The pre-Christmas and summer-themed campaigns meant Colmar Brunton was spoiled for choice when determining the winner of the Ad Impact Award for November but above all, it was Farmers’ ‘Secret Santa’ by FCB that stood out.
Browsing: Tip Top
Forget the snow-capped hills and crackling fires of our Northern Hemisphere neighbours, December in New Zealand is a time for sandy toes, salt sprayed hair, jandal tan lines, and barbecue lunches. And to accommodate this distinct holiday imagery, advertising agencies over the years have tailored their approach to campaigning in a bid to appeal to New Zealand’s sun-obsessed masses. So from the ridiculously weird to the downright ingenious, we look back at some of the best summer-themed ads this country has produced.
Top Top Ice Cream has released a new campaign for its Memphis Meltdown, championing it as “the world’s original triple dipped ice cream”, however rather than making our mouths water the video leaves a bad taste.
Griffin’s biscuit bakers have once again joined forces with Tip Top, to surprise bikkie lovers with two new mash ups: Goody Goody Gumdrops Squiggles and Choc Bar Mallow Puffs.
Every year, in the lead up to summer, the major ice cream brands operating across the nation, release new flavours in a bid to attract consumers that search for respite from the heat in the shape of frozen dairy products. And for this year’s edition of the frozen aisle battle, Fonterra-owned Tip Top has added a new contender into the mix by launching the Top Notch range of premium ice creams.
A number of ads featuring top sports stars often revolve around them needing the very best to perform at their peak (even if it is rugby players needing the very best deodorant, hair care products or, most ridiculously, batteries). But George Weston Foods, Colenso BBDO and Finch have given that advertising cliche a bit of a nudge by focusing on a hardcore four square warrior for the launch of its new Tip Top Hi-Protein Bread.
According to research conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry in London, one spoonful of ice cream could stimulate an immediate and positive effect on the brain’s orbitofrontal cortex. What this means is that ice cream makes eaters feel better and this is reflected in how they treat others and how productive they are. Ever the skeptics, Tip Top’s creative agency Colenso BBDO decided to put this theory to the test by conducting some uncontrolled and scientifically questionable experiments on unsuspecting Kiwis.
For those of you that thought social media was just for sharing selfies and pretending your life’s way better than it actually is, think again. New Zealand brands and their fans are using the medium for a lot more than that. They are using it together to make things happen. PLUS: we look at examples of crowd-sourcing gone wrong.
Global marketing and advertising resource Warc launched the Warc 100 last night, an annual ranking that is “designed to be a benchmark for commercial creativity”. And Colenso BBDO/Proximity featured three times and DDB featured once.
Colenso BBDO is the only Kiwi agency still standing in the Radio category after the shortlist was announced overnight. The Auckland-based agency’s campaign for Memphis Meltdown has been shortlisted twice for the ‘Voice Transplant’ and ‘Listen to your Stomach’ spots and the agency also got received nominations for the ‘Talkies’, ‘Meditation’ and ‘K9FM’ spots created for Pedigree.
Tip Top has made new promotional posters that use artificial food colourings discarded in its move to natural ingredients. It’s also wooing communities outside Auckland with virtual reality games designed to draw the crowds over summer.
Foursquare, Memphis Meltdown and Freedom Farms all got some decent brand exposure in front of 80,000 people at this year’s instalment of the Red Bull Trolley Grand Prix. PLUS: Red Bull wins friends and influences companies with its cool factor.
As Tip Top and Colenso BBDO launch the new campaign promoting the reformulated, all-natural range of ice creams, Colenso BBDO/Proximity have been handed the top award for an unprecedented second year in a row at the DMA International ECHO Awards Competition for the launch of its brand platform, ‘Feel Tip Top’, backing up its Diamond for the Pedigree ‘Doggelganger’ campaign in 2012.
