No doubt the bed makers were happy to see Arianna Huffington extolling the virtues of sleep, lambasting the burn-out culture of the corporate world and promoting the idea of nap rooms at work during her recent visit to New Zealand. And here are a few recent efforts to get Kiwis buying a new rest station from a vampirical Sleepyhead, a rugby-loving Slumberzone and a design-savvy Sealy.
Forget the rowing world cup, forget the basketball world cup; the real action last week was at Yahoo’s Dodgeball Keg Cup. Eight agencies competed in the tournament for the honour of winning the moderately prestigious Keg Cup and the highly coveted 50-litre keg of beer.
Red Bull is a brand renowned for its pioneering approach to content marketing, but companies cannot live on content marketing alone and even Red Bull needs to pay to put its ads on telly occasionally. And it’s done just that with its latest global ad, which is running in New Zealand and features three Kiwi athletes—motocross champ Levi Sherwood, kayaker Ben Brown and mountain biker Brook Macdonald. PLUS: Red Bull’s new music programme Sound Select and the launch of redbulletin.com.
After independent media and PR agency Lassoo took the Emirates account off Starcom last month, it looked fairly certain that it had some kind of connection to French holding company Havas, which won Emirates’ global media account last year. At the time, Lassoo’s directors weren’t able to comment, but now it has officially announced a strategic alliance and will act as the New Zealand arm of Havas Media Group.
In August last year, Middle East Campaign reported that Havas Media had won the global media account for Emirates from Starcom MediaVest Group. This change now seems to have rippled into the Kiwi market, as Emirates has confirmed the move of its New Zealand media business from Starcom to Lassoo. Updated with a comment from Lassoo director Anna St George.
Pete and Andy Walker managed to entertain a big chunk of the nation with their cheeky quips and farm boy antics on the last season of The Block NZ. And they’re making hay while the sponsorship sun still shines by hitching themselves to Hirepool’s wagon.
New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world where Red Bull isn’t the number one energy drink, with Frucor’s V taking that honour. But it’s aiming to rectify that—and make more of its burgeoning content business—by appointing Special Group as its creative agency.