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The rise of fast-casual: Pita Pit launches its first TVC via Contagion

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Pita Pit has launched its first nationwide campaign via a new TVC conceptulised by Contagion, the agency which won the account for the food chain's cross-Tasman business earlier this year. The 30-second spot, which was shot by Flying Fish and directed by Helena Brooks, features a middle-aged man, dressed in the garb of a stereotypical accountant, dancing awkwardly after having completed a meal from Pita Pit.

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Holden talks to the fans

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Several weeks after kicking off its 60th anniversary via a nostalgic TVC by Ogilvy, Holden has now extended the celebrations to its website with a series of vignettes that aim to tell the stories of fans of the brand. The video compilation is currently being hosted on a microsite called '60 Years Loyal', and was created by Dentsu Aegis-owned digital creative agency Isobar, which launched in Auckland in February.

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Clemenger double: 'Mistakes' picks up StopPress/MediaWorks TVC of the Year, 'Blazed As' shares craft category spoils with DDB's 'Born to Defy'—UPDATED

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Last week, StopPress met with an estimable judging panel in an effort to determine which finalist in the StopPress/MediaWorks TVC of the Year competition was most deserving of this year’s title. Copious head scratching, contemplative groans and a fair bit of imbibing ensued as the judges weighed up the pros and cons of the campaigns over a lunch at Auckland’s Neighbourhood brew bar. And by the end of this highly scientific estimation of the effectiveness of the each campaign, the judges came to a final shortlist of three candidates: ‘Mistakes’ for the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) by Clemenger BBDO, ‘Devil’s Chair’ for NZI by FCB and ‘The People’s Film’ for VW by Colenso BBDO. PLUS: ‘Blazed As’ for the NZTA by Clemenger BBDO and ‘Born to Defy’ for Steinlager by DDB took out the top spots in the craft category.

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BP Oil takes out Supreme Award at TVNZ NZ Marketing Awards

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The theme for this year’s TVNZ NZ Marketing Awards was Make Marketing History, evoking great marketing successes of the past and inspiring today’s marketers to join the winners ranks. Last night's awards night saw BP Oil take out the Supreme Award (and the retail category) and Geoff Ross inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame. We bring you a full list of winners.

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The Electoral Commission turns to Pandora to target the youth

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In an effort to catch the attention of the increasingly uninterested youth segment of the population, the Electoral Commission has already commissioned Lorde to appear in a pair of videos in which she encourages eligible Kiwis to use the right she still doesn't have. Tallying a cumulative total of about 30,000 views, these videos have attracted a decent level of attention, but they haven't been shared sufficiently to reach all the young Kiwis who are yet to enrol. So, to consolidate these online and TV efforts, the Electoral Commission has now taken its message to a channel that is particularly popular among the younger segments of the population, Pandora.

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Digital natives: Acquire Online's quest to put some online spend in the pockets of Kiwi publishers

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Programmatic buying is still just a sliver of the total online ad spend, here and around the world (in New Zealand, it accounted for nine percent or $3 million of the total $31.4 million spent on online display in the last quarter). But it's getting plenty of column inches and that spend is trending upwards. Most of the big media players have invested in or have access to trading desks and demand side platforms, and many ads for local brands now feature on international sites as a result. But Acquire Online's Anthony Ord is aiming to get those clients and agencies to support local publishers a bit more by creating a list of 156 different Kiwi sites that have offered inventory as part of a network buy.

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Google hands its digital toolbox to Kiwi charities

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Last night, at an event hosted at the Mental Health Foundation in Auckland, Google announced to 70 representatives from 50 Kiwi not-for-profit organisations that it will give eligible New Zealand charities and community organisations free access to advertising and technology worth $120,000 in each case per year.

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