Only a few hours after stepping off a plane at Auckland Airport on 7 April, Pandora founder Tim Westergren sat down with us for a quick chat at the Generator, the New Zealand headquarters of the company. Although Westergren's arrival in the country came as part of a promotional push to officially introduce the music-streaming platform to the New Zealand market after its release late last year, Pandora is by no means new to the Kiwi market. PLUS: a look at how Pandora's offering compares to Spotify and iHeartRadio.
According to Telecom's annual report, an average smartphone user reaches for their phone 150 times per day. For some, including Banksy, whose latest piece is a commentary on the scourge of mobile addiction, that's a bit sad. But that level of interest makes it an appealing place to be for advertisers, so local start-up Postr is hoping to get brands into consumers' pockets by serving ads on their smartphone homescreens.
ASB and Saatchi & Saatchi have added another award for the Like Loan campaign, which lowered its home lending rate with Facebook likes. The latest is a Warc Prize for Social Strategy, awarded to only 18 campaigns globally.
Jasmax had about 10 target audiences to cater for with its website overhaul, handled by creative partner BKA. The companies replaced the previous Flash-based site with a magazine style to make information more accessible and flexible.
Touchcast has developed a new site for Forest and Bird to tell a new audience about the organisation's mission and supporters the chance to donate. Inournature.org.nz also helps people spread the word via social sharing.
In an industry renowned for its chopping and changing, there aren't too many agency/client relationships that can claim to have lasted 20 years. But Sky and DDB have found their happy place and they're breaking out the china to celebrate one of the country's longest-running—and most successful—unions.
The finalists for the 41st edition of the annual One Show Awards, regarded as one of the most prestigious in the world, have been announced, and Kiwi agencies have been acknowledged as finalists in 20 of the categories listed. This year, the show received almost 22,000 entries from 63 countries, and these were then whittled down to 1,229 finalists (from 463 agencies) by a panel of international judges. Each of these finalists will now have to wait until 9 May, when the winners will be announced during a ceremony at Lincoln Centre in New York City. As was the case last year, Clemenger and Colenso received the most nominations among the Kiwi agencies.
Much like a great wagon trek during a gold rush, countless food trucks have arrived in Auckland in an effort to snatch a piece of the fast (but gourmet) food market. Standing out in this increasingly crowded space is no mean feat, but this is exactly what husband-and-wife duo Otis and Sarah Frizzell have managed to do with their technicolour food truck business, The Lucky Taco.
ASB is hunting an edge in attracting and keeping corporate banking talent with its Work For ASB app. The app is part of the Growth story initiative and has an augmented reality functionality developed by trans-Tasman agency One Fat Sheep.
Domino's has continued its bid to boost online sales as a proportion of overall purchases to 80 percent in the next couple of years with a new orders app. It's designed to replace paper vouchers and lets users views deals from their local store or those in the vicinity.
Ogilvy has launched the global Neo network in New Zealand with a new digital division. Led by Eddy Whatt, Ogilvy's digital media director since 2010, Neo will get five new staff, bringing its total to 10 by June.
Why we like it: Stick Man is at it again, and this time he's multi-tasking by drawing attention to Pak 'n Save's Easter merchandise while also providing advice on how to go about collecting eggs. And given that this spot includes the line "No point in crying over spilt rabbits," Stick Man has almost certainly won a few friends in the Hell's Pizza circles.
Who's it for: Jetstar by Barnes, Catmur and Friends and Ikon
Why we like it: While not the most elaborate creative execution, the use of self-deprecating humour in Jetstar's latest spot is both bold and entertaining. Voiced over by Jetstar-bashing, 7 Days comedian Jeremy Elwood, the TVC lets viewers know that the airline was the nation's most punctual last year while simultaneously acknowledging that many might find this fact completely unbelievable.
Who's it for: Telecom by Touchcast and Flying Fish
Why we like it: Although not a TVC, this compilation featuring Guy Williams failing time and time again as he tries to unbox a Samsung Galaxy S5 under extreme circumstances reminds us why everyone in media wants a piece of the lanky comedian these days. Every time Williams is stuck by a stream of water, pelted by a paintball or punched by a much shorter man, it illustrates that there's still room for schadenfreude in comedy—as long as you add a fair dose of awkwardness.