One year on from the launch of Yahoo Platforms, we talk to head of sales Arnaud Calonne about New Zealand uptake of digital advertising and where there’s still room to grow.
It wasn’t that long ago that Yahoo could’ve bought both Google and Facebook. But now with the business sold to Verizon, we look at how it’s evolving its strategy in the local market.
It’s no secret that the consumption of online video content has ballooned over the last year. Facebook, YouTube, Lightbox, Neon, Quickflix, 3Now, TVNZ OnDemand and Netflix (the list goes on) are all driving this consumption by providing Kiwis with instant access to more content than Kiwis will ever be able to consume in their average 81.16 years on the planet. And now, Yahoo is also entering this already cluttered space by launching Yahoo TV, a new hub dedicated to on-demand content.
Self-service is common in supermarkets, petrol stations and at buffet restaurants, but not so much when it comes to producing content marketing pieces for publishing on a major website. And yet, this is exactly what Yahoo has been facilitating to certain selected clients over the last few months through the beta version of new native ad in-feed platform that it has recently made available to the wider market.
In March, the story broke that Yahoo would be releasing all of its editorial staff as part of a restructuring process that would create five new roles, which these previous staff members could apply for. Until now, the regional executives in charge of this restructure have not commented to the media about what the changes have entailed or why the the website had decided to rethink its business operations. After several requests for interviews, Yahoo 7 chief executive for Australia and New Zealand Ed Harrison recently chatted to StopPress about the changes and what they mean for the company.
The ‘Pepsi ON’ campaign by OMD took out the Grand Prix crown in the latest edition of the biannual Yahoo New Zealand Digital Strategy Awards, which recognises and rewards smart digital thinking.
Recently, StopPress ran a story in which Fairfax’s group executive editor Sinead Boucher said Stuff was working on a strategy to overtake Yahoo in terms of online visitor numbers. And this has now come to fruition with Nielsen’s statistics for October showing that the Fairfax-owned media property received more unique visitors over the course of the month than Yahoo.
Nigel Latta’s recent programme about the evils of sugar certainly got Kiwis talking. And the food industry—and the marketing tactics it employs—came in for plenty of criticism, with sugary drinks given the hardest time. When you see footage of two-year-old children having their teeth removed because their parents put fizzy drink in their sipper bottles, it certainly makes it tough to celebrate marketing campaigns that help sell more of the stuff, but, as Peter Cullinane says, ‘if it’s legal to sell, it’s legal to advertise’, so here’s to OMD New Zealand and Frucor, which have taken out Yahoo New Zealand’s Digital Strategy Award for the Pepsi On project.
Following on from last week’s announcement that Yahoo had updated its website with features that allow for greater personalisation, MSN has now similarly given its homepage a facelift. And althought the website has not yet been officially released, Kiwis can catch a glimpse of the changes by visiting the preview site. StopPress takes a look at what the update will offer users and advertisers in the near future.
Forget the rowing world cup, forget the basketball world cup; the real action last week was at Yahoo’s Dodgeball Keg Cup. Eight agencies competed in the tournament for the honour of winning the moderately prestigious Keg Cup and the highly coveted 50-litre keg of beer.
Since Marissa Mayer took over as chief executive at Yahoo, it’s acquired a whole heap of businesses (largely in the social and mobile space), started creating more of its own content and launched a new, less cluttered homepage in early 2013. And, after a bit of wait, New Zealand consumers and advertisers will get the benefit of that development with the rollout of the ‘new’ homepage in June.
Everyone loves critiquing a logo, which means that releasing a new one is a fairly nerve-racking experience for any business. But Yahoo! has taken a different, slightly more democratic approach to the unveiling of its new logo, offering up 29 different variations over the past month and asking for feedback. Which one would you choose?
All too often in marketing campaigns, digital media strategy is the unsung hero, says Yahoo! New Zealand’s Louis Niven.
Work for insurance giant lands digital agency SpaceStation a gong from Yahoo.
A new management structure at Yahoo New Zealand, Contact and Triathlon NZ part ways, PRINZ announces a life member and a few fellows, MYOB names new public affairs manager, ANZ acknowledged again for the National Bank merger, Beyond Wen wins Images and Sound film prize and Purple Sherbert adds some more fizz.
The Radio Network (TRN) has tapped Yahoo New Zealand general manager (soon to be ex-general manager) Laura Maxwell-Hansen as its new commercial director.
Following on from its win in the Yahoo! New Zealand Digital Strategy Award for its LiptonSlide campaign, PHDiQ has taken out the latest edition of the competition for its launch of the Samsung Galaxy III on behalf of Vodafone.
Anna Gervai joins JWT, a couple of changes at DB, Sarah Fenton moves up the Yahoo! chain, Vodafone gives Jane Wilson a call, Stephen Williams joins Adcorp, Senate adds a pair, Hypermedia adds Hobday, Terabyte Interactive gets the nod in AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards and the EMANZ crew wag chins.
Droga5 appoints bcg2’s Chris Long, production house 8com opens up in New Zealand, three agencies fly Kiwi flag at Asian Marketing Effectiveness awards, APN announces its new motoring editor, The Sweet Shop welcomes award-winning UK director to the family, Yahoo! adds two to its sales stable and Aegis Media appoints a shopper marketing specialist.
DraftFCB’s What’s My Number? campaign for the Electricity Authority won big at the RSVP and Nexus Awards recently and it’s added to what could be a big haul this year by taking out the 2011 Yahoo! New Zealand Digital Strategy Award in Auckland last night.
Guy Cousins swaps SparkPHD for Naked, Yahoo! promotes two of its own, Rachel Broadmore swaps five-star for financial services, Ian Finch presides over New Zealand’s patent attourneys, Margaret Zabel takes the reins at The Communications Council in Oz and Renee Bushby changes tack.
DrafFCB’s had a pretty good year on the awards front. Hell, it even helped to halt inflation with its ‘What’s My Number’ campaign for the Electricity Authority. And that campaign has won Yahoo!’s Q3 Digital Strategy award, following on from a win earlier in the year for its BMW Summer Sale campaign.
The News International phone hacking saga put the cosy network of media and government in sharp focus and showed how powerful media organisations can extert undue pressure on lawmakers and law upholders. And, according to a report by AUT University’s Research Centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD), similar trends—and their associated dangers—are also evident in New Zealand.
BMW’s Summer Sale 2011 campaign by DraftFCB has been awarded top spot in Yahoo! NZ’s first quarterly Digital Strategy Award.
Seven Media Group’s 2009 annual report reveals profit dropped to AU$12m from AU$142m last year, a fall of 91.2 per cent. This is due to its writedowns—reducing the book value of its media assets because they were overvalued compared to the market value. A company …