Brands are normally seen as the bullies; corporate monsters taking advantage of the little guy. But they aren’t just a logo, a uniform or an ad. They are made up of multiple individuals working in different branches on different levels. And often it’s the people lower down the chain who bear the brunt of angry customers, as any front of house hospo worker or call centre operator or social media manager will know. So in light of the Harmful Digital Communications Bill passing its third reading, and following some recent anger directed at the likes of Nestle, Cadbury, Ticketek and many others, we decided to ask a few New Zealand companies with ‘passionate’ followers a potentially stupid question: have they ever felt like they’ve been bullied online?
The Australasian Promotional Marketing Association’s Star awards aim to acknowledge and reward outstanding strategic prowess and creativity in the field of experiential and promotional marketing. And the New Zealand branch of Apollo was the only local agency to take anything home at the 2011 edition last week, winning a gold, two silvers and a bronze.