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The Magazine Marketing Company placed into liquidation, creditors claim over $300,000

The Magazine Marketing Company placed into liquidation, creditors claim over $300,000

On 15 October, The High Court at Auckland placed The Magazine Marketing Company (TMMC), which was founded in 2008 by Stuart Shepherd, into liquidation for failing to meet payment obligations, which included overdue GST, PAYE, KiwiSaver employee deductions, KiwiSaver employer contributions, student loan employee deductions and income tax. KPMG, which was appointed as the company's liquidator, released its first report on 19 November, revealing additional details about the process thus far.

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The curtain falls on Gigatown campaign

The curtain falls on Gigatown campaign

After thirteen months and 5.95 million tweets, the Chorus Gigatown campaign is now playing its closing scenes, and there can only be one winner. Next Wednesday the long-awaited Gigatown victor will be announced.

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Media beast GroupM announces its arrival in New Zealand

Media beast GroupM announces its arrival in New Zealand

The New Zealand media landscape is set to welcome a big name, with GroupM, "the world's biggest media investment company", planning to launch here early next year. We ask newly appointed local chief executive Sean Seamer a few questions about what that means for the market.

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Data dump: the kids are alright

Data dump: the kids are alright

If you believe the headlines, the world is going to hell in a handbasket. But if you believe some of the data (or Bill Gates), things have never been better, with fewer wars, more wealth and better health. Auckland University talked to New Zealand secondary school students about a range of things in 2001, 2007 and 2012 and here's how their behaviour is changing.

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Hubbards aims to set off a chain reaction of good deeds

Hubbards aims to set off a chain reaction of good deeds

Since the first days of the internet, those online have experimented in creating behavioural chain reactions. Most often, these early attempts involved little more than sending out an email that contained a promise of all types of misfortune if the message wasn't forwarded. And invariably, there would always be a few recipients who found the electronic promise of impending doom as sufficient impetus to send the message on. And while this achieved little more than cluttering the embryonic email accounts of early adopters, the principle underpinning these chain letters is still relevant in today's social media age in the sense that if you give people a good enough reason to share something, then they will pass it on. StopPress looks at how muesli brand Hubbards has been trying to create a chain reaction of its own through a campaign called 'Keep the good going', which encourages Kiwis to participate in random acts of goodness.

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Speight's and DDB grin and bear it as Karl Burnett makes an uncomfortable return

Speight's and DDB grin and bear it as Karl Burnett makes an uncomfortable return

Speight's comically masculine southern man campaign idea had a long and very successful run, and its previous agency Shine attempted to bring the idea into the modern era with the 'Knowing What Matters' campaign. DDB took over late last year and, in one of its first major campaigns, it's moved it even further away from 'Good on ya mate', with its ad for Speight's Alchoholic Ginger Beer featuring some major self-deprecation from ex-Shortland St star Karl Burnett and a massive pun.

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Stuff invites Kiwis to create art in the dark

Stuff invites Kiwis to create art in the dark

Fairfax is starting to challenge the Herald's dominance in Auckland with a series of campaigns that aim to draw the Super City's denizens to its publication. The most recent effort involved an activation at Art in the Dark, which saw event attendees queue in long lines to enter the Stuff tent to get a shot at literally creating art out of light. Once inside the tent, Kiwis would be given LED glowsticks and were then told to draw or write in the air. These actions were then captured using long-exposure photography, resulting in a host of creative images that were tagged with the Stuff brand.

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Vodafone changes tack with Christmas ad, aims for warm fuzzies rather than laughs

Vodafone changes tack with Christmas ad, aims for warm fuzzies rather than laughs

Unlike the UK, where marketers still seem quite partial to launching a massive festive campaign, New Zealand brands tend to keep things slightly more understated. In the UK, Vodafone got the entire country to sing 'Let it Go' from the movie Frozen. But the New Zealand outpost has taken a more lovey dovey approach, with a classic telco ad that focuses on the emotional power of the Christmas connection.

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Playing the long game: Todd Wheatland on why content marketers need to start measuring the right things

Playing the long game: Todd Wheatland on why content marketers need to start measuring the right things

The inaugural Ad:Tech New Zealand conference took place yesterday at the AUT Business School, with around 400 people in attendance. And while measurement is one of the digital realm’s major strengths, Todd Wheatland, global head of strategy at content marketing agency King Content, used his time on stage to prove the famous quote (that wasn't actually uttered by Einstein) of 'not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts'.

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Vevo introduces Kiwi sales team, aims to collaborate with brands on original content projects

Vevo introduces Kiwi sales team, aims to collaborate with brands on original content projects

A recent article published on Gigaom.com revealed that Wake Me Up by Avicii has been become the most streamed song on Spotify by amassing over 200 million views, but this still lags well behind YouTube’s mammoth 450 million views of the song. And that wasn’t even the most-streamed song on YouTube. That accolade goes to Psy’s Gangnam Style, which has over two billion streams. Driving much of this traffic from within the YouTube platform is Vevo, the video hosting service that often has its name attached to artists’ channels. StopPress recently sat down for chat with the company's newly appointed country manager Brendan Muller and its executive vice president international Nic Jones for a chat about what they plan to bring to the local market.

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Vending machine for mutts: coming to a park near you

Vending machine for mutts: coming to a park near you

The first dog vending machine has arrived in New Zealand, dispensing doggie treats and balls to fetch. But the vending machine-in-marketing category is not a new one. Heck, even vending machines for dogs aren't new. We take a look at some more illustrious examples of zany vending-machine marketing stunts.

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The pull of digital

The pull of digital

A few months back, TVNZ went to great lengths to promote the latest season of The Amazing Race and the fact that Kiwis were competing against the Aussies, with comedian Millen Baird being put to good use as a motivational coach. As part of that, Rush Digital and Ambient Experiential got together to create "a world-first activation": a live-streamed game of tug of war. And these videos show how it brought the real world and the digital world together.

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