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Insights into outdoor media effectiveness – Millward Brown

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APN Outdoor recently commissioned research consultancy Millward Brown to undertake what has been called the “largest outdoor media study” of its kind in the Australasian market. Millward Brown found that outdoor and television advertising were the best performers in terms of ad recall, with 82 percent of respondents saying they recalled seeing ads in these channels.

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FCB takes the early lead as Effies finalists announced

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After more than 170 preliminary judges and 60 category judges pored over the entries for the 2014 Effie Awards, 113 of them have made the finalist list, with FCB New Zealand topping the charts on 23, Colenso BBDO/Proximity New Zealand on 18, DDB and Saatchi & Saatchi on 11 and Ogilvy & Mather on ten.

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The next gay man's Gore? Civilian Party takes to TV to promote its anti-Hamilton policy

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This has been a pretty serious election. Dirty Politics. Moments of Truth. Colin Craig's face. But over the years, parties like McGillicuddy Serious (best policies: mandatory homosexuality for 33 percent of the population and setting up a Frivolous Fraud Office to investigate any fraud deemed too silly for the Serious Fraud Office) and the Bill and Ben Party (best policy: "no policies, no promises, no disappointment") that have tried to see the funny side of politics. Ben Uffindell, founder of satirical website The Civilian, added his name to that list for this election and, to the chagrin of many, The Civilian Party was given around $30,000 to spend on election advertising, which it's used some of on a TV ad to promote its desire to declare independence from Hamilton.

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Mountain Dew continues to preach the practice makes perfect mentality

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Frucor has well and truly proven its marketing chops with V, the country’s biggest energy drink brand—and one of the most progressive and ballsy advertisers. But with one in every two beverages sold in New Zealand being a soft drink, the future of the company required it to be credible in that space. Frucor is the bottler for the PepsiCo brands like Pepsi and Mountain Dew, and it's been on a mission to win the hearts and minds of younger consumers for a few years now, so following up the multi-award-winning Skate Pinball and Beyond the Wall campaigns, it's continued to target that market, releasing a series of nicely shot videos as part of the 'to get to easy you have to go through hard' campaign.

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The Generosity Journal: Aisha Daji Punga

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As part of our series dedicated to celebrating good work and inspiring a bit more generosity—with the help of the One Percent Collective—Aisha Daji Punga, Frucor's commercial development director and the recent winner of the marketer of the year title at the TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards, looks at a few brands and agencies doing good, including Tip Top.

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ASB embraces the MAMIL for latest 'money conversations' spot

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Back in 2010, Mintel's Michael Oliver charted the rise of middle-aged men wearing lycra and their big impact on the cycling market (the BBC covered the emerging trend of the MAMIL soon after). Since then, it's become a fairly widely used term, often disparagingly, and there are plenty of Kiwi chaps who appear to have swapped the flashy sportscar for the flashy roadbike—or at least added to it—as part of the obligatory mid life crisis. Now, in a continuation of ASB and Saatchi & Saatchi's latest campaign that focuses on the type of conversations the bank believes New Zealanders actually have about money, it's combined cycling with another one of the nation's loves: property.

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St Matthew invites public to join billboard controversy

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In 2009, the national director of Family First NZ Bob McCoskrie labelled a St Matthew in the City billboard "insensitive and objectionable to many people". And despite continued condemnation from the more puritanical ranks of society, the church has continued to invite controversy by launching a range of follow-on advertisements, a quirky e-campaign and a reference to a campaign from the underworld-loving Hell Pizza. And now, in a move that aims to make the public complicit in its billboard controversy, the Auckland church is hosting a competition that requires Kiwis to design a billboard to promote the The Kensington Swan season of Jesus Christ Superstar, which plays at the Q Theatre from 30 October.

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From downing tools to upping DIY: Mitre 10 and FCB take ownership of the weekend

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Mitre 10 has been trying to convince Kiwis that DIY is in their DNA for a few years now, and, following on from the clever 'Easy As' campaign, which aimed to inspire Kiwis to pick up the tools by teaching them a few DIY tricks on YouTube, it released a new campaign that hopes to further enhance the store's position as a Mecca for the nation's weekend warriors.

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Whybin\TBWA takes BOTAB title for 2014

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Axis gongs, client wins and the quality of campaigns usually define competition in the creative advertising industry. But every year, for one night, none of that matters, as the agencies take to the stage and vie for the greatest honour of them all: the Battle of the Ad Bands (BOTAB) title. This year was no different. A total of 550 fans converged at the Kings Arms to watch the madness unfold as Pegasus and The Job Numbers (Colenso BBDO), The Gypsy Thieves (DDB), The OG Villains (Ogilvy & Mather), The Expendables 5 (Sugar & Partners and String Theory), Foote Cone (FCB), Dooya (WhybinTBWA/DAN), Building 7 (Flying Fish) and The Chased (OMD) took a moment away from their day jobs to slap the bass in front of three judges.

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