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Monobrow and sideburns: One Weather gets a new look, plus other quirky meteorological clips

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One Weather's introductory ident has been given a makeover—and it comes with an impressive combination of sideburns and a monobrow so seamless that omnichannel marketing campaigns would applaud it. Rather than simply running into the weather report with the usual "proudly brought to you" phrase, Saatchi & Saatchi have instead opted for a quirkier activation of its sponsorship deal with TVNZ by having the pie-loving protagonist from the elaborate 2011 Hilux ad introduce the daily weather report. PLUS: we also look at some other funny weather-related clips.

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From watching to making: how viewers' social interactions with shows are influencing entertainment

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Around the world, advertisers are trying to involve their audiences in the marketing, whether it's Wendy's love songs, Airbnb's Hollywood & Vines, Newcastle's crappy crowdsourcing or, locally, Give it a V and Feel Tip Top. TV shows have long talked about doing the same, and many of them have taken fandom into the realm of social media. But increasingly it seems broadcasters are not content with audiences passively absorbing content and are trying to convince them to get involved. So how's that working out for them?

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APN's half year results show profit increase of 77 percent, but there isn't good news across the board

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APN’s first half figures for 2014 for the six months ended 30 June show that the company’s overall revenue across its Kiwi and Australian offerings climbed three percent, rising from AU$394.6 million last year to A$405.9 million this year. Statutory net profit after tax followed the revenue trend rising 77 percent from A$12.8 million from the previous year to A$22.6 this year. But it wasn't all good news, with several of the Kiwi categories suffering year-on-year dips. PLUS: we look at Fairfax's figures and the News Corp debacle.

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Don't invite the Jetsons over for dinner just yet

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At a time when Spark's Digital Ventures unit is currently trialling a SmartHome system with a view to launch it in the market in early 2015, we are stepping ever closer to a time when our homes become automated entities that respond to what we are doing and where we are. So, in an effort to see what all the hype is about, Vanilla Brief director Ben Slater recently underwent a smarthome trial.

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Kiwi ad man Ben Slater trials implantable tech

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As part of an experiment to gauge the utility and efficacy of the technology, Vanilla Brief Director Ben Slater has had an NFC-enabled RFID chip inserted into his left hand. PLUS: see what other tech-related project he is currently involved with.

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Labour beams out its positive vibes in first TV spot

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National released its first campaign TVC this morning and there was plenty of discussion about it—and its soundtrack—on social media afterwards (as Tim Denee wrote on Twitter: "National STRONG like SPORTS TEAM. Other party weak like baby in lifejacket"). Now Labour's followed suit and launched the TV execution of its Vote Positive campaign.

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National embraces a more positive sporting analogy for first campaign TVC

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The National Party has been forced to make a few rugby analogies in recent days as it deals with the fallout from Nicky Hager's Dirty Politics. But it's used a rowing analogy in its new TVC to try and show Kiwis it's a smooth, well-oiled, economic machine that's taking the country in the right direction and that its opponents are bumbling idiots.

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Warriors players discuss the intricacies of pronouncing foreign words

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Information released by Statistics New Zealand recently revealed that the extent of the nation's multiculturalism. And given that we could very well be in the proximity of one of the 4,593 people who identify as French in the nation, it pays to ensure we're pronouncing words borrowed from their language correctly. So, with the launch of its latest French-inspired burger, Wendy's has assembled a troop (or is it troupe?) of Vodafone Warriors players to discuss exactly how the word 'brioche' is pronounced.

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You never come all the way back

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As DDB's chief creative officer Damon Stapleton settles into life on the edge of the world, he shares his thoughts on the impact travel has had on his life.

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StopPress Presents: 'Brand is as brand does', with US brand expert Marty Neumeier—EVENT NEXT FRIDAY, DISCOUNTS FOR CAANZ, MA and MPA MEMBERS

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Marty Neumeier, best-selling author, designer and renowned business adviser, is on a mission to "revolutionise the way business does business in the 21st century". And you can find out how he plans on doing that at an event on Friday 29 August where he will share his insights on modern brands and the importance of being credible in an age of transparency.

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