Nothing says summer like scraping toxic fire extinguishing chemicals off the lamb. Colenso BBDO's ad for State Insurance has referenced this great Kiwi tradition with its 'get insurance fast because things happen fast' campaign and for their trouble they've taken out the December edition of News Works' Ad of the Month.
The ninth edition of the annual awards show was hosted at AUT and again organised by the industry body News Works. And this year, the attendees from DDB left with the biggest smiles as the agency picked up the most coveted award: the Newspaper Ad of the Year. Illustrating that the greatest ideas don’t always have to be complicated, the judges awarded the gong to DDB for its simple VW print ad that drew attention to a Beetle sale.
Following on from its win of the Agency League, Ogilvy & Mather have taken another Newspaper Ad of the Month award with its WWF Maui’s Dolphin ad, with the judges—Andrew Davidson, Big Communications; Brad Stratton, Barnes, Catmur & Friends; and Phil Hickes, Saatchi & Saatchi—all agreeing it was a "good idea that packed a punch, with art direction that won’t get lost". Plus: News Works' announces a few changes.
Nielsen and the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) have released 2013's fourth quarter readership and circulation statistics for newspapers and magazines. And while the previous article on magazines held some good news, the numbers for newspapers are far bleaker. However, it must be remembered that Nielsen’s readership insights for newspapers are exclusively based on print. So while the statistics might not seem promising, they only offer a glimpse at one aspect of readership.
Lorde's letter of thanks to fans in the lead up to last month's Grammy Awards and her Auckland Laneway makeup gig was the judge's pick for January's News Works Ad of the Month. And they reckon it wouldn't have worked in any other medium except the venerable newspaper.
In a time when every media doomsday prophet is speculating on the eventual expiration of print, News Works has continued to push print-based titles and has retained its belief in traditional forms of media. And to applaud the efforts of writers, editors, publishers and designers for their contributions, News Works again organised the Canon Media Awards, New Zealand's biggest journalism awards. But rather than simply focusing on the newspaper industry, News Works also used 2013 to commend the creativity of ad agencies via the News Works Agency League. Here's what executive director Jenny Stiles thought of the year.
Prime TV and DraftFCB have taken out the November round of News Works Newspaper Ad of the Month for ‘Dish—Doctor Who Moon Bounce’, while DB and Saatchi & Saatchi took a highly commended for their Big Boys Toys Tui Breweries Lager voucher.
Since Jess Hall joined Farmers in 2011, the scope and scale of its direct marketing campaigns has radically grown. Hall has grown with it. And the News Works Rookie marketer of the year wouldn’t have it any other way.
The judges for News Works’ Newspaper Ad of the Month competition didn't deem any entries worthy of winning in either August or September, but three ads—DDB’s Reflect, Ogilvy & Mather’s Auckland Council Elections, and bcg2’s Ezetrol—were given special mentions in September, earning them one point each on the Agency League table.
The latest readership and circulation numbers are out and they have continued to go in the wrong direction for newspapers, with every major paper down on both counts when compared to last year and to the last survey result three months ago.
Ogilvy & Mather has taken out this month’s Newspaper Ad of the Month with its topical ad for Beneful that responded in canine style to an article claiming playing with sticks was no good for dogs. The win takes them to six points and sees them join DDB at the top of the Agency League table.
While newspaper circulations continue to decline and the media companies behind them face massive upheaval, research from industry body News Works suggests that pulp and ink still play an important role in New Zealand current affairs – especially when it comes to credibility and trustworthiness.