Every year, StopPress asks players in the local industry for their reflections on the marketing year that was. Here's what Spencer Bailey, head of Facebook New Zealand, has to say.
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Facebook has appointed experienced media man Spencer Bailey as the head of the New Zealand arm of the business. The appointment of Bailey brings an end to Stephen Scheeler’s stint as the acting head of Facebook New Zealand, and this sees Scheeler return to his previous role of head of retail and automotive for both Australia and New Zealand.
All around the world, the advertising cash is flowing online. But, in some cases, it's been proven to be flowing to the wrong places. The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) in the US has been doing all it can to deal with sophisticated scams involving non-human traffic that are thought to be stealing billions from advertisers, and the New Zealand outpost is attempting to ensure its house is in order too with the formation of a new standards and guidelines council.
For some consumers, auto-play video is an annoyance that has them searching for the x or mute buttons. For many publishers, it's a good way to tap into the rise of online video, which, according to the IAB's numbers for the last quarter, has increased its share in New Zealand from 12 percent to 17 percent YoY (with a total of $120 million last quarter, that equates to around $20 million). And APN is aiming to get a bigger slice of that pie with the launch of In-Read video, a new advertising unit that shows video within its editorial environments.
With a restructure currently taking place, assets being sold and general tough times in the newspaper industry being faced up to, APN certainly has a lot on its plate at the moment. But the local and international awards its digital team have won—from best website for the fourth time in five years at the Canon Media Awards to a few mentions at The Webbys—show it's creating international quality solutions and doing its best to keep pace with rapidly changing media consumption habits. And APN Digital New Zealand was recognised again last week at the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers 2012 Digital Media Awards for the Asia Pacific region, with the recently redesigned nzherald.co.nz winning silver in the best in online media - newspaper website category, following up another silver in 2010.
The 'compact' weekday Herald is just around the corner. But APN New Zealand's digital team will also have a few new toys to play with, with a revamped nzherald.co.nz website, a new social reader for Facebook and updated mobile and tablet apps set to go live on Monday 10 September. And to help keep everyone up to date with "the most significant changes being made to the company’s print and online products for a decade", it has even launched a new microsite, nzherald.co.nz/themoreyouknow.
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APN is claiming to be the first New Zealand publisher to launch an augmented reality app, with The Herald's TimeOut section being made into an interactive print product through the use of regularly updated virtual content.
APN has been focusing on upping the Herald's game in the digital and mobile space of late, and it's done a very good job, with a well-received and award-winning iPad App and mobile site and more on the way soon. As a result of this focus, some brands in its stable have been left behind in this regard and The Listener is a prime example of that. Well, now the website has been completely redesigned by the in-house team to bring it into the modern media era. But the advertiser-funded strategy remains—for the moment, at least.
Fairfax Media is expanding its portable news repertoire, last week announcing the launch of its first Android app for Stuff.co.nz. That means “more people than ever can get up to date with Stuff’s award winning news on the go”, according to Fairfax digital general manager Nigel Tutt.
The nation's watercoolers have been abuzz with speculation for the last couple of weeks after the NZ Notworth News campaign went live. Well, the culprits can be revealed, with nzherald.co.nz, its agency M&C Saatchi and production company Small Town Media behind the satirical Anchorman-esque broadcasting network.
nzherald.co.nz has signalled a strategic change in direction, moving away from page impressions as a predominant measure of a site’s success and towards metrics that provide greater transparency to advertisers.