Judging by the amount of recruitment news this week, it appears plenty of folk began the year looking for greener pastures. Thick As Thieves has stolen Colenso BBDO's art director Jae Morrison, marketing maven Simone Iles finds a new Post, Wellington Tourism gets some absolutely positive additions to the team, Paul Gardiner crosses the line wearing lycra, Gareth Davies joins RedYeti Films, Fee-fi-fo-fum finds the Ideas Shop, Market Pulse reaches for ignition, Hitchcock directs Flying Fish (no birds in sight), APN Outdoor's Friends in High Places line-up gets a shakeup, The Sweet Shop moves even further into Asia, Prodigy signs Bradstreet boy, and Blair Haeata joins Ngage.
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Despite tough times for print, newspapers remain close to Kiwis hearts, even when they’re overseas. Special Group has followed up its Kiwis Together campaign with a full page ad encouraging readers to fold up the newspaper, pop a message on it, and send it to a Kiwi overseas – so they could read enjoy it just as if they were back home in NZ. Alternatively it could be sent to an Aussie mate.
Yellow Local appears to have spared no expense in splashing itself around Auckland since launching, with its new hyperlocal offerings featuring on billboards, TV, online and in print. And while NZ Post's Localist has been promising to launch—and promising to offer something better than Yellow—since late last year, it has taken a much different approach to that of its major competitor and soft launched the site on Friday.
The Media Design School has just moved into a new swanky building in the Auckland CBD and to celebrate it's launched a new series of weekend workshops for busy design professionals looking to upskill or add a few new strings to their bows. But the learning doesn't stop there: the ever-popular—and free—NZ Post Direct Marketing Workshops are back again, with Rapp/Tribal's creative director Aaron Goldring and Federation's creative director Ben Chandler set to spread their words of wisdom.
It took a while to get there, but the official announcement has been made and Clemenger BBDO has been chosen as NZ Post's new creative partner, beating out DraftFCB.
NZ Post has taken its sweet time choosing a new agency to replace long-time partner Saatchi & Saatchi, which decided not to repitch for the business when the expressions of interest were called for in December. The pitch was thought to have finished more than six weeks ago and it seems a decision on its new agency has been made. But no formal announcement has been released and the lips of the Posties and the two agencies thought to be battling it out for the win—Clemenger BBDO and DraftFCB—are staying sealed.
Listen: Airbnb user design experience manager Jenny Arden on design building trust, design-thinking and designer-founders
New Zealand Post launched its Genius segmentation tool last year and info-nerds everywhere fell into a deep swoon. Now, in an effort to offer enhanced levels of customer insight—and therefore more benefits to marketers—three new innovative enhancements have been added to the arsenal: Car Genius, Ethnicity Genius and a new segment level media profile component being used by Nielsen and Roy Morgan.
The ever-popular New Zealand Post Targeted Communications' direct marketing workshops are back for another year. And the first one, which will be led by Shirtcliffe & Co's Matt Shirtcliffe, is scheduled for Thursday 10 February at the Media Centre in Parnell. Tony Clewett, creative director at DraftFCB, will present at the following workshop on Thursday 3 March. So, if you want to expand your DM mind for free, best get your name in the hat.
The call for entries for the NZ Post advertising tender went out late last year, as it does every three years. But, after a decade as the incumbent, Saatchi & Saatchi has confirmed it won't be participating in the pitch process.
New Zealand Post sponsors and runs a huge number of industry events, awards and competitions. And, with Localist moving into the directories space recently, a range of new tech-related developments like Send-a-Card and some flash new data toys on offer, it's been busily going about its future-proofing business this year. So, pull up a chair and see what Fiona Woolley, manager, market engagement at Targeted Communications, had to say about 2010.
M&C Saatchi has had a good run of it recently, picking up the NZTE account to add to the seven other pieces of new business it won during the year. And, after a competitive pitch, it has picked up some more goodies, winning the advertising and digital communication services account for NZ Post's new start-up directory service Localist.
...Media Design School students win thing; a magical mystery store opens its doors in Auckland's High St; The Documentary Channel is no more; social buying site GrabOne celebrates a milestone; the hunt is on for New Zealand's Next Top Bookshelf; African adventurers and other charities look for assistance; Air New Zealand's Christmas auction kicks off; ex-Fonterra boss Roger Boyd launches the 'beverage of the well-travelled'; InComm arrives in Australasia; 2Degrees, now in 3Dimensions; NZ Post gives everyone a hurry up; and marvel at the glamour of the IAB/Facebook Xmas party.
This week on the box, the massive Mitre 10 Mega man violates some Christmas puppets; NZ Post reminds everyone to send letters; Burger King fails to make wobbling, slow motion chicken look appetising; and Giorgio Armani squeezes as many fragrance ad cliches into 30 seconds as humanly possible.
As we all know, it's been a tough few years at the marcomms coalface. But StopPress is here to help. So if you're gagging for a bit more business in 2011, then there are a couple of clients currently looking to be wowed, with New Zealand Post Group and the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) both calling for Expressions of Interest.
Westpac’s annual Westie Pac campaign has been pimped out like a matte black 1979 Holden Kingswood thanks to a handful of student marketers who attacked the bank's student campaign like a Bull Terrier on a Sunnyvale Postie’s gastrocnemius. And now, five creative pairings have been chosen by New Zealand Post as finalists in its Student Marketer of the Year Award.