Start spreadin' the news... NZ's own Dave King, M&C Saatchi NZ’s executive creative director, has won the prestigious Irving Wunderman award at the 34th John Caples International Awards Gala, held recently in New York. In fact, the entire Kiwi contingent will be 'waking up in the city that doesn't sleep' to find they're 'king of the hill, top of the heap'–between them they managed to bring home 50 awards from a record 51 finalist places (that's one more than Australia, thank you very much), including seven Golds, 12 Silvers, six Bronzes and 25 Finalists. That'll melt those little town blues.
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NZ Post certainly doesn't like the trend towards receiving bills electronically, but it makes a lot of sense in these digital, environmentally conscious times. And RAPP Tribal and Telecom tried to bump up their numbers by dangling a philanthropic carrot with the Bills to Storybooks campaign, what they're calling 'the country’s first ever storybook written by New Zealanders for New Zealanders'.
Consumers generally aren't too enamoured with large corporate entities, even less so in this climate of occupation. And Telecom, with its monopolistic heritage and less than enviable recent track record, is looking for all the love it can get. So, in an effort to show that it isn't just a faceless corporation and really does care about its customers, its direct agency Rapp Tribal came up with a creative way for the employees of one of the country's biggest companies to show their thanks.
The finalists of the direct and interactive marketing showcase that is the John Caples Awards have been announced, with Colenso on top from the local shops with 18 nods, followed by DDB and Rapp Tribal with nine, DraftFCB with seven, AIM Proximity and Republik with three, and .99, Publicis Mojo, Clemenger BBDO and Special Group on one. And in other awards news, Colenso dominated the Digital Media Awards Asia awards recently with two golds and three silvers, while Naked won silver for Powerade Challenge and Rapp Tribal won bronze for Telecom.
In the latest example of the ongoing hostage swapping drama between DDB Group and Clemenger, DDB Group's direct and digital arm Rapp Tribal has appointed AIM Proximity general manager, Colenso head of integration and 'reality hacker' Andy Bell as its new general manager.
RAPP Tribal Wellington recently said goodbye to its general manager Sean Keaney after he took up a position with AIM Proximity. But it's balanced out that bit of bad news with some good after winning the Salvation Army business for the New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga territories after a competitive pitch against two other agencies.
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The wingman. When employed correctly, they're the one person you can count on to bail you out when you’re being hit on by someone in a bar you can’t stand, or, conversely, when you need a hand to seal the deal. But ever heard of a digital wingman? As part of its new campaign to celebrate the return of the Chick’n McCheese, together with the launch of the new spicy Chicken McWings, McDonald’s has teamed up with DDB Group to deliver a campaign that employs the use of puns as well as a virtual wingman to "talk you up".
There were over 1,000 entries from around the world, but there were just 16 golds awarded at the US Direct Marketing Association's Echo awards and two of them went to New Zealand agencies, with .99 continuing its Midas touch with Air New Zealand's 'Nothing to Hide' in the Consumer-Travel & Hospitality/Transportation section and RAPP Tribal winning for its 'Thank You Notes' campaign for Heinz Wattie's Gourmet Dog in the Production Manufacturing and Distribution category.