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Lightbox fills the Kiwi void with 19 locally produced shows

Lightbox fills the Kiwi void with 19 locally produced shows

At end of June, upon lifting lid of Lightbox, the Spark subsidiary's head of programming and local content Maria Mahony told StopPress that she was in talks with local film distributors to secure a deal to screen several local shows. Shortly after Lightbox's announcements, Quickflix sent out a release saying that it had snapped up pair of local shows, which Lightbox was thought to have been interested in, and this seemingly spoiled the party for the newcomer. Then, when Lightbox later revealed its lineup there was a clear Kiwi-shaped hole in its programming, leading to questions as to whether the subscription video on demand (SVOD) provider would in fact be adding any local shows to its lineup. However, these questions have now been answered by today's announcement that Lightbox has added no less than 19 local shows to its catalogue.

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Ask and ye shall receive: Kiwi brands crowd-sourcing through social media

Ask and ye shall receive: Kiwi brands crowd-sourcing through social media

For those of you that thought social media was just for sharing selfies and pretending your life's way better than it actually is, think again. New Zealand brands and their fans are using the medium for a lot more than that. They are using it together to make things happen. PLUS: we look at examples of crowd-sourcing gone wrong.

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Online trackers: are our local news providers following us?

Online trackers: are our local news providers following us?

A battle is raging between online advertisers and those who don’t want to be followed on the Web, and New Zealand news websites are harbouring a surprising amount of trackers. Journalists and privacy experts have recently been pointing the finger at news websites as some of the worst offenders when it comes to collecting people’s data without any formal disclosure. Much of this is happening through online ‘trackers’, hidden pieces of code in websites that track how a user clicks, or even hovers, on a site.

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Spark partners with NBA, offers discount on basketball streaming

Spark partners with NBA, offers discount on basketball streaming

Following the recent unveiling of its ambitious 'Boroughs' project, which will see five high-tech basketball courts introduced in Auckland, Spark has now announced a marketing partnership with the National Basketball Association. As part of this deal, Spark will offer its home broadband customers NBA League Pass and League Pass Premium annual subscriptions beginning next month, giving customers 15 percent off the full price of either a full season or a one-month subscription.

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Kiwi brands experiment in six seconds of fun on Vine

Kiwi brands experiment in six seconds of fun on Vine

Since Vine launched in January 2013 it’s fair to say the six-second video app has taken off. According to Vine, every month now more than 100 million people watch Vines across the web. Owned by Twitter, the social media platform boasts 1 billion views or ‘loops’ of videos every day, with the majority of users being teens. The largest age group on Vine is 18 – 20 year olds. But are Kiwi brands slower on the uptake than our global counterparts?

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Following the audience: big brands collaborating with Facebook

Following the audience: big brands collaborating with Facebook

Every day, around two million Kiwis log onto Facebook to scroll down their newsfeeds to see what is happening in their lives. And according to Stephen Scheeler, the company’s head of New Zealand, these aren’t sporadic single visits because the average user peruses the site around 15 times in a single day. “For those two million Kiwis on Facebook, about 12 percent of their media consumption is Facebook,” says Scheeler. “Remember, eight years ago it was zero. So this has been a massive shift.” The rapid migration of audiences into the digital realm is by no means surprising, but such statistics are increasingly serving as strong impetus for brands to shift their commercial messaging to where the eyes are. So we take a look at how brands are collaborating with the social media juggernaut to spread their commercial messages.

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The Warehouse goes long, launches Christmas campaign with kid-filled online video

The Warehouse goes long, launches Christmas campaign with kid-filled online video

The Warehouse Group has been bringing the real world and the online world closer together recently, with its recent rebrand of R&R Sport to the 'omni-channel' Torpedo 7, its Click Madness promotion, free wifi in the newly refurbished stores and an app that lets shoppers compare prices. Now it's launching its Christmas campaign with a five minute online video that puts the decision-making in the hands of the experts: kids.

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Brancott Estate asks customers to lend a few memories in crowd-sourced art project

Brancott Estate asks customers to lend a few memories in crowd-sourced art project

Consumers are regularly asked to assist in the creation of marketing campaigns these days, with varying degrees of success. And designer David Trubridge has merged inspiration from bird life with over 500 cherished memories sent in by New Zealanders as part of a crowd-sourced art project for longtime World of Wearable Art sponsor Brancott Estate.

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Top 20 Getty images chosen by Kiwis over the last year

Top 20 Getty images chosen by Kiwis over the last year

As noted in a series of articles published on the Getty Images website last year, publishers and brands are starting to shift away from the stereotypical images that have until now typified what advertisers had constructed as perfection. The investigation into visual trends found that women were increasingly represented in positions of power, same-sex relationships were sometimes used in lieu of straight imagery, older people were appearing with greater regularity and beauty was being given a more flexible definition. Interestingly, the top 20 Getty images that have been downloaded by Kiwis since the beginning of the year also indicate that these international trends are starting to take shape in New Zealand. However, trends don't emerge instantaneously, and this means there were still some more conventional images included on the final list.

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TVCs of the Week: 28 October

TVCs of the Week: 28 October

Garden emperors, tomorrow's basketball stars, Hobbit pilots, and regular Kiwis make an appearance in the latest edition of the weekly TVC rundown.

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