Browsing: Paul Manning
StopPress sits down with the recent import that 99 managing director Paul Manning described as the most important appointment he’ll make this year.
The Clemenger Group has strengthened its grip on the Spark account, with specialist retail agency 99 being appointed as the lead creative agency on the Spark Digital account.
Ogilvy & Mather’s executive director reckons not-for-profit organisations don’t necessarily need massive budgets to reach broad audiences. They just need to be smart when it comes to using digital channels.
While the era of managed corporate communications and non-disclosure agreements means pitching is far less public than the days of clients announcing how much their business was worth and which agencies would be fighting for it, the process is still all about competition. There is a winner (and occasionally winners) and there are losers. And in the recent Harcourts pitch, which was won by Contagion, it seems no-one wanted to be a loser.
StopPress understands that Ogilvy and Mather’s executive creative director Angus Hennah has left his post at the agency, bringing an end to his two-year stint. Paul Manning, Ogilvy’s executive director, says that Hennah made the decision to resign and that the team at Ogilvy was disappointed to see him depart.
Pernod Ricard-owned wine producer Stoneleigh will bring some botanical intrigue to Auckland from 28 February to 8 March, as it takes over Queens Wharf with its ‘Wonder of Nature’ event. Over the course of the campaign, Stoneleigh will break the concrete flow of the city’s landscape with the introduction of suspended gardens, which were conceptualised by award-winning landscape designer Jules Moore.
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.
Ogilvy & Mather has already got the Auckland Council business. And it’s happily suckling from the bureaucratic teat once again, after being chosen as the full-service agency for the 2017 World Masters Games, which is “likely to be the largest event hosted in New Zealand in the next decade”.
When it rains it pours, and Ogilvy & Mather’s doors have been swinging in recent months. But executive director Paul Manning says exit interviews with those departing showed there is “really no particular cause or pattern”.
Last week was a rough one for Ogilvy, with Kiwibank deciding to scratch its seven year itch and shack up with its STW stablemate Assignment Group. But it’s balanced out the bad with a bit of good after winning the remainder of the Pernod Ricard New Zealand account and being installed as its strategic and creative communications agency.
Kiwibank has split up with Ogilvy in an effort to, as general manager of marketing Nicky Ashton says, stay fresh and vibrant. And to do that it’s given the business to Ogilvy’s STW stablemate Assignment Group without a pitch.
Absolut’s latest artistic innovation is, as per usual, pretty impressive, with the company rejigging its entire production process in an effort to create unique patterns on four million bottles. There are only 4,800 of them available in New Zealand and, judging by the number of co-workers fawning over the bottle sitting on the StopPress desk, they might not be around for too long. But fans of the brand and its creative MO have an opportunity to get the next best thing by creating their own personalised bottle online.
Bum wiping and high fashion are fairly strange bedfellows. But Kleenex’s Paper Dresses campaign has been mixing the two surprisingly well since it launched in 2009. And the final cog in this year’s nine-month campaign, which upped the ante thanks to a collaborative effort between Ogilvy, Kimberly-Clark and TVNZ, has come out on top of the September round of Colmar Brunton’s Ad Impact Award.
After heading south to take up the role of general manager at Ogilvy Wellington a couple of years ago following the closure of Saatchi & Saatchi’s digital arm DGS, Tony Gardner will be heading north again to take on the role of chief executive of events specialists The Orange Group in Auckland. And his replacement has been named, with current general manager of M&C Saatchi Wellington Aaron White set to man Ogilvy’s fort.
There’s been a lot of hype around the launch of the Shopping Channel this week, and there’s no question awareness of the channel was boosted significantly by the appearance of Eva Longoria. But by and large, unlike a certain online trading website that launched this week, the Shopping Channel’s debut seems to have gone relatively smoothly, and both ACP, which announced its partnership with the channel at a gala event on Wednesday night, and Ogilvy, have big plans for the brand.
The Greg Partington-owned Shopping Channel launches on 1 October on Sky and Freeview channel 18. And, along with a series of ads featuring some of the hosts imploring Kiwi businesses to sell their stuff on the box, plenty of giveaways on Facebook and a fair bit of social media activity, Ogilvy and Robber’s Dog have also released a new TVC, one of the first projects new executive creative director Angus Hennah got stuck into after he arrived at the agency in July.
After launching earlier this year, Ogilvy’s shopper marketing division OgilvyAction picked up the NZ Pork account and released a campaign starring Simon Gault. And it has put another sticker on the wall after winning the Griffin’s Foods below-the-line account in a three way competitive pitch thought to have involved Energi and the incumbent Apollo.
Silver Fern Farms has Annabel Langbein, Regal Salmon has Masterchef winner Nadia Lim, and New Zealand Pork and OgilvyAction have followed suit with a campaign that plays on the appeal of chef Simon Gault.
Last year, Ogilvy was awarded the contract for the Auckland Tourism, Transport and Economic Development’s (ATEED’s) Rugby World Cup campaign and positioning the Big Little Super City as the host was a huge, multi-million dollar, multi-headed initiative. But now the dust has settled on that, the organisation is getting back to basics and has appointed Big, Barnes, Catmur & Friends and 4i’s on a roster basis.
Shopper marketing and retail activation is still in its infancy in New Zealand, but, given some figures show up to two thirds of purchasing decisions are made instore, things are starting to heat up. And Ogilvy New Zealand, which already has a solid presence in this space with connections to the Greg Partington-owned instore media company Hypermedia and product demonstration company Demoworks, is aiming to tap into this growth area by bringing these entities under one name and launching a new local office called OgilvyAction. And, in its first month of existence, it has already won the New Zealand Pork account in a competitive five-way pitch.
For some time now Ogilvy’s executive creative director Damon O’Leary has been talking about changing his working relationship to that of a contractor. And, as a result, from January 2012, he will move away from his day to day role to provide senior creative and strategic consultancy resource on a project by project basis.