Marlborough winery, Wither Hills has launched a multifaceted campaign (with input from DDB, Young & Shand and ZenithOptimedia) designed to inform consumers that Wither Hills is more than a name, it’s a place where wine is "Made beautifully".
This morning, Fairfax and NZME verified industry speculation when they confirmed that talks on a potential merger between the pair have commenced. We talk to OMD chief executive Kath Watson, ZenithOptimedia group business director Alex Lawson and IAB chief executive Adrian Pickstock about commercial repercussions of the move.
Over 900 ridiculously well-dressed media types took their seats at the Viaduct Events Centre last night for the 2015 edition of the Beacon Awards. Throughout the evening, each of the company tables gave partisan cheers when their co-workers stepped onto the stage to collect awards, serving as a reminder of the competitive banter that typifies the industry on a daily basis. And although most winners will no doubt feel a sense of pride—and the mild throb of a hangover—today, the most successful agencies on the night were MBM, FCB Media and Spark PHD.
ZenithOptimedia has released its latest consumer insights report containing its predicted top ten trends for 2015, with a main overall trend appearing to be the use of technology to create powerful, personalised experiences for consumers.
The forecast for print adspend in 2015 and 2016 is rainy with a chance of bankrupt, according to ZenithOptimedia's new Advertising Expenditure Forecast. And that's led to a downgrade in its estimated total spend.
William Trubridge didn't quite manage to break his own free-diving world record on Wednesday morning. But, with the help of a big push from Steinlager and a live broadcast from TVNZ, he did manage to get plenty of New Zealanders watching the attempt on Breakfast.
Since it launched its 'Born to Defy' campaign back in July, Steinlager has done a good job of drawing attention to its new ambassador William Trubridge—and the sport of freediving—through a combination of TV ads, outdoor ads, snazzy websites, special elevators, in-bar activations, PR coverage, social media action, promotion via TVNZ and a bit of content marketing. And as he gets set to submerge 102m and break the world record, Steinlager's still trying to drum up support and viewership for the live broadcast tomorrow at 7.50am on Breakfast.
References to the rapid growth of online and mobile ad spend in the industry have been so ubiquitous in recent months that they've become something of a media cliché. And with this growth in revenue has come an inevitable attempt on the part of online media owners to get a piece of this burgeoning pie. And nowhere is this more evident than in the online radio market, which, despite its relative infancy in the local market, is starting to catch the attention of Kiwi advertisers due to its resonance with the mobile-hungry youth market. So, given that there have been some interesting moves made by the major players, StopPress decided to take a look at what they're doing to get in on the action.
In the traditional media channels, advertising couldn't be avoided. When viewers listened to a radio broadcast or watched a television show, ads were an inevitable part of the experience and often provided a momentary break to run to the bathroom or make a cup tea. But with the growing tendency of online viewing, this coerced ad-watching is no longer a given. Simple software downloads, such as AdBlock, now give viewers direct access to the content that they want to watch. So what are media owners doing to protect their advertising?
In August last year, Middle East Campaign reported that Havas Media had won the global media account for Emirates from Starcom MediaVest Group. This change now seems to have rippled into the Kiwi market, as Emirates has confirmed the move of its New Zealand media business from Starcom to Lassoo. Updated with a comment from Lassoo director Anna St George.
ZenithOptimedia has had a fairly difficult few months since the controversial closure of its sister agency Publicis Mojo just before Christmas. But, in what general manager Sophia Quilian sees as "the start of a rejuvenated [agency]", it's been appointed to the Palmers Gardenworld business without a pitch. The incumbent was Total Media.