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What makes a good brand partnership? Spark’s experience
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Finding commercial partners is a cost-effective way to reach a wider, or desired audience. When a brand pairing works well, it can garner great results and high engagement. But what makes a good partnership? One brand that has paired wisely and has the results to show for it is Spark. Spark’s general manager of marketing Clive Ormerod talks us through some of the thinking behind its brand alignments.

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We grammin’—and Spark wants to gram it with you
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Spark is continuing to utilise its younger, cooler post-rebrand persona by venturing into target market territory. Its most recent effort is its summer Instagram campaign, developed with its PR agency Sherson Willis, which rewards the most creative fans with credit (or as Spark calls it, ‘social currency’) if they capture and share Instagram shots (based on trending images on the platform) with the correct hashtag. And halfway through the campaign, the telco has already given away thousands of dollars of credit, increased sign ups and seen a growth in its Instagram following.

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Vodafone facilitates a game of chess, builds on the ‘life’s better together’ platform
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Earlier this year, Vodafone changed creative direction with the introduction of an adorable porcine character named Piggy Sue, whose heartfelt story relayed the point that ‘life’s better together’. And now, the red telco has built on the positioning with a new ad that shows the value of mobile technology in keeping people connected through a brief story about a grandfather playing a game of chess with his grandson.

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1 + 1 = you should switch to our network: 2degrees uses a comparative calculator to court consumers
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Calculators are useful things. Or perhaps they were useful things before smartphones came along and made them somewhat redundant (unless you pursue a study/career in maths or science, are in highschool or want to write ‘80085’ or ‘55378008’ into the device). But 2degrees is proving other kinds of calculators can be useful, and it’s used its own one which it says reveals Kiwis are paying too much for their mobile, with millions more dollars in savings possible if they make the switch to a different provider aka 2degrees.

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All aboard for the telco tell-all
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Today’s consumers are fickle. It’s becoming harder to find loyal customers who won’t jump ship at the sight of a sweeter deal. They demand more for less, and are more willing than ever to shop around rather than sticking with a ‘preferred’ brand or provider. The telco industry knows this better than most. And you can find out how some of the country’s biggest players are dealing with it, differentiating themselves and inspiring customer loyalty and at the MA’s next Knowledge Bites event on Tuesday.

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From blog to brand: Mauricio Freitas (Geekzone)
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In this series, we talk to Kiwi keyboard tappers that have managed to shift from the personal realm of blogging to create online media brands that are widely read (and in some cases profitable). In this segment, we chat to Mauricio Freitas, the founder of Geekzone.

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Telecom confirms up to 1230 jobs to be axed – UPDATED
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Between 930 and 1230 jobs will be cut at Telecom in a round of cost cutting measures, the company has announced to the New Zealand Stock Exchange. This may be a “necessary evil” for a top heavy company with more than 2870 staff earning six-figure salaries.

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Vodafone launches 4G in New Zealand
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Vodafone launches 4G internet in New Zealand, leaving Telecom looking rather silly with its 100-person trials. Includes new TVC featuring Boy star James Rolleston, and a time-travelling DeLorean.

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Orcon seeks Iggy Pop tarts
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The man himself

Iggy Pop is making a new band – and plans to fill it with Kiwis he meets online.

The 62-year-old Godfather of Punk is inviting Kiwi musicians to help him re-record The Passenger, one of his best known solo tracks. It’s all part of a promotion from …

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Shock, horror – Aussie telcos tell the truth
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Three top Australian telecommunications companies have promised to be more truthful in their advertising. What a novel idea.

In an effort to stamp out dubious and misleading claims in the telco industry, Telstra, Vodafone and Optus have assured the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that they will improve their …