Another month, another round of ads and in May it was Whittaker’s that hit the sweet spot to win Colmar Brunton’s Ad Impact Award.
Whittaker’s and Assignment Group are marking New Zealand Music Month by joining forces with up-and-coming local musician/songwriter Jasmine Balmer to create an edible chocolate record.
Whittaker’s has grown from humble beginnings to a world-class chocolate company. Partnering with the domestic goddess Nigella Lawson, it’s encouraged consumers to join the switch to New Zealand’s finest chocolate.
Whittaker’s has unveiled a new Destinations range in a star-studded video featuring Nigella Lawson and comedians turned chocolate enthusiasts Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley and Bill Bailey.
Whittaker’s is getting in on the Lions Tour action by releasing ‘The Full Eighty’—a new chocolate flavour that pays tribute to the staying-power of the All Blacks.
Whittaker’s is no stranger to looking to its past. This time, it’s taken inspiration from a 1930s classic to launch its latest Toffee Milk range, but not without a bit of help from a horse and cart.
Over the last few years, we’ve seen Whittaker’s partner with a number of brands, including L&P, Lewis Road Creamery and Jelly Tip, to produce a range of interesting hybrids. And now the Porirua-based chocolate company is continuing its collaborative trend by teaming up with Meridian Energy for a new campaign, focused on renewable energy.
Whittaker’s has released a campaign via Assignment Group to promote the newest additions to its artisan range, and it’s brought back its brand mascot Nigella Lawson.
Easter made its annual round last weekend, which saw many of us, young and old, stuffing ourselves with chocolate in various shapes, forms and sizes, as well as letting loose some unsightly puns (sorry). Here’s a rundown on the brands that hopped on the holiday’s bandwagon.
Whittaker’s is one of the most loved Kiwi brands on Facebook, with almost 500,000 fans—and a knack for launching new products directly to them. It’s hoping to replicate that success on Instagram. And to launch its account, it appears to have invited the chocolate whisperer back into its midst.
At the moment, it is near impossible to escape the rugby madness that has hypnotised the nation. Many of our beloved products from the supermarket have turned black, one of which being Anchor’s milk bottles, which turned the shade in support of the All Blacks. Dow Design provided us some insights on what makes good product design, and what sells.
Once again Whittaker’s has taken out the number one spot on Colmar Brunton’s NZ most loved brand survey, even outranking the All Blacks on a Rugby World Cup Year.
Whittaker’s will no doubt be pleased with Kiwi blogger Rebecca Blanford’s reasons for visiting New Zealand. Rather than choosing one of the more generic reasons for returning to her country of birth, Blanford, who blogs under the nom de plume RunawayKiwi, wrote that she was visiting to get a taste of Whittaker’s Jelly Tip Block chocolate that recently hit the supermarket shelves.
For 119 years, the Whittaker name has been synonymous with chocolate in New Zealand. But rather than resting on tradition, the small team has developed new products, collaborated with other brands and consequently left consumers curious about what will come next. Here are a few family secrets.
Whittaker’s has released four TVCs via Assignment Group to advertise its new artisan chocolate, which sees Nigella Lawson reprising her role as domestic goddess.
Hear that? It’s the sound of chocolate lovers nation-wide sharpening their pitchforks after Cadbury announced on its Facebook page that it will be downsizing its family-sized block—again.
Remember when Cadbury sneakily added palm-oil to its chocolate and decreased the size of its packs? The company got an absolute slamming and its trust levels went through the floor. So it was interesting to see the exact opposite of that response when Whittaker’s put a post on Facebook saying that it would soon have to raise its prices.
Lewis Road Creamery, which was founded by Assignment Group’s Peter Cullinane, kicked off with a range of premium and ‘mass premium’ butters before launching its milk range. Both have found plenty of success, with the brand now stocked in a number of Countdown and New World stores around the country. Its ambition is to continue down the dairy aisle, and as part of that process, it’s hooked up with Whittaker’s to launch “New Zealand’s only chocolate milk made with real milk chocolate”. And it seems to have sent New Zealanders into a dairy-related frenzy.
Whittaker’s and Griffin’s have colluded in sugary goodness to produce a limited edition product mashup called the ‘100s and 1000s Bar’ that combines Cookie Bears, chocolate and a significant sprinkling of hundreds and thousands. And to promote their product fusion, which was released on 21 July and will be available for only three months, the co-conspirators have launched a competition via a Facebook-hosted microsite that encourages Kiwis to cover random items in hundreds and thousands and then send in images of the results.
There was plenty of media frothing when Nigella Lawson ventured to Wellington recently and shut off part of the train station to film a new ad for Whittaker’s. And now the result of that filming—a taste test that aims to get punters to switch to its five-roll refined variety—has been released across Australasia.
Whittaker’s signed up Nigella Lawson as its mascot back in 2012 when she was still the high priestess of euphemistic domesticity. That reputation changed markedly after the domestic abuse saga and the ensuing divorce proceedings that revealed she had used substances slightly more illicit than five roll refined chocolate. But Whittaker’s and its agency Assignment Group have stuck by their woman and just released an ad to promote the Creamy Milk Challenge.
Republik and Flux Animation have gone pro-bono to produce a 30-second TVC promoting the inaugural Whittaker’s ‘Big Egg Hunt’ campaign for Starship Children’s Hospital.
Is branded entertainment just a fad, a trend, a nice-to-have? Or is it a crucial change necessary for advertising’s relevancy in the future? Nic Winslade argues that advertisers need to get permission from consumers in order to engage with them. Plus: come up with a idea to integrate your brand into StopPress and we’ll choose the best and/or most entertaining effort and make it happen.