This week Meridian, High Performance New Zealand, Powerade and Countdown all deserve a pat on the back.
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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.
Big sporting events bring them a flood of commercial messages and advertisers are starting to release their work for this year's Football World Cup in Brazil. But Powerade's short documentary on Nico Calabria, who hasn't let the fact that he only has one leg stop him from becoming an amazing footballer, will be hard to beat.
Kiwis have quite the penchant for running and even in the colder months it’s not uncommon to see many a dedicated runner pounding the Winter pavement. But while it’s all too easy to snigger as you drive past in your heated car whilst stuffing a bag of chips down your throat, Powerade is hoping to lure in these avid runners with its Powerade Challenge after a successful debut of the event last year saw over 2000 runners take part.
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For years, brands have created ads and placed them in appropriate media in the hope that they'd help sell more of their stuff. These days, brands are increasingly creating experiences in the real world that are relevant to the product and involving consumers in those experiences. And The Powerade Challenge, a 9km running course/interactive marketing campaign around Auckland's waterfront, is a prime example of this shift.