Browsing: Vincent Heeringa

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The Stoppies 2017: the Wildcard winners
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Unlike most awards, during the judging the team decided we need to make up a few more specific categories to reward some other moments, people and businesses we felt were deserving of a special nod. Although they didn’t walk away with a special doorstop trophy, we hope they basked in a warm of glow of victory as they were announced.

Opinion
As Idealog celebrates a decade in the ideas business, co-founder Vincent Heeringa explains how it intends to last a few more
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This month Idealog magazine published its 60th edition. A decade in publishing is an achievement worth celebrating—especially this decade—but co-founder Vincent Heeringa knows things need to keep changing if it’s to last another ten. Here’s his manifesto for the next ten years—and he believes the rules also apply to media in general.

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NZ Retail magazine gets a refit, gives birth to online baby TheRegister.co.nz
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NZ Retail magazine has been serving the local retail sector for almost 70 years and it’s set to be relaunched as a fatter, much savvier bi-monthly magazine in February next year. Plus, it will also deliver a long-awaited online extension, TheRegister.co.nz, a daily news service for the Kiwi retail sector, with news, features, jobs and case studies delivered in a mobile-friendly website.

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BMW connects with Connected Drive
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While Google messes about with a self-driving car, BMW is bringing the digital world to the driver in its newly released Connected Drive system. Already available in many parts of the globe, the onboard internet and SOS service comes standard with all new beemers in New Zealand, with optional subscriber services such as a 24/7 concierge phone service and a series of apps for integrating the car with your phone and home computer. But, um, why? Many of the features, such as GPS navigation, phone, internet and digital radio are available on all smart phones. So are AA, tow trucks and ambulances. So why not just bluetooth your brick and flick on the hands free?

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Lost in translation
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Back in 1964, sci-fi writer and biochemistry professor Isaac Asimov wrote an article for The New York Times predicting what life might be like in 2014. He got a few things right (although he was off in other areas, but humans do tend to remember the hits and overlook the many misses of futurists and psychics, something often known as the Jeane Dixon effect). And while there’s no doubt we live in a remarkable age, filled with an array of remarkable innovations designed to make our lives easier, we’re still obviously a long way from cracking the audio-to-text puzzle, as this transcript of an interview Vincent Heeringa recently gave to James Hurman that was converted by an automated online service attests.

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‘Intelligence applied’: The Briefing embarks on a quest to target the top two percent
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There’s been a fair bit of carnage in the local business and trade press in recent years, with The Independent closing, Fairfax flicking on a few of its titles and moving Unlimited online, and Mediaweb seemingly hanging on for dear life at present. But Vincent Heeringa, publisher of Idealog and NZ Marketing, is hoping to fill what he thinks is fairly large information void with The Briefing, a membership-style media offering aimed at leaders from the C-Suite “who share the determination to transform their business in a world of radical change”.

Movings/shakings
Walden begins hunt for successor, but he’ll ‘be around for a few Christmas parties yet’
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When David Walden left the relative safety of the multinationals to set up the Auckland office of Whybin\TBWA back in 1997, there were more than a few doubters predicting its swift demise or claiming it would simply be a postbox for the international network. Those doubters were wrong, of course, and the agency has become firmly ensconced in the upper echelons. But he’s not going to be around forever, and Walden, one of the most enigmatic characters in the ad industry, is making preparations to hand over the reins. PLUS: Vincent Heeringa’s NZ Marketing profile republished.

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From sluggish German to lively local: Volkswagen drives off with supreme TVNZ-NZ Marketing award in the boot
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2012 marks the 21st anniversary of the TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards. And, in keeping with the traditions of the land, it emerged into adulthood this year with a new central theme of Everything Marketing and eight new categories, including financial, technology, automotive, utilities/communications, lifestyle/travel/leisure and sponsorship. And coming out at the head of the field with the supreme award was Volkswagen, with ex-Westpac and soon-to-be BNZ head of brand Ian Moody named as marketer of the year, Whittaker’s Jasmine Griffin named as rookie marketer of the year, Air New Zealand taking the marketing excellence award and Pfizer, Z Energy and Red Witch both picking up multiple awards.

