The Crown, Pack & Co’s latest venue on Auckland’s Customs St in Britomart and the first of its Little Empire Brewery and Eating Houses, had its official opening last week. It plans on tapping into the craft boom and brewing its own beer in the near future. So no doubt it will need some help to name its different varieties. We’ve got two $50 bar tabs and two tickets to Beervana in Wellington on 9-10 August to give away. So add your best craft beer name to the comment wall and the top efforts (from those over 18, of course) will get the loot.
Taschen and Mad Men. ‘Tis a match made in advertising heaven. And we’ve got three Ads of the Mad Men era notebook diaries to give away to those hoping to relive the glory days in 2013. So delve into the recesses of your mind (or the recesses of the internet) and post your favourite line or scene from the show (or just a funny old ad) in the comments and you could be the envy of all your friends next year.
Jack Daniel’s recently launched its new Tennessee Honey variety and gave bar-goers the opportunity to stick their hand in a ‘hive’ to celebrate (and it was also recently applauded for sending a more human cease and desist letter). We’ve got a couple of bottles of the new elixir to give away, so tell us a moderately entertaining story involving bees and you might get the goods.
Freeview has just launched a new campaign starring Pio Terei and announced some snazzy new interactive features. And to celebrate the imminent digital switchover, we’ve got a MyFreeview digital TV recorder worth $700 to give away to one lucky StopPresser. The Panasonic DMR 380 has a 250gb hard drive, one touch HD recording from Freeview’s eight day electronic programme guide, twin tuner and live pause. And, if you’re in Auckland, it means you can watch and record 16 TV channels and listen to three radio stations. So tell us about the best free thing you’ve ever received and you could get yourself something else for free.
After seeing this classic ad for Hudson Toffee Pops as a young chap at some stage in the early ’90s, I, like many of the nation’s children, instantly developed a crippling fear of red couches and watching it now brings back extremely painful memories. That’s not true, but reliable informants have reliably informed us that the rather artistic male lead is an ad man of some repute. So the first person to tell us who it is will get a copy of Martin Lindstrom’s Brandwashed.
When it comes to comedy, the Kiwi cultural cringe seems to have steadily departed and many of our local humour mongers are now popular drawcards, both on TV and in person. MediaWorks has focused heavily on comedy with its programming on both 3 and Four, and it continues to sponsor and broadcast the New Zealand International Comedy Festival (it is showing last week’s sold-out comedy gala tonight from 8.30pm-10:30pm). To celebrate this year’s edition, it’s put a few of its seductive stars in front of a well-vaselined camera and created some channel idents around the theme ‘Comedy is Sexy’. But if that’s not enough comedy for you, we’ve got a 7 Days VIP Prize Pack to give away, which includes 2 x tickets to 7 Days LIVE at SkyCity Theatre on Thursday 3 May. So tell us a joke and we’ll give the funniest one the booty.
12 years ago a bunch of mates who loved good beer got together in a modest brew house and packaging line that was built from scratch in a disused crocodile farm near Fremantle, Western Australia, and created a pale ale. Now Little Creatures is expanding its range in New Zealand with three new brews – Little Creatures Pilsner, Bright Ale and Rogers’ Beer. So tell us what the coolest real-life little creature is (Pistol Shrimp all the way) and we’ll send out a few six packs to the best efforts.
Mmmm, tea. Mmmm, vodka. Mmmm, Absolut Vodka Wild Tea. We like giving away booze and Asbolut has given us a bottle of its newest variety, which has a “rich, fresh aroma with hints of tea, elderflower, red apples and citrus”, “dark tones and richness” and “a rich fruity taste with natural sweetness and smoothness” don’t you know. So tell us what flavour should be next on Absolut’s list and we’ll send a bottle to the most interesting effort. And as per, you must be over 18 to enter.
