Spark gave New Zealand a bit of tease before it launched its new 'Never Stop Starting' campaign with some unbranded billboards and digital ads. And there's some more mystery afoot, with a teaser video featuring Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams being released last night.
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Telecom has made some big changes this year—both internally and to its agency structure. And there's time for another big one before Christmas, with general manager of brand, communications and digital Kellie Nathan set to depart in February after taking on the job of general manager of marketing at Pumpkin Patch.
There are plenty of changes occurring inside Telecom at the moment, and while some significant staff culling has led to an increase in the amount of out-sourcing in some parts of the business, Telecom Retail is relinquishing Contagion of one of its responsibilities.
There have been some massive changes inside Telecom recently, with chief executive Simon Moutter announcing a restructure that plans to axe between 930 to 1280 jobs by the middle of this year a few months back. And as a direct result of the decision to reduce the headcount, it has outsourced a few previously internal functions and appointed Clemenger Group-owned Touch/Cast.
She’s been behind some of the country’s most creative—and creatively awarded—marketing campaigns, but after four years with the embattled Yellow Pages Group, business transformation director and former marketing director Kellie Nathan has decided it’s time for a change.
Yellow has just pinned its new digital, hyperlocal colours to the mast with the launch of Yellow Local. As has been the case for around three years, Colenso was responsible for coming up with the creative and wooing the users, while Rapp/Tribal, which has been working with Yellow for almost two years, took care of the direct and digital grunt work. But there's been a new, albeit rather small development in Yellow's advertising mix, after DDB was handed some project work.
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Aside from the number of awards its advertising has won, it's been a fairly sorry tale for Yellow in the past few years. But, last year, in the face of some horrific finances, Yellow stumped up with a $40 million investment in the business, more sales people and a strategy that focused more heavily on digital offerings. Well, it's just launched a new digital directory called YellowLocal.co.nz. And it's heading down a similar hyperlocal path to that of its soon-to-launch NZ Post-run competitor Localist.