Carat Auckland has won the work of beauty giant, L’Oréal for the New Zealand market, while Carat Australia has retained the media planning responsibilities for the brand across the ditch following a trans-Tasman competitive pitch process. Update: comments from L’Oréal and FCB.
‘Tis the season for giving and StopPress has got four summery hampers to dish out—one from Regal Salmon and Selaks worth $150, two from Nosh and Va Va gourmet worth $120 each and one from L’Oréal worth $300. Don’t say we’re not good to you. All you have to do is add your planned Christmas indulgence to the comment wall (StopPress is gunning for a few bottles of Emerson’s, a couple of Fergburgers, a 12 bird roast and a Heston Blumenthal style edible house) and we’ll send out the goodies to the most indulgent.
In November last year L’Oréal announced it would be parting ways with its media agency ZenithOptimedia after three years together and that a new agency would be announced in May this year. Zenith had inherited the business after L’Oréal’s agency Universal McCann ran into trouble in New Zealand a few years back, but although it was invited to pitch for the business, it declined. Since then, the business has been floating around and Zenith remained in place during the tendering process (some insiders feel the delay is because no-one actually wanted the account due to low margins and L’Oréal’s reputation as a fairly difficult client). But Universal McCann is now back in the fold and will take up the role as media agency in the Australia/New Zealand region.