The marcomms world has a reputation for knobbish behaviour. Throwing bread rolls at MCs, using middle initials, crashing luxury cars, making up ridiculous job titles, tricking people into buying things with shiny ads … the list goes on. So what better way to celebrate the launch of Knob Creek 9YO and 9YO single barrel bourbon than by asking our dear readers to offer an example of knobbishness (for example, wearing a tight salmon polo shirt and tight salmon pants with a salmon sweater tied around the neck). We’ve got four bottles of the good stuff to give away, so add your thoughts to the comment wall and you could become our Knob of the Week.
Hell Pizza is well-accustomed to gaining media attention with its controversial marketing stunts. But it has taken that to a whole new level with its Pizza Roulette promotion, which has been featured in the New York Times, TIME, Huffington Post and Reddit and also formed the basis of a story about sado-masochistic trends like the cinnamon challenge on CNN. We’ve got ten Pizza Roulette vouchers to give away to anyone foolish/brave enough to give it a go, so email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re game and we’ll let our robot of randomness decide who gets them. The only prerequisite is that you have to agree to film the process.
‘Just do it’, ‘The best a man can get’, ‘Show us your crack’ … They’re all slogans that have in some way captured our attention, seared themselves into our consciousness and given us a powerful catchphrase to remember a brand by. And this year marks the 40th anniversary of another successful catchphrase, L’Oréal’s ‘Because I’m Worth it’, which was thought up by a 23-year-old copywriter in New York in 1971 “when a new spirit of feminism was in full swing”. We’ve got a hamper containing an assortment of L’Oréal Paris skincare for both men and women, hair care products and cosmetics worth more than $420 to give away to one lucky StopPresser, so add your favourite slogan of all time to the comment wall and the best effort gets the goods.
Know someone in your office with Hobbit feet, someone who’s a bit pasty after the cloudiest summer on record, or some hot babe and/or hunk who simply deserves a little extra pampering? Well, nominate your Flossie of the Week by emailing email@example.com or putting a comment on the comment wall telling us why they (or, if you’re greedy, you) deserve it and we’ll give a lucky someone a $100 Flossie voucher and a bottle of French Champagne every week. Entries close Friday morning.
Dwarves the world over are dusting off their greens as St Patrick’s Day fast approaches. March 17 sees many things turn a touch green, and most people find enough Irish in them to justify celebrating with 13 million pints or so of Guinness. This year Jameson Irish Whiskey is adding to the party atmosphere by releasing a limited edition bottle of its finest. Designed by Paul Daly, we have one to give away, which you could win by impressing us with your finest hyperbole about the whiskey’s bouquet, nose, body and fruity yet subtle notes.
As part of its efforts to push the barrow of ideas-led PR and discuss its impact on business in the modern world, the CAANZ Marcomms Leadership Group is putting on the Re-imagining PR event in Auckland on 21 March and bringing the brains behind the Cannes 2011 PR Grand Prix winning NAB Break Up campaign and the PR Gold Lion winning Bundaberg Watermark campaign, as well as Lynne Anne Davis from Asia Pacific PR agency of the year, Fleishman Hillard Asia Pacific, to New Zealand. We know it’s easy to come up with examples of PR gone wrong, but if you post an example of good PR that has helped a business or person, you could get yourself a ticket to the event worth $290.
Every year, tickets to one of the best events on New Zealand’s sporting calendar, the Wellington Sevens, sell out in minutes. The 2012 edition, which now has Hertz as naming rights sponsor, has already sold out, but never fear, because our cauliflower-eared friends at NZ Rugby World have got a couple of tickets to give away. All you need to do is send a message from your brain to your fingers, click here and fill in a few details. Then, if you win, you just have to come up with an amazing costume idea like this.
Annabel Langbein recently shacked up with Silver Fern Farms in an effort to peddle more of its meaty wares. And we’ve got a couple of copies of her Free Range in the City book to give away. Just tell us what Christmas delights you’re planning to feast upon and imbibe this year. In addition to the books, six lucky carnivores can win a private dinner party at Langbein’s Auckland house, including return flights and accommodation, by picking up some Silver Fern Farms’ lamb or venison before February and entering online using the unique code found on specially marked packs. Visit www.bestcutsbestrecipes.co.nz for more information.
