At the end of last year, Spotify crunched the numbers and surfed its playlists to give thanks to its users for a ‘weird’ 2016. Now, Spotify’s brought its highly successful ‘Platform for Discovery’ campaign to New Zealand shores to highlight some the most bizarre habits of Kiwi listeners.
They say it takes 21 days to break a habit so will that be the case with people saying Spark Arena instead of Vector Arena? After taking over the naming rights to the arena a few weeks ago, we speak to Spark general manager of marketing Clive Ormerod about putting Spark Arena on the map.
Good news has finally graced the music industry’s troubled financial waters with Recorded Music New Zealand reporting its second straight year of double digit growth. We talk to RMNZ’s Damian Vaughan on the meteoric ascendancy of streaming, its help in the war against piracy and the humble comeback of the vinyl record.
Like Adele, Lorde’s cryptic TV teaser was minimalist marketing at its finest, and all she really had to do was eat food in a car.
Look at the credit lists of many of the nation’s major ad campaigns and you’re likely to spot the name Peter van der Fluit underneath those of the creative directors, account managers and directors that also contributed to the creation of the spot.
Yesterday David Bowie accomplished the impossible, and proved through death that he is immortal. The world has refused to let him die and his many faces have been scattered across the web, while his name and memory are on everyone’s lips. And while he has been well covered in the media already, we just couldn’t help but write a little something on him. So here’s a few examples of Bowie’s foray into the world of advertising and business, as well his strangely accurate predictions around the future state of music.
The mode of delivery for audio has changed markedly in the past few decades, to the point where young folk tend to see a cassette tape as the modern-day equivalent of a gramophone. And a PwC report into the contribution of the music industry to the New Zealand economy shows that while the total retail sales are down significantly on 2012 as a result of shifting listening habits and illegal downloading, the significant growth in online streaming is making up some of the lost ground.
For the last 16 years, Serato has been at the forefront of DJ culture and technology. Its ground breaking Pitch ‘n Time time-stretching algorithm and flagship audio mixing software product Serato DJ are industry standards. Kanye West rapped about them on one of his tracks. Eminem did the same. And now it’s releasing its first mass-consumer app, Serato Pyro, a music player that beat-matches and mixes song playlists. Chief executive AJ Bertanshaw explains the company’s evolution—and its Kiwi style marketing approach.