Prior to the launch of Tip Top’s brand platform ‘Feel Tip Top’ around one year ago, Colenso BBDO’s Nick Garrett said the Fonterra-owned company had been in something of a holding pattern as it dealt with various business issues like distribution and supplying a couple of key product ranges. Once it had that sorted, it travelled around the country delivering a dose of the feelgoods to Kiwis. And now it’s promoting the fact that, as of January, it’s entire range will only feature natural colours and ingredients.
The Memphis Meltdown ice cream brand will be constantly in the ear and eyes of young summer revellers thanks to a new campaign by Colenso BBDO that spans radio, point of sale, Adshels and even an actual giant ear; and new packaging from Interbrand.
TVNZ has welcomed another brand to the stage of New Zealand’s Got Talent, with Tip Top joining primary sponsor Toyota as a commercial production partner for this year’s series.
Tip Top bread, a George Weston Foods brand, gained a few fans when chief executive Greg Coffey announced the establishment of its Nourish Our Kids programme on Campbell Live in February. The new initiative is a long-term commitment to work with Kidscan and help alleviate child hunger—and it fitted in nicely with Campbell Live’s quest to bring attention to and create solutions for child poverty. And now it’s promoting the programme with a simple but effective TV ad showing two very different worlds colliding.
Where Kiwi kids may once have had a melting Popsicle dribbling down their chin as they climbed trees, played BYC or harassed geckos over summer, it seems they’re much more likely to be eating a Popsicle and staring at a screen these days. So, to tap into this evolution and add a bit of digi-fun to the brand, Tip Top and Colenso BBDO have tipped their hat to the classic arcade game Asteroids and custom-designed something similar to promote the new Popsicle Blasta.
There are a few things you can expect from a New Zealand summer: torrential rain, sunburnt tops of the feet and sausage and booze-related weight gain. You can also expect a campaign from Tip Top, but this year’s effort is a bit different—and more logistically challenging—than normal, because it’s launched a big new brand platform and is “on a mission to make New Zealand Feel Tip Top this summer, one ice cream at a time”.
It hasn’t been a particularly ice block friendly summer in New Zealand. But at least the ice block advertising looks to be of good quality, because, for the second month in a row, ice blocks have run away with Colmar Brunton’s Ad Impact Award after Tip Top’s ‘Tongue Twista’ Popsicle ad was judged the winner of the December round.
It may be the new kid on the ice block, but Tip Top’s campaign for the Ice Bar Co., which was created by Colenso BBDO, overshadowed the rest of the competition to win the November round of Colmar Brunton’s Ad Impact Award. And, judging by sales, the products are proving popular with the slightly wrinklier target market.
Tip Top launched its new range of Ice Bar Co. ice blocks last year and, slightly unusually, aimed them directly at the grown-ups. Typically, ice blocks were something for the kids to get all over their faces, and their popularity with this demographic meant such treats were always in jeopardy if the stash happened to be discovered in the freezer. But thankfully, Colenso BBDO has come up with an ingenious product that aims to keep the goods safe from the greedy little thieving parasites (or from curious flatmates): a frozen pea packet camouflage system that uses the threat of vegetables and phrases like ‘now extra bland’ and ‘eight fewer flavours than ever before’ to put mischievous kids off the scent. Get yours for free here.
2011 was a big year for Adshel, with the departure of Australian-based chief executive Steve McCarthy and marketing director Elvira Lodewick, the reinstitution of the much-loved Adshel Rally after a six-year hiatus and the added buoyancy—and, in many cases, frustration—brought to the outdoor sector by the RWC. So, take it away national sales director Nick Vile.
As far as first world problems go, searching for a scoop of hokey pokey on the summer roadtrip and discovering the store you stop at doesn’t do cones is right up there. It just doesn’t feel right if it’s not dripping down your arm and smothered all over your face. Thankfully, Tip Top and Colenso are attempting to remedy this with the new Scoop app, which gives ice-cream fiends the coordinates of their closest roller.