Despite the ubiquitous nature of digital communications and millennials spreading their time across a range of screens, television remains a hugely valuable platform for delivering emotive content with the scale, impact and the effective frequency required to create meaningful business impact.
Saatchi & Saatchi and Starcom New Zealand have been appointed by Chorus as its new creative and media agencies, following a competitive pitch that began at the end of 2016. The win sees incumbent agency Contagion hand over the account.
In May, New Zealand Post and its subsidiary Kiwibank announced that they would merge their media accounts and appoint a single agency to take care of the media side of the business. This announcement came with the consequence that at least one of the long-time account holders for the respective businesses—Ikon (Kiwibank) and Starcom (NZ Post)—would lose its account. And now, after a pitching process, Kiwibank’s head of marketing communications and content Regan Savage has confirmed that OMD has won the account, leaving both incumbents’ ledgers a little barer.
In an effort to catch the attention of the increasingly uninterested youth segment of the population, the Electoral Commission has already commissioned Lorde to appear in a pair of videos in which she encourages eligible Kiwis to use the right she still doesn’t have. Tallying a cumulative total of about 30,000 views, these videos have attracted a decent level of attention, but they haven’t been shared sufficiently to reach all the young Kiwis who are yet to enrol. So, to consolidate these online and TV efforts, the Electoral Commission has now taken its message to a channel that is particularly popular among the younger segments of the population, Pandora.
New Zealand Post and its in-house subsidiary Kiwibank have announced plans to bring their media accounts together, and several agencies are currently involved in a pitch for the new combined account.
After 25 years on Wellington’s Courtenay Place, Saatchi & Saatchi will be moving to the capital’s swanky new Clyde Quay Wharf, with Starcom as a housemate. The agency says the move reflects a new team and a new era.
In August last year, Middle East Campaign reported that Havas Media had won the global media account for Emirates from Starcom MediaVest Group. This change now seems to have rippled into the Kiwi market, as Emirates has confirmed the move of its New Zealand media business from Starcom to Lassoo. Updated with a comment from Lassoo director Anna St George.
Warehouse Stationery has embarked on its biggest brand transformation in 22 years, and it’s all about the new, with a new logo, new colours, new instore environments and a new brand campaign from its new agency .99.
ZenithOptimedia has had a fairly difficult few months since the controversial closure of its sister agency Publicis Mojo just before Christmas. But, in what general manager Sophia Quilian sees as “the start of a rejuvenated [agency]”, it’s been appointed to the Palmers Gardenworld business without a pitch. The incumbent was Total Media.
ZO completes its management team, Clems chief financial officer heads for the rum, Y&R adds to its digital chops, Air New Zealand puts even more emphasis on the customer experience, Dita De Boni heads to PR, The Pond adds a digital heavyweight, Commando gets one back, Southern PR bolsters the line-up, On the Grill takes biscuit and Linda Clark returns to TV.
Telecom has reorganised its agency partners and shifted its media business from Starcom to a newly-created, Omnicom-owned ‘integrated data-driven hub’ called Dynamo that will take care of all its media planning, media buying, direct marketing planning and analytics.
DraftFCB took a couple of .99’s biggest accounts last year in the form of Vodafone and Air New Zealand, but it looks likes .99 has got some retribution as it’s won the Genesis Energy pitch along with justONE. And there’s also a change in media, with Starcom taking over from the incumbent Spark.
Yahoo! New Zealand’s inaugural Digital Stars Awards have been on the hunt for the country’s best emerging digital media talent and, after scrutinising 18 savvy entries, the list has been narrowed down and the five finalists revealed, representing a decent cross-section of Kiwi agencies.
There’s Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, and our very own David Tua. Sure, the boxing world has been graced by many a talent over the decades, but Adshel reckons the pool of knockout talent isn’t the exclusive domain of athletes. Its newly launched Knockout campaign is an intercontinental battle where the best Adshel campaigns from the previous quarter are pitted against each other, with the ultimate power falling into the hands of you, the discerning industry player, to cast your vote.
Auckland indie Federation has been chosen by Emirates to handle its creative account in the New Zealand market. Federation won the account after a robust pitch lasting several months, understood to have involved at least two other agencies, including the incumbents Saatchi & Saatchi. As the agency of record, Federation will be responsible for brand, digital, direct and trade marketing, working alongside the Emirates corporate communications team in Dubai.
It is out with the old, and in with the new, in another exciting installment of “Who Goes Where?” TV3 loses feisty reporter Mihi Forbes to Maori TV, VENA NZ snaffles Grant Hyland from VIM, all the news from Fuse, NZ Geographic gets taken over internally – ouchies, a large benign growth in Traffic leads to Parnell relocation, viva la VivaKi, Botica Butler Raudon PR joins the Oriella stable, and this year’s new black – please welcome Tangerine Tango, soon to be seen everywhere.
Newspapers have had a bit of bad press lately (geddit?), facing dwindling sales and circulation as news junkies get their fixes for free online. But newspapers still remain close to Kiwis hearts, even when they’re overseas. To prove it Special Group placed the front page of the Herald in the free daily newspaper Metro for thousands of Kiwis living overseas to read.
Vivaki, the Publicis-owned group charged with managing the combined resource of Starcom, ZenithOptimedia and Razorfish, has announced three significant new leadership roles across Starcom and the group, with Alex Radford, Richard Thompson and Jo Reid all getting the call up.
Starcom recently snatched fourth quarter victory at the Yahoo!Xtra Digital Strategy Awards, and its Emirates Luxury campaign was deemed good enough to beat out the the other three quarterly contenders—MEC with its Caltex with Techron campaign, joint team Gladeye and Zed Digital with the House of Travel mixandmatcher and Spark PHDIQ with its Unilever Sunsilk Co-creations campaign—for the overall 2010 title.
Emirates appears to have gone on a bit of a media spending spree recently and it’s been rewarded with more than just additional passengers after Starcom’s online campaign took out Yahoo!Xtra’s fourth quarter Digital Strategy Award.
The big boy’s club gets bigger at TVNZ. From today it has appointed Colenso BBDO as its brand agency to complement AIM Proximity, who has been TVNZ’s digital agency for the past 15 months. It’s a clever collaborative Clemenger Group consolidation.
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