Toyota and Saatchi & Saatchi have taken a look at what can go wrong when two things are alike in a campaign to promote its genuine parts.
It took a new range of sausages for the Premier Beehive to produce its first brand campaign in over a decade. And now, with advertising partner Contagion, the previously bacon and ham brand has launched a nation-wide campaign to get bacon lovers to embrace the banger.
Spanning two wars and a bit of rugby in between, Dave Gallagher’s story, which is presented on a Steinlager ad alongside vintage photos and props, makes for compelling reading—and it comes as little surprise that the judging panel for the Newspaper Ad of the Month singled it out as the standout creative in September.
Steinlager’s campaign to support the All Blacks during their attempted retention of the Rugby World Cup focused on the similarities between this quest and the 1905 Originals Tour, where the first team to be known as the All Blacks travelled six weeks by boat and won 34 out of 35 games. And ahead of the final on Sunday morning, DDB New Zealand has released some new print ads focusing on three remarkable stories from that journey.
Last week, after a few months of subscribing to the print version of The Herald, my wife decided to cancel it (despite my initial reservations given we have access to the internet, I actually quite enjoyed getting the paper version). With the circulation declines in recent years, this certainly wouldn’t have been an unusual conversation for those in the subscriptions department, but she said they sounded quite sad when she told them the news. And while there are a few areas of positivity in the latest readership numbers, putting a smiling man on the first page of the Nielsen readership report might have been overly optimistic.
Nielsen and the ABC have recently released their respective breakdown of the readership and circulation figures. As has come to be expected, the downward decline has continued for the weekly publications, with each of the publications surveyed in this category suffering year-on-year dips in readership. However, there was also good news for some of the publications included within the survey.
It’s been a good year for Brother Design, with the agency winning first place for its Pams confectionary range in the ‘Confectionary, Snacks, Desserts’ category at the international Dieline Awards in the United States as well as nabbing the supreme award at 21st edition of the local Pride in Print Awards.
Several weeks ago, Colenso BBDO launched Pedigree’s Found app, an innovative tool developed in conjunction with Google with the aim of giving dog owners a digital tool to find their lost pets. At the time of the app’s launch, the team at Colenso mentioned that the new tech trinket would serve as precursor to the launch of Pedigree’s new global platform. And overnight (in New Zealand) this new platform came to fruition via a pair of TVCs bearing the slogan that launched in Australia and Brazil.
Although Brendon McCullum and his squad will return to New Zealand without the coveted Cricket World Cup trophy tow, the team has certainly won the hearts of the nation and, as a corollary, the continued support of the companies that sponsored the team as the action unfolded over the last few weeks. And this has seen several brands take out print ads dedicated to the efforts of the Black Caps in the Herald.
After the Blackcaps play in the Cricket World Cup final on Sunday, you can be sure there will be a host of print ads congratulating or commiserating the team the following day, as there was when the All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup in 2011. But Ford has got in early with a full-page ad featuring in today’s Herald celebrating the glorious victory over the South Africans and warning Melburnian Mrs Mavis Madrigal to cover her gnomes and azaleas to protect them from flying round objects.
This morning, those in the industry were reminded that print isn’t as slow as slow as what everyone suggests it is. Before any online publications released any information on the Axis Awards, the Magazine Publishers Association (MPA) had a specially printed magazine delivered to all the agencies that were in attendance. And, as an added bonus, the delivery also inlcuded a much-needed Red Bull.
Last week’s report on magazine readership and circulation figures once again reiterated that print is undergoing a period of transition as audiences shift their media consumption online. And looking at Nielsen’s readership and ABC’s circulation results, it’s more of the same. However, there was some good news for the rural and community publications.
Every time the quarterly figures are released and again show the downward trend of the magazine industry, it’s difficult to be optimistic, but looking at the journalism that pervades the pages of many of the publications in circulation in New Zealand today serves as reminder that the current generation of journalists still has the quality required to carry the canon of journalistic writing forward. That being said, the continued fragmentation of media has seen readers not relying solely magazines or newspapers to read the articles that interest them—and this has of course led to decline in the readership and circulation figures provided by Nielsen and ABC, respectively.
