These days the idea of New Zealandness is a dime a dozen in advertising. But it certainly wasn’t always that way, with British accents and values typically being favoured in the nation’s early television advertising. Colenso’s ‘Who are we’ campaign for BNZ in 1990 is widely regarded as one of the first to “consciously reflect a distinctive New Zealand identity”. And for the first time that full series is available to view online.
Browsing: Hazel Phillips
Current Idealog editor and ex-roving adland reporter Hazel Phillips has just released her new book Sell: Tall tales from the legends of New Zealand advertising. It’s a triumph, a tour de force, a gripping romp, and it tells the story of how the local ad scene came to be and the characters who helped create it (keep an eye out for an extract in the July/August edition of NZ Marketing magazine). We’ve got a couple of copies to give away, so go back into the mists of time and post your favourite Kiwi ad in the comments section. The two commentors with the best taste will get the literary spoils.
A host of advertising luminaries—and plenty of non-advertising non-luminaries—ventured to AUT’s beautiful new building on Monday night to celebrate the launch of Idealog editor Hazel Phillips’ new book Sell: Tall tales from the legends of New Zealand Advertising. Here she is on how it all came about, what’s changed over the years and, of course, where you can buy it.
Social Media Club Auckland kicked off its first event of the year last week, discussing the use of social media for PR. Following hot on the tracks of the My Food Bag ad vs #ad hubbub, panelists Hazel Phillips (editor at Idealog), Deborah Pead of Pead PR, and David Fisher from the New Zealand Herald deftly argued the merits of using media (particularly journalists) to promote products on Twitter.
AUT’s Paul White has been challenging assumptions around outdoor advertising.
Hazel Phillips’s recent rant about the paucity of some PRs inspired Mango’s Claudia Macdonald to create a list of tips and tricks for those hoping to get into the industry.
An old Minties ad featured in the Otago Daily Times
The New Zealand ad landscape is littered with interesting stories (and interesting storytellers). But the industry’s institutional memory often leaves a lot to be desired. So, in an effort to remedy that, Idealog editor and ex-NBR AdMedia reporter Hazel Phllips is currently writing a book charting the history of New Zealand advertising. The book will be published by Penguin next year and Phillips (email her here) is looking for interviews and information from people who worked in advertising and marketing back in the mists of time. She’s also looking to make contact with the marketing departments of major New Zealand brands that have iconic campaigns in their archives and would be willing to have the imagery used in the book or have information about the timelines of campaigns and their brands’ general history. To grease the wheels of history—and possibly dredge up a few classic local ads of yore—we have a D&AD 11 book to give away, so add your favorite New Zealand ad to the comment wall and it could be yours.
The conversation economy just keeps getting bigger—and, as the regular social media fails show, scarier. So to help marketers benefit from it rather than get slapped by it, the CAANZ Marcomms Leadership Group (MLG) is following up the sell-out New Rules of Brand Engagement event last year with Re-Imagining PR: How ideas-led PR can help business, a forum featuring the brains behind the Cannes 2011 PR Grand Prix winner National Australia Bank’s Break Up campaign, PR Gold Lion winner Bundaberg’s Watermark, as well as Lynne Anne Davis from Asia Pacific PR agency of the year, Fleishman Hillard Asia Pacific.
The Design Issue of the recently redesigned and relaunched Idealog is out now. And it’s the first mag with ex-NBR advertising newshound Hazel Phillips’ name attached as editor (“It’s awesome. Buy it. Or else,” she says with positive aggression). Highlights include the cover story on Avanti’s success, a man who’s selling coffee machines to Italians and Vincent Heeringa’s look at design-led food and beverages. Check out everything else that’s on offer here and, for all those with fancy jabscreen machines, you can download the latest issue on Zinio for a measly $6 here.
The soon to be relaunched Idealog magazine has ended its galactic search for a new editor, fixing on a local human whose name many of our dear StopPress readers will already know: NBR’s Hazel Phillips.
As it nears the end of its first season, the signs are auspicious for The Ad Show: it’s taken the channel’s top spot for download numbers, the studio audience members are “hanging from the rafters”, a few extra episodes have been commissioned and there are high hopes that the hand that feeds will commission a second season.