Aah Christmas, what’s not to love? Parties, presents, yummy treats. But gifts aren’t always what you want, take reindeer sweaters, or singing fish ornaments for example. To make up for the bitter disappointment such gifts bring, we have two $50 gift cards to give away, for Subway and GrabOne.
Christmas is rapidly approaching and we all know what that means: it’s going to rain. So what better way to survive a Kiwi summer than with a Blunt umbrella, the Kiwi invention developed by Greig Brebner that’s designed to stand up to Wellington-esque conditions, won’t poke anyone’s eyes out and has been coveted by the likes of Wired and Men’s Health. We’ve got two of the virtually unbreakable XL numbers in blue valued at $110 to give away to a couple of lucky StopPressers and, because New Zealanders love nothing more than talking about the weather, all you have to do is tell us about an occasion when a bad dose of it ruined something, be it a wedding, a shoot, a bar mitzvah or maybe even a base jump.
We knew it was going up for sale after a glittering career spent promoting the nation in some of the world’s busiest urban hubs. But we still had to laugh when we saw this unusual item come up on the government tender site last night. Only in New Zealand, you might say. Although it’s a shame it’s not on TradeMe. We think you creative types will be able to come up with a few interesting ideas for the next phase of the magnificent Giant Rugby Ball (imagine how impressed your clients would be if you had your Christmas party in this bad boy) and the best suggestion wins themselves a subscription to NZ Rugby World, some Cadbury chocolate and a new book by Jack Ralston and Steve Kilgallon The Sports Insider.
Some say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But if you work in advertising, marketing or media, you’ll know that’s not true. It’s lunch that’s at the top of the list. And Vinnies on Jervois Road in Auckland (bookings can be made online here) has referenced that with the launch of a rather enticing Friday lunch deal, where diners can get two courses and a glass of wine for just $45 (those with a meat tooth will be overjoyed to learn the lambshanks are back by popular demand). To celebrate this gastronomic arrival, we’re giving away two meals for four from the new lunch menu, one for the person who comes up with the best fictional slogan to advertise the new menu (add it to the comment wall) and one for the best rough sketch of a creative idea for a print ad (email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with Vinnies in the subject line).
A steady diet of rugby is expected for the next few weeks, but it’s important to get a regular dose of culture as well so we don’t all turn into Colin Meads. And where better to do that than Artworks, an exhibition where more than 100 New Zealand artists will be on show at St Mathew in the City, including the unique ‘Treasures’ collection, an assortment of never seen before drawings and sketches from renowned New Zealand artists including Dick Frizzell, Bill Hammond, Dame Louise Henderson and Max Gimblett. We’ve got six double passes (tix valued at $20 each) to give away and all you have to do is give us your best impression of a chinstroking art critic and come up with a ridiculous critique of one of these paintings.
We Can Create, an annual celebration of graphics, fashion, animation, illustration, motion graphics, typography, sound design, live audio-visual art, interactive and experiential marketing, fine art, music, product design and more, is just a couple of weeks away. There will be much stimulation, inspiration and captivation during the two days of seminars from impressive local and international creative types. And there’s also an array of side-events, exhibitions and general festivities in the week leading up to and after the event. StopPress has got two tickets—one VIP and one general admission—to give away and all you have to do is post a weird/entertaining Google search phrase in the comments, for example, how fast is Barack Obama over 40 metres, why is my dog doing that or pretty much anything along these lines.
