Following the news that FCB has lost the Volkswagen account to DDB and Paper Plus to Contagion, the agency has said goodbye to a large number of staff.
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Volkswagen has released a new spot via FCB that shows New Zealand hockey captain Simon Child toying with the features of his Golf GTI after arriving to the hockey turf a little early. This spot follows on from VW's recent pulled ad, which invited criticism for showing unsafe practices. And while the new spot doesn't show any slipping and falling, it does tread into risky territory by focusing on the speed of the new vehicle.
Following the news that Volkswagen New Zealand was set to part ways with its agency of around two years, Colenso BBDO, and the recent discovery of dodgy software that cheated on emissions tests, FCB New Zealand has been handed the creative business—and been given a pretty big challenge to help the brand win back people's trust.
When it comes to corporations, history shows that consumers tend to forgive accidents—and even stupidity. But willful deception is another kettle of fish. And Volkswagen inventing technology to cheat on its emissions tests is about as willful and deceptive as it gets (if it wasn’t so evil, you could almost applaud their inventiveness). So far, it has had a major impact on Volkswagen’s share price (and other car brands’ share prices), it is getting ready for a recall of 11 million cars, billions of dollars in fines are on the cards and the first of what could be many lawsuits have already been filed. Some believe it could bring Volkswagen to its knees. So can the company recover from this reputational car crash? And what can marketers learn from the saga?
The marketing world is keen on vending machine stunts, with stunts allowing them to accept everything from hugs to Canadian passports to piano playing to motionlessness (this trend was skewered nicely by Taxi). Now, in an effort to tackle pollution, Volkswagen has created one that accepts batteries instead of currency in Russia.
Listen: Airbnb user design experience manager Jenny Arden on design building trust, design-thinking and designer-founders
Now, if we had seen an ad, say 10 years ago that said “don’t selfie and drive” no one would have had a clue what that was about. But with new technology (and front-facing cameras) comes new dangers, and now Volkswagen has released a campaign which aims to stop drivers taking selfies while on the road.
DDB's ads for Volkswagen back in the 1960s are regarded as some of the best ever made, as evidenced by Think Small's first place on Ad Age's top 100 campaigns of the last century. And, as this parody called 'nine ways to improve an ad' from 1963 shows, it pays to remember that simplicity is still the best approach.
When colonialism meets commercialism: Sky and ANZ aim to spark interest in the Commonwealth Games—UPDATED
There's no better way to celebrate centuries of oppressive colonialism than with a series of sporting contests. Thankfully, we've got the Commonwealth Games for that. And while they might not be quite as prestigious (or popular) as the Olympics, official broadcaster Sky TV and NZ Olympic Committee sponsor ANZ are doing all they can to draw attention to the upcoming Glasgow games.
Not long after one seemingly solid agency-client partnership came to an end when 2degrees shifted from TBWA\ to Special, another seemingly solid agency-client partnership is also up in the air, with Volkswagen putting its business up for pitch. Plus: Hyundai's recent move.
Volkswagen hit a speed bump this year when it voluntarily (with the help of a bit of media pressure) recalled more than 2,500 cars due to reliability issues. However, it's another type of recall which has got the German car manufacturer's motor running.
As part of our push to remind you marcomms folk to get your entries in for the 2013 TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards (entries close 5pm Friday 24 May), we're asking some past winners to tell us about their glorious victory, what it meant to the business and why these awards are different. Hello there Denise Goodwin, ex-Volkswagen marketing chief and now head of marketing at Flooring Brands.
Dow Design is on a mission to prove the commercial value of good design. And with a win in the TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards for Fonterra, a finalist in the new Best Effect Award for Hellers, a number of big redesigns for big FMCG brands, it seems to be doing a good job of it. Founder Annie Dow and business development director Jenny McMillan speak their piece.
While Volkswagen dominates overseas, research showed that Kiwis thought the brand was too cold, too bland and too European. So to change that, it invested heavily in indigenous research and advertising, launched some very successful new products and quickly went from ‘niche street to main street’. National marketing manager Denise Goodwin opines on the year that was.
We'll be showcasing all the winners of the TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards on StopPress over the coming days. And we're kicking things off with big winner Volkswagen, which invested heavily in indigenous research and advertising to better connect the brand with Kiwis, launched some very successful new products and quickly went from ‘niche street to main street’.