Opinion
Learn to Spin: a review
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At last, a handbook for PR at its best. Spin was turned into an art form by former Tony Blair acolyte, Alistair Campbell, during the second Gulf War. So it’s been a surprisingly long time before someone finally codified this essential PR discipline into a ‘best practice’ manual. And …

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Mar/Apr NZ Marketing deemed good enough to eat by experts
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Looking for some words to read and pictures to look at? We’ve got just the thing: a freshly minted copy of NZ Marketing magazine. It’s out now, and there’s plenty to sink your eyes into. Our cover star Dave Walden feeds our own Vincent Heeringa some humble pie, during a very long, very expensive and very overdue lunch; James Hurman shares a few parting shots; we look at whether it’s the best or worst time to be in the TV biz, head outdoors to see if 2011 was just a fluke, and talk to some recruitment high-rollers to find out where job hunters should be looking; Nielsen’s AIS figures show 2011’s big spenders–and where they spent it; and there’s a rundown of all the winners of the RSVP and Nexus awards. 

Awards/events
MLG brings commercial power of creative PR to the fore at upcoming forum
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The conversation economy just keeps getting bigger—and, as the regular social media fails show, scarier. So to help marketers benefit from it rather than get slapped by it, the CAANZ Marcomms Leadership Group (MLG) is following up the sell-out New Rules of Brand Engagement event last year with Re-Imagining PR: How ideas-led PR can help business, a forum featuring the brains behind the Cannes 2011 PR Grand Prix winner National Australia Bank’s Break Up campaign, PR Gold Lion winner Bundaberg’s Watermark, as well as Lynne Anne Davis from Asia Pacific PR agency of the year, Fleishman Hillard Asia Pacific. 

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Idealog, Idealog, it’s big it’s heavy it’s wood*
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The Design Issue of the recently redesigned and relaunched Idealog is out now. And it’s the first mag with ex-NBR advertising newshound Hazel Phillips’ name attached as editor (“It’s awesome. Buy it. Or else,” she says with positive aggression). Highlights include the cover story on Avanti’s success, a man who’s selling coffee machines to Italians and Vincent Heeringa’s look at design-led food and beverages. Check out everything else that’s on offer here and, for all those with fancy jabscreen machines, you can download the latest issue on Zinio for a measly $6 here.

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Inspiration for breakfast: Sam Morgan helps launch pimped out Idealog (with pics)
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New cover, courtesy of DDB

Idealog was first launched six years ago and it has won best business magazine at the Magazine Awards every year since. Even so, when you’re putting out a mag focused on innovation, there’s always room for improvement, so co-founder and publisher Vincent Heeringa, ex-editor and digital boffin Matt Cooney (the NBR’s Hazel Phillips takes over in mid July), the Image Centre team and DDB, which was responsible for the cover concept and the small ad campaign, gave the old girl a good going over. The latest issue features new sections, a new lay-out, new writers and a soon-to-be-relaunched daily business news service and tablet offering, all filtered through the sieve of innovation and ideas. And to celebrate the transformation, Idealog invited Sam Morgan to speak about some of his business ventures and the importance of media that inspires New Zealanders to try turning their ideas into income.

 

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UPDATED – Groove Guide calls for last drinks?
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More music media closures? Maybe not. After announcing yesterday that Groove Guide is producing its last issue, it appears several life lines have been tossed towards Tangible Media.

Publisher Vincent Heeringa is tightlipped about who and what and where.

“The announcement has flushed out a number of potential partners and …

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Tangible gets into a Good Groove with dual relaunches
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The winds of change have blown for two titles in the Tangible Media stable, with the rejigged weekly Groove Guide set to launch with a renewed pop cultural zest and a new but familiar editor at the helm, as well as a relaunch and an editorial reshuffle at sustainable living magazine Good.

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Real Groove calls it a day, but finds its new Groove close by
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It lasted 196 issues, 18 years, was close to folding on a number of occasions and has been holding on for dear life for a while now. But Real Groove, a publication that long time contributor Gary Steel calls “New Zealand’s only serious music magazine”, couldn’t hold on any longer, so the October issue featuring Leonard Cohen on the cover will be the magazine’s last in its current format. It’s not all doom and gloom, however, because the best of Real Groove is set to move sideways into a pimped out version of its free weekly street press publication The Groove Guide.

Awards/events
Best in the Kiwi marketing business recognised as award finalists announced
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With three times as many entries than the 2009 edition, the esteemed judges of the 2010 TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards had a pretty tough job ahead of them deciding on the finalists. But after plenty of discussion, dissection and deliberation, the judging has come to an end and NZ Marketing magazine and the New Zealand Marketing Association (NZMA) can announce this year’s leading contenders.

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