Following the $49 million acquisition of iSite Media by QMS, the pair of companies have now completed their integration and will now trade under the name QMS NZ.
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AUT students Tara Collins and Ruby Soole are set to make their debut in the marketing world after their idea won over Hansells and iSite Media.
Investment company Infratil Limited has sold its 100 percent stake in iSite Media to QMS for $49 million. StopPress chats to the chief executives at iSite and QMS about what this means for their respective businesses.
The outdoor industry is in the middle of a golden run in New Zealand, with 11 consecutive quarters of growth and a compound annual growth rate of ten percent since Jan 2013 making it second only to online as the fastest growing media channel. Digital screens are driving most of that growth. And things are changing rapidly as all the big players invest heavily to try and get a piece of the pie, so here’s a rundown on what they’re all up to.
iSite Media has invested heavily in its own measurement and planning tools over the past few years, with its efforts to provide better targeting and planning tools for buses in 2013 earning it a host of awards and some new customers. And now it's applying a similar model to billboards.
According to a new promotional video clip released by iSite Media via The Business, people in the New Zealand media industry, particularly those in the decision-making positions, are currently afflicted by an epidemic of agoraphobia, an irrational fear of open spaces that often precludes sufferers from going outside. The almost four-minute-long clip kicks off by depicting four high-ranking industry players—Dentsu Aegis chief executive Robert Harvey, OMD general manager Zac Stephenson, Mediacom general manager Nikki Stevens and PHD media director Lee-Ann Morris—each undergoing the struggles that come with the condition.
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It seems that unconventionality extends beyond the title of iSite Media's head of freshness Rupert Fenton. To celebrate the company's update of its 'Highly Targeted Outdoor' offering, Fenton took the bizarre step of undergoing a Botox treatment in a quirky move that coincides with the announcement that the company has recently added the latest census data to its award-winning tool.
An Achilles' Heel of the outdoor industry is its perceived lack of measureability and targeting. But iSite Media has taken a big step to remedying that, with the launch of a suite of products that claim to deliver highly targeted outdoor media solutions and offer media agencies better campaign planning tools. Plus: Andrew Renholds gets his spy on.
Changes ahoy at VodaClear, Anthony Gardiner to go it alone, new hires for iSite, Ooh!, Shout, PR Shop and PPR, APN flicks off its southern titles, Madant starts a new experiential division and NZ PC World gets a new editor.
Wayne Chapman sits on outdoor chair, David MacGregor plays the pay what you want game, GrabOne adds a new role to up its digital ante, iSite reward one of its sales hounds and Orange Group nabs an experienced bean counter.
Two days in to November and the lip hair of males around the country is already sprouting. The Movember industry challenge also kicked off yesterday, and while there are a few publishers stepping up to the mark, it could do with a few more contenders from agency land. But there's still time. And all those who enter will be up for some tasty beverages, with Mo of the Week sponsored by TVNZ, which is putting four $150 bar tabs up for grabs, and Most valuable Mo sponsored by iSite, which is putting up a $300 Libertine voucher. Robert Dunne, the Movember country manager, will be picking the winners. So if you're up to the task, register now, join your agency team and the Movember agency challenge (or become a team captain for your business) and show the industry just what kind of incremental growth you can deliver.