Greetings from the remains of The Media Dept. Appreciate you advising that Stacey and I are safe and well and trucking on. Our building at Ground Zero was actually a damn good place to be. Whilst it may be very old, the complete refurbishment two years ago has meant it is as strong a place as any and stood up well enough for me to (stupidly?) race back in and get mobiles and the laptop! But the devastation in our area at High/Lichfield/Manchester is massive and unfortunately a lot of people will have perished around us.
We have had a number of wonderfully kind offers of assistance from up north and sincerely appreciate these. We’re holding up well but much of the worst news is clearly yet to come.
I can be contacted on mobile – 021 981-645 – and my email is now back up and running.
Who's it for: V Energy by Colenso BBDO and Finch
Why we like it: Over the past few weeks, Colenso has caught the Kiwi public by surprise through a range of stunts that have included giving a bus stop and darts a V. And the mad creatives behind the campaign have now applied their skills to the art of photo-bombing by setting off (somewhat) controlled explosions behind unsuspecting friends, who just want their pictures taken in front of a pond of stagnant water.
Who it's for: Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) by Satellite Media
Why we like it: agencies are increasingly incorporating experiential elements into their campaigns to get the target market excited about a marketing initiative. So, in an effort to encourage 463,000 Kiwi smokers to put down the cancer sticks, ASH (in partnership with various sponsors) is taking a road trip across the country with a giant inflatable device that's been tagged with the word 'stop' as part of the 'Stoptober' campaign. And to make Kiwis aware of the impending arrival of the giant ball, ASH launched a TVC featuring Piri Weepu as the face of the campaign. The experiential side of the campaign recently kicked off in Kaitaia, and will roll out over the next few weeks, with a range of Kiwi personalities set to be involved along the way.
Who's it for: Pak 'n Save by FCB
Why we like it: Stickman dons a new disguise and even drops the nasal twang of his voice, as he attempts to bring attention to latest promotion at the grocery chain.