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Vodafone launches digital treasure hunt for release of Samsung Galaxy S5—UPDATED

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Earlier this month, Telecom opted for a sadistic promotional approach by forcing comedian Guy Williams to endure a range of painful experiences as part of its 'Extreme Unboxing' campaign for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5. And while this certainly generated quite a few laughs and YouTube hits for Telecom, actor Cliff Curtis will no doubt feel relieved that FCB veered away from schadenfreude when developing a campaign dedicated to the technological device for Vodafone. Rather than harming anyone in the making of its campaign, Vodafone is instead offering to reward one lucky subscriber with $100,000 worth of gold. Updated with comments from a Vodafone spokesperson.

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Big data and politics: OptimalBI campaign compares politicians' tweeting performances

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Rather than simply contributing to the extensive canon of big data worship, Shane Gibson, the owner of data intelligence agency OptimalBI, has launched a topical campaign that aims to give a visual representation of the type of information that can be extracted from big data. Hosted on a specially dedicated microsite, the campaign will give a data-driven comparative analysis of key poltical figures in the lead-up to this year's election.

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Colenso BBDO and State Insurance aim to keep Kiwis safe with discount app

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Given that an insurance claim is equally undesirable for both the insurer and the insured, State Insurance has launched a new campaign that it hopes will ensure that Kiwi drivers don't get to the stage where they have to deal with the unceremonious clang of metal colliding on the tarmac. The 'motor services pack' campaign, launched via Colenso BBDO on Easter Monday, gives State clients exclusive access to a range of deals at VTNZ, Z and Bridgestone via a specially designed app that can be downloaded from the insurance company's website.

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BuzzShift's Cameron Gawley on hybrid agencies, digital snake oil and ceiling fans named after him

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Next week at the The Project: Digital Disruption conference being hosted by AUT on 30 April and 1 May, Cameron Gawley will appear as one of the international speakers at an event jam-packed with 30 of the sharpest minds in the industry. Gawley's success has seen him ranked fifth on Business Insider’s list of the 25 most influential ad executives on Twitter, and he is also a founding member of the Social Media Club of Dallas and a Board Member for the American Advertising Federation of Dallas. On Tuesday, StopPress sat down with Gawley for a Skype conversation, which although distorted at times, gave us a glimpse at what to expect from the entrepreneur during his visit. PLUS: enter our competition and be in to win a ticket to The Project: Digital Disruption worth $599.

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Inside: BKA Interactive

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BKA Interactive kicked off when HTML was newfangled and Webmonkey was the only way to search the net for how to code. 
Now CEO Barbara Anderson, creative director Maak Bow and the team are mining their diverse base of work for nuggets 
to turn into products that could be used across industries, companies and the globe. We take a look behind the concrete curtain at this innovative company.

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Mad Butcher turns cleaver toward bullies—UPDATED

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A recent submission made by the Dunedin Social Services Council and Community Law Centre said that as many as nine out of ten teenage girls in counselling had been encouraged to end their lives via social media. Add to this the fact that New Zealand still grapples with a disproportionately high suicide rate among young people, and it becomes evident why the Mad Butcher has decided to back a new anti-bullying campaign that was launched by Pead PR. From now until 23 May, high schools around the country nominated by the Mad Butcher will produce two-minute anti-bullying videos, which will then be posted the company’s Facebook page. PLUS: see which celebrites have gotten involved. Updated with additional comments from Mad Butcher chief executive Michael Morton.

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PlayStation on the lesson plan at MDS

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Auckland's Media Design School (MDS) expects its students to be producing PlayStation games by the end of this year now it's offering the PlayStation First Academic Development programme.

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Movings/Shakings: 22 April

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Moves and shakes at Y&R NZ, MediaWorks, The Breeze, New Zealand Woman's Weekly, Online Republic, Lily & Louis and Seven Sharp.

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Pandora's founder Tim Westergren on entering the Kiwi market—and what it means for Spotify and iHeartRadio

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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.

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Pocket money 2.0: Postr opens up smartphone screens to advertisers

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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.

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ASB's Like Loan adds another trophy to the cabinet

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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.

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New Jasmax site balances creativity and functionality

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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.

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