Walk into the average West or South Auckland bar, and you’re unlikely to find your Ponsonby-styled cardboard cut-out, featuring slim-fit jeans, pointy shoes and tailored suit jacket. What you are likely to find are a few Woodstock drinkers, who’ve seen a few things in their day. In its first campaign since winning the Independent Liquor account earlier this year, Whybin\TBWA veered away from the traditional advertising trope of conventionally beautiful people to instead celebrate the folks who actually consume Woodies.
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Bowel Cancer New Zealand ran its high profile Art Chairs campaign through Whybin\TBWA to raise money and awareness for the disease in New Zealand, which has one of the highest incidences of the cancer in the developed world. We caught up with Whybin creative director Tim Huse to find out his thoughts on working with not-for-profits and whether advertising has a responsibility to help in whatever way it can.
As excitement for the Rio Olympic Games rises while the games draw nearer, so does advertising and sponsorship activity. ANZ recently launched a new spot, via True, featuring New Zealand Olympians, using its long-standing tagline ‘dream big’.
Industry happenings at Whybin\TBWA, Vevo, Bauer and Frucor.
TV3’s Grand Designs New Zealand is set to kick off early next month and today MediaWorks released the second phase of its marketing campaign for the show, which lives up to the Grand Design ethos of creative design including some clever eyeball trickery through interactive adshels. PLUS: partner ANZ's campaign around the show.
On a dark and windy night, six advertising-employed goth bands slithered into the King’s Arms, fishnets, face powder, bad eyeliner and all, to pay homage to the likes of 1980’s goth bands The Cure, The Cramps and movement-starters Bauhaus. And despite straying from the theme and playing songs which you couldn’t really call gothic, Colenso BBDO aka Pegasus and the Job Numbers were crowned the winner of this year’s Battle of the Ad Bands organised by CAANZ and Flying Fish, after a polished and upbeat set that wooed the crowd and judges alike.
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Cancer Society created a mobile donor engagement campaign via Chemistry Interaction, which connected Kiwis with a series of touching video thank you messages from Cancer Society staff and volunteers in celebration of Daffodil Day next Friday. It also created limited edition ‘Cups of Hope’ with St Pierre’s Sushi, where a donation from each cup went to the society. A TV campaign is also running, with creative by Whybin\TBWA and Waitemata Films illustrating how most of us have some sort of connection to cancer.
For the first time in a decade Nissan has released its new Navara model, the NP300, and in celebration it's teamed up with Whybin\TBWA to develop an interactive game called ‘Navara Says’ to show off its new features and one Kiwi will get to take one home if they’re skilled enough.
Whybin\TBWA's chief executive Todd McLeay had a go at industry rumourmongers telling tales of senior departures in a story in the NBR last week, and while he told StopPress he definitely wasn't doing that in an interview in April, it has lost a couple of other senior staffers: executive creative director Dave King and client service director Jodi Willocks. But it's added around eight more after a merger with Starseed PR.
'Unmistakably from this place': as the fantasy ends, Tourism New Zealand launches next iteration of 100% Pure
16 years ago, the 100% Pure slogan was born (after being conceived by an Australian agency). And, despite a few naysayers pointing to the fact that it's not entirely true, it's widely recognised as one of the world's most successful tourism marketing campaigns. For the past three years, it's had a distinctly fantastical feel as part of the 100% Pure, 100% Middle Earth campaign, but rather than chuck it all out and start again, it's decided on an evolution, both in terms of the comms and the visual identity. PLUS: Andrew Fraser on Tourism New Zealand's growing digital focus.
There have been plenty of changes at Whybin\TBWA over the past few years, both in terms of staff and clients. But after winning a few pitches, including the Auckland International Airport business, trying to establish the right model and operating as part of a trans-Tasman team, chief executive Todd McLeay and chairman Scott Whybin reckon it's on the right track.
Uber has delivered kittens and ice-creams as part of its promotional activities in the past. And now, as part of a campaign via Whybin\TBWA to launch the new PlayStation 4 game The Order: 1886, it's embraced horse-power.
Charity organisation Shine is raising awareness of domestic abuse after sporting matches with the launch ‘No Excuses,’ a hard-hitting radio campaign by creative agency Whybin/TBWA that features high profile rugby commentators Tony ‘TJ’ Johnson and Scott ‘Sumo’ Stevenson in three different radio clips.
After two years at Whybin\TBWA, joint creative directors Lisa Fedyszyn and Jonathan McMahon have departed.
As the Cricket World Cup looms, ANZ promotes its sponsorship by waxing poetic and promising to make cricket-based dreams come true
Back in 2013, ANZ's summer cricket spot was about as naff as you could get, with a few of the bank's sporting ambassadors watching Eric Murray get a tennis ball beamer from Shane Bond. This year it's taken a more serious approach for its naming rights sponsorship of the Sri Lankan series and its sponsorship of the upcoming Cricket World Cup by launching a campaign called Dream Big.