotype or not, Tui’s ‘Halftime Distractions’ campaign by Saatchi & Saatchi and The Sweet Shop’s Stuart McDonald certainly seems to have hit its mark, taking out Colmar Brunton’s Ad Impact Award for May.

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Movings/Shakings: 5 June
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JWT’s Angus Hennah comes home, Rachel Ellerm kicks off her new female-centric strategic consultancy Frock, Pluk continues to grow, Orcon puts its weight behind CanTeen, The PR Shop pulls a deuce, and 2degrees and TBWA\ put their Ad Impact gloves on. 

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Aimed at the trade, appealing to the masses: PlaceMakers and JWT take Ad Impact accolade—UPDATED
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They say there’s no truth in advertising. But PlaceMakers and JWT flouted that rule with their fly on the wall campaign focusing on a team of tradesmen building a house in Huntly—and the role of PlaceMakers’ expertise to ensure it all happens smoothly. And while the campaign was aimed at the trade, consumers have given it the big tick as well because ‘The Job’ has taken out Colmar Brunton’s Ad Impact Award for March.

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The Mission continues (to win) as 2degrees takes annual Ad Impact Award
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As part of the Ad Impact Awards, Colmar Brunton asked approximately 4000 Kiwi consumers for their thoughts on all of last year’s new brand ads and the top six were announced a couple of weeks back. But the big annual winner is 2degrees and TBWA\’s ‘Mission HQ’, which scored significantly above average across the board in all the key impact measures.

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Busted global pen thief steals Ad Impact Award
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Who would have thought an ad for the humble pen could be so engaging? The new ad for Paper Mate’s InkJoy pens takes an everyday situation we can all relate to, adds humour sharper than a paper cut, and shows just how compelling stationery can be. In the process, it nabs itself January’s Colmar Brunton’s Ad Impact Award for the most Impactful new ad on TV.

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