Last year, NZI and FCB told the tale of a cursed chair wreaking havoc on various businesses in a fictional, aninated town called Port Avon. The primary focus was for the brand to get noticed and, more importantly, liked—and all in one of the dullest, least-engaging categories possible. They succeeded and ‘Devil’s Chair’ became one of New Zealand’s most popular TV commercials. But, as the ad says, bad’s not going anywhere, and the evil has spread to other inanimate workplace objects.
Over the weekend, Fairfax distributed a revamp of Sunday, the magazine insert included on a weekly basis with the Sunday Star-Times. The new version features an updated portrait layout, more pages and a combination of new content and the return of various favourites that have thus far appeared in the pages of the magazine over the last ten years. To incorporate the new design elements, Fairfax brought in art director Delaney Tabron to work closely with Sunday editor Rebecca Kamm, who joined the publication in January.
The ‘Beer Census’ ad created by Barnes, Catmur & Friends for Boundary Road Brewery has picked up the Newspaper Ad of the Month for August as part of News Works’ Agency League competition.
The quarterly magazine readership and circulation figures have been released by Nielsen and the Audit Bureau of Circulation respectively, and, in what has been a consistent trend over the last few quarters, weekly publications continue to bleed readers while special interest magazines, released less frequently, continue to hold strong.
The rural sector has helped keep New Zealand afloat over the past few fairly difficult years and, as the amount of spending done at Fieldays shows, it’s a sector with a fair bit of confidence (and cash) at the moment. And, in an effort to better reach that sector, APN NZ has launched The Land, a new weekly rural publication sandwiched between the pages of APN’s six regional newspapers that are read across the North Island by town and country dwellers alike.
Forest & Bird’s interactive print campaign continues to forge ahead, and this time readers will be graduated from using a $5 note and asked to reach for their $10 and $50 note, to put the whio or the kokako back into the illustrated scene. Meanwhile, the $5 campaign is forging into uncharted territory for Forest & Bird: the readers of New Idea.
Earlier today, Fairfax Media Limited and APN News & Media Limited announced a proposed printing agreement that will see a consolidation of the pair’s printing processes in the upper North Island. Under the arrangement, APN will provide printing services to Fairfax in New Zealand for several newspapers at its Ellerslie facility, including the Waikato Times, Sunday Star-Times, Sunday News and other community titles. “The deal has not yet been finalised although the high-level terms have been approved,” says an APN spokesperson.
Mana Magazine, which has been in circulation since 1993, will from issue 118 be relaunched by Kowhai Media, the current publisher of New Zealand Geographic. Until now, the bi-monthly magazine has been published by Mana Productions, a company owned and operated by Derek Fox and, according to a release on the Mana website, this move will see Fox’s responsibilities limited to only providing editorial contributions.
Brother Design is lending its award-winning design skills to a good cause in a new campaign for not-for-profit organisation Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) by launching a print campaign to raise awareness about ‘Feel Better’ month, which runs over the course of July. LGFB focuses on improving the self-esteems of cancer sufferers by teaching them make-up techniques in an effort to help them overcome the taxing toll that treatments take on the body. The make-up training sessions are held periodically at workshops, which cancer suffers can register for via the LGFB website.
The latest Forest & Bird fundraising print campaign by Ogilvy & Mather New Zealand hopes to get readers physically reaching into their wallets by asking them to hold up a $5 note and complete the picture of the Campbell Island flora and fauna.
The New Zealand Institute of Management has bought New Zealand Management magazine from McDonald Vague, the receiver appointed to the magazine’s previous publisher, MediaWeb. Following this acquisition, the new owner struck up a publishing partnership with Auckland-based Adrenalin Publishing to resume publishing of the magazine, which is in its 60th year of circulation. PLUS: While McDonald Vague receiver Tony Maginness wouldn’t comment on how much the magazine had been sold for, he did admit that it was less than initially hoped for.