In light of Emirates Team New Zealand’s epic triumph, Stickman’s been quick come out with his own reenactment of this morning’s action.
With the All Blacks vs Lions matches an occasion for both hardcore enthusiasts and fairweather fans alike, plenty of brands have been quick to grab a slice of the sport’s lucrative commercial pie. In honour of this, we present to you our completely arbitrary set of awards for rugby mania in adland.
From a boppy spot about Kiwi cliches to a somewhat awkward tour around Auckland’s best ‘training grounds’, there’s been no shortage of ads promoting the much anticipated Lions Tour. Many of the ads have focused on highlighting New Zealand’s scenery and culture, and Flying Fish has continued the tradition with a spot for Sky Sports UK.
With sports teams, we often speak in the possessive, referring to “our team”, “our win” or “our home turf” even though none of those things actually belong to us. Well, BNZ is looking to give the endless stream of possessive phrases some more meaning with a new campaign that allows New Zealanders to claim a piece of the Crusaders’ turf for themselves.
Judging by the numerous rugby-related office discussions and the blanket media coverage—from the above board chat on outlets like Radio New Zealand to the below board banter inside a giant scrotum as part of the Alternative Commentary Collective’s Champagne Rugby, you could be forgiven for thinking the nation has a collective ‘code boner’ over the Rugby World Cup at present. But is rugby losing its lustre in New Zealand? And is there a limit to the All Black appropriation?
Dr. Paul Bracewell, founding partner and chief data scientist at Dot Loves Data, says the statistics being thrown around in the media about the 2015 Rugby World Cup are typical of many applications of analytics in the business world: there are few actionable insights being provided. So he crunched the numbers and showed that the simplest solution is often the best.