Interbrand was riding high after its work for the New Zealand AIDS foundation won a TVNZ-NZ Marketing Award in the not-for-profit category and a global Interbrand Best Work Award for verbal identity. But that was fairly shortlived because and it has lost the Love Your Condom (LYC) brand, a government-funded prevention campaign encouraging condom use among all gay and bisexual men, the most at risk demographic for contracting HIV, to bcg2.
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Last year, after six years in second place, BMW knocked Audi off its perch and reclaimed the top selling premium car mantle in the New Zealand market. But Audi isn't far behind, it's still growing and it's decided to tap into the nation's patriotic fervour with one of the German brand's first locally shot campaigns.
When it comes to Pacific destinations, Tonga is a long way down the consideration list and has smaller visitor numbers than Fiji, Samoa, Rarotonga and Vanuatu, primarily because, unlike those countries, it has never really invested in promoting itself. But for the first time in its history, the Kingdom has taken to TV with a trans-Tasman campaign that aims to build on the 2012 launch of ‘the True South Pacific’ brand and show what its 176 islands can offer visitors.
In 2009, bcg2's James Blackwood came second in the New Zealand Geographic photographer of the year competition. In 2012, Saatchi & Saatchi's Chris Leskovsek received a highly commended in the landscape category for 'Te Paki Dunes, Northland'. So who from the image-loving creative realm will it be this year?
justONE gets its mitts on some prized goods, bcg2 grabs a coffee in Australia and Mango adds its name to Tourism Fiji's growing agency roster.
Coinciding with a few new business wins, recent recognition at the Pharmacy Awards and the promotion of Robin Powell to creative director, BCG2 has expanded its creative department with four new arrivals: Alex Dyer, Anita Young, Matthias May and Matt Watts.
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After successfully completing initial projects through the year, BCG2 has been awarded the Canon New Zealand consumer business, which includes cameras, lenses, printers and printing consumables. It replaces Ballantyne Taylor, which maintains its role as Canon's B2B agency.
Judging by the amount of recruitment news this week, it appears plenty of folk began the year looking for greener pastures. Thick As Thieves has stolen Colenso BBDO's art director Jae Morrison, marketing maven Simone Iles finds a new Post, Wellington Tourism gets some absolutely positive additions to the team, Paul Gardiner crosses the line wearing lycra, Gareth Davies joins RedYeti Films, Fee-fi-fo-fum finds the Ideas Shop, Market Pulse reaches for ignition, Hitchcock directs Flying Fish (no birds in sight), APN Outdoor's Friends in High Places line-up gets a shakeup, The Sweet Shop moves even further into Asia, Prodigy signs Bradstreet boy, and Blair Haeata joins Ngage.
Rate yourself as a bit of a photographer? Then get your favourite snaps in front of the judges for the New Zealand Geographic photographer of the year competition and you could be the envy of all your camera-wielding friends.