Yet more wine to give away and this time it’s to celebrate GrabOne’s first birthday. We’ve got a whole case of the Ant Moore sauvignon blanc to dish out (three labels were designed especially for the occasion by Allan Wrath and a public vote on Facebook decided …
Fairtrade products are going off at the moment, with sales increasing by more than 100 percent in Australia and New Zealand in 2010. And to draw more attention to the benefits these more ethical products can provide, both for the well-being of the growers in the developing world and the inner glow of those buying them, The Sustainable Business Network, Heart of the City, Café L’affare, Kokako, All Good, Tangible Media, Oxfam NZ and Fairtrade NZ are holding a Breakfast in the City at Britomart Country Club next Thursday during Fairtrade Fortnight. Attendees will get to sample delights from All Good bananas, Caffe L’affare, and Kokako, Michele A’Court and Jeremy Elwood are on hosting duties, a Fairtrade tea producer from Sri Lanka will speak about the impact of Fairtrade on his community and everyone gets a free Keepcup. We’ve got a double pass to give away and all you have to do to win it is name a part of on orang-utan. If it’s the part we’re thinking of, you’ll get to partake. For all those who are unfamiliar with orang-utans, tickets are going for $15 from here.
GrabOne first offered $4 tickets to Event Cinemas in Auckland in July 2010 and, just ten months later, it sold its one millionth coupon (a 61 percent off Canvas Print in the Northland region, in case you were wondering). To celebrate this milestone, it’s giving away two $50 GrabOne credits to lucky, bargain loving StopPressers. Like social media platforms, daily deals sites all seem to require a strange, suitably catchy name. So all you have to do is come up with a ridiculous name for a fictional new entrant to this crowded market and all your discount dreams could come true. Extra credit given for ridiculous slogans.
The polyester/labcoat clad investigative scienticians from Did I Believe It claim to have been helping you—yes you—think for almost 42 years. And, in what could be seen as New Zealand’s slightly more alcoholic answer to Look Around You, the visionary Silo theatre and the visionary 42 Below have joined forces to bring you a perfect theatrical/commercial muddle that aims to disseminate the silly, mad and historic facts about vodka. Ah, can you smell that? It’s art and commerce colliding. But not only are they helping you think, they’re also helping you win things. So in the spirit of weird, comical science edu-tainment that can be seen on the trailer here or the play’s Facetube page here, just come up with a completely nonsensical science-related question you would like answered and the weirdest effort will get one double pass to the show on Sunday 10 April. We’ve also got four very cool 42 Below gift packs (‘True Encounters of the Spirit of the 42nd Parallel) to give away.
Back in the 1960s, a clever chap by the name of Tom Robinson created an organic fertiliser, a range of plant and mineral based home products, therapeutics, garden care and pet care and started selling it under the Earthwise name. Up until very recently, however, the Earthwise Home range, which …
In these modern times, where wonderous technology lets you communicate with people all around the world and tell e-friends exactly what you had for lunch, the physical presence of other humans is basically becoming an annoyance. But we still need to communicate with our friends and loved ones from time to time, and if you’re going to do it over the internet, you might as well do it in style with Logitech’s range of HD webcams *salesman’s teeth sparkle*.
There’s nothing we love more here at StopPress than making up hilarious fictional band names (eg Quiver and the Groans), laughing at hilarious actual band names or coming up with hilarious lyrics about the wide array of situations in which you get sweaty legs (tennis in jeans, leather seats in Auckland, sex in a sleeping bag, pvc pants on the tube etc). We know the creative power of our readers is immense, and we want to harness it for good rather than evil, so add your own ridiculous fictional band name to the comment wall and you might just get your greasy mitts on one of the hottest tickets in town, because we’ve got one double pass to St. Jerome’s Laneway festival in Auckland’s Aotea Square on 31 January and three double passes to the Wellington event at the Town Hall on 1 February to give away.
Absolut has released its latest limited edition seasonal bottle design and it’s packed some extra stylish bling this summer with Absolut Glimmer, a retro crystal-patterned bottle that “harks back to an era dominated by classic cocktail culture”. We’ve got two of the sparkly numbers to give away. But you must be 18 or over to enter and you must enjoy Absolut responsibly. So tell us the most responsible way to enjoy it and to the most responsible will go the liquid spoils.