It’s a regular feature in any modern home, a lifeline even for those who live in it and yet the broadband modem gets little notice for anything other than its function. But Orcon hopes to banish the boring, by bringing together New Zealand artists to turn the modem into a work of art in a designer series.
Marketing, advertising & media intelligence
People love to complain, particularly when it comes to ads. “Why does it always become louder during the ads?”, “I hate this ad”, “I swear they screen ads longer than they used to” – are all common complaints heard around the endangered television set. The Advertising Standards Authority has released a report on the top 10 most complained about ads from last year, here’s the rundown.
Orcon has also taken a few shots at its competitors by pointing out that they throttle customers' broadband speeds. This criticism was first introduced via an Orcon TVC released last year that introduced Kiwis to Raoul, a revolutionary figure clad in purple military fatigues who seems determined to bringing to what he sees as ISP injustices. And this colourful character—with his oscillating accent—has returned in a new spot that is even more bizarre than those that came before.
Kiwis are now choosing to pay to stream TV and videos instead of turning to BitTorent for pirated content and online shoppers are looking to China for their precious goods, according to recent data-gathering by Slingshot.
"Orcon is shining the spotlight on bandwidth throttling used by big telcos, including Vodafone and Spark, in a new campaign that encourages Kiwis to look at the fine print before signing up to broadband plans that could unnecessarily be slowing then down," touts the media release from Orcon that accompanies the launch of its new campaign featuring a plum-dressed dictator of ambigious origin removing the wig of what is meant to be the chief executive of a major telco (seemingly Spark, if the colour scheme of the faux promotional material is anything to go by). UPDATE: ASA confirms that complaints have been lodged.
William Shatner comes to us from the future, bearing ultra fast broadband, purple velour and a jumping Segway
MyRepublic, a new internet service provider offering ultra-fast fibre broadband, has touched down in New Zealand in its big purple rocket, and it's using William Shatner to communicate with us slow-internet users.
Listen: Airbnb user design experience manager Jenny Arden on design building trust, design-thinking and designer-founders
Orcon, a double for ANZ, Lift Plus and Semble walk under our guard of honour this week.
Orcon's FreeMyRugby petition won't cause riots, but it draws attention to the growing trend of sports broadcast bidding wars
Orcon is taking a leaf out of the ‘Politician’s Handbook’ by attempting to mobilise the Kiwi masses through a petition, which aims to break Sky’s hold on the broadcasting rights for live rugby games. The petition is hosted at a microsite called FreeMyRugby.co.nz and draws attention to the fact that only New Zealanders with a Sky subscription—available for $74.75 a month on a Sky basic and sport package—are in a position to watch the All Blacks play live. And while sharing this common knowledge is unlikely to cause a riot, it does draw attention to how the media landscape is changing and how this might continue to impact Sky's hold sports broadcasts.
This morning, yet another bombshell hit the SVOD space with the announcement that Slingshot had introduced its global mode, which will give Kiwi subscribers access to services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer. This announcement comes only a week after Telecom launched its SVOD service called Lightbox and two weeks after Sky sent out a release saying that it was planning to launch a similar service in the near future.
As Kim Dotcom shifts his attention to the political arena with the formation of the Internet Party (and he's a step closer to making it official following the approval of his sign-up app), his time as Orcon's mascot is coming to an end.
The Research Agency has continued to grow rapidly this year, with big clients like ASB, VW, Vodafone, IAG, Fonterra and NZ Lotteries entrusting it with their research needs and a number of new staff added to the roster to help deal with the new business. Managing director Andrew Lewis, who has penned a host of great columns for NZ Marketing, and the team opine on 2013.
Orcon has appealed an Advertising Standards Authority ruling that upheld a complaint about its TV ad which featured Kim Dotcom saying, "join today and start living with truly unlimited broadband". The telco says it's got rid of the Fair Use policy that was the bone of contention.
Orcon is bidding for awesome with a new dashboard that stitches together what it thinks are the internet's most fun, frivolous and factual things. The Awesome dashboard was the winning idea out of several from Auckland digital and social agency Us and Co.
Anti-capping, pro-holidaying and station swapping make it onto the dais this week.
A new Orcon campaign with Contagion gives the ISP a chance to get new customers and frontman Kim Dotcom a chance to push his political barrow. Orcon is using what it calls a "fun, cheeky" video featuring Dotcom, and social media activity, to push its $99 uncapped internet plan on fibre or ADSL.