Last week, Coca-Coca Life hit Kiwi shelves, giving Kiwi consumers their first opportunity to purchase the stevia-based variant. But long before anyone in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington or Dunedin was able to taste the drink, the Coca-Cola team headed south to the rustic setting of Otira to give the 87 permanent residents living there the first sampling rights. The proceedings that unfolded were captured on film and then edited into Coke’s new TVC, which carries the ‘Let Life surprise you’ slogan.
Several weeks after kicking off its 60th anniversary via a nostalgic TVC by Ogilvy, Holden has now extended the celebrations to its website with a series of vignettes that aim to tell the stories of fans of the brand. The video compilation is currently being hosted on a microsite called ’60 Years Loyal’, and was created by Dentsu Aegis-owned digital creative agency Isobar, which launched in Auckland in February. Updated with further information on Ogilvy’s contribution to the campaign.
Only a few weeks after VW celebrated its 60th anniversary in New Zealand via a Colenso-created campaign, Holden has now also started the party for its diamond jubilee with an Ogilvy spot that has a strong Kiwi flavour. And while VW gave the power to the people by piecing together a crowd-sourced spot, the team behind the Holden campaign have taken a more traditional route by assembling a narrative that showcases the car brand through the ages.
FMCG is a pretty tough business to be in at the moment. And with Nielsen stats showing around 60 percent of all grocery purchases in New Zealand are bought on discount, the highest percentage of any developed nation, brands are trying everything they can to boost sales and margins. Geometry Global, the world’s largest shopper marketing and activation network, has recently opened its doors in New Zealand and it reckons it can help.
StopPress understands that Ogilvy, DDB and .99 have been shortlisted as the final three agencies vying for the lead for brand and integrated communications segment of the Auckland Council account. Updated with comments from Auckland Council’s acting media manager Mark Hanson.
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.
In a change of tack from giving out free cutlery, knives and glassware, the embattled Countdown followed New World’s Little Shop suit recently and hawked DreamWorks Heroes 3D collectible character cards and albums. And kids and adults alike have loved it, with general manager of marketing Bridget Lamont saying the campaign saw millions of cards in the hands of Kiwi parents and kids, and more than 100,000 albums sold out across the country.
Brands are increasingly turning their noses up at traditional forms of advertising in favour of publishing content that doesn’t just interrupt the audience but also engages with it. Ogilvy’s digital group head and creative director Greg Whitham takes a look at what works, what doesn’t work and what brands need to do to ensure that their publishing efforts drive results.
Coca-Cola-owned Powerade has introduced a new app and updated its website in an effort to encourage Kiwis to lead healthier lifestyles. Rather than focusing on the Powerade product range, the new website instead provides users with a performance hub where they can set fitness goals, receive training programmes, track their performance and map runs. These digital upgrades coincide with the release of the sports drink’s ‘Performance is everything’ campaign, which was recently activated via an Ogilvy-created TVC that features All Blacks Liam Messam, Beauden Barrett and Julian Savea battling on a rugby field through a heavy downpour.
Ogilvy & Mather has won the inaugural News Works Agency League competition, which since last March has has been celebrating the nation’s standout newspaper adverts on a monthly basis.
Following last month’s announcement that Vodafone was undergoing the process of reviewing its global media account (worth about US$950 million), it has now been reported that WPP’s MEC has won the final round of pitching, which was contested between MEC and Carat (part of the Dentsu Aegis network). So what does this mean from a New Zealand perspective?
Fewer than two years after getting a toe in Coca-Cola’s door by winning the Lift Plus and Mother accounts, DDB has now lost both energy drinks to Ogilvy. Updated with comments from Ogilvy executive director Paul Manning.
Mistubishi has just launched New Zealand’s first plug-in hybrid SUV. But, rather than trying to explain the complex technology in the new Outlander, Clemenger BBDO and Curious have kept it simple. Plus: lots more brmm-brmms and a new automotive sponsorship.
Carefree has taken a page out of the Vagina Monologues with a new campaign that aims to subvert the shame women feel about their menstrual cycles by encouraging an online dialogue about periods.
It’s a car that claims to get your heart racing. So Holden and Ogilvy have dangled a carrot to those who reckon they can do the opposite with a new digitally-led campaign aimed at changing the perception of the Barina.
In 2013, the students enrolled at Media Design School and AUT Adschool caught the attention of several leading agencies with work that was not only creative but also commercially viable. So impressed were the bigwigs in attendance at the end-of-year shows that they swooped in and hired several of the young bloods shortly after the event.
Google is basically the nervous system of the modern world, and that’s best evidenced by the screen in the Googleplex showing the real-time search queries from around the world (minus the dirty ones, apparently). The auto-complete feature aims to predict what you’re going to ask about based on other popular searches and usually the results are either relevant or quite funny. But a new campaign for United Nations Women by Ogilvy & Mather Dubai has used this democratic online function to show how endemic sexism still is around the world.
Holden’s latest TVC for the Commodore is part black tie dinner and part bogan romp – showing the new VF Commodore’s classier side, while paying homage to Holden’s bogan roots and fan base.